Jeffrey Epstein autopsy concludes death was a suicide – live updates
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The Washington Post was the first outlet to report yesterday that Epstein broke several bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone. Such a bone break is possible in suicides but is more consistently associated with homicide or strangulation, a fact that the Post’s story emphasized.
But CNN spoke to multiple medical experts who downplayed the neck injuries, arguing that such bone breaks are consistent with a suicide by hanging for a man of Epstein’s age.
“The presence of other broken bones in his neck, from a guy hanging 66 years old, is very consistent with suicidal hanging,” said Gerald Rodts, chief of spinal surgery at the Emory Clinic.
Bill Lloyd, a surgeon board-certified in ophthalmology and anatomic pathology, added, “You can twist the hyoid bone theory to tell whatever story you want to tell. It just gives naysers the ability to advance whatever conspiracy theories they want to tell.”
Epstein autopsy results show death was a suicide
New York City’s chief medical examiner said that the autopsy of financier and alleged sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein revealed he died as a result of suicide by hanging.
The AP reports:
Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Aug. 10, touching off outrage and disbelief over how such a high-profile prisoner, known for socializing with powerful people including presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, could have gone unwatched.The Bureau of Prisons said Epstein had apparently killed himself, but that didn’t squelch conspiracy theories about his death. ...The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Thursday that the autopsy revealed that several bones in Epstein’s neck had been broken, leading to speculation his death was a homicide.Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson issued a statement Thursday in response to those articles, saying: ‘In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum.’