Although the autopsy was performed several days ago, details of the medical examiner’s report on Jeffrey Epstein’s death are just now coming out.
The Washington Post reported that the autopsy found that Epstein suffered broken bones in his neck consistent with suicide by hanging — or, according to the Post, strangulation.
ME rules suicide
While the Post’s report fueled conspiracy theories about Epstein’s death, the medical examiner’s officially ruled on Friday that he committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell.
Still, not everyone is buying that story. Epstein’s legal team immediately said that they were “not satisfied” with the medical examiner’s conclusions and would be carrying out their own investigation.
After Epstein’s death, Attorney General William Barr ordered an investigation, saying he was “appalled” that such a high-profile prisoner could have been allowed to end his life in federal custody.
One of the first things Barr wants answers on is why the 66-year-old, who had tried to end his own life just weeks before, was taken off suicide watch.
Barr said Monday that investigators have discovered “serious irregularities” at the jail where Epstein was being held. “We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability,” he promised.
Now, we are finding out that the prison guards forged reports and did not check on Epstein every 30 minutes, as they were required to do.
But even with all these questions remaining, several medical examiners have gone on TV this week to say that the breaks in Epstein’s neck appear to be consistent with a suicide, rather than strangulation, due to the number of breaks.
Additionally, Epstein’s family hired a private pathologist to observe the autopsy, and that doctor reportedly agreed with the preliminary findings of the medical examiner.
Epstein’s victims still plan to sue his estate, according to attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents several of his accusers.
“On behalf of the victims I represent, we would have preferred [Jeffrey Epstein] lived to face justice. Our civil cases can still proceed against his estate. Victims deserve to be made whole for the lifelong damage he caused. We’re just getting started.”