Forensic Pathologist Gives Shocking Statistic About Epstein’s 'Suicide'
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According to top forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's death is statistically more likely to be a homicide than a suicide.
While appearing on Fox Business Network on Wednesday night, Wecht discussed the revelation that Epstein suffered several broken bones in his neck including a broken Hyoid bone. This bone often broken when someone is strangled to death.
The doctor also cited a Montreal study that found only 2 of 239 deaths by hanging resulted with a broken Hyoid bone (less than 1%).
While talking to USA TODAY, Wecht gave more insight into the current situation
"Fractures of the hyoid bone are almost always associated with manual strangulation," Wecht said.
"Fractures of the hyoid bone in suicide hangings are rare and when you further keep in mind this was not a suicide hanging from stepping off a high ladder," he added.
According to recently released reports, Epstein accordingly tied a bed-sheet to the top of his bunk and kneeled on the ground to kill himself.
According to Wecht, it is not possible to break bones by doing this.
"In majority of those you don't see fractures because there is no great amount of force," said Wecht. "It's basic physics."
He finished by noting: "This case right now has very strong odor to it."
Wecht isn't the only doctor who is skeptical about the cause of Epstein's death. On Thursday, Dr. Marc Siegle, a professor at NYU joined Fox News to discuss his thoughts on accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein sudden death. According to Siegle, Epstein's autopsy points to a homicide, not a suicide like reported by authorities.
Siegle's comments come after the Washington Posts bombshell story came out which noted that Epstein suffered broken bones in his neck which is common in homicide victims who die from strangling. This revelation "deepen[ed] the mystery about the circumstances around his death."
"Among the bones broken in Epstein's neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam's apple," The Washington Post reported. "Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said."
"The hyoid bone in the neck being fractured and other fractures in the neck, make it more likely, and again, this is a percentage call, more likely that it was a homicide than a suicide," Siegel said.
"It can either be a suicide or a homicide still ... I am now more suspicious than ever that this could be a homicide," Siegel added. "That answer is going to come to us because if someone attacked, you see signs of the attack on the body ... It hasn't been released yet. I'm waiting to see that."
"If someone holds you down and strangles you, you see evidence on the body — bruises," Siegel continued. "The other question that has come up ... is about the suicide watch situation which is shocking to me as a physician who has dealt with severely depressed and suicidal patients."
"Six days on a suicide watch, prison officials reportedly removed it. Prison officials, guided by who? What self-respecting psychiatrist would say, 'okay, he's no longer suicidal,'" Siegel finished. "There was evidence on July 23rd that he may have done something to his neck, or someone did ... suddenly six days later he waves his hand, says he's fine, and he's put in an area where ultimately he's unobserved — because as you know, people fall asleep and they falsify records reportedly."
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