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Jeffrey Epstein’s Autopsy Revealed Broken Neck Bones, Raising Questions About Death

Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy found multiple broken bones in his neck, injuries that occur more commonly in those who have been strangled, The Washington Post reported.

One broken bone was the hyoid, near the Adam’s apple. It is possible that the hyoid can break if one hangs themselves, forensics experts told the Post, but it is seen more in victims of strangulation.

Epstein, a millionaire financier who was arrested on sex trafficking charges last month, died by apparent suicide on Saturday. He was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Corrections officers reportedly had not checked on Epstein, who had previously been under suicide watch, for “several” hours. Conspiracy theories soon swirled around the internet.

New York City chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson said single factors in autopsy can’t point to a cause of death, which in this case is still labeled as pending.

“In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death,” Sampson told the Post. “Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum.”

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher




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