“Epstein was either killed or encouraged to kill himself. In the case of a likely assassination, it would have been very easy to make it look like a suicide in such a controlled environment. Switch off the cameras and get to work…” -Former Special Ops/CIA Operator

Earlier this year, Jeffrey Epstein, a powerful, well connected financier and convicted sex offender was found dead in his cell in New York City’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. News of the sex trafficker’s death immediately prompted a landslide of new (and old) conspiracy theories, many of which took on a clear political slant as theorists on the Right inferred his death was ordered by the Clintons, and theorists on the Left levying similar theories regarding Trump. Because both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump both had long standing ties with Epstein and have both been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, many believed both political parties had a vested interest in silencing Epstein before the gritty details of his story could be made public.

Those theories were exacerbated when the autopsy revealed that the hyoid bone in Epstein’s neck was broken — an injury that is more commonly found homicides than suicides. In some cases, a broken hyoid bone suggests forceful strangulation, but not exclusively. Broken hyoids are also commonly found in hanging deaths, particularly among the elderly. Epstein, who died at 66 years old and didn’t lead a particularly hardy life in the years prior to his death, could certainly have broken the bone himself as he attempted a hanging. As a result, the broken bone was not considered strong enough evidence to suggest homicide in the eyes of New York City officials — and they concluded that Epstein died as as result of suicide.

However, a forensic pathologist and former New York City medical examiner hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother to look into the case is now challenging the conclusions made by the city’s current medical examiner. According to Dr. Michael Baden, who was given the opportunity to observe the autopsy as it was conducted by city officials, the evidence doesn’t support the official ruling on Epstein’s death.