by Ryan Saavedra, Daily Wire:
Dr. Marc Siegel told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday that the recent revelation that convicted sex offender and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein had certain broken bones in his neck make it more likely that his death was a homicide and not a suicide, based on statistics.
The Fox News segment came in response to The Washington Post reporting late on Wednesday night that Epstein’s autopsy found that he sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, which “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 Post added. “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, who is a Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, told Fox News.
“It can either be a suicide or a homicide still… I am now more suspicious than ever that this could be a homicide,” Siegel continued. “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 added. “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.”