Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy is complete, but the lingering question on everyone’s mind has yet to be answered: Did the billionaire hang himself or did someone else do it for him? Multiple bones in his neck were broken – including one often considered an indication of homicide by strangulation – and the official cause of death is still pending.
The fact that the hyoid bone – amongst others – was broken doesn’t prove that Epstein was murdered, but it certainly doesn’t assuage anyone’s suspicions, either. When found fractured, it raises questions. One forensic paper from the 90s said this happens in a third of all homicides by strangulation, and a more recent report states that it occurred in 72.5% of the 178 hangings examined by the study. Since this bone is often broken during hangings – suicides or otherwise – and homicides by strangulation, it seems to add little value as evidence for one over the other. If he didn’t do it himself, though, some evidence of another’s involvement could yet be discovered.
Epstein, the 66-year-old financier whose life was shrouded in controversy and mystery, died in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing and trafficking minors.
From the moment Epstein was arrested, his political connections have spawned theories of who he might have dirt on and who might go down with him. Those on the left hoped this would hurt Trump and those on the right pointed to Epstein’s Clinton connection and half-joked about Arkancide.
Whether mere tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory or actual cause of death, Arkancide is a phenomenon that reaches back to Bill’s time as Governor of Arkansas in the 80s and follows the Clintons wherever they go – especially as more people who knew them turn up dead, regardless of the apparent causes.
Now that Epstein has been found dead of apparent suicide, people are beginning to wonder in earnest whether the man opted out himself or someone on his list of high-profile associates decided he was too great a risk to keep around.
Despite being in federal custody and the fact that guards were supposed to check on him every 30 minutes – likely due to the fact that he was found injured in his cell just a couple weeks before – it has recently come to light that he was left unattended for three hours. Allegedly, the guards fell asleep and later falsified the records to show they had been checking on him. It was during this window that Epstein supposedly managed to hang himself with his bedsheet.
Was Epstein a thorn removed from some powerful person’s side? Perhaps. On the other hand, he was a 66-year-old man facing charges that could have landed him in prison for the rest of his life. It’s not terribly uncommon for people facing such a situation to choose suicide. Either way, Attorney General Barr has launched an investigation. Perhaps we will get some real answers soon – but don’t hold your breath.