This week marks five months since Jeffrey Epstein died in his state prison cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City. Since Epstein’s death on August 10, 2019, there have been way more questions than answers as to why and how the disgraced financier died. On Sunday night, 60 Minutes released autopsy photos of the convicted pedophile as well as images from inside his macabre prison cell, and his bizarre last letter.
60 Minutes gained access to photos of Epstein’s prison cell, where the 66-year-old allegedly committed suicide, according to the New York City medical examiner. Because of Epstein’s ties to powerful people around the world and the potential kompromat he may have had on politicians, dignitaries, and celebrities, many conspiracy theorists suggest Epstein didn’t kill himself, but he was murdered in jail.
Sunday’s 60 Minute episode showed graphic photos of the prison cell where there were bedsheets fashioned into two nooses as well as piles of orange sheets and a mattress on the floor. There is a piece of bedsheet tied to the top of a metal grate in front of a window. On the top bunk, there are bottles of medicine.
Epstein, who is 6-feet-tall and 185 pounds, allegedly hanged himself from the lower bunk that is four feet above the ground.
Epstein’s cellmate was released the day before his death, and no new cellmate was added to the cell with Jeffrey, despite being required to have a cellmate. No reason has been given as to why Epstein never received a new cellmate. Notably, there are no photos of Epstein in his prison cell. MCC has not had an inmate commit suicide in 14 years.
The photos also included a mess of orange sheets in the cell and medicine bottles lined up on a metal shelf on the top bunk.
There was also a photo of Epstein’s final letter, which is rather bizarre and does not sound suicidal. On a yellow lined paper, there was a note where Epstein complained about the prison conditions.
The note says that one correctional officer “kept me in a locked shower stall for 1 hour,” it read in blue ink. “[Another prison guard] sent me burnt food.” The letter ends by saying, “Giant bugs crawling over my hands. No fun!!”
This doesn’t sound like a suicide note, it reads like a Yelp review of a Ramada in Poughkeepsie. Epstein’s lawyers said their client was “upbeat” the day before his death, and he was “looking forward to an appeal hearing on bail.”
Dr. Michael Baden, a famed forensic pathologist who was hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s family and worked on some of the biggest murder mysteries in recent memory, is not sold that Epstein committed suicide. Dr. Baden stated that the autopsy is “more indicative of a homicidal strangulation than a suicidal strangulation.”
Baden appeared on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning to explain why he believes that Epstein was murdered.
Baden, who observed the entire four-hour autopsy process, said that “multiple fractures of the Adam’s apple, thyroid cartilage, and hyoid bone, that are more indicative of a homicidal strangulation than a suicidal strangulation.”
Baden reviewed a thousand cases of New York State prison system, and found no other three-bone fractures in a suicide. Other medical examiners have come forward to also note that Epstein’s injuries seemed more aligned with murder than suicide.
“I have never seen three fractures like this in a suicidal hanging,” Baden said. “Going over a thousand jail hangings, suicides, in the New York State prisons over the past 40, 50 years, no one had three fractures.”
Baden moved on to the strangulation marks on Epstein’s neck in relationship to the alleged noose from the bedsheets. “This noose doesn’t match the ligature furrow mark. It’s wider than this,” Baden told 60 Minutes.
The famed forensic pathologist who was the chief medical examiner of the City of New York and worked on the O.J. Simpson murder trial as well as the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr., added that the location of the strangulation wounds doesn’t match a suicide. “Most hangings, especially free hangings, the ligature slides up to beneath the jawbone, the mandible. Here it’s in the middle of the neck.”
There were electrical wires in the cell, which Baden points out would have been a more effective material to commit suicide than a cloth noose made from bedsheets. Epstein’s strangulation marks were straight across the neck, something more common with strangulation from a wire than a suicidal hanging.
Baden added that there was blood on Epstein’s neck, but no blood on the noose that reportedly ended his life.
Baden believes that Epstein died around 4:30 a.m., two hours earlier than when he was found by guards. One report said a guard was attempting to do CPR on him and yelled, “Breathe Epstein!” The guards moved Epstein out of the cell and to an emergency room. However, the Federal Bureau of Prisons states explicitly that dead bodies should not be moved, and a suicide scene should be treated as a crime scene to preserve evidence.
Epstein allegedly deposited money into the commissary accounts of other MCC prisoners so that they would protect him, according to sources. Epstein claimed that his first cellmate, Nick Tartaglione a former hulking cop was was facing the death penalty on federal murder and drug charges, attempted to kill him. Tartaglione said Epstein tried to kill himself, and so did the prison officials, which led to Epstein being put on suicide watch, but taken off a week later.
60 Minutes also examined the layout of the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s security housing unit (SHU), a special section of the prison for inmates who are not safe in the general population.
Epstein’s cell was only 15 feet away from the guard’s station. That is where two MCC correctional officers were allegedly caught on video browsing the internet and falling asleep on the early morning of Epstein’s death. They also falsified their records to try to cover up their breach of responsibilities.
Epstein was escorted into his prison cell at 7:49 p.m. on August 9, 2019, but guards never checked on Epstein until “shortly after 6:30 a.m.” on August 10th. Epstein was supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes. Both correctional officers have been criminally charged and pleaded not guilty. Additionally, the two cameras that monitored Epstein’s cell both malfunctioned on the day of Jeffrey’s death.
Epstein was awaiting his trial for federal sex-trafficking charges when he “committed suicide.”