New details about Jeffrey Epstein’s corpse have been revealed in the days following his death. Epstein was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday, August 10. After reports that Epstein had broken bones in his neck, questions about his death started to increase. However, New York City’s chief medical examiner has since confirmed that Epstein died by hanging.
Law enforcement officials recently told TMZ that Epstein suffered petechial hemorrhaging. The specific body mark is defined as “a tiny pinpoint red mark that is an important sign of asphyxia caused by some external means of obstructing the airways. They are sometimes also called petechiae,” according to Encyclopedia.com.
Since the presence of petechial hemorrhaging indicates asphyxiation, it is often seen in cases of strangulation as well as suicide by hanging. Interestingly, conjunctival petechiae (which appear in the eyes) are found most frequently in patients who die of natural causes.
“They were most frequently documented in natural deaths (39.2%), with the highest incidence in cases of cardiovascular disease, followed by asphyxia, head injury, and central nervous system disorders,” according to Science Direct.
It is unclear if Epstein had petechial hemorrhaging on his face, eyes, or both.
Here’s what you need to know:
Petechial Hemorrhaging Is Commonly Seen in Suicide Cases & Can Also Be a Result of Strangulation & Smothering
Petechial hemorrhaging is present in often observed in subjects who have been hanged, strangled, or smothered. According to a study highlighted by EvidenceProf Blogger, the presence of petechiae does not “prove strangulation and their absence does not disprove it; they are simply a marker of increased cephalic venous pressure.” In the same vein, the presence would not prove or disprove suicide.
Petechial hemorrhaging is present when a person suffers “an injury resulting from sustained pressure causing blood vessels in the face and eyes to burst,” according to an excerpt from State V. Maynard.
Reports indicate that Epstein was found in his jail cell with a sheet wrapped around his neck. Law enforcement officials told TMZ that Epstein’s “eyes popped when his air supply was cut off by the bed sheet that was wrapped around his neck.”
“We’re told the bed sheets were tied to the top of a bunk bed and Epstein either hurled himself off the top bunk or had his feet to the ground and leaned forward to cut off his air supply. Authorities believe the former is true, because throwing himself off the top bunk and falling violently to the ground could explain why his hyoid bone was fractured.”
Epstein’s Cause of Death Was Under Investigation Following the Initial Autopsy Results
Those questioning Epstein’s death were only left with more questions following the results of his autopsy. An earlier report by Heavy discusses the broken hyoid bone, which can occur in cases of strangulation.
In addition to the aforementioned broken bones and petechial hemorrhaging, other curious circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death — such as the absence of cell checks in the hours leading up to Epstein’s death — have caused authorities to do a deeper dive.
Sampson’s office has requested additional information, including videos from the jail, according to The Washington Post. The additional information may have helped determine whether or not there was anyone else in Epstein’s jail cell at the time of his death.
On Friday, August 16, Sampson confirmed that Epstein’s death was indeed a suicide, according to TMZ.
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