Mark Epstein, the brother of convicted child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein, shared photographs of his brother’s body after he was found dead in his jail cell in August 2019 that he says raise questions over what really led to his death.
Mark Epstein made the remarks during an interview that aired on Friday with SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly more than four years after his brother’s death.
New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson ruled in August 2019 that Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death was suicide by hanging. A forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s family has pushed back on that conclusion, saying some of the evidence supports homicide. Sampson has publicly refuted that claim, saying she stands “firmly” behind her findings.
Mark Epstein said that he initially had no reason to doubt the official cause of death given by Sampson.
“I had no reason to doubt it,” Mark Epstein said. “He didn’t have any children. Our parents are gone. He would know he didn’t have to worry about me. … so, I respected that as his decision.”
Mark Epstein said that when he met with medical examiners in New York City, they told him that they could not call it a suicide “because it looked too much like a homicide.”
He continued, “So, then the questions became if he didn’t commit suicide, then he was killed, and then who killed him? How was it done?”
Mark Epstein then shared autopsy photos of his brother that showed the injury he suffered to his neck, which looked like a wire or thin rope was used to strangle him.
“I have a hard time, as a layperson, understanding how a sheet made that mark,” Kelly said after seeing the photo. “It’s almost like garrote was used or some sort of rope wire.”