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The Only Thing Jeffrey Epstein’s Broken Bone Proves

The Only Thing Jeffrey Epstein’s Broken Bone ProvesPhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIf you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741Had Jeffrey Epstein been only twice as old as his teenage victims, his hyoid bone would have remained so flexible that a fracture would have been a much stronger indication he had been strangled.But at 66, the U-shaped bone between his chin and his Adam’s apple likely would have become so brittle with age that it also could have been broken by hanging.That would include a suicide effort involving no more force than could be generated kneeling down with a noose around your neck until you become unconscious.“Your own body weight completes the job,” a forensic pathologist of long experience who asked not to be quoted by name told The Daily Beast on Thursday.A hyoid bone fracture would not likely have been caused by resuscitation efforts.“That would be extremely unusual,” the pathologist said. “I’ve never seen that.”Examination of the hyoid bone is standard procedure at autopsy. Signs of hemorrhaging as the surrounding neck muscle is cut away alert the forensic pathologist to the possibility of a fracture. The hyoid is relatively easy to remove, but considerable care is customarily taken lest anybody suggest that extraction was the source of any damage.A through-and-through break is generally easy to see. Lesser fractures also are usually detectable by visual examination, the pathologist said. But while hyoid breaks of whatever size are more common in strangling than in hanging, examination of the bone is not in itself likely to determine which was the cause of death.One possible determining factor is the location of the ligature. The discovery of the body likely triggers such a panicked rush to remove the noose that nobody is able to recall exactly where it was. The medical examiner must then seek an answer in marks on the skin of the neck.A noose fashioned from a sheet or a blanket would likely leave less vivid marks than from a rope or even less so from a wire. The vividness would increase with the length of time before the body was discovered.Marks that indicate the noose was below the hyoid bone would suggest that the hanging was staged and the actual cause of death was strangulation. Marks in the area between the chin and Adam’s apple would indicate the death was more likely a hanging.Suicidal hanging behind bars is most common from a kneeling or sitting position, with the other end attached to something as low level as a bedpost or a doorknob. The pathologist who spoke to The Daily Beast recalled he had a particular problem with family members in such cases.“Nobody believed me,” he said.In the case of Epstein, his cell in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) may not have been checked for three hours. Regulations require officers in the SHU to check each prisoner every 30 minutes.The Jail Where Jeffrey Epstein Died Is a Place That Time ForgotSome theorists suggest this lapse and the broken hyoid bone point to a murder conspiracy. A former prisoner who was briefly held in the SHU back in 2016 recalls a similar interval between checks.“They did every three or four hours,” Taras Petro Nykoriak told The Daily Beast this week.Nykoriak recalled that the checks themselves involved only the time it took for the officer to peer through the small window in the cell door.“Pause and count and keep going,” he recalled. “They usually don’t talk to the inmate.”Imagine the panic the officer felt when he finally did make a check and saw Epstein in the classic pose of a jail suicide.As of Thursday night, New York City Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Solomon had not announced the cause of death. Investigators were still seeking to establish exactly what happened.Jeffrey Epstein Camp Sent Pathologist Michael Baden to Watch Over His AutopsyThe removed hyoid bone sits in preservative fluid, the break proving—if nothing else—the age of the monster who preyed on young girlsRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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China's Troubled Aircraft Carrier Proves Why It's So Hard To Build Them

China's Troubled Aircraft Carrier Proves Why It's So Hard To Build ThemCarriers are complicated and expensive things to build.



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QAnon Says FBI Labeling Them a Terror Threat Just Proves There’s a Deep-State Conspiracy Against Them

QAnon Says FBI Labeling Them a Terror Threat Just Proves There’s a Deep-State Conspiracy Against ThemScott Olson/GettyOn paper, Thursday was a bad day for followers of the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon. A newly revealed FBI report warned that the theory’s followers presented a heightened risk for terrorism. Multiple popular predictions by QAnon followers also failed to materialize.But for hardcore Q followers, the rough week won’t shake their faith.The FBI memo, which was published in late May and first reported by Yahoo News, warned of the theory’s likelihood to “spread and evolve in the modern information marketplace.” So far, the warning has proven true. Despite a series of violent QAnon-inspired incidents and failed Q prophecies, movement followers still say they see nothing wrong with it, and even suggest that the FBI report is part of a conspiracy against them.The memo names QAnon supporters, alongside followers of other fringe political conspiracy theories like Pizzagate, as being likely to carry out extremist acts in the name of their beliefs.“One key assumption driving these assessments is that certain conspiracy theory narratives tacitly support or legitimize violent action,” the memo reads. “The FBI also assumes, but not all individuals or domestic extremists who hold such beliefs will act on them. The FBI assess these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts.”What Is QAnon? The Craziest Theory of the Trump Era, ExplainedQAnon followers believe President Trump’s opponents are involved in a vast conspiracy of Satanic child sex-trafficking and cannibalism, and that Q, an anonymous poster on the forum 8chan, is actually a high-level military operative feeding them information on mass arrests that are totally coming this time around. The movement has been suspending its disbelief for nearly two years of unfulfilled promises of purges and revolutions.They saved plenty of skepticism for the very real FBI memo. Maybe the FBI report was fake, a prominent Q peddler suggested on Twitter. (When asked about the memo, the FBI told Yahoo it “routinely shares information with our law enforcement partners.”)Other Q followers on Twitter accused FBI Director Christopher Wray of acting against Trump, and suggested that he needed to be fired. A third set suggested the memo was actually good. This crowd claimed the memo was an elaborate ruse to trick the media into asking Trump about QAnon. (For reasons not entirely clear, many QAnon supporters believe that Trump supports QAnon but won’t speak openly about it unless asked by a reporter.)But QAnon followers have stuck with their conspiracy theory through other rough patches. The theory’s followers have gone on to commit violence, including a follower who led an armed standoff at the Hoover Dam last summer, inspired by his frustration that one of Q’s clues never materialized. Months later, a vlogger who made QAnon videos was arrested for allegedly threatening a massacre at YouTube, which he believed was censoring him. In January, a Q believer allegedly murdered his brother with a sword over a conspiratorial idea. Leaders of multiple heavily armed groups on the southern border were led by QAnon believers, who were later arrested for various counts of trespassing and weapons violations. A man accused of murdering a New York mob boss scribbled a Q on his hand in court and claimed to have been motivated by his belief in the conspiracy theory.Despite those incidents, major figures in Trump World have still flirted with the conspiracy theory. “Now do ANTIFA,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted after the FBI memo was revealed, in reference to the anti-fascist movement. (In fact, federal agencies have already released memos about anti-fascists, some of them based on right-wing hoaxes, The Daily Beast previously reported. Figures on the right are currently trying to have the FBI classify the anti-fascist movement as a domestic terror group, something it cannot do because anti-fascism is not a group, and the FBI makes no such domestic classifications. The same holds true for QAnon believers.)At Trump’s rally in Cincinnati hours after the memo was revealed, warm-up speaker Brandon Straka invoked one of the movement’s slogans. The crowd around him was full of Q shirts and signs.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Ilhan Omar calls Tucker Carlson 'racist fool' after he says she proves 'immigration has become dangerous'

Ilhan Omar calls Tucker Carlson 'racist fool' after he says she proves 'immigration has become dangerous'"After everything America has done for Omar, and her family, she hates this country more than ever," Tucker Carlson said on his show Tuesday night.



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New Zealand mosque massacre proves social media giants don't deserve their power, freedom

New Zealand mosque massacre proves social media giants don't deserve their power, freedomIt is time for counter-terrorism specialists to move into the offices of social media giants. For too long terrorists have used them with impunity.



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El Chapo prosecutor's closing argument: 'Mountain of evidence' proves guilt

El Chapo prosecutor's closing argument: 'Mountain of evidence' proves guiltProsecutors say Guzmán became one of the largest smugglers and sellers of Colombian-produced narcotics to the United States in the 1980s and 1990s.



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What If Mueller Proves Trump Collusion and No One Cares?

What If Mueller Proves Trump Collusion and No One Cares?What if Mueller, in his role as special counsel, uncovers meaningful proof that the Trump campaign for president knowingly and actively cooperated with Russian efforts to get Trump elected — and the public treats the news as completely unremarkable? To understand this potential scenario in which Mueller strikes pay dirt and Trump nevertheless emerges unscathed, the place to start is with the latest revelation about Paul Manafort.



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In Florida, determining hurricane death toll proves elusive

In Florida, determining hurricane death toll proves elusiveIn Florida, a grim task is unwinding slowly: Finding out many people were killed in Hurricane Michael.



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In Florida, determining hurricane death toll proves elusive

In Florida, determining hurricane death toll proves elusiveIn Florida, a grim task is unwinding slowly: Finding out many people were killed in Hurricane Michael.



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Trump denies pledging $1 million to charity if Warren proves Native American heritage

Trump denies pledging $  1 million to charity if Warren proves Native American heritagePresident Trump has repeatedly mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Native American ancestry, going so far as to call her “Pocahontas.” At a rally in July, Trump said he would give $ 1 million to charity if Warren took a DNA test to prove her heritage. Warren recently took a DNA test that revealed a Native American in her ancestry “six to ten generations ago.” When asked about Warren’s results, Trump denied making the pledge.



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