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Ex-Navy SEAL says 'Epstein didn't kill himself' during PSA on military dogs on TV show

Warrior Dog Foundation founder Mike Ritland, a former Navy SEAL, blurted out at the end of his speech on 'trained dogs' that Epstein didn't kill himself.
UPDATED FEB 26, 2020
(Source: Getty Images)
(Source: Getty Images)

Last week, a pathologist claimed that pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy reports suggested he had died by homicide rather than suicide in an episode of 'Fox and Friends'. This week, a Fox guest decided to totally go off topic and give a statement on the financier's death. 

Warrior Dog Foundation founder Mike Ritland, who is a former Navy SEAL, blurted out at the end of his speech on 'Watters World' on October 2 that Epstein didn't kill himself. Ritland, a military dog expert, was on the show to talk about dogs used by the armed forces like the canine hero Conan, the Belgian Malinois which helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Ritland asked host Jesse Walters at the end of the show if he was allowed to make a public service announcement (PSA) about the adoption of military dogs. 

He began with, "The remarkable nature of these dogs and them being highlighted in news creates a huge demand by people that frankly shouldn’t have them. If you see the coverage and you decide I want one of these dogs either buy a fully trained and finished dog from a professional or don’t get one at all”, Ritland said, then went completely off track, "That, and Epstein didn’t kill himself." The host couldn't help but laugh at the remark and went on to say while chuckling, "OK. Thank you for that commentary. Maybe more on that later." 

This outburst comes days after pathologist Dr. Michael Baden claimed on Fox News that Epstein had hyoid fractures that could point to a murder. Ever since Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell, conspiracy theories have been all over the place. However, any claims of homicide have been dismissed by New York's chief medical examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson. In response to Baden's allegations that she could have "made a mistake", she said, "Our investigation concluded that the cause of Mr. Epstein’s death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide. We stand by the determination."