The following facts are all based on media reports about the ‘suicide’ of convicted pedophile and accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
The presumed suicide of convicted pedophile and accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein on Saturday morning—less than 24 hours after a federal court released 2,000 pages of testimony, photos and other evidence—has led to wild speculation and rumors on the Left and the Right.
These rumors have only grown as more details emerge into the suspicious mishandling of Epstein while in federal custody inside New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, the place where criminals such as Bernie Madoff, Joaquín Guzmán Loera (aka “El Chapo”), and Ramzi Ahmed Yousef have been housed during their trials.
“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” stated U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday.
Here is what we know:
1. Epstein’s “suicide” come less than 24-hours after the first of many documents were released.
On Friday, a court released documents, photos and other evidence of Epstein’s alleged involvement in the sex-trafficking of underage girls to rich and powerful men.
“The fact that Epstein took his own life within 24 hours of the unsealing of detailed and devastating documents and exhibits….which informed the public of the scope, scale and sophistication of the international sex trafficking operation Epstein conducted, is no coincidence,” stated Sigrid McCawley, an attorney for one of Epstein’s alleged ‘sex slave,’ Virginia Giuffre.
2. Epstein was taken off “Suicide Watch.”
Despite an alleged attempt to commit suicide three weeks earlier, Epstein had been off of “suicide watch” for 11 days before he hung himself, noted the New York Times.
If he was taken off of suicide watch nearly two weeks ago, given that Epstein had tried to presumably kill himself only a few weeks earlier, why was he placed in a cell with materials that would give him the means to carry out his own death?
3. Epstein’s guards did not check on him as they were supposed to.
Guards in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center are supposed to check on prisoners every 30 minutes. However, guards had not check on Epstein for “several hours,” reported the Washington Post.
4. Epstein’s cell mate was transferred hours earlier.
While his jailers had previously housed Epstein with a hulking ex-cop and accused four-time killer Nicholas Tartaglione before his ‘injuries’ three weeks ago, it is not known whether Epstein and Tartaglione were placed in the same cell again.
However, according to the Washington Post, “a person who had been assigned to share a cell with Epstein was transferred on Friday, and — for reasons that investigators are still exploring — he did not receive a new cellmate, the person familiar with the matter said Sunday night.”
That left Epstein, who had previously been placed on suicide watch, alone and unmonitored — at least in the hours before his death — by even those officers assigned to guard him.
5. Epstein had many powerful “friends” and his victims’ attorney feared that Epstein would be the target of a ‘hit.’
Two weeks before his ‘suicide,’ Spencer Kuvin, who represents three of Epstein’s victims, expressed concern about Epstein being the target of a “hit.”
“If he goes on trial, everyone he’s been in contact with will ultimately be fair game.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that no jail will protect you when there’s powerful people that want to reach you – wherever you are.”
“If he’s going to implicate anyone in power that has the ability to reach in and somehow get to him – his life is definitely in jeopardy.”
As authorities have vowed continuing with the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking—as well as presumed suicide—the case of Jeffrey Epstein appears to be far from over.
Published by now-defunct Gawker in 2015, Jeffrey Epstein’s “Little Black Book” revealed many of Epstein’s “rich and powerful” friends—although a number of those listed told the New York Times they were not sure why they were in Epstein’s book as they had never even met the man.
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