Amid widespread doubt and speculation around accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged “suicide,” law enforcement officials reportedly maintain billionaire financier killed himself with a noose he made out of a bed sheet.
“Epstein was found hanging in his Lower Manhattan jail cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed,” New York Post reported Monday.
“The convicted pedophile, who was 6 feet tall, apparently killed himself by kneeling toward the floor and strangling himself with the makeshift noose, a law enforcement source said,” the Post added.
However, that information directly contradicts an exclusive report released by LauraLoomer.US which revealed EMS audio that said Epstein was cold to the touch and found dead in his bed. EMS did not mention anything about Epstein hanging from a male shift noose in the audio recording of their response to the jail.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Epstein was found “unresponsive” in his cell at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. Staffers attempted to save his life and took him to an infirmary in the jail. He was then transported by ambulance to New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
New York City’s chief medical examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson performed an autopsy on Epstein on Sunday. The results of the autopsy have been delayed “pending further information at this time.”
Pathologist Michael Baden, who served as chairman of theHouse Select Committee on Assassinations’ Forensic Pathology Panel thatinvestigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy is slated to conduct an independentautopsy on Epstein.
Epstein was facing charges of sex trafficking that stemmedfrom activities over a period of three years in the early 2000s. His attorneys lobbiedfor bail and house arrest on the new charges, but a federal New York judgedeclared him a flight risk and a danger to the community.
After he was discovered on July 23rd with neck bruises, Epstein was reportedly put on the prison’s suicide watch. However, he was taken off the watch list in the days leading up to his death.
Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who worked at three federalprisons, toldNBC he is shocked by Epstein’s removal from the list.
“For them to pull him off suicide watch is shocking. Forsomeone this high-profile, with these allegations and this many victims, whohas had a suicide attempt in the last few weeks, you can take absolutely nochances. You leave him on suicide watch until he’s out of there,” Lindsay said. “It’stoo early to say what I think should happen, but if this did occur as webelieve that it did, some staff are going to have some hard questions toanswer.”
Attorney General William Barr explained at a pressconference in New Orleans Monday the Justice Department has discovered “seriousirregularities” at the New York City jail where Jeffrey Epstein died.
“I was appalled and indeed the whole department was, andfrankly angry, to learn of the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s failure toadequately secure this prison,” Barr toldreporters. “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility thatare deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation.
“The FBI and office of the inspector general are doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability,” he added.
Barr also warned that no suspected co-conspirator should assume the case against the billionaire investor is now closed.
“Let me assure you this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it,” he said.
One of the Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators, Ghislaine Maxwell, known as Epstein’s former girlfriend and personal assistant, may still face charges. She is accused of recruiting teenage girls for Epstein and his associates.