June 17, 2024
Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘suicide’ in jail is unfathomable
I shun conspiracy theories — but based on the little that prison officials have said so far, and what I know of life in jail, Epstein’s death is deeply troubling.
I shun conspiracy theories — but based on the little that prison officials have said so far, and what I know of life in jail, Epstein’s death is deeply troubling.

Here are a few things I know firsthand about being in jail. First and foremost, you have virtually no control over your life and surroundings. You can’t get so much as an aspirin without authorization. In most jails, you can’t wear a belt, or shoelaces, or keep a razor in your cell. And in a well-run jail, high-profile prisoners have virtually no chance of killing themselves.

So the alleged suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, the 66-year-old financier with powerful friends who was about to stand trial for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of girls, many of them underage, is particularly unfathomable — and outrageous.

Epstein was placed on suicide watch on July 23 after being found semi-conscious in his cell with marks on his neck, in what prison officials described at the time as a failed suicide attempt. He was removed from suicide watch six days later, on July 29, and returned to a segregated area of the prison with extra security known as the special housing unit.

Officials told me Sunday that the prison’s psychological team had evaluated Epstein on a daily basis after his alleged initial suicide attempt and had found him to be no risk to himself or to others. Officials said that Epstein had met for many hours each day with his legal team, and that both he and his lawyers had repeatedly assured the prison that he did not want to kill himself and had asked MCC to remove him from the suicide watch.

Finally, officials said, at least one member of Epstein’s legal team was with him until 6:30 on the Friday evening before his death. None of his legal team — Reid Weingarten, Marty Weinberg, Michael Miller, or Marc Fernich — would comment about their client’s emotional and mental state the night before his death and during the last six days of his incarceration.

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See Also:

(1) Epstein’s cause of death still not official after autopsy: medical examiner

(2) There’s no video of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide: sources

(3) Guards in Jeffrey Epstein’s jail unit were working substantial overtime shifts before his death, reports say

(4) Prosecutors may now target witnesses in Jeffrey Epstein case: sources

(5) Epstein victims plan to sue his estate after apparent suicide

(6) ‘Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?’ Prime Time Conspiracy Theory Edition

(7) Epstein’s Apparent Suicide Renews Questions about His Prosecution

(8) Jeffrey Epstein suicide prompts conspiracy theories, skepticism

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