Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein allegedly committed suicide in his Manhattan jail cell on Saturday morning just 24 hours after a New York court unsealed 2,000 pages of new documents that implicated a number of high-profile men in his sex trafficking scandal.
The former financier, 66, was said to have been taken off suicide watch just days before his death at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, in downtown Manhattan, despite being hospitalized two weeks ago after allegedly making a separate unsuccessful attempt to take his own life.
The nature and timing of Epstein’s death has prompted widespread speculation of foul play, with many demanding a thorough investigation be carried out to determine why the sex trafficker was no longer on suicide watch and just how he was able to hang himself.
Leading the charge was Democratic Congressional freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who demanded, ‘We need Answers. And lots of them,’ in a tweet on Saturday morning.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leading the charge to demand a thorough investigation into the death of Epstein, saying, ‘We need Answers. And lots of them’ in a tweet on Saturday
Epstein’s body is pictured being taken out of New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan hospital on Saturday afternoon
The former financier, 66, was said to have been taken off suicide watch at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan despite being hospitalized two weeks ago after allegedly making a separate unsuccessful attempt to take his own life
Thousands of others have since echoed the call and aired their own suspicions over Epstein’s untimely demise.
‘I agree with AOC,’ declared Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz.
‘Chairman @RepJerryNadler should prioritize a Judiciary investigation into how Jeffrey Epstein died in federal custody (in Nadler’s own neighborhood!) over the Kavanaugh confirmation (which already happened), and the Russia Hoax (which never happened).’
Epstein had been prison awaiting trial over charges of sexually trafficking minors, to which he’d pleaded not guilty.
The Wall Street exec – who once boasted high-profile friends including Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and President Trump – was arrested on July 6, accused of arranging to have sex with dozens of underage girls at his residences in New York City and Florida between 2002 and 2005.
On Saturday morning he was found in a state of cardiac arrest shortly before 7:30am with injures to his neck, alluding to an apparent death by hanging.
Regarded to be ‘New York’s Guantanamo’, the Metropolitan Correctional Center also recently housed Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán
The shocking discovery came just two weeks after he’d been rushed to hospital under police guard on July 24, having been discovered semi-conscious on the floor of his prison cell in the fetal position.
According to a prison officer, Epstein was being kept in a special unit with additional security, but he was not being actively surveyed by officials at the facility.
The decision to remove Epstein, who was possibly the most high-profile inmate in the federal jail system, from suicide watch has both baffled and outraged former wardens and veterans of the federal prison system alike.
‘For them to pull him off suicide watch is shocking,’ Cameron Lindsay, a former warden, told
The nature and timing of Epstein’s death has prompted widespread speculation, with many demanding a thorough investigation be carried out to determine just how the accused sex-trafficker was able to hang himself after supposedly being placed on suicide watch.
Thousands of others have since echoed AOC’s call and aired their own suspicions over Epstein’s untimely demise, including Flordia Congressional Representative Matt Gaetz
Had he remained to be considered an inmate at high-risk of committing suicide, Epstein would’ve been moved to a special bare-bones cell and placed in a tear-resistant one-piece jumpsuit.
The 66-year-old also would’ve been subjected to regular observation from a staffer or inmate posted outside of his cell door.
However, Epstein’s status was changed for unknown reasons in the days prior to his death. The decision to remove someone from the suicide watch list can only typically be made by the prison’s chief psychologist.
‘Once an inmate has been placed on watch, the watch may not be terminated, under any circumstance, without the program coordinator or designee performing a face-to-face evaluation’ prison guidelines issued in 2007 state.
So far, authorities have not responded to a Dailymail.com request to explain why additional safeguards were not put in place to ensure Epstein couldn’t take his own life.
Epstein’s suicide has prompted some involved in his case to wonder whether he received outside help to allegedly end his life.
‘It simply does not make common sense that Jeffrey Epstein was not on suicide watch,’ said Jack Scarola, a lawyer who represents seven of Epstein’s alleged victims. ‘And it does not make common sense that if he was on suicide watch he could have successfully taken his own life unless he had some outside help.’
In a statement, Metropolitan Correctional Center told DailyMail.com that the FBI is now launching an investigation into Epstein’s death.
A source revealed to Dailymail.com that Epstein told prison guards and fellow inmates that he believed someone had tried to kill him in the weeks before his death.
The insider, who had seen the billionaire on several occasions during his incarceration at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, claims that the normally reserved Epstein seemed to be in good spirits.
‘There was no indication that he might try to take his own life,’ the source told DailyMail.com
‘From what I saw, he was finally starting to adjust to prison. I think he was comforted by the rigidity of his new life’.
The body of the disgraced billionaire was loaded onto a stretcher and placed in the back of a black SUV, before it was later switched into a white van to be transported to the medical examiner’s office
Epstein hanged himself inside his prison cell at Manhattan Correctional Center early on Saturday morning
Hospital staff were seen preparing a white coroner’s van
Attorney General William P. Barr said that he was ‘appalled’ by the news of Epstein’s death and has insisted a special inquiry will also be launched, in addition to the FBI’s investigation.
‘I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,’ Barr said.
‘Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.’
New York Senator and presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand said she’s been to the Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein committed suicide.
‘I’ve been in the facility because it’s also where we hold terror suspects,’ she said at the Everytown for Gun Safety Action in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.
‘It should be reviewed,’ she added.
The Democratic senator said her preference would have been for Epstein to face justice.
‘I think the crimes that were alleged against him were so deeply troubling. To have allegations of child trafficking, sexual abuse, sexual assault. Those are every hard things, I imagine, to live with,’ she remarked of the allegations against Epstein. ‘We would have preferred, obviously, for him to face justice.’
Attorney General William P. Barr said that he was ‘appalled’ by the news of Epstein’s death and has insisted a special inquiry will also be launched, in addition to the FBI’s investigation
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar also thinks there should be a congressional investigation into both Epstein’s crimes and his suicide.
‘I don’t think this suicide should be used to just say, Well, this is overnight, the bad guy died. I think there were other bad people involved in this,’ said Klobuchar, who’s a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department and Bureau of Federal Prisons.
‘It really bothers me that, I would say star witness and creepiest defendant, no longer can testify,’ she said of the Epstein case during an appearance at the Everytown for Gun Safety Action rally on Saturday.
‘I think his crimes were horrendous. But I don’t think this suicide should have happened. And mostly I still want to get to the bottom of this,’ she added.
Klobuchar add that Congress look into ‘all of the connections that this man had. And who is involved in this because this was a traffic king.’
‘This was trafficking, sex trafficking, and it appears there were a number of people involved,’ she added.
Fellow Senator Rick Scott said he believed Epstein’s victims have now been denied justice as a result of a series of systemic failures among official of the Manhattan prison.
‘The victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s heinous actions deserved an opportunity for justice. Today, that opportunity was denied to them,’ a statement from Scott began.
‘The Federal Bureau of Prisons must provide them answers on what systemic failures of the MCC Manhattan or criminal acts allowed this coward to deny justice.’
The financier – who once boasted high-profile friends including Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and President Trump – was arrested on July 6, accused of arranging to have sex with dozens of underage girls at his residences in New York City and Florida between 2002 and 2005
Fellow Senator Rick Scott said he believed Epstein’s victims have now been denied justice as a result of a series of systemic failures among official of the Manhattan prison
Conspiracies are rife on social media suggesting Epstein was murdered to be silenced, rather than he committed suicide. A lawyer for one of Epstein’s victims warned officials after his first suicide attempt that the defendant was at risk of being murdered by ‘powerful people’ in jail
The billionaire’s death comes just one day after the court unsealed more than 2,000 pages of documents detailing the lurid inner workings of his alleged sex trafficking operation.
On Friday morning, a federal appeals court unsealed the explosive documents pertaining to a 2015 lawsuit that Virginia Roberts Giuffre had filed against Epstein’s associate, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre claimed Epstein and Maxwell kept her as a ‘sex slave’ in the early 2000s, whilst she was underage.
The unsealed papers – which made international news on Friday – implicated a number of high-profile men in sex scandals.
In a May 3, 2016 deposition, Giuffre alleged that she was trafficked by the pair to have sex with and provide erotic massages for politicians and affluent businessmen.
Giuffre claimed that she was ‘instructed’ by Maxwell to have sex with both two high powered Democrats – former Senate Majority George Mitchell and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who have since denied the allegations.
Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents several of Epstein’s victims, relayed a conversation one of her clients had with her this morning, saying Epstein’s death has denied her ever being able to gain closure over the claimed abuse.
‘I will never have a sense of closure now,’ the victim told apparently told Bloom. ‘I’m angry as hell that the prison could have allowed this to happen and that I and his other victims will never see him face the consequences for his horrendous actions.
‘I hope that whoever allowed this to happen, also faces some type of consequence. You stole from us, the huge piece of healing that we needed to move on with our lives.’
The billionaire’s death comes just one day after the court unsealed more than 2,000 pages of documents detailing the lurid inner workings of his alleged sex trafficking operation, as described by one of his victims Virginia Roberts)
A lawyer for one of Epstein’s victims warned officials after his first suicide attempt that the defendant was at risk of being murdered by ‘powerful people’ in jail, urging them to transport him to a more secure facility.
Spencer Kuvin said he believed a ‘hit’ had been put out on Epstein to prevent him from implicating a number of powerful people complicit in his scheme, adding that he would likely be killed long before he could appear at trial.
‘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,’ Kuvin told
‘I question whether or not it was a true suicide attempt that Mr Epstein was involved in in jail or whether or not there may be some powerful people who just don’t want him to talk.’
Of Epstein’s death, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said: ‘He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bulls**t.’
Political commentator Tony Schwartz shared Scarborough’s ‘disbelief’, even going as far to say: ‘‘There are many powerful men who wanted him dead, and their secrets to die with him. Epstein epitomized the sickness in the souls of so many men.’