The death of financier Jeffrey Epstein while in federal custody early Saturday morning raises some serious and fundamental questions; the first of course is the assumption that Epstein committed suicide, rather than succumbing naturally or perhaps in a more sinister way.
This is perhaps the reason why Attorney General Barr the moment he heard the news of Epstein’s death, quickly and uncharacteristically decried the death of the wealthy high-profile prisoner awaiting trial.
“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said in a statement.
The death of Epstein while housed in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan leaves us to wonder why he was taken off “suicide-watch” after he had allegedly attempted suicide only weeks before, moreover why his assigned cellmate was abruptly transferred Friday night, by prison officials to another cell within the prison, leaving the 66-year-old alone without a cellmate.
Epstein was reportedly found early Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m. unconscious and unresponsive with some bruising around his neck, and was later pronounced dead, raising yet another question in how such a high-profile figure could kill himself while in such a high-security facility, even if not on “suicide-watch.”
A person familiar with the situation told Fox News, “for several hours” leading up to Epstein’s death, correctional officers hadn’t checked on him, despite being required to visit him every 30 minutes.
What is known is that Epstein wasn’t being monitored as required because correctional prison guards are supposedly understaffed working in many instances double shifts, which raises yet another question, and the reason why Attorney General Barr has ordered the FBI, and the Inspector General along with the Justice Department to immediately begin investigating Epstein’s death.
“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,” Barr added.
Barbara Sampson, New York City’s chief medical examiner, said Sunday that an autopsy was performed on Epstein, but more information was needed before a cause of death was determined.
The nagging suspicion that Epstein didn’t voluntarily take his own life seems to be a theory that several former inmates familiar with the physical structure of the Metropolitan Correctional Center have raised.
An ex-convict, who spoke to Post reporters Brad Hamilton and Bruce Golding on the condition of anonymity, told them that he spent several months in the same housing unit known as “9-South Special Housing.” The unit houses inmates like Epstein, who are considered high-profile prisoners awaiting trial.
“There’s no way that man could have killed himself. I’ve done too much time in those units, it’s an impossibility.”
The former inmate continues, “Between the floor and the ceiling is like eight or nine feet. There’s no way for you to connect to anything. You have sheets, but they’re paper level, not strong enough. He was 200 pounds, it would never happen.”
Adding “They don’t give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death, you want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper.”
The former inmate then shares some startling piece of information concerning the prison guards stating, “Some of the guards are on a major power trip. They know guys there are suffering. They know something the rest of the world hasn’t seen, that a place like this exists in this country, and they get off on it.”
Adding, “If the guards see that the guy is breaking, they’re going to help you break. But it’s my firm belief that Jeffrey Epstein did not commit suicide. It just didn’t happen.”