According to a recent poll, almost half of the Americans believe Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself.
A study was conducted by Insider suggests, 45 percent of Americans believe that Epstein was murdered, whereas 16 percent think it was a suicide. It also states that 39 percent of US citizens aren’t sure.
History of Epstein:
Epstein, who was an American financier, had a history of multiple charges including sex trafficking. He was arrested in New York on July 6, 2019, and had faced similar charges back in 2008 in Florida but escaped federal charges taking a plea deal. According to which, he pled guilty to two state felony charges, paid restitution to three dozen victims identified by the FBI, and registered himself as a sex offender in the State of Florida and the State of New York.
On July 18, 2019, he was denied bail after offering US $600,000 to be able to wear an ankle tracker at his New York City townhouse. Epstein was viewed as a potential flight risk because he had taken 20 international flights in the past 18 months.
On July 23, Epstein was found semiconscious in his cell with bruises around his neck. His lawyer claimed that he had been attacked by his cellmate Nicholas Tartaglione (a suspect of multiple murder and drug conspiracies). However, he denied harming Epstein. After an internal investigation, Tartaglione was later reportedly cleared of any connection with the event. After the incident, Epstein was placed on a suicide watch. He was placed in an observation cell with windows, where lights were kept on, and any material which could be used by the prisoner to take his own life was detained. He was removed from the “suicide watch” after a psychiatric examination. After this, he was moved to a special housing unit, where he was supposed to have a cellmate and was checked on every 30 minutes.
The Day He Died:
Epstein was found unresponsive at 6:30 a.m. on August 10, 2019. According to the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prison’s official statement, “He was transported to a local hospital for the treatment of life-threatening injuries and subsequently pronounced dead by hospital staff”.
Presently, there is no evidence suggesting that Epstein was murdered. New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson, determined that he died after hanging himself with a bedsheet, while he was in a jail cell.
His powerful connections including Bill Gates, Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, and President Trump have raised doubts. Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, hired a celebrity forensic pathologist Michael Baden, who said that it was possible he was strangled.
Some Peculiar Points:
The jail informed the Justice Department when Epstein was placed in the special housing unit, that he was supposed to have a cellmate and that a guard would look into the cell every 30 minutes.
Epstein’s cellmate was transferred out on August 09, and after that, no new replacement cellmate was brought in. The two guards, who were on duty to keep a tab on him overnight, fell asleep just 15 feet away from Epstein’s cell for about three hours. Two cameras in front of Epstein’s cell also malfunctioned that night. Another camera recorded footage which was “unusable.”
The guards have been charged with falsifying jail records. The indictment claims the guards failed to perform the required “30 minutes” checks on Epstein but created fake log entries to show that they had done so.