As question surrounding the circumstances of accused sex trafficker and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide remain unanswered, the Daily Beast has revealed new details about Epstein’s final days in a Manhattan jailhouse.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Epstein was placed on suicide watch on July 23 after a possible jail cell suicide attempt, when he was found in a fetal position with abrasion marks on his neck. It remains unclear how Epstein was able to take his own life, and CrimeOnline is working to confirm that Epstein remained on suicide watch until his death.
“We are investigating this death. Cause and manner are pending,” the spokesperson said.
The Department of Justice reportedly addressed Epstein’s death in a press release on Saturday:
“On Saturday, August 10, 2019, at approximately 6:30 a.m., inmate Jeffrey Edward Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit from an apparent suicide. Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. Staff requested emergency medical services (EMS) and life-saving efforts continued. Mr. Epstein was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, and subsequently pronounced dead by hospital staff.”
An unnamed source with knowledge of Epstein’s time at the Manhattan Correctional Center told the Daily Beast that Epstein had been acting oddly in the last two weeks. The source said that Epstein was not given preferential treatment following the suicide attempt, but said that proper protocols were followed, though the report does not elaborate further on the protocols.
Epstein “lived like a pig in a sty” during the last two weeks, the source said, claiming that Epstein ate his meals off the floor of the jail cell and made continuous requests for more toilet paper. He also reportedly requested other inmate numbers in conversations, perhaps so that he could deposit money into their jail accounts, though this remains unconfirmed.
At press time, news is developing that Epstein may not have been under suicide watch at the time of his death. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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