A law enforcement source has revealed the details of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide.
The source told the New York Post that Epstein, 66, hanged himself with a noose he made out of a bed sheet, tying the sheet to the top bunk of the bed in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility.
The source said that Epstein, who was six feet tall, asphyxiated himself by leaning toward the floor while on his knees.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Epstein was found unresponsive at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. According to the new report, Epstein was first taken to a jail infirmary, then to the New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
On July 23, Epstein was found injured with abrasion marks on his neck in his cell. He was placed on suicide watch for only six days; his lawyers reportedly asked for him to be taken off suicide watch after a series of long meetings over the course of multiple days. Epstein was then placed in a special housing unit. According to the Wall Street Journal, Epstein was under “special observation status” at the time of his death, which required that he have a cell mate and that correction officers check on him every 30 minutes.
But a source told the Wall Street Journal there was no cellmate present when Epstein died. The inmate who had been sharing Epstein’s cell left the jail, possible for an appointment or a court appearance, according to the report.
And NBC News reports that no correction officer had checked on Epstein for a “number of hours” before he was found unresponsive in his cell.
CrimeOnline spoke to Epstein’s former lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and asked if he knew anything about the reported meetings Epstein had with his lawyers — some that were up to 12 hours long — prior to his legal team requesting that he be taken off suicide watch. Dershowitz said he had no knowledge of the meetings, and that he had “no relationship” with Epstein at the time of his death.
“I have not seen him in five years,” Dershowitz said.
United States Attorney William Barr has called for an investigation into Epstein’s death.
“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said in a statement obtained by the New York Post.
“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.”
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