There are many questions about Jeffrey Epstein’s life and death. The New York Times is reporting that new evidence provides insight into his final hours.
The Blaze reports that the documents the Times received included “more than 2,000 pages of records… obtained in a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons.”
The Blaze report noted that officials at the Metropolitan Correctional Center originally denied access to the documents.
Epstein died in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial on child sex-trafficking charges.
His death was ruled a “suicide by hanging” by the New York Medical Examiner.
Many have disputed the claim.
The New York Times documents from the Federal Bureau of Prisons note that Epstein told prison officials he had a “wonderful life” and had “no plans or thoughts of suicide.”
According to the documents, Epstein told a prison psychologist, “I have no interest in killing myself,” stating that he was a “coward” who disliked pain.
“I have no interest in killing myself,” he reportedly told his psychologist.
The documents note that in the days leading up to his death, Epstein complained about the “running toilet in his cell, the orange prison garb, his difficulty sleeping, his dehydration, and a numbness in his right arm.”
His psychologist noted, “Inmate Epstein was also upset about being treated like ‘a bad guy’ when he did not do anything wrong in the prison.”
Documents note several irregularities in Epstein’s prison experience. His intake forms were not filled out correctly—they list him as a “black male” with no prior sex offense convictions, whereas Epstein was white and had two convictions from 2008.
Also irregular is the fact that Epstein spent many hours out of his cell (in consultation with attorneys and advisors) and made unauthorized phone calls.
The Times reported that the documents they received indicate that the night Epstein killed himself, he “lied to jail officials” and claimed he wanted to call his mother, who was not alive. Epstein then called his girlfriend.
Prison staff did not properly log that call, and later that night, prison staff left Epstein alone in his cell against orders that he be assigned a cellmate, in part, because of suicide risk.
Prison staff suggested his suicide was due to “the lack of significant interpersonal connections, a complete loss of his status in both the community and among associates, and the idea of potentially spending his life in prison.”
A CBS News “60 Minutes” report questioned the cause of death.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who observed the four-hour autopsy, noted there were unusual “fractures of the left, the right thyroid cartilage and the left hyoid bone.”
Baden added, “I have never seen three fractures like this in a suicidal hanging. Going over a thousand jail hangings, suicides in the New York City State prisons over the past 40-50 years, no one had three fractures.”
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