For weeks, those watching the case of Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein were well-aware of the possibility that he could die in custody, before having the chance to testify or hand over evidence on the powerful friends who were connected to his crimes.
Officials have been claiming that Epstein killed himself in his jail cell, however, pretty much everyone is skeptical, considering the circumstances surrounding the case.
Last month, the notorious financier was found unconscious in his prison cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) with ‘marks on his neck,’ but prison officials were baffled as to the circumstances behind his injury. Sources close to Epstein told the Washington Post that he claimed he was attacked in the previous encounter and that he was fearing for his life.
After that incident, he was placed on suicide watch for a week, but then reportedly had the watch removed on July 29. After that, he was returned to a special housing unit, which was a segregated area of the prison with extra security. While he was not on suicide watch any longer, he was still under tight surveillance, and it would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible for him to do something like this on his own.
The circumstances are so suspicious that Attorney General William P. Barr issued a statement announcing that the FBI would be making a special inquiry into the matter.
“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. 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 said.
A former attorney for one of Epstein’s many victims was among a large number of people who predicted his death behind bars.
Powerful Friends and Enemies
In an interview with The Sun, after Epstein’s first alleged suicide attempt, attorney Spencer Kuvin said that he does not believe that Epstein tried to kill himself, and suggested that it could have been an assassination attempt from one his powerful clients.
According to prosecutors, Epstein operated a “vast network” for child human trafficking between 2002 and 2005, which allowed him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls.”
Epstein owned a private island near Saint Thomas in the US Virgin Islands called Little Saint James, where he regularly vacationed with world leaders, away from the prying eyes of news reporters. This island is rumored to be a place that Epstein used for his trafficking operations, since he had so much privacy there.
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta was one of the powerful figures who helped Epstein avoid serious jail time from behind the scenes in the 2007 case where he opted to register as a sex offender to avoid serious jail time. Acosta was forced to resign amid the renewed controversy this year.
Many long-time friends like Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew have been implicated in Epstein’s illicit activities.
In September 2002, Epstein flew Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, and Chris Tucker to Africa in his private jet. Flight records show Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane 26 times. Epstein’s plane has been nicknamed the “Lolita Express” by media due to his conviction and the accusations of sexual involvement with underage girls made against him.
In the wake of Epstein’s death, many people on all sides of the political aisle are demanding answers about the suspicious circumstances. Even congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising questions about the situation.
More details will be reported as they become available.
We need answers. Lots of them.https://t.co/4DMckiZnVB
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 10, 2019