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Excerpt: "Jeffrey Epstein, the politically connected financier and registered sex offender charged recently with sexually abusing dozens of young girls in the early 2000s, has died by apparent suicide while in jail and the FBI is investigating, the Bureau of Prisons said Saturday."

Jeffrey Epstein. (photo: Daily Beast/Getty Images)
Jeffrey Epstein. (photo: Daily Beast/Getty Images)


Jeffrey Epstein Dead After Apparent Suicide in New York Jail

By Matt Zapotosky, Renae Merle and Carol D. Leonnig, The Washington Post

10 August 19

 

effrey Epstein, the politically connected financier and registered sex offender charged recently with sexually abusing dozens of young girls in the early 2000s, has died by apparent suicide while in jail and the FBI is investigating, the Bureau of Prisons said Saturday.

Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell in the special housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City about 6:30 a.m., the Bureau of Prisons said. Two law enforcement officials said he was found hanging in his cell — though it was not immediately clear by what means. Lifesaving measures “were initiated immediately by responding staff,” who then requested aid from emergency medical services, the bureau said.

Epstein was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the bureau said.

The incident was first reported by ABC News.

The Bureau of Prisons called the death an “apparent suicide,” though one official cautioned that the investigation was in its early stages and no final determination had been made. Aja Davis, a spokeswoman for the New York City Medical Examiner, said that her office was investigating the death.

Epstein, a multimillionaire with ties to celebrities and politicians including President Trump and former president Bill Clinton, was arrested last month on federal sex trafficking charges that could have put in him prison for 45 years. Prosecutors alleged he abused dozens of young girls at his Manhattan and Palm Beach, Fla., homes and enlisted his victims to bring him others.

Epstein had pleaded not guilty in the case, and a federal judge had recently denied his request to be released to home confinement. Epstein was appealing that decision.

Last month, Epstein was found in his cell with marks around his neck, and authorities were trying to determine if he was attacked or attempted suicide. He showed no obvious signs of distress at a later court hearing.

People close to Epstein refused to rule out foul play, according to one person familiar with their discussions early Saturday, and asserted that Epstein seemed in good spirits in recent days. His attorneys are seeking to learn from authorities how Epstein’s body was found, and how such an incident could have occurred, this person said.

Attorney General William P. Barr, upon being informed of Epstein’s death while in federal custody, was “livid” and determined to figure out exactly what happened, said a person familiar with his reaction.

Epstein’s lawyers did not immediately return messages seeking comment. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s Office in New York, which brought the new case against Epstein, declined to comment.

Epstein’s case had attracted widespread attention — in part because of his wealth and political connections, and in part because of a lenient plea deal he reached more than a decade ago to resolve similar allegations. That 2008 agreement allowed Epstein to plead guilty to just two state charges in Florida, avoiding federal exposure entirely, and spend just 13 months in jail, with work-release privileges.

The deal was approved by Alex Acosta, who was then the U.S. attorney in Miami and would go on to become Trump’s labor secretary — a post he resigned after Epstein was charged last month and the controversy over the previous case was reignited.

Representatives for those who allege Epstein abused them and others who have followed the case said his death was not the justice they had sought.

“The fact that Jeffrey Epstein was able to commit the selfish act of taking his own life as his world of abuse, exploitation, and corruption unraveled is both unfortunate and predictable,” said Brad Edwards, a lawyer for some alleged victims. “While he and I engaged in contentious legal battles for more than a decade, this is not the ending anyone was looking for. The victims deserved to see Epstein held accountable, and he owed it to everyone he hurt to accept responsibility for all of the pain he caused.”

Epstein’s death comes less than 24 hours after a court unsealed a massive cache of records, laying out disturbing details about Epstein’s alleged activities and the people in his orbit who might have observed them.

Sigrid McCawley, another lawyer for victims, said the timing was “no coincidence,” and she was hopeful the government could continue to investigate “those who participated and facilitated Epstein’s horrifying sex trafficking scheme that damaged so many.”

“The reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of brave and truthful victims should not end with Jeffrey Epstein’s cowardly and shameful suicide,” McCawley said.

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents two alleged victims, said on MSNBC she now plans to file a civil lawsuit against Epstein’s estate in an effort to collect money for her clients. She called on the executors of his estate to freeze Epstein’s assets and not begin to distribute them to his beneficiaries.

The death is sure to draw intense scrutiny of the Bureau of Prisons and the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The high-rise federal detention center in downtown Manhattan has a fearsome reputation; one inmate who spent time there and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, famously said Guantanamo Bay was “more pleasant” and “more relaxed.”

The facility is no stranger to high-profile inmates. It recently housed notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman while he was on trial in Brooklyn, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has spent time there around court proceedings in New York — though records show he has since been moved to a different facility in Pennsylvania.

The facility in New York also housed Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, and Bernard Madoff, who ran the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who has urged the Justice Department to explore the handling of Epstein’s earlier plea agreement, said in a statement “the government has failed these girls yet again.”

“It is inexcusable that this rapist was not under constant suicide watch,” Sasse said. “These victims deserved to face their serial abuser in court.”

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+17 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-08-10 11:21
One thing we know for sure --- dead men don't talk.

Epstein's gardener was talking until he was found dead a few weeks ago.

"“The Royals are vehemently denying Roberts' allegations. Prince Andrew has been friends with Epstein for many years. According to the Daily Mirror, he was photographed partying with Epstein during a trip to Indonesia in 2001 on a yacht surrounded by topless women. A former handyman for Epstein told the Daily Mirror the Prince enjoyed massages from prostitutes hired by Epstein during frequent visits to his home in Palm Beach, Florida. "Juan Alessi said the Prince enjoyed daily massages from young women and often emerged 'smiling' after rub-downs." The Daily Mirror added, "Alessi also told how he witnessed parties at the ¬waterfront mansion at which the Prince was present while young girls frolicked in the nude." A furor in Britain over Prince Andrew's relationship with Epstein forced him to step down from his role as a trade envoy for the country.”


Epstein was at the confluence of some very powerful and deadly forces -- the British Royal Family, Mossad, American Jewish Mafia, and the FBI. None of these wanted him to tell when he knew. Dead men don't talk.

Probably this means that Epstein story will be tossed down the memory hole in a few days. But I hope not. Epstein was a window into the pedophile gangs that run the UK, US, Mossad, Israel, and many very powerful billionaires. Now that window may be closed.
 
 
+5 # MidwestDick 2019-08-10 19:00
It was Barr.
 
 
+21 # yolo 2019-08-10 14:00
Epstein's death was predicted to happened because there were too many important people, including law enforcement, in his pedophile ring. What do you think is going to happen to his side kick Ghislaine Maxwell? She knows too much, if she isn't dead already my guess is she will never be found and others who know too much will begin to mysteriously disappear. Of course there will be an investigation and the result will be no fault of anyone and Epstein died by suicide. And Bldg 7 on 9/11 fell because of fire.
 
 
0 # diamondmarge7 2019-08-12 00:05
And JFK's murder----=?
and Bobby's?
same ole same ole
 
 
+5 # xenonman 2019-08-10 14:14
The only thing regrettable about his death is that, having died without ever being convicted, he legally remains an innocent man.
 
 
+12 # xenonman 2019-08-10 14:15
Of course, the prison grapevine is very good about ferreting out and eliminating child molesters.
 
 
+21 # lorenbliss 2019-08-10 14:18
Recognizing the corruption that festers within the USian aristocracy is truly bottomless, I would not be surprised if it turns out Rapemaster Epstein was silenced to protect his aristocratic co-rapists.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-08-11 11:51
Just like Lee Harvey Oswald. How did Jack Ruby get into this area of the police department and why did the police open the way for his direct access to Oswald? But of course the "official story" will always be suicide, the work of a deranged individual.
 
 
+12 # QueenBee62 2019-08-10 14:20
If you believe Epstein's death was a suicide, I have a bridge to sell you. Read this: https://observer.com/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-spy-intelligence-work/
It's doubtful we'll ever know the truth.
 
 
+4 # anarchteacher 2019-08-10 14:25
https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/jeffrey-epstein-suicide/

Jeffrey Epstein “Suicide”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/mind-blowing-jeffrey-epstein-elite-connections/

Mind Blowing Jeffrey Epstein Elite Connections

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/jeffrey-epstein-hoped-to-seed-human-race-with-his-dna/

Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA
 
 
+11 # eriks 41 2019-08-10 14:27
Barr was livid? I wonder why....I'll bet the latest release of materials is going to rope in a lot of the Trumpers....
 
 
+29 # Farafalla 2019-08-10 14:32
Interesting that an inmate who already attempted suicide in his cell earlier and placed on a suicide watch, was not, in fact, on a suicide watch. How convenient for so many high powered men to suddenly have been spared the emergence of detailed relations with Epstein and avoided scandal bigger than most. A lot of wealthy and powerful people are breathing a sigh of relief.
 
 
+15 # sweetbabbalou 2019-08-10 14:53
Amazing how troves of info on this man's cohorts and highly placed 'friends' including our current President is unsealed and within 24 hours he is able to commit suicide with absolutely no explanation of how he did it or even why he may have done so. Smells like bs to me. Who might have the power and money to get him murdered inside his cell? Gee, I wonder who...
 
 
+13 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-08-10 16:05
Whoever caused Epstein’s death, the Prison officials have it all to answer for, given their manifest Gross Negligence. As if that was anything new, of course.
 
 
+9 # Robbee 2019-08-10 16:11
epitaph to a serial abuser -

"Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who has urged the Justice Department to explore the handling of Epstein’s earlier plea agreement, said in a statement “the government has failed these girls yet again.”

“It is inexcusable that this rapist was not under constant suicide watch,” Sasse said. “These victims deserved to face their serial abuser in court.”

- Jeffrey Epstein Dead After Apparent Suicide in New York Jail
By Matt Zapotosky, Renae Merle and Carol D. Leonnig, The Washington Post
10 August 19
 
 
+13 # grandlakeguy 2019-08-10 16:26
OMG Epstein "committed suicide!".
If you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you!
 
 
+9 # economagic 2019-08-10 19:15
The bridge has been retired because no one born in the past half century knows where it is. The new hot property is the beautiful ocean front property in NW Georgia. The downside is that it is not quite ocean front at the moment, but that will soon right itself.
 
 
+1 # Texas Aggie 2019-08-10 23:21
There is some beach front property south of Galveston also for sale. The beach is just to the north, only five minutes walk.
 
 
+9 # soularddave 2019-08-10 16:50
Has anyone thought to go to all of his knwn properties and offered to rescue anyone who wants to leave? I'm thinking specifically about that island hideaway. Call it an investigation, or an intervention.
 
 
+17 # revhen 2019-08-10 17:40
Remember how a suicide by an associate of the Clintons was somehow blamed on them? Wondering if the "suicide" by Epstein could be considered a silencer because he did dirty things for "prominent men." Possibly going to the very top?
 
 
-3 # AshamedAmerican 2019-08-10 22:01
I remember it having been scores of suicides and other very brutal deaths of Clinton associates. Seems like Clinton and Trump are only a few of the 'prominent [mostly] men' who would have been hurt by his testimony. Was he really a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on World Affairs? It may be be enlightening to know who it was that allowed him to be arrested.
 
 
+4 # Salus Populi 2019-08-10 21:14
Reminds me of a "suicide" of a prominent Mob-connected politician in the Midwest a couple or three decades ago. The back of his head was split open with an ax. Ruled suicide. Or then there was Gary Webb's "suicide" early in this century. Shot himself in the head.... three times.
 
 
+2 # trimegestus 2019-08-13 13:49
"If anything in life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone." --- Michael Corleone, The Godfather II, 1974.

Perhaps the FBI has the authority, the integrity, and the resources to determine how Epstein died. Perhaps not.

This incident has sent a message to foreign officials and their security forces. America is a violent unstable society and its government may be infiltrated by overtly criminal forces.
 
 
0 # economagic 2019-08-14 08:31
That message goes out to our own citizens also, and we should all take heed. Read the infamous "Powell Memo" in its entirety, then read the document that is typically labeled the "Fascist Manifesto." Mussolini was a committed socialist before he rejected that ideology for its opposite. But of course there are more definitions of "socialism" than there are people who embrace it.
 

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