Early yesterday morning, Epstein was found hanging in his cell at the Federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan and has died—just a few weeks after his first attempt at suicide on July 23rd and placement on suicide watch.
Questions are now swirling how he could have been left in his cell without proper supervision and how it was possible for him to cause his hanging. Apparently Epstein only stayed on suicide watch for a few days. Did Epstein receive assistance from a fellow inmate or someone within the detention facility? Conspiracy theories are circulating especially in light of news breaking this past week that hundreds of potentially damning documents were about to be released in a previously sealed defamation case involving Epstein’s former associate and accused “Madame” Ghislane Maxwell. In that case, Maxwell was accused by one of Epstein’s then underaged victims (Virginia Roberts Guiffre) to have coordinated young girls for Epstein’s sex trafficking. The documents to be released were rumored to disclose other high profile co-violators allegedly involved in Epstein’s sex trafficking scheme (including men Guiffre claims she was forced to have sex with by Epstein and Maxwell). A portion of those documents were released Friday and we now know some of those alleged co-violators include Prince Andrew, former New Mexico Gov Bill Richards, former US Senator George Mitchell, and attorney Alan Dershowitz (who represented Epstein in his Florida criminal case in 2007), all of who vehemently deny these allegations.
The timing of Epstein’s death appears curious and it is an obvious question to ask: Who might benefit from his death? Whether Epstein killed himself out of guilt or desperation given his dire outlook of life in prison or his suicide was staged, it is tragic that he will not be required to face his accusers in court. The Inspector General is now investigating potential failures of the federal correctional facility, (home to other high profile prisoners, including notorious drug lord “El Chapo,” Bernard Madoff (for running the biggest Ponzi scheme in US history), and Ramzi Ahmed Yousef (who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing), to determine the circumstances of Epstein’s death and who, if anyone, may have assisted Epstein. Although the case against Epstein personally may now be over, it is hopefully not over for those who enabled Epstein (including employees who coordinated and paid the girls) and for any alleged co-conspirators and participants in Epstein’s sex trafficking scheme. The FBI and our federal prosecutors have much more work to do. It is curious that Epstein continued to be embraced by elite society even after his conviction in Florida and time served in jail. It is time to dig deeper and hold those who participated and helped Epstein accountable, regardless of their political position, power or wealth. The victims deserve justice even if Epstein is no longer on earth to endure proper consequences for his sexual abuse of underaged girls. At minimum, the victims will likely be able to continue and file new civil suits against Epstein’s estate.