Epstein on Suicide watch commits suicide
Former financier Jeffrey Epstein died Saturday morning in an suicide in his Manhattan jail cell as he was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, law-enforcement officials say. He was 66 years old.
He was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to prison officials & then transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department’s inspector general have opened separate investigations into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death, officials said, as they find it suspicious.
Attorney General William Barr said in a statement he was appalled to learn of the apparent suicide.
“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Mr. Barr said. Mr. Barr was livid to learn about Mr. Epstein’s death, telling staffers he is determined to get to the bottom of what happened, a person familiar with the matter said.WSJ
About two weeks ago, officials moved Mr. Epstein to a suicide-watch unit after he was found unconscious in his cell with marks on his neck. Mr. Epstein at the end of July was taken off suicide watch, where he had received daily psychiatric evaluations, a person familiar with the matter said.
Lisa Boesky, a San Diego-based psychologist and expert on suicide in correctional facilities, said jails are required to have a qualified mental-health professional conduct suicide-risk assessments when a prisoner is suspected of being at risk.
“Every single person in the Justice Department—from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer—knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him.” He added, “Obviously, heads must roll.”Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska to AG Barr
The arrest at Teterboro
Mr. Epstein was arrested July 6 2019 at Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, New Jersey when he was returning from Paris on his private jet.
Prosecutors accused Mr. Epstein of orchestrating a years long sex-trafficking operation in which he and his associates lured dozens of girls—some as young as 14 years old—to his homes in New York and Florida. He recruited them to perform massages in the nude that steadily progressed to masturbation and sex acts, prosecutors said. Epstein pleaded not guilty. At a recent hearing, U.S. District Senior Judge, Richard Berman discussed June 2020 as a tentative trial date. Berman received his B.S. from Cornell, and his law degree from NYU, and once served as an aide to U.S. Senator Jacob Javits.
The investigation will continue even after Mr. Epstein’s death.
The Giuffre files
On Friday, a cache of legal documents made public by a federal appeals court provided details about his life and how he and his associates allegedly recruited young women and girls. The documents, filed as part of a defamation lawsuit brought against a longtime companion of Mr. Epstein, included sworn testimony by Mr. Epstein’s employees and the plaintiff, Virginia Giuffre.
Mr. Epstein had sought to be released from jail and put under house arrest in his Manhattan apartment pending trial. Judge Berman denied his request for bail, saying Mr. Epstein posed too great a danger to the community. Mr. Epstein’s lawyers appealed the decision.
In the early 2000s, Mr. Epstein was known for his ties to public figures such as former President Clinton and Prince Andrew, both of whom flew on Mr. Epstein’s private jets.
At the same time, the financier was dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct involving underage girls.