Jeffrey Epstein‘s apparent suicide has raised suspicions and sent social media hashtags trending as many questioned how prison personnel failed to prevent his death.
The billionaire financier was found dead Saturday after reportedly hanging himself at a Manhattan jail where the convicted sex offender was supposedly under a suicide watch. Epstein was hospitalized a few short weeks before for what appeared to be a suicide attempt that failed.
Accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is dead, ABC News confirms https://t.co/6q8aPiKNwp
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 10, 2019
But his death on Saturday while awaiting trial for federal sex trafficking charges, and one day after the release of documents implicating several prominent political names – including Bill Clinton – instantly set off conspiracy theories. And top Twitter trends included the words “So Epstein,” as well as “Another Clinton” and the hashtag #ClintonBodyCount.
If you want to get how dangerous Twitter’s algorithms and trends can be in promoting conspiracy theories, hours after Epstein’s death, two of the top trending topics are #ClintonBodyCount and “Another Clinton” pic.twitter.com/jgHePgF5BM
— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) August 10, 2019
Verified Twitter users questioned how it was possible for Epstein to take his own life while prison personnel supposedly had him on suicide watch.
Inmate suicides are almost always preventable, and Epstein attempted last month. Huge failure by the feds here. https://t.co/Ns0zqUauh5
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 10, 2019
2. To die by suicide in federal prison, particularly after he attempted it once before, is a massive scandal.
Survivors of Epstein’s predation have been robbed of their right to seek justice.
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) August 10, 2019
4. There are cameras everywhere in MCC where Epstein was locked up. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out how this happened.
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) August 10, 2019
Unbelievable and suspicious. https://t.co/fohGJRux0W
— Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) August 10, 2019
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demanded an accounting for what happened.
We need answers. Lots of them.https://t.co/4DMckiZnVB
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 10, 2019
Wow it sure is convenient for a large number of the nation’s richest and most powerful people that a man who already tried to hang himself once was allowed to do it a few days later while under government supervision. https://t.co/0gAcUrB2oa
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) August 10, 2019
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) August 10, 2019
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called it out as “bullsh*t” and even quipped that Russians may have been involved.
He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bullshit.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 10, 2019
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett found Epstein’s cause of death “baffling.”
“Given evidence of an attack most recently against him they’re going to want to conduct an investigation that this was indeed self-inflicted, that this was suicide,” Jarrett told “Fox & Friends” Saturday.
(Video: Fox News)
“But the fact that he was in a solitary cell most recently and on suicide watch… it is baffling how somebody on suicide watch who is routinely checked every hour and usually there are cameras, could manage to accomplish a suicide,” he added. “And not only that, when you’re on suicide watch in a jail cell, under normal protocol they remove absolutely everything in the cell that could be used for hanging.”
“So I’m not quite sure how he managed to accomplish this unless they violated their own protocol,” he noted.
The theories on Twitter abounded as the reports of the 66-year-old billionaire’s death unfolded.
This will launch at least a million conspiracy theories. https://t.co/TQYleWMfW1
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) August 10, 2019
I am not into conspiracy theories. But Epstein had destructive information on an extraordinary number of extraordinarily powerful people. It is not easy to commit suicide in prison. Especially after being placed on suicide watch. Especially after already allegedly trying.
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) August 10, 2019
I don’t dabble much in conspiracy theories, but…
a guy, who the most powerful people in the world want dead, shouldn’t be able to commit suicide after an alleged attempted suicide already, while on suicide watch, while everyone says he’s going to be suicided. https://t.co/B4mk4mQxfr
— Pat the Berner? (@PatTheBerner) August 10, 2019
$$$$$. How much does a jail guard need to be paid to go get coffee for 20 minutes?
— The Toxman (@AndyMcfadden2) August 10, 2019
Unreal. How the hell did this guy not have 24/7 monitoring. The number of people this man would have brought down, I shouldn’t be surprised that another Clinton Associate ends up dead before they have a chance to dig out his secrets. Wake up folks,… https://t.co/RkIg72a7lM
— Jason Ambrosino (@jasonambrosino) August 10, 2019
Epstein was on suicide watch, yet he managed to hang himself. I’m not buying it. Yet another Clinton connected suicide. #clintonbodycount
— Roger Schilling (@caduceusmedic) August 10, 2019
Second reaction: A former federal prosecutor informs me about this secord-order effect in terms of legal procedure. pic.twitter.com/SeHoSxbzzQ
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) August 10, 2019
So Epstein’s death makes it MORE possible for damaging stuff to be introduced into court. But that could mean that this legal wrinkle was unknown to..whoever. Amazing how many non-conspiracy minded folks are saying: “uh uh…this one stinks to high heaven.” https://t.co/IMLofnsDtU
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) August 10, 2019
So Epstein really committed suicide while being under suicide watch, definitely doesn’t have anything to do with him connecting Prince Andrew and other powerful people to his human trafficking crimes pic.twitter.com/ihN4yBFGSb
— Elaine Lopez (@Elaine_yz7) August 10, 2019
Big congrats to the guard who took a $10,000 coffee break so Epstein was alone
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) August 10, 2019
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