In an exclusive interview late Saturday with the New York Post, a former inmate at the Manhattan-based corrections facility where Epstein died earlier that morning claimed that the billionaire pedophile couldn’t have possibly killed himself via hanging given what he knows about the facility.
“There’s no way that man could have killed himself,” said the unnamed former inmate, an ex-con who, according to the Post, spent several months in the same housing unit as Epstein. “I’ve done too much time in those units. It’s an impossibility. Between the floor and the ceiling is like eight or nine feet. There’s no way for you to connect to anything. You have sheets, but they’re paper level, not strong enough. He was 200 pounds — it would never happen.”
He added that during a suicide watch, they place “you in this white smock, a straight jacket” that prevents you from injuring yourself.
To be clear, reports have confirmed that Epstein had in fact been off suicide watch when he was found dead, though he did reportedly spend a couple weeks on it prior after an alleged failed suicide attempt in late July.
Someone going to jail for this!https://t.co/itl5hjxYPu
— Neal Rudin (@NealRudin) August 11, 2019
“The clothing they give you is a jump-in uniform,” the former inmate’s statement continued. “Everything is a dark brown color. Could he have done it from the bed? No sir. There’s a steel frame, but you can’t move it. There’s no light fixture. There’s no bars.”
He added that there’s simply not enough available in the cells to “create an instrument of death.”
“They don’t give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death. You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper,” he said. “Nothing hard or made of metal. There’s up to 80 people there. They could put two in cell. It’s one or two, but I’ll never believe this guy had a cellmate. He was too blown up.”
The inmate went on to describe the conditions at the facility.
“The damage that unit can do to someone,” he said. “It’s like you’re an animal and you’ve been brought into a kennel. A guy like Jeffrey, it’s like, ‘Holy sh*t.’ I told my parents not to come there. God wasn’t in the building. I’ve had some heavy incidents in the building. What happened is permanent.”
He continued, “Some of the guards are on a major power trip. They know guys there are suffering. They know something the rest of the world hasn’t seen, that a place like this exists in this country, and they get off on it. If the guards see that the guy is breaking, they’re going to help you break. But it’s my firm belief that Jeffrey Epstein did not commit suicide. It just didn’t happen.”
While these are just the words of an inmate — and convicts in general don’t exactly have a track record for their honesty — it does fit with emerging theories, some of which have been posed by Epstein’s own associates.
“People close to Epstein fear he was murdered … as Epstein told authorities someone tried to kill him in a previous incident weeks earlier,” a reporter with The Washington Post revealed. “He was described as being in good spirits in recent days. Remember previous incident July 23: it was never cleared up whether Epstein had been attacked, as he said, or if he was covering up his own suicide attempt.”
People close to Epstein fear he was murdered…as Epstein told authorities someone tried to kill him in a previous incident weeks earlier. He was described as being in good spirits in recent days… https://t.co/J9QNSo1N2v
— Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig) August 10, 2019
Remember previous incident July 23: it was never cleared up whether Epstein had been attacked, as he said, or if he was covering up his own suicide attempt https://t.co/G7smVLAZqc
— Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig) August 10, 2019
The nature of Epstein’s suicide has raised a myriad of questions, according to Page Pate, a criminal defense and constitutional lawyer based in Atlanta and former adjunct professor of law at the University of Georgia.
“Why was Epstein taken off suicide watch so soon?” he wrote in a Sunday column for CNN. “Why was he not monitored more closely in the SHU where he was held? And given the nature of the charges against him and the other powerful, high profile individuals whose names have been linked to his case, was this all a mistake or something more nefarious?”
That even such a high-profile attorney would raise the possibility of “something more nefarious” having happened speaks to how unusual Epstein’s is.
So does the notable timing. The billionaire’s alleged suicide occurred less than a day after an estimated 2,000 documents linked to a defamation suit filed against him and his “madam,” Ghislaine Maxwell, were released publicly.
These documents have implicated a number of prominent figures — including Bill Clinton, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former Sen. George Mitchell — in some of Epstein’s alleged activities.
Because of these bizarre circumstances, even high-profile figures in the media, Hollywood and elsewhere have broached the possibility of a murder:
Hey, did Jeffrey Epstein commit suicide? He was on suicide watch. Impossible. was he murdered by his rich and powerful freinds?
— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 10, 2019
I never subscribe to conspiracy theories but this is just ridiculous. Jeffrey Epstein was on suicide watch but somehow manages to still kill himself? He was probably murdered or somebody encouraged him to do it to protect a bunch of rich and powerful pedophiles. #EpsteinSuicide
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 10, 2019
They misspelled “murdered” in Jail cell
Jeffrey Epstein found dead in jail cell, ABC News reports https://t.co/2Boyz2jUJE
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) August 10, 2019
I personally think Epstein was murdered. He was too much of a narcissist to kill himself and suicide in MCC SHU is nearly impossible.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 11, 2019
It took a murdered pedophile to unite the right and left in America #epstein
— Jay Dabhi (@JayDabhi) August 11, 2019
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