The apparent suicide by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has stirred a litany of conspiracy theories and there’s no signs of this slowing anytime soon.
On the morning of the billionaire’s death, contradicting reports have emerged about shrieks being heard.
Citing a source familiar with the situation, CBS News reported Tuesday that shouting and shrieking was heard from Epstein’s jail cell.
It’s not clear who was shrieking, but corrections officers attempted to revive Epstein, saying, “Breathe, Epstein, breathe.”
CBS News also reported one of Epstein’s guards on the night he died was not a regular corrections officer at the Metropolitan Correctional Center — this being a result of the facility being understaffed, apparently.
But NBC News reported that the lawyer for Nicholas Tartaglione, an ex-Westchester cop who faces the death penalty in a quadruple homicide, said Epstein’s death was a “silent act.”
“Nobody heard anything. It was a silent act,” attorney Bruce Barket told NBC News.
Tartaglione is in the same unit where Epstein was being held and Barket said that his client heard nothing the morning Epstein reportedly hung himself with his bed sheets.
The lawyer did say that Tartaglione, who was being held a few cells away, “knows a heck of a lot about what went on.”
The hulking former cop was Epstein’s cellmate in July when the financier was found nearly unconscious on the floor of his cell with marks around his neck — Tartaglione reportedly said he heard nothing that morning either, and denied having any role in whatever happened.
There was reportedly some friction between the two while they were cellmates, and an official noted that Epstein feared Tartaglione, who was transferred to a new cell on the Friday before Epstein’s death.
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“Nick knows a heck of a lot about what went on,” Barket said. “He was there during the first attempt and he was there when he actually killed himself — he just wasn’t in the same cell.”
Considering Tartaglione, 51, faced the death penalty if convicted on charges of killing four men in an alleged drug deal that went bad — the men were buried in his yard — any possibility of having information could prove to be beneficial to him.
“Whether or not he’ll be in a position to cooperate remains unclear,” Barket said. “But he certainly has information that would be very valuable to the investigation if they want access to it.”
NBC News noted that Epstein was placed under suicide watch in July, which required a cell stripped of bed sheets, but that he was taken off the watch a week or so later.
“Take someone off of suicide watch and then say, “Okay, he’s fine, he says he’s fine,'” Siegel said. “That’s not how a psychiatrist would act.”
Epstein was returned to a cell in the special housing unit, where he was supposed to be checked every half hour, but sources told NBC News that on the morning Epstein died, hours passed with no checks.
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