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Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein spent the last hours of his life, in part, speaking to his 30-year-old girlfriend in Belarus on the phone under the guise that he was really calling his mother who had actually died years before, according to just-revealed details.
The New York Times perused more than 2,000 pages worth of records obtained from the Federal Bureau of Prisons only days before his alleged co-conspirator, Ghislaine Maxwell, is set to begin her trial.
The paper said that on the evening of Aug. 10, 2019, Epstein was helped by a unit supervisor at the Metropolitan Correctional Center to make a “social” phone call, but it was not properly logged. The unit supervisor reportedly asked Epstein who he was attempting to call and he replied that it was his mother.
But in reality, the late billionaire investor was talking to Katyna Shuliak, 30, his Belarusian girlfriend, with records indicating the call lasted around 15 minutes.
In fact, Epstein’s mother died in 2004, the Times report said.
Epstein, who did not indicate his intention to commit suicide during the call, helped Shuliak through dental school, the Times said.
That goes along with other documents reviewed by the Times including a clinical intervention report filed July 11, 2019, that said Epstein “continues to deny any suicidal ideation, intention or plan.”
“I have no interest in killing myself,” he told a prison psychologist, the documents note, adding that he also said he is a “coward” who did not like to be in pain.
“I would not do that to myself,” he claimed.
A few days after arriving at the detention facility, Epstein also said during another psychological analysis that he thinks “being alive is fun.” He also asked to speak with his attorney, take a shower and brush his teeth.
The psychologist documented that the disgraced financier was polite to him and also had a sense of humor.
“He was future-oriented,” the psychologist wrote, adding that he denied having ever sexually abused anyone and expressing confidence that he would be set free after a renewed bail hearing. But less than a month later, on Aug. 10, 2019, according to a medical examiner’s report, Epstein hanged himself with a bedsheet.
He was awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking that, if he were convicted, would have landed him in prison for up to 45 years.
Epstein was arrested July 6, 2019, aboard his private jet at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after he returned from a trip to Paris. He was transported to the federal lockup in Lower Manhattan after his arrest.
In May of this year, two prison guards — Tova Noel and Michael Thomas — admitted that they “willfully and knowingly” lied in reports stating that they checked the well-being of Epstein and that of other prisoners the night he hung himself. Neither of them will serve time, however, after they reached a deal with prosecutors.
Instead, they were required to complete 100 hours of community service and cooperate with a federal investigation into Epstein’s death, reports said.
At the time, prosecutors said that guards were either surfing the internet or sleeping when they should have been making their rounds.
“After a thorough investigation, and based on the facts of this case and the personal circumstances of the defendants, the Government has determined that the interests of justice will best be served by deferring prosecution in this District,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss wrote to U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres.
Two years hence, the Manhattan detention facility, once considered among the most secure within the federal system, was shut down. BOP officials cited crumbling security and infrastructure within the facility as the reasons for closing it.
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