So, how does one of the most high profile cases end up with a suspect on suicide watch killing himself in his jail cell?
Correctional officers at the New York City jailhouse where Jeffrey Epstein was being held reportedly didn’t check in on him for hours leading up to his apparent suicide on Saturday, which occurred after his cellmate was transferred for reasons that were not immediately clear.
Who on suicide watch has a cellmate? Was the cellmate on suicide watch as well? Where were the Clintons when all of this was going on? So many questions.
The 66-year-old Epstein was discovered unconscious in his cell, only to be pronounced dead shortly after, which goes back to my original question. How the heck can a famously rich guy who was in jail for sex trafficking charges commit suicide in the high-security area of the Metropolitan Correctional Center only two weeks after being put on suicide watch?
Correctional officers, including the ones who were assigned to his suicide watch, hadn’t checked in with Epstein, even though those officers were REQUIRED to visit him every half hour, someone familiar with the case told Fox News.
Get this. Epstein was supposed to have a cellmate, but the person assigned to share a cell with Epstein was transferred on Friday before the Epstein’s so-called “suicide,” according to the Washington Post. At this point, no one knows why the cellmate was transferred or why no one else was assigned to room with Epstein.
Wow! What a coincidence, right?
Epstein was placed on suicide watch in July and had been given psychiatric evaluations after he was discovered with bruising on his neck, but was taken off suicide watch at the end of July.
New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner, Barbara Sampson, said on Sunday that an autopsy was performed on Epstein, but they need more information before a cause of death could be officially determined.
Epstein was placed in the facility’s Special Housing Unit, a high-security area of the Manhattan facility that separates high-profile inmates from the general population. Correctional officers at the jail it is said worked a lot of overtime shifts for days to help make up for staffing shortages.
Yeah, blame the “system” for the guards with the special assignment duty of keeping an eye on the guy on suicide watch at the center of the most high-profile case of the century on they were tired from having to work so much overtime.
Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled” to when he learned of Epstein’s death and said that the FBI and the Justice Department’s Inspector General’s office will investigate his apparent suicide.
Epstein was being held on child sex trafficking and conspiracy charges after he was denied bail. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his New York and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, to which Epstein pleaded not guilty.
He was looking at 45 years of prison time.