Jeffrey Epstein’s Suicide? What’s to Hide? – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

It should be always borne in mind that the truth never remains hidden.

How safe can one be in prison? While there is no knowingly fail-safe method to predict the occurrence of suicide in a prison setting, there is however an obligation on the part of the Correctional Services to preserve life in custody.

It is clear to see why the alleged suicide of sex-offender socialite Jeffrey Epstein in a federal jail, that housed some of the highest security inmates, has opened the door to rigid scrutiny.  There are several factors that put incarcerated individuals at a heightened risk of suicide. Incarceration by its very nature brings about loss of autonomy and personal control.   

Deprivation, isolation and separation from loved ones can produce feelings of helplessness and/or despair. Principally, long periods of physical isolation in segregation can intensify such feelings leading one to the conclusion that life is no longer worth living.

Epstein apparently took his own life on August 10 while detained at the Metro Correctional Centre in Manhattan, one of the most secure federal jails in America run by the U. S Department of Justice. https://thehill.com/homenews/news/456957-fbi-investigating-epstein-death-in-manhattan-jail. There is still an air of unanswered questions and swirling theories surrounding his untimely demise, although on July 23, he was found unconscious in his cells with bruise marks around his neck consistent with a suicide attempt. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-injured-jail.html?module=inline

Following the afore-mentioned incident, he was briefly placed under suicide watch, which meant being placed in a special cell, surrounded by windows, without bed clothes, and subjected to  under near-constant surveillance. However, reportedly at the request of his attorneys, Epstein was removed from suicide watch less than a week later. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/10/prison-experts-shocking-that-jeffrey-epstein-was-taken-off-suicide-watch.html . Was Epstein’s attorney within his rights to request conclusion of a suicide watch?  Who determines such an action (conclusion or extension)?   What risk assessment protocol was used to determine absence of risk?  Was the decision appropriate?

Was there any follow-up care given when the prison decided that the danger of suicide was past?

At the time of his death around 06.30 a. m on August 10, the inmate was not under suicide watch, and according to Barbara Sampson, the Chief Medical Examiner, a determination of suicide has been made after “a careful review of all investigative information including autopsy findings”. https://abcnews.go.com/US/jeffrey-epsteins-death-ruled-suicide-hanging-source/story?id=65021384 . Epstein’s lawyers, Martin Weinberg, Reid Weingarten and Michael Miller, issued a statement after the medical examiner’s conclusion was made public, saying, they were “not satisfied with the conclusions.”, and promised to effectuate  their own independent investigations. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/17/epsteins-lawyers-not-satisfied-autopsy-conclusion-vow-carry/

Attorney General William Barr has stated that both the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General will investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/11/jeffrey-epstein-death-fbi-doj-launch-investigations.  On August 19, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons Hugh Herwitz was removed from his position by the Attorney General.  His removal came amidst growing evidence that guards under his supervision at the chronically understaffed Correctional Center abnegated their responsibility to keep the financier from killing himself while in federal custody awaiting trial. https://bangordailynews.com/2019/08/19/national-politics/us-prisons-chief-removed-after-jeffrey-epsteins-death/ . In addition the two guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein were placed on administrative leave , also the warden Lamine N’Diaye reassigned

https://globalnews.ca/news/5761670/jeffrey-epstein-guards-warden/. According to the New York Times the guards failed to check on Epstein for three hours and also falsified the records. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-jail-officers.html

Eric Young, president of the national Council of Union Chapters that covers prison employees, said that although one is under camera surveillance from the moment you walk on to prison property, it is likely that there was no surveillance of the individual cell where Epstein was housed. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/new-york.

Why was a former suicide attemptee alone in a cell?  Why did the officers not follow protocols such as regular cell checks?  Why were they both sleeping at the same time?  Had they both forgotten that they are being paid to keep and not to sleep?

On a note of enigmatic irony, is the fact that according to law enforcement agencies the convicted pedophile complained of being unable to sleep, on account of his cell being too bright.  Even more interesting is the fact that in the Suicide Watch Unit where Epstein was held since the first suicide attempt, the lights are never turned off.  So Brightness of light is the order of the Night. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/12/jeffrey-epstein-death-suicide-prison.

It then follows to logical reasoning that the fatal suicide attempt would have taken place in full view of the guards, or in a well- lit environment?  Did Epstein notice both guards asleep and seized the moment to his advantage?   Some degree of time would have been spent in preparation for the suicide act, which is, tying and securing of sheets, positioning of sheets to serve as a tourniquet, and preparing one’s self for the fatal jump, drop or thrust.  Seemingly everything ran like clockwork within the walls of a detention centre manned by sleeping guards.

Epstein a Wall Street investor with ties to princes, presidents, politicians and famous people was awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy, with some of his alleged victims being as young as 14 years. The alleged abuse took place between 2002 and 2005, with his luxurious Upper East Side townhouse, as well as his Palm Beach waterfront mansion serving as the sites of the alleged abuse.  If convicted he faced a possible sentence of up to 45 years behind bars.

Epstein is no longer alive, but it has not dampened his victims’ drive. Considering the high profile names to which he was linked, the circumstances of his death certainly merits a rethink— Failure on the part of the Jailer?  Or a resounding call for the Feds to pay attention to inmate retention.

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  • kamtanblog  On August 22, 2019 at 4:03 am

    An interesting take ….
    Most paedos rapists and murders become
    “victims” of their crime once other inmates
    become aware of their crime.
    My gut feeling is that is that he was
    allowed the option to exit by the
    guards/authorities/institution.
    “save taxpayers money”

    In my opinion
    If person or persons wishes to exit
    (execute himself) (mercy killing)
    euthanasia it should be legal.
    In UK suicide is illegal and many who
    wish to exit for medical reasons have
    to travel to Switzerland to do so.
    It is legal there where death certificate
    is legally binding in UK.
    Go do the sums
    Go figure

    My take

    Kamtan

  • Trevor  On August 22, 2019 at 9:00 am

    A billionaire can’t buy his way off, or was he holding secrets and was murdered? Dead man don’t reveal secrets.

    • kamtanblog  On August 22, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Speculation !
      Doubt it … more likely allowed to !

      We can but “speculate”

      RIP

      Kamtan

  • Tata  On August 30, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Sadly, the prison system in America needs urgent reform, and hopefully with Epstein’s death, those In authority can start doing the job they are paid to do. What happened to Epstein is a tragedy and must be investigated to the fullest because without knowing all the facts, it would be best to wait until ALL the facts are disclosed before passing any judgement on this debacle.

    On the other hand, while it’s newsworthy to expose millionaires and billionaires in silicious sexual scandals, the world remain silent on the RAPE of children by catholic priests around the world. Where is the outrage? Is it because these stories do not sell newspapers, secure book deals or make a lot of liars or lawyers wealthy?

    LEASE NOT FORGET, Epstein’s alleged crime is no different from what young women in Guyana were and still are subjected to, in order to be gainfully employed or to put food on the table for their family. This type of behavior has been part and parcel of powerful men. It’s been a global culture but today, .”victims” can capitalize on the sentiment and reap benefits.

    • kamtanblog  On August 30, 2019 at 3:06 am

      An interesting take !
      When humans pretend/play gods it proves
      hypocrisy exists today.
      Prisons aka “university of crime” should
      function as “rehabilitation” centres
      not “correction” centres.
      Some on life sentence offered
      euphenasia aka mercy killing.

      In my analysing the “punishment must
      fit the crime…and ”life means life” in sentencing

      Think may have opened a “can of worms”
      in this my comment so will step off the soap box.

      Kamtan

    • Trevor  On August 30, 2019 at 8:12 am

      Lots of wealthy Guyanese businessmen who own some those tall buildings in GT partake in those sorts of sordid affairs with young women, but where will they go?

      To the campaigners of the feminist movements who are connected to the same businessmen?

      To the American or Canadian non-profits who only care for American woman and upper class women?

      To the ministry who receives bribes from the businessman?

      To the Chinese man who is buying the tall building to launder money?

      You will be surprised that even the most famous businessmen in Guyana, who preach do-gooder ideals and appear to show concern for oil contracts, are involved in this network.

      • kamtanblog  On August 30, 2019 at 8:52 am

        Endemic corruption !
        What are political jackasses doing about
        it ? Legislating/discouraging/imprisoning
        those that are found guilty. Jail a few for
        starters. !
        Only recently two UK MP were jailed for
        fiddling …right signal ! Break the law
        move directly to jail
        Do not pass go
        Do not collect $200
        But no bribes to get out of jail “free”

        Corruption will never end but it can be harnessed/regulated by making laws and
        enforcing them.
        That’s why we vote the political jackasses
        into power.
        QED

        Kamtan

      • Trevor  On August 30, 2019 at 9:48 pm

        The rich and powerful can do anything that they want with impunity. There were rumours that BBC host Jimmy Saville was implicated in some sordid affairs, but he has long departed this earth with his secrets and wrongdoings.

      • kamtanblog  On August 31, 2019 at 4:16 am

        If jimmy saville was alive am sure he would
        have been incarcerated for his crimes
        against humanity. A paedo !
        Now prince Andrew is under suspicion
        all be it “by association” ?
        One can fool most of the public all of the time
        But not “all” of the public all of the time.
        Sooner or later the prince will have to
        come clean.
        We can but speculate !
        Truth to power

        Kamtan

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