Epstein Allegedly Commits ‘Suicide’ Despite Previously Being Put On Suicide Watch
“We need answers. Lots of them.”
Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein allegedly killed himself in a Manhattan jail early Saturday morning, according to multiple media reports. The news comes a day after a trove of unsealed documents from a pending case against the financier revealed the elaborate system he used to operate a child sex trafficking ring that involved numerous rich and powerful figures.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among countless commentators who expressed skepticism with the official narrative of the story, since Epstein was previously put under 24-hour suicide watch and was perhaps the most high-profile criminal in the world.
“We need answers,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Lots of them.”
His death, confirmed by the medical examiner’s office in Manhattan, comes shortly after he was found unconscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck, prompting authorities to supposedly bolster his protection and surveillance while in captivity.
Epstein’s death complicates an expansive sex-trafficking investigation that would have likely included numerous high-profile witnesses. He was connected to President Trump, former President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, and numerous others.
“Given the nature of the conspiracy involving Jeffrey Epstein and many other powerful men who victimized young girls with impunity for years, certainly Epstein’s death argues for opening all records…and finding other means to prosecute those men,” tweeted journalist David Rothkopf. “They were abusers as he was.”
“I am not into conspiracy theories,” tweeted public defender Scott Hechinger. “But Epstein had destructive information on an extraordinary number of extraordinarily powerful people. It is not easy to commit suicide in prison. Especially after being placed on suicide watch. Especially after already allegedly trying.”
Journalists demanded investigation into circumstances surrounding the death, as well as recent leads that would have been scrutinized under a full trial.
“EPSTEIN FACTS 1) He told a journalist that for years he and Trump were “best friends” 2) He told a journalist he underwrote Trump’s purchase of Mar-a-Lago 3) An associate told a journalist that Trump *went to Epstein’s home* on 12/24/17 4) There are signs he managed cash for MBS,” tweeted Newsweek columnist Seth Abramson.
“That Jeffrey Epstein was taken off suicide watch *after a suicide attempt* should lead to a number of people losing their jobs and a full Congressional inquiry,” said Abramson.
Esquire political columnist Charles P. Pierce argues “nobody will ever believe the official story,” writing of the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death:
“How in the hell do they let this happen? The guy was incarcerated in the Manhattan Correctional Center. He already had made one try. He had to be on suicide watch. And the suicide happens the day after a massive document dump in which a woman who said she was one of Epstein’s victims implicates an entire brigade of celebrity “clients,” up to an including some European royalty? There almost can’t be a dog more reluctant to hunt than this one.”
Correction: An earlier version of this article claimed Jeffrey Epstein was under suicide watch at the time of his death. Sources told NBC News he was not on suicide watch on Saturday, although he had been placed under suicide watch in July.