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New York - Jeffrey Epstein Found Dead In Jail

Published on: August 10, 2019 10:30 PM
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FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. APFILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. AP

New York - Financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, officials said Saturday. His death angered some accusers who had hoped to confront him in court and see him serve a long prison sentence.

It also raises questions about how he was able to harm himself while in federal custody.

Epstein was accused of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then sexually abusing them at various locations, including homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and New York from 2002 through 2005. He had pleaded not guilty.


Here’s a look at Epstein’s case and what comes next:

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WHO WAS JEFFREY EPSTEIN?

Epstein, 66, was a hedge fund manager who hobnobbed with the rich, famous and influential, including presidents and a prince.

Epstein owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch, and a fleet of high-price cars. His friends had once included Britain’s Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump. Clinton and Trump both said they hadn’t seen Epstein in years and knew nothing of his alleged misconduct when new charges were brought against him last month.

Under a 2008 non-prosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor and another similar prostitution charge. That allowed him to avoid federal prosecution and a possible life sentence, instead serving 13 months in a work-release program. He was required to make payments to victims and register as a sex offender.

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HOW DID HE DIE?

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center early Saturday.

Staff tried to revive him, and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Epstein had been held in the jail’s Special Housing Unit, a heavily secured part of the facility that separates high-profile inmates from the general population, but his death is likely to raise questions about how the Bureau of Prisons ensures the welfare of high-profile inmates.

Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled” by the news.

Before he took his own life, Epstein has been taken off suicide watch, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.


Epstein had previously been injured with bruises to the neck while in custody, though it was not clear if those were self-inflicted or the result of an assault.

The FBI and the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice will investigate his death.

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WHAT WAS THE NEW CASE AGAINST HIM?

Federal prosecutors in New York charged Epstein with sex trafficking and conspiracy after investigative reporting by The Miami Herald stirred outrage over the 2008 plea bargain. They accused him of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls

A conviction could have put him in prison for 45 years.

At the time of Epstein’s arrest, prosecutors said they found a trove of pictures of nude and seminude young women and girls at his $77 million Manhattan mansion. They also say additional victims have come forward since the arrest.

But his attorneys insisted that Epstein hadn’t had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his sentence in Florida. They argued that the new charges were improper because they covered largely the same ground as the non-prosecution agreement.

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WHAT HAPPENS NOW FOR HIS ACCUSERS?

Several of Epstein’s accusers said Saturday that they’re disappointed that the financier won’t have to face them in court or serve a long prison sentence if convicted. They called on federal authorities to investigate associates of Epstein for any role in his activities.

Sigrid McCawley, an attorney representing one accuser, said in a statement that “the reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of brave and truthful victims should not end” with Epstein’s death.

Another accuser, Jennifer Araoz, who came forward after the new charges were filed, said she was angered by Epstein’s suicide. Araoz alleged that Epstein raped her in his New York mansion in the early 2000s when she was 15.

“We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people,” she said.



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 Aug 10, 2019 at 11:28 PM Ptcha Says:

Suicide. Right! And I have a bridge to sell you!

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 Aug 10, 2019 at 11:58 PM Educated Archy Says:

Facing him in court won't really take away your pain . It's a nice feel good vengeful kind of thinking . It doesn't really take away the pain . Look at all of our zeidas that went thru the holocaust . Pain is dealt with via moving in and pledging forward . I'd add that him bring dead should provide solace that he won't hurt more .And trust me he died a broken
man . I am glad he commited sucide . Why waste so much tax payer money on him

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 12:27 AM MrSmith Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

Facing him in court won't really take away your pain . It's a nice feel good vengeful kind of thinking . It doesn't really take away the pain . Look at all of our zeidas that went thru the holocaust . Pain is dealt with via moving in and pledging forward . I'd add that him bring dead should provide solace that he won't hurt more .And trust me he died a broken
man . I am glad he commited sucide . Why waste so much tax payer money on him

can you please translate your comment to English

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 02:04 AM AH Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

Facing him in court won't really take away your pain . It's a nice feel good vengeful kind of thinking . It doesn't really take away the pain . Look at all of our zeidas that went thru the holocaust . Pain is dealt with via moving in and pledging forward . I'd add that him bring dead should provide solace that he won't hurt more .And trust me he died a broken
man . I am glad he commited sucide . Why waste so much tax payer money on him

Try to look a bit past the end of your nose, please. You claim that it wouldn’t be helpful to his victims to be able to face him in court, but who says that what may be true for you is true for them. (Not to mention for “our zeidas” - how many of them, if any, have you asked, that you claim to speak for them?)

Then, too, you’re overlooking the information he could have been made to provide in court about his various accomplices and fellow abusers, including quite a few of the rich and famous and politically powerful. There is good reason why quite a lot of people see this as yet another “Arkancide,” though I guess you, with your blind faith in government, will never see it that way.

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 04:11 AM GMalka Says:

Another tick on Clinton's body count.

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 05:27 AM Greener Says:

Reply to #1  
Ptcha Says:

Suicide. Right! And I have a bridge to sell you!

Why would anyone want a second-hand bridge - they are out of date. Dental implants have put them into the trash.

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 09:31 AM Gersey Says:

How dare you on Tisha B'Av. It was Don Jr. if you really need to know.

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 09:57 AM yamsar Says:

Reply to #5  
GMalka Says:

Another tick on Clinton's body count.

You couldn’t have seriously written that.

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 01:03 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #4  
AH Says:

Try to look a bit past the end of your nose, please. You claim that it wouldn’t be helpful to his victims to be able to face him in court, but who says that what may be true for you is true for them. (Not to mention for “our zeidas” - how many of them, if any, have you asked, that you claim to speak for them?)

Then, too, you’re overlooking the information he could have been made to provide in court about his various accomplices and fellow abusers, including quite a few of the rich and famous and politically powerful. There is good reason why quite a lot of people see this as yet another “Arkancide,” though I guess you, with your blind faith in government, will never see it that way.

Please the man tried to commit sucide once before. It was good olde sucide . These crimes were commited years ago. You can't just go after accomplices years later as there is a statute of limitations. The creep is dead now move on

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 02:38 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

I suspect we can all agree that we expect to get the safe & secure jails we pay for. This should not have been able to happen.

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 04:09 PM Educated Archy Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

I suspect we can all agree that we expect to get the safe & secure jails we pay for. This should not have been able to happen.

Nope we don't all agree to that statement . I don't think people should be on sucide watch in jail . If one wants to end his life why should we care ? And especially in jail . Why waste so much money on a creep. Let the man die . Why are we stopping him ?

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 05:28 PM AH Says:

Reply to #9  
Educated Archy Says:

Please the man tried to commit sucide once before. It was good olde sucide . These crimes were commited years ago. You can't just go after accomplices years later as there is a statute of limitations. The creep is dead now move on

First of all, it’s not so simple that there would be a statute of limitations in this case. But even supposing there is, the point is not necessarily that they’d be tried and convicted, but that it would be an incontrovertible matter of public record what they had done. Now they get away with it, at least to their supporters.

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 06:16 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #12  
AH Says:

First of all, it’s not so simple that there would be a statute of limitations in this case. But even supposing there is, the point is not necessarily that they’d be tried and convicted, but that it would be an incontrovertible matter of public record what they had done. Now they get away with it, at least to their supporters.

Who are their " supporters "? Are you trying to cook up some wacky nonsense hoax whitchhunt that trump was involved ? Utter stupidity.

There are also plenty of people who were falsely maligned bec they once said hi to Epstein . It became this case to bring down anyone connected to trump who also spoke to Epstein .

They tried the shtick and yes Loshon hara on Dershowitz. He proved that those maligning him were paid by lawyers to lie about him. He invited anyone who wants to investigate him as he had clear alibis and time lines . Yet that lying sun if gun reporter from the Miami herald who won an esteemed Pulitzer Prize continues to go around besmirching lying and saying unsubstantiated lies about him .

Not always sooo good to start poking around and spreading fake rumores.
He is Better off dead . No need to expose anyone and ruin people

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 08:20 PM AH Says:

Reply to #13  
Educated Archy Says:

Who are their " supporters "? Are you trying to cook up some wacky nonsense hoax whitchhunt that trump was involved ? Utter stupidity.

There are also plenty of people who were falsely maligned bec they once said hi to Epstein . It became this case to bring down anyone connected to trump who also spoke to Epstein .

They tried the shtick and yes Loshon hara on Dershowitz. He proved that those maligning him were paid by lawyers to lie about him. He invited anyone who wants to investigate him as he had clear alibis and time lines . Yet that lying sun if gun reporter from the Miami herald who won an esteemed Pulitzer Prize continues to go around besmirching lying and saying unsubstantiated lies about him .

Not always sooo good to start poking around and spreading fake rumores.
He is Better off dead . No need to expose anyone and ruin people

Oh, for heaven’s sake. Who said anything about Trump, and who said anything about people that Epstein “might have said hello to”? I’m talking about people who participated in the same crimes as he did.

Look, we get it. You couldn’t care less about people being able to defend themselves, nor could you care less about whether the guilty face any consequences. Just so long as you can pat yourself on the back for how “educated” you are. Feh.

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 Aug 11, 2019 at 08:31 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

#11, this fellow could have provided valuable information that could have resulted in many more sex criminals being taken off the streets. His death denies us that chance. People will suffer because he was not prevented from killing himself.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 02:28 AM ComplicatedTimes Says:

This relentless negative attention from the media could have easily bought him to this fateful and regretful decision. Why does the media have to have a field day when someone is found to do something wrong??Why?????
Is there really nothing more to report than to demonize Epstein as if he was the evilest person on this earth??? Obviously, Epstein had psychological problems where he had this need, but where is it written that his punishment should be that billions of people all over the world should talk about him and laugh at him. Yes, he has hurt a lot of young girls and their future, but let the court be the judge and not the media.
I have no way of knowing if this is the actual decision that made Epstein take this fatal and unfortunate step, but I do know that the media had way too many stories on him before his trial even started. It would have been far better for him to stay alive and say that he was sorry, but it is now too late for him to take this step.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 08:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Another Clinton associate with dirt on bill has "suicided"

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 10:39 AM georgeg Says:

Reply to #11  
Educated Archy Says:

Nope we don't all agree to that statement . I don't think people should be on sucide watch in jail . If one wants to end his life why should we care ? And especially in jail . Why waste so much money on a creep. Let the man die . Why are we stopping him ?

Why? Because he had so many secrets that really-really needed to get out. How many pedophiles that could have been outed are instead still running amok.

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