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Published on: August 11, 2019 11:00 PM
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New York City medical examiner personnel leave their vehicle and walk to the Manhattan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, Saturday Aug. 10, 2019, in New York.  PNew York City medical examiner personnel leave their vehicle and walk to the Manhattan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, Saturday Aug. 10, 2019, in New York.  P

New York - Guards on Jeffrey Epstein’s unit were working extreme overtime shifts to make up for staffing shortages the morning of his apparent suicide, a person familiar with the jail’s operations told The Associated Press.

The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss jail operations publicly and spoke Sunday on the condition of anonymity.

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The jail staff failed to follow protocols leading up to Epstein’s death , according to a report from The New York Times , deepening the fallout from what led to the highly connected financier’s apparent suicide.

Epstein should have been checked on by guards in his cell every 30 minutes, but that didn’t happen the night before his apparent suicide, a law enforcement official told the Times.

The Times spoke to the official on the condition of anonymity. The Associated Press has not independently confirmed the information.

A law enforcement source also told the Times he was alone in his cell early Saturday after his cellmate was transferred. An official with knowledge of the investigation told the paper that the Justice Department was told Epstein would have a cellmate and be monitored by a guard every 30 minutes.

The mystery surrounding how he was able to kill himself in jail comes as investigators have been digging into allegations of sexual abuse and conspiracy against Epstein . An additional federal investigation was launched Saturday after the Federal Bureau of Prison said Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at a high-security jail in Manhattan. He was later pronounced dead from an apparent suicide, the BOP said. His abrupt death cuts short a criminal prosecution that could have pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of the high-flying financier with connections to celebrities and presidents , though prosecutors have vowed to continue investigating.

Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after he was found a little over two weeks ago with bruising on his neck, according to a person familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly. But he was taken off the watch at the end of July and therefore wasn’t on it at the time of his death, the person said.

Attorney General William Barr, calling for an investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, said he was “appalled” to learn of Epstein’s death while in federal custody.

“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said in a statement.

Epstein, 66, had been denied bail and faced up to 45 years behind bars on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed last month. He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial.

The federal investigation into the allegations remains ongoing, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. He noted in a statement Saturday that the indictment against Epstein includes a conspiracy charge, suggesting others could face charges in the case.

Epstein’s death raises questions about how the Bureau of Prisons ensures the welfare of such high-profile inmates. In October, Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was killed in a federal prison in West Virginia where had just been transferred.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote Saturday in a scathing letter to Barr that “heads must roll” after the incident.

“Every single person in the Justice Department — from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer — knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him,” Sasse wrote.

Epstein’s removal from suicide watch would have been approved by both the warden of the jail and the facility’s chief psychologist, said Jack Donson, a former prison official who worked for the Bureau of Prisons for more than two decades.

On Friday, more than 2,000 pages of documents were released related to a since-settled lawsuit against Epstein’s ex-girlfriend by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers. The records contain graphic allegations against Epstein, as well as the transcript of a 2016 deposition of Epstein in which he repeatedly refused to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself.

Giuffre, in an interview with The New York Times , said she’s grateful Epstein will never harm anyone again, but is angry that there would be no chance to see him answer for his conduct.

“We’ve worked so hard to get here, and he stole that from us, too,” she told the newspaper.

Sigrid McCawley, Giuffre’s attorney, said Epstein’s suicide less than 24 hours after the documents were unsealed “is no coincidence.” McCawley urged authorities to continue their investigation, focusing on Epstein associates who she said “participated and facilitated Epstein’s horrifying sex trafficking scheme.”

Epstein’s arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed Epstein to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges.

Federal prosecutors in New York reopened the probe after investigative reporting by The Miami Herald stirred outrage over that plea bargain.

His lawyers maintained that the new charges in New York were covered by the 2008 plea deal and that Epstein hadn’t had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.

Before his legal troubles, Epstein led a life of extraordinary luxury that drew powerful people into his orbit. He socialized with princes and presidents and lived on a 100-acre private Caribbean island and one of the biggest mansions in New York.



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 Aug 12, 2019 at 03:16 AM lazy-boy Says:

too much BS involved in this case. Why was NOTHING reported after the first "suicide attempt"?

NO news media reports what Epstein said about the first attempt, whether he tried to kill himself or some one else tried to kill him....

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 06:59 AM ComplicatedTimes Says:

It is amazing that in 2019 there is another Jack Ruby moment. Will this mystery be as mysterious as who killed JFK, and will it remain a mystery for the next 50 years?

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 08:35 AM Anonymous Says:

Typical AP, omitting the close ties he had with the Clintons, who were involved to some degree with his escapades that were both criminal and immoral in nature. In reality, the list of names of mysterious deaths associated with the Clintons is quite long, and many were made to appear as suicide. Without the direct evidence, we have seen enough to know the truth. How long will we wait to stumble on other evidence of the complete absence of moral value of the Clintons, and just how many murders are traced directly to them?

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 09:53 AM Stable Genius Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Typical AP, omitting the close ties he had with the Clintons, who were involved to some degree with his escapades that were both criminal and immoral in nature. In reality, the list of names of mysterious deaths associated with the Clintons is quite long, and many were made to appear as suicide. Without the direct evidence, we have seen enough to know the truth. How long will we wait to stumble on other evidence of the complete absence of moral value of the Clintons, and just how many murders are traced directly to them?

Nothing said about Epstein's close ties to Donald Trump. Only those who watch Fox News believe the debunked stories about the Clinton's supposed role in numerous deaths.
Trump's Attorney General made an unusual visit to the prison 2 weeks ago, which I believe implicates Donald Trump in the death of Epstein.
Epstein may have done tshuva during his final moments after a lifetime of avairos.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 10:34 AM Educated Archy Says:

I still don't get all the noise. if the guy wanted to die let him die in peice. Why waste so much money on this creep. Let him die and finished. Yes sure you want to face him in court. It won't really change anything. Revenge and anger never helps. You need to just move on and let go.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 12:24 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #4  
Stable Genius Says:

Nothing said about Epstein's close ties to Donald Trump. Only those who watch Fox News believe the debunked stories about the Clinton's supposed role in numerous deaths.
Trump's Attorney General made an unusual visit to the prison 2 weeks ago, which I believe implicates Donald Trump in the death of Epstein.
Epstein may have done tshuva during his final moments after a lifetime of avairos.

Trump's Attorney General made an unusual visit to the prison 2 weeks ago, which I believe implicates Donald Trump in the death of Epstein.

Ok weird buba masa connection. just as nutty as the Clinton conspiracy theories.
Did you forget that he tried committing suicide two weeks ago too?

Here is the thing that disturbs me most. And your comment kind of indicates that.
None of you people give an uncles monekys rat about the abused girls. Its all a show and nonsense. The only reason you guys went after Epstein is to bring down trump. This is justice? Is this what has become of us? Are we not ashamed? Jullie brown the fake lying Miami herlad pulltzer prize winner only did this to bring down acosta. The man's crime was he got a job under trump. And then she spun a bunch of debunked lies about anyone associated with trump and automatically tying them to Epstein. You should read how she lied and maligned Alan Dershowtz.. Alan has proven its all lies and has recording of accuser's admitting lawyers paid them to lie. He also has iron clad albi's.

Even NPR admitted this was all under the cover if not for Trump. We oughot be ashamed of ourselves. Justice is only when it suites us?

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 01:50 PM TRUMP.IS.KING Says:

Just because Trump hung out with Epstein and Epstein introduced Donald to Melania is no reason to think that Trump ever had anything to do with the underage girls they partied with. They went after Epstein because some perceived that Acosta went easy on Epstein allowing him to work and spend only nights in jail despite the severity of the crime. This leniency was proof that our great President takes care of his friends. And Acosta for his assistance was given a cabinet post. Donald proved he doesn't hate all men named Acosta.
They went after Epstein because some girls claimed they were forced to perform certain acts on Mr. Trump and hoped that as part of a plea deal Epstein would implicate the President.
Although Trump had the ability to arrange for his former friend's death by a[pparant suicide, it will never be proven that he was involved.
Trump in 2020, 2024, 2028!!!!

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 02:39 PM It’s Bill Says:

Look how the AP is falling over itself trying to excuse away this travesty. Sorry but too many things in this story stink....within 24 hrs of agreeing to cooperate with authorities, and name names (think Bill Clinton), he manages to commit suicide, and coincidentally the guards are so sleepy from overtime they decided not to check on him for hours, as they were supposed to every 30 minutes, the cameras were pushed so they were facing away from his cell, etc. Anyone remember the name Vince Foster? It’s amazing that people who can implicate the clintons seem to all commit suicide under fishy circumstances.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 02:40 PM Duh Says:

Reply to #4  
Stable Genius Says:

Nothing said about Epstein's close ties to Donald Trump. Only those who watch Fox News believe the debunked stories about the Clinton's supposed role in numerous deaths.
Trump's Attorney General made an unusual visit to the prison 2 weeks ago, which I believe implicates Donald Trump in the death of Epstein.
Epstein may have done tshuva during his final moments after a lifetime of avairos.

So all the deaths of people “close” to the Clintons is purely coincidence? Let me guess, you’re a liberal, right?

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 02:41 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #7  
TRUMP.IS.KING Says:

Just because Trump hung out with Epstein and Epstein introduced Donald to Melania is no reason to think that Trump ever had anything to do with the underage girls they partied with. They went after Epstein because some perceived that Acosta went easy on Epstein allowing him to work and spend only nights in jail despite the severity of the crime. This leniency was proof that our great President takes care of his friends. And Acosta for his assistance was given a cabinet post. Donald proved he doesn't hate all men named Acosta.
They went after Epstein because some girls claimed they were forced to perform certain acts on Mr. Trump and hoped that as part of a plea deal Epstein would implicate the President.
Although Trump had the ability to arrange for his former friend's death by a[pparant suicide, it will never be proven that he was involved.
Trump in 2020, 2024, 2028!!!!

You are a wacky conspraisist theorist. Nonsense and BS. the man was suicidal. End of story.

At least you agree that they only went after epstien to get trump. Justice means nothing. its all politics. gald you are proud of your rotten lying so called prosecutors and journalists. Now try to sell me lukshen torah that you care about the girls. BS.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 05:28 PM georgeg Says:

Reply to #7  
TRUMP.IS.KING Says:

Just because Trump hung out with Epstein and Epstein introduced Donald to Melania is no reason to think that Trump ever had anything to do with the underage girls they partied with. They went after Epstein because some perceived that Acosta went easy on Epstein allowing him to work and spend only nights in jail despite the severity of the crime. This leniency was proof that our great President takes care of his friends. And Acosta for his assistance was given a cabinet post. Donald proved he doesn't hate all men named Acosta.
They went after Epstein because some girls claimed they were forced to perform certain acts on Mr. Trump and hoped that as part of a plea deal Epstein would implicate the President.
Although Trump had the ability to arrange for his former friend's death by a[pparant suicide, it will never be proven that he was involved.
Trump in 2020, 2024, 2028!!!!

Can't tell if you are sarcastic here. But for the record.

There is no evidence that Esptein introduced Trump to Melania. Trump and Melanie both denied already long ago and there are no witnesses to such an event - it was only Epstein himself who boasted about the alleged match, and somehow Epstein does not sound like such a credible source.

Trump did not "hang around" Epstein. In fact, considering they happened to be neighbours in Florida it is surprising how very-very little contact they had (compared to all sorts of other people, like Clintons and Epstein).

And Acosta? The plea deal was in 2008, at the waning of Bush and the ascending of Obama. Somehow you claim private citizen Trump out-foxed all of them together?

And the one most remarkable fact is that there is no claim by any of the plethora of accusers of Epstein that Trump was involved.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 05:42 PM georgeg Says:

Reply to #4  
Stable Genius Says:

Nothing said about Epstein's close ties to Donald Trump. Only those who watch Fox News believe the debunked stories about the Clinton's supposed role in numerous deaths.
Trump's Attorney General made an unusual visit to the prison 2 weeks ago, which I believe implicates Donald Trump in the death of Epstein.
Epstein may have done tshuva during his final moments after a lifetime of avairos.

So now rumours spread by (rather sick) mobsters (more like a petty criminal by the looks of it) is your source of facts? And he doesn't even explain from whom he heard the rumour in the first place. As reported:

> Lewis Kasman, a former mobster and top associated of John Gotti Sr., told the Post that Barr made a secret visit to Metropolitan Correctional Center two weeks ago “about the time Epstein was found in his cell with bruises around his neck.”

This is the same guy who, for example, is reported as follows:

> Following real-life Godfather John Gotti’s death, sticky-fingered G-men swiped the Italian-American gangster’s brain and shipped it to a super-secret facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — for scientific experimentation!

> This unsettling allegation comes to RadarOnline.com by way of the Gambino crime family boss’ adopted son, Lewis Kasman, 61.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 07:16 PM Clintons Says:

Reply to #11  
georgeg Says:

Can't tell if you are sarcastic here. But for the record.

There is no evidence that Esptein introduced Trump to Melania. Trump and Melanie both denied already long ago and there are no witnesses to such an event - it was only Epstein himself who boasted about the alleged match, and somehow Epstein does not sound like such a credible source.

Trump did not "hang around" Epstein. In fact, considering they happened to be neighbours in Florida it is surprising how very-very little contact they had (compared to all sorts of other people, like Clintons and Epstein).

And Acosta? The plea deal was in 2008, at the waning of Bush and the ascending of Obama. Somehow you claim private citizen Trump out-foxed all of them together?

And the one most remarkable fact is that there is no claim by any of the plethora of accusers of Epstein that Trump was involved.

Bill Clinton was on Epstein’s private plane 24 times going to exotic places, and he had him to the White House 4 times, on the the other hand Trump barred Epstein from Mar a Lago over TEN YEARS AGO. You decide which one is more likely to be guilty...,especially considering the same fate meeting Vince foster,...

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 08:40 PM Duvidle Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

I still don't get all the noise. if the guy wanted to die let him die in peice. Why waste so much money on this creep. Let him die and finished. Yes sure you want to face him in court. It won't really change anything. Revenge and anger never helps. You need to just move on and let go.

Suppose he didn't want to die but was murdered. I can sooner see him escaping than taking his own life. He certainly had enough people who would rather he was dead rather than talking or writing memoirs.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 08:53 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Duvidle Says:

Suppose he didn't want to die but was murdered. I can sooner see him escaping than taking his own life. He certainly had enough people who would rather he was dead rather than talking or writing memoirs.

Small issue with you conspiracy theorists .

He tried this once before

And even greater issue . He died via wrapping his bed sheet around his neck . He was not in solitary confinement. You think that if someone walked in to his cell and hung him that no one else will see or hear ?

Don't you think there are video cameras in the hall way that see who came in and out ? Or is this the movies where the govt sneaks in from the sewers or pipes to his room ( or the steam vent) and kills him ?

It's all sounding very crazy . I may be a trump supporter but I ain't a Clinton conspiracist

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 10:13 PM 333 Says:

Reply to #4  
Stable Genius Says:

Nothing said about Epstein's close ties to Donald Trump. Only those who watch Fox News believe the debunked stories about the Clinton's supposed role in numerous deaths.
Trump's Attorney General made an unusual visit to the prison 2 weeks ago, which I believe implicates Donald Trump in the death of Epstein.
Epstein may have done tshuva during his final moments after a lifetime of avairos.

He died under Trump's and Barr's watch.
Numerous photos of Trump at Epstein's parties.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 11:00 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

The list of people possibly killed by the Clintons grows by the day. There are 30+ people that had close ties to the Clinton that died mysteriously. Makes you wonder.

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 07:18 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

I still don't get all the noise. if the guy wanted to die let him die in peice. Why waste so much money on this creep. Let him die and finished. Yes sure you want to face him in court. It won't really change anything. Revenge and anger never helps. You need to just move on and let go.

The noise is because of his multiple charges of pedophilia along with his multiple political connections, including Clinton *and* Trump.
Let him die in peace.
OK but this means no trial and less of an opportunity to bring forth witnesses and evidence, especially if at some point he would agree to cooperate (become a "rat" in Trump-speak).

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 11:01 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #18  
Shlomo-1 Says:

The noise is because of his multiple charges of pedophilia along with his multiple political connections, including Clinton *and* Trump.
Let him die in peace.
OK but this means no trial and less of an opportunity to bring forth witnesses and evidence, especially if at some point he would agree to cooperate (become a "rat" in Trump-speak).

let bygones be bygones. The creep is gone form the world. there is no mitzva to bring down these dudes and besmirch another whole crowd for something that happened 20 years ago. And society as a whole wa smuch looser than too. Just let it go.

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 06:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Educated Archy Says:

Small issue with you conspiracy theorists .

He tried this once before

And even greater issue . He died via wrapping his bed sheet around his neck . He was not in solitary confinement. You think that if someone walked in to his cell and hung him that no one else will see or hear ?

Don't you think there are video cameras in the hall way that see who came in and out ? Or is this the movies where the govt sneaks in from the sewers or pipes to his room ( or the steam vent) and kills him ?

It's all sounding very crazy . I may be a trump supporter but I ain't a Clinton conspiracist

That nobody else would see or hear is not necessary. Maybe they all were paid a nice sum to shut up, or perhaps they, like you, agree that the world is better without him.

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 06:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Educated Archy Says:

let bygones be bygones. The creep is gone form the world. there is no mitzva to bring down these dudes and besmirch another whole crowd for something that happened 20 years ago. And society as a whole wa smuch looser than too. Just let it go.

Pedophilia is never okay, and it's not something that we can "let bygones be bygones".

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