Ever since it was revealed that Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, the DOJ has been looking for answers as to how such a high-profile prisoner could have managed to commit suicide in his jail cell.
On Thursday, a letter was sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) from the DOJ announcing that it was a “doctoral-level psychologist who determined that a suicide watch was no longer warranted.”
Taken Off Suicide Watch
Jeffrey Epstein had only been in prison for a few days when he tried to kill himself the first time…or did he?
While the early reports made it seem clear Epstein had tried to take his own life, Epstein himself reportedly offered a different story. Several outlets published reports that stated Epstein told officials he had been attacked and that he had not tried to kill himself.
After he was put on suicide watch, his attorney immediately petitioned to have him removed from such monitoring, which is not the narrative Epstein was trying to sell.
While it is normal protocol for prisoners in Epstein’s block to have a cellmate, Epstein’s cellmate was removed the night before he died.
By this time, the suicide watch status was no longer in effect, which meant Epstein would only be checked on by guards every 30 minutes instead of every 15. That night, however, the guards working were reportedly on overtime and fell asleep, meaning Epstein had gone hours without supervision.
When his cell was checked early Saturday morning, Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell. The doctor who removed him from suicide watch will now clearly have to explain the thought process behind this decision to the DOJ.
Exactly what happened in Epstein’s cell may never be known. However, based on the medical examiner’s reports, conspiracy theories have appeared by the dozen.
The one thing some medical experts have expressed concern about is the number of bones broken in Epstein’s neck. Several have reported this would be more common with hanging at height by rope or strangulation rather than hanging by sheets made from a paper-like material off a bedpost.
One cannot help but think that at the very least, Epstein’s suicide was facilitated, as the likelihood of all these factors coming together at one time seem very rare.
If you have ever seen the movie The Perfect Storm, there was a similar concept at play, only in this case, it was the ideal situation for a very rich, very high-profile prisoner to kill himself to avoid going to trial to face his victims and incriminate his rich and powerful associates.