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Ex-wife, children of Atlanta surgeon Christopher Edwards found dead in apparent murder-suicide

Ex-wife, children of Atlanta surgeon Christopher Edwards found dead in apparent murder-suicideAuthorities say they believe Marsha Edwards shot Christopher Edwards Jr. and Erin Edwards before turning the gun on herself.



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Jeffrey Epstein investigators remain puzzled by his apparent suicide days later

Jeffrey Epstein investigators remain puzzled by his apparent suicide days laterJeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in a New York City jail cell has left federal investigators with more questions than answers about how the accused child sex trafficker managed to seemingly escape facing justice one final time. The federal Bureau of Prisons has attempted to understand in recent days how Epstein managed to take his own life at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre, despite guards being assigned to check his cell every 30 minutes. Officials are also working to learn why Epstein’s cellmate was moved out of their cell the day before the disgraced financier was found unresponsive on Saturday morning and later pronounced dead. Attorney General William Barr has described “serious irregularities” at the prison where Epstein was held and reports have suggested the guards watching over him fell asleep for about three hours at the time of his death. But the Justice Department has not released additional details about the missteps that led to his death before he was set to stand trial over new trafficking and conspiracy charges. The department’s Inspector General has launched an investigation into the death, along with the FBI. The lack of details has led to an emergence of unfounded conspiracy theories alleging Epstein was killed by the “deep state,” or that the multi-millionaire fled to a secretive island and was replaced by a body-double. Those claims were given a megaphone by the White House when Donald Trump retweeted posts on Twitter suggesting there was a link between Epstein’s death and Bill Clinton. Still, investigators remained focused on discovering the most rudimentary facts surrounding his apparent suicide, CNN reported on Friday.That includes a question of whether a prison staff member first found Epstein unresponsive while delivering breakfast to the prisoners, or if someone was already providing aid when he was discovered. The Bureau also wants to know whether the guards documented their checks during the time of Epstein’s death, the outlet reported, and whether there is surveillance footage from inside the jail that matches those logs.There are other confounding factors to Epstein’s death that may add fuel to the fire of conspiracy theories that has already been stoked by the president, including that his cellmate was moved out of their shared space a day before his death. He had also reportedly been found unresponsive weeks earlier after an apparent suicide attempt and was placed on suicide watch. The New York Medical Examiner's Office has not yet released its comprehensive autopsy results, and did not return requests for comment.However, Epstein was no longer on suicide watch at the time of his death, according to officials. The Bureau reportedly believed he had faked the initial suicide attempt.Members of Congress have requested details into the Justice Department’s handling of Epstein’s death and provided the department with a deadline of next week.



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EXCLUSIVE-China-owned oil tanker changes name in apparent effort to evade U.S. sanctions

EXCLUSIVE-China-owned oil tanker changes name in apparent effort to evade U.S. sanctionsSINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Reuters) – While in the Indian Ocean heading toward the Strait of Malacca, the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Pacific Bravo went dark on June 5, shutting off the transponder that signals its position and direction to other ships, ship-tracking data showed. A U.S. government official had warned ports in Asia not to allow the ship to dock, saying it was carrying Iranian crude in violation of U.S. economic sanctions. A VLCC typically transports about 2 million barrels of oil, worth about $ 120 million at current prices.



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Epstein death: Broken neck bones in autopsy raise questions about apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker

Epstein death: Broken neck bones in autopsy raise questions about apparent suicide of accused sex traffickerJeffrey Epstein had suffered broken bones in his neck of a kind more commonly seen in deaths by strangulation than suicides, according to reports.The disgraced 66-year-old financier was found hanging in his cell at a federal prison in New York on Saturday while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.His death was described as an “apparent suicide” by attorney general William Barr, who criticised “serious irregularities” at the jail.Authorities have not yet released details of the autopsy, but The Washington Post claimed on Thursday that it discovered “multiple breaks in his neck bones”, including the hyoid bone.While the injury to the hyoid can occur in suicides by hanging, particularly in older people, it raises further questions about the circumstances of the multi-millionaire’s death.“If, hypothetically, the hyoid bone is broken, that would generally raise questions about strangulation, but it is not definitive and does not exclude suicidal hanging,” Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, told the Post.The case has already attracted several conspiracy theories, including one promoted by president Donald Trump on Twitter.It has also caused outrage among Epstein’s victims and their representatives, who had hoped that Epstein’s trial next year would produce the justice they thought he had long evaded.The office of New York City’s chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson, which has not commented on the findings of the autopsy, is said to be seeking further information about Epstein’s condition in the hours before his death.Epstein had previously been placed on suicide watch after being found unconscious on the floor of his cell with marks on his neck last month.However he was not under that regime at the time of his death and guards had not checked on him for up to three hours before he was found hanging at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in lower Manhattan.Epstein, who once counted Mr Trump and former president Bill Clinton as friends, died a day after new legal documents, unsealed by a court, provided more details about the young girls he was said to have abused over several decades.Several investigations are being carried out into the circumstances, including a “psychological reconstruction” and an “after action” review by the prison, as well as probes by the FBI and US Department of Justice’s inspector general.



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The FBI reportedly raided financier Jeffrey Epstein's private island off the coast of St. Thomas, days after he died in an apparent suicide

The FBI reportedly raided financier Jeffrey Epstein's private island off the coast of St. Thomas, days after he died in an apparent suicideFBI agents reportedly raided the private island of the financier Jeffrey Epstein, located off the coast of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.



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Someone who may have had inside information on the death of Jeffrey Epstein reported his apparent suicide on 4chan before the news went public

Someone who may have had inside information on the death of Jeffrey Epstein reported his apparent suicide on 4chan before the news went publicAn anonymous poster on a notorious online message board might have leaked medical information about Epstein's death before the news became public.



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Jeffrey Epstein: Justice Department launches investigation into accused sex trafficker's apparent suicide amid mounting conspiracy theories

Jeffrey Epstein: Justice Department launches investigation into accused sex trafficker's apparent suicide amid mounting conspiracy theoriesThe US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced billionaire accused of operating an international sex trafficking ring while abusing countless young girls. Epstein, 66, was found on Saturday morning unresponsive inside a cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan, according to the US Bureau of Prisons. He was pronounced dead at the New York Downtown Hospital shortly after, ABC News reported. Attorney general William Barr said he was “appalled” by Epstein’s death in a statement announcing the Justice Department’s inspector general would be investigating the circumstances of the apparent suicide. “I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,” the attorney general said. “Mr Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered.”“In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the inspector general who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr Epstein’s death,” the statement continued. There was no official confirmation by Sunday afternoon that Epstein had in fact died by suicide, although numerous reports said officials believed he hanged himself. Just three weeks earlier, the billionaire – who was scheduled to stand trial next year over sex trafficking and conspiracy charges – was found unresponsive in his cell with seemingly self-inflicted bruises on his neck. The lack of official confirmation led to a brewing of right-wing conspiracy theories alleging the reported death had something to do with Bill Clinton, the former US president, who once was a prominent member of the billionaire’s inner circle, along with other world leaders and powerful elite. The conspiracy theories were given a speakerphone by the White House, as Donald Trump retweeted posts that appeared to refute the death being a suicide while linking Mr Clinton to Epstein. “Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH? Yeah right!” One tweet read that the president shared, despite reports indicating Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton [and] no he’s dead,” the tweet continued. > Pedophiles facing federal criminal charges are at high risk for suicide. It happened in several of my Maryland cases when defendants were released on bail. Detained pedophiles require special attention. Stopping people from harming themselves is difficult. t.co/YK4buPXmR9> > — Rod Rosenstein (@RodRosenstein) > > August 10, 2019Hashtags like EpsteinSuicideCoverUp and TrumpsBodyCount were also trending on Twitter across the country on Sunday afternoon. Mr Trump himself has been photographed and seen on video with Epstein, in one instance ogling women at a party with the billionaire in front of media cameras. Epstein was facing 45 years in prison over accusations he sexually abused dozens of underage girls, with many of those victims now expressing frustration over the billionaire’s reported death. “I am extremely mad and hurt thinking he once again thought he was above us and took the easy way out … I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that’s really true,” Jena-Lisa Jones, who was allegedly raped by Epstein at the age of 14, said in a statement to ABC News. “God will have his judgement now.”“I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won’t have to face his survivors of his abuse in court,” Jennifer Araoz, who said she was raped by Epstein at the age of 15, also told the news outlet. “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.”Epstein’s suicide watch reported ended after July following daily psychological assessments, CNN reported. He had since been living in the Special Housing Unit of the jail. According to Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general, “paedophiles facing federal criminal charges are at high risk for suicide”.The former official wrote on Twitter on Saturday: “It happened in several of my Maryland cases when defendants were released on bail.“Detained paedophiles require special attention,” said Mr Rosenstein, who previously served as a US attorney in Maryland. “Stopping people from harming themselves is difficult.”



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Donald Trump fuels conspiracy theories about Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide

Donald Trump fuels conspiracy theories about Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicideJeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in prison on Saturday has launched new conspiracy theories online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years.  Fuelled by Epstein’s ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people, online theorists quickly offered unsubstantiated speculation – including some retweeted by President Donald Trump – that Epstein’s death wasn’t a suicide, or it was faked. That chatter picked up on the conjecture that resurged after Epstein’s July 6 arrest on allegations that he orchestrated a sex-trafficking ring designed to bring him teenage girls. Some of his accusers have described being sexually abused by the wealthy financier’s friends and acquaintances. The combination created fertile ground for theories and misinformation to breed on social media. 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 next year. Death of financier | Epstein's final days His relationships with Mr Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew were at the centre of those online rumours and theories, many of which question what politicians knew about Epstein’s alleged sex crimes. Mr Trump retweeted a message from conservative actor and comedian Terrence K. Williams, who suggested Epstein’s death might be linked to Mr Clinton. Williams also questioned how Epstein could have died by suicide if he had been on suicide watch. The claim is completely unsubstantiated, and, according to reports, officials say Epstein had been placed on suicide watch last month but then taken off within a week. Clinton spokesman Angel Urena responded on Twitter: “Ridiculous, and of course not true — and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?” The 25th Amendment spells out a process for the president’s cabinet to remove him from office. Ridiculous, and of course not true — and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet? t.co/Pa8M8pAenr— Angel Ureña (@angelurena) August 11, 2019 Many theories have already been easily debunked. For example, days after his arrest online memes and Facebook statuses wrongly claimed the Obama administration, in order to protect former President Clinton, forged a once-secret deal in 2008 in Florida that allowed him to plead guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution to avoid more serious charges. The deal was actually executed before President Barack Obama took office, under former President George W. Bush. Meanwhile, a manipulated photo , shared by thousands on Twitter and Facebook, falsely claimed to show Epstein with Mr Trump and a young Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter. Both Mr Clinton and Mr Trump have denied being privy to Epstein’s alleged scheme. Mr Urena said the former president "knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York." He said that, in 2002 and 2003, Mr Clinton took four trips on Epstein’s plane with multiple stops and that staff and his Secret Service detail travelled on every leg. Hey @realDonaldTrump, you were friends with Jeffrey Epstein and were at parties with him. His death happened under your watch. Before you tweet out conspiracy theories, you may want to first talk with your AG Bill Barr and your head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. t.co/YZXV8oaAKS— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 10, 2019 Mr Trump has acknowledged knowing Epstein but said he "had a falling out with him a long time ago." Other Epstein theories floating online have been darker, especially after Epstein was found injured on the floor of his cell last month with bruises on his neck. Some online commentators described it as a "murder attempt." "Men in high places want Epstein dead," one Twitter use wrote. Other politicians also took to social media to question the circumstances. Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, the state where some of Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse crimes took place, suggested the possibility that others might have been involved in Epstein’s death when he called on corrections officials to explain what happened at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan. "The Federal Bureau of Prisons must provide answers on what systemic failures of the MCC Manhattan or criminal acts allowed this coward to deny justice to his victims," he tweeted. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now an attorney for Trump, tweeted out several questions about Epstein’s death. "Who was watching? What does camera show? … Follow the motives" Giuliani tweeted Saturday afternoon. What does the word watch mean in the phrase suicide Watch? Who was watching? What does camera show? It is inconceivable Epstein could have hung himself if there was a suicide Watch? Follow the motives.— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) August 10, 2019 The FBI and the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General will investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, Attorney General William Barr said. "Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered," Barr said in a news release. Epstein’s suicide was likely recorded by jail cameras, according to Preet Bharara, the former federal prosecutor in Manhattan. "One hopes it is complete, conclusive, and secured," he tweeted. Epstein’s arrest last month launched separate investigations into how authorities handled his case initially when similar charges were first brought against him in Florida more than a decade ago. US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after coming under fire for overseeing that deal when he was U.S. attorney in Miami. Epstein’s 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.



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Disgraced money manager Jeffrey Epstein dead in apparent suicide

Disgraced money manager Jeffrey Epstein dead in apparent suicideDisgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Saturday after an apparent suicide in the New York jail cell where he was being held without bail on sex-trafficking charges, and a source said he was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which operates the lower Manhattan jail, said in a statement. Epstein, a well-connected money manager dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused girls and young women, was found hanging by his neck, according to the source, who was not authorized to speak on the record.



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Jeffrey Epstein died by apparent suicide in jail. Here's everything we know about the convicted sex offender's past, famous connections, and his court case.

Jeffrey Epstein died by apparent suicide in jail. Here's everything we know about the convicted sex offender's past, famous connections, and his court case.The multimillionaire faced charges of sex trafficking girls. He died in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was being held without bail.



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