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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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UPDATE 8-Jeffrey Epstein autopsy report shows broken neck -sources

UPDATE 8-Jeffrey Epstein autopsy report shows broken neck -sourcesNEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – An autopsy of the financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, found his neck had been broken in several places, according to two law enforcement sources. Epstein was found dead in his jail cell in New York City on Saturday. The circumstances of the multi-millionaire’s death are under investigation, and it was unclear when a report of the autopsy would be made public.



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Jeffrey Epstein kept painting of Bill Clinton in drag at his house

Jeffrey Epstein kept painting of Bill Clinton in drag at his houseJeffrey Epstein kept a bizarre painting of Bill Clinton on prominent display in his New York townhouse, it was reported on Thursday. Epstein’s $ 77 million (£63.5m) home in the Upper East Side – the largest private home in the City, with 40 rooms over seven floors – was described by the young girls he allegedly abused as being full of surreal and intimidating art. Among the most unusual of works is an oil painting of Mr Clinton, dressed in a blue dress similar to the infamous one worn by Monica Lewinsky, and wearing red stilettos. Mr Clinton is shown lounging in a chair in the Oval Office, and leering at the camera. The painting was spotted by a visitor to the house in October 2012. Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan town house The art work, dubbed Parsing Bill, was painted and sold by a New York-based Australian artist named Petrina Ryan-Kleid. The two men were friends in the 2000s, with Mr Clinton taking four trips on Epstein’s private jet as part of his work with the Clinton Foundation. These trips, accompanied once by actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker, sparked a surge of interest in the mysterious Gatsby-esque Epstein. “Jeffrey is both a highly successful financier and a committed philanthropist with a keen sense of global markets and an in-depth knowledge of 21st-century science,” said Mr Clinton, through a spokesman, in 2002. “I especially appreciated his insights and generosity during the recent trip to Africa to work on democratisation, empowering the poor, citizen service and combating HIV/Aids.” Mr Clinton also met the financier at his New York home, although he never visited Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, waterfront home in Florida or his private island in the Caribbean. Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump, pictured at Mar-a-Lago in 1997 The pair appeared to grow apart, however, and were not seen together in Epstein’s later years, after he was charged by police in Florida in 2005 for prostitution of a minor. A spokesman for Mr Clinton said after Epstein’s July 6 arrest that the former president was completely unaware of Epstein’s “terrible crimes” and hasn’t spoken to the ultrawealthy sex offender in “well over a decade”.   Some speculated that Epstein’s decision to hang the ghoulish painting was in response to his being “dumped” by his former friend. Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photo taken for the NY Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry Epstein was known for his eyebrow-raising tastes in furnishings. A life-size female doll, hanging from a chandelier, greeted his guests as they arrived. At the bottom of the staircase is a chess board, with each of its customized figurines modelled after one of his staffers and “dressed suggestively,” a visitor told The New York Times. The entrance hall as decorated with “row upon row of individually framed eyeballs, imported from England,” Vanity Fair reported in 2003. The same article described how Epstein kept a stuffed black poodle in his study, placed on top of a grand piano. “I want people to think what it means to stuff a dog,” Epstein told the magazine.



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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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If an autopsy confirms Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, it could lead to a legal win for his estate

If an autopsy confirms Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, it could lead to a legal win for his estateJeffrey Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive on Saturday morning while being held on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.



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Florida Prosecutors Who Misled Epstein Victims Now Worried About His Accomplices’ Rights

Florida Prosecutors Who Misled Epstein Victims Now Worried About His Accomplices’ RightsFederal prosecutors in Florida who broke the law by keeping Jeffrey Epstein’s victims in the dark when they cut a sweetheart plea deal with him are now fighting to make sure his alleged accomplices are kept in the loop.In a court filing on Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida wrote that co-conspirators should be given notice of any decisions that might affect them “so that they have a full and fair opportunity to litigate the claims affecting them.” They should, the prosecutors wrote, be afforded the “deep-rooted historic tradition that everyone should have his own day in court.”The concern is tinged with irony given that the prosecutors’ filing is part of a lawsuit brought by Epstein accusers to invalidate the 2008 plea deal that let Epstein plead to a relatively minor charge and serve just 13 months in jail, much of it on work release.The two Jane Does who filed the federal suit said it violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act because they were never notified the feds were about to hand the politically connected Epstein the deal of a lifetime.A federal judge agreed that the prosecutors, led by future Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, broke the law and tried to “mislead the victims to believe that federal prosecution was still a possibility.”Acosta Resigns Over Epstein Plea Deal, Says It Isn’t ‘Fair’ to Be ‘the Focus’The non-prosecution agreement didn’t just keep Epstein out of federal prison; in unusually broad language it also guaranteed his unnamed co-conspirators would not be prosecuted.Once Epstein was found dead in a Manhattan jail cell last week—while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges brought by a different set of federal prosecutors—the Jane Does filed paperwork seeking once again to have the old plea agreement invalidated.Among their suggestions: The judge should, at the very least, toss out the part of the agreement that covered accomplices.Prosecutors filed their response to that on Wednesday, asking the judge to deny the victims’ request, arguing that there is no reason to rescind a plea agreement that is now moot because the defendant is dead.Earlier this week, Attorney General William Barr struck a more aggressive tone when discussing Epstein’s cronies.“Let me assure you that case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” Barr said at the National Fraternal Order of Police’s biennial conference in New Orleans. “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. Victims deserve justice and will get it.”AG William Barr to Jeffrey Epstein’s Possible Co-Conspirators: We’re Still Coming for YouRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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The Latest: Official: Most jailers on OT when Epstein died

The Latest: Official: Most jailers on OT when Epstein diedA Justice Department official says more than half of the staff in the Metropolitan Correctional Center at the time Jeffrey Epstein killed himself was working overtime. The official said 18 staff members working in the jail, and 10 were them on overtime. Two guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein were placed on leave Tuesday.



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Donald Trump defends his Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton conspiracy retweet

Donald Trump defends his Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton conspiracy retweetDemocratic presidential candidates and others have blasted Donald Trump for re-tweeting a no-evidence conspiracy theory.



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AG Barr Reassigns Epstein Prison Warden, Places Two Guards on Leave

AG Barr Reassigns Epstein Prison Warden, Places Two Guards on LeaveAttorney General William Barr on Tuesday ordered that the warden of the federal prison where billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein apparently committed suicide over the weekend be reassigned and that two guards who were responsible for Epstein be placed on leave.Warden Shirley Skipper-Scott of Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan will be temporarily reassigned to an office job at the Bureau of Prisons's Northeast Regional Office while the FBI and DOJ investigate Epstein's apparent suicide. Two guards who were assigned to Epstein's unit have been placed on administrative leave. The Justice Department has named James Petrucci, the warden of Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville, as the temporary warden of MCC.“Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.Barr expressed outrage that Epstein, 66, was apparently able to commit suicide by hanging himself Saturday morning in the maximum-security prison, just a day after hundreds of pages of court documents detailing sexual-abuse claims against him were unsealed.“I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and frankly angry, to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said Monday, adding that the DOJ is aware of "serious irregularities" at the prison and vowing a "thorough investigation."“We will get to the bottom of what happened,” the attorney general said. “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it.”At the time of his death, Epstein had been charged with the sex trafficking of minors as young as 14. He was discovered three weeks earlier on the floor of his cell with marks on his neck, leading prison officials to place him on suicide watch. He was taken off suicide watch shortly before his death.



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Jeffrey Epstein death: Two guards 'fell asleep' then falsified records after inmate removed from paedophile financier's cell

Jeffrey Epstein death: Two guards 'fell asleep' then falsified records after inmate removed from paedophile financier's cellPrison guards assigned to monitor Jeffrey Epstein on the night he apparently killed himself fell asleep and failed to check on him for three hours before falsifying records to cover up their neglect, according to officials.The two guards have been placed on leave and the warden of New York City’s Metropolitan Correctional Centre (MCC) has been reassigned as federal authorities investigate the financier’s death, the Justice Department has announced.It comes amid mounting evidence of failures at the chronically understaffed prison which allowed the 66-year-old to take his own life as he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.Epstein, who had attempted to take his own life in July, was taken off a suicide watch last month for reasons that have not been explained and should have been checked on by a guard every 30 minutes.Investigators have learned those checks were not done for three hours before he was found hanged at 6.30am on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the case.Guards at the jail in Manhattan are suspected of falsifying log entries to incorrectly show they had been visiting Epstein’s cell during the gap.Surveillance video reviewed after his death showed they did not make some of the checks noted in the records, a source told Associated Press.Both guards assigned to watch Epstein and other prisoners were asleep during some or all of the three hours he went without checks, reported The New York Times, which cited unnamed law enforcement and prison officials.One of the guards was not a regular prison officer and had been drafted in because of staffing shortages, according to Serene Gregg, president of the local branch of the American Federation of Government Employees.A second inmate who had been assigned to share a cell with Epstein had been transferred elsewhere the day before his death and was not replaced.Attorney general William Barr said on Monday he was "frankly angry to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner"."We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability,” he added.The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general are both probing Epstein's death and US president Donald Trump has said he wants a "full investigation" into what happened.Epstein was being held without bail as he awaited trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges that could have led to him being jailed for 45 years.Federal prosecutors in New York are pursuing a parallel investigation into whether any associates of Epstein should be charged with assisting him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of teenage girls.Mr Barr warned that any co-conspirator in the sex crimes case against Epstein "should not rest easy". He added: "The victims deserve justice, and they will get it."Epstein, who once counted Mr Trump and former president Bill Clinton as friends, was arrested on 6 July and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of girls as young as 14.



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