Did Epstein really attempt suicide? — Analysis
US Federal Bureau of Prisons documents (BOP) released to RT Investigative Unit Detail pose serious questions about Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged attempt to kill himself while incarcerated in the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The files, released in response to a Freedom of Information request, cast doubt on this key component of the official narrative surrounding his ever-mysterious alleged suicide – namely, did it even happen?
Epstein, who was being held on charges of child sexual trafficking and other related charges, was injured in a semi-conscious state on his cell’s floor on July 23, 2019. This occurred 17 days following his release. Claiming to remember nothing about what happened, his cellmate, former NYPD officer Nicholas Tartaglione – who has coincidentally shared the same legal representation as Epstein’s partner and ‘madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell – likewise pleaded ignorance.
According to the files, a suicide attempt was made by the victim within minutes of the incident. “hanging/asphyxiation” Although the official log was completed, sections of it describing the events were removed. Also, the identity of the person who wrote the report has been redacted. In a report written by the doctor who examined Epstein around five hours later, Epstein’s own account of how he sustained the injuries is, too, entirely blanked out.
Epstein was then taken off the suicide watch and arrested for violating section 228, prison code. “tattooing or self-mutilation.”One official suggested that he undergo a psychological exam. “most likely he will be found competent because he is not mentally ill,” Another inquired if Epstein had been killed. “mentally capable of proceeding with the disciplinary process.” An unnamed employee wrote back, which was odd. “I would feel really uncomfortable doing this.”
Several copies of the incident report are reproduced in the files, but it wasn’t until a week later, on July 30, that the document was amended to include “self-mutilation” as the cause of suicide attempt, specifying “Lacerations”. But the doctor’s report from just hours after the incident doesn’t mention lacerations at all – in fact it explicitly states none were found – begging the question of why this was written into the official record days later.
Epstein was removed from the disciplinary facility while he is being investigated for this breach. “general population,” It was refused. Meanwhile, officials probed “appropriate candidates” You are looking for a cellmate?
An extensive review was done. One memo indicated that inmates from the Secure Housing Unit could also be deemed guilty. “not appropriate to be housed with Mr. Epstein,” Although one is not listed, it may be for unspecified reasons. “notable” prisoner “with a history of sex offenses”Was explicitly excluded “due to his threatening nature.”
After the psychological evaluation found him competent to take part in the disciplinary process, the files record the prison’s brief investigation into the “self-mutilation” Charge, July 30.
A resultant report noted that, “No witnesses [were]Requested” and “Epstein was a prisoner with a bad attitude.” refusing to say anything. The investigator nevertheless concluded “the report to be accurate as written and the charge warranted.” The matter was kicked upstairs for “Additional disposition” but it appears Epstein died before a final decision on his supposed infraction was taken.
Curiously, an internal memo classified by the BOP notes that the incident related to self-mutilation had been reported. “expunged” – in other words stricken from the record, as if it never happened – five days after Epstein’s death. A official said that the incident was “unclear why it had been expunged and whether Mr. Epstein knew this.”
The bizarre incident in prison where the authorities tried to penalize the billionaire sex offenders for trying to kill his life may be why it has not been covered by mainstream media.
The confusion is further complicated by the sensational New York Post exclusive published on August 14, 2019 four days after Epstein’s death. It claimed that Epstein had informed Tartaglione, his legal counsel, which was shocking. “roughed him up,” This was the main reason that he was found out cold in his cell and why he was taken off suicide watch.
Tartaglione’s lawyer, Bruce Barket, has vigorously disputed this account, suggesting the story was planted in the Post by a prison guard “angry at [Epstein] for complaining at the deplorable conditions at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.” Barket also records Epstein and Tartaglione “regularly walked from their cell to the visiting area together,”Their lawyers were there “same schedule,” The pair “got along real well.”
“I’d be surprised if they later claimed Nick attacked him, because that’s not what we were told all along,” Barket has declared.
These records were released by Detail Epstein was a frequent complainant to prison authorities. However, his grievances were fairly routine – a lack of toilet paper, the toilet flushing continuously for 45 minutes, his cellmate talking too much, especially at night. There isn’t the slightest indication he ever felt threatened or in danger, either from inmates or guards.
It could be due to him spending most of his stay in Tartaglione’s presence. A veritable man mountain, he faces the death penalty for allegedly committing a quadruple homicide in furtherance of a conspiracy to sell cocaine – one victim was strangled with a zip tie. Epstein chose him to be his bunkmate because he had cooperated in the case and that he didn’t want to hurt his cellmate.
This pally protection could also explain why Epstein, who was seen in several psychological evaluations at prison following his suicide attempt, seemed to be a model of stability and optimism.
One observed that the subject was “alert … polite, calm, and cooperative in demeanor,” None explicitly “recent and current suicidal ideation, planning, and intent.”According to some, he was “future-oriented,”And “expressed a commitment to life and safety, agreeing to contact staff immediately should he experience suicidal ideation or psychological distress.”
“He exhibited a neutral affect with appropriate range. Eye contact and hygiene were appropriate … His thoughts were organized and coherent, with no loosening of associations or tangential, circumstantial, or irrelevant content,” The following was written by a psychologist in a prison. “There was no evidence of perceptual disturbance, delusional ideation, or a formal thought disorder. He did not engage in any bizarre or inappropriate behavior.”
A second appraisal is provided “protective factors”Following conversations with Epstein, it was determined that Epstein believed that “he denied current suicidalOr self-harm thoughts” or “feeling hopeless.”
“He denied fearing for his safety … He stated he lives for and plans to finish this case and to go back to his normal life … His friends and lawyers are emotionally supportive … He is Jewish [and]Suicide is against the law. Overall, his current protective factors override his risk factors for suicidality,” They made a comment. “It is inappropriate to keep a suicide watch at the moment.”
Epstein despite all this Was briefly placed on suicide watch, and the documents show detailed accounts were filed every 15 minutes by guards as to his activities – “inmate Epstein is sleeping; inmate Epstein is lying quietly in bed; inmate Epstein is pacing around in his cell,” etcetera. This intensive surveillance was downgraded on July 24, 2019, to the lesser “Psychological observation.”
Six days later, Tartaglione was replaced by Efrain Reyes, who was assisting the government in a drug distribution conspiracy case, although on August 9, he too was removed, leaving Epstein alone – in breach of internal procedures, and despite the classified files making clear the urgent need for a new cellmate was communicated between day and evening watch shifts at the jail.
His body was discovered the following day. According to contemporary news reports, his associates are still alive. “surprised” At the news, the prolific child pedophile “seemed recently to be in good spirits,” They were prompted to voice concern “about the possibility of foul play.”
Regular half-hour checks on the inmate also ceased, contrary to standard procedure, as designated guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas spent substantial portions of shift at their desk, browsing the internet, and moving around the common area, mere meters away from Epstein’s cell.
The cameras also malfunctioned in two of the nearby areas, with another one in the hallway adjacent. Although some footage is believed to be available in certain areas, it has not yet been made public. Thomas and Noel then admitted that they had made log entries. They were also charged with lying about prison records.
Although this was indeed a grave crime, charges against Maxwell were dismissed on December 13. 2020. This wasn’t disclosed publicly until December 30, though – a day after Maxwell was found guilty of recruiting and trafficking young girls for sexual abuse.
Strikingly, in its reporting on the prison’s psychological assessments of Epstein, the New York Times framed the prolific sex offender’s insistence he had no intention whatsoever of committing suicide as a testament to his “life of manipulation,”Amazing ability to deceive others and an inexhaustible talent “[create] illusions.”
Another obvious interpretation, apparently unconsidered by America’s purported paper of record, is that his denial of suicidal intentions and hopefulness about the future could well have been sincere – and his death may thus be attributable to external actors and factors unknown.