“In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death.”
New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson determined multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by hanging himself:
“After careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings, the determination on the death of Jeffrey Epstein is below — Cause: Hanging. Manner: Suicide.”
Anonymous sources told The Washington Post she gave her findings to law enforcement officials. They did not provide more information.
Officials found Epstein’s body early Saturday morning at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. He was going to stand trial on federal sex trafficking charges. From Fox News:
He was placed on suicide watch last month after he was found on the floor of his cell with bruising on his neck. However, multiple reports say Epstein was taken off suicide watch days later.
Epstein’s death caused public and official outrage over how such a high-profile prisoner could have gone unmonitored. His death led to a torrent of conspiracy theories focusing on the high-profile people who moved in Epstein’s social circle, including former President Bill Clinton and President Trump.
Speculation that Epstein was murdered ramped up Thursday after The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that the autopsy found broken bones in the financier’s neck.
Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson issued a statement Thursday in response to those articles, saying: “In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum.”
Epstein’s lawyers refused to accept Sampson’s findings. These team announced its intention “to conduct its own independent and complete investigation.”
The FBI and DOJ already started an investigation into Epstein’s death “into how suspected missteps by Bureau of Prisons personnel may have contributed to Epstein’s death.”
Officials had instructions not to leave Epstein alone and check on him every 30 minutes after an apparent suicide attempt on July 23. Fox News continued:
For his part, Attorney General William Barr said officials have uncovered “serious irregularities” at the jail. The FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general are both investigating Epstein’s death.
Jail guards on duty the night of Epstein’s death are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates every half-hour as required, The Associated Press reported, citing several people familiar with the matter. AP also reported that a guard in Epstein’s unit was working a fifth straight day of overtime, while another was working mandatory overtime.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who was to preside over the criminal case against Epstein, asked the jail’s warden this week for answers about the July 23 episode in which Epstein was found injured, writing in a letter Monday that it had “never been definitively explained.”
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