The conspiracy theories that have people convinced Jeffrey Epstein's death was not a suicide
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Warning: This article contains mentions of suicide and may not be suitable for every reader
On the morning of August 10, 2019 at 6:30 a.m., two prison guards went to bring convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to breakfast in his cell, only to find that he was unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead at the age of 66.
Just over a month earlier, the multimillionaire was arrested at a New York airport for sex trafficking after flying back from Paris in his private jet. The judge denied Epstein's bail because of concerns that he could pose a flight risk.
The death of the financier, described by the authorities as "apparent suicide," was another blow to the trail of the victims he had left behind and denied them one last time the justice they desperately sought.
But not everyone remains convinced that Jeffrey Epstein's death is what it seems. Some people point out inconsistencies that they claim do not add up, and come up with conspiracy theories that suggest that his final settlement may not have been suicide at all. Here we outline some of the suggestions that hover over what may have really happened - but keep in mind that that's all they really are: suggestions.
How did Jeffrey Epstein die?
At the time of his death, the disgraced multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was held in the Special Housing Unit on the 9th floor of the New York Metropolitan Correctional Center, a prison that journalists described as "something of a hell hole" for Tim Malloy for almost five weeks in Netflix's documentary Filthy Rich.
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The guards on duty that night, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, were assigned to watch over Epstein and others, and should have traveled to the cells regularly every 30 minutes. According to an indictment that was later delivered to the couple between Friday, August 9, 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 10, 6:30 a.m., these checks did not appear to have taken place. The guards were accused of sleeping temporarily and surfing the Internet instead of doing their rounds. (Note: A lawyer who worked for Michael Thomas said in January 2020 that he would file a motion to dismiss the security guard's charges and insist that his client had been "scapegoated" about Jeffrey Epstein's death.)
In the early morning hours when Noel and Thomas Epstein had breakfast and discovered his body, he seemed to have used his bed sheets for prison cells to commit suicide. The sex offender was ambulance-taken to nearby New York's Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was officially declared dead. The charges against the two guards for breach of duty revealed that Jeffrey Epstein's death was a suicide. This was later explained by the New York City chief doctor, Dr. Barbara Sampson, confirmed.
The news was difficult to hear for Epstein's accusers. "I felt so devastated that he again managed to avoid accountability," said one survivor, Annie Farmer.
Was Jeffrey Epstein Murdered?
In short: unlikely. But there is a conspiracy theory that suggests that it was him, which was triggered in part by the confusion about how Epstein might have committed suicide when he was presumably on suicide watch, and also by the results of a forensic pathologist, who was employed by Epstein's brother.
In Netflix's Filthy Rich documentary, which investigates Epstein's life and crime, journalist Tim Malloy explained how unfathomable it seemed from outside that the inmate would be able to commit suicide in a maximum security prison.
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"It is inconceivable that in a prison - a federal prison that houses terrorists, has cameras that have guards all over the place - something can go wrong and harm Jeffrey Epstein. Unimaginable," he said. "It's a federal prison, notoriously underfunded, something like a hellhole, and it turned out that the guards slept, the cameras didn't work. Anything that could go wrong went wrong."
In an effort to get a second opinion, Jeffrey Epstein's brother Mark Epstein hired an independent expert, forensic pathologist, and former New York City chief physician, Dr. Michael Baden, with the autopsy. In the Netflix documentation, the pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who with Dr. Baden had collaborated on the case, why he doesn't think Epstein's injuries are consistent with suicide.
Dr. Wecht pointed to the hyoid bone, which he called "sensitive, U-shaped bone high on the back of the neck," and said that three fractures evident in Jeffrey Epstein's did not match the fractures you could experience from suicide. "There was absolutely no evidence that he jumped or jumped from his bunk," said Dr. Changes filthy rich documentaries. "With all my autopsies, I would say it would be extremely rare to have these three fractures in this type of [suicide]."
According to Dr. Michael Baden on the cause of death of Jeffrey Epstein published the chief physician Dr. Barbara Sampson made a statement confirming that her first results are still true.
"Our investigation found that Mr. Epstein's cause of death was dependent and the death was suicide," she said. "We stand by the determination."
Who would have wanted to kill Jeffrey Epstein at all?
Some of those who believe Epstein was murdered back up their belief with a motive; that various top-class figures wanted to see him dead. Since there seemed to be no way out for Epstein himself after he was denied bail for sex trafficking, speculation is felt that some of his circles feared that he would bring others with him.
A City News TV report from last summer said: "Other Epstein theories that float online: How convenient now for the princes and politicians and other powerful people with whom Epstein has mingled."
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Chauntae Davies, a survivor of Epstein's abuse, said in the Netflix documentary that she would not be surprised if the financier had some potential enemies. "I'm sure a lot of people wanted to see him dead. He had a lot of information about a lot of people. A lot of blackmail pictures and videos," she said.
According to Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a woman who accuses Jeffrey Epstein of being abused for a long time as a minor, the multimillionaire has installed surveillance cameras all over his property in New York to keep an eye on visitor activity. "Every corner of this house was monitored. He was watching everyone all the time," she said. "This was a blackmail program, all those powerful people who abuse underage girls."
However, there is currently no evidence that Epstein's acquaintances were responsible for the organization of his alleged murder.
Is Jeffrey Epstein still alive?
Very, very unlikely. This conspiracy theory emerged from a series of photographs in which Epstein from the Metropolitan Correctional Center was brought on the back of an ambulance. His body was exposed in the pictures, which some people understood so that he wasn't really dead. That and the fact that he had previously managed to get out of a host of other delicate situations with money and power, it might not have been unimaginable that faking his own death was his way out of it.
In fact, reports explain that Jeffrey Epstein was found "unresponsive" in his cell on the morning of August 10 and was only pronounced dead at the hospital - which may explain why no body bag or sheet was used to shield him when he was out was brought to prison. In addition, the chief doctor Dr. Barbara Sampson did an autopsy on Epstein's body and it would be quite difficult to do an autopsy on someone who lives ... right?
What happened to Jeffrey Epstein's estate after his death?
Anyone who is cynical about the suicide sentence could convince you. Just two days before his death, on August 8, 2019, Jeffrey Epstein transferred his entire $ 577 million (approximately £ 458 million) fortune to a trust fund in the Virgin Islands. It was a move that is now making it much more complicated for dozens of prosecutors to seek compensation for his alleged crimes.
It's not exactly clear who the beneficiaries of the 1953 Trust (named after Epstein's year of birth) are, but his only known relative is his brother Mark Epstein. The privacy that disguises trust means that Jeffrey Epstein's prosecutors must convince a judge to make such details publicly available as a first step in seeking compensation.
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What we do know is how much Epstein was worth when he died; He had more than $ 56 million in cash, more than $ 112 million in shares, nearly $ 200 million in hedge funds and private investments, over $ 18 million in cars, boats and planes, and beyond over millions of shares worth.
Attorney Jennifer Freeman, who represents some of the financier's victims of child sexual abuse, assumed that the movement of his money was calculated and called it the "final act of Epstein's manipulation of the system, even in death".
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