When convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found lifeless in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on Saturday, Aug. 10, he took many dark secrets to the grave, as his connections with politicians, royalty, scientists, and many others ran deep. There are many questions to be answered as to how such a high-profile prisoner, just having come off a suicide watch, could be left alone and unchecked in a cell with bedsheets strong enough to hang himself with.
No security cameras operate within the cells either, they only film common areas. It has been reported that Epstein was required to have a cellmate, but he had been moved to another location earlier. Two security guards were on shift to monitor Epstein every 30 minutes, as was protocol, but that didn’t happen on the night of his death either.
Now it has surfaced that only one of the ‘guards’ on duty that night was a correctional officer. Due to a shortage of trained staff in the prisons, they have resorted to utilizing clerical staff and teachers to fill the positions, according to an AP report. A person spoke on condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to speak officially. A second person spoke of the protocol that should be followed, where the prisoner was to be checked every half hour, however, neither of the guards had made a check on Epstein for several hours before his suicide.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Inspector General are investigating the abnormalities in the case, “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation. The FBI and the Office of Inspector General are doing just that.”
“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 at a police conference in New Orleans on Aug. 12.
Epstein’s highly anticipated court case will undoubtedly leave many of his victims whose lives were changed forever through becoming entangled in his sex slavery pedophile ring, without their day in court to confront this monster.
“Most importantly, this case was important to the victims, who had the courage to come forward, and deserve the opportunity to confront the accused in the courtroom,” said Barr.
“We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability. But let me assure you this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” said Barr, who is responsible for federal prisons. adding that any co-conspirator in the case “should not rest easy.” “The victims deserve justice, and they will get it,” added the attorney general.
Epstein’s private island Little St James in the Caribbean was at the center of a raid by FBI agents on Monday, Aug. 12, in a search for incriminating material such as photographs, videos, computers, and documents.
“To those brave young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so, let me reiterate that we remain committed to standing for you, and our investigation of the conduct charged in the indictment—which included a conspiracy count—remains ongoing,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in a statement on Saturday.