Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself by hanging from the top of a bunk bed with a bedsheet in the special cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug. 10, the New York Post reported.
The Post citing law enforcement sources said Monday that Epstein was found hanging with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the bed. He “apparently killed himself by kneeling toward the floor and strangling himself with the makeshift noose.”
It is not clear how high the bed is, but the convicted sex child trafficker is 6 feet tall, which raises question if this is an “assisted” suicide or Epstein’s sole doing.
Sources said Epstein had not been checked on for several hours.
According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, Epstein was found “unresponsive” at the Special Housing Unit of the correctional center at around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 10. He was taken by ambulance to the New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
One day after his death, New York’s Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson announced an autopsy had been performed on Epstein on Aug. 11, raising question how quick the examination took place.
Even so, Sampson said that further investigation is needed to determine the final cause of Epstein’s death.
Attorney General William Barr on Monday said authorities will “get to the bottom of what happened,” both in Epstein’s death and the ongoing investigation of his alleged crimes.
“Most importantly, this case was important to the victims who had the courage to come forward and deserved the opportunity to confront the accused in the courtroom,” Barr said in a speech at the 64th biennial conference of the Fraternal Order of Police in New Orleans.
“There will be accountability,” Barr said. “This case will continue on against anyone who is complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy.”
France’s Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination, Marlène Schiappa has also called for an investigation into Epstien’s activities in France.
“The American investigation has highlighted ties with France. It therefore seems fundamental to us, and for the victims, that an investigation should be opened in France so that all the light is shed on this matter,” Reuters citing Schiappa said on Monday.