Jeffery Epstein, an alleged sex trafficker accused of trapping and soliciting minors, has committed suicide while imprisoned. Although he was assumed to be under suicide watch, the 66-year-old financier was found dead in his Manhattan cell Saturday morning (Aug. 10), sparking a flurry of conversation.
NBC News reports:
Epstein was in his cell but was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, multiple people familiar with the investigation told NBC News.
His death comes a little over two weeks ago after he was found injured and in a fetal position in his cell at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. He was semiconscious with marks on his neck at the time.
In July, two sources told NBC News that Epstein was on suicide watch.
His death also comes one day after a trove of court documents were unsealed providing new details about Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking.
Less than 24 hours after the documents were released, officials told NBC News that Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his jail cell at 6:30 a.m. ET. He had apparently hanged himself.
Some Twitter observers found the timing of Epstein’s death curious considering the explosive details that were set to come forth. In addition, Epstein reportedly attempted to harm himself so it bears questioning why he wasn’t under suicide watch.
Epstein’s name is the top-trending topic on Twitter and we have some of the reaction below.
Jeffery Epstein commits suicide WHILE on suicide watch just as they were about to name names in his pedophile perv case??? What are the odds??? 🤔— Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) August 10, 2019
Can the The NY State Department of Corrections & @NYGovCuomo explain how #JefferyEpstein was able to take his life while on suicide watch?— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) August 10, 2019
How often were Correctional Officers checking his cell?
What objects was he allowed to keep in his cell?
Was he in solitary confinement?
Jeffery Epstein commits suicide.— Gareth Icke 🇵🇸 (@garethicke) August 10, 2019
Not a fucking chance.
Wake the fuck up people for fuck sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jeffery Epstein a pedophile sex trafficker thats linked the the Clintons, Trump, Prince Andrew, MBS, CEO of Victoria’s Secret and many other powerful ppl was found dead this morning. This isnt a coincidence.— bipolewhore (@sinfulweeknd) August 10, 2019
That motherfucker didn’t kill himself.— 🦌Abby (@AbbyismsUneditd) August 10, 2019
How TF you kill yourself on suicide watch?
I call bullshit.
Women rarely get justice. I’m so fucking pissed off right now.
Also, burn in hell #Epstien #EpsteinSuicide pic.twitter.com/sC22EqCyhK
So you’re telling me the most recognizable inmate whose trial would of been one of the biggest of this century commits suicide after being placed on suicide watch from a previous botched attempt #Epstien pic.twitter.com/j3nIbU8YY5— Saleh will lead us to paradise 🇱🇧 (@MikefromManhat1) August 10, 2019