Disgraced billionaire American Investment Banker and Financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday morning from an apparent suicide. He was facing multiple sex charges and was being held in a high security jail, the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in lower Manhattan.
Questions surrounding his death are already swelling with suspicions growing as to how such a high profile inmate held in one of the nation’s most secure prisons with 24/7 surveillance could have committed suicide. Furthermore, questions are already being raised as to how the Bureau of Prisons ensures the welfare of high-profile inmates like Epstein.
The FBI has launched an investigation into his death.
Epstein who was arrested on July 6 was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking and other charges of conspiracy in New York when he died.
According to reports, the 66-year old billionaire pedophile was found in cardiac arrest in his cell around 6:30 on Saturday morning and was rushed to a nearby New York hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The shocking news of Epstein’s death comes a little over two weeks after he was found semi-conscious on his cell floor with bruises on his neck and later hospitalized on July 24 in what was said to be an apparent first suicide attempt.
Even then, it was not clear whether those bruises were self-inflicted or were from an assault.
Epstein’s suicide also comes almost 24 hours after a court unsealed more than 2,000 pages of explosive documents detailing serious sexual abuses of underage girls. The unsealing and public release of these documents was a result of a lawsuit by one of his former young “sex slave” named Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
The unsealed documents which made international news on Friday were seen as a huge turning point in his case which implicated many high profile and very powerful men in the sex scandals.
Before his legal troubles, Epstein led an extraordinary life of luxury and opulence in his 100-acre private island nicknamed “Pedo Island” in the Caribbean as well as in is $77 million mansion in New York and another in Palm Beach, Florida. His lifestyle drew the most powerful into his orbit and he socialized with some of the world’s most powerful and business tycoons.
Among the high profiles was former President Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth’s second son Prince Andrew, billionaire businessman and tycoon Donald Trump including foreign and local politicians, Judges, business tycoons and professors. Epstein was accused of sex trafficking of underage girls at his private residences in Florida and New York sometime between 2002 and 2005.
He had plead not guilty to the charges and was facing up to 45 years in jail if convicted.
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