An inmate where Jeffrey Epstein was imprisoned destroyed the conspiracy theories that the sex offender was murdered.
“He wanted to kill himself,” the inmate said in an email to prison staff. It reported the New York Times.
Epstein died in a prison cell in NYC in 2019 as a result of suicide by hanging, a doctor determined.
The late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein “seized the opportunity” to die by suicide in a prison cell in Manhattan, a prisoner told staff earlier when he was rejected widespread conspiracy theories that the disgraced financier was murdered, according to a new report.
The details were included in a long New York Times report published Tuesday, based on more than 2,000 pages of Federal Bureau of Prisons records obtained by the newspaper after filing a lawsuit over the Freedom of Information Act.
Epstein, who was imprisoned while awaiting trial for federal sex trafficking charges, was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, 2019.
A coroner sentenced Epstein’s death as a suicide by hanging.
Two months after the 66-year-old’s death, a detainee in the jail sent an email to the prison’s psychology department about a conversation he had with a fellow prisoner whose cell was next to Epsteins’, The Times reported.
“Jeffrey Epstein certainly killed himself. Any conspiracy theory to the contrary is ridiculous,” the man said the other inmate told him, according to the report.
The inmate, whose cell was next to Epstein’s, heard Epstein “tear up his sheet before committing suicide,” the man said.
“He wanted to kill himself and seized the opportunity when it was available,” the inmate said in the email, according to The Times. “Such is life – or death, in this case.”
Meanwhile, the records that The Times received also painted a picture of Epstein’s last days. In the weeks before his death he had tried to convince prison guards that he would not try to kill himself.
According to the records, Epstein used the time after a suicide attempt in July 2019 to say he was happy and would not try again, The Times reported.
“I have no interest in killing myself,” Epstein told a prison psychologist, according to documents from the Bureau of Prisons that The Times has seen.
Epstein called himself a “coward” who did not like pain.
“I would not do it against myself,” he reportedly said.
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