When the second highest-profile criminal held in the U.S. prison system (next to El Chapo) dies in custody, it stands to reason that questions of foul play would be raised. Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had ties to the world’s wealthiest and most influential people.
His reported “suicide” has been difficult for almost everyone to swallow. Apparently even those high up in the government are having a hard time accepting that Epstein hung himself, seeing as how the FBI just arrested the two prison guards tasked with keeping him alive. The pair was charged with falsifying records surrounding Epstein’s suspicious death.
Court documents indicate that prison guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas slept and surfed the internet rather than monitor the prisoner at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan. Although an autopsy officially concluded that the 66-year-old financier died by hanging, the FBI continues to investigate whether a “criminal enterprise” was brought to bear.
“With a case this high profile, there has got to be either a major malfunction of the system or a criminal enterprise afoot to allow this to happen,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly asked Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer. “So, are you looking at both? Is the FBI looking at both?”
The convicted sex criminal was handed a stunningly light sentence in a previous sex trafficking case that saw prosecutors reduce the charges and sentencing to an almost unprecedented level. At the time, Epstein’s most well-known passenger on his reported rape and sex trafficking operation called the “Lolita Express” was none other than disgraced Ex-President Bill Clinton.
Epstein faced a new round of charges that alleged he forced girls as young as 14 years old into sex slavery and prostitution. He was being prosecuted by an anti-corruption wing to prevent powerful influences from interceding a second time.
“Christmas ornaments, drywall and (Jeffrey) Epstein. Name three things that don’t hang themselves,” said the always witty Sen. John Kennedy. “That’s what the American people think. And they deserve some answers.”
The Louisiana senator’s pointed remarks are well-founded. It’s common knowledge that Epstein could have flipped on Clinton, Prince Andrew, and a list of international who’s who that stood to lose vast fortunes and power. It’s far more conceivable that the pair of guards recently charged with what amounts to gross negligence and then covering their tracks is a ruse, a distraction.
“As I see it, there are two, and only two possibilities for what happened with Jeffrey Epstein,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz reportedly said. “No. 1, there was gross negligence and a total failure of (the Bureau of Prisons) to do its job with a prisoner on suicide watch that led to Epstein’s committing suicide. Or No. 2, something far worse happened. That it was not suicide but rather a homicide carried out by a person or persons who wanted Epstein silenced. Either one of those is completely unacceptable.”
According to the recent indictment, Noel and Thomas did not check Epstein from 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 until 6:30 a.m. the following morning. He had been on 24-7 suicide watch, and concerns of another inmate attacking him had been documented. He was reportedly being held in a common area close to the guard station, and much of the video surveillance system failed to tape the night’s events.
One video, however, shows the pair motionless for upwards of two hours as they appeared to sleep. The guards filed and signed paperwork claiming they specifically checked Epstein on three separate occasions above their mandated rounds every 30 minutes.
The prison guards’ attorney has gone on the record stating that prosecutors are “going after the low man on the totem pole” to make the investigation into Epstein’s death go away. They’re being “scapegoated.”
Hopefully the FBI finds out the truth.