The morning of Jeffrey Epstein’s death, “shouting and shrieking” could be heard from his jail cell, according to CBS News – while guards attempting to revive him were saying “breathe, Epstein, breathe.”
Epstein, who was reportedly in ‘good spirits’ recently – meeting with his lawyers for up to 12 hours a day to discuss his case – was found hanging in his Lower Manhattan jail cell with a bedsheet around his neck, which was reportedly secured to the top of a bunk bed, according to the New York Post.
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr said that the Epstein case “was personally important to him,” and that the prison had “serious irregularities.”
Notably, the staff at MCC reportedly violated prison protocol by failing to check on the high-profile inmate every 30 minutes, according to the Washington Post. Epstein, whose defense attorneys successfully lobbied for him to be taken off suicide watch about a week before he was found dead, was also supposed to have had a cellmate.
…he also should have had a cellmate, according to the person familiar with the matter and union officials representing facility employees.
But a person who had been assigned to share a cell with Epstein was transferred on Friday, and — for reasons that investigators are still exploring — he did not receive a new cellmate. –Washington Post
In a rare show of bipartisanship, the House Judiciary Committee has sent a letter to the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons, Hugh Hurwitz, demanding answers – and stating that Epstein’s reported death by hanging “demonstrates severe miscarriages of or deficiencies in inmate protocol and has allowed the deceased to ultimately evade facing justice,” according to the Miami Herald.
On Monday, the FBI raided Little St. James – Epstein’s so-called ‘orgy island,’ according to the Daily Mail, which captured footage of a dozen officers docking speedboats on the island before exploring the property on golf carts. Some agents were spotted on top of Epstein’s luxury home. All officials wore jackets with the letters ‘FBI’ in clear view.