In August last year, Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).
Ever since that day, controversy has reigned over whether or not Epstein committed suicide or was murdered, with opinions and theories varying wildly.
The last time we covered this topic, Epstein’s former prison pal Bill Mersey was saying he was “99,999 percent that he committed suicide” due to their interactions.
Those who believe otherwise would have watched the CBS News 60 Minutes feature that aired over the weekend rather closely, and there was plenty in that feature to feed alternative narratives.
To start, here’s Dr. Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s family, with why he thinks there was foul play:
It’s definitely in his interest to drum up this kind of speculation, which deflects from the fact that Epstein was a paedophile monster, and New York’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson, has consistently rebuffed Baden’s findings.
The 60 Minutes investigation also touched on a note left in Epstein’s cell, reports the Telegraph:
…Epstein left a note complaining about his prison conditions and fashioned multiple nooses out of bed sheets, new images have revealed…
Pictures of the scene taken by the New York medical examiner’s office showed Epstein’s cell littered with multiple prescription pill bottles, electrical cords and enough bed sheets for several inmates covering the floor.
According to CBS News, which first obtained the images, the wealthy financier also left a note complaining about the conditions within the prison, including being sent burnt food and having “giant bugs crawling over my hands”. “No fun,” he added, underlining the words.
Epstein also claimed in the note that one guard left him “in a locked shower stall for one hour”.
You can read the CBS 60 Minutes in-depth investigation, complete with images from Epstein’s autopsy and a more comprehensive look around his cell, here.
Let’s just pull one interesting observation from there before we move along:
In addition to the photos 60 Minutes obtained of Epstein’s autopsy, photos from his jail cell also appear to show inconsistencies, including questions about whether investigators examined the correct ligature used in Epstein’s death. At least two nooses were photographed lying on the floor of the cell, both appearing to be made from strips of orange bedsheets.
But photos of the noose taken in as evidence and presumably thought to be responsible for killing Epstein show both ends of the noose folded and hemmed, not cut. Sources have told 60 Minutes that the guard who found Epstein cut him down before trying to revive him.
“It doesn’t look like anybody ever took scissors to it,” Alfonsi said. “So there is some question—is that the right noose?’
Plenty of fuel added to the conspiratorial fires, and still, we’re no closer to finding out what really happened on that night back in August.
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