Jeffrey Epstein’s final weeks: Timeline of apparent suicide attempt, cellmate transfer, jail operations
Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sex trafficking minors, was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell early Saturday in an apparent suicide that has raised questions as to how the wealthy financier could have killed himself in a high-security federal lockup in which he was supposed to be closely watched.
Here is everything that’s known about Epstein’s final few weeks in the Metropolitan Correctional Center–from his first apparent suicide attempt to the events of the early morning hours of Aug. 10.
JULY 23 — FIRST POSSIBLE SUICIDE ATTEMPT
Epstein is found nearly unconscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck, law enforcement sources told the New York Post at the time. It was unclear whether the injuries were self-inflicted, either as the result of a legitimate suicide attempt or a cry for help, or if Epstein had been assaulted by another inmate. Though officials reportedly believed the incident to be a suicide attempt, they could not rule out a potential attack.
Epstein is not transferred to a hospital and remains at the correctional center, Politico reported at the time.
He is reportedly placed on suicide watch and given daily psychiatric evaluations.
Epstein was arrested on July 6 over the alleged sexual abuse of dozens of minors at his New York and Florida residences. He had pleaded not guilty. (Photo by Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images)
LATE JULY — REMOVED FROM SUICIDE WATCH
After a week of daily evaluations, Epstein is reportedly taken off suicide watch. Details about why he was taken off the watch or any special precautions corrections officers were urged to take weren’t immediately available, but former prison official Jack Donson told The Associated Press that Epstein’s removal from suicide watch would have had to have been approved by both the MCC’s warden and chief psychologist.
A lawyer for one of Epstein’s cellmates at the MCC told Fox News he suspected the manipulative and persuasive Epstein may have talked his way off the restrictive suicide watch, during which Epstein would have worn paper clothing and slept with paper sheets in a closely monitored room.
After being taken off suicide watch, Epstein was not returned to the cell he’d shared with an ex-cop awaiting trial on murder and drug charges, the former police officer’s lawyer told Fox News. The reason for moving Epstein to a different, nearby cell was not immediately clear and the identity of Epstein’s second and final cellmate at the MCC was not disclosed publicly.
The two corrections officers — one of whom is not employed as a corrections officer but is permitted to serve as one — assigned to Epstein are both working overtime at the understaffed lockup. One of the officers is working a mandated shift and the other is in the midst of an 80-hour workweek.
AUG 10 — EPSTEIN IS FOUND DEAD
Epstein was found dead at the MCC early Saturday. Questions have been raised about the facility’s operations and protocol following the death. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)