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Report: Detailed account of Epstein’s death surfaced online 40 minutes ahead of media reports
Almost an hour before news of Jeffrey Epstein’s death broke, an anonymous internet user beat journalists to the punch.
A detailed account of Epstein’s death was posted on the message board 4chan about 40 minutes before ABC first reported the story, Buzzfeed News reported. The post appears to have been made by a first responder who tried to revive Epstein, but on Tuesday, FDNY said that the post did not come from anyone within the department.
Breaking the news
The first reports of Epstein’s death came from ABC News just before 9 a.m. on Saturday. But about 40 minutes before, an anonymous user on 4chan shared a post declaring that the pedophile was dead. The post featured an image of Pepe the frog, a meme that is popular with the alt-right.
“[D]ont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this,” the user wrote at 8:16 a.m. ET, in the first of six posts.
When other users responded with skepticism, the initial poster provided more information describing efforts to resuscitate Epstein. The user appeared to be a medical worker who responded to the Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC), where Epstein hanged himself.
“Worked asystole arrest for 40 minutes, als[o] intubated in the field/epi/2 liters NS infused. Telemetry advised bicarb and D50 in the field. Pt transported to Lower Manhattan ER and worked for 20 minutes and called. Hospital administrator was alerted, preparing statements,” the user wrote.
An EMS expert, Dr. Keith Wesley, told Buzzfeed that the post describes standard procedures for paramedics. A reference to “telemetry advised bicarb” could mean that “the paramedics were in contact with a medical control hospital who then gave orders to give Sodium Bicarbonate, bicarb which is designed to reverse the acid buildup in the blood from prolonged cardiac arrest.”
Who’s the leaker?
FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer said that he could not verify the information, but that any medical professional who shares patients’ information without their consent could run afoul of HIPAA, a federal privacy law. The FDNY later announced after a review that the information in the 4chan posts did not match FDNY’s medical records.
“The FDNY reviewed the alleged information and determined it did not come from the Department,” Dywer said. “At no time was there an investigation,” he added, noting that Buzzfeed’s original report was “inaccurate.”
At least part of the post appears consistent with information shared by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The user wrote that medical workers tried to resuscitate Epstein for 40 minutes at the prison, and then 20 minutes at the hospital.
“Staff requested emergency medical services (EMS) and life-saving efforts continued,” confirmed the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Saturday. “Mr. Epstein was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, and subsequently pronounced dead by hospital staff.”
Attorney General William Barr has launched a probe into the strange “irregularities” surrounding Epstein’s death. It was reported by the New York Post on Tuesday that Epstein’s guards “fell asleep” and falsified records — just the latest odd twist in the prison’s failure to keep Epstein alive.
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