Former MCC inmate says ‘there’s no way’ Jeffrey Epstein ‘could have killed himself’

August 19, 2019

A former inmate at the Manhattan jail where Jeffrey Epstein ended his life thinks there’s “no way” the pedophile killed himself.

In an anonymous column for the New York Post, a former prisoner writes that the conditions at the Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC) would preclude the medical examiner’s ruling that Epstein committed suicide by hanging, lending credence to some conspiracy theorists who have suggested — in light of the 66-year-old’s ties to high-profile politicians and business leaders — that Epstein wasn’t behind his own death.

“There’s no way that man could have killed himself. I’ve done too much time in those units. It’s an impossibility,” the inmate wrote for the Post.

Not buying it

While some are content with the explanation that Epstein was simply the beneficiary of the jail’s incompetence, many have been left unsatisfied with the official story, Fox News reports. And according to an ex-convict, the conspiracy theorists aren’t off the mark.

“Between the floor and the ceiling is like 8 or 9 feet. There’s no way for you to connect to anything,” the ex-prisoner wrote for the Post.

Epstein reportedly suffocated himself with a noose fashioned from a bedsheet that was tied to his bunk bed. The 6-foot tall pedophile is said to have knelt down and pressed his neck into the noose, rather than suspending himself from the ceiling, as suicides by hanging are often depicted in movies.

The Post author notes that prisoners are given sheets, but they’re “paper level, not strong enough. He was 200 pounds — it would never happen.”

“Could he have done it from the bed? No sir. There’s a steel frame, but you can’t move it. There’s no light fixture. There’s no bars,” the former prisoner added.

The ex-inmate also observes that prisoners on suicide watch are kept in a “straitjacket” — although Epstein was mysteriously taken off suicide watch sometime before his death — and that prisoners are unable to access anything sturdy enough to fashion a suicide implement. The Post author notes:

They don’t give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death. You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper. Nothing hard or made of metal.

Conspiracy theories

Epstein’s death immediately gave life to conspiracy theories that he was killed by a person or people implicated in his crimes, given his wide connections to the global power elite, including Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. His death came a day after new documents were released that accused several powerful men, including two former associates of Clinton, of abusing a woman when she was underage — and Epstein is known to have had unindicted co-conspirators.

According to some pathologists, Epstein’s autopsy results are partly consistent with homicide by strangulation. But if Epstein was not murdered — and there is no direct evidence that he was — then he at least appears to have benefited from a pattern of mistakes that almost looks too convenient. If nothing else, this ex-prisoner’s new account underscores just how unlikely Epstein’s “suicide” was.

Reports emerged in the days after Epstein’s death that the facility, assumed by many to be high-security, is run-down and suffering from staff shortages. Reports that guards were working overtime, and that one of Epstein’s guards was not a corrections officer, are consistent with the prisoner’s description of the facility as a hopeless place where “God wasn’t in the building.”

Searching for the truth

The hellish conditions would have been a jarring change for a millionaire like Epstein, who was used to getting his way, and would certainly have provided a motive for suicide. “It’s like you’re an animal and you’ve been brought into a kennel. A guy like Jeffrey, it’s like, ‘Holy s**t,'” the inmate wrote for the Post.

Still, many are dumbfounded that Epstein’s death was possible, given his status as the most high-profile prisoner in America. Contrary to the account given by the former prisoner, it has come to light that Epstein was not being monitored closely before his death.

Epstein’s guards reportedly fell asleep, and Epstein was left without a cellmate the night before his death. Epstein was also, oddly, taken off suicide watch and brought to the Special Housing Unit, where the column’s author was also being kept, despite an apparent suicide attempt in July. It has also been reported that Epstein told his lawyers, “See you Sunday,” in his last meeting with them.

For his part, the Post author said he’s “had some heavy incidents in the building” that permanently damaged him and that some guards at the jail are on a “power trip” and will “help you break,” but maintained that Epstein would not have been able to kill himself. Who do you believe?

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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.