financier and sex shop Jeffrey Epstein He was told by a psychiatrist that he was too “coward” to kill himself, two weeks before he was found dead in his prison cell in a death sentenced to suicide.
This claim was included in a detailed analysis of Epstein’s final days that was compiled from more than 2,000 pages of unprecedented documents and prison records obtained under freedom of information laws and Published by the New York Times Tuesday.
Epstein hanged himself at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in August 2019Awaiting trial on new charges of trafficking in teenage girls.
According to the Times, he attempted suicide one month ago.
But records reveal that Epstein told a prison psychiatrist “I have no interest in killing myself”, claimed he was living a “wonderful life” despite his imprisonment, and said he was a “coward” who could not stand the pain.
“I’d never do that myself,” Epstein said.
Conspiracy theories about Epstein’s murder have sprung up in the more than two years since his death. The FBI and Justice Department investigations are far from over.
However, the Times investigation paints a picture of a master manipulator who creates “delusions to the end, deceiving corrections officers, counselors and specially trained inmates assigned to his round-the-clock watch”.
the rich A one-time partner for strong people Including Bill Clinton and Donald Trump he repeatedly assured those around him that he had a lot to live for while also hinting at despair, according to the documents, which cover the last 36 days of his life.
The newspaper reported that the act was so persuasive to prison and federal officials that inaction and mistakes were made, allowing Epstein to kill himself despite being considered a suicide risk.
The newspaper reported that on the night he died, Epstein told guards he wanted to call his mother. In fact, she died a long time ago and instead called his girlfriend. Staff allowed him to remain alone in his cell that night, despite an explicit order to appoint a cellmate.
The documents reveal more details about Epstein’s final weeks, including a daily routine that included lengthy meetings at the prison conference center with his attorney, and complaints about living conditions.
The newspaper said the meetings allowed Epstein to avoid his “wet and filthy” cell, in which he complained of a noisy toilet. He did not like to wear the orange suit, which he said led to him being treated as a “bad guy”. He had trouble sleeping and numbness in his right arm.
Despite these issues, the report says, Epstein spoke candidly with psychologists and inmates and “talked about his interest in physics and mathematics and gave investment advice.”
The Times said Epstein “also recalled socializing with celebrities”. She also said that the prison notes do not mention the names of such famous confidants.