Conspiracy theories: The top theories about Jeffrey Epstein’s death
Jeffrey Epstein’s death on August 10, 2019 became a case that was highly scrutinized by the public. It was deemed suspicious that Epstein committed suicide while facing trials that could potentially expose the involvement of high profile individuals in a sex-trafficking ring.
The conspiracy theory that Epstein didn’t kill himself gained traction and eventually blew up into an internet meme that preached one line over & over: “Epstein didn’t kill himself”. Many still believe that Epstein’s death is a coverup executed by people closely associated with Epstein such as Prince Andrew or the Clintons. Here are some of the main theories about what really happened to Jeffrey Epstein.
The details of the case
It was at 6:30 am on the morning of August 10 that Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell. Epstein was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. New York’s chief medical examiner later ruled Epstein’s death to be a suicide.
There were many details which later came to light regarding Epstein’s suicide watch that the public found suspicious. Since Epstein had allegedly attempted suicide three weeks prior, the jail took precautionary measures to make sure there wasn’t a second attempt.
Epstein was at first assigned a cellmate who was removed on August 9 without a replacement. The two guards on watch that evening were meant to check in every thirty minutes but both fell asleep for two hours and later falsified the records to omit that fact. Perhaps most suspicious of all was the fact that the two cameras situated in front of Epstein’s cell both malfunctioned that night.
Suicide or homicide?
One person who firmly believed that Jeffrey Epstein’s death was not due to suicide was his brother, Mark Epstein, who hired a forensic pathologist Michael Baden to examine the body. Michael Baden examined Epstein’s October 2019 and speculated that Epstein may have died from strangulation.
Baden described Epstein’s injuries as, “. . . extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation.” The fact that Epstein’s hyoid, a bone found in the neck, was broken was pointed out as suspicious since it’s common that victims of strangulation with similar breaks.
A broken hyoid is more common in homicides but it’s not unknown to happen in suicidal hanging particularly in men Epstein’s age. The president of the National Association of Medical Examiners told The Washington Post that, “If, hypothetically, the hyoid bone is broken, that would generally raise questions about strangulation, but it is not definitive and does not exclude suicidal hanging.”
Then there are theories about the people that wanted Epstein dead – and it’s a long list. From his former mentor Les Wexner, to son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, to the presidential Clintons, Epstein had many connections in high places.
Epstein kept meticulous records of all his dealings whether in a journal or rigging his estates with multiple cameras. A former victim of Epstein’s Virginia Roberts Giuffre knew about Epstein’s insurance plan stating: “Every single corner of that house was monitored. He was watching everybody, all the time. This was a blackmail scheme, all those powerful people abusing underage girls.”
The likelihood that one of Epstein’s powerful acquaintances wanted him dead was sky-high, but would they go as far as organizing an assassination?
The incredulity of the severely botched suicide watch is echoed by journalist Malloy who stated in the documentary Filthy Rich, “It’s a federal prison, notoriously underfunded, something of a hell-hole, and it’s revealed that the guards were sleeping, the cameras weren’t working. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong.”
Faking his own death
An even crazier theory about Epstein’s death is that he isn’t really dead at all. This conspiracy stems from the photographs that revealed Epstein being carried out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center. People saw that his body was uncovered which they took to mean he wasn’t dead and used the opportunity to escape.
This far-fetched hypothesis falls apart quickly when it’s forced to explain how the medical examiners were then able to perform an autopsy when there was supposedly no body to examine. However, the conspiracy theorists might just chalk that up to yet another coverup.
Many health & law enforcement officials have confirmed that Epstein is indeed dead & that he died by suicide. It may be also that this particular death will never be satisfactorily explained. The most tragic outcome of Epstein’s death though is the fact that his victims were robbed of seeing the monster that assaulted them brought to justice.