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Jeffrey Epstein’s brother claims feds covering up death evidence

Despite being the most high-profile prisoner in the US, Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in federal custody at the Manhattan Correction Center in New York on August 10, 2019.

The financier, awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking underage girls, was found in his cell just after 6:30 a.m. having apparently used a length of orange bed sheet tied to the cell’s bunk bed to hang himself.

Throughout the previous night, cameras in the Secure Housing Unit where Epstein was being held weren’t recording, prison guards slept and Epstein was left without a cellmate despite prison psychologists’ direct orders.

Then-Attorney General Bill Barr would later call the situation a “perfect storm of screw-ups”.

Within a week a medical examiner had ruled the death a suicide, meaning no further investigation was required. Eventually, a 128-page report was produced by the Department of Justice which concluded prison staff made errors and blamed “long-standing operational challenges” for Epstein’s death.

However, some have consistently challenged the official version of events, including Epstein’s brother, Mark, 69, who is campaigning for more information to be made public — including video from the cell block.

Jeffrey Epstein’s brother Mark has challenged the official story on his infamous brother’s suicide. David McGlynn

“I only want to look at facts, but when we consider the facts available we get more questions,” the property developer told The Post.

“There appears to have been no investigation once it was ruled a suicide, they saw no reason to dig deeper.

“It seems like a cover up. Why can’t I find his pre-hospital care report and why can’t I get the 911 call?”

Mark Epstein told The Post the suicide story “seems like a cover up.” Patrick McMullan via Getty Image

The following is a compilation of publicly available information about Epstein’s death as well as findings from Mark’s four-year investigation:

The Autopsy

Two medical examiners were present for Epstein’s autopsy, Dr. Kristin Roman and Dr. Michael Baden. The latter was sent by Mark to independently oversee the procedure.

They agreed to list the manner of death as ‘pending’, saying further investigation was required.

That was overruled a week later by New York Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Samson, who changed it to suicide.

Samson said she had seen “additional evidence” but has never said what that evidence was.

Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Manhattan Correction Center on Aug. 10, 2019. JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/REX
Dr. Michael Baden was sent to Epstein’s autopsy by Mark to independently oversee the procedure. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File

Baden said Epstein had two breaks on each side of his thyroid cartilage near his Adam’s apple, and one above it on the left side of his hyoid bone, which were “extremely unusual in suicidal hangings” and “could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation.”

Baden added: “I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”

In addition, no photo was taken of the position of Epstein’s body when he was found – which multiple medical examiners have agreed is a key piece of evidence to determining exactly how he died. 

Autopsy photos show the marks on Epstein’s throat from the ligature were in the middle-to-lower portion of the neck, and straight, not raised and pointing toward the side and back of the throat in a way more consistent with hanging.

A noose fashioned out of bedsheets was found in Epstein’s cell. CBS 60 Minutes

Epstein’s Cell

The Department of Justice’s investigation into Epstein’s death says he was found “suspended from the top bunk in a near-seated position, with his buttocks approximately 1 inch to 1 inch and a half off the floor” and his legs in front of him.

This means most of his bodyweight was hanging on the ligature around his neck.

The guard who found him, Michael Thomas, claimed both that he ripped the sheet and that he cut it, then began chest compressions until prison medics arrived.

Two nooses were found in the cell, according to CBS show “60 Minutes”.

Epstein’s cell after the suicide. CBS 60 Minutes

The noose taken in as evidence was not the one the prison guard ripped or cut to free from Epstein’s body.

The submitted and photographed noose was a whole piece of cloth with a hemmed edge and no staining or fluids, despite allegedly being around Epstein’s neck when he died.  

In photos of Epstein’s cell, his sleep apnea machine can be seen — which Mark points out has an electrical cord that would have been easier to use to hang himself than a sheet. 

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who attended the scene were not interviewed, which is standard protocol in such cases.

Especially in high-profile cases, EMTs and hospital staff are interviewed by police, but in this case none were. In addition, a pre-hospital Care Report for Epstein “can’t be found,” according to hospital staff.       

The autopsy showed Epstein was dead for at least two hours before he was found, and possibly up to six hours.

However, despite clearly being deceased, he was transferred to a hospital and placed in a hospital gown on a gurney.

Meanwhile, the 911 call made from the prison and its content has also never been released.

A CPAP machine that was in Epstein’s jail cell. CBS 60 Minutes

Inmates and Evidence

On July 23, while Epstein was in jail, guards were called to the cell he shared with former cop and now-convicted killer of four Nicholas Tartaglione due to an incident where he had sustained neck injuries.

Following the incident, Epstein told prison staff he had been attacked by his cellmate. He later said he “did not remember” how he got the injuries and refused to speak further about it.

After the incident, on July 30 the prison psychology department said Epstein must have a cellmate at all times and was to be monitored.

Epstein shared a cell with now-convicted killer of four Nicholas Tartaglione.

The new cellmate, Efrain ‘Stone’ Reyes, was assigned but transferred out of MCC to another facility less than 24 hours before Epstein’s death.

Reyes told his family Epstein seemed “depressed” and “didn’t want to live anymore,” according to the New York Daily News, who also quoted another inmate who said Epstein “was saying he’s going to kill himself because the government is trying to kill him anyway.”

Video evidence from the night of Epstein’s death was “limited”.

According to the Department for Justice’s investigation: “Recorded video evidence for Aug. 9 and 10 for the SHU area where Epstein was housed was only available from one prison security camera due to a malfunction of MCC New York’s Digital Video Recorder system.”

However, it also notes “between approximately 10:40 p.m. on August 9 and about 6:30 a.m. on August 10, no one was seen entering Epstein’s cell tier from the SHU common area.”   

Epstein’s body being brought into Downtown Hospital in Manhattan on Aug. 11, 2019. William Farrington

Despite Freedom of Information Act requests being filed, the footage from the working camera, particularly showing when Epstein’s body was removed from the tier in the morning has never been released to the public.

Sleeping Guards

Prison guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were stationed 15 feet from Epstein’s cell.

However, they fell asleep and did not check on prisoners in the Secure Housing Unit at all on August 9, the night Epstein died.

They later admitted to falsifying records which said they had completed the checks. 

Both were federally indicted, but struck a deal whereby, in exchange for admitting their guilt and cooperating with the federal probe into Epstein’s death, the charges were dropped.

MCC Corrections Officer Tova Noel leaving New York Federal Court on Jan. 30, 2020. Matthew McDermott
Michael Thomas leaving federal court on Nov. 25, 2019. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File

Neither has ever spoken publicly about what happened that night or Epstein. 

The indictment against the officers also lists the presence of two other prison guards, “Officer-1” and “Officer-2” who were also on duty during at least part of their shift and were supposed to accompany Noel on her rounds – their identities have never been released.

Mark says he has nothing to gain from his brother’s death, was not a part of his will and has incurred legal fees and had to spend money to protect his family since 2019.  

A bag containing Epstein’s body is brought out of Downtown Hospital. William Farrington

“They had a hearing which was coming up a few days after his death to appeal the bail restrictions … why would Jeffrey kill himself a few days before that hearing? Because if he got bail he’d be out of jail, awaiting trial in his house with an ankle monitor,” he told investigative journalist Declan Hill on his Crimewaves podcast.

“Why kill yourself then? If bail was denied again, then I could understand it.

“Believe me it would have been easier if [the pathologists] had come out and said ‘it looks like a suicide’, then I could put this whole issue behind me,” he added.

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