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Jeffrey Epstein commits suicide in jail

by Mickey McLean
Posted 8/10/19, 01:18 pm

The accusers of a man charged with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls as part of a sex-trafficking ring will not get their day in court. The Federal Bureau of Prisons said well-connected financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in his jail cell Saturday morning at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where he awaited trial. Epstein, 66, who was denied bail, had pleaded not guilty. “We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people,” accuser Jennifer Araoz said in a statement.

Was Epstein under a suicide watch? Although he was housed in a special unit with added security, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that authorities had taken Epstein off a suicide watch. In late July, jail officials found Epstein semiconscious in his cell with marks on his neck and were investigating the incident as a possible suicide attempt. The FBI is looking into Epstein’s death.

Dig deeper: WORLD New York summer intern Esther Eaton attended Epstein’s status hearing on July 31.

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  • Judy Farrington
    Posted: Sat, 08/10/2019 04:23 pm

    Words are so inadequate. The mind numbs at how anyone could so willingly and forcefully harm others in the way this man did. Those he harmed so horribly don't need platitudes their pain cannot process. They truly deserved their days in court to face him. As Christians we know that he, even as Hitler, cannot escape God's judgment. But those he harmed so horribly may not be able to take comfort in that. May someone who knows them be able to love them and bless them in Jesus's name and may true healing come to them. My heart hurts for them and their families and friends. 

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 08/10/2019 11:07 pm

    What an awesome letter, Judy. Thank you for this perspective.

    Posted: Wed, 08/28/2019 06:21 pm

    He was someone of whom I once heard said "needed killing".

    Fact is here we had a defendant who likely could have done much damage by "naming names" or providing video footage/blackmail material. Early on I predicted some powerful person somewhere --one with a lot to lose-- would likely make a call to someone who'd make a call to someone else who'd call another guy to "fix" the Epstein problem. Note that I cannot and won't speculate who that was. He likely had a long list of folks not at all happy with his most recent brush with the law.

    Ultimately Epstein represented an afront to a fundamental canon of even secular civilization in the West. Sexual activity with minors is evil. I'm heartened to reallize that even in our era of unbridled licentiousness, and every sort of "sexual liberation" not only tolerated but celebrated that Americans today are revulsed and unwilling to let the culture sink further into the moral sewer so prevalent today.