The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

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.

Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Mickey McLean

Mickey is executive editor of WORLD Digital.

Read more from this writer


  • 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. 

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 08/10/2019 11:07 pm

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