US Bureau of Prisons twisted facts to support suicide narrative – RT World News

Declassified documents on notorious pedophile case shed more suspicious details

Documents obtained under freedom of information laws by RT’s investigative unit The detail include startling recordings revealing how the US Bureau of Prisons (BOP) decided to shut down all public debate about the cause of Jeffrey Epstein’s death. Along the way, evidence has been twisted, material facts ignored, and major anomalies unexplored and not made public.

After he was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, 2019, records show the Bureau issued statements to reporters and Epstein’s family that stated emphatically that he committed suicide. The result was that the international media reported universally and beyond doubt that Epstein had taken his own life from the outset, although Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson drew no conclusions at the time, and clearly said in a statement the next day that the investigation was open. and in progress.

It wasn’t until August 16 that Sampson publicly declared Epstein’s death a suicide. The decision was challenged by lead medical examiner Dr Michael Baden, who had been hired by the billionaire’s brother to oversee the autopsy process. Speaking to the Miami Herald two months later, he accused “the autopsy did not support the suicide”, and that the pathologist who conducted it had recorded it.

“Then Dr. Sampson changed it a week later, death mode to suicide. The brother tried to find out why it changed,” Baden fumes. “What was the evidence? »

No clarity on these issues was provided in the years that followed, although one reason for the apparent about-face may have been a shock Washington Post report a day before Sampson’s announcement. Sources close to the autopsy told the newspaper that the process revealed that several bones in Epstein’s neck, including the hyoid bone, were broken and such breaks “are more common among victims of homicide by strangulation” than to hang.

Another explanation may be the then current situation “psychological reconstruction” of Epstein’s death compiled by Robert Nagle, National BOP Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Files published on The detail by the Bureau record how Nagle — whose name is redacted in the records — arrived at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on the morning of August 13 to begin his investigation.

In his resulting report, Nagle noted that an unspecified video related to the “serious incident” was confiscated by the FBI before the examination began. He also said he was unable to conduct official interviews with prison staff. “to avoid any interference in ongoing investigations” by the Department of Justice, and that much of the information “generally gathered” in psychological reconstructions was not available.

These constraints “severely limited the ability to establish precise time frames, confirm subjective reports, establish converging and divergent lines of fact, or discover new areas of inquiry”, Nagle wrote.

For example, he was surprisingly quite incapable of reconstructing a “Detailed description” of what officers discovered when they discovered Epstein, while they “did not write memos and could not be interviewed.” Moreover, since no pre-sentence report on Epstein had been written before his death, many sections of the reconstruction – such as a review of the inmate’s condition “social history” – were manifestly incomplete in their assessment.

Yet despite this glaring lack of hard evidence, the document conclusively ruled that Epstein had indeed taken his own life. His decision was attributed to the fact that he was unable to sleep due to a “inability to tolerate the noise of the prison”, plus the recent unveiling of thousands of records related to his 2008 conviction for child sex offenses, and the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison.

Pretty sound reasoning, one would think – although in building his case, Nagle repeatedly drew attention to Epstein repeatedly declaring himself to be a “cowardly” in the weeks preceding his alleged suicide as indicative of suicidal intent. It is certainly true that the prisoner was recorded making such statements – but explicitly in the context of denying any intention, or even ability, to commit suicide.

“He said he wasn’t one to like pain or try to hurt himself,” a noted psychological assessment. “[He] even doesn’t like when he has to donate blood.

It can only be seen as an incredibly dishonest reversal of Epstein’s comments, although Nagle’s manipulations were glossed over in an internal review of the reconstruction by Metropolitan Correctional Center director Marti Licon-Vitale. However, in a section marked “accuracy of documents” she took aim at officials failing to file an incident report in a timely manner and apparently submitting conflicting reports on the same incident.

“Professional liability requires considering multiple descriptions of an incident as outlined in your response. However, where discrepancies exist, these should be compiled and noted in documentation to reduce the likelihood of conflicting conclusions. », she wrote. “Preconceived notions call into question the ability to remain open about alternative explanations… Please develop and provide local training for all staff that reviews the timeframe for writing incident reports as a minimum and offers guidance when it comes to there is no clear evidence of an offence.”

Although the specific episode criticized by Licon-Vitale is fully redacted, it can be inferred that this section refers to the bizarre facts documented by The detail in the first part of this survey series. In short, the initial incident report on Epstein’s alleged suicide on July 23, 2019 referred to “hanging/asphyxiation”but another filed a week later was inexplicably edited to include “self harmby laceration, which earned him a sanction for a violation of the penal code.

These grievances aside, Nagle’s rebuilding was met with great delight by BOP superiors. In an internal email dated Aug. 23, agency director Hugh Hurwitz effusively praised his “remarkable” work, noticing that he was “amazing how much you report without the benefit of interviews or video.” This email is ironic in the extreme, because it really is “incredible” that a final decision of suicide could be made without access to fundamental and vital evidence.

Four days earlier, Hurwitz had been removed from office by Attorney General William Barr without warning. Could this be attributable to the attempt to shape the narrative of Epstein’s death, before the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Department of Justice’s Inspector General had completed their respective investigations into the case?

However true the question, there is another supremely curious feature of the “psychological reconstruction” never before made public by any media or official media. A review of financial dealings associated with Epstein’s time in prison revealed that one of his lawyers “deposited funds” in the police station account of Efrain ‘Stone’ Reyes, Epstein’s last cellmate, “for unknown reasons”.

Didn't kill himself the first time...did Epstein really try to kill himself?

This may explain why Reyes became a person of interest in the FBI investigation and was duly questioned. He would have feared that cooperation with the Office would “affect it negatively”, but in exchange for his help, he was transferred to a minimum-security correctional center in Queens, New York, which housed high-value cooperating witnesses like rapper Tekashi69.

While there, he was reportedly personally interviewed by Attorney General William Barr as part of the Department of Justice Inspector General’s Office investigation, who thanked him for his input. Curiously, however, the department has refused to confirm or deny the claim, while Kerri Kupec, its former spokesperson, accuses it is “100% wrong.”

Reyes died in September 2020, five months after being released from prison, due to a facility-wide outbreak of Covid-19, allegedly from complications stemming from the virus. Afterwards, his niece told mainstream media that her uncle had frequently expressed intense skepticism that the six-foot Epstein could have hung himself from the stacked cell frames, as they were simply not enough. big.

In January 2021, federal prosecutors ruled that all records related to Reyes would remain sealed, despite requests for disclosure from reporters due to the potential impact on matters allegedly unrelated to Epstein. Denying the request, authorities listed information about the billionaire included in all Reyes-related files, which spanned two pages – all redacted.

Almost a year to the day later, it has been reported that the Inspector General’s report into Epstein’s death is nearing completion, with a Justice Department investigator suggesting that all that remains to be done to the team was point their I’s and cross their T’s”, and declaring that they would be “surprised if it’s not released in the next 30 days or so.”

No one knows if this will shed light on the countless serious questions raised by the declassified Bureau of Prisons documents, although in light of the revelation Reyes received funds from Epstein’s lawyers, The detail has filed a request with the relevant authorities to have the seal reviewed.


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