The Washington Post reports that an autopsy performed on Jeffrey Epstein showed he
“sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones.”
The bones broken in Epstein’s neck included the hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple. Forensics experts told the Post, this sort of break can happen when a person hangs themselves or DIES BY STRANGULATION. (Hmmm)
Epstein was found dead in the special housing unit of the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York on Saturday – in a cell by himself. (FYI, detainees coming off suicide watch, according to protocol, are NOT to be placed alone in a cell.)
Officials have said that they don’t know what the staff members were doing during that time and are still trying to figure that out. Guards are supposed to check on detainees in the special housing unit every 30 minutes.
One of the two officers who would have had responsibility to monitor Epstein, was temporarily reassigned to that post. The guard was not identified by officials, had previously been trained as a corrections officer.
Epstein had been placed on suicide watch last month after an incident in the jail. But after he was given daily psychological assessments, he was taken off suicide watch in late July. He initially had a cellmate in the special housing unit, but that person was removed. Those reasons are unknown.
The warden of the MCC, Lamine N’Diaye has been moved to a Bureau of Prisons regional office and will be replaced by James Petrucci, the warden of the federal prison in Otisville, NY. as the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general investigate the circumstances of Epstein’s death.
The move, directed by US Attorney General William Barr, came one day after he said there were “serious irregularities” at the New York prison and that he was “appalled” and “angry” to learn of the facility’s
“failure to adequately secure this prisoner.”
(Photo, mug shot; via CNN)