There’s been plenty of memery online about Jeffrey Epstein. It’s so easy even I can do it:
While all this has done a good job of keeping the story of Epstein alive, it’s really not all that funny when you look closely as his alleged “suicide,” as the CBS program “60 Minutes” did Sunday. Attorney General William Barr himself said there were “serious irregularities” involved in the case. There are just too many “monumental failures at all levels,” in the words of former Federal prison warden interviewed by CBS. As the saying goes, once is chance, twice is coincidence, but three times is enemy action. So exactly how many ‘failures’ were there in this so-called suicide?
1. After what was reported as an earlier attempt, Epstein was placed on suicide watch… for only a week.
2. Epstein claimed the first incident was actually an attack by his cellmate, a former police officer jailed for a murder believed to be related to drugs and Mexican organized crime. The cellmate’s lawyer obviously denies the accusation.
3. After release from suicide watch, Epstein was returned to a cell and required to have a cellmate. The night before his death, though, his cellmate was released, and no new one was assigned. Epstein’s lawyers say during their visit the day before his death, their client was “upbeat” and looking forward to an upcoming bail hearing.
4. The night of his death, two guards required to check on him every 30 minutes failed to do so for over 10 hours, and are now facing charges of falsifying logs to conceal the fact (revealed by video) they were web surfing or sleeping instead.
5. Regarding video, however, in response to requests from the lawyer for the inmate Epstein said attacked him, the Feds have now given differing explanations for why footage from the day of the first incident isn’t available. The latest story is that they preserved video from the wrong cell.
6. The camera that should have captured footage of Epstein’s cell door and of the other cells in the block the night of his death was “corrupted,” and no footage exists.
7. Though there are photos from Epstein’s cell showing nooses and other items after his death, there are no photos of his dead body inside the cell, even though such an incident requires preservation of evidence as a crime scene. Instead, Epstein’s body was taken to an emergency room before any photography occurred. Did the 6-foot Epstein hang himself by a sheet attached to his bed frame a mere four feet off the floor? Nobody’s saying, and there’s no photos to explain how he pulled off his own demise in a facility allegedly designed to minimize the chances of such.
8. The forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s family says the noose sketched in the autopsy report doesn’t match the wounds on Epstein’s neck, which appear more consistent with strangulation by a wire. The wound was also on the middle of the neck, rather than just below the jawline, as would be expected in a hanging, and says he has never seen the three fractures present in Epstein’s neck in a case of suicidal hanging. The pathologist acknowledges the public might believe he is biased by working for the family. But he also says he’s hesitant to make a final judgment until all the evidence is in.
9. The government declines to give the pathologist video and additional forensic reporting, citing the ongoing criminal case against the two guards. ((Convenient, no??))
Given the high-profile nature of the Epstein case, the fact his jet was dubbed the “Lolita Express,” and his known connections to many famous and powerful people, it’s simply inconceivable that his incarceration was just bedeviled by all-around shoddy administration. Two guards are on trial, but the warden was ‘reassigned.’ Why not fired outright? What about the psychologist who cleared Epstein off suicide watch?
The day Epstein’s death was reported, I was at a relative’s house. I was immediately infuriated, saying “they got to him.” I’ve never even entertained the idea it was a suicide. Evil is only too willing to hide behind perceptions of incompetence. It’s said the devil cannot abide being mocked, but he’s happy for you to think he’s an impotent fool — the better to help you drop your guard. The most aggravating thing about this is the lack of public outcry and demand for accountability. Sure, Ricky Gervais may have slapped Hollywood with Epstein’s name at the Golden Globe Awards. But like all the memes online, this is simply acknowledging the public’s not buying the official line this time.
How do we get from joking to justice?