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Jeffrey Epstein Is Dead. Now What?

Investigation into wrongdoings will continue as conspiracy theorists emerge
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2019 12:10 PM CDT
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This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein.   (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

(Newser) – Jeffrey Epstein is dead of an apparent suicide, but that doesn't mean the investigation into his alleged sex-trafficking ring with underage girls is over. The Wall Street Journal reports that others who participated in the alleged scheme could still face charges. “The many victims of Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplices should not lose hope,” says attorney Roberta Kaplan, who is representing one alleged victim. Kaplan pledges to "ensure that all the facts of his monstrous crimes become known to the world.” More coverage:

  • Skeptics: Not everyone is on board with the initial Federal Bureau of Prisons explanation of an apparent suicide. A tweet from MSNBC's Joe Scarborough: "A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men’s lives ends up dead in his jail cell. How predictably...Russian." Another Scarborough tweet: "He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bulls---."
  • Video? TMZ reports that it's unclear if Epstein was under suicide watch, but if he was, video should be available from his jail cell to clear things up. It poses this question: "If he was on suicide watch, how did this happen, and if he wasn't on suicide watch, why wasn't he?" The FBI is investigating Epstein's death. Multiple outlets say he hanged himself in his jail cell.
  • Suicide watch: Even if Epstein were on suicide watch, it's possible he still could have killed himself. The Miami Herald explains how prison suicide watch works and how inmates (including former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez) still manage to foil it.

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