Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein’s brother doesn’t believe he died by suicide and wants new investigation

user avatar Author: Editors Desk Source: The Guardian
January 22, 2024 at 10:07
Jeffrey Epstein in 2004. He believed he had immunity from federal prosecution, his brother says. Photograph: Rick Friedman/Corbis/Getty Images
Jeffrey Epstein in 2004. He believed he had immunity from federal prosecution, his brother says. Photograph: Rick Friedman/Corbis/Getty Images

Mark Epstein doesn’t accept justice department report that found jail officials guilty of negligence but said that death was suicide

The night before Jeffrey Epstein flew from Paris back to New York in July 2019, he called his younger brother, Mark. The pair had been in contact only occasionally since their mother died 15 years earlier and it was the last time they ever spoke.

Mark Epstein says his brother had no inkling he was going to be arrested as he stepped off his jet at Teterboro in New Jersey. He believed he had been granted immunity from federal prosecution under a 2007 plea deal reached with the then US attorney Alex Acosta when he pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting a minor.

Barely a month later, Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in a Manhattan jail cell. He had killed himself despite being under psychological observation at the time after a suicide attempt.

It was a sorry end to the quest for justice for Epstein’s victims but far from an end to the mystery, drama and intrigue that surrounds Epstein’s story – and the powerful figures who wined and dined and partied with him across the world. That drama would continue through the trial and conviction of his confidante Ghislaine Maxwell and even through the release this month of thousands of once sealed court documents about the case.

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