The investigation into the circumstances leading up to Jeffrey Epstein’s death is far from over, but some pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. Several news outlets are reporting that the guards tasked with watching the convicted pedophile decided to take a three-hour nap, failing to check in on the inmate. Then they are accused of falsifying records.
Those disclosures came on Tuesday as the two employees were placed on administrative leave and the warden of the jail, the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, was temporarily reassigned, pending the outcome of the investigation into Mr. Epstein’s death, the Justice Department announced.
The two staff members in the special housing unit where Mr. Epstein was held — 9 South — falsely recorded in a log that they had checked on the financier, who was facing sex trafficking charges, every 30 minutes, as was required, the officials said. Such false entries in an official log could constitute a federal crime.
The AP adds, “Surveillance video reviewed after the death showed guards never made some of the checks noted in the log, according to the person familiar with the investigation.”
Some more things that still need to be looked into include:
Did guards miss checks and falsify records for other inmates or just Epstein? Did anyone visit (or speak to) Epstein in the days leading up to his death? Did he leave any notes behind? Why was Epstein taken off suicide watch?