Epstein's 'suicide' not caught on video as there were no cameras looking into his cell at the Manhattan prison: Sources
According to sources familiar with the setup at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, while there are cameras in the 9 South Wing of the facility where Epstein was being held, they capture the areas outside the cells and not inside.
Manhattan law enforcement revealed there is no surveillance video of the incident in which billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein allegedly hanged himself in federal lockup.
According to sources familiar with the setup at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, while there are cameras in the 9 South Wing of the facility where Epstein was being held, they capture the areas outside the cells and not inside, the New York Post reports.
While attending Manhattan's annual Dominican Day Parade on Sunday, former State Senator and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams questioned the hedge-fund honcho's Saturday morning death, which is currently being probed by the FBI and the Justice Department.
“Something doesn’t smell right — and it’s not his dead body,” he told the Post.
Adams also spoke of the July 23 incident in which Epstein was found nearly unconscious in his cell with marks on his neck.
He also noted the bombshell court papers released Friday that contained allegations against former Maine Sen. George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, both of whom were accused of sleeping with one of the billionaire financier's teenage "sex slaves."
“Something is really troubling about that and I think it needs to be investigated extremely and very thoroughly to make sure there wasn’t any foul play,” Adams said.
Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James said she found it “very difficult to understand how something like this could have happened.”
“My understanding is that he should have been on suicide watch and the people on suicide watch are placed in a type of jumpsuit that wouldn’t allow them to hurt themselves or others,” she said.
According to a report on Sunday, federal prison officials violated standard procedure by leaving Epstein alone without a cellmate and not checking on him every 30 minutes the night before he was found dead.
According to the New York Times, both of the guards in charge of the unit were working overtime, with one on his fifth straight day of extra hours and the other forced to stay on duty.
Speaking to The Times, Bob Hood, a former chief of internal affairs for the Bureau of Prisons, said it was "beyond me” why the high profile inmate was taken off a 24-hour suicide watch especially after the barrage of disparaging news reports about him.
“A man is dead. The Bureau of Prisons dropped the ball. Period,” Hood told the paper.