At least eight prison staffers knew that “strict instructions” were given not to leave multi-millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in a cell alone.
Prison officials ignored this order and left Epstein alone and unobserved for hours.
They found him dead the next morning. Epstein was the highest profile prisoner in the US prison system.
There are still questions about how this could happen to a prisoner who had dirt on so many international elites. The Washington Post reported:
At least eight Bureau of Prisons staffers knew that strict instructions had been given not to leave multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alone in his cell, yet the order was apparently ignored in the 24 hours leading up to his death, according to people familiar with the matter.
The fact that so many prison officials were aware of the directive — not just low-level correctional officers, but supervisors and managers — has alarmed investigators assessing what so far appears to be a stunning failure to follow instructions, these people said. Like others, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing investigations. They declined to identify the eight.
Investigators suspect that at least some of these individuals also knew Epstein had been left alone in a cell before he died, and they are working to determine the extent of such knowledge, these people said, cautioning that the apparent disregard for the instruction does not necessarily mean there was criminal conduct. The explanation, they said, could be simpler and sadder — bureaucratic incompetence spanning multiple individuals and ranks within the organization.