LATEST ON EPSTEIN: Hanged himself with prison bedsheet, threatened with extortion death threats by other inmates, feds searching Virgin Islands home

David Caplan
August 12, 2019 - 3:05 pm
Jeffrey Epstein Metropolitan Correctional Center

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Jeffrey Epstein was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed, The New York Post reported Monday, citing a law enforcement source. 

The six-foot-tall financier, who was found dead Saturday morning from an apparent suicide, "apparently killed himself by kneeling toward the floor and strangling himself with the makeshift noose," the Post reported. 

But a source skeptical about that theory told The Daily Mail, "You have sheets, but they're paper level, not strong enough."

AP reported Tuesday that one of Epstein's guards that night was not a regular correctional officer.

There was shouting and shrieking from his cell the morning of his death, CBS News reported, and guards attempted to revive him saying, "breathe, Epstein, breathe." 

After he was found "unresponsive," Epstein was taken to the jail's infirmary, and then NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Also on Monday, it was revealed that Epstein was the target of extortion-related death threats from other other inmates, TMZ reported.

So even though Epstein was reportedly taken off suicide watch, he still should have been monitored around-the-clock, since he needed to be protected -- not from himself necessarily -- but from others. 

"Several of the threats involved extortion .... put money in the inmate's commissary account or else endure physical violence," TMZ reported. 

And these extortion threats began early on the 66-year-old financier's stay at the jail, before his July 23 apparent suicide attempt. 

TMZ also reports that staff at MCC are telling "inconsistent stories" about what transpired and whether protocol was violated, TMZ reported. 

The Medical Examiner' s Office announced Sunday that the autopsy was complete, but that the cause of death would be announced at a later date. 

Also on Monday, FBI and Customs and Border Protection agents searched Epstein's U.S. Virgin Islands property, Little Saint James, according to multiple reports.

The agents were spotted at the dock and on the grounds of the secluded home. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Virgin Islands declined to comment on the nature of the operation. The U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York also declined to comment