JEFFREY Epstein’s suicide watch “companion” says he believed the pedo killed himself despite conspiracies that he was murdered in jail.
Epstein, 66, was found dead in his New York prison cell last August while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking kids to the rich and powerful.
Bed sheets were found around the financier’s neck and his death was ruled a suicide.
Now Bill Mersey, who spent hours talking to Epstein while serving as his companion on suicide watch, says he is sure the child molester killed himself.
He told Fox News: “I’m 99 percent sure. There was a guy I knew who worked with me in the kitchen…
“He ended up having the cell next to Epstein and he recalled hearing bed sheets being teared up in the middle of the night.
“And nobody came in to investigate that.”
Speaking about Epstein’s state of mind at the time of his death, Mersey said: “Look, he didn’t seem depressed, but it was all over. And I think he knew that.”
The millionaire’s expensive team of lawyers had him taken off suicide watch in the days before he was found dead – following a failed suicide attempt in July.
Conspiracy theories claiming Epstein was murdered began to gain traction online after it emerged that two CCTV cameras outside his jail cell “malfunctioned” on the night of his death.
Another camera’s footage was deemed “unusable”.
Guards on Epstein’s unit were working extreme overtime shifts to make up for staff shortages the day of his apparent suicide, reports claim.
The jail staff failed to follow protocols leading up to Epstein’s death, according to a report from The New York Times.
Epstein should have been checked on by guards in his cell every 30 minutes, but that didn’t happen the night before his apparent suicide. reports say.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr Barbara Sampson announced on August 16 that the death was a “suicide”.
Epstein’s autopsy revealed that the financier had multiple broken neck bones, often consistent with strangulation.
The financier was arrested last July for crimes he committed at his homes in New York and Florida.
His sex ring in Palm Beach was documented in the new Netflix documentary series Filthy Rich.
One of the detectives says cops were forced to raid Epstein’s trash as the staff at his Palm Beach mansion were unwilling to talk to them.
After finding one girl’s school report card, investigators found evidence that the millionaire molester had sent flowers to congratulate one of the children on a performance at a school event.
The officer said: “We learned that he sent a messenger to the school to provide flowers to the victim who had been part of a performance there.”
Author James Patterson, who co-wrote the Epstein book Filthy Rich and serves as a producer on the Netflix show, said the schools in the area were a “hunting ground for this predator.”
The doc detailed how Epstein would recruit girls from the poorer neighbourhood of West Palm Beach to act as his personal masseuses.
However, the children, who were often from broken homes, would often be molested or even raped by the wealthy pedo on their first visit to his mansion.
Some girls would then act as recruiters with Epstein paying them hundreds of dollars for every vulnerable teenager they brought back to his lair.
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