The Real Deal: Was the death of Jeffrey Epstein a suicide or a homicide?


Smirking for his mugshot, Epstein was charged with sex trafficking and sexual abuse against a minor. Epstein is the base for the conspiracy regarding his death: Was he killed or did he kill himself?

Margaux Hunter, Features Editor

  According to a poll by Insider, 45% of Americans baselessly believe that Jeffrey Epstein was murdered despite New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner’s ruling that Epstein committed suicide. But are they on to something? The circumstances surrounding the convicted sexual offender’s death are undoubtedly suspicious, and the fact that Epstein had ties to Bill Clinton are worth looking into as well.

  In July, 2019, Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, both of which he plead not guilty. He was denied bail and remained in jail awaiting trial. On July 23, he was found with neck injuries and was placed on suicide watch. On August 10, 2019, the guards monitoring his cell were supposed to check his cell every thirty minutes, according to the suicide watch precautions, but reportedly fell asleep while on duty. The cameras operating near his cell were also not working that night. This allows for the conspiracy about his being murdered to develop.

  Senior AJ Kurke has done his own research on this topic: “I think that Epstein was killed in his jail cell because the suggested way he killed himself would not have caused enough force to break his neck. Someone recreated the experiment with the same materials found there, and it was shown to not cause harm to someone let alone severe neck bone breakage.” Kurke does not remember who recreated the situation.

  For context, Jeffrey Epstein was a self-proclaimed billionaire who operated an investment company out of the U.S. Virgin Islands which targeted those whose assets totaled over one billion dollars. He was accused of sexually assaulting many underage girls before he plead guilty to a felony charge of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor in 2008. He registered as a sex offender and received a lenient sentence of eighteen months but was granted work release after serving only thirteen. This sentence came under more scrutiny after a Miami Herald reporter published a series on Epstein, his victims, and those who advocated for him to receive that lenient sentence.

  Epstein’s family had a hard time believing the medical examiner’s ruling that Epstein killed himself. In fact, his brother hired Michael Bladen, a forensic pathologist, who stated that the injuries found on Epstein’s body were more common with homicidal strangulation rather than a suicidal hanging. It is worth noting that Bladen was fired from his former job as a medical examiner because of his long record of errors.

  Epstein had a very high-profile group of friends, including Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, and often invited them along with other influential people to his homes, where he and his friends would allegedly sexually abuse girls as young as thirteen years old. Because Epstein is a convicted sex offender and Bill Clinton was closely associated with him after his tenure in the White House, it raised many questions. 

  Did Epstein have incriminating evidence against Bill Clinton that would have come out at his trial? Was he willing to throw Clinton under the bus? Why did the guards not check on Epstein every thirty minutes like they were supposed to? Is it really just a coincidence that the security cameras were down that night? And lastly, did Bill Clinton have Epstein murdered? 

  Although the circumstances are somewhat suspicious, the ultimate answer is that the credible medical examiner of New York City ruled his death a suicide, that he was a convicted sexual predator, and that there is no definitive evidence that the Clintons were behind his death. That’s the Real Deal!