Details Of Jeffrey Epstein’s Final Days Revealed In Prison Records

Epstein called himself a "coward."
In this handout, the mug shot of Jeffrey Epstein, 2019. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
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Details about Jeffrey Epstein’s final days before he was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell have come to light in newly public prison records.

Epstein had sleepless nights, told guards he was calling his dead mother, called himself a “coward,” complained about jail life, and sat in the corner of his jail cell covering his ears, records obtained by the Associated Press show.

The AP obtained more than 4,000 pages of documents related to Epstein’s death from the federal Bureau of Prisons under the Freedom of Information Act. The records include a psychological reconstruction of the events leading up to Epstein’s death, his medical records, internal agency reports, emails, and memos, among other records.

Epstein was arrested on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, and he was jailed at Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan on July 6, 2019.

On August 10, Epstein was found dead at 66 in his jail cell before the well-connected and wealthy financier could go on trial for his alleged decades of grooming and sexual abuse of young girls in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The lurid details of his alleged sex ring include accusations that he procured underage girls for prominent men on his private island in the Virgin Islands, Little St. James.

A day after Epstein arrived at the jail, he was moved to a separate area away from other inmates due to an increase in media coverage and awareness among the inmates of who he was, records show.

He spent a total of 36 days in jail.


The records show that Epstein was agitated and called himself a “coward.” Epstein also complained about being treated like he was a “bad guy” despite his good behavior in jail. He also complained about wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and asked for a brown outfit to wear during meetings with his legal team, with whom he met almost every day.

Health records show Epstein said he had more than 10 female sexual partners in the past five years, and that he had been treated for chlamydia at one point, according to the AP. He also had sleep apnea, constipation, hypertension, lower back pain and pre-diabetes, medical records show. Initially, he did not have his sleep apnea breathing apparatus with him in jail.

During his time in prison, Epstein signed up for a Kosher meal and asked to exercise outside.

Two weeks before he died, Epstein sat in the corner of his cell with his hands covering his ears, trying to block out the sound of a toilet that kept running.

“He was still left in the same cell with a broken toilet,” the jail’s chief psychologist wrote in an email a day later. “Please move him to the cell next door when he returns from legal as the toilet still does not work.”

In one eyebrow-raising detail, Epstein tried to write a letter to Larry Nassar, the U.S. gymnastics team doctor convicted of sexually abusing many of his young female patients, according to the AP. Epstein’s letter to Nassar was returned to sender and found in the jail’s mail room after his death. The letter itself did not turn up in the documents obtained by the outlet.

“I am not sure if I should open it or should we hand it over to anyone?” the investigator who found the letter emailed a prison official.

He was placed on suicide watch after he was found injured and semi-conscious with marks on his neck in his jail cell. Afterwards, he said he was not suicidal and told a jail psychologist he had a “wonderful life” and “would be crazy” to end it, according to the records.

A couple days before he died, Epstein spent $73.85 at the prison commissary, including buying an AM/FM radio and headphones. He had $566 left in his account when he died.

The night before his death, Epstein ducked out of a meeting with his lawyers and told a jail worker he was calling his mother, who had been dead for 15 years.

The jail workers in charge of watching Epstein the night he died were charged with lying on prison records, saying that they had checked on him before he was found dead. The Justice Department’s inspector general is currently investigating Epstein’s death, but he has not released a report yet despite impatience from Epstein’s accusers and his brother.

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