A month before Epstein hanged himself in his cell, he was afraid of being attacked by MS-15, of constipation and lack of sleep.
In the last days of child sex dealer Jeffrey Epstein in prison, he feared for his life and was excited in the battle against major constipation problems and sleep deprivation. Epstein hanged himself on August 10, 2020 in his prison cell with a bedsheet. In the months leading up to his suicide, Epstein had claimed “being alive was fun” during the many psychotic appraisals. He repeatedly denied having been suicidal, despite being on suicide watch after an apparent attempt. The Times received more than 2,000 pages of records from the Federal Bureau of Prisons that Epstein described as “cooperative, goal-oriented, and mentally stable” in the days before hanging from the ceiling.
Epstein’s co-conspirator, lover, and alleged madame, who allegedly sought out underage girls for him, is due to go on trial on November 29 and is set to last six weeks. Maxwell was charged with conspiracy to induce minors and minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts; Conspiracy to transport a minor and transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two for perjury after arrest last year. In March of this year she was hit with new federal charges – she was part of a sex trafficking and underage sex trafficking conspiracy. So far, she has denied all charges not guilty.
What are the MS-13 gang and why did Epstein fear them?
BBC reports that MS stands for Mara Salvatrucha and that the gang started in the barrios of Los Angeles in the 1980s. It was founded by immigrants who fled the long and brutal civil war in El Salvador and other members were people from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. Mara Salvatrucha means a gang of street smarters from Salvador, and the 13 stands for the position of M in the alphabet. The FBI claims the gang has spread to 46 states and has an extreme history of violence, the majority of which includes killing with machetes. The gang is charged with recruiting poor and underage teenagers. All members are marked with large chest tattoos and those who try to leave are murdered by other members.
Epstein was held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan with a large number of MS-13 members who were in the same unit as him. The registered sex offender requested to be transferred to a different unit, citing security reasons as there were “many MS-13 gang members on the first unit”. His request was granted and help was offered to resolve other problems he faced. Epstein complained that he couldn’t sleep at night because of his cellmate who talked a lot. The toilet in his cell was non-stop, which exacerbated his symptoms, which, along with constipation, had “upset” him and made him “sit in the corner and cover his ears”.
That said, Epstein was positive about the future, even telling his psychologist that “being alive is fun” days before he hanged himself. He reportedly asked to speak to his lawyer, brush his teeth and take a shower. A psychologist noted that Epstein was polite and had a sense of humor. “He was forward-thinking,” noted the psychologist, adding that Epstein denied ever having sexually assaulted anyone, believing that he would be released on bail after his retrial. Another document revealed that Epstein “has no interest in killing himself” days before he hanged himself in one of the safest prisons in the country.