The circumstances surrounding Epstein's death have fueled the fires of conspiracy, but medical experts say the method of suicide isn't suspicious.
The New York Times reports that accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein tied his jail bed sheet around his neck and used it to hang himself, breaking several bones in the process, while in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Initial autopsy reports that revealed Epstein broke several bones in his neck, including his hyoid, a U-shaped bone in the front and middle of the neck, led conspiracists to suspect foul play. The bone can be broken during suicide by hanging, but is more commonly associated with strangulation, although medical experts and the coroner who oversaw Epstein's autopsy say he died by suicide.
Specifically, Epstein knelt on the floor of his cell with the bed sheet around his neck and used it to hang himself while the two guards tasked with overseeing him supposedly slept, The New York Times reported. Epstein was found unconscious at around 6:30 AM, after three hours of not being checked on.
MCC staffers tried to revive the convicted sex offender and wealthy financier before he was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. He was being held without bail on charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy.
His legal team announced it would investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death, along with the Southern District of New York that charged him, the Office of the Inspector General overseen by Attorney General William Barr, and the FBI.
The MCC has dealt with understaffing under President Donald Trump's administration, and has been unable to hire new correctional officers. The two staffers on guard at the time of Epstein's suicide included one retired correctional officer who was volunteering.
The Times also reported that Epstein's cell had a small window, which gave him view of the guards' desk, so Epstein may have noticed them sleeping before he was able to hang himself on his bed sheet. Epstein had previously been on suicide watch for six days after an earlier apparent suicide attempt, but had been taken off and was subject to regular psychiatric check-ups.