Jeffrey Epstein told prison psychologist he had ‘no interest’ in taking his own life

Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender whose death in a New York prison sparked wild conspiracy theories, told a psychologist he was too much of “a coward” to ever kill himself.

The financier made the comment two weeks before he was found dead in his jail cell in what was ruled a suicide, according to jail records obtained by The New York Times.

Epstein hanged himself aged 66 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in August 2019, while awaiting trial on new charges of trafficking teenage girls.

But the records reveal that Epstein told a Bureau of Prisons psychologist “I have no interest in killing myself”. He claimed he was living “a wonderful life” despite his incarceration, and said he was “a coward” who could not stand pain.

“I would never do that to myself,” Epstein said.

The psychologist wrote in an assessment – obtained through a Freedom of Information request – that Epstein “was future-oriented,” and noted that he denied having ever sexually abused anyone and believed he would be released after his renewed bail hearing.

However, he was reported to have attempted suicide one month earlier, according to a detailed analysis of Epstein’s final days by The Times.

Following the autopsy, the medical examiner’s office reported that Epstein had hanged himself with a sheet from his bed.

The post-mortem report added that the “likely factors contributing to Mr Epstein’s suicide” included “the lack of significant interpersonal connections, a complete loss of his status in both the community and among associates, and the idea of potentially spending his life in prison.”

Jeffrey Epstein: The tangled web left behind

Due to violations of normal jail procedures on the night of Epstein’s death on August 10, the malfunction of two cameras in front of his cell and his claims to have compromising information about powerful figures, his death generated speculation and conspiracy theories about the possibility that he was murdered.

Two years after Epstein’s death, the embattled federal jail – once considered the most secure in the country – closed down, due to crumbling infrastructure and mismanagement.

According to public opinion polls only a small percentage of Americans believe that Epstein committed suicide.

In his final days, Epstein is said to have had conversations with psychologists and other inmates, where he spoke of his interest in physics and mathematics and offered tidbits of investment advice. He reminisced about socialising with celebrities, while complaining about the lavatory in his cell, the orange prison garb, his difficulty sleeping, his dehydration and a numbness in his right arm.

On the night he died, The Times reported, Epstein told warders he wanted to call his mother. In fact she was long dead and he instead called Karyna Shuliak, the 30-year-old Belarussian dental student who was his girlfriend.

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