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A former prisoner who spent months in the same high-profile inmate block as Jeffrey Epstein has said it would have been impossible for the billionaire financier to kill himself in his cell.
The ex-convict spoke to the New York Post on the condition of anonymity in the wake of Epstein's apparent suicide Saturday morning in the 9 South special housing unit at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
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'There's no way that man could have killed himself. I've done too much time in those units. It's an impossibility,' said the insider, whose reason for incarceration wasn't disclosed.
The account comes as conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein's death are gaining traction and federal officials have launched a investigation into the circumstances.
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Reports claimed that Epstein hanged himself, but the former inmate who spoke to the Post said he wouldn't have been able to do.
They said the sheets are paper and thus wouldn't have been strong enough to hold a 200lb-Epstein. Even if they were, the inmate said, the ceilings are 'eight or nine feet' high with nothing to attach to.
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'They don't give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death,' they said.
'You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper. Nothing hard or made of metal.
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'And there's a cop at the door about every nine minutes, whether you're on suicide watch or not.'
Epstein had been placed on suicide watch two weeks ago after he was found in his cell with bruising on his neck.
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He was taken off the watch at the end of July and therefore wasn't on it at the time of his death, according to prison sources.
The decision to remove Epstein, who was possibly the most high-profile inmate in the...
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