A former inmate at the Metropolitan Correction Center, a federal penitentiary in lower Manhattan, told the New York Post on Saturday there is "no way" that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself.
The comments, which were made on the condition of anonymity, will undoubtably add fuel to conspiracy suspicions that surround Epstein's death
"I've done too much time in those units. It's an impossibility," the former inmate, who spent time in MCC's special housing unit, where Epstein was held, told the Post.
The former inmate explained the physical dimensions of the special housing unit cells, in addition to secluded inmates not possessing any items transformable into an "instrument of death," prevented Epstein from harming himself.
"They don't give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death. You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper," the former inmate said.
"Could he have done it from the bed? No sir. There's a steel frame, but you can't move it. There's no light fixture. There's no bars," he explained. "You have sheets, but they're paper level, not strong enough. He was 200 pounds — it would never happen."
The former inmate went on to explain that jail guards are on a "major power trip" and push some inmates passed their emotional tipping point.
"Some of the guards are on a major power trip. They know guys there are suffering. They know something the rest of the world hasn't seen, that a place like this exists in this country, and they get off on it," he said. "If the guards see that the guy is breaking, they're going to help you break."
It was revealed Saturday that Epstein, despite an apparent suicide attempt just weeks prior, was not on continuous suicide watch at the time of his death. Additionally, jail officials reportedly did not follow standard operating procedures in the hours preceding Epstein's death, which included routine checks on every inmate.
Attorney General William Barr has initiated a Justice Department investigation into the matter.