Four years after the death of Jeffrey Epstein triggered a Justice Department investigation, there are no definitive answers about how Epstein died while in federal custody, Scripps News reports. Epstein, whose death was ruled a suicide, was awaiting a high-profile sex trafficking trial when he died. Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represented eight of Epstein’s accusers, believes the criminal justice system failed the moment Epstein was left alone in his cell. Bloom’s mother, women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, said the victims were “traumatized by the system that was supposed to be there to help them in winning justice.”
Scripps News filed Freedom of Information Act requests for thousands of documents from the federal Bureau of Prisons. The paperwork revealed that the inspector general's office arrived at the prison the same day Epstein died and almost immediately started gathering evidence, including computers and phone logs. Scripps News also uncovered emails notifying employees the inspector general wanted to interview them. Where the investigation went next remains a mystery. In that information vacuum, conspiracy theories have exploded on the internet, suggesting Epstein may have been killed to cover up for his high-profile friends. Epstein's brother, Mark, said the inspector general hasn't reached out to a string of potentially key witnesses. DOJ said it woud soon release its report.