These findings stem from a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons via The New York Times after the agency denied a FOIA request asking about Epstein's experiences while in prison. Only then did the outlet get their hands on emails, memos, and other notes written by inmates about him.
Yet the central piece to the report is a psychological post-mortem reconstruction that went over how Epstein slowly lost grip on his sense of purpose:
Epstein was able to capitalize on his celebrity status for a while, but it was fleeting and eventually, Epstein was just another inmate trying to find out who cooked the best prison food. The time between Epstein being placed in jail and dying was 36 days. The infamous financier was arrested at an airport in New Jersey and indicted on trafficking charges and paying for sex.
While in the general population area of the prison on his first evening there, an assistant characterized Epstein as "distraught, sad and a little confused" in his cell. He told this female staffer he was okay, but his body language betrayed him.
On July 7, Epstein moved to a "special housing unit" because of the high-profile nature of his case. The next day, the jail's psychological team first flagged him as a possible suicide risk given the circumstances of his situation.
July 9 is said to have been the first day that Jeffrey Epstein underwent an in-person psychological assessment. The initial reports insist he was optimistic and convinced that he'd be released on bail in a matter of weeks.
During a July 11 session with the psychologists, Epstein told them: "Why would you ever think I would be suicidal? I am not suicidal and I would never be."
The first time Epstein tried killing himself was on July 23, five days after Judge Richard M. Berman declined his request for bail.
"Given the potential impact of the judge's decision, a psychologist should have assessed Mr. Epstein's mental status upon his return to the institution," the psychologist report reflected.
Epstein was taken off of suicide watch after a mere day and a half. He was seemingly able to convince those around him that he'd never considered such a thing, as it was purportedly against the Jewish religion.
Federal marshals flagged Epstein as a suicide risk on July 31. He had another psychological evaluation, but the conclusions by the doctor were that Jeffrey asserted that "he lives for and plans to finish this case and to go back to his normal life."