On the morning of Jeffrey Epstein’s death, shouting and shrieking were heard coming from his jail cell, a source familiar with the situation told CBS News.
The news outlet reports that corrections officers rant to the cell and attempted to revive Epstien while saying “breathe, Epstein, breathe.”
That report contradicts a report by the New York Times on Monday that said Epstein was found in his jail cell at 6:30 AM while a guard was making morning rounds.
The revelation also comes after Buzzfeed reported on Tuesday that a 4chan user published a detailed post about Epstein’s death in prison about 38 minutes before news outlets first reported on the apparent suicide. 4chan is anonymous message board popular with far-right trolls and white nationalists.
Shortly after telling the news outlet that the 4chan post was “under review,” a New York City Fire Department spokesperson said authorities “determined this alleged information did not come from the Fire Department.”
“[D]ont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this,” read the post, which was published at 8:16 a.m.
About 38 minutes, ABC News’ Aaron Katersky posted the first tweet about Epstein’s death. Five minutes later, the main ABC News account tweeted an article about Epstein’s death.
Congress has begun investigating Epstein’s apparent suicide, with many questioning whether there was a lack of oversight at the federal jail. One of the two correctional officers tasked with watching Epstein allegedly did not usually work in that role, according to CBS.
The Trump administration has curtailed the hiring of correctional officers in recent days. Federal prisons are so strapped they regularly compel other support staff members to serve in the role, according to investigations by the New York Times.
“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” said Attorney General William Barr, the nation’s top law enforcement official in a press conference.
“We will get to the bottom of what happened,” he added. “There will be accountability.”