Jeffrey Epstein’s last hours before his death were spent calling his girlfriend in Belarus, after lying to prison officials that he was calling his long-deceased mother, according to newly revealed records.
More than 2,000 pages of Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) records have been obtained by The New York Times – just days before Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell is set to start her trial.
On the evening of August 10, 2019, Epstein was assisted by a unit manager at the Manhattan Detention Center in making a ‘social’ phone call, The New York Times reported.
The call was not properly logged and the unit manager said that when he asked Epstein who he was calling, Epstein said it was his mother even though his mum has been dead since 2004.
Prison records have now revealed the call was actually to his Belarusian girlfriend Katyna Shuliak, 30, and lasted about 15 minutes
Epstein helped put Shuliak through dental school. He gave no indication during the call that he was going to commit suicide, according to the Times.
The court document noted that ‘he did not appear to be in any distress at this time’ and even said that he was living a ‘wonderful life’ despite being on suicide watch.
The unclassified documents also stated that Epstein ‘continues to deny any suicidal ideation, intention or plan.’
‘I have no interest in killing myself,’ the disgraced financier told a prison psychologist, according to the BOP documents. He also said he was a ‘coward’ and did not like pain.
‘I would not do that to myself,’ he added.
During another psychological evaluation just days after arriving at the prison Epstein told a psychologist that ‘being alive is fun’.
He also reportedly requested to speak with his lawyer, brush his teeth and have a shower and the psychologist noted that Epstein was polite and even had a sense of humor.
The psychologist wrote: ‘He was future-oriented,’ and noted that he denied having ever sexually abused anyone and believed he would be released after his renewed bail hearing.
But less than a month later, on August 10, the billionaire hanged himself with a bedsheet, according to the medical examiner.
Before his death, he faced 45 years in prison if convicted on sex trafficking charges.
Epstein was put into the federal jail in Lower Manhattan on July 6, 2019, after he was arrested aboard his private jet at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey following his return from Paris.
An indictment stated that Epstein had recruited dozens of teenage girls throughout the 1990s and early 2000s to engage in sexual acts with him and his billionaire friends at his mansion in Manhattan, an estate in Palm Beach and a private island in St Thomas.
In exchange, he would pay the young women hundreds of dollars in cash, according to the indictment.