Feds fight back as Epstein death conspiracy theories swirl
NEW YORK (AP) - The indictment of two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself hasn’t squashed conspiracy theories about his death.
That’s even after prosecutors took pains to point out the ample evidence backing a medical examiner’s determination that the wealthy sex offender hanged himself.
In an indictment charging the officers, federal prosecutors said video surveillance confirmed that nobody had entered the area where Epstein was locked in his cell.
That hasn’t stopped social media from buzzing with “Epstein didn’t kill himself” memes.
University of Chicago professor Eric Oliver studies conspiracy theories. He says no amount of evidence presented by government authorities is likely to change people’s minds.
He says that’s due to society’s profound mistrust of the political system and media.