Some interesting commentary on the death of Epstein.

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  1. theprofessor Says:

    Do you really think that this applies to someone like Ep, though? This looks more like a move of defiance / power to me than something arising from despair or bad treatment. I will bet that he even practiced improvising a noose long before he was jailed. Was the first one a couple of weeks ago a failed attempt or was he jerking us around by creating some intrigue?

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: I think the people they hire — scoop up off the street — to take on the wretched job of jail worker are unlikely to know/care who Eps is.

  3. theprofessor Says:

    They may scoop them off the street in NYC, but not in these parts. I had a former student become a prison guard (not a career goal, but a job close to family), and they run very detailed background, financial, and psychological checks. Now, he worked in a state pen, where things may be different, but the guards are keenly interested in the backgrounds of the prisoners–it is a matter of survival, because some of them are crazily violent.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: Yes, true. But here I think we’re talking about overtime, last-minute, substitute, not really qualified guards.

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