It’s been three years since The Post broke the news that convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.
The well-connected creep’s sudden demise sparked an avalanche of conspiracy theories and many questions remain about how he died and how he got away with his crimes for so long.
Here’s what we know, and what people are still in the dark about:
Epstein’s August 10, 2019 death:
Paramedics frantically tried to revive Epstein, 66, after he was found hanged in his own cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center.
Photos published by The Post at the time showed the sex pest being wheeled into New York Downtown Hospital while still in his orange jumpsuit.
He was buried in an unmarked grave in Florida.
What we know:
The guards assigned to watch Epstein had not done their routine 30-minute checks of the prisoner, allegedly sleeping on the job and then falsifying records. The cameras on Epstein’s cell also malfunctioned that night, officials said.
The city medical examiner ruled the death a suicide — a claim that was called into question by online conspiracy theorists, as well as famed pathologist Michael Baden, who insisted the ex-financier’s death was homicide.
Mark Epstein, the pedo’s brother, hired Baden to observe the autopsy, and the forensic pathologist insisted that “the evidence points toward homicide.”
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said in October 2019 that “we stand by the determination” that Epstein had killed himself.
Epstein’s death, though, has been the source of intense scrutiny that even then-Mayor Bill de Blasio took part in.
“I still stand by something doesn’t fit here,” de Blasio said in response to Baden’s report, after saying previously that he had questions about the death.
“It just doesn’t make sense that the highest profile prisoner in America, you know, someone forgot to guard him,” he added.
Epstein had been arrested on July 6 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and stood accused of sexually exploiting and abusing scores of women, most of whom were minors at his properties in Florida, New York and the US Virgin Island.
Federal prosecutors said he ran a highly elaborate sex ring, paying people to recruit young girls, including some of his victims.
Epstein’s right hand woman, convicted sex-trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in June for her role in the scheme. A jury found the disgraced British socialite guilty of helping her rich and powerful pedophile partner abuse girls as young as 14.
Epstein had previously pleaded guilty and was convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor in Florida, but was given a sweetheart deal from prosecutors, only serving 13 months in jail with a work release stipulation.
Questions still unknown:
Many continue to call into question how Epstein obtained his personal fortune, wondering if it could have come from blackmailing the elites he was friends with, like former presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, and Britain’s Prince Andrew.
Some have also wondered if he was about to hand over his contacts to the feds, revealing in the process which high-profile names might have been involved in the sex-trafficking scheme.
Other online sleuths convinced Epstein is still alive and hiding somewhere secret, although there is no evidence to prove it.