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Jeffrey Epstein's death posted on 4chan before media found out

Jeffrey Epstein's death posted on 4chan before media found out
Billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's death was announced on notorious social media site 4chan 40 minutes before the media was told.
Epstein killed himself in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Centre on Saturday.
But 40 minutes before ABC News first reported the death on Twitter, an anonymous post to 4chan detailed his death.
Jeffrey Epstein's death was announced in a post made anonymously to 4chan. (Supplied)
"Don't ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago," the message read.
"Screencap this."
A subsequent post gave extensive detail into the methods used to try to resuscitate Epstein.
The identity of the poster is not known, but the detail implies they attended the scene.
The Fire Department of New York, who runs the city's ambulance service, is investigating the posts.
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What is 4chan?
4chan is one of the most notoriously unpleasant social media sites on the internet.
The self-described "imageboard" allows users to make anonymous posts on any topic they like.
4chan served as the birthplace for a series of popular memes in the early 2000s century, including rickrolling and lolcats.
4chan is a social media board blocked by Telstra in the wake of the Christchurch attack. (Supplied)
It was also the site where hundreds of private nude photos of celebrities were posted following a serious data breach in 2014.
It has become a haven for online trolls, and in recent years especially, the alt-right.
After 4chan banned users in the wake of a particularly vicious trolling campaign known as Gamergate, many users flocked to 8chan, an unrelated site.
Both the accused Christchurch and El Paso gunmen posted their manifestos on 8chan.
Fallout from Epstein death
The warden of Manhattan Correction Centre has been removed from his job, and the two guards responsible for watching Epstein have been placed on leave.
The billionaire was removed from suicide watch for unexplained reasons last month.
But he was still supposed to be checked on every half-hour, something which does not appear to have happened the night he died.
Jeffrey Epstein died at the Manhattan Correctional Centre, a jail in downtown New York. (AAP)
AP reported that the guards are suspected of falsifying log entries showing they completed the checks.
The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector-general are investigating how Epstein was able to suicide in his cell.
Meanwhile Congress is expected to conduct their own probe.
What did Jeffrey Epstein do?
Jeffrey Epstein was in prison after facing charges of sex trafficking of dozens of teenage girls.
The well-connected billionaire had a "vast trove" of thousands of lewd photos of young women or girls in his house.
Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected financier accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring, had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself in a New York jail, a person familiar with the matter said today. (PA)
The hedge fund manager had pleaded not guilty, and was facing 45 years behind bars.
He had previously served time for other child sex charges in 2008, under a sweetheart deal from US Attorney Alex Acosta.
Acosta would later become Donald Trump's Secretary of Labor, a cabinet post he resigned from after Epstein was arrested in July.
Jeffrey Epstein's connections
Epstein was well-connected in New York social circles, having spent time with Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
President Trump praised him as a "terrific guy" in an interview with New York magazine in 2002.
Donald Trump with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2000, with their respective partners Melania Knauss (now Trump) and Ghislaine Maxwell at the president's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. (Getty)
"He's a lot of fun to be with," Mr Trump said.
"It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side."
On Sunday, Mr Trump retweeted a conspiracy video linking Epstein's death to the Clintons.
Today he questioned whether Mr Clinton had ever travelled to Epstein's private island in the Caribbean.
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