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In my last entitled Illuminating Context with Timeline Analysis, I gave a rough sketch of the basics. In this post I will share a few specifics. The primary point to drive home is there won’t ever be an investigation with a timeline.

If you don’t have a timeline (or the discipline), you are not going to be good at investigating the minutia and boring pieces of data in a case.

In this scenario, I am focusing on artifacts that had been mentioned on 4Chan concerning the death of Jeffrey Epstein being discussed before officials announcing his death.

Building the timeline only helps when we fit in other events and only helps us when we want to start asking different questions about a case.

When I start with a timeline or review of events I do the following if I can.

  • If a large document or event, as I read through things, I build the timeline as I go. This process helps with a mental map of organizing things, while also giving me clues, and a placeholder on paper, with the addition of a bit more mental clarity after my first viewing.
  • Before, during and after analysis, I am always writing down questions that the timeline starts to ask about events.

Our first event occurs before Jeffrey Epstein’s death on 08/09/19 at 10:13:24 (Timezone assumed EST). The mandated release of court files in a concerning different players involved in cases relating to Epstein.

The Case 18-2868 was mandated for release and prior to Epstein dying in federal custody.

These documents can be viewed at: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6250471-Epstein-Docs.html

Screenshot of Case 18-2868

Some of the artifacts shared illuminate the 4Chan posts prior to being reported by ABC or New York Post.

Immediate questions we start asking with our timeline:

Who talked with Epstein between Friday at 10:00 AM and Saturday at 4:15 AM?

Who was posting on 4Chan prior to media coverage that seems to have intimate knowledge of events?

Rough Timeline of Events with added Inference.

Regardless of some of the information that is posted on 4Chan, there looks to be 2 posters that had posted to the forum prior to any other media related postings. We observed this approximately one hour after the death and had pushed findings to appropriate personnel on Saturday morning before writing this piece.

The two Posters had rPtND1Si and swam8WIF here is Post #01 08/10/19 08:16:36 | 4Chan Post #01 {rPtND1Si} Epstein died one hour ago (07:15 AM)

Post #01 Referenced in Timeline by id rPtND1Si

The second post of interest (Post #02)
08/10/19 08:21:58 | 4Chan Post #02 {rPtND1Si} Was called out as cardiac arrest at Manhatten fed detention facility. Worked Asystole 40 Minutes

Post #02 Referenced in Timeline by id rPtND1Si

The third post of interest (Post #03) (Poster #02)
08/10/19 08:44:55 | 4Chan Post #03 {swam8WIF} After 04:15 AM Count Took him medical in wheel chair front cuffed but not 1 triage nurse says they spoke to him.

Note – This is a different ID, but it seems like another poster during the time period. I mention this because it occurred even though I am fixating on the other poster id.

The fourth post of interest was also by {rPtND1Si}
Post #04 08/10/19 08:47:56 | 4Chan Post #04 {rPtND1Si} Further details shard about work done in field, bicarb and D50, 20 Min worked in LMER.

Post #04 – Referenced in Timeline by id rPtND1Si

The value in artifacts within a timeline cannot be understated. With the timeline in effect, (posted below) we can ask valuable questions while also having a placeholder for other events as they unfold. Some of the items mentioned in our timeline are inferred based on information within the artifacts themselves.

Questions, Timeline Inference Etc.

08/09/19 | Epstein Case 18-2868 Mandated For Release
08/10/19 04:15:00 | Epstein taken out after 04:15 round. [Stated In 4Chan Post]
08/10/19 04:20:00 | Epstein took in wheelchair cuffed, nurse stated they spoke with him. [Inferrence]
08/10/19 04:45:00 | Epstein placed in single man cell and hangs self? (Theory based on how long it takes to move)
08/10/19 06:14:00 | Epstein reportedly flatlines / Assisted Asystole Starts | In Field Pt [Stated In 4Chan Post]
08/10/19 06:54:00 | Epstein Arrival at Hospital [Inferrence based 4Chan Post]
08/10/19 06:56:00 | ER works for 20 minutes and calls it. [Inferrence based 4Chan Post]
08/10/19 07:16:00 | Epstein reportedly died. [Inferrence based 4Chan Post]
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Original Time Anchors
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* It looks like 2 Posters on 4chan had been active during this time in the LMER *
08/10/19 08:16:36 | 4Chan Post #01 {rPtND1Si} Epstein died one hour ago (07:15 AM)
08/10/19 08:21:58 | 4Chan Post #02 {rPtND1Si} Was called out as cardiat arrest at manhatten fed detention facility. Worked Asystole 40 Minutes
08/10/19 08:44:55 | 4Chan Post #03 {swam8WIF} After 04:15 AM Count Took him medical in wheel chair front cuffed but not 1 triage nurse says they spoke to him.
08/10/19 08:47:56 | 4Chan Post #04 {rPtND1Si} Further details shard about work done in field, bicarb and D50, 20 Min worked in LMER
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08/10/19 08:52:00 | ABC News Posts First.
08/10/19 08:56:00 | NYPost publishes Epstein dead in apparent suicide.

What other questions do you have for this case? Please hit me up on Twitter, after writing this blog post I had also pushed it to twitter in brief form.