Before the news of Jeffrey Epstein’s death was publicly announced by ABC News on Friday, a post appeared on 4chan that gave detailed information about his death.
Aaron Katersky of ABC News first tweeted of Epstein’s death at 8:54 a.m. ET on Friday:
Jeffrey Epstein is dead. Sources tell @abc Epstein committed suicide at MCC Manhattan
— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) August 10, 2019
Five minutes later, ABC News followed with its own tweet:
BREAKING: Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide overnight in his Lower Manhattan jail cell – the federal lockup where he had been held pending trial on federal sex trafficking charges, three law enforcement officials told @ABC News. https://t.co/h0xLCqIEbT
— ABC News (@ABC) August 10, 2019
But according to Buzzfeed News, at 8:16 a.m. the same morning a post appeared on 4chan reading, “[D]ont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this,”