Several errors may have contributed to the apparent jailhouse suicide of suspected serial child rapist Matthew Coniglio, eliminating the best chance that investigators had for identifying victims across the Southeast, reports the Associated Press. Police arrested the Coniglio, 46, on April 10 in Pooler, Georgia. Ten days later, he apparently hanged himself with a cord inside his cell at the Chatham County jail in Savannah, Ga.
An internal investigation into the death obtained by AP said that a staffer for the medical contractor at the jail, Corizon, prescribed Valium to help Coniglio cope with panic attacks and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, but Coniglio never received the sedative. Investigators believe Coniglio killed himself while alone, and he may have plotted the attempt for several days. His cellmate told investigators Coniglio had asked about a week earlier for an hour of privacy in their cell in the evening, right after prison guards usually finished a round of checks. Video from the jail shows a guard did not make cell checks on Easter night, when Coniglio died, then falsely claimed he did.