Over the past week or so, the name Jeffrey Epstein has become inescapable – and for good reason.
In the early 2000s, Epstein gained exposure after flying then-President Clinton, as well as Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker, to an event in African on his private jet.
The case against Epstein is a vastly complex one and, according to some, his death was neither accidental nor was it committed by his own hand – it was an elaborately orchestrated murder, and here is the ‘proof’.
Early Life and Influence
Epstein was born January 20th, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1974, Epstein began a career teaching physics and mathematics at the Dalton School, Manhattan – a horrifying detail in this case in hindsight. There he met the chief executive officer of Bear Stearns investment banking company, Allan Greenberg. Greenberg offered Epstein a job. He accepted.
Epstein quickly climbed the career ladder and, four years after his employment, he became a limited partner. One year later in 1981, Epstein’s employment was suddenly terminated. The reason his firing still remains a mystery.
In the Summer of 1981, Epstein began his own consulting firm, Intercontinental Assets Group Inc. With this company, Einstein began forging political and social connections worldwide.
Whilst in London visiting a client Epstein met Steven Hoffenberg, the chairman of Towers Financial Corporation, and was offered the position of consultant at his company in 1987.
Epstein left the company in 1989 and, four years later in 1993, Tower Financial Corporation collapsed and was discovered to be one of the biggest and most elaborate Ponzi scheme in American history. Epstein was never charged with anything and it is unknown how much money (if any) he embezzled for himself.
Epstein again launched his own firm, this time named the Financial Trust Company, and continued to grow his social circle – which was a personal passion of his. Epstein was once quoted as saying;
“I invest in people — be it politics or science. It’s what I do.”
In the early 2000s, Epstein gained exposure after flying then-President Clinton, as well as Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker, to an event in African on his private jet. According to the private planes flight log, Clinton flew at least 3 more times on Epstein’s plane between 2002 and 2003.
His social circle extended to current US President Donald Trump, who once noted in a 2002 interview with New York Magazine;
“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy […]. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Epstein’s First Arrest
In March of 2005, a woman contacted Florida’s Palm Beach Police Department and informed them that her stepdaughter, who at the time was 14 years old, was molested by Epstein.
Allegedly, Epstein paid the girl to strip and message him. Upon further investigation, Palm Beach PD identified numerous underage girls who accused Epstein of wrongdoing.
The Miami Herald’s Julie Brown identified upward of 80 women who claimed to have been abused at the hands of Epstein. He would offer his victims money in exchange for silence and recruitment of other women. Many complied.
Courtney Wild, who claimed to have trafficked upward of 70 women for Epstein, was quoted by Brown as saying;
“He told me he wanted them as young as I could find them […]. He wanted as many girls as I could get him. It was never enough.”
2008 the case was referred to the FBI. Epstein struck a deal with attorney Alexander Acosta called a “non-prosecution agreement” – granting criminal amenity to any of his famous friends that may have been involved in his crimes.
In exchange, Epstein pleads guilty on charges of solicitation, prostitution, and procurement of minors for prostitution. He received 18 months in prison. At the time the deal was struck, the FBI claimed to be in possession of a 53-page report that could have sent Epstein away for life.
Epstein’s life in prison was comfortable, to say the least. He served his sentence in a private wing of the Palm Beach County jail and, after 3 and a half months of time served, Epstein was allowed to leave his confinement for up to 12 hours per day on work release.
In addition to this, he had full access to the attorneys’ room in which a television was installed specifically for him. A non-profit organization run by Epstein paid the Sheriff’s Office $128,000 to cover the financial costs of his incarceration.
Upon Epstein’s release, he spent a year on probation under house arrest. However, once again his punishment was lacking. Epstein was registered as a level 3 sexual offender (at high risk of reoffending) and was ordered to report to the New York Police Department every 90 days. This was never enforced by Police. Epstein was allowed to travel the world unchecked.
Human Trafficking Charges
On July 8th of this year, and upon returning from a business trip to France, Epstein was arrested at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on charges of sex trafficking minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. According to the indictment against Epstein;
Over the course of many years, Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations.
Upon investigation of Epstein’s New York home, indecent images of nude female minors were additionally uncovered.
Epstein pleaded not guilty on all charges. His bail was denied and, faced with a potential 45-year sentence, Epstein was found dead in his cell on August 10th from an apparent suicide by hanging. He was 66 years old.
Epstein had attempted suicide once before on July 23rd. According to the protocol, when a prisoner attempts suicide they are assigned a roommate, at least for a temporary period, so constant supervision is provided.
In addition to this, a welfare check is supposed to take place every 30 minutes. Epstein, however, was left unsupervised for upwards of 3 hours.
Theory 1, Trump
According to some, President Donald Trump is behind Epstein’s suspicious death. Trump is confirmed to be closely connected to Epstein and, with Trump’s reputation in mind (more specifically, the numerous accusations of sexual assault and misconduct lobbied against him in the past) – many believe Trump ordered Epstein’s death in an effort to keep his own criminal activities secret.
The theory that President Trump ordered Epstein’s death has run rampant on social media – especially Twitter. Actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner, along with a countless number of other influential figures, have supplied their own opinions on this theory;
“The can of Jeffrey Epstein’s worms has been opened. And they will be crawling all over some very powerful people. Have a nice vacation Mr. President.”
Theory 2, The Clinton’s
According to conspiracy theorists, the Clinton’s have been linked to tens (perhaps hundreds) of suspicious deaths – and the death of Epstein is the latest to be added to this list. According to some, Bill Clinton had Epstein killed in an attempt to stop him from revelling the events of their mysterious flights together.
Were underage girls in attendance during these flights and we’re they taken advantage of by both parties? Many people believe so.
A few days ago this theory went viral on Twitter. Actor and comedian Terrance K. Williams tweeted;
Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead
I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this!
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) August 10, 2019
His tweet was retweeted by non-other than Donald Trump who has over 63 million followers.
Theory 3, Negligent Prison System
This is not a theory per se, more a fact. The criminal system (which allowed Epstein to evade justice just a few years prior) allowed him to die and escape facing his victims once again – however, this time justice will prevail.
Investigators have stated that the investigation into Epstein’s death as well as his crimes will continue, and any co-conspirators that enabled Epstein’s behaviour (if any) will be prosecuted. US District Attorney William Barr stated;
“Let me assure you that case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein […]. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. Victims deserve justice and will get it.”
Hi there! I’m Heather and I’m a recent graduate achieving the title of Master of Arts with Honours in English and Film Studies. Along with my degree, I have acquired a HNC in the Social Sciences. In my free time I love to cuddle with my dog and immerse myself in all things True Crime and I am the new Crime Writer here at iTHINK Magazine.
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