Jeffrey Epstein’s Life & Death_Who was he really?
Fox News reported that
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was found unconscious in his cell on Aug. 10 at around 6:30 a.m., the Manhattan prison, Metropolitan Correctional Center, said in a statement. He was transported to the New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital and was dead on arrival, officials said.
Epstein’s death comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck. At the time, it was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault. He had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself, a person familiar with the matter told the AP. It wasn’t immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch.”
Many are asking how did it happen?
Why would Epstein kill himself if he was talking and making deals? That sounds like someone trying to save himself and not kill himself.
AG Barr has also stated that….
“Attorney General William Barr said in a statement Saturday that he was “appalled” to learn of the death and the Inspector General would open an investigation into the circumstances of his death. The FBI is also investigating.”Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” he said. “In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”
The Epoch Times Manhattan-based newspaper reported that…
“Epstein was reportedly put into a cell by himself in the Protective Custody wing of the federal detention facility after an apparent suicide attempt on July 24. In that wing, being alone in a cell means solitary confinement and “solitary confinement is not a suicide watch,” said Bernard Kerik in a phone interview with The Epoch Times.
Epstein was previously found injured in his cell on July 24 in what his cellmate and unnamed sources described to media as a suicide attempt. The cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police officer on death row for multiple murders, was reportedly questioned about the incident and his lawyer denied his involvement in Epstein’s neck injuries.
Kerik knows the prison system well. He led the New York City Department of Correction between 1998-2000 and the city’s police department between 2000-2001. He also served eight months in federal prison for tax fraud and making false statements. Initially, he was put in solitary confinement and later advocated against what he described as improper use of it as a method of psychological torture.
Regarding Epstein, Kerik noted that in solitary confinement the inmate is not actually monitored perpetually.
“The watches are 15 minutes [apart],” he said. “The inmate knows that.”
That means that after each watch, the inmate has 15 minutes to “do whatever you want to do,” he said.
“Eight minutes or more [after a suicide attempt], you’re brain dead. You’re gone.”
Epstein should have been placed in a setting with other people around, as well as continuous monitoring by a camera, Kerik said.
After Epstein’s death, several sources told NBC News he was not in fact on a suicide watch.”
Here is a quick recap of Epstein’s current charges from a Fox article
“Epstein was arrested on July 6 over the alleged sexual abuse of dozens of young girls in his Upper East Side townhouse and his waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005
Epstein allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other girls.
Prosecutors said that victims would be escorted to a room with a massage table where they would perform massages on Epstein.
At the time of Epstein’s arrest, prosecutors said they found a trove of pictures of nude and seminude young women and girls at his $77 million Manhattan mansion. They also say additional victims have come forward since the arrest. He had pleaded not guilty and faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted.”
The tale of Jeffrey Epstein’s’ rise and fall is a peculiar one.
Nor very much real information is really known about this man. How did Jeffrey Epstein fall to this level and where did he go wrong? His life story found on Wikipedia (which of course is a questionable source but gives at least some basic facts) reads like a story of rags to riches…but was it really?
How did a man who never got a college degree manage to enter a world with the top elite to manage vast sums of wealth and advise some of the richest people in the world?
Our story begins in Brooklyn New York
- Born to a Working-Class family in Brooklyn, attended local public schools, graduated from HS early (2 years) at 16 years old
- Went to college but never graduated with any degree
- He was hired right out of college as a top teacher at the prestigious Dalton Prep school teaching Math & Science but with no degree. (How did he qualify to teach at all?) He was 21!!!!
Wikipedia Bio facts below show that Epstein had a meteoric rise from his middle-class background directly to the Elite circles in New York City and then international.
Many people question where did he make his wealth?
He graduated in 1969 from Lafayette High School at age 16 having skipped two grades. Later that year, he attended classes at Cooper Union until he changed colleges in 1971. From September 1971, he attended the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University but left without receiving a degree in June 1974.
Epstein taught at the exclusive private school from the fall of 1974 until he was dismissed in June 1976.
While teaching at the school, Epstein became acquainted with Alan Greenberg, the chief executive officer of Bear Stearns, whose son and daughter were going to school. Greenberg’s daughter, Lynne Koeppel, pointed to a parent-teacher conference where Epstein influenced another Dalton parent into advocating for him to Greenberg. Greenberg, impressed with Epstein’s intelligence and drive for financial success, offered him a job at Bear Stearns.
He was asked to leave Bear Stearns in 1981, for policy violations that are unclear
In August 1981, Epstein founded his own consulting firm, Intercontinental Assets Group Inc. (IAG), which assisted clients in recovering stolen money from fraudulent brokers and lawyers. Epstein described his work at this time as being a high-level bounty hunter.
He told friends that he worked sometimes as a consultant for governments and the very wealthy to recover embezzled funds, while at other times he worked for clients who had embezzled funds.
Ana Obregon was one such wealthy Spanish client, who Epstein helped in 1982 to recover her father’s millions in lost investments, which had disappeared when Drysdale Government Securities collapsed because of fraud.
Epstein also stated to some people at the time that he was an intelligence agent. Whether this statement was truthful or in jest is not clear. During the 1980s, Epstein possessed an Austrian passport that had his photo but a false name. The passport showed his place of residence in Saudi Arabia.
U.S. Florida District Attorney Alexander Acosta who handled Epstein’s criminal case in 2008 stated that he had been told that Epstein “belonged to intelligence” was “above his pay grade” and to “leave it alone”.
During this period, one of Epstein’s clients was the Saudi Arabian businessman Adnan Khashoggi, who was the middleman in transferring American weapons from Israel to Iran, as part of the Iran-Contra Affair in the 1980s. Khashoggi was one of several defense contractors that he knew.
In the mid-1980s, Epstein traveled multiple times between the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. While in London, Epstein met Steven Hoffenberg. They had been introduced through Douglas Leese, a defense contractor, and John Mitchell, the former US Attorney General.
The innovation of Liquid Funding and other early companies was that instead of having stocks and bonds as the underlying securities, it had commercial mortgages and investment-grade residential mortgages bundled into complex securities as the underlying security.
Liquid Funding was initially 40 percent owned by Bear Stearns. Through the help of the credit rating agencies – Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service – the new bundled securities were able to be created for companies so that they got a gold-plated AAA rating.
The implosion of such complex securities, because of their inaccurate ratings, led to the collapse of Bear Stearns in March 2008 and set in motion the Financial Crisis of 2007–2008 and the subsequent Great Recession. If Liquid Funding was left holding large amounts of such securities as collateral, it could have lost large amounts of money.
While Epstein was still consulting for Hoffenberg, he founded in 1988 his own financial management firm, J. Epstein & Company. The company was formed to manage the assets of clients with more than US$1 billion in net worth.
The only publicly known billionaire client of Epstein was Leslie Wexner, chairman, and CEO of L Brands (formerly The Limited, Inc) and Victoria’s Secret.
In 1986, Epstein met Wexner through their mutual acquaintance, insurance executive Robert Meister, and his wife, in Palm Beach, Florida. A year later, Epstein became Wexner’s financial adviser and served as his right-hand man. Within the year, Epstein had sorted out Wexner’s entangled finances.
In July 1991, Wexner granted Epstein full power of attorney over his affairs. The power of attorney allowed Epstein to hire people, sign checks, buy and sell property, borrow money, and do anything else of legally binding nature on Wexner’s behalf.
By 1995, Epstein was a director of the Wexner Foundation and Wexner Heritage Foundation. He was also the president of Wexner’s Property, which developed the town of New Albany outside Columbus, Ohio where Wexner lived. Epstein made millions in fees by managing Wexner’s financial affairs. Although never employed by L Brands, he corresponded frequently with the company executives.
In 1996, Epstein changed the name of his firm to the Financial Trust Company and, for tax advantages, based it on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. By relocating to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Epstein was able to reduce federal income taxes by 90 percent. The U.S. Virgin Islands acted as an offshore tax haven, while at the same time offering the advantages of being part of the United States banking system.
Beginning of his troubles
In March 2005, a woman contacted Florida’s Palm Beach Police Department and alleged that her 14-year-old stepdaughter had been taken to Epstein’s mansion by an older girl. There she was allegedly paid $300 to strip and massage Epstein. She had allegedly undressed but left the encounter wearing her underwear.
Police began a 13-month undercover investigation of Epstein, which included a search of his home. The Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) also became involved in the investigation.
Subsequently, the police alleged that Epstein had paid several girls to perform sexual acts with him. Interviews with five alleged victims and 17 witnesses under oath, a high school transcript, and other items found in Epstein’s trash and home allegedly showed that some of the girls involved were under 18.
The police search of Epstein’s home found two hidden cameras and large numbers of photos of girls throughout the house, some of whom the police had interviewed in the course of their investigation.
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Some of the biggest questions being asked now are how did he get away with this for so long?
From just the bare facts of his business life, you can see a trend towards fraud and criminal behavior. Maybe all his success and the fact that it’s possible was blackmailing high-level individuals was because he felt he was untouchable by the justice system in the US and that somehow he could always get off.
This would make sense since he never cared to cover his tracks at all and kept photos and incriminating evidence lying around that any junior investigator could piece together.
Some may suggest that his death may have been faked since he had high-level access to governments and maybe was indeed a “security intelligence asset”. Could Jeffrey Epstein have just played a part to lure in bigger players for intelligence purposes?
Is he in hiding now or witness protection? It sounds incredible but it has happened before.
There is hope though, for his victims since we know they can get some compensation for what they had to endure and maybe in this part, this will be a win for the victims of his crimes. It will be interesting to see what AG Barr uncovers but it safe to say this saga is not over yet.