Was Epstein a Man Who Knew Too Much?
Written by R. Cort Kirkwood
“I just hope that Epstein will sing like a bird before he will suffer a VERY SUDDEN death,” Twitter user MozInOz wrote on the feed of prominent trial lawyer Robert Barnes. “It’s just a matter of weeks. At most. Wait & see.”
“He will suddenly depart this immortal coil soon,” Texas Freedom Fighter added. “Watch … Secrets are meant to be kept secret right?”
Those comments appeared on July 12, 2019, almost a full month before registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the Deep State financier and fellow traveler with global elites, was found dead in his cell in the Special Housing Unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. He was in custody after federal prosecutors charged him with sex-trafficking dozens of girls as young as 14.
It was the second time around on such charges for Epstein, who cut a plea deal in 2008 and waltzed away with work release, during which, a lawsuit alleges, he raped again.
The predictions of Epstein’s demise appeared below Barnes’ tweet about a report from New York magazine that speculated that the source of Epstein’s fortune was the blackmail of powerful men who availed themselves of his large harem of sex slaves.
Other reasons powerful people might want to see him dead:
• He might rat on his powerful friends and associates, exposing their nefarious activities, sexual or not, and regardless of blackmail;
• His Deep State connections, including his membership in the Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations;
• His murky 2008 plea deal with prosecutors regarding previous illicit sexual activities that also exposed his possible connections to intelligence agencies; and
• His relationship with the woman accused of procuring girls for him and molesting them herself, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is the daughter of the late British publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, an Israeli spy.
Supplementing the intrigue is how and when Epstein died and was found. He was on his knees, with a noose made from a bedsheet around his neck and attached to the top of a bunk bed. It was the day after the release of 2,000 pages of court documents related to his case.
The sum of all that circumstantial evidence might be that one or more of the men in his stellar orbit thought it best that he departs the stage before he confessed his carnal crimes and those who participated.
Was Epstein the victim of a Deep State hit?
It’s not likely we’ll ever know.
How He Made His Money?
But that question is worth asking, along with others, such as those about his riches, some $577 million: $378.3 million in hedge funds, equities, and business and fixed-income investments — $56.5 million of that in cash — $179.4 million in real property and homes, and $18 million in jets, cars, and boats.
Multiple stories in New York going back 17 years tried to pinpoint Epstein’s income stream without much luck. Calling him an “international moneyman of mystery,” the magazine reported that he managed $15 billion for “wealthy clients, yet aside from Limited founder Leslie Wexner, his client list is a closely held secret.” Reported the magazine in 2002:
“My belief is that Jeff maintains some sort of money-management firm, though you won’t get a straight answer from him,” says one well-known investor. “He once told me he had 300 people working for him, and I’ve also heard that he manages Rockefeller money. But one never knows. It’s like looking at the Wizard of Oz — there may be less there than meets the eye.”
“The Fantasist,” published in 2007 after his first indictment on sex charges, raised the question of how much he actually worked. “At times, his powers seemed magical,” the magazine observed, “magical” being the operative word:
“I think it’s all done with mirrors,” says Michael Stroll, a Chicago businessman who sued Epstein (and lost) when an oil deal didn’t work out.
Stroll says he could never get a straight line from Epstein. “Everybody who’s his friend thinks he’s so darn brilliant because he’s so darn wealthy. I never saw any brilliance, I never saw him work. Anybody I know that is that wealthy works 26 hours a day. This guy plays 26 hours a day.”
The article “Real Hedge-Fund Managers Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing,” published on July 11 this year, five days after his arrest, recounted the thoughts of hedge-fund manager Douglas Kass, Epstein’s neighbor in Palm Beach:
“I’m hearing about the parties, hearing about a guy who’s throwing money around,” says Kass…. While stories about young girls swarming Epstein’s waterfront mansion and the sex parties he hosted for the rich and powerful were the talk of the town, Kass was more focused on how this obscure person, rumored to be managing billions of dollars, had become so wealthy without much of a track record.
Kass was well-connected on Wall Street, where he’d worked for decades, so he began to ask around. “I went to my institutional brokers, to their trading desks and asked if they ever traded with him. I did it a few times until the date when he was arrested,” he recalls. “Not one institutional trading desk, primary or secondary, had ever traded with Epstein’s firm.”
When a reporter came to interview Kass about Bernie Madoff shortly before that firm blew up in the biggest Ponzi scheme ever, Kass told her, “There’s another guy who reminds me of Madoff that no one trades with.” That man was Jeffrey Epstein.
“How did he get the money?” Kass kept asking.
As a hedge-fund manager explained to New York, “It’s hard to make a billion dollars quietly.” Epstein, the magazine noted, “never made a peep in the financial world.”
Except, that is, for his one big client. That was Wexner, whose L Brands retail empire operates Victoria’s Secret and Bed Bath & Beyond. And that “peep” wasn’t a good one.
Two days before Epstein supposedly committed suicide, New York divulged that he stole at least $46 million from Wexner. “In a letter to the Wexner Foundation, the 81-year-old Ohio billionaire wrote that Epstein ‘misappropriated vast sums of money from me,’ stealing more than $46 million in their decade and a half working together.”
Only after prosecutors indicted Epstein for sex crimes in 2007 did Wexner learn of the theft. Wexner jettisoned Epstein after the sex revelations and recovered the ill-gotten booty, the same amount Epstein transferred to a Wexner charity, also unbeknownst to Wexner. And that $46 million wasn’t all Epstein stole. Thus, it’s unclear just how much money the light-fingered financial impresario lifted and from whom.
Courtesy of The New American