Anger and conspiracy theories have been making a circulation after the supposed suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in his jail cell while awaiting his trial. Being known to be a person closely connected to American presidents and British royalty, the convicted pedophile’s death has sparked questions as to whether his numerous underage victims would ever get the justice they deserve.
Among those that the 66-year-old pedophile was closely associated to were Bill Clinton and Donald Trump to name a few, as well as Prince Andrew, son of Queen Elizabeth II – which whom got dragged into one of the biggest sex scandals to date. This connection to high-profile names have fuelled more conspiracy theories to his untimely death.
Many rumors about his suicide have been circulating on what politicians could have known about his alleged crimes, and whether they wanted him dead so none of these would come to light, although there is absolutely no evidence, as of now to suggest that this is actually true. Nevertheless, the hashtag #EpsteinMurder has been trending since the weekend.
This is everything you need to know about the money manager’s death and his ongoing case.
Epstein was charged with federal sex trafficking charges and faced up to 45 years in prison, and although he pleaded not guilty, he was arrested by FBI officers in early July 2019, upon arrival in a New Jersey airport on his private plane from Paris.
On August 10 at 6:30 am, New York time, he was found dead from an apparent suicide by hanging himself inside his cell in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. Further rumors came out as to how could this man take his own life, when just a few weeks earlier, he was closely monitored and placed on suicide watch and daily psychiatric evaluations inside the prison.
Less than a week before his suicide, he was taken off suicide watch but was still supposed to be watched on a 30-minute interval. Conveniently, his cellmate was transferred to another cell and the regular security check this was not done the night he died. The Inspector General, along with the FBI are still investigating what went wrong.
This billionaire investor started as a Math teacher in the 70’s but made his millions as a hedge fund manager and owned homes in Paris and New York City, a private island in the Caribbean and a ranch in New Mexico. He was accused of sex trafficking underage girls as young as 14 years old for himself, as well as the socialites, royalty, politicians and celebrities he hobnobbed with, and this isn’t the first time he’s done it.
Previously convicted as a sex offender between 2002 and 2005, Epstein would contract underage girls and sexually exploit them for sex in his private homes in New York and Palm Beach Florida. He also used these minors to recruit other girls on the pretext of giving him “massages” that became sexual. According to prosecutors, Epstein paid his victims hundreds of dollars in cash, both for the “sexual massages” and recruitment.
“Moreover, and in order to maintain and increase his supply of victims, Epstein also paid certain amounts of money of his victims to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused by Epstein,” prosecutors wrote in the indictment. “In this way, Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit in locations including New York and Palm Beach.”
You can see the full sealed indictment here:
In a non-prosecution agreement in 2008 which also granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators”, Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida to charges of solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution. Although the FBI had a 53-page sex crimes indictment that would’ve sent Epstein to prison for life, he was able to cut a deal with the US attorney Alexander Acosta that gave him the freedom to avoid a life sentence and instead just serve 13 months in a work-release programme at a Palm Beach County jail and register himself as a sex offender, a plea that has been heavily criticized.
When he was arrested for the second time in July, a source told the Washington Post that the prosecutors weren’t worried about a double jeopardy because the New York case included new victims and crimes. In addition, this new case could also have potentially led to his other associates being charged for other sexual allegations.
His sudden suicide means that the criminal case against him is now over. However, the other charges that concluded that he was part of a “conspiracy” will continue to be pursued, along with his co-conspirators. This means that all the high-ranking people that Epstein was associated with could still be charged with crimes, and prosecutors made it clear they wouldn’t back down.
The accusers of Epstein, including Jennifer Arraoz, who came forward saying she was raped in his New York mansion when she was 15 is angered that their attacker won’t be alive to face them in court, nor serve life in prison.
Sigrid McCawley, one of the lawyers representing an accuser came out with a statement that said, “The reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of brave and truthful victims should not end,” with Epstein’s death.
Epstein was worth over a hundred million dollars and all the lawyers of his victims that came forward immediately called for his estate to be frozen, right after his suicide, in order for them to sue his estate. They have also asked federal authorities to open investigations on his associates to uncover any role they played in his criminal activities.
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