This week in The More You Know, we’ll be exploring the extreme life and death of Jeffrey Epstein, the financier found out as sex offender before his death.
On August 10th, 2019, the news came out: Jeffrey Epstein had killed himself in jail, after serving about 3 months. But according to the autopsy and conspiracies, he may not have committed suicide after all.
Starting his career as a teacher, Epstein worked in NYC at the Dalton School as a math teacher, which was short lived, as he was fired for “poor performance.” By the 1976, Epstein was working as a financier at Bear Stearns, and quickly made his way up the ladder. In 1981-2, he established his own finance firm, Intercontinental Assets Group, where he helped clients embezzle money, and other clients recover embezzled money. Epstein owned the largest private residence in Manhattan by 1992. At this point in his career, Epstein had more than $1 billion in assets and by 1996, operated his business within the U.S. Virgin Islands, out of St. Thomas, for “tax reasons.” Epstein’s source of money remains obscure.
LITTLE ST. JAMES AND FAMOUS FRIENDS
Epstein owned a private island not far from St. Thomas, called Little St. James. Home to The Jeffrey Epstein Foundation IV, this island holds a lot more than it shows at face value.
Nicknamed “Orgy Island” and “Island of Sin,” this small island was also home to the alleged sex trafficking ring that Epstein controlled. Multiple women have stepped forward to share their horror stories of their time on the island, in which they were underage or adult women, including Sarah Ransome, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and other underage girls, being forced to have sex with friends of Epstein. The men withheld the women’s passports so they couldn’t leave.
Epstein had many famous friends who either travelled with him or visited his island. These include Donald Trump, Kevin Spacey, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Elon Musk.
Since Epstein’s indictment, many of his alleged friends or clients have apologized or denied claims of their involvement. Prince Andrew has stepped back from royal duties.
These famous friends would help Epstein when he would later defend himself against the charges that he was a sexual predator. The connections helped him get a lighter sentence in 2008, but there was no luck in 2019.
Epstein’s mysterious and disturbing hobbies ranged from place to place, from “Epstein routinely had underage girls brought to his Palm Beach mansion, where he paid them to give him massages. During the massages, he often subjected the girls to sexual abuse — asking them to touch him while he masturbated, touching them himself, and sometimes having intercourse with them….he would offer them money to find him more girls — which some of them did, finding recruits at malls and house parties,” to wanting to “use his New Mexico ranch as a base where women would be inseminated with his sperm and would give birth to his babies.”
Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to two counts of soliciting prostitution from a minor. Epstein cut a “sweetheart deal” with Florida authorities and agreed to plead guilty to the charges. He served 13 months of his 18 month sentence. In 2019, he was arrested and charged with one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking. If convicted, he could have faced 45 years in prison. Epstein was found dead in a Manhattan jail on August 10, 2019, while still on trial for sex trafficking charges. He was in a high-security cell on suicide watch. The New York medical examiner ruled his death as a suicide.
Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was discovered with neck injuries on July 23rd, 2019. On August 10, 2019, Epstein was found dead in his cell. It was ruled a suicide by a NY medical examiner, but most beg to differ.
The circumstances of that day are still suspicious. The guards fell asleep and failed to check up on him at appointed times, and the cameras in the jail cell weren’t working. Due to these factors, Epstein’s family has hired a private pathologist to examine the cause of death.
Barbara Sampson, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, released this statement: “Our investigation concluded that the cause of Mr. Epstein’s death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide.”
Michael Baden, the private pathologist, has released information of Epstein’s death, stating that he believes Epstein was murdered. The evidence points to homicide, as there are three fractures in Epstein’s hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage, which point to a homicidal strangulation.
As of now, the probe is still under investigation.