How convenient. No trial, no dirt raked up in open court. Epstein’s celeb pedophile collaborators in crime can now rest easy. Dead men tell no tales.
New York Post
August 10, 2019
“Epstein was an immensely wealthy money manager who had a “collection” of famous friends, including Bill Clinton and Donald Trump […] Criminal proceedings against him will now likely come to a close.”
Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died overnight in an apparent suicide, law enforcement sources told the Post Saturday. A gurney carrying a man who looked like Epstein was wheeled into New York Downtown Hospital around 7:30 a.m. A call for a reported cardiac arrest came in at 6:38 a.m., Fire Department sources said.
Two weeks ago, Epstein, 66, was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck.
The multimillionaire financier was being held without bail pending trial on child sex-trafficking charges.
Epstein was busted 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. He pleaded not guilty and faced up to 45 years in prison.
Thousands of documents unsealed Friday in connection with a defamation case against the perv’s alleged recruiter revealed dozens of high-profile names that a self-identified victim, Virginia Giuffre, said she was forced to perform sex acts with, from former Maine Sen. George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, money manager Glenn Dubin and MIT professor Marvin Minksy.
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More details from vox.com
Jeffrey Epstein — a well-connected New York financier and convicted sex offender charged with sex trafficking in July — died by suicide in a Manhattan jail, officials said Saturday.
Epstein’s body was found hanged at the Metropolitan Correctional Center Saturday around 7:30 a.m., the New York Times reported. At the time of his death, he was awaiting trial and facing the possibility of 45 years in federal prison.
Epstein was arrested in New Jersey and charged with sex trafficking in July; he was denied bail shortly after. A week later, he was found unconscious in his jail cell with marks on his neck, according to the New York Times. Officials suspected the marks may have been the result of a suicide attempt, but were also investigating the possibility he had staged a suicide attempt, or that he been assaulted by another prisoner.
Epstein was first indicted in 2007 after being accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. He was required to register as a sex offender, and spent 13 months in a county jail after his lawyers worked out a deal with then-US attorney and former Trump administration Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.
After Epstein’s release, allegations of assault continued; his recent arrest came after allegations surfaced that he recruited minors to his houses in Palm Beach and New York for sexual abuse. As Vox’s Jane Coaston and Anna North reported:
Epstein has said that any encounters he had with his accusers were consensual, and that he believed they were 18 at the time. He has pled not guilty to the trafficking charges. But in July, a woman named Jennifer Araoz said in an interview with Today that Epstein had forcibly raped her in 2002, when she was about 15 years old.
Meanwhile, disturbing details about Epstein’s past continue to come out, including reports by people who knew the money manager that he wanted to “seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch,” according to the New York Times.
Epstein was an immensely wealthy money manager who had a “collection” of famous friends, including Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Despite being known for his interest in young girls for years, he long managed to evade charges:
When authorities began investigating Epstein, he assembled a team of private investigators to dig up dirt on the girls who accused him and the police and prosecutors working the case.
Then he and his team of powerful lawyers, including Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, were able to convince prosecutors to go easy on him despite disturbing allegations by a growing number of women and girls.
Unlike during his first trial, Epstein faced increased public scrutiny in recent weeks, brought in part by reporting by the Miami Herald’s Julie K. Brown, criticism of his light sentence in 2007, and the release of a previously sealed documents that outlined the allegations Epstein faced in graphic detail.
While the criminal proceedings against him will now likely come to a close; he could still face civil suits, as do some of his associates, like socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.