Accused pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein is dead. He reportedly killed himself. This comes after the former billionaire hedge fund manager with ties to some of the world’s most powerful figures, including President Trump and the British Royal Family, was placed on suicide watch. It seemed he had tried to commit suicide two weeks ago when reports of him having neck injuries made their way to the press. Epstein’s mansion was searched and troves of incriminating evidence were found, including cataloged tapes, which some say were used for blackmail, were discovered. Epstein was indicted for engaging in a sex trafficking scheme where girls as young as 14 were forced to perform sex acts (via NY Post):
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 out of the Manhattan Correctional Center around 7:30 a.m. and headed to New York Downtown Hospital. 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.
Victims from this ring of horror had started to come forward. Trump said he was never fond of Epstein and had what he described as a falling out with him years ago. As a wealthy man with ties and connections, Epstein was friends or acquaintances with many, which is typical. It’s those connections that some have alleged is what got him out of his first run-in with the law over these activities over a decade ago, where then-former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, struck what’s been described as a sweetheart deal. Acosta maintains that there was not enough evidence to win a case in open court. He was probably right, but details of this being resurfaced led to Acosta resigning as secretary of labor. In the meantime, more stories about Epstein’s proclivities emerged (via NYT):
To Alfredo Rodriguez, Mr. Epstein’s butler in the mid-2000s, that was one reason he suspected that his boss was engaged in sexual activities with underage girls. At times, Mr. Rodriguez later told a Florida police detective in a sworn statement, he was instructed to dispense hundreds of dollars to the girls after they performed massages for Mr. Epstein; at other times, Mr. Rodriguez gave them “tips” in the form of iPods and jewelry.
Manhattan federal prosecutors last month charged Mr. Epstein, 66, with sex trafficking of girls as young as 14, and details of his behavior have been emerging for years.
But a cache of previously sealed legal documents, released on Friday by a federal appeals court, provides new, disturbing details about what was going on inside Mr. Epstein’s homes and how his associates recruited young women and girls, including from a Florida high school.
The documents — among the most expansive sets of materials publicly disclosed in the 13 years since Mr. Epstein was first charged with sex crimes — include depositions, police incident reports, photographs, receipts, flight logs and even a memoir written by a woman who says she was a sex-trafficking victim of Mr. Epstein and his acquaintances.
The documents were filed as part of a defamation lawsuit in federal court that Virginia Giuffre brought in 2015 against Ghislaine Maxwell, Mr. Epstein’s longtime companion and confidant. Ms. Giuffre and Ms. Maxwell settled the lawsuit shortly before the trial was to begin in 2017.
The Miami Herald and other media outlets petitioned the court to have the lawsuit documents unsealed. The request was initially denied, but an appeals court ordered them released last month, just days before Mr. Epstein was arrested on sex-trafficking charges. He ha[d] pleaded not guilty.
The Miami Herald should be given some special recognition, as their series about Epstein and his shoddy plea deal was the reason why this man was placed under the microscope again, which led to his arrest.
And now, the creep is gone, but not before a lot of questions will be asked about his death because we all know that's coming.