On the first anniversary of the death of accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein in a Manhattan, New York City jail cell, his brother, Mark Epstein, has boldly claimed that the official word that he committed suicide in jail is hogwash and that the shadowy financier is in fact a murder victim, he tells The U.S. Sun.
Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in July 2019 and charged with sex trafficking, only to be found dead in his federal jail cell on August 10 of that year. An inquest led federal authorities to conclude that he had committed suicide by hanging himself. And yet conspiracy theories have abounded ever since that he was murdered, perhaps on behalf of the wealthy and powerful people whom he befriended and of whom he may have retained “blackmail videos” of their own sordid and criminal sexual escapades.
Mark Epstein, 66, a New York City real-estate executive, is one such theorist when it comes to Jeffrey’s death. He claims that key evidence that would have rejected suicide as a determined cause of death in favor of murder was destroyed following the notorious pervert’s shocking demise a year ago.
After all, Mark notes, there was one pathologist that suggested that Jeffrey Epstein was strangled — thus murdered to keep him quiet — and not hung, and thus extinguished by suicide.
“I want to know what kind of investigation they did,” Mark Epstein insisted regarding the question of whether his brother Jeffrey was murdered or committed suicide.
“I’ve no indication that there was one,” Mark continued. “I don’t believe he hanged himself.”
Not one to mince words when it comes to the question of murder vs. suicide where Jeffrey is concerned, Mark Epstein went on to say, “I believed my brother was killed and people are lying to protect their asses.”
Now it’s Jeffrey’s gal pal and alleged mastermind of his sex-trafficking enterprise, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is the one in a federal jail cell in New York City (in her case in the borough of Brooklyn). She was arrested a month ago and charged with recruiting three underage girls to service Epstein’s insatiable predatory desires. The Daily Mail reports that Maxwell used to scope out high-end art galleries in search of sexual prey — “Gallerinas,” as they were known — to lure into her lord and master’s nefarious web.
“She would go to every art gallery opening and was a familiar presence at auctions and parties at Christie’s and Sotheby’s,” the friend said of Maxwell’s efforts to find sexual recruits to provide to Jeffrey Epstein some years before his maybe-murder-maybe-suicide–driven death.
“The art world is full of pretty young girls and many of them are young and broke,” the friend continued. “You’d see her everywhere, often with beautiful blonde girls in tow.”
On one notable occasion, Maxwell was seen chatting up Clementine Hambro, who as a small child was one of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids in 1981. This week Hambro stated that she had twice taken rides on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” private jet, but said that she fortunately escaped the clutches of his sexual predation.
The Salt Lake Tribune recounts some of the shocking accusations that women have levied at Maxwell, who is believed to have engaged young women and under-age girls in a complex and nefarious grooming process to prepare them for Jeffrey’s sexual demands. Many of these accusations are detailed in the documentary “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” which began airing Sunday on Lifetime, with a conclusion on Monday — the anniversary of Epstein’s death, whether from murder or suicide.
“We take a look at the … grooming of potential victims — and how, allegedly, Ghislaine Maxwell trained recruiters to create this abuse pipeline,” said the show’s executive producer, Bob Friedman. “She was such an important piece of this story.”
According to the Tribune, survivor Rachel Kay Benavidez said participating in the documentary was an “emotional rollercoaster” for her, and “a bit brutal.”
But at the end of the day, she reflected that participating was a positive experience for her because she didn’t feel pressured by the filmmakers, who made sure to respect her and her fellow accusers’ boundaries.
Now, as Maxwell faces a trial in July 2021 and is stuck in jail — where she is reportedly afraid that she’ll also be murdered, presuming that Epstein himself didn’t commit suicide — the Independent looks back on the key details of the case against her and her late friend, lover and boss, Jeffrey.