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Jeffrey Epstein (1953–2019) was an American financier who was well known; now infamous for two things — his sex trafficking operation (arguably the largest-scale crime revealed under the aegis of MeToo challenged only by Keith Raniere/NXIVM, the Peter Nygård case, and the Samuel Klein case), along with the… controversial circumstances of his death in prison, which has been ruled a suicide. Many have doubted this ruling, especially as these revelations came around the time conspiracy theories claiming to link the international elite to pedophile cults were rapidly growing.
Though initially a teacher in New York City, he would leave that for a seemingly much more lucrative career in the finance sector. The word "seemingly" is invoked because, well, it's a bit of a mystery where his billions actually came from or if he was a billionaire at all. Theories as to the origin of his fortune range from money laundering to work in espionage. Dodgy conduct was associated with him from fairly early on — he was fired from both Bear Stearns and his teaching position, and indeed he only got this job at Bear Stearns because he had befriended their CEO, Alan Greenberg. He nonetheless managed to achieve acceptance among the American aristocracy and even made contacts abroad! Some prominent acquaintances of his (who have since had to make some really embarrassing denials) included Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Ehud Barak, and Donald Trump.
The infamous part
In the 80's, Epstein began performing financial services for Leslie Wexner, the CEO of Victoria's Secret. Wexner was the primary client of Epstein for quite some time, without which Epstein's business likely wouldn't have taken off. Abusing this connection, in the 90's Epstein began posing as a "model scout" to lure prospective Victoria Secret models to hotel rooms and his home, because there's absolutely nothing skeevy about a middle-aged man pretending to be a "model scout" to get women into his bedroom. Wexner was made aware, but did not suspend his connections with Epstein until around the time of Epstein's first conviction. In what is in hindsight somewhat disconcerting, in the early 2000's Wexner would market his line of lingerie towards 15 year old girls.
Epstein had officially been accused of sex-related crimes since 2005, and was even convicted in 2008 (though his sentence was a mere 13 months), but this really only caught up with him in 2018 and 2019. After numerous accusers came forward influenced by similar events like the fall of Harvey Weinstein, numerous vile details were brought to the public eye and he was arrested on federal charges of sex trafficking. Whilst awaiting trial, he was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. How did he die? How could the guards have let this happen? Who did the deed? What secrets did he take to the grave about his rich and powerful clientele? Such questions gripped the popular consciousness, and in many ways Epstein is more remembered for his mysterious death than for the horrible things he did.
"Epstein didn't kill himself"
His death was officially ruled as a suicide, specifically saying he hanged himself with his bed sheet. Naturally scores of people in the perpetually paranoid American body politic believe that Epstein was killed, usually by some powerful person who did not want their connection with his crimes revealed. The Clintons are common "suspects" because of course they are. This is encapsulated in the phrase "Epstein didn't kill himself," which went viral very quickly. Such widespread acceptance can be traced to three things — legitimate procedural fuck-ups that the prison staff made in regards to him, mass resentment of the well-off elite that he was intricately linked with, and some supposed discrepancies in the autopsy.
It's not impossible that Epstein was murdered, but it's also not impossible that he did commit suicide and the guards utterly screwed up. Furthermore, there's easier and less suspicious ways to "off" Epstein that wouldn't attract nearly as much attention, e.g., a routine bureaucratic decision that leads to Epstein being declared safe enough to be housed with the other inmates and then "offing" him from there.
Not one but two cameras malfunctioned in front of Epstein's cell when he died. This is beyond suspicious and is evidence of tampering with evidence. However, this doesn't prove an assassination (though camera footage would help disprove it), and there is another explanation...
During the night of Epstein's death, two guards assigned to him were allegedly both asleep. This is suspicious and a colossal screw-up, of course, but never ascribe to malice what can be explained by incompetence. Anyone who's worked in the prison system could tell you, there's a good chance that the guard in the tower is busy playing a handheld game or reading some internet site dedicated to debunking spiritualist woo, unlike our readers who never stop work to goof off. That both did so simultaneously for such a long time is much more suspicious, of course, but not impossible. At the same time, combined with the "malfunctioning" video cameras, they were charged with falsifying records. At best, a pair of utterly incompetent guards struggled to cover their tracks after letting a notorious inmate commit suicide.
Had there been an actual assassination, well, this is where an actual conspiracy would begin to unravel. The guards are "loose threads" so to speak, and charging someone with serious crimes is not how you get someone to keep quiet. Bribery works best when the person isn't in the spotlight in the first place, especially if one of these guards suddenly buys a mansion or high end sports car.
Epstein's death involved a broken hyoid bone. It's actually unclear how often a broken hyoid bone occurs in a suicide by hanging, but it is more likely to happen in strangulations than in suicides, due to the angle of the choking pressure. The older the suicide victim is, however, the more likely the hyoid bone would break. Epstein was hardly a young man, so a broken hyoid bone is not all that unusual, and so by itself doesn't really provide much evidence for a death being a murder or a suicide.
Prior Suicide Attempt
There was a prior suicide attempt by Epstein. Allegedly. Epstein himself claimed that another inmate tried to murder him, though the guards believed that he either attempted suicide or was trying to frame another inmate for assault in order to be transferred to another, better facility, which actually raises the possibility of another explanation for everything that happened. The person Epstein accused of attempted murder was Nicholas Tartaglione (who in turn claims he saved Epstein's life), an ex-cop who allegedly murdered 4 people, including one by strangulation. The video for this attempt was initially missing, but was eventually located.
Eugenics and transhumanism
There have been claims that Epstein was planning to create a master-race based on his own DNA, a scheme which matches the definition of eugenics. The New York Times cited associates of Epstein, saying: "Epstein told scientists and businessmen about his ambitions to use his New Mexico ranch as a base where women would be inseminated with his sperm and would give birth to his babies … Mr Epstein’s goal was to have 20 women at a time impregnated at his 33,000-sq-ft Zorro Ranch in a tiny town outside Santa Fe". This reflected Epstein's more general interest in transhumanism, including giving $20,000 to the Worldwide Transhumanist Association (now Humanity Plus) in 2011. His former lawyer Alan Dershowitz claimed to have been concerned by Epstein's fascination with eugenics, given Dershowitz's Jewishness and the Nazis' interest in eugenics.
- How Jeffrey Epstein Made His Money: Four Wild Theories by Matt Stieb (July 9, 2019) New York Magazine.
- Victoria's Secret: Epstein, The Atlantic
- from Reuters
- NY Times, guards asleep
- Epstein guards charged with falsifying records
- Slate's take on the hyoid bone
- Epstein found injured
- NY post, exp cop accused of hurting Jeffrey Epstein
- Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA, New York Times, July 31, 2019
- Epstein reportedly hoped to develop super-race of humans with his DNA, The Guardian, Aug 1, 2019