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Jeffery Epstein Unfolded

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Purchased by Jeffrey Epstein in 1998, Little St. James is a private island in the US Virgin Islands. The property was nicknamed “Little St. Jeff.”

Jeffery Epstein was an infamous wealthy man who used his charisma to get money and power to lure young girls into his home, jet and island to sexually abuse them with his associates. But what is even worse, is how he got away with it for so long.


Jeffery Epstein was born January 20, 1953 and died August 10, 2019. He died in Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York, NY. The coroner deemed it a suicide by the autopsy. But Epstein was on suicide watch, so there shouldn’t have been anything in his room that he could have used to kill himself.

What Epstein did

Epstein basically created a pyramid scheme just for him to have an endless supply of young girls. As the said, “Epstein doc claims he ran pyramid scheme with ‘ever-revolving door of girls.” He had his main accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of British media proprietor Robert Maxwell, and many more. They would recruit a girl here or there to massage Jeffery for the average payment of $200, and then they would tell them to bring more girls. Epstein informed them that every girl they brought it, the more money they would get.  This created a supply of young girls constantly going to his house on the Virgin Islands, for illicit and illegal massages where he used the opportunity to molest underage girls.

Suicide or Murder?

For this reason, many people believe he knew too much on information and was murder not suicide. Many conspirators believe that there were too many names of powerful people that Epstein would rat out. No one wanted to take the chance, so they paid someone to get rid of him.

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After watching the documentary on Epstein, Danielle Allen– a  journalism teacher at Colonia High School–has formulated an opinion of Jeffery Epstein. She believes he did not commit suicide and it was an assisted suicide for the following reasons. First of all, he knew too much about wealthy powerful people. They feared the leaking of names. Second, when you are on suicide watch, there should be nothing in your cell.  Last, someone should have been watching him. She was aware that it said the security guard walked away, but she finds that even more suspicious.

Ghislaine’s involvement

Due to Epstein passing away, the confirmation of names of his associates and people he brought to his island remained confidential. He wasn’t the only one on trial though; Maxwell was due to have one.  Maxwell was a prominent social elitist in England. She became the director of Oxford United Football Club (when her father owned it) and worked for The European ( a newspaper founded by her father.) Her father later purchased the New York Daily News in 1991 where she acted as a representative for him. When he died, a trust he set up for her and the other children provided her with an annual income. Later, Maxwell worked for a real estate office on Madison Ave. in New York and was known socialize with celebrities.

Maxwell and Epstein met in late 80s through Maxwell’s father. In the 90s, the two dated for several years but their relationship status remained unclear. Epstein was noted for calling Maxwell “his main girlfriend” and his best friend. According to an article on The List, “Maxwell received over $30 million in payments from Epstein between 1999 and 2007.” The BBC reported, “In court documents, former employees at the Epstein mansion in Palm Beach described her as the house manager who supervised staff, looked after finances and acted as a social coordinator.”

According to Wikipedia, “in December 2021, she was convicted on five out of six counts, including one of sex trafficking of a minor. She faces a second criminal trial for two charges of lying under oath about Epstein’s abuse of underage girls. The BBC noted, “Ghislaine controlled the girls,” Sarah Ransome, who says she was abused by Epstein. “She would be the one getting all the girls in check. She knew what Jeffrey liked… this was very much a joint effort.” Testimonies like these are what lead to the conviction of Maxwell. She also did not testify on her own behalf while on trial.

The List

Once Maxwell’s trial was over, the judge said there was no longer a need for all the names affiliated with the case to be private. Once it was out, a huge commotion occurred because well-known names were on the list in the 4,500 page document.  On the list were different associates; those who would traffic girls and his friends, who did not have a clue what was going on. For example, in reference to there were people like Micheal Jackson, who was seen at Epstein’s house and was not accused of anything. Due to the fact, he was just simply there and not entertaining what was going on. Then there are people like Alan Dershowitz, who defended Epstein in his 2008 criminal case. But then when the list came out, he allegedly got massages while at Epstein’s house.

Now, the question is should these people be judged or cancelled for being a bystander?


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Daisy Amaya, Reporter
Daisy Amaya is Capricorn whose favorite color is purple. She loves to argue and for that reason she would love to go to law school. Her dream school is the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. One day Amaya would like to have my own practice where she hopes to be a criminal defense lawyer. In her free time, Amaya likes to take pictures of the scenery when she travels especially sunsets and sunrises. What she loves most is camping in Upstate New York over the summer because it allows her time to relax surrounded by beautiful scenery like the river and the Olympic sized swimming pool.

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