The saga of Jeffrey Epstein just keeps getting shadier. Let’s dive in.
Cause of Death
It wouldn’t be a proper recap if I didn’t begin with an I-told-you-so.
In my last piece, I noted that reports of the coroner’s hesitation to assign an official cause of death likely indicated uncertainty as to the cause of strangulation. That is to say, whether Epstein was choked by his own bedsheet tied by his own hand, or if someone else was there to offer assistance. Subsequent reports now confirm that to be the issue at hand.
According to the Failing Washington Post, Epstein’s autopsy report indicates that various bones in his neck were broken, including one near the Adam’s apple called the hyoid bone.
Writes the Post: “Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.”
Meanwhile, NBC News cited unnamed sources to confirm the broken bones but reports that two other sources familiar with the investigation say there’s no indication of foul play. This report is manifestly misleading. If Epstein exhibits injuries that could reflect homicide—and do in most cases—there is no “source” that could declare no evidence of foul play. The best they could possibly do is to declare the exam inconclusive and defer to other evidence in order to construct a more accurate picture.
And from the look of things, that’s exactly what is happening. Multiple outlets are reporting that the official cause of death is pending, and that the New York City chief medical examiner’s office cautions that “no single factor in an autopsy can alone provide a conclusive answer about what happened.”
So with this new information, we’re essentially left exactly where we were before — scratching our heads wondering what the hell happened. The good news is the autopsy shouldn’t be the end all/be all of the investigation. A captive environment should make for a relatively easy probe. If hallways are under surveillance, which is my understanding, the mystery over who, if anyone, was in Epstein’s cell at the time of his death should be easy to crack. Should be.
Two guards assigned to watch Epstein the night he died have been placed on leave and the warden has been removed as a federal investigation continues.
Epstein was inexplicably taken off suicide watch last month for reasons that have not been explained, and was supposed to have been checked on by a guard every 30 minutes. But investigators learned those checks weren’t done for several hours before he was found this past weekend with a bedsheet around his neck — a bedsheet that wouldn’t have been present had he remained on suicide watch.
The guards in question are also reportedly forged the check logs, which are documents that guards sign to confirm that cell checks had been completed. It appears that several checks were fraudulently logged in order to buy the guards some nap time, at least that’s the picture being painted by leaks thus far. The correctional officers union says the guards in question were overworked and putting in overtime.
Relevant personal note: I pulled many 24-hour Staff Duty shifts as a soldier. There were many logs involved and I was very tired for all of them. They involved everything from checking the gate-locks at the motor pool to ensuring common areas were clean. I hated it but I did it because it was my job. Apparently, these guards couldn’t be bothered to man up and slap themselves a few times in order to secure the most at-risk inmate on Earth. I’m not saying that incompetence and negligence don’t exist at that level, but I will say that it’s a damn poor excuse, and one that shouldn’t be assumed as truthful.
One of the guards wasn’t an active corrections officer at the time of Epstein’s death but had been one for seven years and reportedly volunteered to work a shift overseeing him. The other guard was the only employee at the jail that morning who was working a mandatory overtime shift. Here’s a thought: even if you’re undermanned, maybe it’s best not to accept “volunteers” to watch the most high profile prisoner in the world. Maybe volunteers should be sent to take care of the run of the mill inmates while the best guards are assigned to the most dangerous cases. Again, just more common sense than seems to be wholly absent from this entire scenario.
MCC now has an acting warden. More details to follow in the coming week.
A Very Strange Photo Op
Ghislaine Maxwell, the 57-year-old alleged madam for Epstein, has not allowed the worst press coverage possible prevent her from making public appearances. She was spotted Monday enjoying fine cuisine at an In-N-Out Burger while reading a very eye-opening title, “The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives,” a nonfiction best-seller by journalist Ted Gup.
Sitting alone with her dog, she somehow acted surprised to have been found and told an onlooker, “Well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here!”
You mean the madame of the world’s most famous pedophile stands a chance of being photographed at a busy fast food joint? Why, I never!
Maxwell, accused in court papers of providing sex slaves for Epstein and engaging in threesomes with him and underage girls, had not been photographed in public since 2016. What a time to make another appearance!
Maxwell has been in the thick of the Epstein saga for quite a while. One accuser, Virginia Giuffre — who has said she had sex with England’s Prince Andrew and attorney Alan Dershowitz at Epstein’s command — sued Maxwell for defamation in 2015 after Maxwell publicly stated that Giuffre was lying about being sexually abused by Epstein.
Giuffre claimed Maxwell recruited her when she was a 16-year-old spa attendant at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., and trained her to be Epstein’s sex slave. Maxwell has denied the allegations.
The recently unsealed trove of documents from Giuffre’s lawsuit, which was settled out of court, describe both Maxwell and Epstein as twisted perverts. The pair made Giuffre watch as they engaged “in illegal sexual acts with dozens of underage girls,” the documents allege.
Now that we know who Maxwell was/is, let’s examine the part of this story that the media are ignoring.
Epstein has long been suspected of working for an intelligence service by myself and others for various reasons, his very well hidden source of income being chief among them. The nature of his actions also suggest possible “honeypot” operations, meaning the use of young girls to lure in powerful people for the (likely) purpose of blackmail. There has been debate regarding the identity of the intelligence service in question. American, Russian and Israeli intelligence have all been hypothesized as his potential paymasters.
And now we have another interesting tidbit to chew on in the form of a bizarre photo in even more bizarre circumstances. As noted, Maxwell has kept a relatively low profile for several years. We must ask ourselves, why on Earth would she choose to buck that trend at literally the worst possible time? Everyone and their mama are currently examining every nook and cranny of her life, yet she chose this moment to visit a notoriously busy fast food joint where she must’ve known that she’d be recognized/photographed.
And what is she doing while sitting among the common folk? Reading a book about deep cover CIA operatives. Here we have a rich British socialite who normally wouldn’t even eat fast food on a dare making herself available for public footage at the very time one would think she’d want to lay low, and she brought along a book about CIA spooks.
When examining all the variables of this scenario, it’s illogical to conclude that Maxwell was caught off guard by the cameras. She would have to be a very dumb person for that to be the case, but while she may be evil, she’s no dummy. The most logical explanation is that she wanted to be seen. And if we can safely make that assumption, it logically follows that her book of choice was not incidental.
We can conclude with a reasonable degree of certainty that Maxwell was sending a message with this photo op. So what could that message be? Well, imagine you’ve been procuring young girls for a globetrotting pedophile who currently has the world’s largest microscope probing his life and that of his associates. The natural reaction is to go into self-preservation mode, correct?
And when one goes into survival mode, what is the first action taken? That’s right — reach for your most potent weapon. Now, if that globetrotting pedophile for whom you worked and played flew around on jet fuel supplied by an intelligence service, would that not constitute the most powerful leverage one could have in this situation?
I submit that Maxwell was sending a message to the powers that be that she’ll tell everything she knows about Epstein’s truly private endeavors unless the dogs are called off. If that seems far-fetched, ask yourself this: why has she completely escaped accountability thus far? Her deeds are and were as big an open secret as Epstein’s, yet she’s never even sniffed handcuffs.
But now that the world is watching, those handcuffs are becoming more of a possibility than ever dreamed. As such, she is reaching for her ace in the hole.
There are many coincidences in the world. But when logic meets circumstance and paints a consistent picture year after year, circumstantial evidence becomes common sense.
There is so much we still don’t know about this case. One thing I can say with high confidence, however, is that AG Barr better be ready to ask some very hard questions and pursue the answers regardless of whatever pushback he receives. If that well-placed CIA book is any indication, that pushback very well may come from within.
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