For those who spent years following the exploits and eccentricities of the Jeffrey Epstein saga, his death at a Manhattan detention center years ago was not the end of the story, but the beginning of a new saga in which the conspiracy theorists have gained a rather prominent foothold in the storytelling consortium.
Epstein’s death kicked off a number of new theories about just how deep the child sex trafficker was into the global elite, after a number of bizarre details led to suggestions that perhaps his suicide was not so self-inflicted.
Now, his former partner and now-also-convicted human trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is throwing some serious fuel on that conspiratorial fire.
The Oxford-educated daughter of the late British press baron Robert Maxwell is imprisoned in a Florida penitentiary after her conviction and 20-year sentence for helping Epstein sexually abuse girls.
Epstein, who was facing charges of trafficking underage girls for sex, escaped trial by killing himself in a New York jail in August 2019.Trending:
The autopsy concluded suicide by hanging, although the 66-year-old’s sudden death fueled widespread controversy and conspiracy theories.
Maxwell was not shy about her belief.
“I believe that he was murdered,” former socialite Maxwell said in the series of jailhouse interviews aired on Britain’s TalkTV. “I was shocked. Then I wondered how it had happened.”
She’s not the only one, either.
A forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s brother said in 2019 that evidence suggested he had been murdered, arguing multiple fractures found in his neck were “very unusual for suicide”.
Security guards on duty the night of Epstein’s death were caught falsifying documents and neglecting to monitor the notorious criminal, despite his having been recently under suicide watch.