personal note: the story of jeffrey epstein is the stuff of hollywood movies! yes, what a life, hidden from the world, or the world did a good job of hiding him from the world…and now he died to escape scrutiny from the world…all for nothing…i mean building his wealth, now all vanished into thin air…all the good he could have done for the world…now forever destroyed without a trace of his name…he could have done more good than evil for the world with his wealth! that to me is the greater tragedy, not that he killed himself, but what he did not do with all his weath! Such is life! peace, steve, usa, August 13, 2019 firstname.lastname@example.org blog – https://getting2knowyou-china.com
Published July 11, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein’s private ‘Island of Sin’ and sex dolls: 5 weird details to know
By Stephen Sorace | Fox News
Jeffrey Epstein’s opulent New York mansion said to contain bizarre, disturbing art
The extravagant home of financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein reportedly contains a plethora of odd and disturbing art pieces, including a collection of prosthetic eyeballs and a painting of Epstein in a prison yard. Epstein has been arrested on charges of sex trafficking, and authorities have found a collection of pornography believed to contain images of children stored inside his New York estate.
Jeffrey Epstein kept a low profile since he was required to register as a sex offender in 2008 after receiving a lenient plea deal for allegedly paying girls for sexual massages.
Since being hit with new charges for alleged sex trafficking crimes, bizarre details of the 66-year-old’s mysterious life have been swept out from the shadows.
On August 10, Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell from an apparent suicide.
BIZARRE ART, PORN AND DOLLS: INSIDE JEFFREY ESPSTEIN’S NEW YORK HOUSE OF HORRORS
Here are five weird details to know about Epstein.
Collector of prosthetic breasts, dolls and other oddities
Epstein kept an assortment of peculiar items in his Manhattan mansion, from a life-like human doll dangling from a chandelier to a human-sized chessboard with scantily clad figurines modeled after his employees, according to New York Magazine. Other oddities include individually framed prosthetic eyeballs mounted along a hallway.
He kept prosthetic breasts by a bathtub that he could play with while bathing, Jennifer Araoz, a woman who claims she was abused and raped by Epstein when she was just 15 years old, told NBC News in a recent interview. She said there were also photos of naked women hanging in a massage room.
Prison yard mural inside home
In addition to a heated sidewalk that would melt snow during winter, Epstein’s seven-story Manhattan residence held a mural he had commissioned of a prison yard – with the wealthy financier standing in the center, The New York Times reported.
The painting is described as photorealistic, complete with barbed wire, corrections officers and a guard station.
R. Couri Hay told the Times that Epstein had invited him over to view the mural. He said Epstein had the prison scene painted to serve as a reminder of “the possibility that could be me again.”
Mystery behind his fortune
How Epstein obtained his fortune has remained unclear. He’s been described as a billionaire or wealthy financier, though the exact amount of his wealth has yet to be ascertained.
He previously ran a money management firm for the exceedingly rich, his most notable client being billionaire businessman Les Wexner, according to Bloomberg. He began his career working for Bear Stearns in 1976 before setting up his own money managing business in 1981, which only catered to billionaires.
It’s unclear what current business and clientele Epstein is involved with. Currently, what little is known about his wealth can be calculated through his properties, which include his $56 million Manhattan mansion, along with residences in New Mexico, Paris and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Island of Sin”
Epstein bought Little St. James Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands more than two decades ago. He cleared the native vegetation and planted two towering American flags on either end. Security guards kept watch along the shores.
He built a stone mansion with cream-colored walls and a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island.
But seriously, what’s up with this weird temple thing on Jeffrey Epstein’s private island?
Federal authorities consider the smaller of the two islands to be Epstein’s primary residence in the United States. While it is unknown what exactly occurred on the island, rumors have swirled that he ran his alleged sex trafficking ring there. The allegations have led to sinister nicknames including “Island of Sin” and “Orgy Island,” The Cut reports.
“Everybody called it ‘Pedophile Island,'” Kevin Goodrich, who is from St. Thomas and operates boat charters, told The Associated Press. “It’s our dark corner.”
Bill Clinton connection
One of Epstein’s alleged victims said in a court affidavit obtained by the AP that she saw former President Bill Clinton on the island but never witnessed him having sex with anyone.
A Clinton spokesman issued a statement denying the claims, saying Clinton never traveled to the island. The statement said the former president took a total of four trips — in 2002 and 2003 — on Epstein’s airplane, each time accompanied by Secret Service detail.
“Staff, supporters of the foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail,” the spokesman said.
In the statement, Clinton’s spokesman said the former president hasn’t communicated with Epstein in over a decade.
“He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and he has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida,” the statement continued.
But a story published in March 1995 by the Palm Beach Post says then-president Clinton attended a “three-hour dinner” at the time with a “very select group of people” at the Palm Beach home of business magnate Ron Perelman – a diverse group that included Epstein.
It remains unclear how well the two knew each other early on during Clinton’s presidency. A spokesman for Clinton did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on a story about the timeline of their interactions earlier this week.
Fox News’ Andrew Keiper and Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Victoria’s Secret billionaire says Jeffrey Epstein misappropriated ‘vast sums’ of his wealth
Jeffrey Epstein has pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges in New York.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
AUG. 8, 2019
The retail titan behind Victoria’s Secret has accused the financier Jeffrey Epstein of misappropriating “vast sums” of his fortune while managing his personal finances more than a decade ago.
Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner said in a letter Wednesday that he recovered “some of the funds” but severed ties with Epstein in 2007 as sexual abuse allegations first surfaced against him in Florida.
The letter was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which put the amount of misappropriated money at more than $46 million.
It’s unclear whether Wexner reported the allegations to law enforcement.
“This was, frankly, a tremendous shock, even though it clearly pales in comparison to the unthinkable allegations against him now,” Wexner wrote.
He added that he was “sickened” by Epstein’s alleged abuse of dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida.
Epstein, 66, has pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges. His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.
Wexner is the founder and chief executive officer of L Brands, a fashion retailer based in Ohio. The company’s board recently hired an outside law firm to review any role Epstein may have played at the business.
Epstein managed Wexner’s fortune beginning in the late 1980s and helped straighten out the finances for a real estate development Wexner was backing in a wealthy Columbus, Ohio, suburb.
It was through Wexner that Epstein acquired his seven-story Manhattan mansion less than a block from Central Park, a 21,000-square-foot residence that has been valued at about $77 million.
Wexner said he believed he could trust Epstein at first based on “friends who vouched for and recommended him as a knowledgeable financial professional.”
“I am embarrassed that, like so many others, I was deceived by Mr. Epstein,” he wrote in the letter. “I know now that my trust in him was grossly misplaced and I deeply regret having ever crossed his path.”
Jeffrey Epstein dies by suicide; Barr orders investigation
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
AUG. 10, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected financier accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring, had been taken off suicide watch before he died by suicide in a New York jail, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday.
He was found in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center on Saturday morning, according to the official, who was briefed on the matter but spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly.
U.S. Atty. Gen. William Barr said in a statement Saturday that he was “appalled” by news of Epstein’s death and had ordered an investigation by the inspector general. The FBI also is investigating, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,” Barr said. “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”
The Fire Department said it received a call at 6:39 a.m. Saturday that Epstein was in cardiac arrest, and he was pronounced dead at New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital.
The medical examiner’s office in Manhattan confirmed Epstein’s death.
A person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. It wasn’t immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch.
Epstein’s arrest last month launched separate investigations into how authorities handled his case initially when similar charges were first brought against him in Florida more than a decade ago. U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after coming under fire for overseeing that deal when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.
The 66-year-old had pleaded not guilty and was facing up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
Last month, Epstein was found on the floor of his jail cell with bruises on his neck, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. At the time, it was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault.
The Bureau of Prisons confirmed that he had been housed in the jail’s Special Housing Unit, a heavily secured part of the facility that separates high-profile inmates from the general population. Until recently, the same unit had been home to the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is now serving a life sentence at the so-called Supermax prison in Colorado.
Epstein’s death is likely to raise questions about how the Bureau of Prisons ensures the welfare of high-profile inmates. In October, Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was killed in a federal prison in West Virginia where had just been transferred.
The Justice Department and the federal Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to requests for comment Saturday.
Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who ran three federal lockups, said the death represents “an unfortunate and shocking failure, if proven to be a suicide.”
“Unequivocally, he should have been on active suicide watch and, therefore, under direct and constant supervision,” Lindsay said. “When you have an inmate as high profile as Epstein, it’s absolutely imperative the warden set the tone with his or her leadership to ensure these kinds of incidents don’t happen.”
On Friday, more than 2,000 pages of documents were released related to a since-settled lawsuit against Epstein’s ex-girlfriend by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers. The records contain graphic allegations against Epstein, as well as the transcript of a 2016 deposition of Epstein in which he repeatedly refused to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself.
Sigrid McCawley, Giuffre’s attorney, said Epstein’s suicide less than 24 hours after the documents were unsealed “is no coincidence.” McCawley called on federal authorities to continue their investigation, focusing on Epstein associates whom she said “participated and facilitated Epstein’s horrifying sex trafficking scheme.”
“The reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of brave and truthful victims should not end with Jeffrey Epstein’s cowardly and shameful suicide,” McCawley said in a statement. “The victims await the true justice they have sought and deserve.”
Other accusers and their lawyers reacted to the news with frustration that the financier wouldn’t have to face them in court.
“We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people,” accuser Jennifer Araoz said in a statement.
Brad Edwards, a Florida lawyer for nearly two dozen other accusers, said that “this is not the ending anyone was looking for.”
“The victims deserved to see Epstein held accountable, and he owed it to everyone he hurt to accept responsibility for all of the pain he caused,” Edwards said in a statement.
Victoria’s Secret billionaire says Jeffrey Epstein misappropriated ‘vast sums’ of his wealth
Aug. 8, 2019
Epstein’s arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed Epstein to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges.
Federal prosecutors in New York reopened the probe after investigative reporting by the Miami Herald stirred outrage over that plea bargain.
But his lawyers maintained that the new charges brought by federal prosecutors in New York were covered by the deal and were improper.
They said he hadn’t had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.
Before his legal troubles, Epstein led a life of extraordinary luxury that drew powerful people into his orbit.
He socialized with princes and presidents and lived on a 100-acre private island in the Caribbean and one of the biggest mansions in New York. A college dropout, he became a sought-after benefactor of professors and scientists, donating millions of dollars in donations to Harvard University and other causes.
Still, it was never entirely clear how the middle-class Brooklyn math whiz became a Wall Street master of high finance.
Mystery surrounds Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean
July 12, 2019
The somewhat reclusive Epstein splashed into the news in 2002 after a New York tabloid reported he had lent his Boeing 727 to ferry former President Bill Clinton and other notables on an AIDS relief mission to Africa.
Magazine profiles followed and established Epstein’s reputation as a stealthy yet exorbitantly successful money man with a gilded social circle and a somewhat ascetic streak.
Vanity Fair in 2003 described him entertaining real estate tycoons, business executives and the scions of some of America’s wealthiest families at his New York mansion — while also spending 75 minutes a day practicing yoga with a personal instructor and eschewing email, alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
His friends over the years have included Donald Trump, Britain’s Prince Andrew and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.
But Epstein also enjoyed surrounding himself with women much younger than he, including Russian models who attended his cocktail parties and women he flew aboard his plane, according to the Vanity Fair profile.