‘Epstein Did Not Kill Himself’: A Look Behind the Conspiracy

Published on November 21, 2019

The name “Jeffrey Epstein” has recently become all too familiar in the news, but not for reasons we would enjoy hearing.

Epstein, an extremely successful American financier, also had skeletons in his closet with a dark persona. He was also a convicted sex offender. In July of 2006, Epstein was arrested for accusations of organizing a sex trafficking operation from his mansion in Manhattan, Palm Beach, and his 75-acre Little St. James Island resort, dubbed “Pedophile Island.” Consequently, he faced federal charges for sex trafficking of minors in all three locations.

While awaiting trial, Epstein was found dead in his jail cell back in August, where a medical examiner deemed the death a “suicide.”

In utter shock and disbelief, the world took to social media, exclaiming that “Epstein didn’t kill himself.” Ironically, there have been some pretty comical memes to this effect.

Indeed, given Epstein’s vast wealth and prominence, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that he had close relationships with other prominent individuals and high-ranking officials.

And the List Goes On…

In an August report from Refinery29, Epstein’s network ranges from individuals such as Clinton all the way to President Trump. Others allegedly include, but are not limited to:

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who stepped down from his position on Thursday this week after facing increased criticism over claims that the royal held significantly close ties to Epstein;

Les Wexner, the CEO of L Brands, and the umbrella corporation behind Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, whom according to rumors, was about to be named in the court case as an alleged part of Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring;

Our current sitting U.S. President, Donald Trump;

Former U.S. president, Bill Clinton (and probably Hilary Clinton), as Epstein was reportedly a supporter of the Clinton Foundation;

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who served as counsel for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, which was part of Epstein’s legal team in 2007, helping him to obtain his plea deal;

Kevin Spacey, who has been under fire following allegations by a number of men that claiming sexual misconduct towards them over the years;

Chris Tucker, who was among a number of individuals Epstein flew to Africa in the early 2000’s so they could participate in a tour of prevention and treatment centers for AIDS

Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and former longtime member of Epstein’s inner circle, who according to the 2,000 pages of court documents, revealed Maxwell ordered a teenage girl to have sex with high-powered men;

Alexander Acosta, a former Trump cabinet member and then U.S. Florida District Attorney, who was part of Epstein’s 2008 plea deal;

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who at the time served as Riyadh’s Minister of Defense and Second Deputy Prime Minister;

And the list goes on.

Since the former multimillionaire allegedly had close ties with several prominent individuals, as recognized above, it came to no surprise that his life suddenly ended while he was awaiting trial in his jail cell. It also came to no surprise to most, that it was deemed a suicide.

As of today, memes, jokes, and conspiracy theories continue to spread on the idea that “Epstein Did Not Kill Himself.” The general conspiracy is that Epstein was “allegedly murdered by his alleged affiliates, because they feared he would identify them.”

The Prison Guards

To make matters more interesting, two prison guards who were responsible for overseeing Epstein have now been arrested. Identified as Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, both prison guards have been accused for allegedly falsifying logs regarding their mandatory “cell checks.”

Noel faces five charges of making false entries in the official records and one count of conspiracy, facing up to thirty-years in prison if convicted. Thomas faces three counts of falsifying records and one count of conspiracy, facing up to twenty-years if convicted.

According to reports, both guards were responsible for checking on the inmates every half hour to decrease the risk of suicide and escape. However, during the night of Epstein’s death, they failed to perform their duties and were accused of being asleep on the job. Furthermore, they were also charged with falsifying official records.

A federal indictment was returned Tuesday. Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, hired an outside pathologist where it was concluded that Jeffrey’s neck fractures were more consistent with a homicide than a suicide.

And if matters aren’t already weird enough, there was no camera footage covering the area of Epstein’s cell.

Coincidence Or Crime?

Although this investigation is ongoing, many people are convinced that this story was shady from the beginning. Ever since his alleged suicide, people immediately smelt something odd. And it seems that the farther time moves forward, the more “convenient” and “mysterious” his “suicide” is.

But what does this all mean?

Assuming the conspiracy theories have any merit whatsoever, this would be one of the largest human trafficking busts in human history. Not only would it be worldwide, but it would prove that those with money and power – those who hold the highest responsibility to the safety of our society – are those very individuals who we can trust the least.

All we know now is the story is becoming too coincidental to be a coincidence. Who knows what new evidence will arise, and even scarier, who else will be incriminated.

Jeff Wren is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2018 and currently consults at LexisNexis. He has worked in criminal defense, landlord tenant, real property, copyright, and trademark law. He plans on practicing law on the side specializing in criminal defense and eventually patent law.

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