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Who exactly was Jeffrey Epstein? A history of the mogul and his crimes

Who is Jeffrey Epstein? Why do people not believe that he committed suicide? Here’s everything you need to know about Jeffrey Epstein.

Who exactly was Jeffrey Epstein? A history of the mogul and his crimes

If you don’t pay much attention to the news until recently, then chances are you’re a bit confused by Jeffrey Epstein and just what he did. Who is Jeffrey Epstein? Why do people not believe that he committed suicide? Why was Jeffrey Epstein in jail? While we’ve covered many, many, many aspects of Epstein and he’s crimes, it’s time for some back to basics facts.

Who is Jeffrey Epstein exactly? The story is complicated, sordid, and terrible on so many levels. Jeffrey Epstein was a predator in life. While many people focus on his death, the actions that preceded it should be given your due attention. Here’s everything you need to know, just the basic facts, about who Jeffrey Epstein was in life.

Who is Jeffrey Epstein?

Jeffrey Epstein was an investment banker, who, specifically, had clientele with “assets worth more than $1 billion”. Epstein operated his business in the US Virgin Islands for tax reasons. Epstein himself was also quite wealthy, but the source of that wealth remains pretty unknown. 

Still appearances matter, Epstein had cultivated an image with his townhouse, his large charitable donations, and worked with people such as Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Queen Elizabeth’s son Prince Andrew. Epstein, however, also had a criminal past and this is where things get dark.

What did Jeffrey Epstein do?

Jeffrey Epstein was a registered sex offender. In 2008, Epstein pled guilty to felony charge of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He served 13 and registered as a sex offender. 

Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sex trafficking in New Jersey after returning to the US from France. According to the indictment, Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations.”

 

The indictment continued that Epstein “paid certain of his victims to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused.” The indictment also alleged that some of Epstein’s victims were as young as 14. After Epstein’s arrest, a search of his New York residence found nude photographs of underage girls.

He was denied bail.

What about the suicide?

If there is something you’ve heard about Jeffrey Epstein, then chances are it had to do around his suicide. On July 24, 2019, Epstein was found injured in his cell. In Aug. 2019, Epstein died of what was ruled a suicide. The Federal Bureau of Prisons released the following statement:

“On Saturday, August 10, 2019, at approximately 6:30 a.m., inmate Jeffrey Edward Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit from an apparent suicide at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York, New York. Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. 

Staff requested emergency medical services (EMS) and life-saving efforts continued. Mr. Epstein was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, and subsequently pronounced dead by hospital staff.”

Conspiracy theories popped up pretty much immediately. People believed that Epstein’s high profile social circle wanted him silenced forever. Others believed that it was due to Epstein’s own thoughts regarding eugenics and transhumanism that led to his death. Or, as a good part of the population believed, Epstein killed himself rather than being convicted and sent to prison.

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Bec Heim is a freelance writer who has contributed and edited for sites like NetflixLife, ScreenRant, and 4 Your Excitement. When not talking and writing about pop culture (especially superheroes or any show with a paranormal bent), she is usually tackling her mountain of books, writing scripts or stories, or listening to podcasts.

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