The late (?) Jeffrey Epstein

The Epstein Chronicles: More Strange Events & Circumstances

No pun intended – but the Jeffrey Epstein story just won’t die.

Even if he’s dead – which is still an open question – many aspects of his life just won’t quietly sink beneath the waves and get off the news cycle.

In addition to all the questions that have been raised about the photographs of Ghislaine Maxwell that were originally featured in the New York Post, many aspects of the Epstein case keep bubbling to the surface.

Let’s take a look at a couple of them…

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Bureau of Prisons Director Fired by Attorney General – Investigations Continue

Just yesterday, the U.S. Attorney General, William P. Barr, announced the demotion of Hugh Hurwitz, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Prison (BOP), back to his prior position as the Assistant Director of the BOP.

How in fuck Hurwitz had anything to do with the demise – or the disappearance – of Jeffrey Epstein at the Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC) is unknown.

Manhattan Correctional Center

But, in the grand tradition of governmental bureaucracy, someone has to pay for every major screw-up that becomes known to the general public (If the screw-up does not leak to the general public, there is often no punishment for any governmental staff person).

And so it is that Hugh Hurwitz is no longer the Acting Director of the BOP.

Hurwitz joins Lamine N’diaye, the former MCC warden, on the list of those whose lives have been disaffected by Epstein’s demise.

In addition to Hurwitz and N’diaye, the two MCC employees who were supposed to be checking on Epstein every 30 minutes while he was in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) at MCC have been placed on administrative leave.

At this point, the Epstein matter is being investigated by the BOP Inspector General and the FBI.

It is unlikely that either of those investigations will focus on the fact that overnight 30-minute checks on prisoners who are being kept in SHU cells rarely, if ever, really take place at MCC or any other BOP facility.

That’s just TMI right now as far as the BOP is concerned.

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Epstein Signed a New Will just Two Days Before His Demise

In yet another chapter of the too-bizarre-to-believe story about Jeffrey Epstein, it now turns out that he had signed a new will just two days before he allegedly committed suicide at MCC.

The late (?) Jeffrey Epstein signed a new will just two days before his demise. 

Epstein supposedly signed the new will on August 8th – just two days before he was found unconscious and unresponsive in his cell at MCC.

Several lawyers who are representing alleged victims of Epstein indicated that they still plan to pursue claims against Epstein’s estate. “Give his entire state to his victims. It is the only justice they can get”, urged Lisa Bloom, who represents several of Epstein’s alleged victims.

“And they deserve it”, Bloom added. “And on behalf of the Epstein victims I represent, I intend to fight for it”.

William Blum, one of the attorneys representing Epstein’s estate, was non-committal in terms of what might happen next. All he indicated is that any claims against Epstein’s estate will be “fairly administered” – which is lawyer-speak for “Our goal is to milk this tit for all we can for as long as we can – and we hope that lots of claimants come forward so we can do just that”.

One of the really fun aspects regarding Epstein’s will is that Mariel Colon Milo was one of the two witnesses who verified that Epstein actually declared it to be his last will and testament and who watched him sign it.

Milo is one of the attorneys who represented El Chapo, a previous resident in the very unit where Epstein was being housed.

How Milo came to be a witness to Epstein’s execution of the will is unknown.

When reached by phone last Monday night and asked about those circumstances, Miro simply told ABC News that she had met with Epstein on August 8th at MCC but declined to comment on the circumstances of the meeting.

According to several sources who have actually reviewed the will, Epstein instructed his executors to transfer all his property, “real and personal,” into a trust he called “The 1953 Trust”. 1953 is the year in which he was born.

The will does not name any beneficiaries of the trust, although court papers filed last week by the executors of his estate listed Epstein’s brother, Mark, as the only heir or next of kin “entitled to a share of the estate if he had left no will.”

Mark Epstein

Sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that Mark Epstein has launched his own investigation into his sibling’s death.

According to those same sources, Mark Epstein hired famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden to observe his brother’s autopsy.

According to recent court filings, Epstein’s estate was estimated to be worth $577.6 million. That included about $56.5 million in cash – as well as the following:
– Aviation assets, automobiles, and boats worth $18.5 million;

– A mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan worth nearly $56 million;

– A Paris apartment worth $8.6 million;

– A New Mexico ranch worth $17.2 million;

– A home in Palm Beach, FL worth $12.3 million;

– A private island and other holdings in the U.S. Virgin Islands with an estimated worth of $86.3 million;

– $195 million in hedge fund and private equity investments;

– $14.3 million in fixed-income assets; and

– $112.6 million in stocks.

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Vanguard Has Got to Unhappy Over the Missed Opportunity

Keith Alan Raniere AKA Vanguard, the leader of the NXIVM crime syndicate, has got to be distraught that he didn’t get a piece of Epstein’s huge estate.

Given their similar interest in raping underage girls, it’s surprising that they never met.

But just imagine what a “Dynamic Duo” they would have been –and what kinds of interesting trades they might have offered to one another.

Two birdbrains of a feather.

“I’ll give you three 12-year-old Mexican virgins for four Ukrainian 14-year-olds as long as none of the Ukrainians weighs more than 100 pounds”, Raniere might have offered.

“I’ll take that deal but only if one of the Mexican girls is Rosa Laura Junco’s daughter”, Epstein might have countered.

What a shame that Raniere and Epstein never met.

So many new stories would have written themselves if they had.

What a tragic missed opportunity…

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  • For those interested in whether Epstein died by hanging himself or was strangled by other means, you might want to get in on a You Tube video: “Epstein Strangled: An ER Doctor Weighs In.” The ER doctor gives lucid, practical information about hangings vs. strangualtions and also mentions something which “should be” obvious so far. That is the point that, as of right now,
    there have been no definitive disclosures from Epstein’s autopsy or autopsies provided to the public.

    We have received the edited, shorthand version of whatever happened to Epstein. One could say that Epstein’s death has been given the “much ado about nothing” treatment. Probably the brouhaha has been carefully scheduled and delivered to ensure that there is less chance of any “much ado about something.”

  • Off Topic Re Jeffrey Epstein and MIT professors:

    A CBS news item mentions the departure of two members of MIT faculty who took donations and allowed Epstein to invest in private equity funds that one faculty member ran.

    MIT claims the faculty members are leaving because the faculty members accepted donations.

    I personally wonder if there is something more to the story, perhaps?

    Why not just return the donations and investments to Epstein’s estate and trusts?

    Why quit your job?

    Odd…….

    Link to CBS reporting of Epstein’s ties to MIT below:

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=58&ved=2ahUKEwizt7rU7pbkAhUun-AKHbgbDz8Qke8DMDl6BAgFEAo&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Famp%2Fnews%2Fmit-media-lab-epstein-ties-cause-two-researchers-quit%2F&usg=AOvVaw00qXALYRFslEpzbTWjFAXh

  • The basic underlying fact in Epstein’s death is that the MCC has been grossly understaffed*, with guards working long shifts bordering on sleep deprivation – from studying cults, we should know what that does to judgment – and augmented by other, untrained staff. The facility has effectively been hobbled so that proper procedures and policies could not be followed under any circumstances.**

    The essential factor at work is that the resulting lack of control allowed someone to get away with something they shouldn’t have been able to – either Epstein killing himself, or someone killing Epstein. Neither is actually surprising; MCC had problems, including suicides, when it first opened, at now that it’s unable to operate properly, the re-emergence of troubles was inevitable.

    It’s not surprising that a political appointee is being sacrificed, though someone who has been in the job for just a year is not entirely to blame, if at all, for a problem years in the making. The real question is who, if anyone, in the administration is really responsible – or if there’s a sort of willful negligence at work.

    If I were concerned about something along the lines of a conspiracy, it would be that there is a more or less conscious policy drift towards turning our prisons into primitive gulags more resembling those in places like Putin’s Russia or Duterte’s Phillipines, where the deaths of prisoners is commonplace, and there’s no longer any accountability for whether deaths are accidental or deliberate.

    * Staff shortages have required that even prisoners be pressed into work:

    Who Was Watching Epstein? Suicide Watch At MCC Often Staffed By Inmate Observers
    “At MCC, there are five holding cells designated in the Psych Unit and outside of each cell is a person with a pen and a notebook who watches the inmate through a glass portal of the solid steel door.”
    “I never watched anyone as high profile as Epstein, but I can tell you that I never saw any staff person perform a single watch on any inmate while I was at MCC. It was always someone from the Cadre on watch.”
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2019/08/12/who-was-watching-epstein-suicide-watch-at-mcc-often-staffed-by-inmate-observers/

    * This has been a known, worsening problem, for example:

    BOP STAFFING,MCC NEW YORK CONDITIONS, DRAW MEDIA SCRUTINY – UPDATE FOR JUNE 27, 2018
    “Cuts are occurring even though Congress increased the BOP budget for salaries and expenses by $106 million this year, and lawmakers have called for hiring more COs. As of March, there were 15,927 officers in federal prisons.

    A BOP press officer said the cuts “will not have a negative impact on public safety or on our ability to maintain a safe environment for staff and inmates.” But assaults on prison staff have risen more than 8% last year over the previous year.”
    https://www.lisa-legalinfo.com/2018/06/27/4773/

  • Found this poll conducted by Dr. Ron Faucheux of Certus Insights for Lunchtime Politics interesting.

    LUNCHTIME POLITICS EXCLUSIVE: EPSTEIN’S DEATH
    Dr. Ron Faucheux – Certus Insights
    Among adults nationwide

    Based on what you’ve heard, seen or read, do you think Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide, or do you think he was murdered?

    Committed suicide: 37%
    Murdered: 35%
    Not sure: 29%

    RON’S COMMENT: Despite reports that Epstein took his own life, Americans are split on whether Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide or was murdered. More Republicans think Epstein was murdered (40%) than do Democrats (32%) or independents (33%). The survey was conducted by Certus Insights.

    IF ANSWERED “COMMITTED SUICIDE,” THEN ASKED: Do you think Epstein was able to kill himself because prison guards intentionally gave him the opportunity to do it––yes or no?

    Yes: 53%
    No: 24%
    Not sure: 23%

    RON’S COMMENT: A 53% majority of those who say Epstein killed himself, according to this new Certus poll, thinks he was able to do so because prison guards intentionally gave him the opportunity to do so. More Republicans think prison guards gave him the opportunity than do Democrats (61% vs. 49%).

    IF ANSWERED “MURDERED,” THEN ASKED: Do you think that a well-known public figure had Epstein killed to stop him from testifying against them––yes or no?

    Yes: 83%
    No: 3%
    Not sure: 14%

    RON’S COMMENT: An overwhelming 83% majority of those who think Epstein was murdered believe that a “well-known public figure had Epstein killed to stop him from testifying” against them. There was no difference between Democrats or Republicans on this question.

    SOURCE: https://mailchi.mp/certusinsights.com/lunchtime-politics-exclusive-polling-on-epsteins-death-wrong-track-trump-and-the-economy-biden

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