Netflix just premiered a new series about Jeffrey Epstein, providing a number of the millionaire’s accusers a public forum his death deprived them of. The trailers suggest a dicey, steamy saga of sexcapades and even assaults. The series will raise as many questions as it answers. Mysteries remain, and they involve more than his sexual deeds.
Do we know who Epstein really was? In 2007 Epstein got a definitely sweet plea deal, considering he was accused of human trafficking and the victims were minors. Alexander Acosta, who would serve various US presidents including President Donald Trump, was the federal attorney in Miami at the time, and he handled the Epstein case.
Talking Points Memo, citing The Daily Beast as a source, reported remarks made by Acosta about the deal Epstein got:
“He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition…”
Acosta’s remarks aren’t the only fuel for mystery. Epstein had parked a lot of money in the US Virgin Islands because he knew doing that would dramatically lower his federal income taxes. He had the best of both worlds with that tactic because his wealth was still under the auspices of US financial and banking sectors.
Adding more intrigue, The Daily Mail (UK) reported on May 25, “A website created to find the heirs of deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein has heard from as many as 130 people claiming to be his children.” As it now stands, it looks like the only proven heir is Epstein’s brother.
Epstein’s accusers also likely hope to be compensated in some way.
Another story published by the BBC makes the Epstein mystery even murkier:
“The former financier put all of his holdings into a trust called The 1953 Trust, according to a copy of the will published by the New York Post. He signed the document on 8 August.”
Two days later, Epstein was dead, allegedly by suicide.
I haven’t seen the Netflix series yet; I’m not sure if I’ll watch. One thing I do know. There’s enough mystery surrounding this guy who partied and invested with the rich and famous to call into question everything we think we know.
Was Epstein an intel asset? Was Epstein who we think he was, and was he dead by suicide or something more nefarious? I could watch a series that tackles all that. Epstein may be dead, but in addition to millions, he left behind a slew of questions that will probably never be answered. Even the great Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t be able to crack this case.
1) US Virgin Islands (featured photo): CIA World Fact Book
2) Charles Frohman presents William Gillette in his new four act drama, Sherlock Holmes; Poster from Metropolitan Printing Company, NY, 1900. US Library of Congress.
(Kay B. Day/May 28, 2020)
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