On July 6, 2019, American financier, “philanthropist,” and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested (again). He is charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York.
We began covering the story when it broke and will continue to publish updates as more details are released.
To read part 1 of our Epstein coverage, click here: An Unbiased Look at What We Know About the Epstein Scandal So Far
To read part 2, click here: More CONFIRMED Information on Jeffrey Epstein, His Homes, and His Powerful Friends
Some of you may be wondering why a preparedness website is publishing articles about Epstein. There are several reasons we have decided to report on this horrifying case. One is that current events matter when it comes to preparedness. It is possible that eventually, many prominent world leaders and public figures will be implicated in this scandal. This could cause chaos and rioting.
Another reason is that sex trafficking is a growing problem, globally. It is important to understand this so we can all keep our loved ones safe. Awareness is the first step to solving or preventing problems like this.
As a journalist, it is my job to report facts, no matter how unpleasant. Here, I will share all of the documented information I can find on Epstein. I will do my best to report accurately and without bias. (I am non-partisan and my goal is always to expose the truth, no matter how painful).
This article contains content that may be upsetting to some readers. Reader discretion is advised.
Jeffrey Epstein was denied bail this week.
Government’s evidence that Epstein is a danger to the community is “clear and convincing.”
Epstein’s attraction to young girls “appears likely to be uncontrollable.”
Defense argument that it’s “not like [Epstein is] an out-of-control rapist” doesn’t fly because, in the judge’s words, “it seems fair to say that Mr. Epstein’s future behavior will be consistent with past behavior.” Berman then pointed to the discovery of a “trove” of lewd photos of young-looking women or girls found during the raid of Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse.
“Photographic trophies of his victims and other young females” suggests Epstein “poses ‘ongoing and forward-looking danger.’”
Judge bolded evidence of witness intimidation and threats.
Judge notes that, despite the defense pointing to Epstein’s New Mexico behavior, Epstein has “challenged his sex offender ‘level’ in at least one jurisdiction since 2008 in an effort to minimize his reporting obligations.” Berman also noted reports saying Epstein was allowed by NYPD to skip mandatory sex offender check-in.
The pretrial service report listed myriad reasons Epstein is a flight risk; judge says Epstein is a “classic” flight risk.
Judge: the Government’s evidence against Epstein “appears strong” for numerous reasons.
Given the “totality of the circumstances,” the government has met its burden to keep Epstein jailed. (source)
This morning, it was announced that at least two more accusers have come forward since Epstein was denied bail.
During a search of Epstein’s NY home, investigators say they found dozens of loose diamonds, $70,000 in cash and a trove of sexually suggestive pictures. They also found a fake Austrian passport with Epstein’s picture listing an address in Saudi Arabia.
Many questions about Epstein remain unanswered.
Why did he fly back to the US from Paris on July 6? He must have known he’d be arrested. Was a deal of some kind already in the works?
Did he sell one of his jets in June 2019, as his lawyers claim? If so, why?
Little Saint James is home to a very odd structure. No one seems to know what exactly the building is, but there is a lot of speculation going on (as with most things Epstein), as we discussed in a previous article. Up-close drone footage of the structure (and the rest of the island) is viewable here.
Why did Epstein’s private jets criss-cross the globe every third day, most often between airports near his properties in the United States and France? According to an Insider report:
Epstein’s Gulfstream jets flew to Slovakia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom — sometimes for only a few hours
The same flight data gathered by ADSExchange places Epstein’s jets in a number of other countries and cities:
- On January 23, 2018, the Gulfstream IV flew from Paris to London, and returned two days later.
- On March 22, 2019, the Gulfstream GV-SP flew from Paris to Bratislava, Slovakia, and returned 5 hours later.
- On March 27, 2019, the Gulfstream GV-SP flew from Paris to Nice, and returned 4 hours later.
- On April 8, 2019, the Gulfstream IV flew from Atlanta to Durango, Mexico, and returned five days later.
- On April 25, 2019, the Gulfstream GV-SP flew from Paris to Rabat, Morocco, and returned 9 hours later. (source)
It is being reported that the government is going to release 2,000 pages of incriminating documents soon. What will those documents reveal?
In “It’s Going to Be Staggering, the Amount of Names”: As the Jeffrey Epstein Case Grows More Grotesque, Manhattan and DC Brace for Impact, Gabriel Sherman writes that “a wave of panic is rippling through Manhattan, DC, and Palm Beach, as Epstein’s former friends and associates rush to distance themselves, while gossiping about who might be ensnared”:
The questions about Epstein are metastasizing much faster than they can be answered: Who knew what about Epstein’s alleged abuse? How, and from whom, did Epstein get his supposed $500 million fortune? Why did Acosta grant Epstein an outrageously lenient non-prosecution agreement? (And what does it mean that Acosta was reportedly told Epstein “belonged to intelligence”?) But among the most pressing queries is which other famous people might be exposed for committing sex crimes. “There were other business associates of Mr. Epstein’s who engaged in improper sexual misconduct at one or more of his homes. We do know that,” said Brad Edwards, a lawyer for Courtney Wild, one of the Epstein accusers who gave emotional testimony at Epstein’s bail hearing. “In due time the names are going to start coming out.” (source)
Who will Epstein take down with him? Will he get a lighter sentence (he is currently facing 45 years in prison, which is essentially a life sentence for the 66-year-old) if he gives up names? Will the names be hidden from the public?
Sherman goes on to explain that we may know more very soon:
Likely within days, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will release almost 2,000 pages of documents that could reveal sexual abuse by “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders,” according to the three-judge panel’s ruling. The documents were filed during a civil defamation lawsuit brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a former Mar-a-Lago locker-room attendant, against Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. “Nobody who was around Epstein a lot is going to have an easy time now. It’s all going to come out,” said Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies. Another person involved with litigation against Epstein told me: “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.” (source)
Did all of the people who associated with Epstein know what kind of person he allegedly is? It has been said that Epstein “collected people.”
In that article, Sherman details how Epstein “remained a fixture in elite circles even after he was a registered sex offender”:
A few years ago, for example, he was a guest at a dinner in Palo Alto hosted by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman for the MIT neuroscientist Ed Boyden. At the dinner, Elon Musk introduced Epstein to Mark Zuckerberg. (“Mark met Epstein in passing one time at a dinner honoring scientists that was not organized by Epstein,” Zuckerberg spokesman Ben LaBolt told me. “Mark did not communicate with Epstein again following the dinner.”)
In an email, Elon Musk responded: “I don’t recall introducing Epstein to anyone, as I don’t know the guy well enough to do so, Epstein is obviously a creep and Zuckerberg is not a friend of mine. Several years ago, I was at his house in Manhattan for about 30 minutes in the middle of the afternoon with Talulah [Riley], as she was curious about meeting this strange person for a novel she was writing. We did not see anything inappropriate at all, apart from weird art. He tried repeatedly to get me to visit his island. I declined.” (source)
Musk’s comment about Epstein repeatedly trying to get him to visit his island leads me to this question: Did Epstein invite Musk to visit his island so he could later blackmail him?
How many other high-profile people were invited to Epstein’s island but declined the offer, one has to wonder?
Vicky Ward, the journalist who wrote the 2003 Vanity Fair profile of Epstein, told Slate that “You got the feeling that his friends weren’t real friends — he owned them — that he was the kind of man who collected information about people and then used it over them.” Ward has also offered a more scathing assessment, saying, “What is so amazing to me is how his entire social circle knew about this and just blithely overlooked it … all mentioned the girls, as an aside.”
In her 2003 profile of Epstein, Ward wrote the following (emphasis is mine):
A few of the handful of current friends who have known him since the early 1980s recall that he used to tell them he was a “bounty hunter,” recovering lost or stolen money for the government or for very rich people. He has a license to carry a firearm. For the last 15 years, he’s been running his business, J. Epstein & Co.
Since Leslie Wexner appeared in his life—Epstein has said this was in 1986; others say it was in 1989, at the earliest—he has gradually, in a way that has not generally made headlines, come to be accepted by the Establishment. He’s a member of various commissions and councils: he is on the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of International Education. (source)
And, in that article, Ward mentions another prominent name that may be familiar to those who are following recent sex trafficking cases:
In 1981 the S.E.C.’s Jonathan Harris and Robert Blackburn took Epstein’s testimony and that of other Bear Stearns employees in part of what became a protracted case about insider trading around a tender offer placed on March 11, 1981, by the Seagram Company Ltd. for St. Joe Minerals Corp. Ultimately several Italian and Swiss investors were found guilty, including Italian financier Giuseppe Tome, who had used his relationship with Seagram owner Edgar Bronfman Sr. to obtain information about the tender offer. (source)
Is Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking operation linked to NXIVM?
Edgar Bronfman Jr is listed in Epstein’s infamous Little Black Book. Back in April, his sister, Clare Bronfman, “pleaded guilty in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group’s self-anointed spiritual leader,” CBS News reported:
Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone who was living in the U.S. illegally for unpaid “labor and services” and that she committed credit card fraud on behalf of Keith Raniere, the lead of a group called NXIVM.
As part of a plea agreement, Bronfman agreed to forfeit $6 million from a fortune prosecutors say is worth $200 million. She faces more than two years in prison at sentencing on July 25.
The plea means Bronfman will avoid going to trial early next month with Raniere, who’s facing conspiracy charges alleging that his inner circle of loyalists created a secret society of women who were forced to have unwanted sex with him. Prosecutors say some of the women were branded with his initials as part of their initiation.
An accountant for the group, Kathy Russell, also pleaded guilty on Friday to a fraud charge. She joined three other NXIVM insiders besides Bronfman who have also pleaded guilty. (source)
Twitter user TheSharpEdge also noticed the possible Epstein-NXIVM connection, noting that Bronfman Jr’s listing in Epstein’s Little Black Book says “Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Lexa Partners, LLC.” TheSharpEdge tried to find information on Lexa Partners, LLC and came up rather empty-handed:
Just upon my initial search, very little is known about Lexa Partners.
It’s described as a management venture capital group based in NY City.
And the only known staff member I can find was Edgar Bronfman Jr himself (Chairman, CEO)
TheSharpEdge also posted this image, which depicts the possible ties between Epstein and NXIVM:
The Bronfman family’s story goes way back, as chronicled by Whitney Webb of Mint Press News in Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case. Here’s a brief excerpt from that report:
Years later, Samuel Bronfman’s children and grandchildren, their family’s ties to the criminal underworld intact, would later go on to associate closely with Leslie Wexner, allegedly the source of much of Epstein’s mysterious wealth, and other mob-linked “philanthropists,” and some would even manage their own sexual blackmail operations, including the recently busted blackmail-based “sex cult” NXIVM. The later generations of the Bronfman family, particularly Samuel Bronfman’s sons Edgar and Charles, will be discussed in greater detail in Part II of this report. (source)
Are the Clintons involved with sex trafficking?
According to Law & Crime, “In total, people connected to NXIVM reportedly donated $29,000 to Clinton’s presidential campaign.”
It is no secret that Epstein and the Clintons know each other – quite well, in fact. Epstein donated money to the Clinton Foundation even after his conviction. Former President Bill Clinton was a frequent flyer on Epstein’s infamous jet, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights. Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged partner-in-crime, attended Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.
Epstein once claimed he co-founded the Clinton Foundation, FoxNews reported:
Attorneys for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein touted his close friendship with Bill Clinton and even claimed the billionaire helped start Clinton’s controversial family foundation in a 2007 letter aimed at boosting his image during plea negotiations, FoxNews.com has learned.
The 23-page letter, written by high-powered lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Gerald Lefcourt, was apparently part of an ultimately successful bid to negotiate a plea deal before Epstein could be tried for using underage girls in a sex ring based in Palm Beach, Fla., and his private island estate on the 72-acre Virgin Islands home dubbed “Orgy Island.” Epstein spent 13 months in prison and home detention after agreeing to a plea deal in which he admitted to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.
“Mr. Epstein was part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative, which is described as a project ‘bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” read the July 2007 letter to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Florida. “Focuses of this initiative include poverty, climate change, global health, and religious and ethnic conflicts.”
Attorneys describe the foundation, which has undergone name changes since its formation in 2005, as designed “to convene world leaders, forward-looking CEOs, and philanthropists to commit to take action on pressing global challenges.” (source)
It has long been speculated that the Clintons are involved in human trafficking. Investigative journalist Corey Lynn has put together a timeline of the Clintons’ child-related activities and suggests that readers “use their own discernment in determining what they believe to be truth, or until further information is revealed.” To read her report, click here: Are Bill & Hillary Clinton Involved with Child Trafficking?
One Clinton associate listed in Lynn’s report – George Nader – was arrested yesterday:
George Nader, a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, has been charged in a new federal indictment with transporting a 14-year-old boy for sex, child porn, and carrying obscene materials into the United States. (source)
Who else knows the truth about Epstein?
On July 9, The Washington Post reported that “Even as dozens of women were looking to police, prosecutors and courts to hold Epstein to account for his alleged sexual abuses, a stunning list of contacts and, in some cases, defenders across the worlds of Hollywood moviemaking, medical research, diplomacy, finance, politics, and law.”
Epstein’s black book of contacts — the printed phone directory that his Palm Beach butler, Alfredo Rodriguez, stole and that later was obtained by the FBI — includes Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger; more than a dozen aides to Clinton; other celebrities such as Alec Baldwin, Naomi Campbell and Jimmy Buffett; media titans such as Rupert Murdoch, Conrad Black and Michael Bloomberg; business magnates such as Richard Branson, Steve Forbes and Edgar Bronfman Jr.; Kennedys, Rockefellers and Rothschilds; lords and ladies; ambassadors and senators.
The book lists 16 phone numbers for the Duke of York and his aides, and 18 for the Duchess of York and her court.
There are Democrats and Republicans, movie stars and movie moguls, an Israeli prime minister (Ehud Barak) and Saudi royals (Bandar and Salman), prime ministers and fellow billionaires. The list includes Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and sex counselor Dr. Ruth Westheimer, comic John Cleese and director Julie Taymor, and TV journalists Barbara Walters and Mike Wallace. (source)
Yesterday, Bloomberg Businessweek published a report that diagrams a partial accounting of Epstein’s entanglements. To read that report and view the diagrams, click here: The Complicated Orbit of Jeffrey Epstein
In his Vanity Fair piece, Sherman writes,
In the absence of much other information, the reigning theory on Wall Street currently is that Epstein’s activities with women and girls were central to the building of his fortune, and his relations with some of his investors essentially amounted to blackmail.
Similarly, DC is on edge. “Epstein bragged about his contacts in Washington,” Boies said. Reporters are likely to dig into why the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Epstein and kept the deal secret from his victims. One theory circulating among prominent Republicans is that Epstein was a Mossad agent. Another is that the George W. Bush White House directed Acosta not to prosecute Epstein to protect Prince Andrew on behalf of the British government, then the U.S.’s closest ally in the Iraq war. “The royal family did everything they could to try and discredit the Prince Andrew stuff,” Boies told me. “When we tried to follow up with anything, we were stonewalled. We wanted to interview him, they were unwilling to do anything.” (Prince Andrew could not be reached for comment). (source)
What do you think?
Will Epstein face actual time for his crimes if he is found guilty? Will he bring down others with him? How widespread do you think his alleged network is? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
About the Author
Dagny Taggart is the pseudonym of an experienced journalist who needs to maintain anonymity to keep her job in the public eye. Dagny is non-partisan and aims to expose the half-truths, misrepresentations, and blatant lies of the MSM.