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The Epstein Enigma

According to the official narrative, on Aug. 10, 2019, Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire playboy charged with sex-trafficking minors, committed suicide in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. Only a third of Americans actually believe this narrative, according to polling.

What’s captured the public’s attention is the combination of Epstein’s apparent rapidly acquired wealth with three other key factors: sex trafficking of minors, extensive surveillance equipment on his properties, and the politically powerful people with whom he consorted.

Epstein started out as a teacher at the prestigious Dalton School. After being dismissed for poor performance, he was hired by Bear Stearns in 1976 as a junior assistant to a floor trader and shot up through the ranks. In four years, Epstein made partner. In 1981 he left to start his own money-management firm exclusively for billionaires. By 2000, Epstein was a billionaire himself.

In 2005, a woman contacted the Palm Beach Police Department alleging that her 14-year-old stepdaughter had been lured to Epstein’s local mansion to strip and give him a massage. As the investigation commenced, prosecutors for the Southern District of Florida allegedly had identified 36 other potential victims. Meanwhile, the Miami Herald “identified as many as 80 alleged victims.”

On June 30, 2008, Epstein...

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