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Jeffrey Epstein Death: A Little Skepticism is Warranted

Jeffrey Epstein, mugshot
Jeffrey Epstein mugshot provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry on August 6, 2019. Photo credit: © TNS via ZUMA Wire
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How and why did Jeffrey Epstein die? Did he commit suicide to escape an embarrassing trial and a lengthy prison sentence as a child rapist? Or did he know too much about too many powerful people who did not want to be implicated? In any case, any serious person would admit that the timing was most convenient.

It is also curious that he supposedly attempted suicide once before. So shouldn’t the authorities at a federal facility have been monitoring him? Amazingly, Epstein reportedly had been taken off  “suicide watch” a few days ago. Could somebody whose power extended into a federal prison have used that first attempt as cover for an “involuntary suicide?”

Are we allowed even to talk about such possibilities? Ever since the CIA in 1967 issued a memo recommending the use of terms like “conspiracy theorist” to discourage inquiries in non-consensus directions, the corporate media has marched in lockstep to that tune.

It has continuously deployed this disparaging term to cast a cloud over a diverse range of individuals who have  nothing in common. These range from those who accept the most outrageous default explanation for almost everything, to serious investigators who wonder if it is possible that, say, every powerful politician in America has been killed by a “lone nut” —  this, while in other countries, people assume a reasonable probability that more may have been going on.

Besides, we know that actual conspiracies happen all the time.  Just a few examples of notorious conspiracies include long-denied and covered-up but ultimately documented plots by America’s intelligence services in which elected foreign leaders were deposed and murdered. Then there are large conspiracies of the sort found in the Iran-Contra Affair. And all the price-fixing conspiracies. And of course the stuff of “true crime,” in which everyone from spouses and lovers to business partners and enemies get together with others and secretly work out how to snuff someone.

What of Epstein? Does he seem like the sort that someone else might want out of the way?

Not only did association with him hang over a former and a current president, a corporate titan, and a member of the British royal family, but also all manner of wealthy and famous people, plus a particularly voluble and litigious lawyer and constant TV talking head.

Also, anyone who has looked at Epstein’s relationships and inner circle over the years has to wonder if his operation was ultimately about blackmail. Besides domestic possibilities, it must be noted that intelligence services of other countries, including notably Israel and Russia, were either prospectively connected to the Epstein circle or were at least aware of the implications of the kind of information Epstein had, and its value. Not to mention things we’ve heard, including the possibility that Epstein’s premises were wired for surveillance.

It took years for the Epstein story, already well known to many journalists, to make its way to the public. The federal authorities went suspiciously easy on Epstein until recently.

Can we now please have some real, fearless, investigation without those who dig deeper being called names for doing our jobs?

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9 responses to “Jeffrey Epstein Death: A Little Skepticism is Warranted”

  1. Avatar diane says:

    It is possible he is still alive or was murdered. Suicide I do not believe this happen.

  2. Avatar Mary Lou says:

    It is possible that he is still alive. Also he could have been murdered. Suicide, I don’t believe that happened. This man was totally self absorbed, and would not have killed himself.

    I also believe Donald Trump, belongs to a group of wealthy people that gets their jollies off targeting and harassing people. Such as Stormy Daniel threat, of being killed and not able to raise her daughter if she talked.

  3. Avatar james warren says:

    Remember Stormy Daniel’s story about encountering a man in a mall parking lot who threatened her and her daughter?

    “A guy walked up on me and said to me: ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,’” Clifford said. “Then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl — it’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.”

  4. Avatar Peter Janney says:

    Russ Baker “hits the nail on the head” here. I dare say the finger prints of intelligence are all over this event, which is a huge opportunity for real investigative journalism now. Will we get to the truth here, or will we have to endure another “Warren Commission Report” . . .? We cannot allow this to happen!

    • Avatar Charlie Janney says:

      I agree with my distant cousin Peter (comment above) that this is a story that clearly has (as the late Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker said – of Lee Harvey Oswald) the “fingerprints of intelligence are all over” it. Those in the truth community who want to scientifically investigate our inaccurate history (to foster a more healthy society) must demand a very thorough real time investigation of Mr. Epstein’s “suicide”. As the recent WhoWhatWhy podcast – about the likely involvement of the CIA in the Charles Manson murders in 1969 (through their MKUltra program) demonstrated – inaccurate history causes much mischief. And I suggest that it’s no coincidence that Vincent Bugliosi was deeply involved with the obfuscation related to Manson, as he was with the ocean of misinformation that has been created related to the JFK Assassination.

    • Avatar Peter Janney says:

      Dear Charlie – I did not know you existed until now! Your comments above are very articulate. Please contact me at some point, would love to meet you (contact info at:

  5. Avatar JCLincoln says:

    All those girls were the daughters of loving moms and dads.

  6. Avatar Chris Patton says:

    To me, the most logical explanation for the whole affair is that Epstein was essentially the manager of a blackmail operation that was funded by and used for the benefit of an intelligence agency or agencies, most likely the CIA and or Mossad. If it were to get out that elements within our government use pedophile rings as a means of generating blackmail on powerful people, which is used to manipulate and control them for the purpose of espionage, etc… I think what was underlying this case was much more important than is being reported and I find it troubling that the media is unanimously decrying as irresponsible any suggestion of conspiracy, even though NO DETAILS WHATSOEVER have been released about the alleged suicide.

  7. Avatar MacKenzie says:

    Or how about the possibility that they faked Epstein’s death and transported him out of the prison? That would prevent him from a trial (that powerful people didn’t want to happen). Also, there was talk that he “belonged to intelligence” so who knows how deep this goes.