There are shades of the old ‘Jack the Ripper’ conspiracy theories about this.
Back in the day, one of the theories about Jack was that the Whitechapel murderer was cleaning up the mess left by an errant member of the Royal Family who had enjoyed the company of ladies of the night, to the point where he managed to get one of them with child (as the saying goes). So a member of the Establishment (or several) was sent out to eliminate this person in a way that would not obviously implicate the royals.
It’s a good story. Who knows?
Today, we learn that financier Jeffrey Epstein, imprisoned on suspicion of supplying under-age girls to perform sex acts on visitors to his Manhattan and Florida mansions, has been found dead in his cell.
By a curious coincidence, today we also learned that Prince Andrew was accused of being a participant in one of these occasions.
Here’s how the BBC described it:
The accusation is contained in documents from a 2015 defamation case.
The court papers were released on Friday, a day before wealthy US financier Epstein was found dead in his prison cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Contained in the defamation case papers is an allegation by a woman called Johanna Sjoberg that Prince Andrew touched her breast while they sat on a couch in Epstein’s Manhattan apartment in 2001.
Buckingham Palace has said that any suggestion of impropriety between Prince Andrew and “underage minors” is “categorically untrue”.
But the demise of Epstein just one day after details of the allegation were released to the public has been like a red rag to certain social media bulls.
“Jeffrey Epstein suicide?” This from Sonia Poulton on Facebook.
“Bit convenient for a man with paedophile links to the rich and famous – from celebrity to royalty – to die in custody.
“The case will die with him because no one else was charged. And that’s the way it goes. That’s how the rich and powerful continue to get away with raping children. No time for polite words.
“I don’t believe this news. He was on suicide watch FFS. Paedophiles & their accomplices lie.”
Political Provocateur (who created the image above) suggested this: “The establishment will do their most to keep the truth behind this well and truly hidden. Was it suicide? I doubt it. If he is dead, you can be sure his body will be cremated quickly without an autopsy to determine the cause of death. There is also a possibility that his death could be staged. People like him with power and money can buy anything – including their freedom.”
“Epstein could have brought down government and monarchy. That’s some big s**t. Despite being on suicide watch he’s dead.”
“BREAKING: Buckingham Palace denies accusations Duke of York once had 10,000 men. More soon …”
“And poor Fergie was left sucking toes..”
“I wonder who his death is down to – the royals or the establishment? I sure as hell don’t believe it was suicide!”
“All files will now be conveniently ‘LOST”!”
It goes on and on.
And I think, like ‘Jack the Ripper’, this case will never be solved to anybody’s satisfaction.
With Epstein’s death, the case against him will be closed. In any case, he’s undoubtedly the only one who knew exactly what happened and who was involved.
Nobody will know the facts. But everybody will have a theory.
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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