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.
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All the media reports I’ve seen so far suggest that Epstein had been on suicide watch but was NOT on suicide watch the night he died. Given an earlier attempt, why was he not? Allegedly, US custody requires a lengthy paper trail.
The AG has announced an enquiry into the circumstances: cynical me thinks that’s an excellent way of owning the information flow and controlling the damage.
Wonder if anyone will start asking Ghislaine Maxwell (allegedly Epstein’s procurer) difficult questions? Or will she have “an accident” like her papa “falling” from a boat named after her?
My thoughts too Jon – will be interesting to see if Ghislaine Maxwell surfaces once again.
We have every reason to be suspicious when all the right-wing press make this their front page story.
Mis-directing the focus on to the “untouchable” UK Royalty convenirntly keeps the spotlight away from the likes of Trump who, despite moving in the same circles denies any connection to the man.
Even the NewYork Mayor is calling the suicide far too convenient.
Somewhat surprised to see such garbage on your website Mike.
Everyone has different tastes, Tony.
Although the criminal case against Epstein dies with him, I understand that civil cases against his (considerable) estate can still be brought by victims seeking compensation. So Trump, and others, who were friends /associates of Epstein , may still be anxious about it as many of the papers relating to the criminal matters will be available to the civil Courts.
It is perhaps a sign of how moral standards in political life have been deliberately eroded in the USA (and the UK?) when the internet is awash with photos of Epstein and Trump together, clearly enjoying each others company. When their long friendship and involvement in “model agencies”, their enjoyment of “parties” on luxury yachts, has been documented well before Trump had political ambitions, yet the Press and pundits seem to demand the most rigorous proof before even suspecting Trump of wrong doing. Am I missing something when I say that, even only 20 years ago, all this would have destroyed Trump’s political career completely?
Well, as I was told many decades ago, “the Establishment always looks after the Establishment.” In this case on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Trump had also been implicated…so had other rich and famous people. I doubt the royals would have had to lift a finger to get this case closed.
Hmmmm yep about right
Re autopsy. It was reported that a representative of Epstein’s family was also present at the autopsy….just thought I’d put that here. Also, is anyone really surprised by this? Far to many rich men involved including Trump who, apparently was quite happy for a 16yr old girl to work as a masseuse at Mar a Largo🤔.