The death of Jefferey Epstein on August 10th was one of the internet’s hottest topics of 2019, especially in the wake of the coroner’s examination determining a death by suicide, despite being put on (and eventually taken off of) suicide watch. In the two months that have followed, little has been discussed among major media agencies about the claim, or many other aspects of one of America’s most evil men.
Melissa Cronin has been reporting on Mr. Epstein since 2014 when documents regarding some of his crimes became available and continued reporting through his death. She is the author of an upcoming book and currently running podcast discussing the research regarding the documents available before and now after his death.
Late yesterday, she hosted a Q&A regarding Epstein, providing some extremely interesting statements that are worth sharing to readers. Please note that the statements and thoughts are of the author, and not of Scioto Post or its staff.
Question #1: Since you’re paying closer attention than most of us, what do you have to say about Epstein’s reported suicide?
Answer: I’ll go there! And if I turn up dead in the next few weeks you all can avenge me ; ) This would be a good time to note that everything I’m saying here is my opinion and not the beliefs of my employers or business partners, etc etc…
So pretty much _every_ single person we have talked to believes it was not a suicide. At this point, I agree.
First, I do not think that suicide fits with Epstein’s character. He always believed he was above the law, and death is the ultimate justice that no one can escape. I find it hard to believe he’d submit to that willingly. Yes, he would be escaping the legal system in doing so, but there are other ways to do that…
Second, I believe that the Occam’s Razor, in this case, points to a hit. Suicide is not the easiest explanation. How did someone who’d supposedly tried to kill themselves just days before get the time and space to go through with it? Why were the security cameras malfunctioning? Why did the guards skip their check-ins? There are too many unexplained variables for a simple suicide, I believe.
In our reporting for the podcast, we actually found and talked to a man who was in a cell across from Epstein’s the night of his first “suicide attempt” and witnessed at all. We’ll play that interview in an upcoming episode. He has a lot to say about how the guards treated Epstein, and that has definitely influenced my thinking…
Question #2: I’m so confounded as to why there isn’t an absolute army of investigative journalists covering this. What are the barriers?
Answer: First, it’s hard because this case has been so buried.
When I first started reporting this case in 2014/2015, the authorities in FL made simple records request a total nightmare, giving me the runaround for years. “The FBI actually has those records, why don’t you ask them. They said we have the records? Oh wait, we do have those records but they washed away in a hurricane…etc etc etc.” You might have seen that American Media actually had to sue the FBI at one point to try to get at the files.
In cases like this, making a few phone calls won’t cut it. Our reporter Marjorie Hernandez hounded the authorities in PB for months to get the victim interview footage you hear in our next episode.
And we actually sent a reporter out to New Mexico to dig into the Zorro Ranch compound. To my knowledge, no one else has devoted the time or resources there that we did. When she met former employees there, they told her that they’d all had to sign confidentiality agreements. It took a lot of great work by our reporter Katy Forrester to help them feel comfortable speaking out.
That leads me to the second point: It’s hard because everyone involved is so scared.
Almost everyone close to the case has been scared for decades: of Epstein, of his powerful friends, of the authorities, etc. Some of these people have obviously felt emboldened by his death, but the reality is that his power lives on in his co-conspirators. When we spoke to Epstein’s former chauffeur for the podcast, for example, he insisted on conditions of anonymity because he is still afraid for his life.
It takes a lot of work on our reporting team’s part to help people feel safe in this process, and it takes a lot of courage on behalf of the sources to decide this story is important enough to go and risk everything.
Question #3: Do we expect to hear of any prominent people getting prosecuted or will most be protected?
Answer: More prominent people will be prosecuted. The US Atty’s office for the Southern District of New York has historically been able to rise above bureaucratic bullshit in service to the truth. In this case, they were able to get as far as they did with Epstein. Insiders close to the case tell us they’re focused on getting co-conspirators. I’m not saying we can trust the system to get them locked away forever, but this investigation isn’t over.
Question #4: What is the most alarming discovery for you in all of your years in researching him?
Overall, the most astonishing discovery throughout the whole process of investigating this has been how deeply and extensively it was hidden from the public. As my team began doing new reporting for the podcast, I was so stunned to find how even almost six years after beginning my reporting into all things Epstein, there were STILL videos, documents, witnesses that I had never been able to uncover before. The depth of the rot is so extensive. That’s what’s so alarming to me. Overall, this is probably the most disturbing story I have ever covered, and it’s the one that has been the most challenging to untangle because it’s been buried so deep.
On top of that, it’s alarming that so many people find it so easy to move on to the next blip in the news cycle. Back in 2014/2015, it was so hard to find a receptive audience for the totally jaw-dropping things we were exposing. And now, we’re not even two months past Epstein’s suicide and it’s already quieted down in terms of wider media coverage.
In terms of an actual fact or incident that I found most alarming, it was probably watching the victim interview videos that we were able to obtain from the Palm Beach police. Even after reporting on this for years, actually hearing the girls’ voices from back then and seeing how young they were added an entirely new layer of heartbreak to this. We’re playing audio from a bunch of those videos on next week’s episode. Listening to it will really remind everyone what’s actually at stake underneath all of the intrigue.
Pictured above: a “Temple” located on Mr. Epstein’s private island
Question #5: Do you believe Epstein was an Intelligence Agency asset running a blackmail operation? If so, do you believe it was a domestic or foreign agency?
Answer: Yes, everything points to a massive blackmail operation. Based on the people he surrounded himself with, I believe it was a foreign agency. If he’d been American intelligence, he would have cultivated different sources.
Addendum added by another commenter regarding the investigation: Epsteins right hand woman, Ghislaine Maxwell, was the daughter of Mossad agent Robert Maxwell. Robert was in a pro-Israel group called MEGA with Edgar Bronfman, whose daughter Clare Bronfman is also a sex trafficker for Keith Raniere /NXIVM. Leslie Wexner was also in MEGA group and was the first person to give money to Epstein. I believe the purpose of this group was to get blackmail on powerful/influential people to control policy in a way that was beneficial to Israel.
Question #6: Where in the world is Ghislaine Maxwell? (A co-conspirator of Jefferey Maxwell) What was that photo with the CIA book all about?
Answer: If I had to guess, I would say that Ghislaine Maxwell is in Israel or on a yacht somewhere. Given her dad’s ties, it would be easy to disappear with the help of the former. I believe the In-N-Out picture was definitely staged, and the CIA book was a big Eff you. The main clue, according to one of her family friends, was that she was photographed with so much junk food and she was always on a strict diet!
Question #7: I read somewhere that he didn’t make as much money from finance-related work as would account for his wealth. Do you have more info/sources on this, his hedge fund accounting analysis and such? This would be compelling to try and look into where his money actually came from.
Answer: Yes – Episode 2 goes really deep into this and it’s fascinating. Wall Street power players say it didn’t appear to come from legit means. His former colleagues say he was involved in arms deals in the beginning, and that he got his base wealth from the Towers Financial Ponzi scheme.
Addendum: Mr. Epstein’s financial records were released just prior to the Q&A validating Melissa’s statements.
Question #8: What, in your estimation, is the goal of Epstein’s activities? Is the main point human trafficking and pedophilia, or is that a means to exert more pressure on other activities, such as espionage and extortion?
Answer: The more that we learn, the more it seems clear that the goal was not human trafficking and pedophilia. I saw inside his New York home, and he had professional-grade printers everywhere. Feds found dozens of photos in his safe. You wouldn’t need to collect all of that material if it was just for your own personal enjoyment.
Question #9: Do you believe we will seen any kind of justice come from this clusterf*** that has happened? Epstein must have had many accomplices.
We have heard from sources inside the NY investigation that it certainly has not slowed since Epstein’s death, and they are intent on getting the co-conspirators. Honestly, I think they’re probably a little pissed about what happened with the “suicide” and how higher powers might have allowed it to take place.
I’m also really intrigued about the Paris investigation, and what will come from that. We have directed resources to Europe in recent weeks due to that development.
Any of us reporting on this have to believe that justice will be served, in order to do what we do. If only in the sense that the truth will be revealed. I don’t hold any faith that co-conspirators will end up locked away and rotting in prison, for sure. But every time we talk to a victim or former accomplice who shares new information publicly, every time we find new documents and materials that have been buried for decades, it feels like a little bit of justice.
The people involved certainly don’t fear the rule of law, but they do fear the truth.
Question #10: Can you expand on what is known about Epstein’s connection with Mossad, the Saudis, or the CIA? Certainly intelligence agencies regularly employ criminal contacts but what specific activities or services could he have provided them?
We get really deep into this in upcoming episodes. There’s a lot of evidence suggesting that Robert Maxwell was Mossad. We talked to Martin Dillon, author of Robert Maxwell: Israel’s Super Spy, who claims Ghislaine followed in his footsteps. She obviously would deny ever being involved.
But Epstein and Ghislaine would have made a great honey trap. They cultivated relationships with politicians and scientists – the latter being an even greater resource for intelligence agencies, and an angle that’s not much covered in this case. Epstein had extensive photo and video materials in his NY mansion, and surveillance cameras everywhere, so it would have been easy to gather evidence footage of anyone who visited him there, like Prince Andrew, who was photographed inside talking to a young woman.
Question #11: What kind of roadblocks have you hit during your investigation?
Answer: The most significant roadblocks have been lack of cooperation from the authorities and the system of intimidation and fear perpetrated by Epstein and his co-conspirators. I got deeper into this in another answer, but it’s been so hard to get documents out of the official agencies. And it’s been understandably difficult for people involved with the case to feel safe enough to speak out about this.
Epstein made covering his tracks a full-time job for decades, so it hasn’t been surprising that this is one of the harder cases to crack. It makes all of what we’ve found that much more exciting to us.
Question #12: Why do you think Les Wexner never reported that Jeffrey Epstein “stole” millions and millions of dollars from him until recently?