The same people claiming flu season is practically non-existent this year due to masks and social distancing are the ones telling us COVID is skyrocketing because we aren’t masking and social distancing.

Two months into flu season, Washington state has reported ONE lab-confirmed case of influenza: The one thing that should INFURIATE anyone who doesn’t live in fear of COVID-19 is the demonstrable over-reporting of the coronavirus compared to other ailments, including the flu.

Years ago, a brilliant scientist named Peter Doshi eviscerated the flu hoax:

Are US flu death figures more PR than science?

US data on influenza deaths are a mess. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges a difference between flu death and flu associated death yet uses the terms interchangeably. Additionally, there are significant statistical incompatibilities between official estimates and national vital statistics data. Compounding these problems is a marketing of fear—a CDC communications strategy in which medical experts “predict dire outcomes” during flu seasons.

The CDC website states what has become commonly accepted and widely reported in the lay and scientific press: annually “about 36 000 [Americans] die from flu” ( and “influenza/pneumonia” is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States ( But why are flu and pneumonia bundled together? Is the relationship so strong or unique to warrant characterising them as a single cause of death?

Here’s the rub: They’re lying through their teeth about “the flu”.

The “flu” is their convenient excuse for the mass poisoning of the population with their lethal pharmaceuticals and vaccines.

Lockdowns didn’t reduce “flu” cases…they’re just calling “flu” cases “COVID-19”.

This is the single stupidest and most obvious hoax in the history of mankind.

Wake up folks, or we’re in BIG trouble.

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COVID VACCINE: The perfect crime against humanity is happening in your face without of knowing it

The well documented evidence of this video can be found at: ATTENTION: The documents are at the bottom of their website:

The growing child is entitled to protection from any external factor which damages, or which could damage, the body, mind, conscience, soul or spirit directly or indirectly. Article 3 of the Declaration of Peace. To read the declaration:

According to the World Economic Forum, 75% of the world’s population lives in fear of death and is willing to take the expirimentary vaccine. More supporting evidence about all the harmful effects on humans can be found at the links below:

University of Oxford, PCR test doesn’t work effectively:
Ireland introduces the first Total Control system in Europe:
Bills’ full design for the totalitarian Population Control Grid:

Damaging effects of Aluminum Nanoparticles in vaccines:
Bills’ plan to Vaccinate the world with experimental vaccine:
Hydroxychloroquine – the truth and cure they’re hiding:

Military-funded biosensor for future pandemic detection:
Implantable nanotech biosensor to be used in vaccines:
Biosensors for continuous monitoring of body chemistries:

Federal government says it will pay for any future coronavirus vaccine for all Americans – CNN

(CNN) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it will pay for any Covid-19 vaccine that is authorized or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to allow for “broad vaccine access and coverage for all Americans.”The agency also announced it will help cover a larger portion of the cost of new Covid-19 treatments that may be coming down the pipeline for Medicare recipients. “There are several vaccines in Phase 3 trials, production and distribution plans are well underway, and CMS is doing its part by laying the essential groundwork for coverage and payment when a vaccine does arise. It’ll be widely available and accessible to seniors and every American,” CMS administrator Seema Verma said during a briefing Wednesday. She said that while the federal government is paying for the vaccine, insurers including Medicare, Medicaid and private plans must cover the cost of administering it.

For Medicare recipients, any future vaccine would be covered by Medicare Part B as a preventative vaccine at no cost to beneficiaries. Medicare Part B covers doctor visits and outpatient services such as lab tests, diagnostic screenings and medical equipment. “The rule removes any existing ambiguity surrounding Medicare’s coverage of the Covid-19 vaccine and allows us to focus on the paramount goal of ensuring that all of Medicare’s 62 million beneficiaries, including those enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, can receive the vaccine at their provider, their choice, again, at no cost,” said Verma.

She estimated that if “literally every senior got immunized,” it would cost “likely around $2.6 billion — that’s if everybody got vaccinated in the Medicare program.”

The new CMS rule requires most private health insurance plans, including individual health insurance and employer health plans — representing about 200 million Americans, according to Verma — to provide both in-network and out-of-network coverage of the vaccine, at no cost to their members. The agency said that as a condition of receiving free Covid-19 vaccines from the federal government, providers may not charge people for administration of the vaccine.

“Providers who receive free Covid-19 vaccines from the federal government will be prohibited from charging consumers any additional costs for the administration of the vaccine beyond what their insurance covers. Surprise or balanced billing for vaccine costs is strictly prohibited,” she said.The 68 million beneficiaries on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs will also be covered for their Covid-19 vaccines during the public health emergency; the Provider Relief Fund will cover the cost for those without insurance coverage.

In addition to covering the cost of a vaccine, the new CMS rule also outlines how Medicare plans to cover the “new generation of Covid-19 treatments” for its recipients.”Our job at Medicare is to make sure that these medications, when they come into the market, that they can be immediately accessed by seniors who need them. To that end, we are announcing changes to improve Medicare payments to hospitals for emerging Covid-19 therapeutics for both the inpatient and outpatient settings. This will eliminate financial disincentives that hospitals may face for furnishing potentially life-saving treatments to America’s seniors,” she said.

Hospitals would qualify for additional payments when they treat patients with new products approved or authorized to treat Covid-19, such as monoclonal antibodies, to mitigate any losses they may experience from making these therapies available, Verma said.The new rule also covers reimbursement for outpatient hospital services and provides information to prepare hospitals to bill for the outpatient administration of a monoclonal antibody product in the event one is approved under an emergency use authorization.

“In short, we are bridging the gap between the standard payment and the outlier payment,” she said. “Unlike our current policy for new technology add-on payments that require a year-long application process, new Covid-19 therapeutics will automatically qualify for the additional payments during the public health emergency after they’ve just been approved by the FDA.”

When asked about how a potential change in administration would impact the new CMS rule, Verma said, “I think every American wants to make sure that everyone has access to vaccines. The rules that we’re putting in place … should stand, really, any administration.”

Could anti-vaxxers be barred from offices, pubs and gyms?

Banning Covid vaccine refusers from offices, restaurants and other venues may lead to expensive discrimination claims, a leading lawyer has warned, even though it is not unlikely that care operators and the NHS may ultimately bar vaccine refusing staff for safety reasons.

With the UK moving closer to the rollout of a Coronavirus vaccine, to the delight of financial markets and the wider community, questions are being raised about those people who refuse to take the vaccine, the so-called anti-vaxxers.

A senior Tory MP, Tom Tugendhat, said last week he could “certainly see the day” when people are refused entry into pubs and restaurants, and they may not be allowed to return to their work place until they have had the vaccine.

“I can certainly see the day when businesses say: ‘Look, you’ve got to return to the office and if you’re not vaccinated you’re not coming in’,” the MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling and current chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said.

However, a leading employment lawyer has hit back at Tugendhat’s suggestion, saying such actions could result in expensive discrimination claims.

Andrew Willis, head of legal at HR and employment law consultancy Croner, said whether employers would ultimately be able to ban people from coming into work who refuse to have the vaccine would ultimately be very case-specific.

“There may be some industry sectors that may implement a requirement for its staff to have the vaccine for safety reasons.”

“For example, operators in care, or the NHS, will likely want to reduce the chances of a further Covid outbreak in their workplaces and see the vaccine as a critical method for doing this,” Willis said.

However, in workplaces that do not involve caring for vulnerable people, such as offices, hospitality or retail, it may be considerably more difficult to try and put in place such a restriction, he added.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said last week that any vaccine will be optional and children will not be forced to get a vaccination.

“There could be several reasons why employees do not want to take the vaccine; they may have been advised not to due to a pre-existing disability, or the prospect of taking it may be having a negative effect on their mental health,” Birmingham-based Willis added.

“If they are subjected to a detriment as a result of this, such as being told not to come into work or even dismissed, the company may face a costly discrimination claim,” he added.

Vaccine debate

The debate around anti-vaxxers has intensified since the UK government has asked the NHS to be ready to deploy any Covid-19 vaccine from early next month. This becomes increasingly a likely scenario following reports that vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna are more than 95% effective.

The UK government said earlier this month it is actively fighting anti-vaxxers. Prime minister Boris Johnson revealed that money splurged by vaccine taskforce chief Kate Bingham on private PR companies was necessary to combat anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.

Johnson, who has labelled vaccine refusers as “nuts“, told the House of Commons that the spending was necessary to reassure people vaccines were safe and to encourage participation in trials.

“The expenditure [helps to] raise awareness of vaccines, to fight the anti-vaxxers and to persuade the people of this country – 300,000 – to take part in trials without which we can’t have vaccines,” Johnson told MPs.

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Genocide Warning issued to UK Government by The Medical Revolutionaries

The letter addressed to the government reads:

Dear Under Secretary,

We are writing to you with regard to the planned Covid-19 vaccination program.

We wish to draw your attention to the expected high number of adverse reactions which the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) explicitly state are a “direct threat to patient life and public health”:

“For reasons of extreme urgency under Regulation 32(2)(c) related to the release of a Covid-19 vaccine MHRA have accelerated the sourcing and implementation of a vaccine specific AI tool.

Strictly necessary — it is not possible to retrofit the MHRA’s legacy systems to handle the volume of Adverse Drug Reactions [ADRs] that will be generated by a Covid-19 vaccine. Therefore, if the MHRA does not implement the AI tool, it will be unable to process these ADRs effectively. This will hinder its ability to rapidly identify any potential safety issues with the Covid-19 vaccine and represents a direct threat to patient life and public health.

Reasons of extreme urgency — the MHRA recognises that its planned procurement process for the SafetyConnect programme, including the AI tool, would not have concluded by vaccine launch.”

We, as health care professionals having a combined experience in excess of seventy years, with extensive knowledge of the history of vaccines, vaccine ingredients and their side-effects, are deeply concerned about the MHRA’s expected morbidity and mortality in vaccine recipients.

We therefore hereby inform you that if the planned vaccination program shall proceed then you will be directly culpable for the infant mortality and damage caused to children for whom you and the local authorities you oversee are responsible.

Furthermore we wish to notify you that we are currently in the process of obtaining formal legal advice in respect of this matter which we expect to confirm the statements made.

Given the imminent threat to the lives of many hundreds of thousands of children nationwide we are notifying you that we expect you to reply to us within forty-eight hours with written confirmation of the cessation of all Covid-19 vaccination plans and to cascade information to the appropriate lead staff, heads of service, leads for vulnerable adults and their associated agencies, within your remit as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families or equivalent titled minister, within the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Failure to comply with this request will place you on notice that you may be deemed to be complicit in what may accurately be described as genocide if it is proved the facts we have stated were known to you or the other relevant authorities and you failed to act upon them.

Yours sincerely

Dr Kevin P Corbett
Kate Shemirani

Texas high school opens grocery store for students, families — and it accepts good deeds as payment

SANGER, Texas – A high school in Texas has opened a student-run grocery store, providing food and other necessities to students, staff and their families in need amid the coronavirus pandemic — while providing kids with essential job skills. 

The grocery store at Linda Tutt High School doesn’t accept cash. It operates on a point system, where students can earn points for positive office referrals, cleaning around the school building and other good deeds.

“It’s not something that you see every day in a school building,” said school principal Anthony Love. “I think a big part of it is about empowering our students, because many of them come from low socioeconomic families that need just a little extra support with food.”

The store is the result of combined efforts from the local nonprofit First Refuge Ministries, Albertsons grocery store, and Texas Health Resources. Love said he was approached by Paul Juarez, executive director of First Refuge Ministries, and Dr. Ann Hughes, the director of student intervention for Sanger Independent School District.

“They approached me about a grant that they wanted to apply for through Texas Health Resources, about possibly putting a grocery store inside a school,” Love explained. 

The store, which aims to address food insecurities for students and others in the community during the ongoing pandemic, is open Monday through Wednesday for students and staff within the school district.

On Tuesday evenings, the public can utilize the grocery store via curbside pickup with the help of volunteers. The amount of family members in the household determines the amount of points they receive to shop the store, which individuals can then use to get groceries or supplies for home.

The school also partners on Fridays with the BackPack Program, a program in cities across the country providing food for children on the weekends. “Partnering with them, we’re able to provide additional food and supplies that the families may need,” Love explained.

Students entirely run the store, doing everything from keeping shelves stocked, to keeping tracking of inventory to managing the point system. 

“I think the most exciting part of it is just teaching our kids job skills that they can carry with them as they graduate high school and move on into the world,” Love added. “Students are really the key piece to it.”

This is Love’s second year as principal at the school, located about 60 miles northwest of Dallas. The school gives students the option of either in-person or virtual instruction this year due to the pandemic, though Love estimated that roughly 90% are currently in-person.

This story was reported from Cincinnati.

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Issac Kappy killed by Hollywood elites

Issac Kappy was an actor in Terminator Salvation I believe and posted a video talking about how he’s tired of the Hollywood elites trying to have power over him and drops some big names in Hollywood which he claims are pedophiles.

Weeks after the video was posted Issac threw himself of a bridge in what was ruled a “suicide” coincidence? I think not.

Issac was killed for exposing the true Hollywood and they were scared by the evidence he claimed he would drop soon…. unfortunately they got to him before he could.

Jeffrey Epstein: There’s much more to the story

by Bob Fitrakis

Epstein came to my attention when I was an investigative journalist for one of Columbus, Ohio’s alternative newsweeklies, Columbus Alive. Not many people know that the infamous Jeffrey Epstein spent a lot of time in Columbus in the 1990s and owned the second most valuable house in Franklin County (where Columbus resides), in the plush Stepford suburb known as New Albany. I investigated central Ohio billionaire Les Wexner’s and Jeff Epstein’s ties to the intelligence community more than 20 years ago. Much of this is captured in two books – The Fitrakis Files: Spooks, Nukes, and Nazis and The Fitrakis Files: Cops, Coverups, and Corruption (CICJ Books,

The late State of Ohio Inspector General David Sturtz, one of my sources, was gathering evidence against Les Wexner and Jeff Epstein regarding public corruption, bribery and information related to the murder of Columbus attorney Arthur Shapiro. The ghost of Arthur Shapiro—a prominent local attorney who was slain in a 1985 “mob-style murder”—continues to haunt the city of Columbus.

Columbus Alive obtained a copy of the “Shapiro Homicide Investigation: Analysis and Hypothesis” report through a public records request. The report confirms that the name of Leslie Wexner, owner of the Limited Brands (now L Brands, including Victoria’s Secret), was linked “with associates reputed to be organized crime figures.”

Shapiro was a partner in the now-defunct Columbus law firm of Schwartz, Shapiro, Kelm & Warren. The firm “represented the Limited,” according to the report, and “prior to his death, Arthur Shapiro managed this account for the law firm.” Homicide squad investigators described Shapiro as “a quiet, shy, private, secretive person” who “tended to be a ‘loner.’”

Just prior to his murder, Shapiro “was the subject of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service because he had failed to file income tax returns for some seven years prior to his death, and he had invested in some questionable tax shelters,” the report stated. His death “occurred one day prior to Shapiro’s scheduled appearance before a Grand Jury in the I.R.S. investigation, and there was some conjecture that Shapiro was in position to provide information to the Grand Jury that would have been damaging to some other party.”

An entire analysis of the murder investigation is documented in “The Shapiro Murder File.”

Epstein was perceived by Sturtz and then-Franklin County Sheriff Earl Smith as Shapiro’s replacement. 

Sturtz referred to Epstein as Wexner’s “boyfriend,” but Epstein was more than that. He was an “international man of mystery” with ties to the CIA, the royal family, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and others. And at the heart of it, he is perhaps our nation’s most well-known pedophile. Echoing Greek tragedies, Wexner, with his name on more central Ohio buildings than anyone and known for his generous philanthropy, was caught up in Epstein’s human trafficking scandal.

Epstein and Wexner reportedly met in 1985 when they were introduced by Bob Meister, an insurance mogul. Wexner and Epstein’s real estate dealings go back to at least 1989 when they jointly purchased a mansion in Manhattan described as the second largest residence in New York City.

Wexner granted Epstein durable power of attorney over all of his economic dealings in July 1991.

In 1998, business documents identified Epstein as president, along with Wexner, of the New Albany Company. Epstein owned the house on King George Drive in New Albany from 1994 until December 2007 when he gave it to Wexner with no money exchanged. Also in 1998, Wexner transferred his interest in their Manhattan property for $20 million to Epstein.

A December 1995 Architectural Digest article and a follow-up 1996 New York Times report detailed the inner sanctum of Wexner’s former Manhattan townhouse, one of the largest in the city.

“Visitors described a bathroom reminiscent of James Bond movies: hidden beneath a stairway, lined with lead to provide shelter from attack and supplied with closed-circuit television screens and a telephone, both concealed in a cabinet beneath the sink,” wrote the Times.

Epstein, who is known to have flown President Clinton several times on his jet obtained from the Limited, was usually seen in the company of Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of deceased publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell. After Maxwell fell off, or was pushed off, his yacht in 1991, it was revealed that Maxwell was working for the Israeli government and the Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence service. While Maxwell’s ties to the Mossad are well-documented, Epstein’s connections are less well known. The London Sunday Times quoted a New York social observer describing Epstein as follows: “He’s Mr. Enigmatic. Nobody knows whether he’s a concert pianist, property developer, a CIA agent, a math teacher or a member of Mossad.” New York Magazine claims Epstein is the man who moves Wexner’s billions around the globe.

Sturtz revealed files listing Epstain as person of interest in the death of Maxwell.

As the logistics man for Wexner, Epstein arranged the arrival of Southern Air Transport (SAT) to Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio. The airline, formerly Air America, was infamous as an illegal gun- and drug-running operation. SAT filed for bankruptcy in Columbus on October 1, 1998, the same day the Central Intelligence Agency Inspector General issued a report linking the cargo hauler to allegations of drug-running in connection with U.S.-backed Contra rebels in Nicaragua in the 1980s.

Once lauded as a coup for central Ohio development, landing Southern Air Transport’s business at Rickenbacker eventually turned into a nightmare, as the enterprise became mired in massive debt and was closed under a cloud of suspicion about its true activities.

How did such a notorious company come to set up shop in central Ohio? Then-Franklin County Commissioner Dorothy Teater, then a candidate running for mayor of Columbus, told Columbus Alive that she was not aware of Southern Air’s ties to the CIA. “If it’s true, that’s awful,” she said, adding the push to land SAT in Ohio came from the state Department of Development.

Edmund James, president of James and Donohew Development Services let it be known that “much of the Hong Kong-to-Rickenbacker cargo will be for The Limited.” Brian Clancy, a cargo analyst with MergeGloban Inc., was quoted in the Journal of Commerce: “Limited Inc., the nation’s largest retailer, is based in Columbus, a fact that undoubtedly contributed in large part to Southern Air’s decision.”

The full story of Southern Air Transport can be found in “Spook Air.”

Epstein also helped his mentor, Wexner, sell the war in Iraq through the Wexner Foundation. Moreover, a memo from Epstein’s sentencing in Miami back in 2007, points out that he was cooperating and providing information to the FBI.

The media obtained a leaked document from the Wexner Foundation entitled, “Wexner Analysis: Israeli Communication Priorities 2003.” The report was prepared to sell the war in Iraq and provides insight into Wexner’s relationship with the state of Israel.

Wexner’s philanthropic side is more public. In 1998, the Wall Street Journal reported that Wexner was part of the “‘Mega Group,’ a loosely organized club of 20 of the nation’s wealthiest and most influential Jewish businessmen.” The Mega Group meets purportedly to discuss “philanthropy,” but others have speculated that their charitable interests are often a cover for lobbying activities on behalf of Israel. The Wall Street Journalidentified the late Max Fisher, a Detroit financier and billionaire, as a member of the Mega Group. Fisher was used as a private Middle East diplomat by President Gerald Ford during the 1970s and is considered Wexner’s mentor.

The Wexner Analysis points out that “. . . many sympathize with the plight of the Palestinian people, [but] there is no love lost for Yassir Arafat.” So, when the Wexner Analysis report was leaked, it caused a stir but no questioning of Wexner’s little-explored relationships with Epstein and Fisher. Frank Lutz, the Republican Party pollster and spin doctor, prepared the Wexner Analysis. Lutz’s report essentially outlines a political PR campaign “as the post-war dust settles over the Iraqi desert.”

The Wexner Analysis emphasized that “now is the time to link American success in dealing with terrorism and dictators from a position of strength to Israel’s ongoing efforts to eradicate terrorism on and within its borders.”

Lutz, realizing the value of an Arab bogeymen, stresses that “‘Saddam Hussein’ are the two words that tie Israel to America and are most likely to deliver support in Congress. The day we allow Saddam to take his eventual place in the trash heap of history is the day we lose our strongest weapon in the linguistic defense of Israel.”

In the “Essential Conclusion” section of the report, Lutz offers 10 recommendations. The first is: “Iraq colors all. Saddam is your best defense, even if he is dead. For a year–a SOLID YEAR–you should be invoking the name of Saddam Hussein and how Israel was always behind American efforts to rid the world of this ruthless dictator and liberate their people.”

I wrote the story “The Wexner War” on this topic.

Sturtz believed that both Wexner and Epstein had ties to foreign intelligence.

As journalist Vicky Ward pointed out in “Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick Story Played Out For Years in Plain Sight,” Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. attorney who went light on Epstein in a 2007 deal, became the Secretary of Labor under Trump. Reportedly he told the people vetting him in the Trump administration: “I was told Epstein belonged to intelligence and to leave it alone.”

So, Jeff Epstein “committed suicide” while on suicide watch in prison. This was widely predicted, since Epstein, in part to gratify himself, was running one of the world’s most notorious “honey traps.” if you were rich or powerful and liked underage girls, Epstein was your guy. Now that Epstein’s gone, the likes of Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson can breathe easier.

Sexual blackmail is an old, tried and true technique. Usually it succeeds because the elite decision makers are protected. To end the exploitation, everything must be exposed whether you are a crowned prince or a president. The civil suit charging that current President Donald Trump raped a 13-year-old girl at Epstein’s mansion in New York could still be brought forward. Hopefully the criminal investigation on this in Manhattan will go forth despite Epstein’s unfortunate but unsurprisingly “suicide.”

This article is a compliation of Fitrakis’ past articles on Jeffrey Epstein. Bob Fitrakis has investigated Jeffrey Epstein since 1995. Fitrakis appears in the recent Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich.

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Children’s Handprints Appeared On Mirror This Morning.. I Have No Kids & Live Alone

I woke up this morning and went to my closet door (which is actually a full mirror).

I noticed these tiny handprints on my mirror. The issue is, they just appeared and I live alone.

In the five months that I have lived in this townhouse, I have never babysat or had anyone with kids over.

I have cleaned this mirror a handful of times when it got dusty, so there’s no way I’ve missed it this entire time.

The whole thing freaked me out so badly that I just wiped them away, however I took pictures first.

Check it out and let me know what you think :-/

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Would Ghislaine Maxwell have gone free if Jeffrey Epstein was still alive?

In 2019, multiple news sources, including Town & Country reported disgraced financier & sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center from an apparent suicide. Other sources reported he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. 

The Guardian outlined how Jeffrey Epstein’s death came directly after unsealed documents had arrived in New York. These documents contained the names of women he allegedly abused in his Palm Beach, New York, and Virgin Island homes. These names were to be used in Epstein’s upcoming trial as evidence by the prosecution. 

Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested last summer in connection with Epstein’s crimes. Maxwell denied even being aware of her former boyfriend, Epstein, sexually assaulting underage women. After an investigation conducted by the FBI, Maxwell was formally charged. She awaits trial at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after being denied bail in July. 

However, some speculate whether or not Ghislaine Maxwell would have even been arrested if Jeffrey Epstein hadn’t died in custody. While the answer to that question could remain a mystery, Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement could shed some light on the answers. Here’s what we know so far. 

Epstein & Maxwell’s history

The New York Times reported Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and daughter of media tycoon Robert Maxwell, moved to New York in the 1990s. After her father’s death, her friendship with Jeffrey Epstein allegedly helped her maintain a “luxurious” lifestyle. In exchange, Maxwell introduced Epstein to prominent figures in her circle, such as Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

Although many women accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing them, Ghislaine Maxwell has continued to state that she had no involvement in the matter. Back in April 2016 before Epstein’s death, CNBC confirmed Maxwell firmly said under oath: “I never saw any inappropriate underage activities with Jeffrey ever.” Her statements came from an unsealed deposition from a lawsuit between Maxwell & one of Epstein’s accusers. 

The accuser, Virginia Roberts-Giuffre is adamant to prove Maxwell was as big of a sexual offender as Epstein was. From CNBC: “Giuffre said Maxwell instructed her to have sex with a number of men, including (Prince) Andrew.” Prince Andrew & Buckingham Palace emphatically deny Roberts-Giuffre’s accusations. 

Other victims

Virginia Roberts-Giuffre isn’t the only woman alleging Ghislaine Maxwell abused her. The New York Times reported on other women who came forward. Maria Farmer allegedly claimed in a different civil case, Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell assaulted her when she was just a graduate student in 1996. 

Maria Farmer also claimed her fifteen-year-old sister was also assaulted. In Netflix’s documentary Filthy Rich, Farmer reported Jeffrey Epstein offered her sister an opportunity to teach abroad, invited her to his New Mexico ranch for a fake orientation, and molested her there. Farmer also claimed Ghislaine Maxwell took part in the abuse. 

The New York Times also referred to Sarah Ransome’s reported sexual abuse experience, and her account of Epstein’s operation. Ransome alleged Maxwell “appeared to be in charge of their activities, what they did, who they did it with, and how they were supposed to stay in line”.

The sweetheart deal

After all these allegations, how could Ghislaine Maxwell have remained a free woman after Epstein’s arrest? The eyewitness accounts from Roberts-Giuffre, the Farmers, and Ransome should have implicated Maxwell in Epstein’s crimes, prompting her arrest.  However, when Jeffrey Epstein was first arrested in 2007, he cut a “sweetheart deal” to avoid prosecution, which allegedly included immunity for four unnamed associates. 

The Scottish Sun reported Ghislaine Maxwell could be immune from prosecution thanks to this deal. Lawyers from Southern District of Florida lawyers claimed the language of Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement was so loose, it could apply to “any potential co-conspirators of Epstein, including but not limited to” the four women it named. 

However, Jeffrey Epstein’s victims most likely won’t back down. In August 2019, Virginia Roberts-Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies told The Miami Herald they’d continue to fight for all the women who were abused by Epstein, even after his death. “Jeffrey Epstein did not act, and count not have done what he did alone. Justice demands that those who acted with him also be held accountable.”

Ghislaine Maxwell is currently in custody and is scheduled to be tried in 2021. According to BBC, Maxwell could be in prison for a maximum of 35 years.

Found kitten on grave

The following took place yesterday and today:

I had a kitten pass away yesterday. He was my little shadow. He slept on my chest every night, never left my side during the day, and literally gave me kisses all of the time. He would lick my mouth whenever I made the kissy face/noise. He was an amazing little creature. He was only a couple months old. He got a cold, when the weather got hot suddenly, instead of the steady 70’s we were used to, he got a little cold. This isn’t uncommon. It’s similar to allergies in humans.

I immediately took him to the vet to get him some medicine. The vet gave me some medicine for him, but warned me that he may not make it. He passed away yesterday. He was not in pain, he was in my arms, and not alone. I was heartbroken, still am.

So, I bury him in the corner of my garden, a lovely little shaded spot under a tree. I put a couple rocks over his grave and picked some flowers and placed them there. I miss him desperately, and I cried most of yesterday and today. This evening I am going out to my car, and I walk out the front door to head to my car. You must understand that while I buried my kitten in the front garden, when you leave the front door you have to turn to look where he is buried; the path to my car is heading in the opposite direction.

I walk toward my car and I hear a voice in my head “turn around”… I stop because it startled me. But I listen and turn around and look toward my kittens grave. Curled up, sound asleep, on his grave is a small kitten. I walk over slowly because I don’t want to startle him. He doesn’t startle, but he does wake up and look at me. He appears to be blind. He stretches out and meows and I bend over and pick him up. He immediately starts purring and licking me. Just like my kitten did.

I know this is probably a coincidence… but the timing is amazing. My kitten passes away. I bury him, and the next day I find a little kitten curled up on his grave. I have never seen this kitten before. He by some miracle he was sent to me, I promise I will not take this gift for granted.

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for the kind words and support. I have a vet appointment scheduled for this evening, as it was the first one available. I will post another update after the appointment. The kitten, he is a male, seems to be at least partially blind. He responds to sound and smells, and sometimes walks into things. However, if you get really close to him, he seems to see you a bit. I am wondering if perhaps he has some kind of eye-infection. We will find out tonight.

I still have not decided on a name. Help is appreciated. Marvel is a wonderful name, but I haven’t decided yet. He is black and white, his tail is mostly black with speckles of white. He is truly a beautiful little thing. My kitten who passes away (his name was Kane) would have loved this little guy.

Curled up and sleeping soundly.

Update: Kitten has seen the vet. We have decided to name him Eli. Eli has a severe eye infection, and may be permanently blind. He has been given three medications, and hopefully as the infection clears, his sight will come back. But it may not. He is healthy other than the eye infection; no temperature, heart rate and breathing is great. And his bowel movements are good as well. Hahaha he actually pooped on the vet tech during his examine.

Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Eli is currently getting all the cuddles and kisses.

UPDATE: I just wanted to update everyone on the latest. Eli is doing great so far. He is responding really well to his meds. I was just examining his eyes and there is a bit of color behind the filminess. He is so active. He is running around and jumping on things. He is super talkative, he is constantly meowing his adorable kitten meow. I mentioned in a comment below that its like he is narrating his life.

I could not be more proud of this little guy for being so strong.

Also, I just wanted to thank everyone, again, for all the support, prayers, and love. Eli and I can feel your support and we are both grateful. I am so happy I shared my story with all of you. Another thing, I have gotten a few notifications of my phone, telling me about comments and showing me a brief bit of the comment, but when I open up Reddit the comment is nowhere to be seen. I just want you guys to know I am grateful for the kind words, and I am trying to answer as many comments as possible. If I don’t reply to you, it could be that the comment disappeared. I don’t know if this is a Reddit thing or what, but I want you to know I am not ignoring you. One such comment came in recently, I am not sure who it was from, but they said they had been following my post and that my posts were altruistic, I went to open the notification to read more but the comment was gone. So if the person who wrote that comment reads this: I had to look up what altruistic meant, I believe you called my posts unselfish, and for that I am grateful and I thank you for your kind words. I am sorry I could not finish reading your comment.

Anyway, Eli’s next appointment is Friday evening, so hopefully then I will have some definite updates about his sight. Love to you all!

UPDATE: Eli just had his one week follow-up appointment and I am happy to report that he is doing amazing! The vet was so impressed with the progress he has made. She confessed she was nervous they would have to do surgery on his eyes because they were so badly infected, but after todays appointment she happily exclaimed that she believes his eyesight will return. He has already regained some sight, and the vet believes over the next couple weeks his sight should return, hopefully completely! I am so happy that he has overcome to huge hurtle. He is gaining weight and even bossing around his husky older brother. Thank you everyone for the support and love, it is now, and always will be, much appreciated!

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I’m either crazy or I rented a house in a straight up evil portal.

A gold? I’m absolutely flattered. Thank you, kind strangers on the internet!

Updated to add some requested details
I am really quite moved by the support I received here today. It felt really good to get it ‘out on paper’ and the support from all of you were cherries on top! So for that, thank you!

The Valley

Alright, I’ve been lingering about in this group and I’d like to share my story. I’ve always believed in the paranormal until, ironically, I experienced it. I have since moved, and all is well again. Buckle up, we’re going on a journey.

To give you some visuals about the land. It was a crappy old trailer sitting on about 5 acres in a really beautiful valley in the South West. There is a seasonal arroyo which during monsoons would turn the back three acres into nearly a lake. The back half of the property was lined with a wooded ridge, mountainous area. Very rural. About 9 miles from town, down the shittiest dirt road that has ever existed.

As with most adults I entered a period of life with some pretty big obstacles and struggles. It was a sequence of events which led me to renting this run down POS. At the time it seemed serendipitous. An acquaintance had mentioned a property near her I could possibly rent for dirt cheap, while we were hanging out under the new moon.

Fast forward to the next new moon, this property owner contacts me (I’d told her she could give my deets if it came up as available) and after some chatting we agree to meet.

This place was not the Ritz, not even a HoJo. It was a run down trailer that hadn’t been cared for in, probably ever. I believe firmly in listening to my gut but any red flags that came up were squelched by my excitement to maybe have an opportunity to pull myself out of the financial hole I’d dug myself into. He needed work done on the property and would trade for rent. I was swept away at the glimmer of freedom i was staring at. I hands down accepted the keys.

Before moving in, I had to first clean the entire place. So much bleach. As I cleaned out several years of other tenants things, I took note of how many sentimental items had been seemingly abandoned in closets. Some of it I set aside, with no idea what I’d do with it, it just felt wrong to throw it to the dump.

After several weeks of bleaching and blessings, I was nearly ready. I invited a dear friend of mine (M) to come out with me to celebrate. While finalizing the cleaning and working on a broken water pump the acquaintance (now neighbor) comes over with the entire family in tow (two smalls; two teens;husband).

The energy shifted in a way I couldn’t not notice, the husband was behaving….off. He wasn’t being social nor was he being antisocial. In the spirit of don’t rain on my parade I brushed it off. It was discovered the keys had been locked in their vehicle, and he (neighbors husband) would need to go fetch the spares from next door. He invites my friend to go along with him. Leaving me with acquaintance and children. We are chatting and listening to music.

I knew a storm was coming and was feeling excited for an early summer storm. She, on the other hand, was becoming increasingly anxious. She has no, known to me, fear of storms. She is pacing with one of her smalls, looking out the windows for headlights.

I was in the kitchen and she on the porch looking for the returning men when there was the biggest, loudest, Boom I have ever heard. My entire body swayed with it. I said to the kids in the kitchen that Mother Nature was very vocal tonight and giggled to ease their surprise.

The youngest she is holding is screaming and she has come back in the door, absolutely bawling her eyes out. I am completely confused. I take the baby to comfort him and I hold her in my other arm.

She cries and weeps for the next however many minutes until the men arrive. She departs shortly thereafter. Her husband is absolutely invigorated and my friend is quite obviously shook.

Turns out, they were driving on the road back when the lighting struck the ground directly next to their vehicle. Scaring my friend half to death. The strange part though was the drive takes less than three minutes, but from the boom (lightening striking) and when they arrived was at least 20 minutes.

After the neighbor family departs, my friend is ready to go. Go, right now.

After arriving home and checking in with one another we had done so. He tells me he loves me but he will never go out there again. At the time I thought maybe he was just really freaked by that freak storm and it would pass. He never would come back, and in fact our relationship took a nose dive after this.

Fast forward to move in time.

I’ve got all my stuff in place, and my dog, rabbit, & cat seem very content to have places to play. I was feeling so good that this was my ticket. I had a bonfire soon after, and burned all those items I’d kept when cleaning the house. It just felt right to let them go ceremonially.

The first night I had a nightmare. The worst I have had in many years. I kept waking up and falling right back in. Each waking I awoke screaming. I know I know, it sounds dramatic. It was.

This dream took place entirely at this new place. I was so afraid. No one would help me. There was one of the teen boys curled up in the corner wearing flower patterned swim short type things, he wouldn’t answer my pleas. I kept peeking out windows into the blackness, knowing there was something outside. I finally summoned the courage to open the door. On the doorstep were snakes. Green snakes twisted around one another. I screamed for some to call the neighbor and he needed to bring a gun. He arrives and gets out of his truck with a shovel and a nonchalant way about him.
End Dream

The nightmare left me a little on edge, as when I have nightmares I’m typically under stress and I didn’t feel stressed in the least.

Two days later I am lounging in my hammock enjoying the sun and watching the rabbit and the cat play in the fenced area while the pup is sniffing about outside looking for treasures. I hear a very loud noise near the dog and simultaneously the dog jumps back.

I go to investigate and there’s a damn rattlesnake right outside the fence. I have never in my life seen one or heard one for that matter. I decide I have to “take care” of it bc of the cat and rabbits safety. I know there’s a pellet gun inside that might do the trick. I stare at this snake a moment longer, it looks weird. That’s when I see the second head. Never have I seen ONE rattlesnake in my years of life but here I am staring at TWO all entangled together. I immediately decide this job is above my pay grade and I call the neighbor over and ask him to bring a gun.

A few moments pass and he arrives. The moment he exits the truck I flash back to my nightmare and my breathe just caught in my throat. He exits the vehicle; with a shovel and a sardonic grin. His teen exits as well; wearing the exact shorts I had dreamt and was uninterested in being there so he was quiet.

He dispatched both snakes, noting to me how dangerous it may be for me to live here without a gun. His tone and look made my skin crawl.

As time went on the nightmares grew worse, but were Always at the property. I would wake up screaming multiple times per night. In my nightmares I would scream ‘bruja’, a word I have Never used in my life was now a frequenter inside my minds eye.

The dreams shifted to images of something dark and slimy (I can’t describe what it looked like but I “knew” it’s texture) in the back room.

The back room was vacant because after moving in I had felt increasingly uneasy in that space. I couldn’t go near it in the dark without feeling fear so deep I wanted to vomit.

The neighbors around me became increasingly rude and seemed to making a point to make me feel unwanted.

I finally got to the point, I was terrified to be there and was so sleep deprived I called on a shaman to come visit me to help me bless and clear whatever weird things were hanging on. She asked me what exactly was happening that made me feel I needed an outsider. I told her. She asked me where it was. I told her. She was quiet. She told me no. She would not visit and it was her advice I leave, and leave immediately.

I wasn’t ready to give up that easily and told her no. I would not be chased away.

I called around until I was connected with two women who agreed to come perform a cleansing for me. During this we walked the yard and came to the bonfire ring and she dead stopped. What did you burn?! I was kind of taken aback at her tone but I told her and she says You shouldn’t have done that.

Directly after that she informs me she needs to leave. I never heard from her again.

I became increasingly isolated as anyone who would visit me, wouldn’t revisit. Dear friends who point blank told me the area made them uncomfortable.

I began to wake in the night between 1-3am, every single morning. One of those time I woke to a deep male voice, saying words I could not discern. Another a woman’s voice saying words I could not discern. Yet again a deep male voice saying “I’m not ready yet”.

These incidents left me feeling crazy. There had to be an explanation. Had to be. This is where I should say my belief in the paranormal was tested and I realized I don’t think I had ever Really believed.

One morning I feel myself wake but I do not open my eyes and I say in minds voice No. I will not look at you. I drifted back to sleep, I was suddenly awoken this time it felt like I had a fever my body was so hot and my minds voice says It’s time to wake up. I glance at my phone and it’s 230am.

I downloaded a sleep recorder, because why not. And what I captured was….a thing. The most distinguishable was a woman’s voice, saying Come Home. Another was singing in the far distance. Another was a woman’s voice screaming Shut Up! (In true no evidence style, I deleted that app as soon as I moved)

It was around this time I started seeing the thing in my peripheral vision, in the kitchen.

My dog would growl at windows into the darkness and wake up barking often throughout the entire duration. She was aggressive to every single neighbor and my landlord, but no one else.

A few things to summarize

  1. On about 2 miles of road there were about 11 properties which had been seemingly abandoned in the middle of the night, leaving behind all their possessions.
  2. The items I burned were love letters, children’s cards to their mother, and items such as that which had value.
  3. I placed cameras outside hoping to find a person coming and messing with me, the only thing I ever caught was a big deer coming through
  4. I was told by ghost chasing types, this place was a portal being used by other worldly things
  5. When I moved the neighbor dropped by on my last night and point blank told me I couldn’t leave, he wouldn’t let me
    The night the neighbor came over There was a lot of rambling that evening. Some it included
    random comments about me being a Scorpio and him a Leo, he was stronger than me. That I knew what I had done. (Mind you, at this point my
    partner had moved back from the east coast and was there that evening). He said I couldn’t leave and I couldn’t take him (my partner)
    either. There’s a lot and nothing to say about it. Nothing ever came from it, I moved and have never looked back! There was a man who lived down the whom was suspected of spray painting strange things into abandoned houses. One of them said ‘Keep out!
    Krampus is watching” at some point it was a painted over to show only the words “is watching”. On multiple occasions various vehicles would stop on the road by my driveway and sit there. This was not a traveled road by any stretch. So, coupled with the unexplained, there was a lot downright strange human behavior too.
  6. Please don’t chastise me for lack of evidence
  7. It was the absolute worst 8 months of my life
  8. I contacted multiple shaman/seer/ghost people during this time and all told me under no uncertain terms that I needed to move and I needed to move immediately.
    *The reasons why varied. I think I can summarize it down to the area was full of nasties which they were not willing to work with and these
    nasties meant me no good. *
  9. I reconnected with my dear friend after I had moved from the terrible place

I’m curious to see what the community has to say about this and admittedly a little nervous. This entire experience tested what I believe.

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Had sex with my Airbnb host

Description of me: I’m 28 years old with brown hair and green eyes. I’m 5’5” about 115 pounds. I have a nice butt and B cup boobs. I’ve always been told I’m “very cute.” I’ve gotten “sexy” and “pretty” more in the last couple of years it seems like.

I’ve been traveling quite a bit for work lately. I typically stay in hotels, but there was some sort of mix up this time. My company booked my hotel, but got the dates wrong. I showed up at the hotel in the afternoon and there was no room available for me and there were two major conventions in town, so there was basically nothing available at any hotel within a reasonable radius. I needed to find somewhere to stay for the next four nights. I went to plan b and booked a room at an Airbnb. The best I could find was a private room at this guy’s townhouse. The creep factor always crosses your mind, but he had a lot of good reviews and I didn’t have a lot of options. We communicated about when I would be able to come by to get a key and do a walk-through of the place. I was starving, so I stopped to eat first and then met him about an hour or so later.

I walked about ten minutes to the townhouse. When he answered the door I was pretty blown away. He was incredibly handsome. He had the typical small profile pic thing on Airbnb, but it was of him doing something outdoors with a hat on, so I couldn’t really tell much of what he looked like. He had black hair with a few grey/white strands of hair here and there. He looked mid 30’s. Five o’clock shadow. Piercing blue eyes. Henley shirt showing a slight bit of chest. He welcomed me in and introduced himself as Chris. I was a little flustered, but he was totally laid back and cool. It didn’t seem like he had even a passing thought about my appearance. Granted I had just gotten off of a plane and had been running around the city lugging my bags. I didn’t feel like I was looking my best. Either way, he was totally professional, but at the same time warm and welcoming.

He showed me around the townhouse. Typical stuff. It was a townhouse. He then led me upstairs to my room. It was the master and had a private bathroom in the room. Definitely nice to have. He showed me how to work the hot and cold water. It was kind of tricky. He mentioned that his girlfriend always has a hard time with it. My heart sank a little. Not that I even thought he was into me at all, but I was totally turned on by him. Just a bummer to hear he was off limits. My crush was dashed in only a few minutes. He showed me that the room locked from the inside. All was good. He went on his way and I got settled into my room. I showered and changed clothes. There was a work dinner thing I had to go to. Networking blah blah. I hate that type of thing, but it’s a necessary evil if you’re in the corporate world I guess.

I got to the dinner and was bored out of my mind within twenty minutes. I kept thinking about Chris and how sexy he was. I got stuck talking to this middle aged woman who kept asking me about my career path. She kept trying to give me advice for what to do when I get married and have kids. I kept politely going along with the conversation, but in reality I wanted to tell her that sounds like hell to me. I wanted to tell her there is no fucking way I want children and that I don’t see myself settling down with one man. I knew even if I said any of that in a nice way she would have thought I was a terrible person. She just gave off that vibe. She was a big shot with a company we do a lot of work with, so I just played the all-American role I was supposed to.

I made it through the rest of the night by drinking plenty of wine. I said my goodbyes and ordered an Uber back to the Airbnb. I fumbled with the keys and stumbled in the door a bit tipsy. Chris was sitting on the couch in the living area watching tv. I gave a warm hello and asked if I had a good night. I stood and talked to him for a couple of minutes. I was half honest with him. Didn’t want him to think I was a nut job. I told him the night was okay, but that a woman kept harassing me about having kids. He laughed. He told me I could sit if I’d like. I told him I should get to bed. Being a little drunk, I honestly wasn’t sure I could control myself from trying to flirt with him if I sat down.

I got up to my room and got ready for bed. Once I was in bed I had all kinds of sexual scenarios running through my head involving him. I started masturbating fully naked on top of the covers. I secretly hoped he would just barge in and catch me. I kept closing my eyes and imagining him standing there watching me. The door was locked, so I knew that wouldn’t really happen. Even if it wasn’t locked he wouldn’t barge in. It was fun to think about though.

The next morning I got ready to head to meetings. Showered and all of that. I crossed paths with Chris briefly. Again, just cordial brief conversation. I headed off to work. I felt exhausted the whole day. I had a little trouble sleeping, which isn’t normal for me especially after masturbating. I powered through, but was looking forward to getting back to the Airbnb for a nap.

I got back around 5:30pm and headed straight for my room. Chris didn’t seem to be home yet. I did one of those accidental long naps. I woke up at around 7:30pm super confused about where I was and what time/day it was. I slowly crept back into reality and got my bearings. I needed something to eat. I went downstairs to see if Chris was around to give me a recommendation on somewhere to go. He was downstairs doing some work on his laptop. He gave me a few suggestions. I said goodbye and headed out.

I ate alone. I’m not sure why I didn’t ask a coworker or anyone else to meet up. I’m kind of a loner, so I guess I just prefer it. I bought some wine on the way back. I figured I’d hangout in my room drinking wine and watching Netflix or something. I said hello to Chris for a minute and went upstairs. I came back down to ask for a wine opener. He gave me one and that was that. I kept hoping for some flirting or glance from him even if it was just for my ego. I was getting nothing. I know I know he had a girlfriend, but still he’s a guy and even taken guys look. I felt maybe I just wasn’t his type.

I went through 2/3 of a bottle of wine and two movies, but was still wide awake. My long nap really screwed me over. I figured I’d still try to fall asleep. It was close to midnight. I laid there for nearly an hour. I finally dozed off, but woke up wide awake again 30 minutes later. I was frustrated. I laid there for another 45 minutes. It was two something in the morning. I said screw it I’m awake I’ll watch some episodes of Seinfeld and drink wine until I get tired. I sat there on the bed for about ten minutes, but it began to be really uncomfortable. I had to shift around a lot earlier in the night to stay comfortable. The pillows behind my back and bed combination just weren’t great. Chris had said the living area was open for me to use if I’d like, so I figured I’d take advantage and go sit on the couch.

I threw on a long t-shirt and started to throw on some pants, but I didn’t have any that were good to lounge in. I started to just throw on jeans, but my devious side kicked in a little. I figured I’d just go with the long t-shirt and panties. The t-shirt hit about midway down my thighs, so it wasn’t too crazy. I knew he’d be asleep, so it was just a way for me to have a cheap thrill.

I crept down the stairs. All lights were off and he was in his room asleep like I assumed. I sat on the couch, opened my laptop and poured myself some more wine. I don’t know how long I was awake. I remember watching two episodes and having at least two glasses of wine. My next memory was being woken up on the couch by Chris. It was about 6:00am. My laptop was on the floor looking as if I’d dropped it from the couch. I was asleep on the couch kind of on my stomach kind of on my side with my left leg sort of in a triangle with my left foot against my right knee. My shirt was hiked up and the bottom part of my ass completely exposed and yes I had a thong on. I woke to him shaking me lightly by the shoulder. He also grabbed a blanket and covered me up. As I came to he was laughing. He asked if I had a rough night. I felt my cheeks turn bright red. I apologized and said I was so sorry. He was a total gentleman, but did make one little quip. He said it was quite a view to wake up to and chuckled. I truly hadn’t intended to fall asleep like that, but it did make me incredibly horny thinking about him seeing my ass exposed like that.

I hurried upstairs to get ready for the day. I ran into Chris again on the way out. He offered me coffee. I couldn’t stop blushing. He tried to make me comfortable. It did seem like he was more flirtatious with me all of a sudden though. He asked if I have a boyfriend back home. It could have just been small talk, but it seemed more curious. I told him I didn’t. I asked about his girlfriend. I was curious as to why she hadn’t been around at all in the couple of days I had been there. He said they had actually been long distance the last 7 months. She moved away for grad school.

I went to meetings again all day that day. My mind was preoccupied. I really wanted to have sex with Chris. I know I’m a bad person, but I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I got back to the Airbnb around 6:00pm. Chris arrived about ten minutes later. I asked him what he was doing that night. He said he was just going to answer some emails and then relax. I asked if I could hangout on the couch and watch some TV. He said it was totally cool and wouldn’t bother him at all.

We talked and just relaxed. We both had some wine. We didn’t really watch TV at all. We both started to get pretty comfortable with each other. We talked about life and our backgrounds and all of that. I started asking him about his long distance relationship and how it was going. Yes, I was prying. He was open to talking about it though. He told me it wasn’t ideal and that it was a tough transition. I just went for it and said I’m sure it doesn’t make it any easier when you wake up to a half-naked woman on your couch. He laughed and sort of shifted in his seat. He said that was definitely not easy to see. I took a big gulp of wine and I asked if he liked what he saw. He sort of shrugged and said, come on, or something. He said yeah, of course he did. Said something about being a red-blooded male and how could he not.

I don’t know what came over me, but I just went for it. I moved from my side of the couch to his. I lunged toward him and kissed him. He didn’t stop me. He kissed me back hard. We kissed for a while before he pushed me back a little and told me we had to stop and that he couldn’t do this. I was still breathing heavy and feeling on his chest. I told him I understood and I backed away. I sat back on the other side of the couch. He got up and went to the restroom. He walked back into the room and didn’t say anything. He just walked up to me. Pulled me up from the couch and started kissing me again and telling me how sexy I was. I was soaking wet and aching for him to fuck me.

We continued kissing and he had his hands all over my ass. He unbuttoned my pants and slid them down my legs. He kept muttering about how much he loved my ass. I groped his cock through his pants. He was very hard and I desperately wanted him inside me. I unbuttoned his pants and pulled them off. His cock was bulging against his underwear. I pulled it out and stroked it with my hand. He turned into an animal once he felt me stroking him. He stripped all of my clothes and his off. He pushed me face down onto the couch. He got behind me and went face first into my pussy and ass from behind lightly biting my ass cheeks and licking my clit and ass from behind. He again kept muttering about how much he loved my ass. I could feel his five o’clock shadow rough up against my skin. I was gushing with wetness.

He stopped with a panicked look. He said he didn’t have any condoms, because he only ever has sex with his gf and doesn’t use them. I said I didn’t care and that I just wanted him to fuck me. I was still bent over soaking wet when I felt his girthy cock press up against my pussy lips. I had a split second of feeling really guilty when I thought about what his gf would think if she knew what was going on, but it also turned me on as bad as it sounds. It made it all feel even dirtier. I hadn’t been so turned on in a really long time, which is saying something. He fucked me slowly. Every inch grinding in and out as he stared down at me. I reached my hand back toward my ass and began fingering my ass as he fucked me. I thought it would turn him on and it did. He was talking dirty to me and telling me to fuck my tight little ass. He only lasted a few more minutes. He never really picked up the pace and I didn’t cum, but I really didn’t care. It was so fucking hot. He slowly slid his cock out of me and I felt warm drops of cum landing on my ass and hand as I continued to finger my asshole and shove his cum in my ass. I turned around and sat on the couch as he stood and took his cock in my mouth. I sucked every last drop out of him. He kept saying he couldn’t believe he just did that.

He said he needed to go to bed. He kept apologizing to me for some reason. I felt like he was really apologizing to his gf. I went upstairs to get ready for bed and masturbated since I hadn’t gotten off. I did wake up the next morning feeling conflicted. He played it cool that next morning and sincerely wanted to make sure I understood that’s not something he ever does or has done. A lot of guys say stuff like that, but I actually believed him which made me feel good and guilty at the same time. I assured him I wasn’t going to say anything. I went to work and thought about the night before all day. I went straight to the Airbnb after work and arrived around 5:30pm. He wasn’t home. I figured he might avoid me since it was my last night and he probably felt like shit about what he did.

He got home around 6:30pm. I was upstairs, but had my door cracked. He came by my room and lightly knocked as he pushed it open. We didn’t even say anything to each other. We were just all of a sudden up against each other pulling our clothes off. It seemed like we had both been thinking all day about how hot the night before was. I was soon laying stomach down on the bed with him standing beside it with his cock down my throat. He was reaching over fingering my pussy and ass. He had soon flipped me around. I was on my knees on the bed with the back of my thighs touching my calves and my ass hanging over the edge of the bed. He slid his cock in me again, but fucked me hard this time. He fingered my ass with two fingers as he did it. I could tell what he wanted, because he was so obsessed with it. Not that I was complaining. He eventually asked me if he could fuck my ass. I asked if he had any lube. He was back in a matter of seconds with some. He was soon inside me slowly pushing my ass open wider as he went further in. I worked my clit with my fingers as he slowly thrust in and out of me. It wasn’t long before I came and my asshole twitched and tightened on his cock. He muttered about how sexy I am and told me he wanted to fill my ass up. I told him to please fill me with his cum. I had barely gotten the words out of my mouth when he started moaning and shooting his cum in my ass. I was completely spent and felt used up in the best way. I fell to my stomach on the bed. He grabbed and caressed my ass cheeks with both of his hands. He gave me like a mini ass massage for a couple of minutes that felt amazing. He left the room without saying anything.

I laid there for a bit just gathering myself. I eventually went downstairs, because I was hungry. He had showered and was walking around in his underwear. He said we should order food. We didn’t. I started sucking him off again. I had to pee, so I ran back upstairs. I forgot I had brought a lingerie thing. I thought I’d be dirty and come back down with it on. I made it down the stairs in my sexy outfit and motioned for him to come back up. He said oh my god or something and followed me upstairs. We had sex off and on the rest of the night. He took a pic of my ass to remember me by.

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I’m a masseuse (32F) and sometimes if a hot client jokes about ‘happy endings’ I’ll give them one. [FM]

I’m a masseuse and the one thing a lot of guys have in common during a session is joking about happy endings. I’m not a dodgy Thai place that has an under the counter price list and the guys are usually saying it as an awkward joke.

But the other thing that often happens with guys is that they get a little hard during a session. You see the little tent pole under the towel. And sometimes it’s not a little tent pole lol

I’m only human. If they’re hot and cheeky and make jokes about, I’ll sometimes give them what they’re joking about.

It’s ALWAYS worth it for the look on their face when I actually slip my hand under the towel lol

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REDDIT: I matched with a trans woman on tinder and had the best experience of my life

I was bored as fuck in bed, just swiping on tinder. I was kinda horny so I wasn’t bothered to read profiles, I was just swiping any one that I found attractive. I know, I’m shallow. Any way, I got a match from a beautiful girl. She was blonde, Asian, petite and was extremely pretty. I open up her profile and noticed she mentions she’s a trans woman. I’ve never really thought about being with a trans woman, I’ve never actually met a trans woman before. But she was beautiful and she came off as a pretty down to earth funny person in her bio.

We hit it off well, we talked about video games, personal life, hobbies etc. While talking about personal life, she mentions she’s not had “the” operation and doesn’t plan to. Fine by me I thought, i’m attracted to feminine hot girls and she definitely was one, so I wasn’t bothered about her genitals, plus I’m always down to try new experiences. We talk a bit more and it leads to a more sexual conversation. Things got pretty heated and long story short we planned to meet at my place.

The day came, there was a knock on the door. I opened up and greeted her with a kiss on the cheek and let her in. I was pretty nervous to be honest. She was intimidatingly hot. We chit chat for a bit on the couch, just laughing and having some drinks. I thought fuck it and made a move. I went in for a kiss and everything just turned primal. We made out furiously while taking each other’s clothes off. I struggled taking her top off so she pushed me back and stood up, giving me a strip tease. She took her top and jeans off, revealing her black bra, tight panties and stockings. She had thin long legs, a tight stomach, small boobs and a cute little butt. She looked like a Victoria secret model. She turned around and slowly slid down her panties revealing her ass, then turned back round and took her panties all the way off. I never thought I’d say this, but she had a cute little dick.

She gets down on her knees and begins to suck my cock. Seeing a face like hers on my dick was almost too hot to handle. I lift her up and take her to the bed room. She gets on her back at the edge of the bed, lifts her legs up and spreads open. I press the tip of my cock on her ass and slowly push in. She’s incredibly tight so it took a while, but once I get all the way in I pick up the pace. I’m fucking her harder and harder and she’s moaning like crazy. After a bit I flip her over, ass up. It was an incredible view, I could’ve stared at her like that forever. She noticed I was busy staring and turned her head round to say “I’m waiting..” with a smirk. She was so cute but sexy at the same time, I slid my cock back in and went to town. Her moans were music to my ears and I did what I could to hear it more and louder.

At this point my cat decided to come in and be annoying, so I had to stop and kick him out the room which she found very funny. As I was closing the room on the cat, she came up to be laughing and kissed me. We started passionately making out until she took me back to the bed and sat me down. I’m on the edge of the bed sitting with my feet on the floor, and she comes and sits ontop facing me. We’re still kissing as she grabs my dick and slides me inside her again. She places her hands on my shoulders and starts to go up and down, picking up the pace. Her dick was hard and bouncing around as she went up and down and it was pretty hot. I wasnt sure if she was okay with me touching her there so I asked, to which she smiled, took my hand and wrapped it around her dick. I started masturbating her as she rode me and it was possibly the hottest thing I’ve ever done.

She was getting tired so I held her tight stomach and started thrusting into her. I could get much deeper and pick up the pace like this and we were both in euphoria. She started masturbating herself and told me to go harder. The view of her legs spread on either side of me with stockings on, her face in pure bliss, her eyes rolling into the back of her head and her playing with her cute little dick was something I’ll never forget. She moaned more and more until she had an orgasm, her dick oozed cum that ran down dripping onto me. It wasnt much and it was a different consistency than I expected, I’m assuming meds do that. I’ve never had someone cum me on before and never thought I would, but it was incredibly hot. I only lasted 10-20 more seconds until I came, shooting my cum inside her. I came so much and so hard I swear I nearly passed out. We both looked into each other’s eyes and just started giggling. She got off me and there was cum every where, we cleaned up and just cuddled in bed and took a nap.

That’s the hot part over, after that we ordered some food and just hung out talking. Long story short we get along so well. I learned so much about transgender topics and issues, her struggles, her hobbies, her life experiences. After talking we decided next time we meet, it would be a real date. I can’t wait 🙂 thanks for reading my story!

Edit: wow you’re all so nice and I appreciate all the kind words! Thank you!

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So I seduced my ex best friend’s husband for revenge… here’s how it went down.

First post here so if I screw up the format or have a lapse in decorum cut me a break, it’s unintentional. [MF]

So my now ex best friend and I had been growing apart a while, mainly due to the fact that she disappears in relationships and got married last year. It became a situation where she would only call me when she wasn’t stimulated or occupied, which was rare. This change, given how much had been sacrificed for her without reciprocation, was the last straw for me (A bit of backstory- I essentially saved this woman’s life and took care of her after a horrible relationship where my husband financially supported her completely).

So I have been going through a bit of a hard time due to a close family being terminally ill with cancer, which she knows. I had sent messages over and over and got ignored, and when she finally responded she acted as though I was being needy by expecting to see her sometimes to talk when I needed it (keep in my I rarely try to open up to people other than my husband). She even went as far as to say I have no right to expect her to message back, she doesn’t answer to me etc (keep in mind this is the woman who lived off my family for a year before we helped her move when she got a job).

So I am a proud person and I left it alone, but held my ground after the blow up out of principal alone. A sincere apologize would have been enough, but when I stopped messaging things got nasty quickly and I blocked her.

Fast forward 2 months and I get this random message from her very attractive husband (I am a Hotwife/ stag- vixen couple so anything you see is NOT cheating by our rules and lifestyle). I just could not stop myself from wanting just desserts and revenge, which apparently were not that hard to get. Here are the messages I exchanged with her husband…

Convo 1

Convo 2

So needless to say I fucked my ex-best friends husband this morning. Here’s how it went down.


This is my first post here and I’m not even sure I did it correctly. And yes I expect judgement- “I’m an evil homewrecker” and what not.

That maybe the truth, but it doesn’t change what occurred. And yes, I enjoyed it.

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Full Text of NY Times article: Second Epstein Investigation Begins at Victoria’s Secret, but… What’s Changed?

An internal review started after Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to the company were revealed has not produced any public findings. Some employees question whether workplace issues have been properly addressed.

By Sapna Maheshwari, Katherine Rosman, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and James B. Stewart

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Nov. 18, 2020Updated 3:05 p.m. ET

It has been more than a year since L Brands, the owner of Victoria’s Secret, said it was hiring a law firm to investigate its billionaire founder Leslie H. Wexner’s close ties to the convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, but no findings have been made public and the review has seemed to fade from view.

Maybe a new law firm will fare better.

After Mr. Epstein’s July 2019 arrest, revelations about his sweeping power over the retail magnate’s fortune and how he may have used his link to the lingerie giant to prey on women prompted the company to swiftly declare that it had hired lawyers to conduct a “thorough review” of the matter.
The company enlisted Davis Polk & Wardwell, the white-shoe law firm that it had relied on for legal counsel for years, and that once employed Mr. Wexner’s wife, Abigail. But nothing about the scope of the investigation has been released since, and many former Victoria’s Secret employees, including two who had interacted with Mr. Epstein, said they were never contacted by lawyers.
Now, a second inquiry has begun at the company.

A shareholder lawsuit filed in May suggested Davis Polk was too close to L Brands to be truly independent. The shareholder said they asked the board in February to replace Davis Polk or hire another firm as a “check” for its review of Mr. Wexner and Mr. Epstein’s relationship.

Last month, at least five current and former Victoria’s Secret employees were surprised to hear from a new lawyer with no affiliation to Davis Polk. Sarah K. Eddy, a partner in the litigation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, said she was commencing a separate investigation on behalf of two independent L Brands board members: Sarah Nash, who became its chairwoman this year, and Anne Sheehan.
In an email obtained by The New York Times, Ms. Eddy said her firm was investigating “allegations raised in shareholder demand letters and civil complaints concerning, among other things, connections between L Brands and Jeffrey Epstein.” The former employees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity citing fear of retribution, all said they had received similar calls and emails. Shareholder complaints have also raised concerns about allegations of misconduct and a culture of harassment and misogyny at L Brands and its lingerie powerhouse, suggesting that the new investigation could be looking into those issues.

Ms. Nash, a former executive at JPMorgan Chase and chief executive of Novagard Solutions, and Ms. Sheehan, an expert in corporate governance, joined the L Brands board last year after an activist investor pushed for more diversity and fewer directors with business and social ties to the Wexners.

Ms. Eddy declined to comment. A representative for Davis Polk did not respond to requests for comment.

The new investigation is the latest jolt for L Brands and Victoria’s Secret, months after the pandemic foiled a plan to sell the lingerie brand to a private-equity firm. Even before the revelations about Mr. Epstein, Victoria’s Secret was battling a decline while facing criticism that its lingerie-clad models were out of step with current views of beauty. That put fresh attention on its management and the board of L Brands, which also owns Bath & Body Works.

Mr. Wexner, 83, has sought to distance himself from Mr. Epstein, who died in prison in August last year in what was ruled a suicide. But L Brands has also faced intense scrutiny about its workplace environment. An article by The Times in February showed that Mr. Wexner and his former chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, presided over an entrenched culture of misogyny, bullying and harassment at L Brands and Victoria’s Secret.
Mr. Wexner stepped down as chief executive and chairman of L Brands in May, but nearly all of Victoria’s Secret’s remaining top leaders are men he hired or promoted, including the brand’s interim chief executive, who was appointed to that role despite an extramarital affair with a subordinate that became widely known inside the company. The scarcity of women in the highest ranks of the company has frustrated some employees.

“This year, we have amended our board governance, made significant policy changes, initiated a robust diversity and inclusion strategy, and greatly enhanced associate communication,” Ms. Nash said in a statement. “It’s truly a new day for L Brands, and I’m excited about the progress we continue to make for our associates, customers and communities we serve around the world.” She said she was proud that half of its board was now women.

Two current employees said they were cautiously optimistic that Wachtell’s independence could allow the new investigation to address the company’s workplace culture.

In May, the company’s board said Stuart Burgdoerfer, L Brands’ chief financial officer for more than a decade, would also become interim chief executive of Victoria’s Secret. Some current and former employees wondered how significantly Mr. Burgdoerfer could improve the company’s culture. Several years ago, while he was having an extramarital affair with an L Brands employee, fliers with both of their photos were placed on car windshields in a company parking lot, saying in part: “Hope you two can buy enough lingerie to make up for the damage you caused your families!!!”

News of the affair and the fliers spread through the company and even reached at least one Wall Street analyst. The matter was never addressed internally with rank-and-file staff. Mr. Burgdoerfer and the employee, who left the company this year, were recently married.

Charles McGuigan, the longtime chief operating officer of L Brands, who departed in July, was also in a serious relationship with an employee who worked in store design and construction. Five current and former employees said the situation was viewed as particularly egregious because Mr. McGuigan also oversaw human resources for a time while in the relationship.

Brooke Wilson, a company spokeswoman, said the relationships “were fully and thoroughly disclosed to the appropriate people, including the board.” She said there were no reporting relationships between the individuals or violations of company policy.

Until last year L Brands had given investors few reasons to complain. Mr. Wexner previously had a sterling reputation as the longest-serving chief executive in the S&P 500 and was a major force in shaping the American mall through L Brands, which once owned chains like Abercrombie & Fitch and Express. He and his wife are prominent in Ohio as the biggest donors to Ohio State University. (Davis Polk, the law firm the company first enlisted for its investigation, has contributed money to Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts.)

But the ties to Mr. Epstein, who had unusual control over Mr. Wexner’s billions and obtained assets like a New York mansion and private plane through their connection, dented the tycoon’s legacy. Three former L Brands executives told The Times this year that Mr. Wexner was alerted in the mid-1990s about Mr. Epstein’s attempts to pitch himself as a recruiter for Victoria’s Secret models, but the C.E.O. did not appear to act.

In February, L Brands announced a plan to sell a majority stake in Victoria’s Secret to the private-equity firm Sycamore Partners, whittling the public company down to Bath & Body Works. Once the sale closed, Mr. Wexner planned to step down as chief executive and chairman of L Brands but remain on its board.

Then the pandemic hit, dealing an outsize blow to mall chains, especially apparel sellers, and Sycamore backed out of the deal after some legal wrangling. In May, there was a management shuffle at Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, which are still being run as separate companies within the publicly traded L Brands, and Ms. Nash replaced Mr. Wexner as board chair. Mr. Wexner and his wife remain on the board, but three directors retired, including a former Ohio State president as well as two who had served for more than three decades.
Morale has been low in a difficult year that has included hundreds of layoffs in New York and Columbus, Ohio, tied to the pandemic.

While L Brands’ shares soared 92 percent this year through Monday, they remained 64 percent below a 2015 peak.

L Brands will report quarterly earnings on Wednesday.

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF MAXWELL: BBC announces new documentary for next year


Last updated 13:33, Thursday 19 November 2020 GMT

BBC Two has announced a new three-part documentary series looking at the Maxwell family that is scheduled to air in 2021.

The three-part series, currently titled The Fall of the House of Maxwell, will look at the rise and fall of media mogul Robert Maxwell, as well as cast an eye over his daughter Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged involvement in grooming underage victims for sexual abuse.

Robert first started life as an impoverished Holocaust survivor, who built up lavish wealth and fame as a media proprietor.

However, his jet-set lifestyle soon took a hugely dark turn as his multimillion pound media business started to collapse, with his apparently accidental death falling overboard on his yacht leading to allegations of fraud on a grand scale.

Elsewhere, daughter Ghislaine Maxwell has become an infamous figure in her own right due to her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the late investment banker who stood accused of decades of sexual abuse on underage girls. The socialite, who was arrested earlier this year following an international manhunt, will face trial for her involvement in the abuse. She has denied all charges against her.

Told through intimate testimony and exclusive never-before-seen sources of archive, The Fall of the House of Maxwell is a story woven through British and American society and culture, and will offer a unique window into a world of money, sex, privacy and power across the last fifty years.

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, said of the upcoming series: “Building on recent successes like Once Upon a Time in IraqThatcher and The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, this series promises to combine nuanced story-telling with great filmmaking ambition. I’m delighted to commission it for BBC Two and iPlayer audiences.”

Creative Director, Factual and Factual Drama, Colin Barr, added: “It’s hard to imagine a story with a more dramatic rise or disastrous fall than the story of the Maxwell family. I

“t’s a story that is both intimate and epic and one which speaks to half a century of business, politics and celebrity. This is a true-life family drama on an extraordinary scale, and we’re incredibly privileged to be producing it for BBC Two.”

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Epsteins chalet in Vail, Colorado, goes on sale and Sotheby’s is giving everyone a virtual tour of his luxurious property

He owned an entire island in the Bahamas, bedecked with a sprawling mansion compound, with multiple separate offices, a huge sundial and a bizarre sex temple. He owned a 10,000-acre ranch in New Mexico, with a 50,000 square foot mansion situated on a hill at its center. He owned the largest single private residence in Manhattan, a seven-story castle known as the “Herbert N. Straus House.”

And apparently, the renowned pedophile and pimp for the elite, Jeffery Epstein also owned a super-chic, ski-in, ski-out, Euro-style ski chalet in Vail, Colorado. Right at the base of the mountain, in fact, near one of the most highly trafficked areas on the slopes.

If you’ve skied Vail, chances are you’ve skied right past this place.

375 Mill Creek Circle, is the epitome of alpine elegance: It sits on a private plot of land, surrounded by evergreen pines and spruce trees, pressed against the slopes and looking straight out at Golden Peak and the Riva Bahn Express. It’s got an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, huge balconies, several lavish bunk rooms, and a master bedroom with a four-poster bed, fit for a Scandinavian King. The estate is valued at over $24 million dollars and sits in one of the choicest spots in the entire village.

This insanely beautiful mansion, was one of two properties that were undisclosed in the breakdown Epstein’s finances, following his arrest and death. 

Who knows what kinds of dark things transpired behind the walls of this prominent Vail mansion? Who knows how often he stayed there, or skied Vail himself? 

Maybe often. Maybe never. He certainly isn’t around to tell us.

Apparently, the chalet was first bought by the heiress of Johnson & Johnson, from the original owners in 1994. The heiress, Elizabeth Ross “Libet” Johnson, was one of the few clients who Epstein managed wealth for and sometime in 1998, he somehow convinced her to make him an owner of the property and she legally transferred it over to him. He did a similar thing with Les Wexner, who originally owned the Herbert N. Straus House in New York, but transferred the deed over to Epstein under mysterious circumstances.

The Vail estate sold earlier this year and no one really knows where the money went. As the trustee, Libet Johnson’s daughter, Annabell Teal may have received all or some of the funds. However, it’s unclear whether or not Epstein was also still a trustee — if he was, the other half of the $24 million would go to Epstein’s brother, Mark.

Regardless, the chalet is now under new ownership. And I doubt the realtor disclosed who it had belonged to previously…

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System Failed Epstein Victims

Debra Saunders
November 19, 2020, 6:01am

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Before he was found dead in a New York jail cell in what a coroner described as a suicide, Jeffrey Epstein was a super-rich serial sex abuser with impeccable political connections and a ruthless streak. A year after his death, Epstein haunts a criminal justice system that failed his many victims.

In 2005, the parents of a 14-year-old girl complained to the Palm Beach Police Department in Florida that Epstein had paid their daughter for a massage. The investigation led to the discovery that Epstein used personal assistants to recruit girls to provide massages for him and the massages often led to sexual abuse.

After the state attorney’s office presented its case, a grand jury indicted Epstein for a felony count solicitation of prostitution. In search of a tougher, more appropriate sentence, local law enforcement reached out to the FBI in the hope that the feds could come up with charges that better reflected Epstein’s crimes.

In 2007, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alex Acosta, issued a 53-page indictment.

Enter Epstein’s dream team of lawyers, which included Alan Dershowitz of O.J. Simpson trial fame; Roy Black, who won an acquittal on a rape charge for William Kennedy Smith, JFK’s nephew; and Ken Starr, who served as special counsel against President Bill Clinton.

As Acosta later wrote, Epstein’s lawyers investigated federal prosecutors and their families “looking for personal peccadilloes,” which they tried to use to disqualify at least two prosecutors.

The prospect of putting teenage victims on the stand to testify before well-paid sharks waiting to shred their credibility — that made it easy to see that Epstein might be found not guilty.

Acosta worked on a nonprosecution agreement that required Epstein to plead guilty to felony solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution in state court. The deal required that Epstein register as a sex offender, pay restitution to his victims and agree to a minimum of two years behind bars — later reduced to 18 months.

It was not the harsh sentence Epstein deserved, but it beat acquittal. At least, as Acosta later argued, the arrangement “put the world on notice” that Epstein, a friend of sorts to men such as Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton and real estate developer Donald Trump, “was and is a sexual predator.”

After pleading guilty in 2008, Epstein gamed local law enforcement. He applied for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s work-release program. For no good reason, his application was approved — Epstein spent 12 hours a day six days a week at his private office.

After his time was served, Epstein returned to his lifestyle of the rich and famous. Yes, he was a registered sex offender. Still, he lived large and largely avoided the interest of the press.

Then, in 2017, Trump, now president, picked Acosta to be his labor secretary. Only then did the Miami Herald produce the 2018 series, “Perversion of Justice.”

Only after the story was hot news in 2019 did New York U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman indict Epstein for sexual exploitation with minors — between 2002 and 2005.

Acosta, the only prosecutor to put Epstein behind bars, was hounded from his job. For his troubles, Acosta got a bonus: a federal investigation into his handling of the case.

Guess what: The department found no prosecutorial misconduct, although it did say the plea deal constituted “poor judgment.” Considering what followed with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Department, who can argue?

“Of course, had Secretary Acosta known then what he knows now, he certainly would have directed a different path,” Acosta reacted in a statement.

It is an outrage that Epstein was able to prey on teens for a decade after his guilty plea. But there’s something wrong with targeting the only prosecutor to put Epstein away, especially when so many in power looked the other way for a decade.

Saunders: System failed Epstein victims
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REDDIT: I cannot find anything like this.

In 2008 I was 19 and deployed to Afghanistan. I was at a small post in the southern area of the country. It was very mountainous, and not very populated. We had men who weren’t in uniform coming in and out several times a week never staying for more than 2 days. We were all pretty positive the were special forces of some sort or maybe CIA contractors. They didn’t have much interaction with any of us pretty much ever they stayed in their groups.

There were a lot of rumors going around that they were doing some psychological warefare things. Like ambushing and killing all but one in the dark. Butchering corpses and leaving them infront of suspected villages. Burning things down just you know crazy things to mess with people.

Well about my third week at this posting we were told in the morning they wanted us to check in on a village not too far from us. They have been complaining about us killing goats and skinning them. Which really wasn’t that uncommon, we had complained all the time to try to get money and other things from us in repayment. Then we had a report of a patrol in the area see a bunch of women and children carrying a lot of things rushing away from the area. Kinda suspicious activity.

The next morning we set out before the sun was all the way up. The village was a little less than an hour drive from us. The whole area was pretty flat in a valley most of the way there, but about 2km from the village you have to take a small dirt single track road up the mountain. The entire village was on top of a small mountain but in like a big bowl. It was just maybe a dozen small walled off houses and sheds no more than 40 people lived there.

Well as we spit up and approached the village our comms freaked out, all we heard was static. But four of us heard voices. They all said it was like 100 people were all talking at once you could hear it but couldn’t make out what was being said. That lasted for about a minute. The other group radioed us and said they 3 of the 6 of them had heard clinking metal and a harsh loud scream, a wet gurgling scream. Then mid scream it just cut off and went silent. We radioed back and reported what happened. We were told to continue on our radios are encrypted there was next to no way anyone could have gotten in to them.

Not even five minutes later it happened again but this time to more than half of us, we heard people talking while breathing heavily like they were running so many voices all at once like had to rip my headset and helmet off like many of the others. It was bad we were out in the open all in a panic. We reported it again but one guy said he heard what was kinda like Farsi(Persian) another said kinda like Latin and I swear what I heard was in Russian. We were told it might just be interference switch channels and keep on task.

At this point we were maybe 30 meters from the entrance of the village it’s a pretty big open area on this mountain not much to hide behind besides the buildings. Someone noticed a thin blood trail leading into the village. We took note and continued on. When we stepped into the village we saw a puddle of dried brown blackish blood. Before we could even register what we saw three military aged med stepped out and opened fire at us.

We all dove for cover, I ran behind this 1-1.5 meter high wall surrounding a small building. As soon as I dropped to my ass a man stepped out of the building and shot at me. I panicked, this was my first time being shot at, I shot at him atleast 8 times 2 of which smacked him in the chest. Someone from the other side of the wall on a building was firing at me so I ran to hide beside the building the man just came out of. I took cover next to the man listening to his gurgling heavy last breaths.

After all was said and done we had reinforcements arrive, we put down 8 me And wounded 2 more. Nothing on our side. While everyone was taking the required pictures and what not an Army patrol came by with 4 of the women from the village. They said they found them hiding in a near by town begging for help. They had to pretty much carry the women back they refused to return.

We split the women up and began to question them, they admitted the men were gathering and getting things together to attack a patrol, someone had promised them a great reward. But they were crying all terrified to be back. Our interpreter asked what has them so shaken? Is it because of the fight? They said the morning before as the sun was coming up they saw what looked like a bloody man walking up. Some of the women went so try to give aid when they stopped and screamed. As the man walked closer he was naked from head to toe no hair and no skin. Each step he looked like his knees would buckle and collapse. He had no eyes and no muscle around his jaw. His head just swung around loose like nothing ridged to hold it up as he walked. They said he was slow and jerky. They could hear him breathing it was wet and heavy like he was drowning.
The men hearing the women scream and run, grabbed some weapons some were muskets some tools. As he walked closer they saw his belly was slit and things were just swinging from his gut. The men began to fire at him. The thing didn’t notice, didn’t stop didn’t even flinch and chunks of him were ripped off. He finally stopped when the men were reloading and opened his arms like he was going to hug someone and screamed, screamed so loud they had to cry. The men closest to him began to bleed from their eyes and ears and finally collapsed. The next thing they knew he was gone. Just vanished into a light red mist. The men who fell were gone too, not a trace no foot prints or anything just the train of blood into the village.
We all kind looked at Eachother like that’s bullshit no way. We kind ignored it and continued on with documenting and cleaning up. After several hours we were leaving, I was infront with 6 other men, we were all talking about the radio thing when one of us just stopped and yelled for us to drop. We all listened and spread out dropping low. Their are is wide open and empty there is nothing to hide behind. But there in the middle of the dirt track was a horse with its legs cut off flush at the joints with its head twisted upside down. Something was sticking out of its belly and it has something carved into its skin.

We thought it was an IED so we went through the standard processes. And cleared the area. When were were sure all was well we finally aproched it. It has a 1 meter long shard of a broken mirror stuck in its side. Arabic letters carved into it. The half of the horse facing away from us was skinned. So cleanly there wasn’t a drop of blood or a cut into the meat.

We asked our interpreter what the Arabic words said, he said it isn’t Arabic but kinda like Farsi but not at the same time. He said he thought it said “look” “look” “don’t look”
We were all freaked out. We went back and reported everything. Our CO listened to the entire story and after a long silence that felt like half an hour said”it was nothing, exhaustion and stress from your first engagement” “be careful who you tell, people will begging to question your mental fitness”
Later when some of us went to shower there was yelling. The guys who were out there with us said they saw that their faces had no skin in the mirror. We calmed them down and moved them out so we could shower. I was the first one done and went to shave when I saw a red skinless person in the corner of the mirror.
That was 11 years ago yesterday. I still sometimes see him in the mirror. Hell in my bathroom I don’t have a mirror at all. I go to a barber once a weeek to shave me. The last time I shaved my self my daughter was in watching me when I saw the man in the corner of my eye right next to her. She saw him in the mirror too and ran off screaming.

What makes this all crazy is in that deployment 3 of us from that day were killed in an IED two were critacly injured in another. Our interpreter was killed with his family in his home. 4 killed themselves within 3 years of returning home. That’s 8 dead and 2 injured just like the villagers. I’ve only told maybe a dozen people about this. Only one or two believed me. I can’t find anything like this anywhere in the world. I know the area had a lot of history like the Russians had a base where we had ours in the 80s some say Alexander the Great marched his army in that valley too.

I don’t know what to think of it I need to know more about it. It’s been bugging me for years.

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REDDIT: Paramedic Experience

So I’ve been a career paramedic, but this happened when I had only been one for 5 years. This has never left me to this day, and I shit you not… it happened exactly like this.

I was driving home on a rural highway one rainy afternoon. It was really pouring and traffic had slowed to about 50 mph. I was following two vehicles, and we rounded a bend in the road as a small sports car on the opposite side crossed the centerline and hit the small SUV that was leading the three of us vehicles on my side of the road. I immediately pulled over and called 911… it was a bad one. I got out to check on everyone…

There was wailing coming from the SUV on the side of the road… That’s always a good thing, because people are breathing. So I went down into the field past the ditch to check on the sports car.

There were two young guys in the car: the force of the impact had driven the engine to where the front passenger seat should be. The passenger was still buckled, his crumpled hand grabbing the “oh shit handle” overhead, the entire section of car shoved into the backseat area. The back of the car had peeled away, as had the passenger’s top of his head. His jawbone jutted out raw and jagged. He was clearly deceased, but I felt for a pulse anyway, all while listening to the gasping, ragged dragging breaths of the driver. No pulse on the passenger, I tried to figure out how to deal with the driver, but there was nothing I could do. The car had literally wrapped around him, and it would take an extrication team time to get him out. Listening to his dying breathing, I apologized out loud to him that I couldn’t do more, told him I was sorry to leave him, but others needed my help too. In my heart, I knew he’d never make it, so I went to render aid where it was needed. (In triage, we call this “black tagging” a patient who isn’t going to survive).

I did what I could for the family in the SUV. Emergency medical people and fire services got to the scene and took over. (The entire family had injuries, but all survived. The mother had permanent brain damage and lost an eye).

But the whole day, those two guys in the red sports car stayed on my mind. That night, I was home alone and getting ready for bed with just the bedside lamp on, and I heard something in the hallway. It got louder as it came closer down the dark hallway toward my open door. It was like a “thump… drag… thump… drag…” I absolutely froze. A broken hand curled around the frame of my doorway. And then, that kid from the passenger seat was standing there, busted up just like he was in the car. I’m totally serious.

He looked at me and I can’t recall the exact words of what he said, but it was something along the lines of, “ Hey. My friend wants you to know he understands. He wants you to know he’s okay. We both are. Thanks for trying.”

He stood there for a few more seconds, just looking at me. And then he stepped back into the shadows, let go of the doorframe, and I listened to him drag back down the hallway into nothing.

I turned on every damn light I could. I slept with the lights on for two full weeks. I clipped out their death notices from the paper later that week. Turns out they were both high school seniors, on their way home from a wrestling tournament. Their car hydroplaned, from what the investigation determined.

I’d never have recognized the blonde headed kid had he come to me as his healthy, unwrecked self. Freaked me the hell out that he came to me busted up. I still have the newspaper clippings. I’ll never forget them, nor the ghostly visit.

Anyway, that’s my experience. I’ve seen a lot of shit in my 29 year career… but nothing quite that visceral before nor since.

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REDDIT: (Uber Driver) I am still processing this…

I drive for Uber and I stopped at this house a few hours ago. As I’m waiting, a light turned on upstairs and this little boy was turning the lights on, waiving at me, then turning them off. He did it a few times and was smiling and looked like he may be laughing. I waved back and smiled and even though it was late, I didn’t even question it. The girl got in my car a few minutes later. I thought she took so long because the kid was hers and I commented how cute the kid upstairs was and her face went pale. She looked me straight in the eye and told me no one lives upstairs. I laughed because it’s spoopy season and I thought she was messing with me. I stopped shortly after I looking in the rearview mirror and saw that she was…starting to cry. She took a few deep breaths and asked me what I saw. So, I told her about the little boy turning on the lights. She called her boyfriend who was still there and was full on freaking out. Turns out her boyfriend had several people mention the kid that plays with the lights and waves!

I would have thought it was a joke, but she was shaking and almost had a panic attack about this. Her boyfriend was woken up by the call and the entire downstairs was dark when I picked her up. I have no other explanation for this because of her reaction. My hair is still standing on end thinking about it.

Edit: Thanks for the award! I honestly didn’t think this story would be received so well!

Oh my goodness! Thank you all so much for the awards! I’m blown away.

For those worried about the child and suspect foul play, I did place a call to the local police and they did confirm that there is no child at the residence, although they wouldn’t tell me if the upstairs apartment was occupied or vacant. I am driving again tonight so I will try to stop by on a break and see if it happens again. If it does, I will have my camcorder to try and capture anything out of the ordinary. I could not hear anything but he did seem like a little kid that was having fun and being goofy rather than being in any distress. I have been around enough kids to tell the difference as I used to work in a daycare. Thanks again for your enthusiasm! This isn’t my first encounter like this and am trying to capture more and more! I hope to share more in the future.

So I went back to the house. I sat there for a bit and nothing happened. With the moon being so bright (it was really cloudy yesterday) I could sort of see into the window where I saw him. The lady wasn’t kidding, there is nothing up there. No photos or furniture that could be seen. The apps on the second floor but it is has those long windows that almost reach the floor. Anyway, there was no movement inside. However, as I started to drive away I saw a kid in the yard running…but there was no noise to it…no crunching leaves or anything. I had my window open, radio off, I would be able to hear footfalls or at the very least the shuffling of leaves. It was just a glimpse and I waited for something else but there was nothing. I think it is safe to say that there is something on that property. I have to look into the history of the property. It is a really rough part of the city and many many people die in that area yearly, but I am still curious that turns up.

REDDIT: My older brother told me where to find my missing tv remote last night, he has been deceased since 2011.

Last week my wife and I attended a wedding and had to have a sitter watch the kids overnight. When we returned home, everything was fine except that the remote for the living room had gone missing. Usually when this happens it is stuck in no man’s land under the couch but I could not find it anywhere. I actually gave up and ordered 2 more remotes off of eBay. Problem solved right?

So last night right before I got up to go to bed, my son came out of his room and asked if he could sleep with his mom so I told him yes, and got the couch ready to sleep on. While I was asleep, I had the first dream of my deceased brother since he passed in 2011. In the dream he was holding my remote in his hand and saying he was sorry for making me spend money(he knows I don’t like to waste on things I didn’t need) and that he would “put the remote back where it usually is. The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was to check the spot that he told me in the dream and it was there. I had checked that spot at least once a day since it went missing.

Thanks Jeff, I’ll return those new remotes as soon as they arrive.

Edit: Guys, when I told my wife about the dream and showed her the remote she started crying. Between her and I, that spot in the couch was checked and rechecked at least 20 times. I also told my sister about it and she was ecstatic because he would mess with both of us when we were kids by hiding things in really tough spots until he was sure that we had looked everywhere and then put it in an obvious spot when we weren’t around. This is like classic Jeff.


REDDIT: I just received a hand written letter that is unexplainable.

I honestly don’t know how to explain this strange hand written letter I received last week. For backstory: my family and I have been staying with my parents for three months because I’ve had some health problems. We didn’t tell a lot of people because we were still in the same town and everyone was sheltering in place anyway. Last Monday my mom told me I had received a letter in the mail and I could tell by her voice she was intrigued. It was strange that I was getting mail at her address as they had only lived there about two years and it had never been my permanent home.

I head downstairs and she hands me a written letter addressed to me but using my maiden name. I’ve been married over ten years and my name is now distinctly different. The return address is in town from “Patty C.” (Names changed obviously). I don’t know anyone by that name. To reiterate, my parents didn’t own this home when I went by my maiden name. So we’re obviously very interested to see the contents of this envelope.

I open it and unfold a hand written note on 9.5×11 ruled notebook paper. The letter is very personal so I won’t type it out but it goes into detail about my health struggles and how this Patty C person cares deeply for me and is praying for me to get better. She wrote like we are best friends. At the bottom she signed her name with a P.s. to call her anytime.

My mom and I are so incredibly confused and concerned about who this person is so I decide to call the number. A woman picks up and I ask for Patty C, the woman pauses and then sighs and explains that her mother, Patty C, died a year and half ago. I apologize and am about to hang up, more bewildered than ever, when this woman (let’s call her Kim) ask why I’m calling for her mother on her (Kim’s) cell phone.

I’m not sure what to say and stumble through an explanation that I received a letter from her mother and it listed this number. Kim is silent for a while. Then she says she’s only had this cell number for 6months, well after her mother’s death. I apologize again and say there must be some mistake and hang up.

My mom and I decided to google the address, it’s a small public park in town.

I’m so confused. Paranormal occurrence Maybe? Extremely strange glitch? Extraordinary coincidence? Who knows. This is going to bother me for the rest of my life.

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REDDIT: Did Isis save this boys life?

A Being Saved My Life

Trigger warning: abuse

I will spare y’all the gruesome details, but my grandfather was a sadistic, violent predator. To cover up an affair, my dad dropped me there for the weekend-mom thought we were camping. Grandfather abused me terribly (I was 8). When I regained consciousness, I screamed at him that I would tell what he had done. That pissed him off, so he drug me outside in the middle of the night, and tied me to one of those old, metal lawn chairs. It was Autumn and it was drizzling outside.

I was so cold that night. I’m pretty sure I had hypothermia. I just remember shaking and that the wet and cold hurt.

I was going to die- I felt it. Then there was a bright, blue light. Out of it stepped a tall, thin woman’s with black hair, cut straight and straight bangs. She was wearing white and had a bead necklace. She walked over to me and touched my face, then hugged me. Her skin was so soft and she was so warm. Then she stood behind me. I expected she would untie me and we would go into the light- I thought I was dead. Instead, she put her arms around me, and she had colorful wings. I remember being shocked because I thought angel wings were white.

I immediately got warm, and dry. My muscles relaxed and the aches and pains from grandfather eased. I can still feel the warmth that I felt. I can still remember her floral smell. I never in my life before or since felt as safe as I did in her arms/wings. She stayed until morning. I think grandfather forgot me because he came running out at dawn. He commented that I must have gotten loose because I was dry and everything was still wet out.

In high school we were studying Egyptian mythology. I saw a painting of Aset (Isis) for the first time and knew it was her that had saved my life. To this day, I have a statue of her in my living room to show thanks for saving me.

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REDDIT: I believe the ghost of a suicide victim tried to get me to kill myself too.

I shared this story in a comment in an askreddit post then realized it would probably be appreciated here. This is a true story. Trigger warning for suicide.

My husband and I moved into an apartment a couple years ago where I started to basically go insane. It always felt like someone was watching me and I became horrifically depressed. I would get so sad that sometimes I would even just spontaneously start crying and I often fantasized about hanging myself from the rafters in this one room. I would sometimes hear the rafters creaking and go in there then imagine myself hanging in front of the window being the cause of the creaking. I had been depressed in the past, but this was something on another level. I was seriously suicidal, despite being happily married and genuinely enjoying life before moving into this place. I thought that I had some serious mental illness that was emerging.

Several months into living there, our neighbor, a sweet old woman that had lived in the building for decades, told us that a young woman hung herself from the rafters in that room in the late 80’s. She was discovered by a man walking his dog who saw her hanging in front of the window. Our neighbor said she was a very unfriendly person, who kept to herself and never had anyone over.

According to her, every single one of the female tenants in their mid-20’s to early 30’s that have moved in since her suicide never renewed their leases past the first year and all seemed “troubled”, as she put it, while they lived there. I was 27 at the time, the exact same age she was when she died.

My husband and I noped the fuck out of there pretty much immediately after we learned this. We still had a few months left on our lease, so we had to pay double rent during that time, but it was worth it. Literally the day we got out my mental health recovered completely and has been back to normal ever since.

I believe with all my heart that she was there in that apartment with us, and for whatever reason, she wanted me to repeat history and endure the same fate as her.

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REDDIT: Butterflies won’t leave me alone now that my older brother has passed away, we used to raise and make pets out of butterflies together.

My brother and I were best friends growing up. He was 4 years older than me, he was my biggest role model.

As a young boy, probably close to being 10 years old, he was absolutely fascinated by butterflies. He took care of them, loved raising them from cocoons, he knew everything about every butterfly. After they would pass away he would keep them because he thought they were beautiful, and loved them dearly. I partook in it merely because I admired my older brother so much and wanted to do everything he did, because I thought he was the best. The butterflies never seemed to care for me much, they’d land on him like crazy but wouldn’t land on me — even when we would go to places like “butterfly world” where they’re used to humans, they would land on everyone except me.

As he progressed into adulthood he struggled with addiction, which ended up making him fall very ill and his body gave up on him – he had a heart attack the last time he used a substance, and he passed away. He still loved butterflies up until then, when he was 23.

Although we weren’t close at this chapter in our lives, as his addiction had really pushed me away — we still talked occasionally when he was going through his good days. The last time I saw him, a few weeks before he died, we were visiting our mom and had brought up ghosts. As we had both always thought her house was haunted. Growing up him and I had many paranormal experiences, which we both saw together and talked about the last day I saw him, they were experiences that made us bond even more since no one else saw these things but us, together. While still being very young, we had moved into a rental for the month, we would play in the attic. We had been in there lots at this point, but one day went up there and it was filled with probably 10 monarch butterflies which we assumed came in through the slightly opened window, we both saw it and were in awe, played with them for a while; but by the next day they were gone. I don’t remember us ever even telling our parents. It wasn’t until I was much older and realized that was very strange. — The visit I had with him before we passed, the topic of paranormal got shifted into reincarnation. He asked if humans could reincarnate into anything, like a butterfly, he wondered. It was a very brief moment, but now that he has passed some strange things have been happening to me and I can’t get the few seconds out of my brain where he mentioned reincarnating into a butterfly.

He passed away in late January, it was still basically winter where we live. Not soon after this, a bright orange butterfly was outside of my house. I thought it was so strange, and it of course didn’t make it due to the cold. I didn’t really give it a second thought, other than how weird it was that there was a butterfly in February. Ever since then butterflies follow me everywhere, it’s gotten to the point where it’s very strange and even the people around me think it’s strange. We are not in a very butterfly-populated place, but they land on my head randomly as I’m walking to work now. They land on my leg when I’m not looking, as I’m sunbathing, and scare the living hell out of me. We went floating down a river in a different town, and halfway down the 3 hour river ride a butterfly landed on my arm rested on the tube. The group of 15 we were with saw it and thought it was so bizarre, none of them could get it to come near them. This morning I got home from work and a very bright, new-looking butterfly was seated on my front step, seemingly unable to fly. It looks completely uninjured but wouldn’t leave, so I fed it and gave it a nice sunny place to rest and it’s still sat outside the door hours later, fluttering around but won’t fly away.

I can’t help but feel somehow my brother is doing this which is a lovely thought, but it makes me filled with so much sadness and grief wishing I could tell him about all these butterflies.

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My son knows things he shouldn’t.

This is my first time posting here, so hang with me.

I have 4 sons, My oldest is 6 and he’s the one I’m curious about. Since he was very young, first learning to talk, he’s occasionally said things that don’t make any sense for him to know. We were on vacation with my inlaws at the beach when he was 2.5 and he had a blast in the water with my husband and I. The next day, we got up bright and early to go back and he adamantly refused. He kept insisting that there were alligators in the water. We tried to reason with him thatalligatorsdidn’tlive in saltwater, but he wasn’t having it. Well, my husband had taken one of our twins, almost a year old, into the water and they were playing. A few moments later, a man comes running from the peir yelling at him to get out of the water and for us to get away from the water. He explained that while watching the water from the peir, he saw an alligator just underneath the water, stalking my husband from a distance. He called 911 and animal control arrived and were eventually able to locate and capture the alligator. It was 8ft long. There had been storms during the night and it was mating season. The explanation was that he was looking for a mate and had come in through a freshwater river that runs into the sea. But, how could my son have known about that hours before it happened?

Another time, I was going outside to do yard work and he told me not to go near the bushy tree, fig tree, because there was a rattle snake under it. I thought it was just childhood imagination. I’m doing the yard work and I go over to that tree to see if any figs are ripe and I heard the rattle. I looked down and I was about 3ft away from a rattle snake and it wasn’t happy to see me. I quickly got away as not to disturb it further and hope it would go on its way. He shouldn’t have known it was there. Another time, we were going to go visit my mom and he was asleep. We hadn’t told him where we were going because she had a surprise for him. We got in the car and he said, you can’t go this way to Grandma’s because the bridge is out. We always went that way if my husband was driving and the bridge had been fully operational the day before. Sure enough, we get to the bridge and its tapped off with a detour sign. There’s no way he should have known because word hadn’t gotten out yet, especially since my cousin is the local supervisor and he didn’t tell anyone about it until after I called him.I honestly find this all a little creepy because I can’t logically explain it.

REDDIT: My experiences as a crime scene cleaner

To start out, you need a little back story to show how i got into this situation…

When i got out of high school around 2003, finding a job was difficult so i took whatever horrible jobs i could to get by. when i found a job cleaning fire and water damage full time, i was excited to have steady income and start saving, but this quickly turned into a nightmare that i had to endure for almost 2 years. the company i worked for put me on my first job which was a water damage claim where a basement flooded with sewage, so after a few days of work we finished and it was on to the next job.

my boss then called me into his office the next morning and told me about a special crew that he was setting up and asked if i would be the crew leader supervising 3 other guys that were just hired. i found this strange as i had only been working there a total of around 3 days, but figured my work ethic was already paying off and i would get a raise, i only made 10 a hour to start. not only did i not get the raise, but i got no training in the new position other than a work van with cleaning material, and the phone numbers for the 3 new guys that also were hired in to do fire/water damage cleanup.

The boss told me what tools were best to use and what cleaning products to use to sanitize along with where everything was located in the van, with hazmat suits and respirators, but he was vague about what kind of things i would clean up, he just said the situations were always different and i would get detailed instructions each job. he called my position CSC crew leader… the boss told me that i would never have to see the deceased as the coroner would have the remains gone by the time my crew got there, and to use my logic to determine what needed to be removed from the homes and what could be cleaned.

The first job i had in my new position which the boss told me about when i got to the office was cleaning up the remains of a elderly man or woman who died in their house and had been laying in chair. when we arrived, the coroner had me come inside to show me a few things that were considered hazardous material and needed to be removed due to the risk of disease, i guess my boss knew a few people from the county coroners office and much of the work came from their recommendations.

not only was the deceased still in the house, but was fully visible to me and the other guy and you could smell the rot through the masks as the house had no AC and this was mid June. the coroner was backed up and waiting on additional people to show up to load the body as it was falling apart, and i call the body it because i honestly couldn’t tell if it was male or female and was trying not to look too long as it was disturbing.

the other 3 guys i worked with handled it well but 2 got sick from the smell and has to go outside to puke. we all waited outside after the coroner showed us the chair, the fluids that leaked into the carpet, and the basement where the fluids went through the sub floor and puddled on some boxes in the basement. the coroners support arrived and took the deceased out and me and the crew started working. after about 5 minutes weird things started to happen, the first of which was when i began to disassemble the chair.

i had removed the back of the chair and was putting it into the special hazmat bags that i was given and the base started to rock when i was about 10 feet away putting the bag with the back of the chair by the front door. nobody else was in the same room as the other guys were in the basement dealing with moving boxes. i brushed it off and took apart the base of the chair as much as i could and when i got it into the bag i got a chill up my back and then began feeling sick, i just figured it was the shock of what i was cleaning hitting me and pushed on, even though the chill was strange as i was very hot in full hazmat in June.

next was removing the carpet and assessing the floor to see if it would be able to be cleaned or if i had to remove a section of the floor, so i called the boss to ask him and he told me just to pour the special cleaner on the area to soak into the floor boards and it would be fine, so i got it out of the truck where he said it was and brought it inside. when i got inside all 3 of the guys in the basement were scrambling to get out of the basement, tripping over each other, and all 3 ran outside. when i asked them what was up all 3 said there was someone in the cluttered basement and they assumed it was a homeless person or junky, Detroit has many issues with these kinds of things.

i listened at one of the open windows to the basement, its kind of the first thing we did when we started working, open any window possible, prop the doors open, so maybe someone got inside then or possibly before we got there and was hiding. after listening a few minutes and hearing nothing, me and another of the workers went inside, armed with a mag light and a piece of metal fence post and searched the basement. nothing was down there but the footprints of the shoe covers we used, but when we started up the stairs, we heard a horrible hacking cough from somewhere in the basement. when we looked for it, there was nothing, but the corner of the basement had a bunch of dust stirred up like someone was moving things very recently that weirded us both out.

we called the guys back in and they got back to the boxes, but all of them kept feeling like they were being touched while throwing away material from the boxes that got fluids on them. i went back to my upstairs job but found that the cleaner i put next to the floor boards was gone, and i started getting frustrated as it was the only jug i had of this cleaner and i clearly remember it being set next to the area before the guys ran up the stairs and my attention was redirected.

i began to take out trash figuring i would find it eventually or the basement guys took it for the floor, and i found it on its side, behind the bag that had the back of the chair.

this is impossible, there were like 6 other bags in front of this one near the front door, and this was a gallon bottle of cleaner, again i got a chill but this one was brought on by what sounded like a whisper that i could not make out the words to. cleaned the floor boards and moved out trash, job complete. that night each member of my crew had a dream about a older man telling us that we are not welcome in his home, touching his belongings and we need to leave.

in my dream i was alone in his house, the old man cried and told me i was destroying his things and he couldn’t replace anything. he was trying to push me out of his house, but it was like i was ignoring him, even when he would push me and scream at me, no reaction from me. he then threw my cleaner into the garbage pile i had made by the front door, exactly where i found it. 2 of the 3 guys in the crew told me their dreams about the old man pushing them as they went through boxes of ruined pictures and other old stuff that needed to be thrown out due to the risk of disease from his fluids.

they also said it was like they had no control and were on autopilot, they said they were so sad but couldn’t do anything. the thing that got me about the dreams of the other 2 guys, was they both said the man was getting so upset that he began violently coughing, and that the man kept grabbing their arms when they would touch boxes or throw things into the trash.

neither of the guys were in the house when me and the other guy heard the coughing from the basement. the guy that went into the basement with me said he had a dream but all he remembered was waking up sad like he did something wrong, and had a horrible coughing fit, which might just be a coincidence, but i connected it in my mind as relating to the other dreams.

we all talked about it and came to the conclusion that we were all just having a reaction to a situation and it was nothing more than our brains coping with what we had to do. im very into psychology so i rationalized it the best i could and we hoped for better assignments the next day.

next few jobs were not so bad, cleaning up blood at a home invasion, no casualty, but huge mess, then there was a few other bloody crime scenes with casualties but nothing notable happened. About a 2 weeks into the job we began to learn the tricks of the trade and were split into 2 different groups that i was responsible to manage as crew leader, so i would have to go to different sites if the other 2 guys had an issue or didnt know what to do. i thought i was getting used to the job as well as the other guys as we had no other experiences like the first job, but i was wrong…

the next job that there was activity was a suicide of a man that was middle aged, the coroner had already removed the body, but it was a mess. the guy had shot himself with what i think was a large caliber handgun or shotgun, as the spray was everywhere in the basement in like a second living room. there were skull fragments lodged in drywall, brain matter all over, and again he was not found for a bit so the smell was horrible.

first step in cleaning this was using our backpack vacuum cleaner to suck up all the bio material. the coroner told us when we went in that he and his partner were extremely uneasy in the house and it felt strange and we immediately started getting a claustrophobic suffocating feeling when we went into the basement as well.

to make matters worse, the family of the man had came over and were crying upstairs, but the vacuum noise helped to cancel out that. while i was cleaning, the power to the lights went out and it was completely pitch black. this was strange because my vacuum was still powered. my crew mate started screaming at this point so i turned off my vacuum and climbed off my ladder, i thought maybe he touched a wire to the lights but when my vacuum unit was turned off he was still screaming and i could hear things being knocked over.

i started fumbling around for my flashlight on my tool belt and yelled for my friend asking what was going on but all i got back was panicked screaming, then i saw in the pitch black, something darker that was moving in my direction and i will admit, i freaked out. i slipped trying to backup still looking in my belt for the flashlight and found it when my back hit the basement wall, i turned on the light aimed at the blackest shape i have ever seen and when the light turned on, i saw the shape of a man wearing a flannel shirt, beard, and an expression like he was about to attack me, then it was just gone.

my crew mate was behind where the entity was, sitting on the floor rocking with his hands on his head, when i approached, he picked up his flashlight off the ground and turned it on, then ran up the stairs and outside and threw up.

i followed behind him, asking if he was OK and why he was screaming, i thought i just imagined the entity and the man because his screaming scared me, but he told me that he was scrubbing the wall and felt something pulling on something in his tool belt and he thought it was me, but when he turned around, the lights went out and he was engulfed by what he said was like dark smoke and he immediately could not breathe and was struggling to move.

he managed to pull his flashlight out but it was knocked out of his hand like his wrist was grabbed with force and he managed to scream. when he screamed, trinkets started falling off a entertainment center that was about 3 feet to his side and the black smoke moved back, but he was close to passing out from exertion.

he also said he lost hearing and didn’t know that any noise came out when he started screaming and that the stuff falling off the shelves was landing on him and that’s why he was covering his head. he said it felt like a weight was lifted off him when the dark smoke backed up but he felt sick right away, and the light from my flashlight made the sick feeling increase.

we took an early lunch where he just sat there, pale as ever and didn’t say much other than he said he breathed in that smoke and didn’t feel right. i got him some gator aid and his color started to come back, i never told him i saw a man when i turned on my light because we still needed to finish and i didn’t want to put that in his head since he never mentioned seeing it.

when we went back, the lights in the basement were on again, half the things that fell from the shelves were back on the entertainment center, and the TV was on baseball, there was also a different smell in the room, similar to burnt hair. my worker, stayed a half hour, got sick again and went home for the day, leaving me alone to finish, which i didn’t want to do but had to as the other guys had their own job.

after cleaning up everything with my vacuum, i began scrubbing the old blood, which is hard after it congeals, mix in brain matter and it is like glue, even with cleaner. while i was finishing up i kept seeing the shape of a person always in the side of my vision, each time i would smell that strange burnt hair scent and a few times, i also felt like a force was pulling at items on my belt, not sure what item as there were several things in my belt.

when i finished the job, i went to use the bathroom upstairs, and in the hallway along the way i heard like muffled crying or moaning, i froze up and stayed still thinking maybe a family member had came back and when i panned around, there was nothing, but i saw a picture on the wall of a man with a beard wearing a flannel, several other pictures in the hallway of other scenarios of the same man, different flannels with deer or fish or family. i had not seen a picture of that man as i had not been anywhere else in the house with a bathroom, nor did i use the bathroom downstairs because pulling off the hazmat stuff is a pain.

as i was securing the house, closing all windows, locking doors and shutting down every light but the front porch light, i saw the front curtain move and again saw the darker than black form in the front window.

the last experience i will share in this thread happened mid July in a very bad area in Detroit. there had been a incident where a guy supposedly tried to abduct a child, was stopped by people in the neighborhood who beat the man very bad and he escaped to his house where the neighborhood people quickly called police and civilians surrounded the mans house to prevent escape.

the police response time in this area is horrible and the people were throwing rocks through the mans window and damaged his car. the man was hurt bad by the mob and was hurt by a rock or glass and died in the home (this is assumption by dpd) from what the police officer told me, it was a misunderstanding and the man picked up a girl that was injured riding her bike and some kids that knew her told their parents that the man was kidnapping her and people over reacted and the man was brutally beaten.

the cleanup was pretty simple to do, we secured windows, cleaned up blood and bodily fluid, but as soon as i entered the house, i just felt wave after wave of fear and sadness, like i have never felt this before and it hit in waves that made my legs weak. my working buddy who was there showed up late and didn’t get the story from the cop like i did, but experienced the same feelings i had. the whole time we were there, we saw a form darting around corners, like it was watching us, then hiding, it was similar to like a small bit of fog or mist.

we also heard very slight cries for help coming from several areas in the house and also what sounded like “please stop” and long “noooooo” a few times the crowd came back and yelled at the house also, and when this was going on the activity in the house increased and we could hear running footsteps go up the stairs, a door slam, and it sounded like the front door would open and close but we never saw any of the doors move.

the path of the footsteps sounded like from the front door,through living room, to the bathroom, to stairs to the upstairs bungalow room. the part that really got me, was i could feel the floor impacts that felt like the vibrations of someone running past me when i was cleaning the areas. and each time i would be hit by one of those waves of fear and sadness.

when we left the house there were a few people on porches hanging out like is usual during summer and the people were still hostile and yelling random things, but directed at us as we loaded the van and took off hazmat suits. we ignored this, but before we had loaded all the material from the house into the van and locked the house, the front door slammed hard enough to sound like a gunshot, which scared me and my crew member, along with the people on the front porch to the point where they went inside. the front door deadbolt was somehow locked and we could not get it open, i think it was a different key than the knob, so we ended up leaving several boards in the house that were left over from boarding a few of the windows.

the feeling of relief when i left the house was like night and day, inside i was, anxious, scared, paranoid, and just really down, which could be due to knowing the story, but when i got outside, it was like flipping a light switch, i immediately felt better and me and the other guy in my crew were joking and laughing about dumb stuff and normal 19 and 20 year old shenanigans.

i have many of these stories written down in detail in a journal i started after the first 3 months of working at this job. i talked to the guys on the crews and got other strange stories from them too. i know that some of this could very well be formed by my subconscious mind to cope with traumatic situations, but some of it has no explanation and when i hear other members of my crew tell me their stories when they haven’t been influenced by mine, that is a horse of a different color…

when i have time, i will pull out the journal and give more of my experiences, the job got way worse when i started the journal after 3 months in, several experiences with what i think was paranormal, many situations that stressed my mental state to the point where my mask of sanity started to slip. in the end i worked at this place for almost 2 years, and of my crew, all died, 2 from suicides, one from drug overdose that could have been intentional but we will never know.

i just know that when these 3 guys, my age, around 19 and 20, started this job, all were normal well adjusted guys with no cares in the world other than girls, parties, and working. i watched each one of them slowly drain their joys and passion for life, and i know this sounds bad, but each one that died was considerate enough to die in a clean way, most likely so another person wouldn’t have to see the horrible thing that we all saw so often…

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REVEALED: The scientific PROOF that shows reincarnation is REAL

WHILE many scientists will dispel the notion of reincarnation as a myth, there are some credible experts out there who believe that it is a genuine phenomenon.


Reincarnation is generally a religious concept that implies that upon a select few’s deaths, their soul, mind or conscious is transferred to a new born. It sounds like the stuff of fantasy, but some scientists do believe that it is a feasible concept.

Dr Ian Stevenson, former Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, dedicated the majority of his career to finding evidence of reincarnation, until his death in 2007.nullADVERTISINGnull

Dr Stevenson claims to have found over 3,000 examples of reincarnation during his time which he shared with the scientific community.

In a study titled ‘Birthmarks and Birth Defects Corresponding to Wounds on Deceased Persons’, Dr Stevenson used facial recognition to analyse similarities between the claimant and their alleged prior incarnation, while also studying birth marks.

He wrote in his study: “About 35 per cent of children who claim to remember previous lives have birthmarks and/or birth defects that they (or adult informants) attribute to wounds on a person whose life the child remembers. The cases of 210 such children have been investigated.

“The birthmarks were usually areas of hairless, puckered skin; some were areas of little or no pigmentation (hypopigmented macules); others were areas of increased pigmentation (hyperpigmented nevi).

“The birth defects were nearly always of rare types. In cases in which a deceased person was identified the details of whose life unmistakably matched the child’s statements, a close correspondence was nearly always found between the birthmarks and/or birth defects on the child and the wounds on the deceased person.

“In 43 of 49 cases in which a medical document (usually a postmortem report) was obtained, it confirmed the correspondence between wounds and birthmarks (or birth defects).”

In a separate study, Dr Stevenson interviewed three children who claimed to remember aspects of their previous lives.

The children made 30-40 statements each regarding memories that they themselves had not experienced, and through verification, he found that up to 92 per cent of the statements were correct.

The article, published on Scientific Exploration, Dr Stevenson wrote: “It was possible in each case to find a family that had lost a member whose life corresponded to the subject’s statements.

“The statements of the subject, taken as a group, were sufficiently specific so that they could not have corresponded to the life of any other person. 

“We believe we have excluded normal transmission of the correct information to the subjects and that they obtained the correct information they showed about the concerned deceased person by some paranormal process.”

Among 26 pharmaceutical firms in a new study, 22 (85%) had financial penalties for illegal activities, such as providing bribes, knowingly shipping contaminated drugs, and marketing drugs for unapproved uses. Firms with highest penalties were Schering-Plough, GlaxoSmithKline, Allergan, and Wyeth.

Financial penalties imposed on large pharmaceutical firms for illegal activities

UNC Charlotte research shows price pharmaceutical firms pay for illegal practices


Some pharmaceutical companies have received criticism for engaging in illegal activities, such as providing kickbacks and bribes, knowingly shipping adulterated or contaminated drugs to pharmacies, and marketing drugs for unapproved uses. This study examined financial penalties for illegal activities among large pharmaceutical firms in relation to annual revenues.


We collected data on financial penalties for pharmaceutical firms listed on the Global 500 or Fortune 1000 lists using procedures similar to Almashat et al.1 Consistent with prior research,2 we analyzed all firms that met inclusion criteria and appeared on the list for 7 years or more. All instances of financial penalties from state and federal settlements between January 2003 and December 2016 were obtained from the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and states’ attorneys general. Each settlement included the penalty amount and described the scope, type, and duration of the associated illegal activity. We secured missing data through Freedom of Information Act requests. Financial penalties were attributed to the settlement year.

To adjust for inflation, we calculated the cumulative dollar value of each firm’s financial penalties for each year and applied the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Gross Domestic Product Deflator to convert the cumulative amount to 2016 dollars. When firms merged with or were acquired by other firms during the study period, we attributed all penalty settlements, both before and after acquisition, to the firm that engaged in the illegal activity. We calculated the mean penalty amount by dividing the total dollar value of each company’s financial penalties by the total number of penalties levied during the study period. We calculated the total dollar value of each company’s financial penalties as a percentage of their total revenues during the study period using data from Compustat, Mergent Online, Edgar Direct, and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We provided the mean duration of illegal activity for penalties settled during the study period. We used content analysis to classify each settlement into 1 or more types of illegal activity and summarized the frequency by firm and illegal activity type.


Among 26 firms in our sample, 22 (85%) had financial penalties for illegal activities. The combined dollar value of financial penalties totaled $33 billion for 2003 to 2016. Eleven firms with financial penalties exceeding $1 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars accounted for $28.8 billion (88%) of the total penalties (Table 1). The firms with the highest penalties as a percentage of revenues (ie, >1%) were Schering-Plough, GlaxoSmithKline, Allergan, and Wyeth; the number of penalties for these firms varied between 1 (Allergan) and 27 (GlaxoSmithKline). Four firms had financial penalties that totaled less than $80 million and no more than 2 penalty settlements (Actavis [Watson], Roche Group, Genzyme, and Perrigo). All but 1 firm (Perrigo) engaged in illegal activities associated with penalties for 4 or more years. An additional 4 firms received no financial penalties for illegal activities during this period. The most common types of illegal activity involving penalties (Table 2) were pricing violations, off-label marketing, and kickbacks. The firms with the greatest variety in the types of illegal activities involving penalties were GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Merck. Three firms (Actavis, Allergan, and Perrigo) had penalties limited to a single violation type.


Among the large pharmaceutical companies included in this study, 85% had evidence of financial penalties for illegal activities. Given the scope and nature of the illegal activities involving financial penalties, physicians and regulators should exhibit vigilance over the activities of large pharmaceutical firms. Four firms were not found to have penalties for illegal activities during the sample period. This may indicate an ability for illegal activity to be undetected, although these firms may instead have effective ethics and compliance programs.3,4

Limitations of the study include focus on the largest firms, exclusion of class-action settlements and penalties by non-US governments, and the possibility that some settlements were missed. Also, only settlements from a limited time period were examined; whether these data reflect current activities of pharmaceutical companies or whether financial penalties for illegal activities have increased or decreased more recently could not be determined. Other industries also engage in illegal activities, but a comparative analysis is beyond the scope of this study.

This is going to be insane, this is a Elvis ain’t dead post with proof.

Elvis was born in 1935 and apparently died in 1977, in his long run as a bona-fide rock and roll star this guy hit numerous number ones.

But what if I told you he’s still alive and well.

Let’s look at one of Elvis Idols, his name is Tom Jones, his very close friend. He was born in 1940.

Tom jones

Tom looks good yeah? This is to show age doesn’t matter.

Here’s the weird thing when I was a active member of above top secret a long while back we had a post about this after the CIA released files about Elvis being a mafia snitch and faked his death.

Then we found this guy.

Nothing weird right? They did voice analysis either this guy’s a modern day Elvis or a genius. It gets deeper. Lisa Marie presley in the past has answered back in these videos.

what’s even weirder we found a picture of said Jon cotner and we did some analisys.

Jon 1

Jon 2

We found his left eye above as the exact same eye scar. Same birthmark as Elvis.

What’s fucked up is there was a video of Lisa Marie leaving a restersunt in France and Jon cotner was behind her it’s been edited since I’ve first saw it.
Here is where it got even weirder there was a film called finding Graceland in 1994 a film about people believing Elvis is still alive. Guess who’s a producer yup Priscilla Pressley.

Then we dug deeper, The king of rock and roll didn’t want it.

Edit! Don’t give me gold give that shit to charity x

Epstein attorney previously dated top prosecutor who helped secure the pedophile’s sweetheart deal | 14 Nov 2020

  • Lilly Ann Sanchez was a member of Epstein’s defense team in 2008
  • Epstein had faced a potential federal indictment and life imprisonment for sexually abusing dozens of girls
  • Sanchez helped secure the ‘slap on the wrist’ plea deal with the Southern District of Florida’s US Attorney’s Office for the pedophile to serve just 13 months
  • Sanchez had previously been in a relationship with Matthew Menchel, one of the Attorney’s Office’s prosecutors who worked on the plea deal, a source revealed
  • The link between the two came to light in the review by the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) finalized this week
  • Review concluded the probe into the office’s handling of Epstein’s case
  • It found Menchel should have disclosed his relationship with Sanchez
  • The review also said prosecutors simply exercised ‘poor judgement’ in granting the plea deal

A defense attorney for Jeffrey Epstein had previously dated one of the top prosecutors who helped secure the pedophile his 13-month sweetheart deal, it has been revealed.

Lilly Ann Sanchez was a member of Epstein’s defense team in 2008 when he was facing a potential federal indictment and life imprisonment for sexually abusing dozens of girls between 1999 and 2007.

Sanchez helped secure a deal with the Southern District of Florida’s US Attorney’s Office for Epstein to plead guilty to a lesser felony prostitution charge, register as a sex offender and serve just 13 months in a county jail where he could come and go during the day.

It has now emerged that Sanchez had previously been in a relationship with Matthew Menchel, one of the Attorney’s Office’s prosecutors who worked on the plea deal.

The link between the two came to light in the nearly 300-page review by the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) finalized this week which concluded the Attorney’s Office simply exercised ‘poor judgement’ in reaching the slap on the wrist deal with the pedophile.

The OPR had launched a probe into the actions of the Florida prosecutors several months back.

The full review has not been released, only an executive summary, with the Justice Department citing privacy laws protecting the victims involved.

A source familiar with the review told the New York Daily News the full report reveals Menchel and Sanchez dated for a few weeks back in 2003 before breaking off the relationship because they felt it wasn’t a good idea.

At the time, they were both working at the Southern District of Florida’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sanchez later left the office to work in private practice and became part of Epstein’s defense team in 2007 as he was under investigation for the sexual abuse of underage girls.

When the Attorney’s Office began investigating Epstein, Menchel was the chief of its criminal division and worked on the plea deal for the pedophile.

The report says Menchel had left the office before the case into Epstein was resolved.

Menchel told Justice Department investigators during the probe that his relationship with Sanchez had no impact on his handling of the case, the report says.

However the review found that the prosecutor should have disclosed the relationship to then US Attorney Alex Acosta and ethics officials and that, if he had, he would have likely been taken off the case.

The review has faced a backlash after it cleared Acosta, Donald Trump’s former labor secretary, and his team of prosecutors of misconduct over the handling of the case, instead ruling that the attorney showed ‘poor judgement’ in granting Epstein the deal.

‘While OPR did not find that Department attorneys engaged in professional misconduct, OPR concluded that the victims were not treated with the forthrightness and sensitivity expected by the Department.

‘OPR also concluded that former U.S. Attorney Acosta exercised poor judgment by deciding to resolve the federal investigation through the non-prosecution agreement and when he failed to make certain that the state of Florida intended to and would notify victims identified through the federal investigation about the state plea hearing,’ the office said in a statement.

The office said the probe found no evidence that Acosta was swayed by ‘impermissible considerations, such as Epstein’s wealth, status, or associations’.

Senator Ben Sasse released a statement slamming the findings Thursday.

‘Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment– it is a disgusting failure. Americans ought to be enraged,’ he said.

‘Jeffrey Epstein should be rotting behind bars today, but the Justice Department failed Epstein’s victims at every turn.’

Epstein first came under investigation in 2005 after police in Palm Beach received reports he had sexually abused and trafficked underage girls in his mansion there.

Following an investigation he struck the plea deal in 2008 which has been widely criticized.

The deal also protected three co-conspirators from prosecution in Palm Beach, and it was kept secret from his victims for a year.

Epstein was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan last August while awaiting trial on new sex trafficking charges.

He had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 14 and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.

His death was ruled a suicide but his attorneys and some family members claim he was murdered to stop him from sharing what he knows about other high profile, powerful people.

His alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell is now awaiting her sex trafficking trial in summer 2021.

Highway to hell: Human skulls and bones are mixed with sand scattered on Russian road to stop cars skidding on ice

  • Police have launched an investigation after the bones were discovered on road
  • Video and pictures of the road in Siberian city of Kirensk show a grizzly scene
  • The road had recently been gritted to stop cars from skidding on the icy surface
  • A local minister said the sand was taken from land close to a graveyard 
  • Locals believe the bones belong to soldiers who died in Russia’s civil way 

By Will Stewart In Russia For Mailonline

Published: 07:33 EST, 16 November 2020 | Updated: 07:33 EST, 16 November 2020 

Human remains including a skull and several bones have been found mixed in with sand that was used to grit roads in Russia.

Police have launched an investigation after the bones were discovered scattered along a newly-gritted road in the Siberian city of Kirensk.

A local minister said the sand was taken from land close to a graveyard, which is how the bones ended up mixed in with it.

Pictured: A skull lying on a newly-gritted road where it was found that human remains had been mixed into the sand used to stop cars from slipping on the icy surface

Pictures taken from the road showed bones embedded in the road, and a skull lying on the surface. The road where the bones were found is named after a soldier who fought during the Russian Civil War. Ironically, locals believe the bones belong to those who died in the conflict 

MP Nikolay Trufanov said: ‘I can’t even describe how horrendous this is.

‘I hope the law-enforcement agencies will investigate this as quickly as possible.’  

Locals believe bones are likely to belong to those killed during the Russian Civil War between pro-Tsarist White forces against Bolshevik Reds between 1917 and 1922.  

Pictured: A general view of Siberian city of Kirensk, the oldest town in Irkutsk region. A local minister said the sand was taken from land close to a graveyard, which is how the bones ended up mixed in with it

Ironically, the road where the bones were found is named for Timofei Alymov, a Bolshevik who fought during the conflict.

Alymov was entrusted with keeping the gold bullion seized by Lenin’s Bolshevik forces from the Whites.

He was killed by the forces of Admiral Alexander Kolchak, leader of the Whites, in Kirensk. 

Pictured: A pre-revolutionary card of Kirensk. Locals believe bones are likely to belong to those killed during the Russian Civil War between pro-Tsarist White forces against Bolshevik Reds between 1917 and 1922

Grocery Chain Apologizes for “Super Spread” Ad Mishap


As the Washington region braces for a Thanksgiving Day in the middle of a coronavirus surge, one leading grocery store chain has some advice in its pre-holiday advertising.

“Hosting? Plan a Super Spread,” reads the tag line of a full page advertisement for Giant Food that appeared the December issue of its own magazine, Savory. The slogan is placed beneath a photograph of holiday food items sold at Giant, including a fruit tart, a cheese board, and a menacing looking shrimp cocktail ring. The magazine also includes recipes for crowd-friendly dishes like dinner rolls, pigs in blankets for 32, and a chocolate/peppermint layer cake. Another ad in its pages, from Campbell’s soup, encourages readers to “Slay the Spread” with a green-bean casserole for six. In fairness, a subsequent Giant ad in the magazine does acknowledge that “this year, your crowd has to be smaller than years past.”

Local government officials and public health experts across the country have spent the past several weeks sounding the alarm about the potential for Thanksgiving Day gatherings to become Covid-19 super spreader events.

We asked Giant for comment on the “super spread” ad, and this is what they said:

We apologize for our advertisement in Savory which used the language Super Spread to describe an abundance of food. While, in hindsight, the choice of words was a poor one, Giant had no intentions of insensitivity. We continue to encourage people to practice safe social distancing practices for celebrating the holidays in line with CDC recommendations. 2020 has been exceptionally challenging for so many reasons and this year the holidays will be celebrated very differently, but we hope that food can still be a source of joy and comfort and that the ad reflects that spirit.

Lawyers for Epstein victim seek ‘previously concealed information’ from Justice Department

17 November 2020, 16:49

Attorneys for an alleged victim of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein contend in a new court filing that the U.S. Department of Justice failed to turn over significant documents related to Epstein’s controversial 2007 deal with federal prosecutors and concealed the existence of a nearly year-long “data gap” in the email inbox of Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. Attorney in Miami who approved the deal.

“I think it calls into doubt everything that we’ve been told about the case from the Justice Department,” said Paul Cassell, an attorney for alleged victim Courtney Wild, who sued the DOJ in 2008 over Epstein’s once-secret deal. “We’ve been told that they have all the information, that everything was fine. But now it turns out they’ve never had all the information.”

The new court filing comes in advance of a crucial court hearing in Wild’s case and on the heels of the release last week of a 350-page report on the Epstein deal by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which spent more than a year reviewing the actions of Acosta and the four former prosecutors most directly involved in the negotiations.

The review, which determined that Acosta exhibited “poor judgment” in his handling of the Epstein deal, relied substantially on internal government emails as well as communications between the prosecutors and Epstein’s team of high-profile lawyers to reach its conclusion. But the details concerning the missing Acosta emails were relegated to a brief section of an appendix to the report. The gap, which did not affect Acosta’s sent mail, was determined by OPR to be most likely due to a “technological error,” and the OPR reviewers found no evidence that there had been any intentional deletion of emails, according to the report.

The email gap coincides with a critical period from May 2007 — when the lead prosecutor prepared a 53-page draft indictment of Epstein — to April 2008, shortly before Epstein entered a guilty plea in state court that ended the federal investigation. It was during this time frame that Epstein’s defense attorneys were mounting an aggressive lobbying effort to persuade Acosta and his deputies to shelve the indictment and close the federal case.

“The gap seems to have surgically struck on exactly the time period when most of the big decisions were being made,” Cassell said. “I was stunned because you would think if there was ever a case where the Justice Department would have been very careful to make sure they had complete records and things weren’t missing, this would be the one.”

After the OPR report was made public, Cassell said that he and his co-counsel Brad Edwards began digging through their case files and discovered that some emails between the prosecutors and Epstein’s lawyers that were cited in the report had apparently not been produced to them in Wild’s case, even though a court ordered the government to turn all those communications over to them in 2013.

“In just a few minutes’ time, I identified several ‘external’ emails that appear to have been available to OPR but inexplicably never made available to Ms. Wild,” Edwards wrote in an affidavit submitted to the court on Monday.

Among the records Edwards contends the government may have improperly withheld were messages between a federal prosecutor and an Epstein attorney who was contesting a requirement that Epstein register as a sex offender, and exchanges about a government subpoena seeking to obtain computers that had been removed from Epstein’s Palm Beach home prior to the execution of a search warrant by local police. Epstein’s lawyers contested the subpoena, and it was eventually withdrawn as a condition of Epstein’s deal.

“So far as we can determine in our records, this correspondence has not been produced to us. This correspondence is significant because, had the efforts to obtain the computer continued, it is likely that the [prosecutors] would have obtained ironclad forensic evidence to charge Epstein with child pornography crimes,” Edwards wrote.

Epstein’s deal with the federal government allowed him to avoid an indictment that could have charged him with substantial crimes against 19 alleged victims. He faced a potential sentence between 14 and 17 years if convicted, according to the OPR report. Instead, he pleaded guilty to two prostitution-related crimes in state court and served 13 months of an 18-month sentence in county jail, much of it on a liberal work release program, and the federal case was closed.

Wild’s lawsuit against the DOJ alleges that Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement, which also conferred immunity on any potential co-conspirators, was reached in violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which requires the federal government to confer with victims, keep them informed and to treat them with fairness and dignity.

After many years of litigation, the Justice Department acknowledged that it did not inform Wild or any of the victims about the deal before it was done. But the government argues that the law did not require the victims to be notified because no federal charges were filed.

In February 2019, a federal judge in West Palm Beach ruled in Wild’s favor, deciding that the government had violated the law by not conferring with Wild and other alleged victims before they made the deal. But before the judge could determine if Epstein’s deal should be torn up, Epstein was arrested again in New York and then died in prison. The case was dismissed but she has appealed the decision.

Early next month, Wild’s case is scheduled for oral argument before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Her lawyers are now urging the court to consider the newly discovered information about Acosta’s missing emails and to order the government to turn over the allegedly undisclosed records and all the materials the OPR considered for its report.

“Unfortunately, [the appeals court judges] don’t have in front of them right now all of the information about the case. A lot of new information came out last week when the Justice Department finally released its internal emails and other information. And we want all of that information in front of the judges when they make a ruling,” Cassell said.

According to Cassell’s filing, the government has indicated that it opposes his requests.

Following the release of the OPR review, an attorney for Acosta, Gordon Todd, released a statement contending that the report “fully debunks allegations” that Acosta “improperly cut Epstein a ‘sweetheart deal’ or purposefully avoided investigating potential wrongdoing by various prominent individuals.”

“OPR’s investigation confirmed the evidentiary and legal challenges that would have faced any attempted federal prosecution of Epstein based on information available at the time,” Todd wrote.

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Covid vaccine that is 95-percent effective partially funded by Dolly Parton

Music icon Dolly Parton has been revealed to be one of the major funders of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, which is said to be nearly 95 percent effective, according to early data.

In April, the 9 to 5 songwriter and country music legend posted on Instagram that she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center in honour of her friend, Dr Najj Abumrad, a professor of surgery whom she befriended many years ago after seeking treatment for injuries sustained during a car accident.

The New England Journal of Medicine’s recent story about the Moderna vaccine’s efficacy through trials and clinical research lists The Dolly Parton Covid-19 Research Fund as a chief supporter.

Parton’s donation has also supported a study of convalescent plasma. In addition to being an entertainment industry superstar, she is a well-known philanthropist, whose efforts include providing free books to children, and funding a women’s services center at a Tennessee hospital, among others.

She will next be seen in her Netflix movie-musical Christmas on the Square, while 9 to 5 is set to return for a new tour in 2021.

The Moderna vaccine is one of two vaccines that are seemingly on the cusp of distribution (pending regulatory approval) – though the UK will only has access to around 5 million Moderna jabs in Spring 2021, enough to vaccinate 2.5 million people.

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The Death of Elisa Lam

I’m sure all of you are familiar with the girl who was found dead in a water tank at the Cecil Hotel. I’ve added a link for those who aren’t and to demonstrate something I’ve noticed.


I’m a bit of a death, murder and conspiracy enthusiast and remember reading about Elisa Lam a while ago, and remember very clearly that people were saying that the hatch to the water tank was closed, further adding to how odd this case is because “how could she have closed it from inside the tank?”.

But now, every video I watch or article I read has someone very clearly stating that they went up and immediately saw that the hatch was open. For example in the following link, it is quoted:

“I noticed the hatch to the main water tank was open and looked inside and saw an Asian woman lying face-up in the water approximately twelve inches from the top of the tank”

Anybody else got this?

Sorry if my formatting is dodgy, I’m on mobile.

Dr. Anthony Fauci recommends ‘uniform wearing of masks’

PUBLISHED: November 17, 2020 at 12:41 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is recommending “uniform wearing of masks” to help curb the surge of coronavirus cases in the United States.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert told CNN on Tuesday that “we need to intensify public health strategies,” which include wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding places where people gather.

The U.S hit a record daily high of more than 184,000 coronavirus cases on Friday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

On Monday, Moderna announced early data suggests its vaccine candidate provides strong protection against the coronavirus. That news comes a week after Pfizer revealed its vaccine was similarly effective.null

Vaccines candidates must go through independent data and safety monitoring before approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Fauci says in the meantime, it’s important for people “to be motivated to hang in there a bit longer and double down on the public health measures. I just can’t understand why there’s pushback against that. They’re not that difficult to do. And they save lives.”

The U.S. leads the world with 11.2 million coronavirus cases and more than 247,000 deaths.

Jeffrey Epstein owned Colorado ski chalet that sold for $24 million in July | NOVEMBER 16, 2020

The late heiress Libet Johnson named him to her trust before her death.

Jeffrey Epstein had a massive real estate empire that included an apartment in Paris, two islands in the Caribbean, a Palm Beach mansion, a massive New York townhouse and a ranch in New Mexico. But OK! has obtained paperwork revealing these were not his only properties. One thing he kept secret was another — never-before-disclosed — sex chalet!

In 1997, Epstein became an owner of a ski chalet in Vail, Colo., that just sold this past July — for $24 million.

Documents show that the property was purchased in 1994 by Elizabeth Ross “Libet” Johnson, the great-granddaughter of the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson. She is one of those rare individuals who was known to be a client of Epstein, and a few years into their professional relationship, Epstein got Libet to make him an owner of her property.

A 1998 property transfer that is dated May 13 and signed by both Johnson and Epstein transfers the property from the heiress to a trust set up in her name by the pedophile. That document is only signed by those two individuals, along with the appropriate notaries and clerks, but none of Libet’s heirs. Her six children did have a claim to the house, as she was one of the two grantees in that 1998 agreement, with the other being Epstein. Upon her death, they inherited her share.

The document states that Epstein can “convey, encumber, lease or otherwise deal with interest” in the property. That gave him the same rights to the chalet as Libet. There was never a change to that trust before the house sold this year, and the deed references the owner as being the trust as created in the May 1998 document. The deed for the property was signed by Libet’s daughter, Annabel Teal, in her capacity as a trustee of the estate.

It is unclear if Epstein then received half of the sale from this home, or if he had listed himself as a grantee to run some sort of financial scheme. It is similar to what he had done with Les Wexner when he inherited his Upper East townhouse from the L Brands founder. If he was in fact still an owner of the chalet, then the money would go to his brother Mark Epstein, but the government does not seem to be aware of the property. It is one of two Epstein properties not listed in the breakdown of his assets provided by his executors to the courts.

It is also worth noting that it was not sold during Libet’s lifetime despite the fact that she stopped going to Vail. She became increasingly reclusive, as she battled Alzheimer’s towards the end of her life — though, prior to that, did occasionally appear at social functions, sometimes on the arm of one-time boyfriend and Epstein pal Frédéric Fekkai.

As for the property, The Stockton Group described the chalet as such:

A homesite chosen by the original investors of Vail for its unparalleled access to the ski slopes, unobstructed views of the Gore Range and pristine natural surroundings. This home combines timeless luxury with impeccable craftsmanship while absorbing the incredible history of this premier ski-in/ski-out location. Off the backyard, is the Golden Peak base area and Riva Bahn high-speed quad. A legacy property with unmatched privacy and proximity to the ski mountain.

The 7,738-square-foot home is located on half-an-acre of land and has seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, multiple fireplaces, an elevator and a pool.

Jeffrey Epstein Colorado Deed by Chris Spargo on Scribd.

Jeffrey Epstein Told Inmates About Donald Trump and Bill Clinton Before Death, Book Claims


Jeffrey Epstein shared “agreeable memories” about Donald Trump and Bill Clinton with inmates at his Manhattan prison before his death, a new book claims.

Prison companion William “Dollar Bill” Mersey says the New York financier told him the current president wanted to show off his Atlantic City casino to a “French girl.”

And convicted pedophile Epstein also reportedly discussed former President Clinton’s “days as a lothario”, but said such days were over, due to heart surgery.

The account of Epstein’s final weeks in the Metropolitan Correctional Centre, in Manhattan, emerged in new book The Spider, published by Crown, which is released today.

The sex offender died after apparently taking his own life while awaiting trial on new trafficking charges, in August last year.

Author Barry Levine interviewed Mersey, who talked to Epstein through a counsellor scheme run by fellow inmates.

Levine writes: “Talk of Trump brought back agreeable memories to the financier and he began telling Mersey stories.”

Mersey is quoted as saying: “One time, we’re flying in my private plane and I was with this French girl.

“And Trump said to me, ‘Why don’t we land in Atlantic City and I can show your friend my casino?’

“I told Trump, ‘I’m not landing in Atlantic City, all you have is white trash down there.’

“The girl I was with, because she was French, asked me, ‘What does white trash mean?’

“Donald Trump told her, ‘That would be me without money’.”

Levine writes that Epstein “volunteered how Clinton’s days as a lothario were a thing of the past” during the discussion with Mersey, who said: “He [Epstein] went on unsolicited about Bill Clinton.” Mersey added: “He told me ‘he can’t do anything like that now because he’s had a couple of heart surgeries’.”

The revelations will be embarrassing to both current and former president who have been linked to Epstein in the past. Both deny any wrongdoing.

Photographer Andres Serrano Unveils What Is Likely Jeffrey Epstein’s Final Portrait, Shot Just Months Before His Death

The artist’s exhibition, “Infamous” at Fotografiska, also features photographs of memorabilia charting America’s dark history.

Sarah Cascone, November 2, 2020

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Andres Serrano. Courtesy Fotografiska New York. Image: Tre Casseta.

Artist Andres Serrano is no stranger to inciting controversy with his work—and his latest outing, “Infamous” at New York’s Fotografiska, is no exception. The exhibition includes a portrait of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, shot just months before the disgraced financier’s apparent suicide while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.

The portrait wasn’t initially taken for inclusion in the show, which focuses on a new series of photographers of racist memorabilia and other historic depictions of race that Serrano has purchased on eBay and other online auctions.

“After he died, I decided I had to put Jeffrey Epstein’s portrait in ‘Infamous’ because there’s no one more infamous than Jeffrey,” Serrano told Artnet News in a recent interview.

The portrait of a smiling, distinguished-looking Epstein speaks eloquently to one of the show’s core themes: the banality of evil and the rotten core at the heart of our nation, built on the backs of slave labor.

Andres Serrano, Infamous (Jeffrey Epstein), 2019⁣. Photo ©Andres Serrano, courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.

Artifacts that Serrano purchased for “Infamous” include an 1822 bill of sale for a young boy name Joshua and a 1910 postcard with a photograph of a lynching. Days before the show’s opening, however, curators at Fotografiska made the decision to pull five of the most disturbing images from the show, including the lynching postcard.

As an artist who has made it his mission to provoke viewers, Serrano felt ambivalent about the move. “I was very surprised—it was unexpected,” Serrano said of the late-in-the-game change. “The times are changing and people, they’re cautious… I’m okay with that.”

(A Fotografiska spokesperson said the works’ removal was a curatorial decision based on wall space, cohesiveness of the show, and lack of further context on select images. “It was important to the museum that the images were properly contextualized,” the spokesperson said. “These decisions were not made to censor the work.”)

When the museum gave Serrano the opportunity to present the works on Instagram instead, where they could be proceeded by content warnings, he took it.

“America might think it’s lily-white and innocent, but it’s not,” Serrano said. “I love America, but let’s be clear about America. America was born of blood. It was founded with the blood of the Native American people who were murdered for their land.”

The Story Behind That Epstein Image

The show offers plenty in the way of haunting imagery, including the Epstein portrait, which comes with a stranger-than-fiction backstory. Serrano agreed to shoot Epstein’s photograph in exchange for a 16th-century statue of the Madonna.

Serrano, who collects Medieval and Renaissance art, had tried to purchase the sculpture and a matching statue of St. John from an antique shop in 1995—only to learn that a man called Epstein had beaten him to the punch, splitting up the pair.

Andres Serrano wanted to buy this 16th-century Madonna statue in 1995, but Jeffrey Epstein beat him to it. The artist finally got the sculpture in 2018, in exchange for taking Epstein’s portrait. Photo courtesy of Andres Serrano.

Epstein soon learned that he owned a work of art Serrano coveted, and they met several times over the years to discuss it. (Serrano clarified these were business meetings attended by the artist’s wife, Irina Movmyga, and never involved dinner, parties, or Epstein’s infamous private jet or island.)

Fueled by an overwhelming desire to reunite the two religious statues, Serrano agreed in 2018 to a trade: Epstein’s portrait for the Madonna. The financier followed up—improbably, three months before his arrest in July 2019 and four months before his death—to secure his half of the deal.

“I have no doubt that Jeffrey Epstein was a monster and pedophile,” Serrano added. “I would have dealt with the the devil himself for that Madonna. And apparently, I did.”

Epstein’s portrait appears in the exhibition alongside a 2004 photograph of Donald Trump that artist shot for his “America” series, highlighting the president’s ties to the disgraced financier.

Andres Serrano, Donald Trump (2004). Photo courtesy of Galerie Nathalie Obadia.

Taking Inspiration From Donald Trump

“Infamous” grew out of Serrano’s last exhibition “The Game: All Things Trump,” featuring $200,000 worth of Trump memorabilia he purchased at auction. (A book about the project was released last month.)

With everything from the flight manual for the short-lived Trump Shuttle to a tiny cake given as a favor at his wedding to Melania Trump, the installation speaks to Trump’s efforts to dominate the American consciousness—and his ultimate success.

“I liked to think that Donald Trump used the flag so much, he embraced America so much, that finally he made her his,” Serrano said. Focusing so closely on the president was far from a pleasant experience—aside from the rush from his auction victories.

“A second Trump term is a free-for-all—he’ll go for broke,” the artist said. “You’re not even going to recognize America.”

Andres Serrano, Black Dolls- Sandy, Vintage Rag Doll from the series “Infamous.” Photo ©Andres Serrano, courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.

He has reservations—albeit much less dramatic ones—about Joe Biden, too. “Biden is a nice guy. He’s regular Joe,” Serrano said. “But I worry that Biden will be an appeaser who will try to go to the middle.” He is more excited about the potential vice president, Kamala Harris, who he photographed for the New Yorker.

Still, a potential Biden presidency would be far better for the country, he says—although less artistically fruitful. “I don’t think Biden inspires art,” Serrano said. “The thing about Donald Trump is if you hate him, he inspires you to do some anti-Trump work.”

Andres Serrano, Old Glory I–II, 1920’s American 48 Star Flag from the series “Infamous.” Photo ©Andres Serrano, courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.

A onetime target of the Culture Wars, Serrano is concerned about the future of the US art scene, but doesn’t necessarily blame the president for the current state of affairs. He is more worried about artists and arts workers growing gun-shy of engaging with controversial subjects.

“What I fear is that a wave of self-censorship is going to occur,” he said. “I see it happening already with the [postponement of the] Philip Guston exhibition.”

An “Infamous” Follow-Up

After throwing himself into Trump imagery, Serrano took a similar approach to an even more bracing subject for his latest series on view in “Infamous.” Many of the objects he photographed are overtly racist, designed for mass consumption such as advertising.

The project was completed last year, before the murder of George Floyd and the nationwide protests it sparked, which Serrano described as “an awareness and awakening that has been long overdue.”

Andres Serrano, The Perfect Song Featuring Amos N Andy, 1930s Music Sheet from the series “Infamous.” Photo ©Andres Serrano, courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.

“Although we don’t have lynchings anymore, we do have killings of Black people by the police on a regular basis,” he said.

The objects in his photographs “basically had one intent, and that was to dehumanize Black and Brown people, to make fun of them and turn them into caricatures,” said Serrano.

He maintains it is important to see these images, and to realize how the attitudes that led to their creation still persist in some swaths of US society. To understand our current state of racial discord, we can’t look away from this ugly history.

Andres Serrano, Carnival Games-Chuck, Vintage Early 20s Century Board Game from the series “Infamous.” Photo ©Andres Serrano, courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.

Indeed, even after delving into racist imagery for months on end and confronting the removal of his own work from his exhibition, Serrano isn’t sure if there’s ever a place for censorship in art. “That’s a tough question,” he said. “I don’t know where the line is, but that’s the reason that I’m an artist.”

Andres Serrano: Infamous” is on view at Fotografiska, 281 Park Ave South, New York, October 23, 2020–March 14, 2021.

How Prince Andrew Met Jeffrey Epstein: Everything We Know (Newsweek)

Editor’s note: My take on this article is it’s just outright propaganda written on behalf of Prince Andrew. No fact-checking, no pushback. The italicized passages are what I consider to be just drivel. Feel free to disagree; I’m not saying my opinion is the only opinion.

By Jack Royston – 10/19/20 at 6:34 AM EDT

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Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein destroyed his royal role but the exact circumstances of their first meeting remain unclear.

The Duke of York claims he first met the New York financier in 1999 after being introduced by Epstein’s then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

During a detailed interview with the BBC in November, he was dismissive of the friendship and suggested it was really the British socialite who he was close to.

Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre says she was trafficked to London, New York, and the Virgin Islands to have sex with Prince Andrew aged just 17. Andrew denies a sexual relationship.

Andrew told the BBC: “Well I met [Epstein] through his girlfriend back in 1999 and I’d known her since she was at university in the UK.

“It would be, to some extent, a stretch to say that, as it were, we were close friends.

“I mean we were friends because of other people and I had a lot of [opportunities] to go to the United States but I didn’t have much time with him.

“I suppose I saw him once or twice a year, perhaps, maybe maximum of three times a year and quite often if I was in the United States and doing things and if he wasn’t there, he would say ‘well, why don’t you come and use my houses?’

“So I said ‘that’s very kind, thank you very much indeed’.”

In 1999, Prince Andrew’s name appeared on flight logs for trips to Epstein’s private island, Little St James, for the first known time.

Prince Andrew visits Westminster Abbey in London, England, on June 03, 2019, during President Trump’s three-day state visit. The prince has been in a standoff with the D.O.J. over whether he will testify to the Jeffrey Epstein investigation. Samir Hussein\/Getty

He boarded the Gulfstream jet nicknamed the “Lolita Express” in February 1999, according to flight logs, the Sunday Times reported.

However, Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson is referenced on a flight manifest for one of Epstein’s trips to Little St James, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, in April 1998, a year earlier.

The Duchess of York and daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, then aged nine and eight, made their own way there but the Daily Telegraph reports the log states: “Met Princess Sarah Ferguson & kids on the ground.”

The situation is further complicated by a letter sent to U.K. newspaper The Times by Prince Andrew’s former private secretary in 2011.

Alastair Watson wrote: “There has been widespread comment on the Duke’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

“The Duke has known (the pedophile) Epstein since being introduced to him in the early 1990s.

“The insinuations and innuendos that have been made in relation to the Duke are without foundation.”

Maxwell’s 17-page indictment details allegations she trafficked young girls for Epstein between 1994 and 1997.

She also faces an allegation of perjury relating to a 2016 deposition she gave during a defamation lawsuit brought by Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre.

The D.O.J. submitted a formal request for Prince Andrew’s testimony via the U.K.

Home Office and became locked in a public standoff with him over the summer.

Andrew’s lawyers, Blackfords, say he is not a target of the F.B.I. investigation and deny any wrongdoing.

In a June statement, they said: “As the public record indicates the DOJ has been actively investigating Mr Epstein and other targets for more than 16 years, yet the first time they requested the Duke’s help was on 2nd January 2020.

“Importantly, the DOJ advised us that the Duke is not and has never been a ‘target’ of their criminal investigations into Epstein and that they sought his confidential, voluntary cooperation.”

Underage rape victim Jennifer Araoz reaches settlement with Jeffrey Epstein estate | November 11, 2020

The New York native was a high school student when Epstein started abusing her.

Jennifer Araoz is the first of Jeffrey Epstein‘s many victims to have acknowledged receiving a settlement from the estate. OK! has obtained court filings which confirm that she dropped her civil suit against Epstein’s estate after being compensated for the damages inflicted upon her by the deceased pedophile.

OK! broke the news that the estate had started paying out dozens of women in late October from a $25 million Victim Fund. There were suggestions that Araoz was one of the victims who had received compensation, especially after she dropped her ongoing civil cases against Ghislaine Maxwell and the estate of Jeffrey Epstein in New York Supreme Court earlier this month without providing a formal explanation. A condition of the settlement was that victims could not pursue any more legal claims against Epstein or Epstein employees.

This was confirmed however in a Dismissal of Claim for Unliquidated and Unsecured Damages that was filed in the U.S. Virgin Islands this week. In that two-page document — which was sent to lawyers for Epstein’s estate and the other victims who had filed suit in the Virgin Islands — Araoz’s lawyer, Douglas B. Chanco, wrote that the defendant “has satisfactorily resolved [Araoz’s] claim.”

The actual amount that was paid to Araoz is not known, as that information was filed under seal. She is free to share that information if she so desires. Her lawyer did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The estate has quietly been paying out millions of dollars to dozens of the pedophile’s victims. OK! learned that these settlements were distributed last month to these women after obtaining a copy of an Administration of Testamentary Estates that was filed in the case.

These settlements were handled by a Victim Compensation Fund that operated separately from the Epstein estate. Their claims were assessed, and a payout was issued within 90 days. In some cases, the payouts took a little longer given the unforeseen challenges presented by the COVID pandemic.

Araoz stated in her New York filing that she was a 14-year-old student at the Talent Unlimited High School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side when she was “approached by a brunette woman, who appeared to be in her early 20s, on the sidewalk in front of her school.” A few weeks later that woman had persuaded her to meet Epstein, who in turn spent over a month giving her hundreds of dollars and gifts like a camera while purporting to be an AIDS activist, according to the lawsuit.

The complaint stated that the money and gifts were lorded over the teen when Epstein requested she provide him with a naked massage a few weeks after her first visit to the mansion, which ended with him performing a manual sex act on himself until completion.

These sexual assaults became increasingly depraved over the next year, according to the complaint, and allegedly ended when Araoz was raped by Epstein. She feared ever seeing him again or being near the home after her assault, which began a downward spiral that ended with her dropping out of school. Araoz had been seeking damages for the emotional anguish brought about by Epstein’s sexual abuse.

She detailed her assault in that complaint, stating: “Epstein masturbated, as Ms. Araoz rubbed his chest. Then, all of a sudden, without giving Ms. Araoz any notice, Epstein forced his penis (which already had massage oils on it) inside her vagina and proceeded to have sex with her. Araoz was petrified, felt trapped, and didn’t know what to do, so she just did as she was told. Epstein held her tightly and forcibly raped her.”

It was also noted that “Epstein did not use a condom” when he sexually assaulted the high school student. When it was over, he told Araoz that “she was amazing, that she felt amazing, and that she did nothing wrong.”

Araoz had to sign a four-page contract that states she will not file legal action against the Epstein estate and co-executors Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn. She is also now unable to file suit against “any entities or individuals who are or have ever been engaged by (whether as independent contractors or otherwise), employed by, worked in any capacity for, or provided any services to Mr. Epstein, the Epstein Entities or the Epstein Estate.”

The Fund does allow the women to remain anonymous if they desire, and also allows them to speak about their compensation and Epstein. Araoz bravely chose to go public with her story, however, back in 2019 by appearing on Today, shortly after Epstein’s arrest.

Jennifer Araoz v Jeffrey Epstein – Notice of Dismissal by Chris Spargo via scribd.

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Jeffrey Epstein reportedly offered beautiful women ‘a date with Prince Andrew’

It’s Jeffrey Epstein: Wingman.

The now-dead pedophile used to approach random beautiful women and try to get them to “date” his powerful friends — including Prince Andrew, according to a report.

An unidentified woman listed in Epstein’s notorious black book told Mother Jones magazine that the moneyman made the direct approach when she was at an art fair in Palm Beach, Florida.

“He came up to me and said, ‘Would you like a date with Prince Andrew?’” she recalled. No date was given for the incident, and it was unclear whether Epstein’s direct approach worked.

Another woman in the black book, identified by the pseudonym Julie, told the outlet it was Epstein’s typical technique for finding girls.

“He’d take some rich guy and introduce him to a girl,” she said, claiming that the late pedophile set her up for an “incredibly awkward” meeting with Victoria’s Secret founder Leslie Wexner.

“Wexner was this super-successful guy who didn’t really have any life, and Jeff described him to me as completely socially inept,” Julie told Mother Jones.

“Jeffrey told me, ‘This guy [Wexner] has everything in the world, but he doesn’t have anyone to share it with,’ and Jeffrey knew all the girls in the world,” Julie told the mag.

Mother Jones writer Leland Nally said he spent a year contacting all 1,571 people in the “gargantuan” black book after finding a copy in the “dark corners of the internet” days after 66-year-old Epstein’s suicide in August 2019.

Some in the book told the author it may have actually been accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell’s list, with many only having connections to her and not Epstein.

His calls led to “a lot of panicked hangups” — saying he “spoke to billionaires, CEOs, bankers, models, celebrities, scientists, a Kennedy, and some of Epstein’s closest friends and confidants.”

He even called a private number at Buckingham Palace, he told the Times of London.

Prince Andrew, Ghislaine Maxwell chatted about Epstein accuser

“I called a number I shouldn’t have had,” he told the UK paper of one of 16 numbers he said were listed for the Duke of York in the book.

“When someone replied, I just asked if Prince Andrew was there,” he said, saying he was patched through to a number of people.

“Finally I was asked angrily how I got this number and who I was. Then they hung up on me,” he told the UK Times.

Andrew has been accused in legal filings and TV interviews of having sex with one of Epstein’s accusers three times, claims which the UK royal and Buckingham Palace have vehemently denied.

Wexner has previously said he is “embarrassed” about his connections to Epstein, whom he has accused of misappropriating more than $46 million while serving as Wexner’s money manager.

Wexner has also denied any accusations against him.

“Everyone has to feel enormous regret from the advantage that was taken of so many young women,” Wexner said last year. “That’s just unexplainable, abhorrent behavior and clearly something we all would condemn.”

Appeals Court Hands Ghislaine Maxwell Sharply-Worded Setback in Litigation Over Protective Order | Nov 9th, 2020

Alleged sex-trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell lost an appeal in her criminal case late Monday afternoon.

“We have reviewed all of the arguments raised by Defendant-Appellant Maxwell on appeal and find them to be without merit,” Second Circuit Clerk Catherine O’Hagan Wolfe wrote in the court’s summary order. “[T]he appeal is DISMISSED and the motion to consolidate is DENIED as moot.”

The upshot here is somewhat picayune: Maxwell filed her original request to file documents under seal so none of the details of that request are currently public knowledge. Additionally, her request would only have impacted documents that were never likely to become public in the first–or really any–instance. Finally, the appeals court’s denial of the request maintains the wall of judicial secrecy around what, exactly, Maxwell was attempting to put on the record.

Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator unsuccessfully requested a court order modifying the overarching protective order in her criminal case in late August of this year.

U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Alison J. Nathan denied Maxwell’s letter motion in a five-page opinion and order issued early September.

Specifically, Maxwell requested the judge to allow her to file secret documents under seal in “certain civil cases materials that she received in discovery” from the government in her ongoing criminal case on sex trafficking, conspiracy and perjury charges. She also requested the ability to “reference, but not file” additional discovery material produced by the government to her criminal defense team.

“Upon receipt of some of the discovery, [Maxwell] filed the instant request, which seeks modification of the protective order in order to use documents produced in the criminal case in other civil proceedings,” the court’s September order explains. “She bases her request on the premise that disclosure of the documents to the relevant judicial officers is allegedly necessary to ensure the fair adjudication of issues being litigated in those civil matters.”

Judge Nathan went on to rubbish Maxwell’s arguments:

But after fourteen single-spaced pages of heated rhetoric, the Defendant proffers no more than vague, speculative, and conclusory assertions as to why that is the case. She provides no coherent explanation of what argument she intends to make before those courts that requires the presentation of the materials received in discovery in this criminal matter under the existing terms of the protective order in this case. And she furnishes no substantive explanation regarding the relevance of the documents to decisions to be made in those matters, let alone any explanation of why modifying the protective order in order to allow such disclosure is necessary to ensure the fair adjudication of those matters. In sum, the arguments [Maxwell] presents to the court plainly fail to establish good cause. The Defendant’s request is DENIED on this basis.

Maxwell appealed the court’s order two days later–filing a notice of appeal with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

That appeal was shuttered by the appellate court in Monday’s summary order–which has no precedential effect because it is a determination that doesn’t contain a technical legal opinion. The three-judge panel did, however, take the time out to briefly dispense with some of Maxwell’s legal arguments.

The appeals court noted that they are bound by the final judgment rule which limits their jurisdiction to the “final decisions of the district courts.” And, because Maxwell’s criminal case is currently ongoing, there are “just four circumstances in criminal cases that come within” Supreme Court-issued exemptions to the final judgment rule.

“We decline to exercise jurisdiction where we have none, and accordingly dismiss this appeal for lack of jurisdiction,” the court’s order notes.

The circuit judges also dismissed Maxwell’s argument seeking a writ of mandamus forcing the district court to modify the protective order.

“Here, Maxwell failed to demonstrate that such exceptional circumstances exist and that the district court usurped its power or abused its discretion,” the Second Circuit noted. “Accordingly, we decline to issue a writ modifying the protective order.”

Maxwell, the alleged primary enabler of a years-long global child sex conspiracy also requested that her criminal case be consolidated with the ongoing civil case initiated by Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre. The court quickly binned that request based on mootness due to their lack of jurisdiction but went on to characterize some of the defendant’s legal arguments.

“Here, the parties, judges, and legal issues presented in these appeals lack common identity,” the Second Circuit concluded. “The criminal appeal concerns a denial of Maxwell’s motion to modify a protective order while the civil appeal concerns an unsealing order. Further, as the district court correctly noted, Maxwell ‘provide[s] no coherent explanation’ connecting the discovery materials at issue in the criminal case to the civil litigation.”

Read the full order below:

Maxwell Second Circuit PO Summary Order by Law&Crime on Scribd

FBI wanted to arrest Epstein at Virgin Islands beauty pageant months before plea deal cut

An FBI supervisor was “extremely upset” about being denied the opportunity to arrest Epstein in 2007, a Justice Department report says.

By Tom Winter and Sarah Fitzpatrick

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The FBI wanted to arrest Jeffrey Epstein while he was judging a beauty pageant in the Virgin Islands seven months before he signed a non-prosecution deal that shielded him from federal sex crime charges, a Justice Department report says.
The 347-page report obtained by NBC News expands on an executive summary released Thursday of a probe into a more than decade-old sex abuse investigation of Epstein. The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility found that former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who oversaw the case when he was a top federal prosecutor in Florida in the mid-2000s, exercised “poor judgment” but did not engage in misconduct.

The full report quotes one prosecutor as telling a colleague that the FBI had “wanted to arrest [Epstein] in [the] Virgin Islands during a beauty pageant…where he is a judge.”

“The case agent recalled that she and her co-case agent were disappointed” about being denied the opportunity to make the arrest in May 2007, the report says, and an FBI supervisor overseeing the case was “extremely upset” about it.

It wasn’t until a year later, in 2008, that Epstein surrendered to authorities after signing a plea deal. That the FBI wanted to bring charges against Epstein in 2007 was already known but the agency’s interest in arresting him at a beauty pageant in the Virgin Island has not been previously reported.

The politically-connected financier had been accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls in his West Palm Beach mansion. But he eventually pleaded guilty to state charges involving a single victim in a deal that spared him from serving a long prison sentence.

Epstein ultimately spent 13 months in jail and was allowed to leave almost every day through a work release program. He died by suicide inside a federal prison last year while awaiting trial on new sex trafficking charges.

The report says the federal investigation began when Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie Villafaña told Acosta that she was willing to invest the time and the FBI was willing to invest the money to investigate Epstein.

“But I didn’t want to get to the end and then have the [U.S. Attorney’s Office] be intimidated by the high-powered lawyers” for Epstein, she said in an email included in the report. “I was assured that that would not happen.”

Villafaña wrote in July 2007, nearly two months after the FBI wanted to arrest Epstein at the beauty pageant, “now I feel like there is a glass ceiling that prevents me from moving forward while evidence suggests that Epstein is continuing to engage in this criminal behavior.”

The report describes a year of back and forth communications between a cadre of Epstein attorneys, Villafaña, Villafaña’s immediate supervisors, and Acosta himself, some of which have previously been detailed in court filings. It includes summarizations of interviews with FBI agents, emails, and written documentation about the case.

Villafaña told the Justice Department that she believed Acosta “was influenced by the stature of Epstein’s attorneys.”
“[O]ne of the issues in the case was the . . . defense’s ability to describe the case or characterize the case as being legally complex,” Villafaña told investigators, the report says. “It was not as legally complex as they made it out to be.”

But the report says “neither Villafaña nor any of the other individuals OPR interviewed identified any specific evidence suggesting that Acosta, or any of the other subjects, extended an improper favor or benefit to Epstein because of a personal relationship with defense counsel.”

In a statement released Thursday, Acosta said the report “fully debunks allegations that the USAO improperly cut Epstein a ‘sweet-heart deal’ or purposefully avoided investigating potential wrongdoing by various prominent individuals.”

The report also raises new questions about what federal prosecutors thought was going on with the original case investigated by local prosecutors in Palm Beach.

“The state intentionally torpedoed it in the grand jury so it was brought to us,” one of Villafaña’s supervisors wrote as federal prosecutors were weighing charges in 2007.

Federal prosecutors had concerns about the state prosecutor at the time, Barry Krischer, the report shows.

In an email, Acosta asked one of the supervisors of the case if it would be appropriate to give a heads up to Krischer on how they were going to proceed with the investigation. The supervisor advised Krischer, “no for fear that it will be leaked straight to Epstein,” the report says.

As the non-prosecution agreement was still being negotiated, Villafaña wrote an email to Acosta describing the pain of three alleged victims who were recently interviewed by investigators.
“One girl broke down sobbing so that we had to stop the interview twice within a 20 minute span,” she wrote. “She regained her composure enough to continue a short time, but she said that she was having nightmares about Epstein coming after her and she started to break down again, so we stopped the interview.”

“These girls deserve so much better than they have received so far, and I hate feeling that there is nothing I can do to help them,” Villafaña added.

Epstein’s attorney Ken Starr wrote a final email to Acosta when the case was concluded.
“While I am obviously very unhappy at what I believe is the government’s treatment of my client [Epstein], a man whom I have come to deeply admire, I recognize that we have filed and argued our ‘appellate motions’ and lost,” Starr said.

He concluded saying, “I would like to have . . . some closure with you on this matter so that in the years to come, neither of us will harbor any ill will over the matter.”

New Zealand to vote on legalising cannabis and euthanasia

Friday 16 Oct 2020
New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia

New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia

A “yes” vote on both referendums would arguably make the nation of 5 million one of the more liberal countries in the world. Polls indicate the euthanasia referendum is likely to pass while the result of the marijuana measure remains uncertain.

The two referendums are being held at the same time as people cast votes for lawmakers and political parties. As a result, the referendums have been somewhat overshadowed both by the political campaigns and this year’s coronavirus outbreak. 

In the political race, popular Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears set to win a second term in office, with her liberal Labour Party polling far ahead of the conservative National Party led by Judith Collins.

The euthanasia measure, which would also allow assisted suicide, would apply to people who have terminal illnesses, are likely to die within six months, and are enduring “unbearable” suffering.

Countries that allow some form of euthanasia include The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Canada, Belgium and Colombia.

The marijuana measure would allow people to buy up to 14 grams (0.5 ounce) a day and grow two plants. Other countries that have legalized recreational marijuana include Canada, South Africa, Uruguay, Georgia plus a number of U.S. states.

Lara Greaves, a lecturer in New Zealand politics at the University of Auckland, said she thinks the marijuana referendum is destined to fail.

“I think the problem is that we would be going from criminalization, and a bit of medicinal use, to full-on recreational use,” she said. “Probably what needed to happen to get the public on board was to have a phase of decriminalization.”

She said a large turnout of younger voters would be necessary for the measure to have any hope of passing but that was far from certain.

Another factor is that Ardern has declined to say how she intends to vote, saying she wants to leave it for people to decide. Greaves said that made a big difference, as people tend to follow their leaders. The prime minister did admit during the campaign to smoking marijuana when she was younger.

One vocal proponent of the marijuana referendum has been former Prime Minister Helen Clark. A position paper from her foundation argues that indigenous Maori have faced disproportionate and excessive punishment from the legal system when caught with the drug.

“Cannabis use is a reality in New Zealand, and the results of our current policy approach damage our health, worsen social equity, and drive crime,” Clark’s foundation said. 

Arguing against the referendum is a number of community and religious groups who have formed the “Say Nope to Dope” campaign. They say today’s marijuana is strong, addictive and harmful, and that keeping it illegal deters people from using it.

If the euthanasia referendum is approved, it would become law, whereas if the marijuana referendum is approved, it would still require lawmakers to pass matching legislation. The results from both referendums will be announced Oct. 30.

Sapphire Medical Clinics First to Offer More Affordable UK Manufactured Medical Cannabis Products

Roland Sebestyén

Cannabis Exchange

Friday 16 Oct 2020
According to recent reports, more than a million UK patients buy cannabis illegally to treat themselves. While on the streets, patients can never be sure what they’ve got for their money, the BBC reports that Sapphire Medical Clinics are first in the UK to offer access to a new range of low-cost UK manufactured medical cannabis products.

While medical cannabis is still deemed illegal in almost 150 countries globally, it’s been legal in the UK since 2018. Over the past two years, more people suffering from severe conditions turned to medical cannabis as an alternative treatment. 

More than 1.4 million people in the UK are believed to use cannabis from the black market to tackle a large variety of conditions, including depression, chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, or Multiple sclerosis (MS).  

The most common reason for this is the availability and ease of access. In addition, it is widely perceived that black market cannabis is more financially viable for many people.  

According to the statistics, a person can easily find a gram of cannabis for £10 on the streets. Moreover, if someone wants to buy an ounce (which is estimated to cost around £180), cannabis becomes even cheaper. 

However, cannabis from the black market has its risks. For the money, a person might get cheap, inefficient, contaminated cannabis.  

Sapphire Medical Clinics, the first UK medical cannabis clinic registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), announced that a number of their patients have now started treatment with a new UK manufactured medical cannabis range. 

This range of products has resulted in achieving a significant cost reduction for patients while continuing treatment with cannabis-based medicines with equivalent levels of major cannabinoids. 

Treatment with medical cannabis aims to keep patients off the black market and provide them with high quality and affordable cannabis-based medicines.  

A review by Sapphire Medical Cannabis Clinics found that the typical patient with chronic pain for treatment with medical cannabis will pay only £4.76 a day. 

Furthermore, in comparison to the black market, Sapphire offers a professional environment and consultation, on-going support with treatment and a safe, consistent supply.  

With this announcement, experts believe the UK’s medical cannabis market has made the next giant step forward.  

Dr Michael Platt, Medical Director, and Consultant Pain Physician at Sapphire Clinics, said that affordability had been a significant barrier for many patients. 

He added: “As treatment becomes more affordable, we hope this provides an immediate solution for those patients who would otherwise benefit from medicinal cannabis but have previously been unable to afford the associated costs of treatment.  

“At Sapphire Clinics, all patients are added to the UK Medical Cannabis Registry and our Real-World Data platform contributing to the growing evidence base.  

“This data will ultimately help guide the availability of free treatment on the NHS in appropriate conditions.” 

Carl Holvey, Chief Pharmacist at Sapphire Clinics, added: “It is very welcome to see the UK produced medical cannabis products finally available to patients that meet the high regulatory standards and consistent availability that we expect.  

“Patients that resort to sourcing cannabis illicitly face more than just the legalities of self-medicating, but also the unknown strength, contaminants, and unpredictability of this way of medicating.” 

This morning, Laura Drummond, 40, from Farnborough, talked about her treatment with medical cannabis on BBC.

She said: The condition changed my life. Since I started [treatment] in May 2020, I have seen a dramatic effect and the pain levels have reduced. I have accessed this [treatment] through Sapphire Medical Clinics’’.

Mrs Drummond has a 2-year-old daughter and previously worked as a midwife and nurse before her diagnosis of Fibromyalgia in 2015, a condition that causes widespread pain and extreme tiredness.

Although fetal cell lines are used to grow viruses for some COVID-19 vaccines, the cells are not part of the vaccines

A Facebook video published on 15 November 2020 claims that “aborted fetal tissue” is present in the COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, and that the vaccine can change a person’s DNA. Shared by the anti-vaccine Facebook group “We Are Vaxxed,” the video has received more than 120,000 views and more than 16,000 interactions on the social media platform, according to the social media analytics tool CrowdTangle.

Several vaccines require the production of viruses, which can only replicate with the help of living cells. Cell lines have been used for decades to produce vaccines. For example, the flu vaccine is commonly produced using fertilized chicken eggs, although more newly developed cell-based flu vaccines use an animal cell line, specifically Madin-Darby Canine Kidney cells, for growing the flu virus.

Certain vaccines involve the use of human fetal cell lines, notably the rubella vaccine. According to History of Vaccines, a website by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia:

In total only two fetuses, both obtained from abortions done by maternal choice, have given rise to the human cell strains used in vaccine development. Neither abortion was performed for the purpose of vaccine development.

These two cell lines are named WI-38 and MRC5. WI-38 is commonly used to produce the rubella vaccine. Notably, WI-38 was derived from a fetus which was aborted as the mother was infected with rubella, since the infection can cause severe birth defects in a fetus, known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS):

In some cases, women who were infected with rubella while pregnant terminated their pregnancies due to the serious risks from CRS.

Following one such abortion, the fetus was sent to [Stanley] Plotkin at the laboratory he had devoted to rubella research. Testing the kidney of the fetus, Plotkin found and isolated the rubella virus. Separately, Leonard Hayflick (also working at the Wistar Institute at that time) developed a cell strain called WI-38 using lung cells from an aborted fetus. Hayflick found that many viruses, including rubella, grew well in the WI-38, and he showed that it proved to be free of contaminants and safe to use for human vaccines.

Claims that the cells used to grow viruses for vaccines are present in the vaccines themselves were previously reviewed and found to be inaccurate by Health Feedback here and here. The Vaccine Knowledge Project by Oxford University explains:

For some vaccines, the active ingredient is grown in laboratories on cultures that contain human cells. Some viruses, such as chickenpox (varicella), grow much better in human cells. After they are grown, the viruses are purified several times to remove the cell culture material. This makes it unlikely that any human material remains in the final vaccine.

The Vaccine Education Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP):

Even though fetal cells are used to grow vaccine viruses, vaccines do not contain these cells or pieces of DNA that are recognizable as human DNA. People can be reassured by the following:

  • When viruses grow in cells, the cells are killed because in most cases the new viruses burst the cells to be released.
  • Once the vaccine virus is grown, it is purified, so that cellular debris and growth reagents are removed.
  • During this process of purification, any remaining cellular DNA is also broken down.”

Although fragments of DNA may be present in the final vaccine, the amount is harmless. CHOP explains, “the amount of human DNA in the final vaccine preparation is minimal (trillionths of a gram) and highly fragmented. Because the DNA is fragmented, it cannot possibly create a whole protein that could be harmful” and that, “DNA from the vaccine is not able to incorporate itself into cellular DNA.”

The fragmented genetic material also does not differ from the genetic material people come into contact with everyday, for example through our diet. Paul Offit, pediatrician and professor of vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania, clarified in this 2015 ABC News report:

There are perhaps nanograms of DNA fragments still found in the vaccine, perhaps billionths of a gram,” he said. “You would find as much if you analyzed the fruits and vegetables you eat.

While the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine uses a fetal cell line for growing viruses, it is the HEK293 cell line, not the MRC5 cell line as claimed in the video. The study which was wrongly cited in the video as supporting evidence for this claim is a preprint, which examined experimental methods for studying the vaccine’s effects, for example efficacy and safety.

Vaccines that use fetal cell lines in their production have faced objections by some on religious or moral grounds, as the cells used to produce the virus were originally derived from an aborted fetus. Concerns over the use of such vaccines led the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life to issue a statement in 2017 that Catholics could receive vaccines made using human fetal cell lines, if no alternatives are available:

The technical characteristics of the production of the vaccines most commonly used in childhood lead us to exclude that there is a morally relevant cooperation between those who use these vaccines today and the practice of voluntary abortion. Hence, we believe that all clinically recommended vaccinations can be used with a clear conscience and that the use of such vaccines does not signify some sort of cooperation with voluntary abortion. While the commitment to ensuring that every vaccine has no connection in its preparation to any material of originating from an abortion, the moral responsibility to vaccinate is reiterated in order to avoid serious health risks for children and the general population.

Lastly, the video claims, “they know that this vaccine is going to hurt people or kill people so badly.” This claim is baseless and unsupported by scientific evidence. Before a vaccine can be made available to the public, it must undergo safety and efficacy testing in clinical trials (see figure below). Like all medicines, vaccines can produce side effects. However, common side effects from vaccines, such as fever and pain at the injection site, are mild and short-lived.

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Jeffrey Epstein ‘recruiter’ admits bringing girls but denies abuse | 28 Oct 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Mystery ‘recruiter’ for Jeffrey Epstein speaks out for first time to admit she brought three girls to the pedophile and went shopping with victim Virginia Roberts for a sexy schoolgirl outfit, but denies taking part in the abuse

  • Who exactly Rina Oh is has been a mystery since she was described as an Epstein recruiter in Virginia Roberts’ draft memoir, published last year in court papers
  • Roberts claimed Oh ‘loved bondage, whipping, hitting and cutting her sex partner with little sharp knives until they subdued (sic) to her punishment’
  • Speaking for the first time in the podcast Broken: Seeking Justice, Rina Oh, a 41-year-old artist from New Jersey, said that she dated Epstein
  • He asked her to bring attractive friends to him, among Marijke Chartouni, a former model who he sexually abused
  • Oh denied claims by Chartouni and fellow accuser Virginia Roberts that she participated in the sexual abuse they endured
  • However, she admitted buying a schoolgirl outfit for Roberts

A previously unknown alleged recruiter for Jeffrey Epstein has admitted to bringing three women to him but denied taking part in the abuse.

In an interview with the podcast Broken: Seeking Justice, Rina Oh said that she dated Epstein and thought of him as a rich older boyfriend.

He asked her to bring attractive friends to him including Marijke Chartouni, a former model who he sexually assaulted.

But in the podcast, Oh vehemently denied claims by Chartouni and fellow accuser Virginia Roberts that she participated in the sexual abuse they endured. She did admit to buying a schoolgirl outfit for Roberts.

Details about Oh, a 41-year-old artist from New jersey, have been a mystery since she was named in Roberts’ draft manuscript of her memoir which was made public last August as part of a cache of court documents.

It described in graphic detail some of the most shocking abuse the pedophile was responsible for.

In the manuscript, Roberts claimed that Oh ‘loved bondage, whipping, hitting and cutting her sex partner with little sharp knives until they subdued (sic) to her punishment in agonizing pain’.

The book described how Epstein met Oh at an art gallery where some of her own work was on display which he bought – she is now a sculptor and painter.

Roberts wrote that Oh had a ‘bubbly persona’ and ‘fit into the subservient category’ that he liked his girls to fall under.

At the time Roberts, now a 37-year-old mother-of-three who lives in Australia and goes by her married name Virginia Giuffre, was 17.

Oh, now 41, would have been around 21.

She wrote that Epstein asked Oh to help Roberts massage him, the first of a number of sexual encounters they had.

Oh would supposedly use whips and toys on Roberts and Epstein was ‘absurdly taken’ with watching the two of them together.

According to the manuscript, Epstein liked Oh so much that he rented an apartment for her and sent her and Roberts out shopping to seedy sex stores to bring back ‘sexy outfits, sex toys and bondage material’.

The interview with Oh came about after Chartouni found her: she has become the unofficial private investigator for Epstein’s victims and has helped to find their recruiters.

Through intensive online research Chartouni tracked Oh down to her home in New Jersey and she agreed to speak.

She said her reason for talking is that her husband is Vincent Amen who worked for Michael Jackson and lived on the Neverland ranch.

Amen was named as one of the five alleged unindicted co-conspirators in the unsuccessful 2005 prosecution against Jackson for molesting minors –

Amen denied the allegations.

Amen told Oh that getting his story out there saved his reputation and she decided to do the same.

In her interview Oh flatly denied the description in Roberts’ memoir.

She said: ‘I’m just letting you know that what she accused me of doing is a complete fabricated lie.

‘And I was nothing but nice to this girl (Roberts). And I actually wanted to hang out with her and she declined to hang out with me. So we actually never spent any significant amount of time together except for that one shopping adventure’.

The shopping trip in question involved Oh being called and being asked: ‘Can you take Virginia shopping for a little school girl outfit?’

Podcast host Tara Palmeri asked why Oh didn’t think it was odd Epstein was dressing up a 17-year-old girl in a schoolgirl outfit.

Oh said: ‘I wasn’t asking questions. I just did as I was told’.

Oh became evasive when pressed about why she didn’t raise the alarm.

She said: ‘And you’re asking me, well, what was she doing? I was like, well, she was there to serve a purpose. She was brought in to serve a purpose. Like she was groomed to do this……at an early age’.

Oh said that she remembered Chartouni but denied taking in her abuse.

She said: ‘I’ve brought three people to, to that place (Epstein’s New York mansion). Period. And when I’m, ready to talk about it, I’m gonna I talk about it’.

She added:’My side of the story is: I did not abuse anyone, period. People that knew about him wanted to meet him. And I brought those people there, period.

‘She (Chartouni) was one of them. And I met her very briefly. We didn’t really know each other too well. And I brought her because he kept asking me to bring your friends. So I brought her once’.

During a follow up interview with the podcast, Oh changed her story and she said: ‘I was in the room when Marijke and I were both victimized by Epstein’.

Oh has asked lawyer Brad Edwards to help her apply for compensation for the Epstein’s victims’ fund, which will be paid for from his $640m estate.

In Oh’s studio she showed the podcast producers some of her work including a painting of Prince Andrew – who Roberts claims she was forced to have sex with – as Bacchus, the god of wine.

Another painting was of Epstein’s alleged chief recruiter Ghislaine Maxwell nude in the Garden of Sin, holding a forbidden fruit in her hand like Eve.

On Oh’s Instagram page are more bizarre works including frescos of Andrew and Bill Clinton, who flew multiple times on Epstein’s planes.

Maxwell denies the allegations and is due to stand trial next July.

Prince Andrew denies having met Roberts.

The episode of Broken: Seeking Justice is out Wednesday wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Prince Andrew is facing yet more pressure over second deposition Ghislaine Maxwell gave three months after first seven-hour grilling as she fights to keep details private | 26 October 2020

  • Ghislaine Maxwell is in New York jail facing trial on child sex trafficking charges
  • Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Maxwell was also questioned in July 2016
  • Transcript from British socialite’s first interview was published last Thursday
  • Lawyers for Maxwell are now expected to fight to keep the second one private

Prince Andrew came under further pressure today over a second deposition given by Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam for his paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein.

The British socialite, who is jail in New York awaiting trial on child sex trafficking and perjury charges, was questioned three months after being grilled for seven hours.

The transcript from that first interview was published last Thursday, and lawyers for Maxwell are now expected to fight to keep the second one from July 2016 private.

But the 58-year-old’s team will face a battle with lawyers for Epstein’s victim Virginia Roberts who are expected to argue it should be published in full, reported The Sun.

Ms Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, claims she had sex with the Duke of York three times when she was aged 17, but he strenuously denies the allegations.

A source close to the case told the Sun that Maxwell was asked to answer questions she did not answer in the first interview in the April, and that Andrew ‘did come up’.

But a source close to the 60-year-old Duke told MailOnline: ‘The Duke has done nothing unlawful and therefore has nothing to fear from the unsealing of any documents from any court case at any time. The truth will out, and soon.’

Documents from the first interview released last Thursday revealed Andrew repeatedly labelled Ms Giuffre ‘a liar’, claiming ‘everything she said is a lie’.

The exchange was in a phone call between the two as scandal swirled around them when Ms Giuffre made bombshell claims she was forced to sleep with the prince.

It came out in the 465-page deposition that Maxwell had fought tooth and nail to keep under wraps before a court ordered it be released.

The names of all of those in Epstein’s circle, including Prince Andrew, were redacted but previous accounts given by Epstein victims, plus an index at the back of the papers, allow them to be identified.

Maxwell was questioned in 2016 as she defended herself in a defamation claim, having called Miss Roberts a liar. The case was later settled out of court.

Over seven hours, the British socialite was quizzed extensively about her relationship with Epstein, her knowledge of ‘sexual trafficking’, sex with minors, non-consensual sex and sex involving Miss Roberts.

She was also asked questions about whether she recruited girls for Epstein to have sex with, ‘sex toys’ and dressing up, explicit images, ‘orgies’ and nudity at Epstein’s homes.

Her lawyer Jeffrey Pagliuca jumped in to object to the questions 435 times, but Maxwell, daughter of disgraced media tycoon Robert, never once asserted her right not to self-incriminate.

Maxwell’s most personal account to date is one she hoped would never see the light of day as she sits in prison awaiting trial on child sex trafficking and perjury charges. Her lawyers argued releasing it now would condemn her before she goes before a jury next year.

Maxwell insisted she and her friends were innocent of the accusations against them – even as she did her utmost to avoid actually answering the questions of lawyers.

She spent the interview, a sworn testimony, obfuscating, evading and positing outraged denials.

As she seeks to defend herself from charges that she was heavily involved in the abuse, the new revelations of her determination to protect Epstein and destroy his main accuser could have a crucial bearing on her forthcoming trial.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s “TerraMar” organization linked to the Clintons and Rothschilds

I ran this article through the Google French to English translator.

Link to article (in French)

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s “TerraMar” organization linked to the Clintons and Rothschilds

by ASR July 10, 2020

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell operated a mysterious organization called TerraMar that pushed the UN to issue passports for the ocean, listed as a base at a Manhattan property owned by the Rothschilds and was funded by the Clinton Foundation.

New details are emerging from the shadows and come to light following the highly anticipated arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell on June 2, 2020.

Ownership links and underwater operations are not typical and a frantic quest for the UN to issue “ocean passports” is simply bizarre. Her family history alone places her in a league above most other international elites. The mysterious TerraMar business of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, which closed its doors for good just six days after Epstein’s arrest, seems to link much of these two companies.

Property ties and submarine operations are not typical, and a frenzied quest for the UN to issue “ocean passports” is just plain bizarre. Her family history alone places her in a league above most other international elites.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s mysterious TerraMar business, which closed for good just six days after Epstein’s arrest, appears to link much of the two businesses.

After his arrest this month for crimes of child sex trafficking, several complainants linked him to highly sophisticated pedophilia and human trafficking networks. After the death of her father, Robert Maxwell, in 1991, she moved to a Manhattan property owned by Lynn Foreseter de Rothschild, whose husband is British mega-banker Evelyn Robert de Rothschild. The property is also listed as a TerraMar base.

Nathanial Rothschild, Nefer Suvio, Nick Rhodes and Ghislaine Maxwell. The photo is from a reception of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States in London, hosted by Ronald Perelman.

The Clinton Foundation funded TerraMar.

The TerraMar Project is a non-profit organization that Ghislaine Maxwell created in 2012. Jeffrey Epstein and various other high profile financiers have funded the company.

The company described itself as an ocean conservation group, but it closed in 2019 due to sex trafficking crimes stemming from Epstein’s arrest. It wasn’t until six days after Jeffrey Epstein was taken into custody that the company announced its final closure.

Announcement of the closure of TerraMar

TerraMar did not last long, but its short life was filled with suspicious activity.

The company received immediate support from globalist organizations, including the Clinton Foundation. Maxwell has participated in many United Nations (UN) meetings and even addressed the board as the founder of TerraMar. Ghislaine and fellow company board member Scott Borgerson spoke in Washington DC at a special event sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.

TerraMar wanted the UN to issue maritime passports

Isabelle and Christine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell has 7 living siblings. Two twin sisters, Christine and Isabelle Maxwell, also have an important supporting role in the US government. It is suspected that they also have ties to the Mossad. The family dynasty of Robert Maxwell, who was a media empire and a very corrupt British MP, seems to have people everywhere.

The twin sisters are the source of various software deals across all CIA, DIA and DEA intelligence databases. It was called Magellan, but was later purchased and renamed Excite. They created software used to identify money laundering and trafficking. The financial information of private companies is at risk. Foreign powers should not be allowed to have oversight over critical data. The software takes multi-format data sources and connects to the National Counterterrorism Center and compares with the Department of Homeland Security, CIA, NSA, and the Pentagon. It is impossible to know if there are any back doors or vulnerabilities built into the program.

After the Magellan adventure, Isabel became CEO of Commtouch, a high-tech courier company based in Israel. She remained involved in the world of software development. Commtouch sought Isabel for her embodiment of Israeli corporate culture, according to company comments. Isabel described the company in these terms: “It is cohesive, innovative, disciplined. “

The public has spoken out against prosecutors who neglected to take Maxwell into custody earlier. Maxwell’s crimes are well known to the public, but the United States Court for the Southern District of New York did not press charges. A recent reshuffle forced Geoffrey Berman to step down as district attorney. Geoffrey refused to quit his post for some time before finally being fired by Attorney General Bill Barr. Berman is believed to have protected Maxwell and slowed down the Epstein case.

Epstein “committed suicide” in August 2019. His death was highly suspicious. Many claim he was murdered to protect those he tainted. The cell he was in had his security cameras malfunctioning and the guards neglected to monitor him even after hearing screams. It was only days after he was brutally attacked by a barely surviving fellow inmate. The prison system failed to prevent this attack and even appears to have allowed it to happen.

Read also: “She has copies of everything that Epstein owned”, Ghislaine Maxwell “has a secret hiding place of pedophile sex tapes”

Ghislaine Maxwell: Two cameras trained on her in cell at all times | 27 October 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Ghislaine Maxwell has two cameras trained on her in her 9ft by 6ft prison cell and is woken up every three hours and searched to ensure she does not meet the same fate as Jeffrey Epstein

  • Ghislaine Maxwell has two cameras trained on her at all times inside her cell to ensure her safety, a friend of her family has revealed to
  • The 58-year-old, who is accused of recruiting 14-year-old girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse, is being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn
  • The disgraced British socialite has one camera on the ceiling of her 9ft by 6ft cell – and another 4ft away from her
  • She is woken up every three hours and searched to ensure she does not meet the same fate as Epstein, who was found dead in his cell while awaiting trial
  • And after three months in prison, Maxwell has finally been given a bra so she can exercise
  • Brian Basham, a British PR veteran who offered to help get Maxwell out of prison, believes her family will be submitting a formal application for bail soon
  • He told ‘She is on her own floor and has a very small cell but doesn’t have a table to put her computer on’
  • Basham said that Maxwell’s family, the children of British newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, are ‘completely, utterly and totally’ convinced she is innocent

Ghislaine Maxwell has two cameras trained on her inside her prison cell at all times to ensure her safety, a friend of her family has revealed to

The British socialite, who is accused of recruiting 14-year-old girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse, has one camera on the ceiling of her 9ft by 6ft cell – and another 4ft away from her.

Maxwell is being woken up every three hours and searched to ensure she does not meet the same fate as Epstein, who was found dead in his cell while awaiting trial.

After three months in the grim Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, Maxwell has finally been given a bra so she can exercise.

Previously she was denied one because she was deemed a suicide risk according to Brian Basham, a British PR veteran who has offered to help get Maxwell out of prison.

He is part of what her family have called ‘Operation GGO’, or Get Ghislaine Out, and Basham believes they will be submitting a formal application for bail soon.

Maxwell is charged with recruiting girls for Epstein between 1994 and 1997 and is due to stand trial next July – she denies the allegations.

She was arrested this July at her $1 million home in New Hampshire where she had been living in secret and has been locked up ever since.

Speaking to, Basham said that Maxwell had been ‘singled out’ and her human rights were being breached because of the conditions inside the MDC.

Basham said that Maxwell’s family, the children of disgraced British newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, are ‘completely, utterly and totally’ convinced that she is innocent.

They are ‘lined up behind her’ in support including for her multi-million dollar legal fees.

Basham said that Maxwell’s sisters Isabel and Christine, who live in the US, are ‘trying to work hard to muster up the evidence’ to prove her innocence.

Their main concern are her prison conditions which he called ‘macabre’.

Basham said: ‘The good thing is she now has a bra which is quite important because she’s a very fit woman. She couldn’t really do any aerobic exercise before.

‘She is on her own floor and has a very small cell but doesn’t have a table to put her computer on.

‘I’m told by the family that she has a camera in the ceiling and another camera that is 4ft away from her and they adjust it when she moves about.

‘They were waking her up every three hours to search her and the noise outside her cell with the guards laughing and joking and yelling to each other is very disturbing, so she hasn’t got much sleep. It is bizarre’.

The extreme levels of surveillance are a sharp difference from Epstein’s cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

He was able to kill himself after the guards didn’t check on him all night and the camera outside his cell – there was not one inside – was not working.

Epstein’s death led to a raft of conspiracy theories and intense pressure on the Bureau of Prisons to ensure Maxwell’s stays alive

At Manhattan’s Federal Court in July, Judge Alison Nathan ruled that Maxwell was a flight risk because she was facing a lengthy jail term, the prosecution had a strong case and because she had ‘substantial financial resources’.

Prosecutors had pointed toward Maxwell owning 15 different bank accounts which held balances up to more than $20m as a sign of how she could flee easily.

Basham however said that Maxwell ‘patently’ isn’t a flight risk because she could have left the US any time after Epstein was arrested but she didn’t.

As to why Maxwell stayed in America, he said: ‘She has family there, it’s her home, she regards herself as completely innocent so just kept a low profile’.

Basham pointed to high profile cases like Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of rape and sexual assault and was allowed out on bail.

He said: ‘If you look at Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein you could argue they were an existent threat to women.

‘Nobody could argue Ghislaine is an existing threat to women. She patently isn’t. It’s a complete mystery to me as to why Ghislaine should be singled out in this way, and quite wrong too’.

Maxwell’s victims however have called her Epstein’s right hand woman and described how she prowled the streets looking for underage girls for him to abuse.

During a press conference announcing her charges, Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said: ‘As alleged, Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Jeffrey Epstein had set. She pretended to be a woman they could trust.

‘All the while, she was setting them up to be abused sexually by Epstein and, in some cases, Maxwell herself’.

In a previous interview Basham revealed that Maxwell has lost 25lbs in weight because the prison was unable to accommodate her vegan diet.

When she complained the prison authorities took away the scale so she couldn’t weigh herself any more.

She was forced to wear paper clothes and letters from her family have not reached her – while the guards have stopped talking to her.

Maxwell suffered fresh humiliation last week when a 460-page deposition she gave in a defamation case brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre was made public.

The transcript showed Maxwell apologizing for smashing her fist on the table in frustration as she was interrogated about her sex life.

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Leon Black Reveals Other Jeffrey Epstein Finance Clients—Including A U.S. Treasury Secretary | Oct 29, 2020

Private equity billionaire Leon Black revealed other past financial clients of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein (without naming names) during a Thursday earnings call for his firm, Apollo Global Management, long after Epstein’s only other known client was former L Brands CEO and chairman Les Wexner, and shedding some light on who likely paid Epstein for his financial advice.


  • According to Black, Epstein’s other clients included: a U.S. Treasury secretary, heads of state, Nobel laureates and prominent philanthropists, but he did not reveal anyone by name.
  • Black, whose net worth Forbes estimates at $7.5 billion, repeated some of his previous statements on Epstein, including that he “deeply regret[s] having any involvement with him” and that Apollo never did any business with Epstein.
  • Black more recently came under fire for revelations first reported October 12 by the New York Times that he paid Epstein $50 million from, as Black said Thursday, 2012 to 2017, for estate planning, tax, philanthropic and other personal financial advice.
  • The private equity tycoon has faced questions about his Epstein dealings since the financier was arrested in July 2019 on federal sex trafficking charges.
  • Black said Thursday he chose to work with Epstein following his 2009 release from a Florida county jail on a single prostitution charge, saying, “I decided to give Epstein a second chance, this was a terrible mistake.”
  • Apollo’s stock price has dropped about 16% since the October 12 New York Times story, and was down a little over one percent following Thursday’s earnings call.


“Let me be clear. There has never been an allegation by anyone that I engaged in any wrongdoing, because I did not,” Black said Thursday. “Any suggestion of blackmail or anything else of Epstein’s reprehensible conduct is untrue.”


Black reiterated on the call that Apollo’s board hired an outside law firm to review and report on his business dealings with Epstein, and would not comment further on the investigation Thursday. For years, Epstein’s only other known client was L Brands’ Wexner, the “Merlin of the mall” who stepped down as chief executive and chairman in May amid his own firestorm of scrutiny for working with the disgraced financier. Wexner previously accused Epstein of “misappropriating vast sums” of his fortune in August 2019, shortly before Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan lockup.


Leaders In Both Parties Received Money From Leon Black, Billionaire Caught Up In Epstein Scandal

Who Is Leon Black, The Billionaire Who Helped Bankroll Jeffrey Epstein’s Second Act?

Justice Department probe ends with no action against prosecutors who oversaw Epstein deal | Nov. 12, 2020

“Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment’ – it is a disgusting failure,” said Sen. Ben Sasse.

A Justice Department investigation found that federal prosecutors who oversaw a controversial non-prosecution deal with Jeffrey Epstein in 2008 exercised “poor judgment” but did not break the law, according to an executive summary released Thursday.

The investigation by the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility focused on the conduct of former federal government lawyers, including ex-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.

“Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment’ – it is a disgusting failure,” said Ben Sasse, R-Neb. “Americans ought to be enraged.”

A spokesperson for the FBI, which investigated the case, declined comment.

Prosecutors looked into allegations that Epstein abused dozens of teenage girls in his West Palm Beach mansion in the early 2000s. He eventually pleaded guilty to state charges involving a single victim in a deal that ended the federal sex crimes investigation and spared Epstein the prospect of serving several years in prison.

Acosta was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida at the time. He resigned as President Trump’s labor secretary last year amid renewed scrutiny of the case.

Epstein ultimately served 13 months in jail and was allowed to leave almost every day through a work release program. The politically-connected financier died by suicide inside a federal prison last year while awaiting trial on new sex trafficking charges.

In a 13-page executive summary of the investigation’s findings, the Office of Professional Responsibility said it was Acosta who “made the pivotal decision to resolve the federal investigation of Epstein through a state-based plea and either developed or approved the terms of the initial offer to the defense that set the beginning point for the subsequent negotiations that led to the” non-prosecution agreement.

“The NPA was a flawed mechanism for satisfying the federal interest that caused the government to open its investigation of Epstein,” the report says.

In the course of the review, the office said members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office had concerns about “legal issues, witness credibility, and the impact of a trial on the victims” that led them to ultimately go for the non-prosecution agreement and avoid trial.

As a result, “OPR does not find that Acosta engaged in professional misconduct by resolving the federal investigation of Epstein in the way he did or that the other subjects committed professional misconduct through their implementation of Acosta’s decisions.”

The report also says that Acosta’s decision to bring charges against Epstein through the state led to a lack of transparency and left victims “feeling confused and ill-treated by the government.”

“In sum, OPR concludes that the victims were not treated with the forthrightness and sensitivity expected by the department.”

Acosta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Early Thursday, Justice Department officials briefed several Epstein victims on the investigation’s findings in a meeting in Miami, three people familiar with the matter told NBC News.

Two other federal investigations connected to Epstein remain ongoing.

New York federal prosecutors are still probing Epstein’s sex trafficking network. His longtime confidant, Ghislaine Maxwell, has been charged with recruiting and grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is investigating the circumstances of Epstein’s death inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.

Prince Andrew ‘remembered seeing Spitting Image doll at centre of grope claim in Jeffrey Epstein’s New York home’, claims award-winning puppeteer Steve Wright | 07 Nov 2020

  • Steve Wright says Duke of York told him the puppet had been bought by a friend
  • Mr Wright was one of 600 guests at a 2003 reception at Buckingham Palace
  • It’s alleged Andrew used puppet to ‘grope’ Virginia Roberts and Johanna Sjoberg

Prince Andrew recalled seeing a Spitting Image puppet of himself at the home of US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein during a function at Buckingham Palace, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Steve Wright, an award-winning puppeteer, says the Duke of York told him at the 2003 reception that his own puppet from the satirical TV show had been bought by a friend in New York and how it had been used to play a prank on him.

The puppeteer was one of 600 guests and had been nominated to attend because of his contribution to education.

The exchange appears to at least partly verify claims that socialite Ghislaine Maxwell presented the Prince with the puppet in April 2001 in Epstein’s New York home.

It is alleged Andrew used the puppet to ‘grope’ Virginia Roberts, then aged 17, and Johanna Sjoberg, one of Epstein’s former sex slaves, then 21, in the mansion’s study.

In an unpublished book, Ms Roberts – who claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions – wrote that ‘when Andrew cupped my breast with a doll made in his image, I only giggled away’.

Ms Sjoberg testified to the alleged incident in a 2016 legal deposition, describing how Andrew and Ms Roberts – who now goes by her married surname Giuffre – were sitting on a couch with the puppet.

‘And so then I sat on Andrew’s lap – and I believe on my own volition – and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew put his on mine,’ she added. The Duke has always strenuously denied having sex with Ms Roberts and any other wrongdoing.

Mr Wright, 55, who uses puppet characters to teach young people about issues including sexual health, recalled how the Prince became animated when he told him about his work.

He said: ‘I told him I was a puppeteer and how I just started making puppet shows and that people really liked them.

‘Then I showed him a picture of one of my puppets and he had a clear facial reaction… the story literally exploded out of him. He said, “Oh my God, puppets! Spitting Image – do you know that my friend bought my Spitting Image puppet and you’ll never believe it, he played a trick on me.”

‘He told me he went to an apartment in New York and saw the “bloody thing” sitting up on the sofa and that he “nearly had a bloody heart attack” as he was there looking at himself.’

Mr Wright, from Huddersfield, said he learnt of the allegations about the Spitting Image puppet earlier this year. ‘Why would she [Ms Roberts] make up a story about puppets? It all just clicked,’ he said.

Last night, a spokesman for the Duke declined to comment.

Why is QAnon more obsessed with an imaginary sex-trafficking ring than with Jeffrey Epstein’s real one?

Caitlin Dickson, Reporter, Yahoo News October 23, 2020

On Wednesday evening, the anonymous figure known as “Q” took to the fringe message board 8kun to issue one of his signature prophecies: “BOOMS EN_ROUTE TOMORROW. This is not a drill. Q.” 

Such vague and ominous forecasts have become a regular feature of the ever-evolving online scripture on which the cult-like conspiracy movement known as QAnon is based. For the past three years, Q — whom disciples believe to be a high-ranking military or intelligence officer or group of officials with access to classified information — has posted thousands of these cryptic messages, known as “Q drops,” for followers to try to decipher. 

Very few, if any, of Q’s predictions, starting with the first Q drop posted to 4chan on Oct. 28, 2017, which warned of Hillary Clinton’s imminent arrest and a violent nationwide uprising, have come true. A scan through some of the responses to Q’s latest promise of forthcoming “Booms” indicate a mix of excitement and skepticism from followers who’ve clearly been disappointed in the past.

However, a couple of other drops from earlier that night seemed to offer a clue as to what Q’s latest prediction might be about. The first included an image with faint text displayed over a heavily saturated photo of Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier and convicted sex offender, and his girlfriend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. A message read: “A deep dark world is being exposed. The truth won’t be for everyone. Have faith in Humanity.”

Another Q drop posted roughly an hour later read: “Dearest Virginia -We stand with you. Now and always. Find peace through prayer. Never give up the good fight. God bless you. Q.” The post included a link to a tweet from an account apparently belonging to Virginia Giuffre, who says she was abused for years by Epstein, Maxwell and prominent figures in their orbit starting when she was a teenager.

 Giuffre had tweeted to express satisfaction with a ruling by a federal judge in New York ordering the immediate release of a deposition given by Maxwell in 2016, in a defamation lawsuit brought against her by Giuffre in 2015. Giuffre accused Maxwell of recruiting her as a teenager to become part of a sex-trafficking ring run by Epstein, who committed suicide in jail while awaiting trial for federal sex-trafficking charges last year. (He had previously served time after pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of procuring a minor for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution.) Giuffre has alleged that Epstein and Maxwell directed her to have sex with other men, including prominent figures in politics and academia. 

The civil case was settled in 2017, but the depositions gained new relevance after Maxwell was arrested this summer on federal criminal charges of conspiring with Epstein to sexually exploit minors. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska had ordered the partially redacted depositions unsealed as soon as possible. 

“This journey to justice has taken decades for my fellow abuse survivors and me, including years in which our voices were ignored,” Giuffre tweeted. “Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein did not act alone.” Among the thousands of retweets Giuffre’s post received was one from a QAnon account, which encouraged followers to “RETWEET/SHARE” Giuffre’s news. Giuffre then retweeted that post, which included the popular QAnon hashtags #WWG1WGA and #TheGreatAwakening, adding her own variations of other QAnon-related slogans such as #SaveTheKids and #TheGreatAwakeningWorldWide. 

Epstein’s long history of sexual misconduct, on private islands, in his Florida mansion, aboard yachts and and his private jet with a who’s who of powerful elites including former President Bill Clinton (who denies having had a close relationship with Epstein or any knowledge of his crimes), is probably the closest real-world analogue of the global sex-trafficking ring at the core of the QAnon conspiracy theory. 

And yet, the unsealing of Maxwell’s 2016 deposition — a significant development in the case against Epstein and, potentially, other high-profile associates —  received no mention from Q after it was released on Thursday. Instead, the shadowy leader behind the growing pro-Trump conspiracy movement spent most of the day posting about Hunter Biden’s emails. 

Marc-André Argentino, a PhD candidate at Canada’s Concordia University who has closely studied QAnon, said that the Epstein scandal is definitely a big story for adherents of the movement “in the sense that it fits squarely within the QAnon narrative,” in which members of the Clinton family, in particular, are among the biggest villains.

However, Argentino said that is somewhat complicated by the fact that “the elites” whose names have been linked to Epstein come from both sides of the political spectrum, and that among them is Donald Trump. 

Though Trump has claimed not to know much about the case against Epstein and Maxwell, he has acknowledged knowing the pair, who socialized with him in Palm Beach, Fla., where Trump’s private club, Mar-a-Lago, is located. 

Trump has been photographed with Epstein, and in 2002 he spoke to New York magazine about his friend:  “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

After Maxwell’s arrest in July, Trump acknowledged to reporters that he knew her well. “I’ve met her numerous times over the years,” he said. “I just wish her well, frankly.” 

In her earlier defamation suit against Maxwell, Giuffre claimed to have met the British socialite at Mar-a-Lago when she was 17. Trump is not named in the recently released deposition, and Giuffre has not accused Trump of any wrongdoing. 

Still, that apparently friendly connection creates “a very precarious balancing act” for a movement that sees Trump as the hero in a secret war against a satanic cabal of Democratic pedophiles.

 While Argentino admits that “it’s weird” for Q not to highlight newly released material from the Maxwell case, since it “already fits into the QAnon ethos,” he also noted that the deposition is over 400 pages “and Q is generally lazy, so I doubt the person behind that account has read the deposition.”

He suspected that Q is likely “waiting for someone in the QAnon community to start posting about what’s in there” so that he can point to it and say “this is the ‘boom’ I was talking about.” 

“That happens regularly,” he said, adding, “That’s the whole point of Q. It puts concepts out there, but it’s also about ‘do your own research ’cause I’m too lazy to tell you what to think.’”

However, Argentino said that QAnon has made it increasingly difficult for those who want to “do their own research” to access legitimate information about the Epstein case. 

“If you don’t trust the mainstream media, alternative media sources are just flooded with the narratives from groups like QAnon because that’s what has taken over the Epstein conversation on the right,” he said, adding this is just one example of how QAnon has “muddied the waters” on the issue of child trafficking in general, by spreading misinformation that threatens to undermine the work of legitimate organizations. 

This week, a coalition of more than 100 organizations dedicated to fighting human trafficking published an open letter to “candidates, the Media, Political Parties, and Policymakers” about the dangers posed by QAnon conspiracy theories.

“Anybody — political committee, public office holder, candidate, or media outlet — who lends any credibility to QAnon conspiracies related to human trafficking actively harms the fight against human trafficking,” the letter states. “Indeed, any political committee, candidate, public office holder or media that does not expressly condemn QAnon and actively debunk the lies should be held accountable.”

“Though they pretend to care about children, in reality, QAnon doesn’t,” said Argentino. “They just care about portraying a specific group as part of this child-trafficking ring.” 

Prince Andrew makes secret night visits to the Queen as he plots public return

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Matt Wilkinson, Royal Correspondent

31 October 2020, 21:57 – Updated: 31 Oct 2020, 23:46

PRINCE Andrew is making secret visits to see the Queen under cover of darkness as he plots a return to public duty.

His latest night-time trip to Windsor Castle took place last Tuesday.

The scandal-hit prince is said to be confident he will be cleared of any wrongdoing over his links to dead paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein and is arranging a comeback.

Andy, 60, held a Covid-secure meeting with the Queen, 94, last week, arriving after dark.

One insider said: “This looked like a deliberate attempt not to be seen.”

He quit senior royal duties last November after his “car crash” Newsnight interview.

The duke denies allegations he slept with Epstein’s 17-year-old “sex slave” Virginia Giuffre.

He’s also been dragged into Epstein ex-lover Ghislaine Maxwell’s prosecution and is set to feature heavily in her New York trial next year.
Palace officials deny any formal talks about a return.

And a source said: “What he wants and what the family are prepared to discuss are probably at odds.”

Senator rips finding that Acosta used ‘poor judgment’ but broke no rules in Epstein case

Senator rips finding that Acosta used ‘poor judgment’ but broke no rules in Epstein case


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Former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta used “poor judgment” when he chose not to prosecute Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein on federal sex-trafficking charges and instead let him plead guilty to a state offense of soliciting young girls for sex, the Justice Department said Thursday.
The department’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that Acosta, who served as labor secretary in the Trump administration until the scandal over his mishandling of the Epstein case forced him to resign in July 2019, committed no professional wrongdoing and violated no ethics standards. The non-prosecution agreement was signed over 10 years earlier when Acosta was U.S. attorney for South Florida.

“Acosta’s decision to decline to initiate a federal prosecution of Epstein was within the scope of his authority, and OPR did not find evidence that his decision was based on corruption or other impermissible considerations, such as Epstein’s wealth, status, or associations,” a 13-page executive summary of OPR’s report says.

After the executive summary was released, Acosta, who had long refused to answer the Miami Herald’s questions about his actions, issued a two-page statement saying it “fully debunks allegations that the [United States Attorney’s Office in South Florida] improperly cut Epstein a ‘sweetheart deal’ or purposefully avoided investigating potential wrongdoing by various prominent individuals.”
The Republican senator who requested the review after a Miami Herald investigative series saw it differently.

“Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment’ — it is a disgusting failure. Americans ought to be enraged,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “Jeffrey Epstein should be rotting behind bars today, but the Justice Department failed Epstein’s victims at every turn.

“The DOJ’s crooked deal with Epstein effectively shut down investigations into his child sex trafficking ring and protected his co-conspirators in other states. Justice has not been served,” Sasse said. “The full report needs to be released to the public. OPR might have finished its report, but we have an obligation to make sure this never happens again.”

Sasse, who had pressed the Justice Department for more than three years to investigate the handling of Epstein’s charges, demanded that the agency release the report. Although the department didn’t do so, the Miami Herald and its parent company, McClatchy, obtained a copy on their own.

In the full report, OPR concluded that “Acosta exercised poor judgment when he failed to make certain that the state intended to and would notify victims identified through the federal investigation about the state plea hearing. His decision left victims uninformed about an important proceeding that resolved the federal investigation, an investigation about which the [United States Attorney’s Office] had communicated with victims for months. It also ultimately created the misimpression that the [Justice] Department intentionally sought to silence the victims.”

The report also contains an intriguing mention of former President Bill Clinton and how his friendship with Epstein might have affected the prosecution. It also paints celebrity attorney Alan Dershowitz in unflattering terms.

The summary said the Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates allegations of misconduct by federal prosecutors, had reviewed “hundreds of thousands of records,” including emails, letters, memos and investigative materials, and conducted “more than 60 interviews of witnesses,” from FBI case agents to a former deputy attorney general of the Justice Department.
In a statement, the Justice Department said it shared the executive summary of the report with victims on Thursday and the full report with a congressional committee.

“While OPR did not find that Department attorneys engaged in professional misconduct, OPR concluded that the victims were not treated with the forthrightness and sensitivity expected by the Department,” the statement said.

Among the federal prosecutors who avoided being targeted for criticism in the executive summary were Acosta’s former top assistant, Jeffrey Sloman; ex-criminal chief Matthew Menchel; former case prosecutor Marie Villafaña, who had prepared a sex-trafficking indictment against Epstein that was not filed; and her boss, Andrew Lourie. They and their actions, however, are detailed in the full, unreleased report.

“I am pleased that OPR finally has completed its investigation but am disappointed that it has not released the full report so the victims and the public can have a fuller accounting of the depth of interference [by the U.S. Attorney’s Office management and Epstein’s lawyers] that led to the patently unjust outcome in the Epstein case,” Villafaña, who resigned as a federal prosecutor last year but had remained silent on the matter, said in a statement. “That injustice, I believe, was the result of deep, implicit institutional biases that prevented me and the FBI agents who worked diligently on this case from holding Mr. Epstein accountable for his crimes.”

Sloman, who served as Acosta’s first assistant during the Epstein prosecution, declined to comment. In an op-ed piece published last year in the Miami Herald, Sloman acknowledged that “Epstein deserved harsher punishment than he ended up getting.”

At the time, Sloman defended Acosta’s integrity in handling the case. “Our priorities were to make sure Epstein could not hurt anyone else and to compensate Epstein’s victims without retraumatizing them,” Sloman wrote in February 2019, apparently referring to a short term Epstein served in the Palm Beach jail and settlements paid to some of Epstein’s victims.

The op-ed was published months before Acosta resigned as labor secretary.
The OPR investigation was prompted by the 2018 Miami Herald series Perversion of Justice, which renewed interest in the non-prosecution agreement.

The executive summary mentions the Miami Herald’s reporting numerous times as the reason for the intense public interest. It mentioned a breakfast meeting between Acosta and one of Epstein’s lawyers, Jay Lefkowitz, in October 2007 that was highlighted in the Herald’s series.

“OPR did not find evidence establishing that Acosta’s ‘breakfast meeting’ with one of Epstein’s defense counsel in October 2007 led to the NPA, which had been signed weeks earlier, or to any other significant decision that benefited Epstein,” the report said. Acosta, in his statement, pointed to this as evidence he acted properly and that the Herald’s reporting, which described the meeting as unusual, was flawed.

The Herald’s series, however, described how in the months after the meeting Epstein’s legal team peppered Acosta and his subordinates with emails demanding modifications to the arrangement, citing assurances given at the meeting. Emails examined by the Herald show the lawyers wanted victims not to be informed of the status of negotiations — contrary to the Crime Victims Rights Act — apparently to ensure there was no interference in the shaping of the deal. Emails and other communications showed they also pushed to have the arrangement sealed by a judge so it could not be examined by the victims or the public.
All of that occurred, although the agreement was eventually unsealed.

The report also provides answers to who knew about the deal at DOJ headquarters. It outlines how just after the original deal was hammered out Epstein attorneys began going over Acosta’s head to lobby headquarters.

In a May 2008 letter to Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, two of the prominent members of Epstein’s legal team, former Solicitor General Kenneth Starr and former U.S. Attorney Joe Whitley, suggested that the federal investigation into Epstein was politically motivated because of his close ties to former President Clinton. There was “little doubt,” they wrote, that Acosta’s office “never would have contemplated a prosecution in this case if Mr. Epstein were just another ‘John.’ ”
Starr, ironically, is best known for his dogged pursuit of Clinton during his impeachment for lying about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky.
Despite those efforts to sway senior Justice Department officials, the report suggests that then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey had no role in the Epstein case. The report notes that Mukasey had lunch in Miami with Acosta and other senior managers in the U.S. Attorney’s Office a little over a month before Epstein ultimately pleaded guilty in state court, but that Epstein’s case was not discussed at that time.

The Office of Professional Responsibility is a nonpartisan division of the Justice Department, formed in 1975 in response to the Watergate scandal and run by career prosecutors. It investigates allegations of professional misconduct by DOJ prosecutors and immigration judges.
As the Herald previously reported, and as was acknowledged in its report, the Office of Professional Responsibility previously declined to investigate complaints about the handling of the Epstein case in 2010, citing ongoing litigation involving the victims.

The OPR’s summary said that Epstein’s victims and their attorneys were among those interviewed for the internal investigation, a detail confirmed by one of the lawyers, Spencer Kuvin. The Justice Department’s questions, he cautioned, were narrowly focused on the sexual assault laws in Florida at the time the crimes were committed. It was a time when the law did not prescribe serious punishment for those who inappropriately touched victims under the age of consent, which is 18 in Florida.

“Merely touching was punished differently than full intercourse,” Kuvin said. “In the case of my clients, there was no penetration. That law has since been changed.”

Kuvin also questioned why the FBI did not dig deeper.

“They had interviewed enough people to know that Epstein was traveling between New York and New Mexico so any decent investigator would have looked into whether he was doing this in other states,” he said, citing two other locales where Epstein maintained homes. “I don’t believe the FBI didn’t do that. I think the U.S. attorney made a conscious decision to shut the investigation down quickly and that was Acosta’s decision.’‘

Epstein’s victims are mentioned in another passage in the full report, concerning Epstein attorney Alan Dershowitz. In it, former Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer recalled that Epstein’s defense team had brought “voluminous material” seeking to discredit Epstein’s accusers in pushing for the state to allow Epstein to plead no contest, rather than guilty to possible sex charges.

Krischer told OPR that he remembered Dershowitz as “overly aggressive,” adding that Dershowitz had threatened, “We’re going to destroy your witnesses; don’t go to court because we’re going to destroy those girls.” Dershowitz and Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre are currently suing each other for defamation.

Dershowitz didn’t deny raising issues about the credibility of Epstein’s accusers in conversation with Krischer but did deny using that language.
“In 55 years of practice, I can say that I have never threatened to destroy a witness,” Dershowitz said. “ I told him that his witnesses — there were only a handful at the time — had credibility issues and that it was our duty, as defense lawyers, to challenge their credibility.”

Dershowitz, who has dueling slander lawsuits with one of Epstein’s victims who accused him of sexual misconduct, said that he wasn’t contacted by the authors of the Justice Department report. The famed lawyer has denied the woman’s claim that he had sex with her.

In the wake of the Herald’s series about Acosta’s handling of the Epstein case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York filed sex-trafficking charges against Epstein and arrested him in July 2019 — making the same federal case that Acosta’s office could have made a decade earlier against the New Yorker, who owned a townhouse mansion in Manhattan. The revived case, however, took a shocking detour when the 66-year-old was found hanging in his cell in August 2019 under mysterious circumstances. His death was ruled a suicide.
The original investigation more than 10 years ago found that Epstein paid dozens of girls, many of them underage, cash to engage in nude massages, masturbation, oral sex and intercourse in his palatial mansion in Palm Beach. The encounters were scheduled by members of his staff.

As a result of his plea in state court, Epstein registered as a sex offender in Florida and agreed to pay damages to 40 female victims ranging in age from 13 to 17. As part of the plea agreement negotiated by Acosta’s office, Epstein wouldn’t be charged in federal court — even though the feds had drawn up a proposed 53-page indictment that carried potential punishment ranging from a mandatory 10 years in prison to a life sentence.
Acosta’s “non-prosecution agreement” was signed by the financier and his lawyers in September 2007 and amended through the end of that year. The deal also immunized several of his alleged co-conspirators from federal prosecution. The DOJ report criticizes the non-prosecution agreement as a “flawed mechanism” that removed federal control over the case to state authorities.

Epstein ended up serving just over a year in a Palm Beach County stockade — while local authorities allowed him during his incarceration to go to work or do whatever he wanted for six days out of every week, returning to the stockade only at night.

David Lightman in Washington contributed to this report.


What Was a Clinton White House Lawyer Doing at Epstein’s Arraignment? | Nov. 02, 2020

Two eyewitnesses say former White House lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler was at Epstein’s arraignment in July 2019—and that the two had a “professional relationship.”

In July 2019, all eyes were on Jeffrey Epstein as he entered a Manhattan federal courtroom in prison blues and orange sneakers. The reclusive multimillionaire, used to luxurious jaunts around the globe with powerful friends, appeared disheveled as he was charged with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

Police had arrested the 66-year-old financier two days before, and a packed crowd of journalists, lawyers, and victims now watched him plead not guilty to child sex-trafficking charges—more than a decade after he avoided serious prison time for molesting scores of teenage victims at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.

But while the press focused on Epstein, one high-profile spectator apparently went unnoticed—at least, unnoticed by most. Two eyewitnesses say former White House lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler was at Epstein’s court appearance that day in his support, The Daily Beast has learned.

Two people who separately attended the hearing said Ruemmler—who served as White House counsel during the Clinton and Obama administrations—had a “professional relationship” with Epstein and was seated behind his defense team.

At the time, Ruemmler was a partner at Latham & Watkins and global co-chair of the law firm’s white-collar defense and investigations practice.

“Epstein knew her,” one source with knowledge told The Daily Beast of her appearance in court in July 2019. “He had a professional relationship with her. I think he may have reached out to her to be involved in the case.” The source said Ruemmler’s appearance was “probably just a show of support.”

“She worked for a large, prominent firm,” the person said. “There was some exploration of her joining the [defense] team, but it wasn’t going to happen.”

Ruemmler did not return messages seeking comment. A spokeswoman for Latham & Watkins said neither the law firm nor Ruemmler represented Epstein; she did not return follow-up emails from The Daily Beast.

Martin Weinberg, a lawyer for Epstein since 2008, said Ruemmler didn’t represent the financier and wasn’t a member of the defense team led by himself and Reid Weingarten. “I can state with certainty that Kathy Ruemmler did not represent Mr. Epstein and did not appear at any hearing at any time on his behalf,” Weinberg said in an email.

Ruemmler has previously represented the Clinton Foundation and George Nader, a key witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation who was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for child sex trafficking.

She left Latham & Watkins in April to become global head of regulatory affairs at Goldman Sachs. After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month, Fox News reported Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden possibly put Ruemmler on the short list of nominees to fill a future SCOTUS seat.

Indeed, Ruemmler and other Obama-era officials hosted a D.C. event for Biden last November as his fundraising waned before the primaries. According to the Washington Examiner, Ruemmler told the crowd the 2020 election came down to “character,” and “there is no one who has the strength and the quality of character, no one like Joe Biden.”

Ruemmler has long traveled the revolving door between public service and Latham & Watkins, whose phalanx of former high-ranking government lawyers inspired a Wall Street Journal blog to call the firm “the DOJ’s home away from home.”

At Latham, Ruemmler defended companies in high-stakes litigation, led internal probes into misconduct, and averted indictments through Department of Justice “declinations,” or decisions not to prosecute which are similar to non-prosecution agreements. (She did, however, secure a non-prosecution agreement for Microsoft Hungary, which last year paid $8.7 million in penalties to resolve a foreign bribery case.)

Her career began with a clerkship under a federal appeals judge, followed by a job at litigation boutique Zuckerman Spaeder in Washington, D.C., before she was hired as a lawyer for President Clinton from 2000 to 2001.

She then moved to the Department of Justice, where she made headlines as a lead prosecutor in the Enron financial fraud trial. (Weingarten, one of Epstein’s D.C.-based legal eagles, faced off with Ruemmler when he represented Richard Causey, Enron’s former chief accounting officer who pleaded guilty to securities fraud.)

In 2007, she left government for Latham & Watkins. She joined the Obama administration two years later as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ. Ruemmler replaced her mentor, Bob Bauer, as White House counsel in 2011 and became one of President Obama’s closest confidantes. When she announced her resignation in 2014, Obama said, “Kathy has become one of my most trusted advisers over the past few years. I deeply value her smarts, her judgment, and her wit—but most importantly her uncanny ability to see around the corners that nobody else anticipates.”

Later asked in an interview how she’d like to be remembered, Ruemmler paraphrased Bauer: “She told it like it was; she never put even light icing on the cake.”

After the Obama White House, Ruemmler returned to Latham but was soon in the running to replace Attorney General Eric Holder. But she withdrew her name from consideration—reportedly because she feared her closeness to Obama, and her handling of matters including the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, would make for a difficult confirmation process.

“She felt very strongly that it would not serve the department well, and that it certainly wouldn’t serve the president well, to have the confirmation process be a series of partisan attacks on the president rather than a reasoned approach to what the Department of Justice really needs right now,” one source told Politico.

Under the Clinton administration, Ruemmler defended the White House in congressional investigations and “independent counsel issues, including those related to former Pentagon worker Linda Tripp, who famously taped colleague Monica Lewinsky,” according to one Washington Post profile on Enron prosecutors.

But Ruemmler’s ties to the Clintons didn’t end with Bill’s presidency. She’s mentioned in emails published on WikiLeaks, including those belonging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chair John Podesta. One email attachment listed Ruemmler under a March 2016 list of possible campaign “vetters,” while several other emails indicated Ruemmler was a participant in more than one “Biweekly Hill Strategy Call.”

In August 2016, Ruemmler was identified as “the Clinton Foundation’s principal lawyer” when Reuters, as well as the New York Post, reported the organization hired a security firm in the wake of suspected hacking. It’s unclear how long she represented the Clinton family charity or what other work she’s done for them.

Ruemmler also recently defended the Democratic National Committee and Perkins Coie—the law firm representing Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign—in a defamation suit filed by Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump.

Page claimed the parties developed the Steele dossier, which was “replete with falsehoods about numerous individuals associated with the Trump campaign,” leading the feds to “wrongfully and covertly” surveil Page as an agent of Russia. (A federal judge in Chicago tossed Page’s suit in August, saying the court lacked jurisdiction; Page filed a similar suit in Oklahoma in 2018 but it was dismissed for the same reason.)

Ruemmler’s alleged ties to Epstein raise further questions on the financier’s high-powered connections, including Bill Clinton. Clinton’s name has surfaced repeatedly in court filings related to Epstein and his alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, and he took international trips with the perverted pair on Epstein’s private jet. The former president denies knowing anything about Epstein’s abuse of young women and girls and denies one victim’s claim that he visited Epstein’s Virgin Islands compound.

Several Clinton staffers are listed in Epstein’s infamous rolodex, including Cheryl Mills, who was deputy White House counsel for Clinton during his 1999 impeachment trial. Mills was an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run and chief of staff when Clinton became Secretary of State. Along with Podesta, Mills oversaw Clinton’s search for a running mate in 2016 and was included in emails with Ruemmler.

In years past, both Epstein and Maxwell donated thousands to the Clinton Foundation and “Clinton Library.” When Epstein’s lawyers secretly negotiated a plea deal for his abuse of minors in Florida in 2007, they plugged his friendship with former President Clinton and claimed he helped to create the Clinton Global Initiative.

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Billionaire investor Leon Black denies he was blackmailed by Jeffrey Epstein | 31 October 2020

Billionaire investor Leon Black denies he was blackmailed by Jeffrey Epstein after ‘he paid up to $75million to the disgraced financier for professional services’

  • Financier veteran Leon Black denied that he was blackmailed for millions of dollars by Jeffrey Epstein
  • Black called the allegations ‘categorically untrue’ and admitted his relationship with Epstein was a ‘terrible mistake’
  • The Apollo Global Management Inc. CEO has come under fire after it was reported he transferred up to $75million to Epstein for ‘professional services’
  • He made the payments after the late financier had been convicted of child sex offenses in 2008
  • The company’s stock share has declined and one of the biggest US public pension funds has already frozen new investments with Apollo
  • Black addressed the allegations during a call with concerned investors

Billionaire investor Leon Black denied allegations that Jeffrey Epstein blackmailed him for millions of dollars over the last decade, saying such claims were ‘categorically untrue.’

The Apollo Global Management, Inc. CEO both acknowledged and defended himself against the accusations on Thursday, when he gave his most comprehensive account to date of his ties with Epstein during the company’s third-quarter earnings call.

The company’s stock plummeted $500million this month after it was revealed that Black reportedly transferred between $50 million and $75 million to Epstein for ‘professional services.’

Several investors in Apollo’s funds expressed concerns as much of the payments to Epstein came after his 2008 conviction for procuring an underage girl for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute.

One of the biggest US public pension funds froze new investments in the firm in light of the revelation, and stock shares have yet to make a significant rebound.

‘Let me be clear, there has never been an allegation by anyone that I engaged in any wrongdoing, because I did not,’ said Black.

‘Any suggestion of blackmail, or any other connection to Epstein’s reprehensible conduct, is categorically untrue.’

Financial documents showed Wall Street executive Black gave $10 million to one of Epstein’s foundations alone, the New York Times reported.

Black said he first met Epstein two decades ago, when the latter was advising prominent clients, including several heads of state, Nobel laureates, and even a U.S. treasury secretary.

The 69-year-old private equity veteran said he was not aware of Epstein’s criminal conduct until media reports surfaced in late 2006 of U.S. and Florida investigations into Epstein.

Black said that in 2012, three years after Epstein got out of jail following his prostitution conviction, he retained Epstein for ‘personal estate planning, tax structuring and philanthropic advice’ because of ‘misplaced comfort’ in the ‘distinguished reputations’ of the individuals in high society that Epstein continued to associate with.

‘This was a terrible mistake. Had I known any of the facts about Epstein’s sickening and repulsive conduct, which I learned in late 2018, more than a year after I stopped working with them I never would have had anything to do with him,’ Black said.

Epstein was awaiting trial at the Metropolitan Correctional Center jail in New York City when he committed suicide by hanging inside his jail cell in August 2019.

He was held on sex trafficking charges of minors in Florida and New York from 2002 to 2005. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and maintained his innocence until the end.

His alleged ‘madam,’ Ghislaine Maxwell, is currently detained in a Brooklyn prison cell awaiting trial for six federal crimes, including enticement of minors and sex trafficking.

Recently, Maxwell’s family launched a campaign to get her out of jail, claiming she’s lost considerable weight and her human rights were violated.

The figures Black reportedly transferred help shed some light on how Epstein died with a net worth estimated at $634million despite his imprisonment. But it is not clear exactly what role Epstein played to receive such large sums of money; he had no formal legal or tax training.

In January, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George sued the estate, seeking claims on behalf of victims he raped and trafficked on a private Caribbean island.

Black has said he intends to cooperate with the U.S. Virgin Islands inquiry and any other investigation.

Apollo said that Epstein never did any work for the New York-based firm and announced last week that three board directors tasked with probing Black’s ties to Epstein had retained law firm Dechert LLP to launch a full review.

Apollo Chief Financial Officer Martin Kelly said on Thursday the review would include going though emails and interviewing people.

He said he hoped it would be concluded by the end of the year.

As news of Black’s financial transactions with Epstein emerged, Apollo took an immediate hit, forcing the CEO to send a letter to investors in which he confirmed paying Epstein ‘millions of dollars annually for his work’.

In article images show letter to Apollo investors Black is understood to have sent addressing his relationship with Epstein

He also confirmed a family picnic in 2012 with the disgraced financier on his private island residence in the U.S. Virgin Islands, dubbed Pedophile Island.

As concerns over the pair’s involvement grew, Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System halted investments with the $414 billion private equity group.

Black and two other Apollo co-founders, Joshua Harris and Marc Rowan, control 52.9 percent of the private equity firm through six intermediate holding companies, according to regulatory filings.

Apollo co-founder and Senior Managing Director Josh Harris, seen as Black’s likely successor were he to step down, said the firm expected fundraising would slow down in the near term, as some investors waited for the review’s findings.

Kelly added that only 3 percent of the investor money Apollo manages could be withdrawn in the next two years, and that the firm’s big insurance investment portfolio buttressed its income from a slowdown in fundraising.

Apollo Global Management Inc.’s stock shares were down 17 per cent at $36.86 for the month of October after the market closed Friday afternoon.

Over a five-day period, the company was down 10.43 per cent as shares continued to tilt downwards.

In article images of stock shares for Apollo Global Management Inc

Distributable earnings (DE) – the cash available for paying dividends to shareholders – fell to $205.1 million from $222.5 million a year earlier, as a big rise in profit in Apollo’s credit businesses was not enough to offset a steep drop in its private equity and real estate divisions.

That translated to DE per share of 47 cents, under-performing Wall Street analysts’ average forecast of 49 cents, according to data from Refinitiv.

Apollo said the value of its credit funds appreciated 3.7 percent in aggregate in the third quarter, with its private equity portfolio rising 8 percent. Its real estate, principal finance and infrastructure funds climbed 3.4 percent in aggregate.

Apollo said total assets under management rose to $433.1 billion as of the end of September, up from $414 billion three months earlier.

It ended the quarter with $45.8 billion in unspent capital and said it would pay a quarterly dividend of 51 cents a share.

Epstein and Black are said to have known each other since at least 1996 and they are reported to have regularly met up for lunches and dinners.

Under a 2008 non-prosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor and another similar prostitution charge.

That allowed him to avoid federal prosecution and a possible life sentence, instead serving 13 months in a work-release program. He was required to make payments to victims and register as a sex offender.

In 2018, Black and Epstein are said to have cut ties over ‘a fee dispute’.

In 2019, following Epstein’s arrest for sex trafficking, Black, who is the chairman of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), said he had a ‘limited relationship’ with the disgraced financier.

Epstein was known for hobnobbing with the rich, famous and influential, including presidents and a prince.

He owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch, and a fleet of high-price cars. His friends had once included Britain’s Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump.

In article “Leon Black’s Monday letter to Apollo investors in full” text.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach Mansion to Be Demolished (WSJ)

Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach Mansion to Be Demolished

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A local real-estate developer, who says he’s in contract to buy the waterfront estate, is planning to knock it down and build a new home

By Katherine Clarke
Nov. 2, 2020

Todd Michael Glaser, a Florida real-estate developer, said he has signed a contract to buy a Palm Beach waterfront property from the estate of the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Epstein house came on the market in July for $21.995 million.

Mr. Glaser said that the deal is slated to close in December, after which he plans to tear the property down and replace it with a 14,000-square-foot Art Moderne home. Mr. Glaser is known for building elaborate spec mansions, such as a home on Miami’s Star Island that recently sold for about $49.5 million. He was also one of the developers of the One Thousand Museum tower designed by the late Zaha Hadid in downtown Miami.

“Palm Beach is going to be very happy that it’s gone,” he said of Mr. Epstein’s home.
Mr. Glaser declined to comment on what he and his partners are paying for the house beyond stating that they received a discount. Another person close to the deal said the price was close to $18 million.

The compound is in a pricey part of Palm Beach, roughly a mile from Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club, and just a few streets from the Everglades Golf Course.

The property has roughly 170 feet of water frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway, with space for a dock and views of Tarpon and Everglades islands, listing agent Kerry Warwick of the Corcoran Group told The Wall Street Journal when the property came on the market. The six-bedroom, roughly 14,000-square-foot house was designed by architect John Volk in West Indies style.

Mr. Epstein bought the house for $2.5 million in 1990, records show. In addition to his lavish townhouse in New York, it played a central role in his alleged sex-trafficking schemes, according to prosecutors. He allegedly enticed and recruited underage girls to the property to engage in sex acts.

A spokesman for Mr. Epstein’s estate wasn’t immediately available for comment.
The New York townhouse is still on the market, asking $88 million, according to the website of the listing agent, Adam Modlin of Modlin Group.

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Jean-Luc Brunel, Accused Of Gifting Jeffrey Epstein Triplets, Subpoened

OP edit: headline should read JEAN-LUC BRUNEL, ACCUSED OF GIFTING JEFFREY EPSTEIN UNDERAGE TRIPLETS, SUBPOENAED < apologies! I missed the important word when copying. | November 6, 2020

Brunel must turn over information along with his agencies Source and Identity Models.

Jean-Luc Brunel has been subpoenaed by the attorneys prosecuting Jeffrey Epstein in the Virgin Islands. The French model scout, 74, was accused by Virginia Roberts of flying 12-year-old triplets to Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands as a birthday gift.

“Jeffrey bragged after he met them that they were 12-year-olds and flown over from France because they’re really poor over there, and their parents needed the money or whatever the case is and they were absolutely free to stay and flew out,” said Roberts in court documents filed in her 2016 case against Ghislaine Maxwell.

In addition to Brunel, two of the modeling agencies he has been tied to in recent years were also ordered to turn over information. The Source Models and Identity Models have both been accused of helping lure in young girls for Epstein, allegations that both agencies have denied in the past.

The actual contents of these subpoenas have not been released to the public so it in unclear what information is being demanded. It is very likely, however, that the subpoenas look very similar to the one issued last week to MC2 Models, the agency Epstein founded with Brunl.

That subpoena requested:

  • REQUEST NO 1 Any and all Documents, in electronic or paper form, reflecting or relating to any relationship between YOU and [redacted], [redacted],[redacted],[redacted],[redacted], and [redacted] including but not limited to any financial arrangements and ownership interests among each
  • REQUEST NO 2 Any and all documents or materials, in electronic or paper form, reflecting or referring to any financial transaction made to, by or between YOU and Jeffrey Epstein and/or any Epstein Agent or Epstein Entity
  • REQUEST NO 3 Documents sufficient to Identify YOUR employees, owners, principals, and agents
  • REQUEST NO 4 Any and all Documents or materials reflecting or referring to travel of any individual associated with and/or employed by YOU to the Virgin Islands at any time from 2000 to present
  • REQUEST NO 5 Any and all Communications with Jeffrey Epstein and/or any Epstein Agent or Epstein Entity, whether it be written, electronic, telephone or otherwise
  • REQUEST NO 6 Epstein Any and all or agreements between or among YOU, [redacted], Jeffrey Epstein and/or any Epstein entity or agent
  • REQUEST NO 7 Documents sufficient to identify any and all properties or offices utilized by YOU for the operation of YOUR business including the address of each property or office and the owner or lessor of such properties and offices
  • REQUEST NO 8 Any and all photos and/or videos of any property owned by Jeffrey Epstein or an Epstein entity
  • REQUEST NO 9 All documents and communications involving Epstein including but not limited to Documents and Communications regarding females sought by or provided to Epstein
  • REQUEST NO 10 All documents and/or materials reflecting any and all Communications regarding any of the following individuals: [redacted],[redacted],[redacted],[redacted], [redacted],[redacted],[redacted],[redacted], and/or [redacted]

There were also notices of intent to serve that were reissued for Charles Schwab Corporation, Wells Fargo & Company, and Silicon Valley Bank.

Ghislaine Maxwell comes off as ‘easily provoked’ in her blockbuster 418-page deposition, forensic psychologist says | 26 Oct 2020

  • Last week, a 418-page deposition that Ghislaine Maxwell took in 2016 was unsealed.
  • In it, Maxwell endures seven hours of questioning about her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and allegations that they trafficked and sexually abused young girls.
  • Cynthia Calkins, a forensic psychologist and a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told Insider that Maxwell’s answers could indicate that she has something to hide.
  • Maxwell’s lawyers didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s blockbuster 418-page deposition — taken in 2016 and made public last week — shows the Jeffrey Epstein associate “bristling” and appearing “easily provoked” at key moments, according to a forensic psychologist.

Cynthia Calkins, a clinical forensic psychologist and an associate psychology professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, told Insider that, for someone who had years to prepare with her lawyers, Maxwell appeared surprisingly irritable at some of the questions she received.

“There’s a surprising amount of snappishness,” Calkins told Insider. “She appears to be easily provoked in a way that I don’t think I would — if I had the money, or if our lives were on the line.”

The deposition was taken as part of a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, who has accused both Maxwell and Epstein of abusing her in a wide-ranging sex-trafficking ring.

Maxwell was deposed for seven hours in 2016, forced to answer intimate questions about her life with Epstein and whether she groomed young girls for sexual abuse. The transcript was kept under seal for four years, until Giuffre’s lawyers, as well as the Miami Herald, successfully sued to have it released in light of the federal charges against Maxwell. In much of it, Maxwell deflects questions and repeatedly calls Giuffre a chronic liar.

Calkins, who has also written a number of books and scholarly works on sexual abuse, cautioned that we can’t read into Maxwell’s guilt based on how she appears in the deposition transcript alone.

“These are highly charged circumstances, and it’s not unusual that anybody in this situation comes off as irritable and defensive and guarded and careful when you’ve got attorneys trying to pick apart your words like that,” she said. “You or I, or anybody who’s sitting there for seven hours, is probably going to show some irritability, some defensiveness, some carefulness.”

At the same time, Calkins said, Maxwell’s defensiveness made it seem like she had something to hide.

“My own read of it — she does seem to be hiding something,” she said. “What she’s hiding — who knows?”

Maxwell seems like she doesn’t think she should be questioned at all, according to Calkins

Maxwell is currently in a federal jail in Brooklyn, under indictment on sex-trafficking charges, as well as a perjury charge for answers she gave in the deposition.

The deposition was at one point scheduled to take place in 2009 but had been delayed for another seven years. Calkins pointed out that it was surprising to see Maxwell lose her cool, given that she had so much time to prepare with her lawyers.

She described Maxwell — the socialite daughter of British business tycoon Robert Maxwell — as someone who was probably not used to being challenged.

“It’s certainly possible that she’s feeling rather entitled or doesn’t think she should be subjected to these questions at all,” Calkins said. “She’s coming from a very privileged background that she’s probably not had to deal with a lot of people challenging in her throughout her life in this way, and has probably been used to getting what she wants.”

In much of the deposition, Maxwell calls Giuffre a liar, categorically denying she took part in any inappropriate sexual relationships.

She “bristled” in responses to questions about recruiting girls for massages, Calkins said. Giuffre and federal prosecutors allege Maxwell used those massages as a segue for sexual abuse.

Jeffrey Pagliuca and Laura Menninger, the two Maxwell attorneys who represented her in the deposition, didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Maxwell was also questioned at length about her relationship with Epstein, with whom she closely associated between the early 1990s until some point in the mid-2000s. In the deposition, Giuffre’s lawyer asked Maxwell whether she considered herself Epstein’s girlfriend.

“That’s a tricky question,” Maxwell answered. “I would have liked to think of myself as his girlfriend.”

Calkins said her response suggests Maxwell may be “bitter” about how her relationship with Epstein ended.

“It implies that, that maybe she wasn’t [his girlfriend], or maybe he thought of this differently,” she said. Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but … if it was clear from both sides that they were girlfriend and boyfriend, and that was without question, she would not have responded in that way.”

“It seems like she’s kind of bristling about something in that response,” Calkins added. “Whether it’s because she wanted to be his girlfriend and she wasn’t at least by lack of his desire, or whether she’s feeling a little snarky about this or bitter over something that ended.”

Two Epstein victims drop their cases against his estate, Ghislaine Maxwell

Two Jeffrey Epstein victims have separately dropped their cases against the dead pedophile’s estate and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, new court papers show.

Jennifer Araoz sued the British socialite in September for allegedly helping recruit her as a sex slave at the age of 14.

But Araoz dropped the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit on Monday, a brief court filing indicates.

Similarly, a woman who anonymously sued Epstein’s estate in December, alongside eight other accusers, has also dropped her claims, court papers from Friday show.

The victim — who filed under the name Jane Doe VII — claimed in the lawsuit that she was sexually abused by Epstein in 2007 when she was 22 years old.

The fact that the two women have dropped their claims could indicate that they were awarded money under a victims compensation fund set up for Epstein’s accusers.

Araoz — who launched a foundation last week to help other victims of sexual abuse — filed a separate lawsuit against Epstein’s estate, claiming that he raped her when she was just 15. That case is still pending.


Lawyers for both women didn’t return requests for comment.

Model agency founded by Jeffrey Epstein & Jean-Luc Brunel Subpoened after rape claims | OCTOBER 29, 2020

The modelling agency owned by Brunel and Epstein is being dragged into the case.

Jean-Luc Brunel has been dragged into the Jeffrey Epstein case in the Virgin Islands after prosecutors issued a subpoena for the Miami modeling agency he helped found with the deceased pedophile, MC2. OK! has exclusively obtained the subpoena, which is quite heavily redacted unlike the other documents filed in the case.

The most interesting of the requests may be the ninth, which involves any knowledge, proof or evidence about Epstein’s procuring young girls to abuse. Of all the stories that have been told about Epstein, few are as chilling as the tale of three French girls flown over to the Virgin Islands for his birthday. They were allegedly a gift from Brunel and just 12 years old, according to Virginia Roberts.

In the past two years, multiple models have come forward and alleged that they were sexually assaulted by Brunel after being brought on by the agency.

The other requests are below.

  • REQUEST NO 1 Any and all Documents, in electronic or paper form, reflecting or relating to any relationship between YOU and [redacted], [redacted],[redacted],[redacted],[redacted], and [redacted] including but not limited to any financial arrangements and ownership interests among each
  • REQUEST NO 2 Any and all documents or materials, in electronic or paper form, reflecting or referring to any financial transaction made to, by or between YOU and Jeffrey Epstein and/or any Epstein Agent or Epstein Entity
  • REQUEST NO 3 Documents sufficient to Identify YOUR employees, owners, principals, and agents
  • REQUEST NO 4 Any and all Documents or materials reflecting or referring to travel of any individual associated with and/or employed by YOU to the Virgin Islands at any time from 2000 to present
  • REQUEST NO 5 Any and all Communications with Jeffrey Epstein and/or any Epstein Agent or Epstein Entity, whether it be written, electronic, telephone or otherwise
  • REQUEST NO 6 Epstein Any and all or agreements between or among YOU, [redacted], Jeffrey Epstein and/or any Epstein entity or agent
  • REQUEST NO 7 Documents sufficient to identify any and all properties or offices utilized by YOU for the operation of YOUR business including the address of each property or office and the owner or lessor of such properties and offices
  • REQUEST NO 8 Any and all photos and/or videos of any property owned by Jeffrey Epstein or an Epstein entity
  • REQUEST NO 9 All documents and communications involving Epstein including but not limited to Documents and Communications regarding females sought by or provided to Epstein
  • REQUEST NO 10 All documents and/or materials reflecting any and all Communications regarding any of the following individuals: [redacted],[redacted],[redacted],[redacted], [redacted],[redacted],[redacted],[redacted], and/or [redacted]

French authorities launch sex crime investigation into Ghislaine Maxwell | 25 Oct 2020

EXCLUSIVE: French officials probing dead paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein over rape and abuse of minors and Paris are also investigating his socialite pal

French prosecutors have launched an investigation into Ghislaine Maxwell.

Officials investigating Jeffrey Epstein over rape and abuse of minors in Paris are looking at the British ex-socialite over accusations she too was involved in his offending.

A source told the Mirror: “Both Epstein and Maxwell have a long history and many connections to France.

“As detectives dug further into allegations against him and after receiving information from US investigators, they launched their own probe into Maxwell. It is ongoing.”

Maxwell was born on the outskirts of the French capital and holds citizenship there as well as in the UK and the US.

Before her arrest by the FBI in July on suspicion of grooming and abusing three underage girls, she was thought to be hiding in France, where her family have homes.

Under French law, the country does not extradite its own citizens, fuelling speculation as to why the Brit could have been staying there.

Maxwell was born in the affluent Maisons-Laffitte suburb of western Paris.

She was said to be close to Jean-Luc Brunel, staying at Epstein’s properties together as they both appeared on the billionaire’s private jet’s flight logs and in his book of contacts.

Model agent Brunel allegedly once gifted the late paedophile, who had a home in Paris, three French 12-year-old girls for his birthday one year.

Brunel, 74, has been accused of raping and procuring under-age girls. He has denied such allegations in the past.

He said: “I strongly deny having committed any illicit act or any wrongdoing in the course of my work as a scouter or model agencies manager.”

Brunel has been in hiding ever since. Maxwell, 58, the daughter of crooked media tycoon Robert Maxwell, was arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire, USA, in July.

She has been indicted on four charges that relate to 1994 to 1997 in which she is accused of grooming, trafficking and helping Epstein abuse three girls under 18.

According to the indictment she was among Epstein’s closest associates and in an “intimate relationship” with him.

She faces two other charges of perjury con­­cerning a 2016 civil defamation case. If found guilty, she faces up to 35 years in prison.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and is due for trial in New York in July 2021.

Epstein, 66, committed suicide in his prison cell last year as he awaited trial for underage sex trafficking.

FBI shares Jeffrey Epstein findings with victims – including Prince Andrew info | 11 NOV 2020

EXCLUSIVE: The FBI’s investigation are expected to detail arrests of people who enabled Epstein’s abuse of girls. It will be shared tomorrow as victims will meet US government lawyers

The FBI will share the findings of its probe into Jeffrey Epstein with the paedophile’s victims tomorrow.

They are said to include details of all those linked with the late billionaire – including the Duke of York.

And further arrests of people who enabled Epstein’s abuse of dozens of girls are expected.

Victims will meet US government lawyers ahead of a public announcement and congressional committee hearing next week.

Victims’ lawyer Jack Scarola said: “I am aware the Attorney’s Office is meeting Epstein survivors to announce results.

“The process has been painfully slow but clearly is progressing, so my attitude is one of cautious optimism.”

In June, we revealed the FBI was closing in on Epstein’s enablers.

Agents were said to have built cases against “at least six” of the financier’s inner circle who they believe Prince Andrew, 60, met or could have had contact with during his friendship with the pervert.

One alleged victim said last night: “I have waited 18 years since Epstein first abused me.

“For so long, all of us have been robbed of justice. Hopefully now those who helped him are finally brought to answer.”

Virginia Giuffre, 37, claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke in 2001, aged 17, after being trafficked by Epstein and his and Andrew’s pal Ghislaine Maxwell.

Andrew vehemently denies all her allegations. He also denies claims he has snubbed US authorities over the probe.

Epstein committed suicide last year, aged 66, while awaiting trial.

Maxwell, 58, denies grooming and abusing three girls under 18.

She faces trial in July 2021.

Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell fights to keep sexually charged testimony sealed | NOVEMBER 13, 2020

Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged co-conspirator in disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes, filed an objection late Thursday seeking to block release of a controversial, sexually charged deposition in a settled civil lawsuit.

The objection was filed as part of a broader objection to the proposed timeline for unsealing additional documents as required in a July ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in a records-release lawsuit brought by the Miami Herald.

The Thursday filing seeks to block release of a July 2016 deposition given by Maxwell in a civil lawsuit involving Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Preska last month released a long transcript of a Maxwell deposition from April 2016 in which the British socialite with three passports was obstructive and refused to answer questions about her sexual behavior and that of Jeffrey Epstein. Her refusal to answer the questions, which stemmed from allegations of Epstein victims, led a judge to order Maxwell to sit months later for the follow-up deposition.

Maxwell was arrested this summer on federal sex abuse charges in connection to her association with Epstein, a multi-millionaire with palatial homes in Palm Beach, the Virgin Islands, New Mexico and Manhattan. Releasing the second deposition, something that was expected in the next two weeks, would damage Maxwell’s chances at a fair trial, her lawyers said.

“There can be no doubt that matters concerning Ms. Maxwell’s case have been excessively and extensively reported. The press, the government, and plaintiff have made every effort to try Ms. Maxwell as a proxy for the now deceased Mr. Epstein,” said the Thursday filing by Laura A. Menninger. “The prejudice caused by the flood of coverage that comes with every new unsealing event in this case cannot be overstated.”

Those same arguments were made unsuccessfully to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York when Maxwell challenged Preska’s decision to unseal the depositions. Appellate judges held that Preska did not violate any judicial norms in reaching her decision that there was a presumption of public access to court documents. The lawsuit was fueled by public interest in Epstein following the Miami Herald’s Perversion of Justice series.

In another new wrinkle, Maxwell’s lawyers asked Preska not to release depositions from two non-parties, referenced only as Doe 1 and Doe 2. Lawyers for these two non-parties objected to their names being released but did not raise any further objections before a Nov. 4 deadline.

“Although they did not thereafter submit any objection, this Court has already ruled that ‘an objection by Does 1 and 2 to the release of their names is itself an objection to unsealing,’ ” the filing said, seemingly challenging the unsealing orders already settled by Preska and later the appeals court.

Maxwell remains in a New York jail awaiting federal trial. She was arrested on July 2 in New Hampshire on four counts of sexual trafficking of a minor and two counts of perjury, the latter stemming from testimony she gave in the civil lawsuit involving Giuffre, which was settled in 2017. The criminal charges involve alleged recruiting and grooming of underage girls for Epstein from 1994 to 1997. She is alleged to have participated in the abuse of one of the girls.

Maxwell’s attorneys indicated in the Thursday filing that they plan to challenge how federal prosecutors came into possession of the depositions from the civil lawsuit in the first place.

Maxwell’s lawyers previously suggested without any evidence that Giuffre’s attorneys might have turned over the depositions in violation of a protective order in the civil suit. That was disputed by federal prosecutors, who indicated that they obtained the depositions after asking two courts for access — one of which complied.

.Maxwell has sued Epstein’s estate, which is being settled in the U.S. Virgin Islands, claiming Epstein promised to pay her legal bills and did so up until the day he died in August 2019. The estate holds that no such deal was ever made.

Menninger’s filing on behalf of Maxwell also repeated earlier arguments that the information should be kept under seal because it could be relevant to Maxwell’s criminal trial.

“The Sealed Items contain information relevant to the Criminal Action that may or may not later be determined inadmissible in that trial” she said.

Attorney who helped bring down Jeffrey Epstein to be honored by NYSPCC

By Sara Nathan

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Bradley Edwards — an attorney who helped bring down Jeffrey Epstein — is being honored by the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Edwards was legal counsel for many survivors of child sex trafficking perpetrated by the billionaire pedophile and author of the book, “Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein.”

He will be honored Wednesday night during a virtual gala hosted by ABC’s Deborah Roberts and comic Ali Wentworth, with wine tasting by Testarossa winery.

In April, Page Six reported that Epstein threatened Edwards, allegedly telling the lawyer, “I have friends in high places … Somebody’s going to get hurt” and putting the lawyer’s family under surveillance.

Edwards said he held a string of meetings with Epstein at Starbucks in Boca Raton, Florida, where the financier allegedly told him, “Brad, if you keep prosecuting me in this way, somebody’s going to get hurt.”

He revealed: “He put my family under surveillance, when I called him on it and said, ‘Hey, you put my family under surveillance, you told me you weren’t a bad guy,’ he said, ‘No, no, I just took you off the surveillance — I didn’t realize I had done that. I have a bunch of people who work for me, so see I’m the good guy, I’ll treat you fairly, let’s settle this case.’”

Edwards refused to settle, and Epstein, who died in jail in August 2019, was finally forced to make a full apology in a letter read in court in 2018.

Jeffrey Epstein’s chilling ‘smile of enjoyment’ gave his sex crime guilt away | 16 NOV 2020

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his prison cell on August 10 last year – he was facing sex trafficking charges.

Jeffrey Epstein was the wheeler dealer financier who lived the high life – cosying up to presidents, politicians and even royalty.

But the wealthy businessman was hiding a dark and horrifying secret. He was a sex offender who targeted the vulnerable and the young in a reign of terror that spanned years.

He was also accused of being at the centre of an international sex trafficking scandal.

Epstein was finally arrested in 2019 and was found dead in his prison cell just a month later – but the repurcussions of his horrifying actions are still being felt.

He built a formidable reputation as one of the world’s most mysterious financiers, specialising in clients with assets worth in excess of $1billion.

Now, for the first time, Epstein’s words and actions are put under the microscope in brand new documentary special Prince Andrew, Maxwell and Epstein.

In the one-hour special, experts in body language, linguistics and forensic psychology analyse video footage of Epstein’s pre-hearing deposition for a series of alleged sex crimes, and pinpoint the ‘smile of enjoyment’ and a ‘reddening face’ that exposed him as a liar.

Epstein first met socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in the 1990s.

As their relationship developed, Maxwell brought Epstein into her inner circle, introducing him to those at the very top of British society, including her close friend Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.

But underneath the surface, Maxwell soon became part of Epstein’s sordid world, allegedly procuring underage girls for him to sexually abuse.

Forensic Psychologist Kerry Daynes said: “American prosecutors allege that Ghislaine was absolutely instrumental in finding these girls.

“She introduced them to Epstein and then together they started to sexually abuse these girls.”

In July 2020, Maxwell was officially charged in the US for assisting Epstein’s abuse of minors, which she has always denied..

Epstein was jailed in 2008 after pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution and procuring a minor for prostitution.

Kerry explained: “What that actually means is he had sex with a 14-year-old girl, that’s the rape of a child.”

After serving just 13 months, Epstein was released from jail. But soon after he was faced with a series of civil actions from other women who claimed he had abused them.

Analysing footage of Epstein’s deposition for these alleged crimes, body language expert Cliff Lansley pinpoints the moment’s Epstein’s body betrays him.

Sat down, Epstein looks to his lawyers, and whispers ‘nope’ as the charges he’s faced with are read out by the prosecutors, claiming how he procured underage girls for sex as a birthday present.

But for Cliff, Epstein’s behaviour contradicts his denial.

He explained: “At the point the three 12-year-old girls are mentioned we see a head turn away from the interviewer, an eye closure, and the right lip lifts.

“This is contempt; It’s moving the corner of the mouth towards the centre of the cheek, contempt towards the question.”

The expert also highlights a micro-handroll and shake of the head that signpost Epstein’s fakery even further.

He said: “If you look at his sleeve on the left-hand side of the screen, under his left hand, you’ll see the arm raising. But the clues from the shirt here are that we’re getting a single-sided hand shrug.

“That is strong evidence that the body and the thinking and the feeling is contradicting the response. So, this tells us that there’s no confidence in his head shake ‘no.’”

Analysing Epstein’s language and movements in the footage, Professor of Linguistics Dawn Archer pinpoints the moment he lets the mask of deception slip.

He reveals his guilt with a ‘smirk of enjoyment’ as he evades questions from the prosecutors.

She said: “He’s smiling throughout and he’s nodding his head throughout, and you can almost hear the ‘but’ is coming, but in this case he decides to use a ‘however’.

“He’s hiding behind the amendments. He has no intention of answering the question. We even see him smiling as he gives his first ‘I would like to answer that question, I really would’.’

“It’s an odd thing to be enjoying though, isn’t it when you think about what he’s facing? And it’s a very odd thing to be enjoying if you’re facing the kind of allegations as he was, including that minor girls should be offered as a birthday present.”

As the deposition continues, Cliff underlines how Epstein becomes anxious when posed further questions, epitomised by a ‘reddening face,’ again indicating deception is at play.

He explained: “We get a look away and we get a movement across the nose; the stress of not being able to respond is creating an increase in blood flow.

“When blood pressure increases not only does it show with the redness, but you can feel it. You’ll see an increase in redness from the left picture, which is base line skin tone from earlier on in the deposition, to the hot spot now where we’re being queried on 14-year-old girls.

“This is not embarrassment or a blushing, this is a redness that’s created by stress.”

But while stressed under the interview conditions, Epstein fights back when questioned about his relationship with Virginia Roberts, allegedly one of his most high-profile victims.

Cliff explains how Epstein’s arrogant response exposes his dishonesty.

He said: “The first thing we notice is a combination of an in-breath and the crease between his brows. We also see some rapid blinking. This is a good indication of cognitive load or thinking hard.

“He buys himself 24 seconds with some ridiculous questions that he knows the answers to. He’s attacking the questioner by repeating his question to him.”

Epstein’s unconscious behaviours back him into a corner.

He said: “He’s known Virginia Roberts for 10 years, he took her to London 10 years ago on that now famous trip.

“The two words ‘Virginia Roberts’ are not difficult to spell. So, when you combine this anxiety with the other indicators, this would suggest that he’s faking it.”

While the Epstein sex trafficking scandal continues to rumble on, for the fiancier it all came to a dramatic end on August 10 last year 2019, just five weeks after he was arrested for sex trafficking charges.

He was found dead in his New York prison cell and the cause of death was officially ruled as suicide.

The world’s focus now switches to Ghislaine Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

  • Prince Andrew, Maxwell & Epstein is available to stream now on discovery+

How sloppy federal prosecutors foolish mistakes got Jeffrey Epstein 15 months in jail | 16 November 2020

EXCLUSIVE: How sloppy federal prosecutors who agreed to Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart plea deal were played so well by the pedophile’s lawyers they didn’t even realize they were giving immunity to Ghislaine Maxwell, new report claims

  • An explosive new report reveals that the prosecutors from Florida thought they were only giving legal protection to four female Epstein associates
  • They later admitted that it ‘never dawned’ on them the immunity clause was also designed to protect alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell
  • Epstein’s lawyers persuaded them to use language so loose it could also apply to the British socialite, who allegedly procured girls as young as 14 for him
  • An attorney working for Epstein had a prior relationship with one of the prosecutors and told him to ‘do us a solid (favor)’ to let Epstein off easy in 2007
  • The stunning blunder features in a report by the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog, the Office of Professional Responsibility
  • It reveals in unprecedented detail the errors that led to Epstein serving just 15 months in jail in 2007 despite the FBI identifying dozens of potential victims

Federal prosecutors who agreed to Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart plea deal were played so well by the pedophile’s lawyers they didn’t even realize they were giving immunity to Ghislaine Maxwell.

An explosive new report reveals that the prosecutors from the Southern District of Florida (SDFL) thought they were only giving legal protection to four female Epstein associates.

They later admitted that it ‘never dawned’ on them the immunity clause was also designed to protect Maxwell, who is accused of being Epstein’s chief recruiter.

Epstein’s lawyers persuaded them to use language so loose it could also apply to the British socialite, who is due to stand trial next year for allegedly procuring girls as young as 14 for him.

The stunning blunder features in a report by the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) which has not been released in full but has seen a copy.

It reveals in unprecedented detail the errors that led to Epstein serving just 15 months in jail in 2007 despite the FBI identifying dozens of potential victims.

Among the other revelations is that the SDFL failed to obtain Epstein’s computers and surveillance tapes from inside his houses even though they could have proved he was in possession of child pornography.

The prosecutor in charge of the case thought that the material ‘would have put this case completely to bed’ and given them evidence to put Epstein away for years.

An attorney working for Epstein had a prior relationship with one of the prosecutors and told him to ‘do us a solid (favor)’ and get his boss to suggest giving Epstein just two years in jail, the report says.

A senior prosecutor was so cozy with Epstein lawyer Jay Lefkowitz he told him he ‘enjoyed’ working with him and that ‘Mr Epstein was fortunate to have such excellent representation’.

The OPR report was commissioned by Attorney General William Barr in early 2019 after the Miami Herald’s devastating investigation into Epstein’s plea deal, called Perversion of Justice.

Journalists began their inquiries after the US Attorney who signed off on Epstein’s agreement, Alex Acosta, was appointed by Donald Trump as his Labor Secretary meaning he would be in charge of US government policy on human trafficking.

The series of stories helped lead to Epstein’s arrest in August last year and he hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges – Acosta was forced to resign.

The OPR report was designed to look into whether or not any of the prosecutors engaged in corruption or professional misconduct.

The report concludes that did not happen, partly because the bar was that prosecutors ‘intentionally or recklessly violated a clear and unambiguous standard’.

However over 350 pages it digs up profound and disturbing questions about the handling of the case.

The most troubling is the handling of the immunity clause in the non prosecution agreement (NPA), the deal Epstein signed to make federal charges disappear.

Instead he would plead guilty in state court to two felony prostitution charges, be sentenced to 18 months in jail and register as a sex offender.

Under the immunity clause, which was suggested by Epstein’s lawyers who haggled repeatedly over the language, four women were also given protection from prosecution.

They were Sarah Kellen, who was allegedly one of his main recruiters, Nadia Marcinkova, an alleged sex slave, Adriana Ross, one of his associates, and Lesley Groff, who is said to have been his New York based assistant.

All the women have subsequently denied any wrongdoing and some have said they are victims.

The final language of the immunity clause was: ‘The United States agrees that it will not institute any criminal charges against any potential co-conspirators of Epstein, including but not limited to (the four women)’.

The wording was loose enough that it applied to Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend who his victims have claimed ran his sex trafficking operation – she has denied the allegations against her.

Yet Jeffrey Sloman, the First Assistant US Attorney in the SDFL, told the OPR that it ‘never occurred to him that the reference to potential co-conspirators was directed toward any of the high-profile individuals who were at the time or subsequently linked’.

Ann Marie Villafaña, the Assistant US Attorney who was in charge of the case, said that apart from the four named women they had not much evidence on ‘any other potential co-conspirators’.

She said: ‘So, we wouldn’t be prosecuting anybody else, so why not include it?….I just didn’t think that there was anybody that it would cover’.

She conceded to OPR that she ‘did not catch the fact that it could be read as broadly as people have since read it’.

Villafaña said that at the time she told a colleague: ‘I don’t think it hurts us’.

Villafaña told the OPR that Epstein’s lawyers told her that he wanted to ‘make sure that he’s the only one who takes the blame for what happened’.

Villafaña and her colleagues believed Epstein’s conduct was his own ‘dirty little secret’ and appear to have missed the fact that Maxwell was his alleged top lieutenant.

Her reasoning is clouded by the fact that she admits the FBI were ‘aware of Epstein’s longtime relationship with a close female friend who was a well-known socialite’, which appears to mean Maxwell.

Villafaña said they ‘didn’t have any specific evidence against her’ but they had already spoken to one victim who ‘implicated’ her but the conduct was not in Florida.

Villafaña told OPR: ‘(We) considered Epstein to be the top of the food chain, and we wouldn’t have been interested in prosecuting anyone else’.

The report says: ‘She did not consider the possibility that Epstein might be trying to protect other, unnamed individuals, and no one, including the FBI case agents, raised that concern’.

Solman agreed and in retrospect ‘understood the non-prosecution provision was designed to protect Epstein’s four assistants, and it ‘never dawned’ on him that it was intended to shield anyone else’, the report said.

The horrible irony of this is that not only did Maxwell slip through the net, but she could use the very same NPA for her defense in her upcoming trial.

Before Epstein killed himself his lawyers argued that the deal with the SDFL was part of a ‘global’ agreement with the US government and that he couldn’t be prosecuted twice.

Maxwell may well do the same.

Among the other details in the report is the extraordinary revelation that the prosecution failed to obtain the computers removed from Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion prior to them being raided by the Palm Beach Police Department.

Mysteriously all the computers including those with records of surveillance cameras had been removed by the time officers arrived.

The report says that Villafaña knew who had possession of the computer equipment and the tapes – it does not say who.

They could have provided additional victims and given ‘powerful visual evidence’ of a ‘large number of girls’ Epstein victimized’, the report says.

Villafaña made repeated efforts to get the computers from Epstein’s lawyers but they blocked her and her superiors did not pursue this.

The report says that this evidence was ‘relevant and potentially critical’ and says that it could have led to evidence of Epstein transmitting child pornography images across state lines, a serious federal crime.

Villafaña told the OPR: ‘(If) the evidence had been what we suspected it was…(it) would have put this case completely to bed. It also would have completely defeated all of these arguments about interstate nexus’.

In its most withering section, the report says: ‘It was clear Epstein did not want the contents of his computers disclosed. Nothing in the available record reveals that the USAO (prosecution) benefited from abandoning pursuit of this evidence when they did.

‘Instead, the USAO agreed to postpone and ultimately to abandon its efforts to obtain evidence that could have significantly changed Acosta’s decision to resolve the federal investigation with a state guilty plea or led to additional significant federal charges.

‘By agreeing to postpone the litigation, the USAO gave away leverage that might have caused the defense to come to an agreement much earlier and on terms more favorable to the government.

‘The USAO ultimately agreed to a term in the (plea deal) that permanently ended the government’s ability to obtain possible evidence of significant crimes and did so with apparently little serious consideration of the potential cost’,

The issue with the computers was not the only instance where Villafaña felt blocked by her male superiors.

The report paints her as one of the few voices within the department calling for Epstien to be arrested as soon as possible.

She told OPR that she was in a hurry to lock up Epstein ‘because child sex offenders don’t stop until they’re behind bars’.

But she butted heads with Matthew Menchel, the chief of the criminal division for SDFL.

In a blunt email to her, he said: ‘If you want to work major cases in the district you must understand and accept the fact that there is a chain of command – something you disregard with great regularity’.

When Epstein signed the plea deal, one of Villafaña’s colleagues told her: ‘This case only resolved with the filthy rich bad guy going to jail because of your dedication and determination’.

She said: ‘After all the hell they put me through, I don’t feel like celebrating 18 months. He should be spending 18 years in jail’.

While Villafaña maintained a combative stance with Epstein’s attorneys when she could, some of her male colleagues were far cosier with them.

Andrew Lourie, deputy chief of the criminal division at the time, appeared to get on well with Lefkowitz, one of Epstein’s ‘dream team’ of lawyers which also included Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, who wrote the impeachment investigation of Bill Clinton.

When Lefkowitz emailed Lourie to ask for his help to stop details about their negotiations being leaked, he told him: ‘I have enjoyed working with you on this matter’.

Lourie replied: ‘I enjoyed it as well. Mr Epstein was fortunate to have such excellent representation’.

That was not the only such connection between the prosecution and the defense and Epstein’s lawyer Lilly Ann Sanchez briefly had a relationship with Menchel in 2003 when they both worked at the SDFL.

The report says that in 2018 Villafaña claimed that the idea of Epstein serving a two year jail sentence was done as a favor to Sanchez.

She wrote in an email: ‘Months (or possibly years) later, I asked former First Assistant Jeff Sloman where the two-year figure came from. He said that Lily [sic] Ann Sanchez asked Mr. Menchel to ‘do her a solid’ and convince Mr. Acosta to offer two years’.

Sloman told OPR that he could not recall making such a remark.

Menchel said he couldn’t recall how the two year figure came about and said his prior relationship with Sanchez played no part in his decision making.

Despite turning up fresh evidence about the investigation the OPR was still unable to explain why Acosta decided on such a lenient sentence for Epstein.

The report says he appeared to be trying to find a middle ground between what Epstein would have got if the case was handled by federal prosecutors from the start, potentially decades in jail, and what he would be getting in state court, which amounted to a slap on the wrists.

In a scathing passage, the report says that Acosta’s reasoning was ‘untethered to any articulable, reasonable basis’.

As a result he drew up a plea deal that was ‘too difficult to administer, leaving Epstein free to manipulate the conditions of his sentence to his own advantage’.

Article ends with a “TIMELINE OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S LEGAL TROUBLES” which I’ve not copied in, so please see the main link above for this.

Jeffrey Epstein was blackmailing politicians for Israel’s Mossad, book claims

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The deceased American financier [PEDOPHILE], and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell were Israeli spies who used underage girls to blackmail politicians into giving information to Israel, according to their alleged Mossad handler.

The couple reportedly ran a “honey-trap” operation in which they provided young girls to prominent politicians from around the world for sex, and then used the incidents to blackmail them in order to attain information for Israeli intelligence.

The claims are being made by the alleged former Israeli spy Ari Ben-Menashe in a soon-to-be-released book “Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales” in which he said that he was the handler of Ghislaine’s father Robert Maxwell, who was also an Israeli espionage agent and was the one who introduced his daughter and Epstein to Mossad.

“See, fking around is not a crime. It could be embarrassing, but it’s not a crime,” Menashe wrote in the book. “But fking a fourteen-year-old girl is a crime. And he was taking photos of politicians f**king fourteen-year-old girls—if you want to get it straight…They [Epstein and Maxwell] would just blackmail people like that.”

The handler Ben-Menashe, himself an Iran-born Israeli businessman who says he worked for Mossad from 1977 to 1987, is a mysterious figure who was arrested in 1989 in the US on charges of arms dealing. He was acquitted in 1990, however, only after a jury accepted that he was acting on behalf of the Israeli state. Israel then denied that Menashe has any links with its intelligence services and attempted to distance itself from him, despite the fact that other news reports both in the US and Israel confirmed he was acting on the country’s behalf.

The new book, which also speculates that Maxwell may have worked for other governments as a double or triple agent, says that despite reports Epstein and Ghislaine met in the early 1990s in New York, they in fact met earlier through her father who introduced Epstein to Mossad before Ghislaine joined in the activities later.

Jeffrey Epstein, who was facing charges for sex trafficking minors, was found dead in his New York prison cell on 10 August. According to official reports he committed suicide, but there has been much speculation and evidence put forward that he was in fact killed, with many stating he may have been assassinated due to his knowledge of the figures he blackmailed and the acts they committed.

The statements made by Ben-Menashe are so far unsubstantiated, but if proven true they would provide significant evidence of Israel being involved in the blackmail of senior and prominent politicians and figures in the US.

This would only add to the state’s already-revealed track record of manipulating Western nations’ political systems, as was seen in the revelations of the Israeli lobby’s attempt to “take down” British and US politicians revealed in the past few years.

Alex Acosta’s email inbox during critical period of Jeffrey Epstein case missing | NOV 13, 2020

Nearly a year of emails in Alex Acosta’s email inbox while he oversaw the case against Jeffrey Epstein are missing, the Justice Department has revealed to victims’ lawyers during a meeting Thursday.

Federal officials attributed the gap from May 26, 2007 to April 2, 2008 to a “technical glitch” that wasn’t limited to the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, two sources familiar with the Justice Department review of Epstein’s sweetheart deal told the Daily News.

The review made public Thursday found that Acosta exercised “poor judgment” but committed no misconduct when he allowed Epstein to plead guilty to state prostitution charges rather than face a federal case. The serial pervert served 13 months in Palm Beach County jail despite evidence he ran an underage sex trafficking scheme.

Epstein hanged himself last year in a Manhattan federal jail after being slapped with new sex trafficking charges.

Investigators with the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility said they were able to reconstruct much of Acosta’s inbox by examining his sent folder, as well as other staffers’ emails.

But many questions remained.

The email gap came during a critical period in the Florida Epstein case when the sex offender’s powerhouse legal team aggressively negotiated with Acosta and his prosecutors. Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement with Acosta’s office, which covered named and unnamed co-conspirators, was executed in September 2007 — an unprecedented deal in Justice Department history, officials said during the meeting, according to attendees.

In October 2007, Acosta had an unusual “breakfast meeting” at a Miami hotel with Epstein’s lawyer Jay Lefkowitz.

The gap was also just revealed Thursday — despite more than 10 years of litigation over prosecutors’ handling of the case.

“Yesterday we were told that OPR was unable to recover months of emails from Alex Acosta, who was the U.S. Attorney and the person ultimately in charge of this deal. That raises numerous questions about what the defense attorneys were telling Mr. Acosta and why he continually exercised influence to give a sweeter and sweeter deal for Epstein,” said Epstein victims’ attorney Paul Cassell. “We intend to purse this issue through all possible venues to determine why these emails were missing and why were never told about it until yesterday.”

The email gap is further fodder for conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein, a multimillionaire who palled around with the rich and powerful while surrounding himself with underage girls.

“I am a firm believer that there are no coincidences,” Epstein victims’ lawyer Jack Scarola said.

“There are a lot of strange things that went on with regards to this case — a lot of questions that remain unanswered and not yet adequately investigated.”

FBI Was Stopped From Arresting Jeffrey Epstein In 2007 (Alexander Acosta)

The Dive with Jackson Hinkle is a populist-left perspective on news & politics which airs daily. On today’s episode, we discuss news that the FBI wanted to arrest Epstein in early 2007, fearing he was actively preying on minors — but two senior federal prosecutors in Miami overruled them.

FBI Was Stopped From Arresting Jeffrey Epstein In 2007 (Alexander Acosta)


#279 Joe Biden’s Brother Owns Island Next To Epstein’s. Also, Ghislaine Maxwell Connection To FBI.

There are many important revelations here. The most shocking one is that James Biden, brother of Joe, owns an island that is in close proximity to the infamous Epstein Island. It’s no surprise that Biden is connected to this. Hell, if anyone is hiding in plain sight as a child-predator, it’s Creepy Joe. If the authorities were inclined to press charges against him they could build a compelling jury case just from the video footage of how handsy he is with young girls. It’s truly disgusting.

Then there are the Tara Reade allegations, which come to think of it, has now been swept under the rug by the MSM. And not unrelated are the weird statement that Dementia Joe has uttered about kids feeling up his legs. There may not be much clarity in mental decline, but there is honesty. Lastly, there is Hunter Biden’s corruption in Ukraine, China, and with a certain Arkansas stripper. No, we are not surprised with the Biden’s being involved, even if we have not heard that name connected with Epstein Island… yet.

But the most significant revelation might be the Maxwell connection to the FBI and Mossad. Once again, we are not surprised, but it is shocking nevertheless. I already knew she was a Mossad asset, I just didn’t know it was the family business.The Deep State is a nebulous term, but the more investigation one does the more concrete it’s foundations become. It’s almost like seeing a glimmer of a spider web, but upon looking closer, you can see the multitudinous strands that compose it.

Between the government connection to the land as military bases, the deep state members owning or leasing the various islands, Maxwell owing the Terramar submarine company, the alleged construction of tunnels and underwater facilities via Terramar, the Maxwell family access to both US and Israeli intelligence… we can begin to visualize how this all went down. Epstein Island was the way of initiating people into “Taking the ticket.” Yes, the elites indulged in their wicked behavior, but the latent purpose was gathering information for blackmail in order to control people. But not blackmail as in candid camera. It’s more blackmail in the strain of “You know we are, what we do, and how powerful we are. If you want to be a god in this world, come with us. This is how you become one of us.” In other words, it does not feel as if initiates were being conned as much as extended offers. And yes, we can make the very reasonable speculation given the many known associations between Maxwell/Epstein to Israel that this scheme was used to make US interests to align with Israel’s.

For me, taking all of this in requires a certain conceptual shift in how I view our government officials. I tend to view them too atomistically. They do not simply collude together to accomplish some goal or piece of legislation, it goes much deeper than that. When people speak of a Cabal they are describing accurately. This is a massively incestuous group of people who are a part of a world that we normal people have difficulty imagining. These Deep State officials may have gone into politics a long time ago with certain noble goals in mind, but if they remain now, and if we know their names, chances are that they took the ticket a longgg time ago. And even harder for me to fathom is that many of these officials never entered their careers with ideals in mind. Many were either recruited or groomed. For many, this is evil is the family business.

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Tracing the Eugenicists’ technofascist takeover from World War 2 until present day by looking at the role of Ghislaine Maxwell’s two leading men: her father Robert Maxwell and her ‘business partner’ Jeffrey Epstein. In the first part I go through some fascinating history to set the stage, and then I get to more & more recent events to show that SCIENCE was co-opted to direct humanity into our current, near devastating condition.
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V for Vendetta is a 2005 dystopian political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowskis, based on the 1988 DC/Vertigo Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. The film is set in an alternative future where a Nordic supremacist and neo-fascist totalitarian regime has subjugated the United Kingdom. Hugo Weaving portrays V, an anarchist freedom fighter who attempts to ignite a revolution through elaborate terrorist acts, and Natalie Portman plays Evey, a young, working-class woman caught up in V’s mission, while Stephen Rea portrays the detective leading a desperate quest to stop V.

Huge Move! China Leapfrogs US With World’s First 6G Satellite Amid Raging Tech War

As the US’ tech war with China continues to rage, China has leapfrogged the US in satellite telecommunication technology with the successful launch of the world’s first sixth-generation satellite into space.

The experimental satellite containing advanced telecommunications technology was launched Friday into low Earth orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s northern Shanxi Province, reported Asia Times.

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Dimensions – Spirit Science 7

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The Flower Of Life – Spirit Science 6

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The Keys of our Past – Spirit Science 5

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Masculine and Feminine Energy – Spirit Science 4

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Chakras – Spirit Science 2

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The Anunnaki Movie ~ The Mysterious Origins of Humanity

Welcome to The Anunnaki Movie! This is a special edition of The Sumerian Epic which combines Episodes 4 through 7 of the Sumerian Epic into a 2+ hour movie! Along with an additional 15 minutes of bonus footage never before seen in the original episodes! The film continues the exploration of the Sumerian Mythology, and the curious interpretations around them concerning the Anunnaki, and the legends of human origin. Even more curious, how these ancient Sumerian and Babylonian myths made their way into the modern world today, in the form of the Bible. Could the “God” of Genesis actually be describing an Anunnaki from an even older Sumerian Myth? Along with all of our research, we have also shared several clips from Gaia’s Ancient Civilizations – featuring interviews with Gregg Braden and Graham Hancock, that share groundbreaking discoveries that are being made right now, lending evidence to this theory! Ancient Civilizations is now streaming on Gaia. Watch two full seasons where we delve deeper into the forgotten codes hidden throughout ancient mythology and history. Explore ancient sites, such as Baalbek, Stonehenge and the American Southwest, to unlock new understanding of humanity’s origins.

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The Nibiru Movie – The Secret Origins of our World

Welcome to The Nibiru Movie! This is a special edition of The Sumerian Epic which combines the first 3 Episodes into an hour and a half long movie, with an additional 7 minutes of never before seen bonus footage scattered throughout the feature! The film at its core opens the floodgates of questions regarding the mysterious yet popular “conspiracy theory” of Nibiru, the supposed hidden planet that lurks in the farthest reaches of our outer solar system. It was nearly 50 years ago that the theory of Nibiru first reached the masses through Zechariah Sitchin’s first book “The Twelfth Planet”, which sought to explain that the oldest texts on the planet, the Cuneiform tablets of Sumer, were actually a series of encoded legends describing the origins of our solar system. Yet, today there is a lot of scrutiny and skepticism towards these ideas, and it’s not without merit, because the man responsible for introducing these theories also has seemed to embellish his stories and interpretations of the tablets quite a bit. Today, the Nibiru movie seeks to dive deep into uncovering the truth, and see if there’s actually any validity to the claims of Nibiru – the missing planet. Then again, the Nibiru story is not the only theory that seeks to interpret these ancient myths. The Electric Universe Theory also arrives on the scene to provide yet another fascinating explanation of this mythic story, involving our Earth, Mars, and a Brown Dwarf Star. For those wanting to investigate this further, we highly recommend watching the Electric Universe Series, by clicking right here.

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About Spirit Science Our mission at Spirit Science is to support you in your personal and spiritual evolution by providing a sacred space to explore and experience your spiritual journey. Our intention is to share and explore spirituality in an open-hearted way, with respect for all walks of life, honouring that which is beautiful and divine within each of us, nature, and the universe. Spirit Science is about the open-hearted exploration of Science and Spirituality – Free of Dogma or rigid belief systems and doctrines, and the elevation and transformation of human consciousness, as we move into an era of love and light. We are so glad you are here! We love reading and responding to your comments across our website, YouTube, and other social channels, so please share your thoughts and feelings with us and others in the comments! Truly, thank you for participating in the global conversation! ✨💛🙏 Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this, and connect with our intentions. If you want to go deeper, come and explore our life-mastery workshop and experience a beautiful life transformation in just one week! Click here to learn more 🙌…

Empty Planet: Preparing for the Global Population Decline

According to the United Nations, the world’s population reached seven billion in late 2011. For many, this landmark was seen as a clear sign of crisis: an indication that humans are reproducing unchecked, leading us into a future of increasing poverty, food shortages, conflict, and environmental degradation. But a growing group of demographers is convinced that the UN is wrong: the planet faces not a population bomb, but a population bust. For most of history, population decline has been the result of catastrophe—environmental events, famine, or disease. Now, however, fertility rates are falling for a different reason: we’re choosing to have fewer kids. “In roughly three decades, the global population will begin to decline,” say Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson in their new book EMPTY PLANET: The Shock of Global Population Decline. “Once that decline begins, it will never end.” Amidst warnings of overpopulation, such a trend might seem like a good thing, especially for the environment. But, a declining population will also lead to massive economic upheaval, with fewer people available each year to buy houses and cars and baby strollers, and fewer taxpayers available to support the health-care needs of an aging population. And when some of the big superpowers, like Russia and China, start losing population, the tensions could strain hopes for world peace. In this presentation, Bricker and Ibbitson assert that to combat depopulation, nations must embrace both values – though the first is difficult and the second, for some, may prove impossible. For media inquiries, usage rights or other questions please contact CIGI:

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – FULL MOVIE (1962)

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (also known as The Head That Wouldn’t Die or The Brain That Couldn’t Die) is a 1962 American science fictionhorror film directed by Joseph Green and written by Green and Rex Carlton. The film was completed in 1959 under the working title The Black Door but was not theatrically released until May 3, 1962, when it was released under its new title as a double feature with Invasion of the Star Creatures.

Idiocracy – FULL MOVIE (2006)

Idiocracy is a 2006 American science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and co-written by Judge and Etan Cohen. Starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, and Dax Shepard, it follows an American soldier who takes part in a classified hibernation experiment, only to be accidentally frozen for too long and awaken 500 years later in a dystopian world where dysgenic and commercialism have run rampant, mankind has embraced anti-intellectualism, and society is devoid of such traits as intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, justice, and human rights.