For the record, I’m 99.9% sure that Jeffrey Epstein’s death was a suicide. If you were going to murder Epstein in prison, why would you do so in a way that would automatically generate more conspiracy theories? Why not poison him, for instance? What some people are calling conspiracy (like Epstein being taken off suicide watch and the jail employees not checking on him) sounds more like everyday incompetence to me. Jails are underfunded, overcrowded, and usually staffed by people who just want to finish up their shift, collect their pay, and go home. As for Epstein, he was facing the prospect of going from having his own private island to being a prominent pedophile in prison. He had every motive and opportunity to take his own life and that appears to be just what he did.
Far more interesting than the question of whether Epstein committed suicide is the question of just what exactly has happened to Ghislaine Maxwell. Ghislaine Maxwell is the socialite who allegedly procured Epstein with most of his underage girls. Maxwell was just as rich and socially connected as Epstein (there is a famous picture of her smiling at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding) and it’s been three years since anyone’s been sure of where she is. The general assumption was that she’s somewhere in Europe but, according to the Daily Mail, she’s actually been living with her boyfriend in a mansion in Massachusetts.
Or has she? According to Business Insider, Scott Borgerson (the tech CEO who the Daily Mail described as being Maxwell’s boyfriend) says that he is not dating Maxwell, that he hasn’t seen her in years, and that he wishes everyone was as concerned with the oceans as they are with his “former friend.”
So, where is Ghislaine Maxwell? One that most Americans don’t know about this case is that Maxwell is the daughter of the infamous Robert Maxwell. Maxwell was a shady Czech-born British businessman and media mogul who briefly served as a Labour MP. After Maxwell’s own mysterious death, it was revealed that he used a number of fraudulent business practices to inflate his own wealth and that he was also probably an intelligence agent for at least some of his life. (Interestingly, the same allegations have been made about Jeffrey Epstein.) It’s easy to imagine a scenario in which Ghislaine Maxwell is using her father’s old connections to hide out from the legal authorities.
It’s easy to imagine that Ghislaine is in a former KGB safehouse somewhere in Romania. It’s just as easy to imagine that she’s hiding in a mansion in Boston. Maybe she’s in the witness protection program. Maybe she has an island of her own. It’s easy to imagine. In fact, it’s probably too easy. This is why conspiracy theories are so attractive. They provide easy answers to complex questions.