In the detective boardgame "Clue," players advance through a mansion, trying to solve a murder mystery. It involves strategy, reasoning and thinking – much like the real-life drama playing out over convicted pedophile millionaire Jeffrey Epstein's death. The mysterious circumstances of his demise on Saturday, Aug. 10, in a high-security federal jail cell in Manhattan are only rivaled by revelations coming out about his depraved lifestyle and those sharing it with him.
Obviously, the underlying issue is cause of death: suicide or murder? While the sheet found around his neck, suspended from an upper bunk bed in his cell, supports suicide, forensic evidence had to determine whether the body was staged to give that appearance.
The latter scenario received a boost when the preliminary autopsy report indicated the hyoid bone in Epstein's neck was also broken – important since that almost always involves manual strangulation. Hangings do not involve as much force. A Montreal study notes the hyoid is only broken in less than 1 percent of all suicides. Yet, the coroner's final report, after "careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings," officially listed suicide as the cause. For a neck bone broken in 99 percent of strangulation cases, what evidence could the coroner have relied upon to overcome overwhelming statistical presumption?
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She may well have relied upon what she failed to find on Epstein's body. In cases involving foul play, normally bruises or scratches appear on the body reflecting a perpetrator's forceful effort to hold the victim down while strangling him. Finding no such marks could overcome statistical presumption.
As conspiracy theories abound over Epstein's death, another murder scenario, so far unexplored publicly, is possible. It would have addressed two major concerns any killer would have, while leaving Epstein's body free of the aforementioned telltale marks. It also would allow a perpetrator to make his way into Epstein's cell, undetected by guards rendered powerless to do anything.
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If so, it was an "inside job." The perpetrator would have known certain cameras monitoring Epstein were malfunctioning and, thus, was unworried his actions would be monitored. If cameras outside the facility were operating, they would have caught any suspicious activity, approaching/departing unauthorized vehicles/personnel, etc. No such activity was noted.
Additionally, the perpetrator knew he need not worry about Epstein's cellmate, removed only hours earlier. (He now has requested relocation due to alleged threats by guards not to say anything.) This left a would-be killer with but two remaining concerns: 1) distracting the two guards and 2) limiting any physical resistance by Epstein, including muffling cries for help.
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Was it possible a perpetrator could have drugged the food or drink consumed both by the guards and Epstein? While indications are the guards were tired from overworking, drugging them guaranteed both were sleeping. It also would have left Epstein similarly incapacitated, unable to defend himself.
While numerous failures at the facility to act responsibly have created a dark cloud over Epstein's death, hopefully, samples of his bodily fluids have been preserved or already tested to rule out this theory as well. As only days before Epstein's death the jail erroneously released a rapist and habitual bank robber, jailhouse incompetency may well support the suicide theory.
As authorities dig deeper into the incident, the mystery surrounding Epstein's death seems to be fed by the intrigue evolving his life and ability, even in his last days, to use his money to avoid hardship:
- On July 30, Epstein was mysteriously allowed to spend hours alone in an attorney conference room with an as-yet-unidentified young woman, meeting with her again Aug. 9. However, among those he paid to visit him just to be able to spend up to 12 hours a day away from his vermin-infested cell were his lawyers.
- Epstein's last words to those lawyers on Friday were that he would see them Sunday. It was reported he "seemed to be in good spirits."
- To avoid being preyed upon by fellow inmates, he regularly deposited money in their commissary accounts.
- A former inmate at the Manhattan facility claims hanging oneself with bedsheets was impossible since they are not much stronger than paper.
- The first news report about Epstein's death was by ABC News journalist Aaron Katersky on Twitter on Aug. 10 at 8:16 a.m. However, an anonymous message claiming Epstein was murdered was posted 38 minutes earlier.
- Noteworthy is that Epstein filed a new will in the U.S. Virgin Islands two days prior to his death.
- A Russian martial arts expert who rarely left Epstein's side during his employment now fears for his own life, warning journalists to be careful about what they uncover.
- It appears Epstein boasted privately to journalists that incriminating evidence, electronically obtained during visits by high-profile individuals to his homes and Caribbean island compound, existed. In July 15 privately-shot drone footage of Epstein's island retreat, electronics on desks are visible through a window but were gone by the time authorities arrived with a search warrant.
- Numerous high-profile Epstein friends purportedly had reason to fear the tales he could tell. With British socialite girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell known to have lured underaged girls into Epstein's web and obviously being next in prosecutors' sights, Epstein's friends still need worry she may sing like a bird. Former prosecutor Jeffrey Greco asserts there will be "more and more indictments coming down" against "additional people."
- Apparently, during his pedophilic rampage, among those helping Epstein satisfy his sexual urges in addition to his "beard," Maxwell, was, according to court documents, French modeling scout Jean-Luc Brune, who flew in three 12-year-old girls for one of Epstein's birthdays.
- Most revealing about Epstein's perceived self-image are his illusions (or delusions) of grandeur, seeking to mimic the sexual exploits of the 12th century's greatest conqueror, Genghis Khan. The sexual appetite of the warrior almost a millennium ago is estimated to be responsible today for over 16 million male descendants. Reportedly, Epstein met with multiple scientists voicing a scheme to "seed the human race with his DNA," impregnating 20 women at a time at his massive New Mexico ranch.
It is terrible to say but the world is better off without Epstein. He had no compassion for the young girls he traumatized, not only forcing his own sexual demands upon them but those of his perverted friends as well. He had contempt for the criminalization of sex with minors as a "cultural aberration."
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Conspiracy theories will continue running rampant about Epstein's death simply because so many contributing factors fell into place for it to happen: no suicide watch, a cellmate's removal hours prior, two guards falling asleep on duty, a critical camera malfunctioning. A perfect storm of coincidences make Epstein's death a conspiracy theorist's gift that will keep on giving. As more evidence comes to light, his death will take on a high-level, public profile completely contrary to the low-level private profile friends preferred be given a lifestyle they shared with him.
If Epstein made a pact with the devil for his life of wealth and debauchery, he is most certainly paying the price for it now. Obviously, his money will be of no use to him in his new home, leaving him to cope with keeping the likes of Genghis Khan from preying upon him down there.