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The Jeffrey Epstein Saga

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Jeffrey Epstein two years prior to kiling himself in his jail cell.

In 1998, Jeffrey Epstein purchased Little St. James, an island off the coast in the Virgin Islands. Epstein would later buy the neighboring island as well. It is here where it’s reported that Epstein would bring women, many underage, and avoid detection from law enforcement officials. 

But how did Epstein afford to buy these islands? 

Epstein got his start in banking where he worked in various roles for Bear Sterns before starting his own firm in 1981. Intercontinental Assets Group Inc. is thought to be the source of most of Epstein’s income. 

In 2008, Epstein would be convicted for child prostitution. Epstein agreed to plead guilty in Florida state court to two felony prostitution charges, serve eighteen months in prison, register as a sex offender and pay restitution to three dozen victims identified by the FBI. 

This deal was thought to be great for Epstein and left many outraged, since the state of Florida had seemingly let Epstein off the hook. 

For years after this incident people came forward with claims alleging that Jeffrey Epstein and his associates had sexually assaulted minors for years at his Virgin Islands and Manhattan homes.

On July 6, 2019, Epstein was arrested in New York on charges of sex trafficking.  

On July 8 of the same year, prosecutors with the Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York charged him with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex. The grand jury indictment alleges that “dozens” of underage girls were brought into Epstein’s mansions for sexual encounters. 

Epstein was denied a $100 million bond by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman and was deemed a “serious flight risk” and a danger to the public.

On August 10, 2019, Epstein was found dead in his cell. It is reported that he hung himself.  

But why is a case that was seemingly closed over four years ago now the talk of the town again.  

A list has come out that ties many important people to being affiliated with Jeffrey Epstein. Names like former President Donald Trump, Kevin Spacey and Prince Andrew were all names that have been tied to Epstein for years now. New names like Stephen Hawking, former Vice President Al Gore and billionaire Glenn Dubin have people once again invested in the Jeffrey Epstein case. 

How this case plays out remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: there will certainly be more headlines in the future.  

About the Contributor
Zach Cohn, Staff Writer
Zach is a junior and second year journalism student. He has been a member of the Edwardsville Hockey team for 4 years and is also a member of the EHS broadcasting club where he broadcasts EHS football, basketball and baseball games.