Child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell believes her pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein was “murdered” in his jail cell while awaiting trial.
In her first ever jailhouse interview, which was conducted by her brother Ian Maxwell and reporter Daphne Barak through both video and audio calls, she shared her conspiracy theory about how Epstein actually died in 2019.
“I believe that he was murdered. I was shocked,” Maxwell, 61, remarked.
“Then I wondered how it had happened, because as far as I was concerned, he was going to … I was sure he was going to appeal,” she continued.
Epstein was arrested on federal charges of sex trafficking minors in both New York and Florida in July 2019. Later that month he was found injured and semiconscious in his New York City jail cell.
The wealthy financier believed that he had been attacked by his cellmate, a former NYPD officer who was awaiting trial on four counts of murder and denied any knowledge of an attack.
Metropolitan Correctional Center staff determined that Epstein had attempted to commit suicide, based on the markings around his neck.
He was put on suicide watch for six days, then transferred to a special housing unit with a different cellmate and wellness checks by guards every thirty minutes.
The day before his death, Epstein’s cellmate was transferred out and he did not receive a new one.
Both guards that were assigned to check on him fell asleep on shift and failed to do their jobs, then were later caught falsifying records.
If that wasn’t already enough fodder for conspiracy theorists, the two cameras that were monitoring the door to Epstein’s cells mysteriously went offline the same night.
He was found dead in his cell on August 10, 2019, and his demise was ruled a suicide by hanging.
Curiously, the initial autopsy of his body revealed multiple breaks in his neck, including the hyoid bone.
A 2010 study found that the horseshoe shaped bone only breaks in 25% of hangings, and is much more commonly damaged in homicide victims that were strangled to death.
In addition to the contradictory evidence surrounding Epstein’s death, Maxwell mentioned that she was positive that he had blanket protection from criminal conviction under a questionable plea deal.
“I was sure he was covered under the non-prosecution agreement,” she noted.
Epstein was investigated by Palm Beach police in 2005, after a woman reported that he had sexually abused her then 14-year-old child.
He was arrested the next year after a 13-month police investigation uncovered multiple underage victims.
The FBI took over the investigation, dubbed Operation Leap Year, and produced more than 30 minor victims and a 53-page indictment in July 2007.
However, under the direction of then Florida based U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, Epstein was granted immunity from any related federal charges, which shut down the investigation and sealed the indictment.
Epstein pleaded guilty to two felony prostitution charges in Florida in 2008, and received an 18 month prison sentence he managed to skirt with work release. He was also ordered to register in the state as a sex offender.
Acosta maintained that he was “trying to do the right thing for these victims,” when he gave Epstein the deal.
“We believe we proceeded appropriately,” Acosta commented. “We did what we did because we wanted to see Epstein go to jail.”
He resigned from his position as Labor Secretary in July 2019, days after Epstein was arrested for the second time.
Maxwell maintained her innocence from behind bars. “I wasn’t in the indictment, so I wasn’t mentioned, I wasn’t even one of the co-conspirators,” she told her brother.
“I honestly wish I never met him, you know, looking back now. I probably wish I had stayed in England,” she continued.
The British socialite said that she “should have moved completely” from Epstein prior to the turn of the millennium.
“But at the time I wouldn’t have had a problem introducing people to my friend [Epstein], because I didn’t [know] he was so awful,” she deflected.
“I mean, obviously now, looking back with hindsight, of course,” Maxwell lamented. “But at the time he had lots of friendly and was with just about everybody you could imagine.”
“There was no reason to imagine he was somebody of interest to people.”
Maxwell was found guilty of child sex trafficking in association with her “friend” Epstein.
She was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in June 2022 and has since appealed.