Matthew Steeples assesses Jekyll and Hyde-like Ghislaine Maxwell’s character just as her moment of destiny in court looks likely to arrive within 24 hours
Ghislaine Maxwell’s life to date has undoubtedly been like a curate’s egg; a tale of two halves, partly very, very good and partly very, very bad. In fact, in analysis, one could most definitely sum her up as a modern-day Jekyll and Hyde crossed with a modern-day Cruella de Vil.
Born into a world of undoubted privilege and wealth and given access to the finest education possible, here is a 59-year-old woman whose skill set was honed from an early age. Without doubt socially able and considered the ultimate example of a connector, Maxwell has been lauded by her friends, family and supporters as charming, capable and caring. She certainly, on the surface, until 2019 appeared as someone who had gotten it all back in spite of her pension pot plundering, murderer father’s demise in 1992.
Seen last in London at a ritzy party for the Cash & Rocket car rally at Bibendum on 6th June 2019 – which beyond ironically sought to help “women in need” and whose organiser Julie Brangstrup failed to vet the alleged mucky madam’s entry in spite of the fact that she’d already been served with a sworn affidavit concerning underage female trafficking in April 2019 – with spoilt heiresses including Chloe Green, Paris Hilton and Caroline Stanbury, Maxwell attempted a business career with such things as her Kit Kat Club in the 1980s, but later sought stature through campaigning and founding non-profits in the 2000s.
Maxwell’s superficial appearance and friendships with power and privilege, however, hid a monstrous and murky world. Whatever the outcome of her trial, it is clear that here is a woman who became anorexic at the age of three and was abused by her father and here is a woman who replaced that particular wicked monster with another wicked monster and abuser in the form of Jeffrey Epstein; here, indeed, is a warped woman completely lacking in a moral compass.
Plainly devoted to the opaquely funded taxi driver turned teacher turned financier, it is apparent from the evidence shown in Judge Alison Nathan’s court that Ghislaine Maxwell pandered to the now croaked paedophile’s every whim, but was he perhaps not also pandering to hers? The Palm Beach house manual presented as evidence is testimony to that and the multitude of photographs of the pair embracing speak volumes as to this being a union of equals.
Now, as we await a likely jury verdict within 24 hours, I’d suggest that the most important analysis in this case will be who was the master and manipulator and who was the functionary in this rotten relationship; follow the money and then you’ll get to the truly terrible truth about this nefarious narcissist. It will beyond sicken even the strongest of stomachs.
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.
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