Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Who Did Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell Sex Traffic Their Victims To? Unsealing of Epstein Documents, New Book About Maxwell

As 200 pages of transcripts about the 2006 investigation into paedophile Jeffrey Epstein are unsealed, a new book – released Thursday – examines “who is permitted to speak” about sexual abuse by an abuse victim present at mucky madam Ghislaine Maxwell’s 2021 trial; One key question still remains tellingly unanswered: “Who did these two monsters actually sex traffic their victims to?”

Just after The Observer’s Stephanie Merritt reviewed abuse victim Lucia Osborne-Crowley’s new book about her experiences attending the trial of the convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell on Sunday, yesterday Peruvian born Circuit Judge The Honorable Luis Delgado of the 15th Judicial Court of Florida released nigh on 200 pages of previously embargoed documents concerning the 2006 investigation into allegations against Jeffrey Epstein.

 

Explaining why yet more information about a megalomaniac monster he himself termed “the most infamous pedophile [sic] in American history” were being made public now, the judge observed:

 

“Details in the record will be outrageous to decent people.”

 

“The testimony taken by the Grand Jury concerns activity ranging from grossly unacceptable to rape – all of the conduct at issue is sexually deviant, disgusting, and criminal.”

 

“Epstein is indeed notorious and infamous and is widely reported to have flaunted his wealth while cavorting with politicians, billionaires, and even British royalty.”

 

“It is understandable that given those reports the public has a great curiosity about what was widely reported by news [agencies] as ‘special treatment’ regarding his prosecution.”

 

Going further, Joseph Abruzzo, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Palm Beach, added:

 

“When I became Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, I promised that I would leave no stone unturned to ensure the release of the Jeffrey Epstein Grand Jury records.”

 

“We are making these important documents available to the public to ensure transparency to the people of Palm Beach County that we serve every day, and to the international community that has closely followed the Epstein case.”

 

“It was legislation our office championed that led to the release of these grand jury records… It is our hope that the release of these records gives peace of mind to our community and gives Jeffrey Epstein’s victims the closure they deserve.”

 

The release of the documents came about after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill in February allowing such transcripts to be made public on or after 1st July 2024. Until now, Grand Jury documents normally remain permanently sealed.

 

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Elsewhere, in her article for The Observer, Merritt shared of The Lasting Harm: Witnessing the Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell – which is to be published on American Independence Day, Thursday 4th July:

 

“At the heart of Lucia Osborne-Crowley’s account of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, The Lasting Harm, is a question about who is permitted to speak on the subject of sexual, particularly childhood, abuse. Osborne-Crowley is the author of two previous books, I Choose Elena and My Body Keeps Your Secrets, both of which examine the ongoing trauma of her childhood grooming by a sports coach, and a violent rape by a stranger at 15. This, then, is the indelible experience she brings to her court reporting on this most sensitive of issues.”

 

Quoting Osborne-Crowley, Merritt added:

 

“‘I have been accused many times of being a biased journalist because of my history of abuse. To that I say: yes, I am biased. Everybody is, whether we own it or not.’ She goes on to say, ‘the journalists I met at the Maxwell trial – mostly men in their 40s – who did not have any experience of sexual trauma are also biased. These issues have never affected their lives and so they subscribe to a patriarchal, societal and defensive narrative;’ one that does not, she argues, take into account the pervasive effects of trauma and shame on victims, particularly when it comes to speaking up about the crimes.”

 

“For the duration, Osborne-Crowley got up at 1.30am to stand in line until the courthouse opened, to be sure that one of those seats would be hers; for almost five weeks she sat ‘a foot away’ from Maxwell while her victims were questioned. Despite this proximity, Maxwell exists as a shadowy figure in the courtroom sections, a constant presence who is also a notable absence. She doesn’t speak until the verdict, and speech attributed to her at the time of the abuse is taken from the testimony of the women.”

 

The Lasting Harm makes for painful reading, and the author is frank about what the process cost her personally – two stints in a trauma clinic as her immersion in the details of Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell’s crimes triggers her own memories. She is unequivocal about the purpose of her work – she quotes the investigative journalist Julie K. Brown, who says ‘journalism is about giving a voice to the powerless,’ and in this, Osborne-Crowley has succeeded admirably. The fact that none of Epstein’s male associates has yet been held to account suggests that there is a long way to go.”

 

Both developments in this matter add to the narrative of knowledge about the vile crimes of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, but one thing they continue to fail to do is this: They continue to keep the names of the powerful fellow monsters these two twisted toe rags sex trafficked their victims to firmly under wraps.

 

Going further, one could observe, that whilst many names of presidents, politicians and personalities continue to swirl around in the context of this sordid case, nothing much seems to be done about bringing them to justice. It has been all too easy for the claim of “I knew them, but I didn’t know what they did” to be bandied around for too long now and whilst ‘names not proven of anything (yet)’ including the likes of ex-Barclays banker Jes Staley have fallen because of his financial links and film fiddler Harvey Weinstein was jailed for his own sexual crimes, so many others allegedly deeply connected to Epstein and Maxwell continue to thrive and indeed prosper on their own terms. Some of them may be innocent, but many of them most certainly are not.

 

As I have said again and again, there will be no satisfaction until the day the actual co-conspirators are finally named and shamed and brought to book. The powerful and the privileged should not be allowed to be continue to think that they are above the law; it is time for true justice to be served.

 

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Harvey-Weinstein-Jeffrey-Epstein-Ghislaine-Maxwell
A trio of sex fiends – Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Joseph Abruzzo Luis Delgado
The lawmakers who revealed nigh on 200 pages more about Epstein’s 2006 legal wranglings – Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Palm Beach Joseph Abruzzo and Circuit Judge The Honorable Luis Delgado of the 15th Judicial Court of Florida.
Donald and Melania Trump Jeffrey Epstein Ghislaine Maxwell
Was Melania Trump trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell? Jeffrey Epstein claimed to have been the one to have introduced the then Melania Knauss to Donald Trump. He was known to favour ‘girls’ of her type and it could indeed be true that Epstein met Knauss before Knauss met Trump though Wikipedia states that “the Kit Kat Club is often described as where they met.” They add: “The exact details of when and where [there first meeting] took place are unclear.”
Debbie Staley Jes Staley
Swivel eyed Deborah Nitzan Staley and her casino banker husband Jes Staley were such close associates of Jeffrey Epstein that they spent time on his Little St. James island. Of him, Wikipedia state: “In June 2023 it was reported that Staley wrote on December 26, 2009 – while Epstein was on house arrest for procuring a child for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute in Florida – ‘Fun tonight. What do we do next?????’ Epstein replied saying his driver whom he described as ‘former dea [Drug Enforcement Administration]’ and ‘armed,’ would pick him up in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Epstein continued, ‘helicopter also available for a tour around , … remember I own the two big marinas.. yacht haven grand, in st thomas and the marina at red hook… you can use my atv’s jet ski ,gym etc.’ Later that month Staley wrote to Epstein, ‘Arrived at your harbor. Someday, we have to do this together.’” In November 2021, because of the stench associated with his links to Epstein, Staley was forced to resign from as CEO of Barclays.
Rudy Giuliani
On Hill.TV in July 2019, Rudy Giuliani claimed that the fallout from the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case was “obviously going to implicate a lot of people –I can’t tell you who but it’s not going to end up with just Jeffrey Epstein.” Of the now disgraced, disbarred and bankrupted politician, in November 2022, crusading author Kirby Sommers remarked: “It’s clear that my research upset many of the people in the trafficking ring connected to Epstein/Maxwell. Seems so many are connected. Even Rudy Giuliani who was the Mayor of New York.”
Peter Mandelson and Jeffrey Epstein
Another close associate who was “particularly close” to Jeffrey Epstein was Peter Mandelson. Lord Mandelson – whom the paedophile nicknamed ‘Petie’ – stayed at Epstein’s New York ‘Paedo Palace’ whilst the financier was serving 18 months for soliciting prostitution from a minor and was also photographed with him at the since croaked deviant’s apartment in Paris in 2007 and in St Barts in 2005.
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Matthew, I think we all know money talks & 💩 walks. The most powerful ie well connected people in this are beyond shielded. I know I will get slammed for this but will say it anyway. I do not care for Prince Andrew at all. I believe he is a high stake scapegoat in all this.

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