Little Saint James island is back in headlines. The private island was owned by American financier Jeffrey Epstein who was arrested for sexually abusing underage girls. He committed suicide while he was serving his sentence in jail.
Who was Jeffrey Epstein?
Jeffrey Epstein was an American socialite and financer who began his career as a maths teacher at the Dalton School, New York. In the 1970s, he shifted to the finance and banking sector. Epstein joined an investment bank.
In 1981, Jeffrey formed his consulting firm named as J. Epstein & Company. His clients range from Saudi Arabian businessmen to big tycoons of the USA. Jeffrey Epstein is known for enjoying a high social life and buying properties all around the globe.
A series of scandalous events started when he was accused of sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl. Later, his sex trafficking empire was revealed, and he was punished by the court.
Little Saint James Island, The Island of Sins
Little Saint James Island, located in the United States Virgin Islands, is regarded as the “Island of Sins.” Locals also call the private island as “Orgy Island,” and “Pedophile Island.”
Resting in the middle of the two largest of the Virgin Islands- St. Thomas and St. John, Little Saint island is spread over the land of 75 acres. Jeffrey Epstein bought the island for $ 7.95 million. It is said to be his primary residence. He always called Little Saint island “Little Saint Jeff.”
The island has five establishments: a villa-style compound, a cinema, a library, a detached bathhouse, and cabins. Renowned American architect Edward Tuttle designed the property.
A computerized database of young girls visiting the island has been found. Steven Scully, an IT contractor, working on Little Saint James from 1999 to 2006, observed that Epstein’s guests were always young girls.
The story of the island goes like this. Jeffrey used to invite young girls to his private island. Thus, Little St. island became an infamous site for his predatory activities.
Jeffrey Epstein purchased another island, next to Little St. James, for $17.5 million in 2016. It is called Great St. James. The bigger of Epstein’s two islands is Great Saint James Island. It is spread over 165 acres. Since his death, the islands have become a popular tourist attraction for people hoping to peep into Jeffrey’s lavish lifestyle.
However, a lawsuit was filed to seize both the islands and close Epstein’s shell companies developed in the region.
The case against Jeffrey Epstein
In 2005, the parents of a 14-year-old girl filed a complaint against Jeffrey Epstein in Palm Beach, Florida. They accused him of molesting their daughter.
Florida State Court pleaded Jeffrey guilty of his crime in 2008. For getting hold of a minor for prostitution, he was sentenced to 18 months in custody. But he served only 13 months and was permitted work release.
Jeffrey was arrested again in July 2019. He was charged for human trafficking of underage girls in New York and Florida. Jeffery was denied bail.
FBI investigated his case for a long time and identified several girls below the age of 18, whom Jeffrey has sexually assaulted. When raided his seven-story house in New York, officers discovered sex toys and thousands of pictures of naked girls.
On July 24, he was found injured in his jail cell, and on August 10, 2019, he took his own life. After his death, all the criminal charges were dismissed.
His associate and ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell came to the spotlight. Many victims came forward and accused her of coordinating sex operations for Jeffrey Epstein.
Sarah Ransome, a sufferer of Epstein’s sexual abuse, said that Ghislaine Maxwell worked closely with him. She further told, “Ghislaine controlled the girls. She was like the madam. She was the nuts and bolts of the sex trafficking operation.”
Another of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, accused Maxwell of hiring her as a masseuse to Epstein at the age of 15.
Reports stated that Maxwell used to visit Jeffrey on his private island to make sure that the girls were doing what they were asked to do. Many a time, she was also present when hideous crime against girls were taking place.
Maxwell had denied allegations against her. She was dodging from the eyes of court since Jeffrey’s death. Repeatedly, Maxwell had managed to prove her innocence in the court. But not this time. Police have arrested Ghislaine Maxwell on July 2 in New Hampshire.
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
Ghislaine Maxwell is a British socialite, the daughter of Ian Robert Maxwell MC, a media mogul. Robert Maxwell built an extensive publishing empire.
Maxwell and Epstein’s intimate relationship survived for a short span, but she continued to work with him afterward. She is an important figure in Jeffrey’s sinner activities.
High Profile Social Network
Since Ghislaine Maxwell was the daughter of an infamous media proprietor, she has a high powered social network. And Jeffrey Epstein was too associated with wealthy and influential people.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and a member of the British royal family, is on the list of Maxwell and Epstein. Son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew visited the Little Saint James quite a few times. He, too, is involved in a scandal. After Epstein’s death, questions were raised on Prince Andrew, whether he was a part of the trafficking gang or not.
It is reported that Ghislaine Maxwell had introduced Prince Andrew to Jeffrey Epstein. Prince had voluntarily quit his royal duties in 2019 after being linked to Epstein. He is currently under probe.
On facing much criticism, he said, “I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.”
Next on the list is US President Donald Trump. A long time ago, Trump asserted that he was a good friend of Jeffrey. But after the charges faced by him, Trump denied his recent association with Jeffrey. He said he had distanced himself from Jeffrey in past years. When asked about the charges against him, Trump responded: “I don’t know about it.”
Former US President Bill Clinton was spotted with Jeffrey Epstein quite a lot.
President Clinton spokesperson said,” He knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago or those with which he has been recently charged in New York..”
Malicious gossip was that President Clinton took trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane Boeing 727. Evidence has been found. The flight logs acquired during investigation states that Clinton was among the highly influential people that frequently used Jeffrey’s plane. Trips had been recorded in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Boeing 727 “Lolita Express”
Jeffrey’s private jet Boeing 727 was nicknamed as “Lolita Express.” It is believed to be his infamous sex plane, another setting for Jeffrey’s notorious crime. Lolita Express’s flight hours were logged to the frequent arrival of underage women to Little Saint James.
Jeffrey Epstein was accused of sexual abuse and that he and his high profile guests used his plane to organize underage sex parties.
Other people who have been found in the logs are celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, billionaire Ron Burkle and model Naomi Campbell. There is an ongoing investigation on people associated with Boeing 727, aka Lolita Express.
Jeffrey Epstein’s net worth
Jeffrey Epstein’s wealth at the time he died in jail was worth $577,672,654. This covers around $56.5 million in cash, $195 million in hedge funds, $14.3 million in fixed income, and $112.7 million inequities.
After a person’s death, the family member who is close to him/her inherits all the wealth. Since, Jeffrey was not married, next in line was his younger brother Mark Epstein.
Mark Epstein started as an artist before establishing various ventures in New York. It was earlier speculated that Mark is helping his elder brother Jeffrey in running underage sex empire, but no evidence was found against Mark Epstein. Though Mark Epstein once claimed that he knew that Donald Trump was friends with his older brother.
US attorney told that Jeffrey had no meaningful family ties. So, he has nothing to do with his big brother’s business.
Jeffrey Epstein’s estate
In his expensive real-estate portfolio, five luxury residential properties have been registered. He owned property each in Manhattan, US Virgin Islands, Paris, New Mexico, and Palm Beach, Florida.
The multi-million dollar Manhattan mansion is estimated to be worth $77 million. Epstein is accused of enticing young girls to this mansion for sexually using them.
Little Saint James and Great Saint James Island of the US Virgin Islands were reported as a location for Jeffrey and his friends’ to invite minors for harassment. The islands were also the base location of the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation.
As per JeffreyEpstein.org, the foundation started in 2000 and has funded $35 million to Harvard for some university programs. The foundation is known for supporting scientists, including Stephen Hawkings, Gregory Benford, Martin Nowak, and Marvin Minsky.
Next up is an apartment in Paris, France. It is on the famous Avenue Foch. The avenue can sell for over $4 million.
Jeffrey bought the Zorro Ranch from former New Mexico Governor Bruce King in 1993. He had constructed a 26,700-square-foot mansion on the 7,500-acre property. In 2013, the property was appraised for over $18 million.
Jeffrey’s Palm Beach estate in Florida is believed to be valued at over $12 million. As per a local report, he bought the property for $2.5 million in 1990.
Besides the real estate, Jeffrey had at least 15 vehicles, including seven Chevrolet Suburban SUVs, a Hummer, and at least two airplanes, one of which was sold in June 2019.
Some reports said that even though Jeffrey is no more, federal prosecutors could still seize his properties that are connected with his alleged crimes through forfeiture.
As per formal charges against Jeffrey, the indictment states, “over the course of many years, Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, sexually exploited and sexually assaulted minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations.”
Attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing some of the victims in the Jeffrey case, indicated that she and her clients would pursue a lawsuit against his estate.
Filthy Rich: a documentary on Jeffrey Epstein’s crime
Netflix is streaming a documentary showcasing Jeffrey’s life and his crimes.” Filthy Rich” features the chilling testimony of the survivors of Jeffrey’s Epstein sexual assault. It uncovers the pain and horror faced by many of the young women on Little Saint James Island.
Filthy rich is based on a book of the same name written by James Patterson, John Connolly, and Tim Malloy. Directed by Lisa Bryant and produced by Joe Berlinger (Academy Award nominee), the documentary was premiered on May 27 on Netflix.
The main points of the four-part documentary series are the first-hand accounts of those who have suffered Jeffrey’s abuse. His partner in crime, Ghislaine Maxwell, is not being featured in it. One reason could be when the documentary was made, whereabouts of Maxwell was not known.