JEFFREY Epstein gave a final "f*** you" to victims by changing his will 48 hours before his death in order to delay any compensation claims, a new documentary claims.
The child sex offender, who was found dead while languishing in a New York prison cell, may have taken his own life to trigger a loophole in his will.
Epstein's death has since been ruled a suicide but the circumstances surrounding the discovery of his body in August last year have been hotly disputed.
Appearing on a new true crime Quest Red documentary special 'Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?', journalist Thomas Volscho reveals the financier had made some significant changes to his will just days before his death – changes that could have a substantial impact on his victims.
Volscho explains: “Epstein, 48-hours prior to him killing himself, if that’s what happened, refiles and changes his will to be collapsed into a trust in the Virgin Islands".
Volscho goes on to claim that this last-minute change to Epstein’s will may have been an attempt to prolong his victims receiving any sort of compensation in the event of his death.
“People in the Virgin Islands that are older, their lawyers advise them ‘don’t file your estate or your will or your probate in the Virgin Islands, file them in the mainland,’ because it’ll take nine, ten years before people in your will see any of the benefits of that," he says.
Tying up all his money in international red tape, that very well might have been a final f-you to his victims.
"So, this will make it very difficult for victims to get any type of restitution from his estate.”
Legal analyst Ashleigh Banfield also claims that this legal twist by Epstein may have been his last act of retaliation against the victims.
Banfield explains: “Tying up all his money in international red tape, that very well might have been a final f-you to his victims, if in fact he was planning to kill himself".
NO JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS
One of Epstein's most vocal victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, says she was used as a sex slave by Epstein and claims she had sex with Prince Andrew in a toilet aged 17.
Another woman, Jennifer Araoz, said Epstein raped her when she was just 15 years old.
She said she gave Epstein massages dressed only in her underwear at his Manhattan home after being 'recruited' by a woman outside her school.
Epstein held ties with some of the world’s most influential and powerful figures – including Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and the Clintons.
The billionaire was even believed to have kept a secret diary detailing his friendships with celebs as an “insurance policy”.
Many question whether Epstein did indeed take his own life, or if something much more sinister was at play.
Bill Mersey, Epstein’s former Inmate & Suicide Watch Counsellor at the time of his death, said he "probably spent five or six four-hour shifts in the presence of Jeffrey Epstein with me watching him".
He claims the disgraced financier seemed "pretty well adjusted" during his time in prison, despite the charges levelled against him.
"He didn’t really volunteer information; for a suicide inmate, he was pretty well adjusted," Mersey recalls.
“He didn’t strike me as depressed, but he was really apprehensive about prison life. He was scared. In the middle of conversations his eyes would drift off like, ‘oh my God, I’m in prison, am I ever going to get out of here?’
“You’re in your cell 23-hours a day, you shower three times a week, there’s mice and there’s water bugs and it’s real noisy and it’s cold. It’s a long way down from a $77m mansion on the upper east side!”
Mersey is sure Epstein took his own life.
“There’s no way somebody got in there and killed him. Do you know how many people you’d have to pay off to get in there and kill him? There’s just no way,” he maintains.
“To all the conspiracy theorists out there about Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide vs murder, this is what I say: You’re the same guys who think that the moon landing was fake. Don’t be ridiculous. Get over it, he killed himself. There’s no question about it in my mind. Case closed for me.”
Epstein's death came two weeks after he was placed on suicide watch when he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck.
Law enforcement officials confirmed on August 10 he had taken his own life at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, which is where he had been held without bail pending trial on child sex-trafficking charges.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr Barbara Sampson announced on August 16 that the death was a "suicide".
Airing on Quest Red and dplay, the documentary aims to examine the mysterious circumstances surrounding Epstein's death.
It come after Netflix's four-part series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich – which aired last month and saw women around the world detail the abuse they had suffered at the hands of the billionaire sex offender.
The Dispatches programme The Prince and the Paedophile, also examines the relationship between Prince Andrew and Epstein.
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