Photo: Metropolitan Corrections Center (left) and now-deceased child predator Jeffrey Epstein (right).
By Jennifer Kelly
Early on Saturday, capitalist pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, after apparently committing suicide. This comes less than three weeks after a previous suicide attempt that landed him on suicide watch. He was not on suicide watch at the time of his death.
Only days before, documents were made public which detail the testimony of one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, incriminating not only Epstein but his partner Ghislaine Maxwell and a slew of other prominent capitalists and politicians.
“Name the other politically-connected and financially powerful people that Ghislaine Maxwell told you to go have sex with,” Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger asked Giuffre at a 2016 deposition.
“They instructed me to have sex with George Mitchell, Jean Luc Brunel, Bill Richardson, another prince, that I don’t know his name,” Giuffre responded.
Death by suicide is a common outcome for those standing trial for pedophile charges, which Epstein was once again facing after being arrested in July. Previously in 2007, Epstein had struck a plea agreement to dodge the full ramifications of a 53-page federal indictment, getting away with only having to serve 13 months in a county jail.
Unable to bargain a similar deal this time, Epstein appears to have taken his only escape option. His death on Saturday would not be remarkable were it not for the fact that his testimony now cannot be used to implicate his ring of co-conspirators.
Democrats and Republicans have been quick to label this as part of a broader conspiracy, with Donald Trump and Fox News pointing the finger at a conspiracy that the Clinton family arranged the suicides of those who have “dirt” on them. Democrats and other liberals, on the other hand, pointed the finger at the connections between Epstein and Trump.
This circus of conspiracy obscures the reality at hand: a coward died and now the masses are denied any semblance of justice. The bourgeois justice of the US court system will likely grind to a halt in its investigation and prosecution of Epstein’s co-conspirators and those alleged to have visited his horrific “pedophile island” where he kept his child victims. Without his testimony, many of his accomplices will continue to walk free.
Epstein’s death, a coward’s death, is lighter than a feather, and the masses will not mourn him one bit, but there is rightful outrage that no justice will be served and that more enemies of the people, especially of children and women, will remain in the shadows. Epstein was able to live most of his life while raping and preying on dozens of girls as young as 14, as well as pimping these girls to other members of the ruling class.
Ultimately, Epstein was not able to live with the growing certainty of imprisonment and outrage against him. With his final crime, he robbed his victims and the people of any chance at justice, but his death does not preclude the justice that must be rightfully served to other abusers.
This robbery should serve to show that the bourgeois justice system is incapable of serving justice for these sorts of crimes and that the people must organize themselves to make revolution and serve their own justice.