If one is even remotely as fond of conspiracy theories as I am, there is a clear pattern of how it is that people who can cause trouble are disposed of. If possible, things are made to look like a suicide, and if not, someone is chosen as a fall guy in a resolute claim that there was only one shooter so as to avoid inflaming panic by admitting a larger conspiracy. In fact, it was probably the Lincoln assassination that was the last one where a conspiracy was openly claimed and admitted, as just about every other political murder in the United States (and a great many in other countries, like the Third Defenestration of Prague after World War II) was promoted as the work of solitary madmen, anarchists and the like. The more one reads about this sort of thing, the more one sees the patterns that reflect a desire to get rid of problematic people in ways that seek to avoid the repercussions of their reprehensible deeds and overwhelm the discoveries that are likely to come about the rich and powerful and their corrupt ways.
In case one isn’t aware of the context, I am writing about the recent “suicide” of Jeffrey Epstein after he was supposedly on a 24-7 “suicide watch” or alternatively in a special watch area where he was under continual surveillance. To be sure, it is easy to see where one would be depressed after being arrested for the horrific sex trafficking that he had apparently been involved with for a long time where he brought the wealthy and powerful to an island where they would then exploit teenage girls, where one’s reputation as a pander to the corrupt elites of this country (and others) did not protect one from the legal repercussions that would normally follow that kind of prostitution ring, and where the same elites that were pandered to now had their own reputations and careers to protect by trying to get rid of the evidence by getting rid of the person responsible for the threat to their well-being. Perhaps it may be argued that this was not a direct murder but rather a coerced suicide to protect his family, but there is no way that this was done without some sort of threats and coercion and violence.
So why is it that this was no surprise to anyone? The arrest of someone of Epstein’s prominence indicated that there was likely to be some very embarrassing and career-ending information provided about a lot of powerful people. There are a lot of powerful men (and probably women) that find underage girls particularly attractive and who consider themselves to be above the law and who are unable to restrain themselves from acting on their common and understandable longings and yearnings. It is by no means a particularly original strategy that someone who would want power and influence as a court Jew (which we can consider the late Epstein to have been) would seek to pander to the worst aspects of the characters of the corrupt elites that one is dealing with, as this is something that has repeatedly happened throughout Western culture. Again, if one reads about the way that aging favorites kept their influence over monarchs through becoming procurers of younger and more physically attractive sexual partners in 17th and 18th century Europe, one will see this particular phenomenon as part of a larger and more general cultural pattern that has gone on for a long time where the sexual urges of powerful people have been the means by which others have tried to secure their own political power and influence on an informal and unofficial level.
Yet power that is gained through illegal means and on an unofficial level is always vulnerable. There is always the threat that what one has done in the shadows is going to be brought to light, and that one may not really be above the law as one has thought. If one has pandered to one set of elites, one may find that their rivals may seek to do them harm through bringing that elite corruption to light, and one may find oneself a fall guy in order to protect the reputation of those who have done wrong and don’t want the world to know and to judge what they have been doing on private Floridian islands. Additionally, however one seeks to court elite support, there may be other authority figures in other jurisdictions who are not wowed by that elite backing and who will doggedly do a job because of their own need to curry favor with people who would want to see police and others being harsh on corruption and harsh on sexual sins. One would have to live in a cave without wi-fi to not know the sort of scrutiny that comes on those whose sexual tastes are contrary to contemporary trends. For all of our moral corruption in the present-day, we remain a rather puritanical culture when it comes to punishing those whose behavior is contrary to whatever social norms exist, and Epstein is one of those who have fallen prey to a dramatic shift in what sort of behavior is viewed as acceptable. And he is not the only one, not by far, who is imperiled by such shifts. And that is why no one is surprised that things have taken this turn.