Has anyone else noticed that, after the flurry of headlines and memes, talk of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged suicide has died down substantially? The mainstream media’s uncritical acceptance of the autopsy results is not surprising, but the autopsy seems to have quieted down speculation considerably, even though homicides are often misidentified as suicides.
That’s unfortunate. There’s a great deal about Epstein’s death that is unanswered. So it was refreshing to read this excellent piece from Christopher Roach at American Greatness, “What Happened to the Epstein Story?”
Roach meticulously details the ludicrous number of darkly serendipitous coincidences necessary to accept the suicide narrative. Even ignoring the broken neck bone, which is consistent with a violent struggle, Roach runs down all the things that just happened to go wrong (allegedly) to make Epstein’s “hanging” possible: the incompetent, lazy guards falsifying their records; Epstein’s cellmate being removed earlier that day; the lack of security camera footage of Epstein’s cell or the hallway in a maximum security facility. And on and on.
Roach’s piece also probes some serious shortcomings after the fact: why haven’t Epstein’s properties been searched, with the exception of his infamous “Pedophile Island”? What happened to the computer that went missing before the FBI raid of the island?
Roach suggests—as I certainly believe—that Epstein had the goods on so many powerful elites, he couldn’t be allowed to testify. Even what we know about Epstein’s previous run-ins with law enforcement suggest he enjoyed a halo of official protection. While serving a paltry one-year prison sentence in Florida—complete with daily work-release to his office, with limo rides back to his cell in the evenings—Epstein allegedly trafficked an eighteen-year old girl and had sex with her (a fact from Roach’s piece).
Everyone was running cover for Epstein, even National Review. When it came time for him to testify, it doesn’t take a huge leap to assume that the elites who had so long protected him knew that this fink would rat them all out to save his hide.
The core of Roach’s piece, however, is not his extensive rehashing of the evidence (which is quite useful to refresh one’s memory—it will certainly have you doubting the autopsy), but the deeper question he poses: do our elites deserve their power?
Here is an excellent excerpt from the piece that provides an answer (links are Roach’s):
America’s governing elite, like all elites, have money and power. But the root of their supposed moral authority comes chiefly from having the correct and fashionable opinions, not virtue or courage or human excellence more broadly understood. The only requirement for remaining in the elite is the cheap virtue of affirming the elite’s basic world view on subjects like abortion, gay marriage, global warming, immigration, diversity, and the like.
They think they’re better than us, and they tell us they’re better than us, and the reason they think they’re better is that they hold the right opinions. They’re enlightened. They’re leading the way. They’re modern. They know we should eat bugs and call men women and all the rest. Kevin Williamson exemplified their tone in writing, “The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible.”
Virtue is precisely what our elites lack. That’s why they had killed the one man who could expose the depths of their depravity.