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Ghislaine Maxwell’s Boyfriend Resigns From His Tech Startup

2020.10.03 02:41 Leather_Term Ghislaine Maxwell’s Boyfriend Resigns From His Tech Startup

thedailybeast.com Oct. 02, 2020
Ghislaine Maxwell’s boyfriend Scott Borgerson resigned from his tech startup so he wouldn’t be a “distraction” to the Boston-based company. The entrepreneur’s ties to Maxwell—who faces trial next summer in connection to Jeffrey Epstein’s sex ring—have continued to make headlines since her July 2 arrest. Indeed, Borgerson is speculated to be Maxwell’s secret husband, whom she reportedly refused to identify to prosecutors.
Shipping industry publication TradeWinds first reported on Borgerson’s exit as CEO of CargoMetrics Technologies, the data-analytics firm he founded in 2010. CargoMetrics confirmed Borgerson’s departure in a statement to The Daily Beast which read, in part: “We are enormously grateful to our founder Scott Borgerson, who resigned as CEO and from his seat on the Board in late July to ensure his presence would not become a distraction from the work he believes in so deeply.” The company said longtime President and Chief Operating Officer Jes Scully would replace Borgerson.
Victims and their lawyers have long accused Maxwell of recruiting, grooming and abusing girls for Epstein. After Epstein’s jailhouse suicide in August 2019, the press began to hunt for the 58-year-old British socialite in earnest. The Daily Mail tracked Maxwell to a Massachusetts mansion where she was holed up with Borgerson before she purchased a luxurious New Hampshire hideout under an anonymous LLC.
Borgerson, 45, did not return a message left by The Daily Beast. He’s been linked to Maxwell since at least 2014, when he attended an intimate dinner with her in Los Angeles that included former President Clinton.
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2020.09.23 01:47 Leather_Term Revealed: Bill Clinton’s Intimate Secret Dinner With Ghislaine Maxwell

thedailybeast.com Sep. 22, 2020
The former president invited Ghislaine Maxwell to a cozy dinner in L.A. in 2014, years after she had been accused by a victim of procuring girls for Epstein’s sex ring.
After a star-studded gala in February 2014, Bill Clinton and his entourage headed to a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles for an intimate dinner with friends.
Their destination was Crossroads Kitchen, a Melrose Avenue hotspot that counts Beyoncé, Christina Applegate, and Katy Perry as fans, and features a menu with artichoke “oysters,” hearts of palm “crab cakes” and tagliatelle “bolognese.” That night, the restaurant was bustling. One insider spotted producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Bruce Willis, while TMZ recorded actor Sean Penn gliding through the front door.
Producer Steve Bing—Clinton’s friend, major Democratic donor, and investor in the restaurant who died by suicide this year—was already there waiting for the former president.
Former Clinton staffers Ben Schwerin, a future Snapchat executive, and then-talent agent Michael Kives were also invited to the swanky soiree.
But two other unlikely guests joined the party that night: British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell—accused of procuring underage girls for sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein—and tech CEO Scott Borgerson, now rumored to be her husband.
According to information obtained by The Daily Beast, Clinton’s advance team secured seating for the invitees and specifically noted Maxwell and someone named “Scott” had RSVP’d for the Thursday gathering.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say aides had squabbled over Maxwell’s invitation beforehand due to her links to Epstein. Even to this day, Clinton insiders continue to point fingers over who should be blamed for Maxwell’s addition to the event.
The sources told The Daily Beast that longtime Clinton gatekeeper Doug Band cut Maxwell out of the president’s network in 2011 before he left Clinton’s employ the following year. (Band flew on Epstein’s private jet, including for Clinton’s 2002 humanitarian trip to Africa, and was listed in Epstein’s Little Black Book.)
Information obtained by The Daily Beast indicates Jon Davidson, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, knew Maxwell was attending the 2014 dinner, which he helped to organize. Davidson did not return messages seeking comment.
“This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in L.A.,” said one source who was disturbed by the decision. “Think of all the people he knows in L.A., and Ghislaine gets to attend.”
Schwerin told The Daily Beast he has no recollection or record of being at the dinner, while Kives said he did not attend and has never met Maxwell or noticed her at other Clinton dinners.
Angel Ureña, a spokesman for Clinton, declined to comment and referred The Daily Beast to a statement he issued in 2019:
“President Clinton 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. In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”
One friend of the Clintons told The Daily Beast that Ghislaine was close to Clinton and daughter Chelsea, went backstage at Clinton Global Initiative events, and even visited their homes. The source said the Clintons should take responsibility for spending time with Maxwell, who allegedly offered the Clintons hotel stays, air travel, and other largesse.
“It’s always someone else’s fault, it’s always not true,” the friend said. “They’re always fighting against the reporting and not that they did it. That’s the problem.”
By the time of the Crossroads dinner, the press had widely reported on Epstein’s abuse of girls at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, and lawsuits filed by victims of his trafficking scheme.
Claims of Maxwell’s involvement were known to Clinton staffers in 2011, when the Daily Mail reported on survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who said Epstein and Maxwell trafficked her to Prince Andrew when she was 17. The report included a photograph of the British royal posing with Giuffre at Maxwell’s London home. In the picture, Maxwell smiles in the background as Andrew grips Giuffre’s bare waist.
It’s unclear why Maxwell was reintroduced into Clinton’s circle—at least for one cozy meatless dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2014.
The night of the dinner, one person remembered Borgerson in particular because he wasn’t Ted Waitt, Maxwell’s ex-boyfriend and the billionaire Gateway co-founder. Waitt is a friend and supporter of the Clinton family, donating at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. “She had dated Ted Waitt for some time, so for her to go to a dinner like that, with someone who’s not Ted, was indicative that things moved on,” the source added.
TMZ reported Clinton dined with Penn that night but didn't mention any of the other boldfaced names. The gossip site published video footage of Clinton slipping into the back of the restaurant after a Secret Service motorcade parked, and of Penn striding through the entrance, ignoring a stringer’s questions about meeting Bill.
Hours earlier, the men rubbed elbows at the Unite4:Humanity gala at a Sony Pictures Studios lot, where singer Demi Lovato and other celebrities took selfies with the former president. Clinton, who received a “unity recognition award,” was the keynote speaker.
Clinton flew to New York the next morning, but Maxwell stayed in California. Three days after the group dinner with Clinton, Maxwell attended the Vanity Fair Oscar bash in West Hollywood, where a photographer snapped her with Elon Musk (who, in response to Twitter critics, claimed he was photobombed).
Another source with long ties to Clinton told The Daily Beast they were relieved Page Six or another outlet didn't catch wind of the gathering.
In 2014, Maxwell worked to reinvent herself through her oceans nonprofit, the TerraMar Project, and was photographed at a slew of society parties. She jet-setted to Alaska for the Iditarod, and spoke at a UN roundtable, Google’s Ocean Agenda conference, and a TEDx conference in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Maxwell, now awaiting trial for perjury and grooming girls for Epstein, was friendly with the Clinton clan for years. She had a front-row seat at Chelsea Clinton's wedding in 2010, reportedly as Waitt’s plus-one, at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, New York. Maxwell, Chelsea, and husband Marc Mezvinsky “flew together on a private plane to rendezvous with Waitt for a trip on Waitt’s yacht” around that time, Politico reported.
Last year, a spokeswoman for Chelsea told CNN the former first daughter was only acquainted with Maxwell because of Waitt.
Still, Maxwell’s ties to the Clintons run deeper. As The Daily Beast previously revealed, Maxwell and Epstein attended a reception at the White House during Clinton’s presidency. Bill and Hillary Clinton hosted the 1993 event for donors to the White House Historical Association, which funded Oval Office renovations including gold draperies and a new rug.
Maxwell’s dubious charity, the Max Foundation, showed a $2,500 contribution to the “Clinton Library and Foundation” in 2003. And in 2002 and 2003, the socialite traveled with the former president when he took trips on Epstein’s plane throughout Asia and Africa. Maxwell also flew from Miami to Westchester County, New York, with a group that included Epstein, Clinton, Secret Service agents and Sarah Kellen, Epstein’s personal assistant and alleged accomplice.
In 2009, one attorney for Epstein victims hired an investigator to serve Maxwell with a subpoena as she schmoozed at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. “To say she was upset about being publicly served at this function is an understatement,” attorney Brad Edwards wrote in his book.
Clinton isn't the only high-profile politician under fire over ties to Epstein and Maxwell.
President Donald Trump palled around with Epstein in the '90s and at least until 2002, when he called the hedge-funder a “terrific guy” in an interview with New York.
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life,” Trump told the magazine.
In 1992, Trump held a “calendar girl” competition at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, and Epstein was reportedly the only guest.
The same year, Epstein and Trump were videotaped at what appears to be a different party at Trump’s private club. Found in NBC archives, the footage was for a talk-show profile on Trump’s new life as a divorcee. The men ogle women on the dance floor, and Trump apparently tells Epstein, "Look at her, back there. ... She's hot." Epstein smiles and nods before collapsing into giggles after Trump whispers something in his ear.
Jane Doe, one survivor of Epstein’s sex ring, said the financier introduced her to Trump in 1994, when she was 14 years old. Her lawsuit said Epstein “elbowed Trump playfully” before asking, “This is a good one, right?”
“Trump smiled and nodded in agreement,” Doe’s complaint alleges. “They both chuckled and Doe felt uncomfortable, but, at the time, was too young to understand why.” (Doe does not accuse Trump of any misconduct.)
Epstein and Trump “were good friends,” Epstein’s brother Mark told the Washington Post, adding that Trump flew on Epstein’s plane “numerous times.” The financier’s address book contains multiple entries for Trump and now-First Lady Melania.
The men supposedly had a falling out over real estate in 2004, when Epstein tried to outbid Trump in a bankruptcy auction for the Palm Beach mansion of nursing home magnate Abe Gosman, according to the Post.
Three years later, Page Six reported Epstein was banned from Mar-a-Lago.
Trump also apparently hobnobbed with Maxwell. At a COVID press conference in July, Trump told reporters he met Maxwell “numerous times over the years” but couldn’t answer whether he thought the beleaguered socialite would spill dirt on other famous people accused of partaking in Epstein’s trafficking scheme.
“I don’t know. I haven’t been following it too much,” Trump said. “I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.”
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2020.09.05 00:50 ALiddleBiddle Here’s Where Jeffrey Epstein Donated Right Before His Arrest

Here’s Where Jeffrey Epstein Donated Right Before His Arrest
Kate Briquelet Senior Reporter
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In the year before his arrest for trafficking minors, Jeffrey Epstein used his shadowy foundation to lavish $891,440 across a dozen nonprofits—including one group in France that was created shortly before Epstein’s contribution.
Epstein’s Gratitude America Ltd. donated tens of thousands throughout 2018 to the obscure group in Paris, along with a Lithuanian ballet company, and an Italian psychology group that offers psychotherapy and sexual counseling.
The French group, whose name translates to “Association for the Promotion of National Cultural Policy Conducted in the 80s and 90s of the Twentieth Century,” launched in July 2018 with $57,897 from Epstein, public records reveal. The organization lists an address in the 14th arrondissement, in a building mostly occupied by doctors’ offices. But the Association wasn’t listed among the building’s buzzers and mailboxes, and it doesn’t appear to have any online presence or known ownership.
Epstein frequently visited Paris, where he owned an $8.6-million apartment steps from the Arc de Triomphe. Indeed, police handcuffed the sex offender on a New Jersey tarmac, just after he returned from France in July 2019.
Several of Epstein’s victims claimed the financier abused them in Paris, according to lawsuits filed against his estate. One survivor, Teala Davies, said Epstein flew her from Madrid to Paris, where he crept into her room and raped her in 2003. Another woman, identified as Mary Doe, claimed Epstein invited her to his Parisian home and “arranged for her to attend a concert accompanied by a world-famous supermodel.”
Virginia Giuffre, who says Epstein kept her as his sex slave, claimed Epstein and his alleged accomplice, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, abused her in France, too. (Maxwell, who is awaiting trial in a federal prison on charges related to Epstein’s teen sex trafficking ring, denies Giuffre’s accusations.)
Giuffre has also accused Maxwell of ordering her to have sex with the owner of a large hotel chain during one trip to France, according to a cache of recently unsealed court records. The encounter occurred around the time of Naomi Campbell’s birthday party, Giuffre claimed.
In a deposition, Giuffre said she had sexual contact with Maxwell in a fancy hotel overlooking the Champs-Elysées, and that Maxwell “brought in a redheaded French girl” after approaching her in Paris. Maxwell was allegedly trying to teach Giuffre to recruit victims.
“She walked up to this French girl to show me how easy it was for her to procure girls,” Giuffre testified. “I wasn’t very good at it. And, you know, it was part of my training... to bring in other girls. So she walked up to her. Within five minutes she had her number and that girl came over later that night to the hotel and serviced Jeffrey.”
Epstein’s Paris apartment didn’t just house victims; he invited former friends, including disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, to visit. While in Paris, Weinstein reportedly tried to assault one woman in Epstein’s circle who was giving the film mogul a nonsexual massage.
Last September, French police asked for victims and witnesses to come forward for their own investigation into Epstein’s alleged abuse. Cops also raided Epstein’s Paris apartment and the offices of Karin Models, the agency of Epstein’s friend and his accused procurer of underage girls, Jean-Luc Brunel. According to Giuffre, Brunel once bought three French girls from their parents as a gift to Epstein. Brunel has denied Giuffre’s claims and any involvement with Epstein’s trafficking ring.
Maritza Vasquez, a former bookkeeper for Brunel’s MC2 agency, claimed in a 2010 deposition that Epstein and Brunel were trying to start a new company with a woman in Paris but the venture never materialized. Epstein provided instructions to Brunel “saying that he wanted to have the same contracts as… Donald Trump,” Vasquez added, referring to Trump’s shuttered modeling agency, “and that he wanted to have the same kind of benefits for the scouters.”
Meanwhile, Gratitude America bankrolled “Associazione MinD,” a psychology organization in Rome for two years in a row, with a $25,000 donation in 2018 and $60,000 in 2017. Associazione MinD did not return messages left by The Daily Beast.
“Epstein provided instructions to Brunel ‘saying that he wanted to have the same contracts as … Donald Trump ... and that he wanted to have the same kind of benefits for the scouters.’”
According to its website, the group “was born in 2015 from the idea of ​​3 young psychologists to promote knowledge of the psychological world, through clinical and training activities, using different artistic and creative forms.”
The other international donation, for $28,543, went to a ballet theater in Vilnius, Lithuania. One online directory of companies indicates the group is the Baltic Ballet Theater, which did not return an email seeking comment.
Gratitude America’s money appears to have come exclusively from a $10-million donation in 2015 from investor Leon Black, whom the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands recently subpoenaed over his relationship with Epstein.
The charity, created in 2012, didn’t list expenditures until four years later. By then, Epstein’s accountant Richard Kahn had replaced Epstein as president of the group. The financier’s longtime personal attorney, Darren Indyke, was vice president, while U.S. Virgin Islands tax attorney Erika Kellerhals was secretary and treasurer. (Indyke and Kahn are the co-executors of Epstein’s more than $600-million estate.)
Gratitude America donated to several nonprofits linked to people in Epstein’s orbit—including the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in College Park, Maryland, where Next modeling agency honco Faith Kates’ son worked. JTCC received $10,000 from Gratitude America in 2018 and $25,000 the year prior. Last year, Kates would only provide a vague comment on the JTCC donation, saying “My son volunteered in high school and I believe they gave back the donation.”

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Harvard’s Hasty Pudding theater troupe received $50,000 from Epstein in 2018, and another $50,000 in 2016. As we previously reported, Celina Dubin—the daughter of Epstein’s former girlfriend Eva Dubin and her husband Glenn, who was accused of sexual misconduct by Giuffre—was a member of the Hasty Pudding Institute. (The Dubins have denied Giuffre’s claims.)
The son of Epstein’s accountant George V. Delson, who prepared tax returns for the hedge-funder’s defunct C.O.U.Q. Foundation, solicited a $25,000 donation for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Lawrence Delson, a professor at NYU and the Fashion Institute of Technology, serves on the theater’s board of trustees.
Bonnie Monte, the theater’s artistic director, said her organization knew nothing about the anonymous donor. “Lawrence did solicit the donation which we did not know anything about,” Monte told The Daily Beast. “We did try to do some research to find out where it came from. We never knew who the anonymous donor was until over a year later, after Jeffrey Epstein’s death.” Monte said she looked online but could only find an unrelated Florida-based veterans charity called Gratitude America.
Delson, who didn’t return messages, told Monte “in the interest of transparency, in case anybody asks,” that the $25,000 came from one of Epstein’s foundations. “I said who is Jeffrey Epstein?” Monte recalled replying, adding that she was “horrified” to learn who Epstein was and figured it was good his money was going to charity.
“She walked up to this French girl to show me how easy it was for her to procure girls.”
The latest tax filings for Epstein’s charity also reveal a $500,000 donation to the Kuhn Foundation, which received $150,000 from Epstein in 2017.
CNBC previously revealed Epstein agreed to provide $1.4 million in funding for a PBS science show created by Robert Kuhn called “Closer to Truth.” That show never got off the ground due to a lack of funding following Epstein’s suicide.
Kuhn told CNBC he met Epstein multiple times in New York and that a group of scientists, which he declined to name, introduced them. Kuhn claimed he didn’t know about the sexual abuse accusations against Epstein which he described as “totally reprehensible.” He added, “It is an example of the corruption of power distorts your own reality and then exercises this power over people who are psychologically defenseless.”
Epstein funded a slew of other organizations he’s backed over the years, including a $25,000 donation to the New School; $10,000 to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation; and $35,000 to the Edge Foundation, a society of science and tech intellectuals which hosted the exclusive “Billionaires’ Dinners” Epstein attended.
Humanity Plus, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit which says it’s “dedicated to elevating the human condition” through technology, received $100,000 from Epstein in 2018. (The group previously operated as the World Transhumanist Association, which received $20,000 from another Epstein group in 2011.)
In a statement on its website, Humanity Plus said Gratitude America did not include Epstein’s name on the donation. “This donation of $100,000 was put to a good cause as evidenced in Humanity+ tax Schedule B, Part 1 that states the donation was granted to educational research and development of Artificial Intelligence, the ethical use of AI, and increasing awareness of how AI can benefit humanity,” the group said.
“This AI research is diametrically opposed to the exploitative and abusive behaviors of Mr. Epstein that were recently revealed in the news. At the time we accepted this donation from Gratitude America, Ltd., Humanity+ had no knowledge of Mr. Epstein’s horrific alleged criminal activity, and we strongly condemn it.”
In 2018, Gratitude America also donated $25,000 to the Cancer Research Wellness Institute (CRWI), a California nonprofit founded by the late Howard Straus, who was the son of alternative cancer therapy doctor Max Gerson. Epstein’s charity shelled out $75,000 to CRWI the year before.
Before he died in June 2019, Straus told The Daily Beast in an email that he’d never heard of Gratitude America or Epstein, and that he personally thanks donors no matter the size of their contributions. “A donation of that size would be the single largest donation we’ve ever seen, and believe me, we’d notice!” Straus wrote.
“I am president of CRWI, and can assure you we have NEVER received a donation of that magnitude from ANYONE. I would know,” Straus said.
“We are perennially short of funds, and would love to be the recipient of such largesse, but not from sexual predators,” Straus added, before apparently referring to President Trump, “like the Orange Shitgibbon or his imitators.’
— with additional reporting by Erin Zaleski and Barbie Latza Nadeau
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2020.08.27 05:12 tvalvi001 The Long Goodbye (1973)

Director: Robert Altman
I saw this one because my fellow movie dudes u/viewtoathrill and u/Zeddblidd engaged in a very interesting discussion regarding the virtues of director Robert Altman, and I had wished I had something to add simply because I admired the liveliness of their spirited discussion.
I have to say something upfront, I now understand what the Coen Brothers meant when they said they made the conscious decision to write a Raymond Chandler style detective story when wrote The Big Lebowski. That movie definitely takes the detective genre and makes it its own unique thing. And with The Long Goodbye, so does Robert Altman, and he does it well.
Elliot Gould as Philip Marlowe is the best thing about this movie. He’s sauve, he’s witty as hell, he’s got a way of being really cool without any of the damn pretentiousness of the people of his Los Angeles. And he smokes cigarettes. I mean, yes. The man smokes a lot of cigarettes.
As a detective story, sure it hits on some classic tropes like the archetype of the reluctant private eye, the jazzy score over the drive by scenery of hip Los Angeles (and by hip I mean anywhere west of Sepulveda Blvd.), and the cutaway moments full of characters in this whodunnit yarn. It was as cool as 1970’s cool could be, and for what it’s worth I thought this Philip Marlowe was just as hip to the times as anyone else. I do not buy that he was a throwback to the old noir-esque detectives that he’s supposed to embody. Aside from the 1940’s hooptie he drives, his loneliness with his cat, and his constant cigarette smoking this dude is as much a new age LA guy as any of the many characters we meet. But keep in mind I am not saying this is a bad thing. He’s cool, and I like Gould’s new age Marlowe.
I haven’t read much Chandler stories, which is to say I haven’t read any at all. I only know that the Coens and Altman were inspired by his writing for their respective movies. Having said that I thought the script was pretty good. I loved the interaction between characters and the guessing game I was playing with each one. It worked well because even though I truly did suspect who the guilty person was going to end up being for this whodunnit, the story weaves the intricacy of investigative drama really well.
Marlowe’s coolness affords him the ease to question even the nastiest of cops who rough him up and the even nastier thugs who do the same to him. This ain’t any spoiling here, it’s a crime whodunnit, dammit! And when he effortlessly smoothly talks to a very attractive socialite lady who could pass for the big bad boss’s wife (kinda) he pulls off the masculine cool even cooler than the fucking Marlboro Man.
Altman, whom I really don’t know anything about, uses characters to his pictures advantage, much like the Coens. I saw several characters in a single frame that were actually utilized for the furthering of the plot, or at the very least moving forward of the moment, scene by scene.
A beat cop in frame as true LAPD detectives grill Marlowe in interrogation; Marlowe in the reflective glass foreground during a domestic dialogue; Marlowe not bothered by half naked California babes doing yoga across the way of his cool LA apartment.
Like the Coen Brothers, Altman isn’t just interested in placing eye candy or random people in his frame. These directors understand the value of their celluloid real estate, and who we see in frame has a meaningful (or at the very least legit) reason to be there. I love this, and it’s good to see the praise that Altman has gotten for his use of actors to be truly validated in my opinion.
Sterling Hayden as a massively successful yet frustrated Hollywood drunk writer was brilliant casting! I want a whole movie of him.
Nina van Palland as his wife too. She’s the big bad boss’s wife type that I mentioned before. I starting to think I truly suffer from the Scorsese blonde Madonna complex because I’ve been finding myself attracted to blondes more so now than I ever had been in my whole life. She was so pretty and elegant and dammit!!!
Anyway....
The pacing was chill as fuck. Sorry, but it was, and not in that cool California “it’s chill as fuck” kind of way. I wasn’t too keen on the pacing of this detective story, although it was interesting for the most part. I thought the pacing was chill like Marlowe and at one point I wondered why he didn’t get to his friend from early on in the movie. Seriously though! Why didn’t he go to him from the get go? Was that a deliberate ploy by Altman?
Overall this movie was chill. I liked it, and it’s got me interested in discovering more Altman movies. Funny because I used to own the Criterion Collection DVD of his movie Short Cuts, but by god, I think I remember it but I don’t. And I don’t own it anymore. And now I want to see that and then maybe Nashville. But anyway...
I recommend this movie to anyone who is a big time, know the movie by heart kind of big time, fan of The Dude! You know, The Big Lebowski. Is it safe to say that I kept getting little subtle references to Lebowski? I mean, this movie came first!!! Lol!
It’s a good movie that kept me interested up until that ending. I need some discussion from my movies dudes because that ending fucked me up. I’m like...WHAT?! That’s how it ends?! Nope. It’s nothing bizarre or really spectacular or anything that maybe y’all might be perplexed by. But I was.
August 26, 2020 on DVD.com rental.
For that discussion by my homies I mentioned earlier, here’s the link Right here!
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2020.08.20 17:47 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters ‘W-Z’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters ‘W-Z’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/).
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/huw0yt/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_m_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hyudbz/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letters_nq_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I posted letter R on July 29, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i0aqxd/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_r_in_jeffrey/)
I posted letter S on August 7, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i5orop/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_s_in_jeffrey/)
I posted letters T-V on August 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i9dxwk/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_tv_in_jeffrey/)
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
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Wachtmeister, Eric: Swedish Internet entrepreneur. He was the founder of the now defunct social media website, A Small World. The Weinstein Company, Robert Pittman, and Alexander von Furstenberg were all heavy investors and are all listed in Epstein’s black book (check out previous threads for further information). Early in his career, Wachtmeister was an investment banker who worked for Rothschild & Co. and Lehman Brothers. His father was Count Wilhelm Wachtmeister, a Swedish diplomat, ambassador to the United States, and close friend of George H.W. Bush.
Wagner, David: Not enough info.
Wainwright, Rupert: British movie director and producer.
Waksal, Sam: Pharmaceutical entrepreneur and CEO. Despite the nerdy sounding job description, Waksal hobnobs with celebrities. He dated Martha Stewart’s daughter, is a friend of Ronald Perelman’s ex-wife, and counts Mick Jagger among his friends (https://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/24/business/for-imclone-drug-entrepreneur-a-past-of-celebrity-and-notoriety.html). In 2002 and 2003, Waksal pleaded guilty to securities fraud, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, and wire fraud. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2003. He was released in 2009.
Wallace, Mike: Television journalist best known for his role as lead correspondent on the news program 60 Minutes. Longtime 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, was forced to step down from his position after Ronan Farrow’s article in The New Yorker that mentioned Fager’s sexual misconduct (https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/as-leslie-moonves-negotiates-his-exit-from-cbs-women-raise-new-assault-and-harassment-claims) towards Sarah Johansen, an intern at the time (now a producer) who said that the atmosphere of 60 Minutes was like that of a “boy’s club.” Epstein hosted a reception for Wallace at his NYC mansion back in 1997 (https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-had-his-own-lodge-at-interlochens-prestigious-arts-camp-for-kids-in-michigan). Wallace can be seen in this photo (date uncertain, but must have been 1991 or earlier) with Robert Maxwell (Ghislaine’s father) and Donald Trump (https://twitter.com/rudyhavenstein/status/1162119147746029568).
Walters, Barbara: Famous television personality/broadcast journalist known for 20/20, The View, and berating Corey Feldman for trying to “damage an entire industry” when he came out against pedophilia in Hollywood (https://pagesix.com/2017/10/18/barbara-walters-faces-backlash-after-corey-feldman-clip-resurfaces/). Walters goes way back with Ghislaine and her family, as she swam around the same social circles as Ghislaine’s father, Robert Maxwell (https://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/this-was-then-malcolm-forbes-70th-birthday-part-i/). Here is a picture from Steve Forbes’s 70th birthday party (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/robert-maxwell-barbara-walters-and-merv-adelson-news-photo/81525793) that shows Barbara walking just behind Robert Maxwell. Barbara is pictured here (https://pagesix.com/2020/07/02/pre-arrest-ghislaine-maxwell-with-her-famous-friends/#7) with Ghislaine and some others (7th picture down). We can only wish her the most agonizing of deaths.
Ward, Kevin: A 34-year veteran of the NYPD who was eventually promoted to Borough Commander. Currently the Vice President of Security and Operations for Bryant Park Corporation. Received a Master’s Degree from Harvard, which is extremely rare for a law enforcement official. It’s odd that Epstein would have three different telephone numbers for such a decorated member of law enforcement. Interesting.
Warner, Ozzie: No info found.
Warnford-Davis, Ms Mandy: The former sister-in-law of Ghislaine’s brother, Kevin. Kevin and his wife, Pandora, divorced after more than 20 years of marriage. Mandy is Pandora’s sister. She works as a lawyer in London.
Wasserman, Casey & Laura: Casey is an entertainment and sports agent executive. Grandson of Hollywood mogul and mafia-linked Lee Wasserman. Laura Zifren is Casey’s wife. She is a movie music supervisor. Casey and Laura both appear on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” flight log (https://archive.org/stream/EpsteinFlightLogsLolitaExpress/Jeffrey-Epstein-Flight-Logs-in-PDF-format_djvu.txt) during the infamous Africa trip which featured the likes of Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, and Chris Tucker. Casey donates a lot of time and money to the Clinton Foundation and considers Bill Clinton to be a close friend and his philanthropic “mentor” (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-clinton-casey-wasserman-reveal-590405). The Wassermans have donated between $10 and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation (https://www.clintonfoundation.org/contributors?category=%2410%2C000%2C001+to+%2425%2C000%2C000). The Wassermans have set up a charity called The Wasserman Foundation through which they donate money to a number of different causes, including several children’s groups (http://www.wassermanfoundation.org/giving/).
Wassong, David: Managing Director for Soros (yes, that Soros) Fund Management who has worked for Soros for over 20 years (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-01/soros-spins-out-private-equity-team-pledging-up-to-2-billion). Here’s a lovely picture (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/david-wassong-managing-director-of-soros-fund-management-news-photo/129267700?adppopup=true) of Wassong with Ghislaine Maxwell from 2011. There’s nothing weird about it except for Ghislaine’s eye-catching earrings, which bare a striking resemblance to pedophile symbolism (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3560069/The-symbols-pedophiles-use-signal-sordid-sexual-preferences-social-media.html). David’s father, Dan, was a chronic sexual harasser of his secretaries (https://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/05/nyregion/a-sexual-harasser-his-friends-don-t-recognize-the-description.html). Perhaps sexual deviancy runs in the family.
Wastnage, Lucy: Wife of David Tang. Already listed earlier under ‘Tang, Mr David and Lucy Wastnag.’ Copy and pasted from my ‘T-V’ thread… David was a Hong Kong businessman who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion chain and several restaurants that attract the elite. Tang was a philanthropist who was involved in several charities, including Youth Outreach (YO), a charitable organization started in Hong Kong by Reverend Peter Newberry. This charity’s goal was to help at-risk youths (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2017-09/15/content_32018378.htm). Tang was considered one of the most well-connected people in London. He and his wife, Lucy, counted Prince Andrew, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife), Kevin Spacey, the Duke of Marlborough, and Mick Jagger among their friends (https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/lucy-tang-on-top-the-highs-and-lows-of-a-party-girl-6540808.html). Tang vehemently defended Prince Andrew in 2011 when his relationship with Epstein was made public (https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/theyve-been-tang-oed-sir-david-tang-sets-the-record-straight-6383974.html). Two years later, Ghislaine celebrated her 51st birthday at China Tang, David’s restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel. Despite the backlash Prince Andrew received for counting Epstein among his friends, he attended Ghislaine’s birthday, along with former Labour minister Shaun Woodward and wife Camilla, the Earl and Countess of Derby, Dorrit Moussaieff, the diamond heiress/wife of the president of Iceland, Tamara Beckwith, and John Eliasch, multi-millionaire boss of sports firm Head. Every single one of those people appear in Epstein’s contacts. Epstein had 16 phone numbers, two email addresses, and three street addresses listed under David and Lucy’s names. David Tang died in 2017.
Waterman, Felicity: Model and actress who was a client of Elite Modeling Agency, along with Epstein/Maxwell pals Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum and many other famous models.
Watson, Victoria: Secretary at De Cadenet Motor Racing Limited (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/9iGn2N_d0fDUZjAwXR1KFgM4qLU/appointments), a company owned by former race car driver Alain de Cadenet, who was listed earlier in Epstein’s black book.
Webb, Veronica: Supermodel. Former Victoria’s Secret (Les Wexner) model.
Weidenfeld, Lord: Founder of Weidenfeld and Nicolson publishing company. Weidenfeld (1919-2016) was a tremendous supporter of Israel and Oxford University. Weidenfeld was close friends with the Rothschilds. For more info on Weidenfeld’s deep-rooted connection with the Rothschilds and Israel, check out this wonderful Youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=368&v=N-0ZTc42PnU&feature=emb_logo). It’s very well-researched and connects all the dots. Other high-ranking friends of Weidenfeld included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Secretary of State (and should-be war criminal) Henry Kissinger.
Weinberg, Jason: Top Hollywood talent manager who represents some of the biggest names in movies and television. Weinberg held his 50th birthday at a restaurant in Easthampton, NY (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rambling-reporteharvey-weinstein-katie-holmes-more-flock-east-hamptons-palm-restaurant-jason-weinb). Attendees included Harvey Weinstein and actress Uma Thurman, the ex-fiance of ARK Academy founder and possible pedophile and child trafficker, Arpad Busson. Weinberg has been pictured with Peggy Siegal, the publicist who helped Epstein get into elite parties after he was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution. They likely know each other because they were both trained by legendary Hollywood publicist Bobby Zarem.
Weinstein, Bob: Bob is Harvey Weinstein’s brother and a top movie producer and Hollywood executive. Bob has denied any knowledge of his brother’s seemingly endless sexual harassment charges and has publicly rebuked Harvey. Bob has been accused of harassment by Amanda Segel, a female showrunner (https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bob-weinstein-sexual-harassment-1202592165/).
Weintraub, Harriet: Founder of public relations firm HWPR (http://hwpr.com/about-us/). Was once in business with Epstein enabler Peggy Siegal (http://orbmagazine.com/the-orbitepeggy-siegal-is-no-longer-the-owner-of-the-peggy-siegal-company/).
Westheimer, Ruth Dr: Better known as Dr. Ruth, the popular sex therapist and TV personality.
Weymouth, Mrs Lally: Senior associate editor of The Washington Post. Eldest child of Katherine Graham, the publisher who ran her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post, from 1963-1991. Lally is best known for throwing huge bipartisan parties at her house in the Hamptons. This article (https://nypost.com/2017/07/10/why-ordinary-americans-hold-politicians-and-media-in-contempt-all-in-one-hamptons-party/) does a great job of detailing who goes to these parties (ex: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner partying with George Soros, Soros partying with David Koch, etc) and the fact that behind closed doors, the same people who publicly insult each other from both sides of the aisle, are actually friends and just laughing at us for believing their theatrics. AGAIN, THE WHOLE IDEA OF PARTISANSHIP IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT. STOP ALIGNING WITH ONE SIDE. IT’S US VS. THEM. THAT’S IT.
White, Somers: Former model and advertising executive. Married to Jonathan Farkas, heir to the Alexander’s department stores fortune. Named to the Commission on Presidential Scholars by Donald Trump in 2019. Pictured here (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/amy-fine-collins-suzanne-johnson-ghislaine-maxwell-somers-news-photo/1169681593?adppopup=true) with Ghislaine Maxwell.
White, Victoria: Former wife of Lord Gordon White, Texas businessman Tom O’Gara, and famed Hollywood producer Robert Evans.
White, Michael: Likely the theatemovie producer or the British journalist who was the associate editor of The Guardian until 2016 and a regular commentator on BBC. Could be either one.
White O’Gara, Victoria: See Victoria White above.
Whitworth, Alan & Wendy: Wendy Whitworth is a managing editor with ties to Ghislaine and her family. She was managing editor of Remembering for the Future: The Holocaust in An Age of Genocide, an assortment of Holocaust-centered articles, which was released in 2001. Ghislaine Maxwell’s mother, Elisabeth, was the editor-in-chief of the publication. Ghislaine and her sisters, Isabel and Christine, are listed as financial sponsors and committee coordinator (https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/bfm%3A978-1-349-66019-3%2F1.pdf). The honorary president of the publication is Elie Wiesel, the famous authoHolocaust survivor who also appears in Epstein’s book and was also accused of sexual harassment. I believe her husband Alan is an economic adviser, but I’m not entirely sure.
Wiatt, Jim: Former CEO at William Morris, a major talent agency.
Wienberg, Anouska & Mark: Anouska is a hotelier and interior designer. Her husband, Mark, is a financier who co-founded J. Rothschild Assurance, which later became St. James’s Place Wealth Management, along with Jacob Rothschild (https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/lord-weinberg?mediatype=photography&phrase=lord%20weinberg&sort=best). Mark was the honorary treasurer of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and still had a role as one of the Vice Presidents as of 2012 (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/annual-reports/nspcc-annual-report-2012.pdf), making this the 12 billionth connection between known pedophile and child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and the NSPCC.
Wiesel Dr Eli and Marion: Wiesel was a famous author, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, but he also supposedly sexually harassed a teenager at a charity event (https://www.newsweek.com/elie-wiesel-me-too-account-690891). Wiesel had longstanding ties to the Maxwell family due to their mutual interest in writing about the Holocaust (https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/business/media/elisabeth-maxwell-widow-who-reinvented-herself-as-holocaust-expert-dies-at-92.html), (https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/bfm%3A978-1-349-66019-3%2F1.pdf). Marion is also a Holocaust survivor and was Elie’s wife.
Wigram Lionel and Lydia: Lionel is a producer who has worked on the Harry Potter films and several Guy Ritchie movies. Lydie is his wife.
Wigram, Lionel: See above.
Williams Alexandra & Nick: Alexandra is the daughter of Michael Heseltine, who was previously listed in Epstein’s ‘black book.’ Michael Heseltine is a British businessman and politician who served in various roles in government for British PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Heseltine was a friend of Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father. Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostiutes under the age of 21. Her siblings, Annabel and Rupert, were listed in Epstein’s book as well. Check out the G-I thread for more info on them. Nick is her husband and the owner of Holloway’s auctioneers.
Williams-Ellis, David & Serena: David is a world-renowned British sculptor. His ex-wife, Serena, is an interior designer.
Willis, Rebecca: Not sure. Could be a climate change/environmental researcher in the UK.
Wilmot-Sitwell, Alex & Fi: Alex is a banker who was CEO of UBS Investment Bank and headed Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s businesses across Europe until 2018. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, incidentally, was the “largest corporate sponsor” for the super shady ARK Academy (https://arkacademy.org/node/51721) under Wilmot-Sitwell. ARK Academy, founded by Arpad Busson (listed in Epstein’s book - read more on him here: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cl34ju/arpad_busson_billionaire_businessman_or_possible/), could very well be a system of schools used for child abuse and child trafficking. Caroline Fiona Marr is Alex’s ex-wife.
Wilson, Carter: Barely any info found. Her name is Carter Wilson Hailey. This was her mother (https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/harrisonburg-va/margaret-wilson-6505891). Despite the family names/history, I couldn’t find anything on who Carter Wilson actually is.
Windisch Grazot, Manfred: The Windisch-Graetz family comes from a high nobility bloodline. Manfred, considered a prince, takes care of the management and finances of Elitaliana, the oldest Italian helicopter company (https://www.arbiter.it/articolo/il-guardaroba-di-manfred-windisch-graetz/). Member of the Order of Malta (https://www.smomembassytoslovenia.org/heliambulance-blessed-by-the-holy-fathe).
Windsor-Taylor, Tim & Helen: Helen is a member of the Royal Family. Her father is Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, who is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Helen is a patron of CLIC Sargent, a children’s cancer charity (https://web.archive.org/web/20110723085754/http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/Aboutus/Mediacentre/Latestnews/Midsummerpartyraises400000). Her husband, Tim, is an art dealer.
Winn, Steve: Wynn is a billionaire Las Vegas hotel tycoon. Prince Harry was a guest of Wynn’s at his Encore resort. Served as the finance chair of the Republican National Committee from 2017-2018, but had to resign from that post and his position as CEO of Wynn Resorts due to dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct (https://www.newsweek.com/steve-wynn-claims-he-cant-punished-sexual-harassment-claims-because-he-no-longer-company-1472164) by his employees. Wynn and his wife (listed earlier in Epstein’s black book under ‘Hissom, Andrea’) are close friends of Donald and Melania Trump (source: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20120901/281904475353844).
Winston, Elizabeth: Not sure. Best guess is a Texas-based conservationist.
Wipple, George: Entertainment and society television journalist.
Wolper, Carol: Author and screenwriter who has also written for Vogue magazine, where Epstein has countless connections.
Wong, Andy: Hong Kong financier and socialite. Hosted a Chinese New Year party in 2002 attended by Prince Andrew (https://www.tatler.com/article/lady-victoria-hervey-defends-duke-of-york-and-fled-epstein-apartment) where the theme was ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/meet-the-wongs-1529160.html). Here’s are some pictures from that party (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/prince-andrew-hong-kong-fanancier-andy-wong-and-his-wife-news-photo/104171074 ; https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/sir-dai-llewelyn-amd-masked-girl-hong-kong-fanancier-andy-news-photo/104170961 ; https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/chinese-new-year-party-hosted-by-andy-wong-and-wife-patti-at-the-reform-club-london-britain-26-jan-2002-375881ah). Here is a link with more pictures (https://www.rexfeatures.com/set/375881) from the party. Many Epstein contacts appear in these photos and also regularly attend the Wongs’ annual Chinese New Year parties. Buzz Aldrin (suspected upper echelon freemason) attended the party as well.
Wong, Theodore: Hedge fund manager. Founder of Constellar Capital LLC. Former managing director at Credit Suisse, a Swedish-based investment bank where Epstein had several contacts. Member of the Sunflower Children's Foundation and St. Jude’s Hospital (https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/person/7519446), two charities dedicated to sickly children.
Woodall, Trinny: Former drug addict socialite and friend of the wealthy and elite (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1216159/The-drug-addict-friends-haunt-Trinny-Woodall.html) who is now a British TV presenter and owner of makeup brand TRINNY LONDON.
Woods Emily & Carrie: Cary Woods is a movie producer. His ex-wife, Emily, is the chairman of J. Crew.
Woodward, Alexa: California-based attorney.
Woodward, Shaun & Camilla: Former British Member of Parliament (MP) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Shaun is a good friend of Esther Rantzen, an English journalist and television presenter who founded ChildLine, a charity promoting child protection. Incidentally, Rantzen ignored allegations against Jimmy Savile, the notorious pedophile, celebrity, and Royal Family confidant. Rantzen also had an affair with Nicolas Fairbairn, the Scottish politician who was posthumously accused of chronic child abuse and has been linked to Elm Guest House, where politicans (allegedly) had sex with drugged up children (https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13174992.former-judges-shock-over-qc-paedophile-ring-allegations/). Camilla is Woodward’s ex-wife of 28 years and daughter of former Conservative MP and supermarket heir Tim Sainsbury. Since their divorce, Shaun has entered a relationship with Luke Redgrave, a Hollywood camera operator.
Worcester, Marq & Marc of: Henry Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort and his ex-wife, Tracy. Henry is an English peer and landowner. Tracy is a former actress.
Wyatt, Jim: See Jim Wiatt (above).
Wyatt, Steve & Cate: Steve is an oil heir and the former lover of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife). Ferguson has always seen Steve as her true love and even went away on vacation with him while she was still with Prince Andrew (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4512442/Fergie-reunited-former-lover-broke-heart.html). Cate is Steve’s ex-wife.
(No ‘X’ last names)
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Yamani, Mai: Anthropologist, scholar, and author who has been a consultant of international banks such as Goldman Sachs, oil companies like Shell and BP, and foreign governments.
Yariv, Zghoul: Israeli venture capitalist.
Yates, Andrew (piggy): Features editor at the Daily Mail. Went to school with Ghislaine Maxwell, but said that he hadn’t seen her in over a decade when he found out his name was in Epstein’s contacts.
Young Toby: A British social commentator and former director of the New Schools Network, a charity which helps set up free schools in England. He is also an associate editor at Quillette, an online science magazine. In 2011, Young wrote an article defending Prince Andrew and others who are friends with the likes of Epstein, saying that they are not responsible for their friends actions (https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/status-anxiety-like-prince-andrew-i-stand-by-my-dodgy-mates-). He was suspended from Groucho, a private members club in London, when he admitted to selling and using cocaine there (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1361435/White-powder-scare-at-the-Groucho.html). This flickr page reveals the connection between Toby Young’s New Schools Network and possible pedophile/child trafficker Arpad Busson’s ARK Academy schools (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/49407330397).
Younger, Tracy & Lee, Greg: No info found.
Yugoslavia Dimitri: Prince Dimitri is a gemologist and member of the Royal House of Yugoslavia. Pictured here (https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a30222833/christina-oxenberg-instagram-patreon-memoi) with Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew’s cousin, Christina Oxenberg. Brother of Michael and Serge (below).
Yugoslavia, Prince Michel of: An investment executive and former real estate broker. He is also a member of the Knights of Malta. Brother of Dimitri (above) and Serge (below)
Yugoslavia, Serge de: Prince Serge of Yugoslavia. Recently became a father at the age of 54 (http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2018/03/a-son-for-prince-serge-of-yugoslavia.html). Brother of Dimitri and Michael (above).
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Zacks Gordon: American businessman who was a financial and Middle Eastern policy adviser to George H.W. Bush during his presidency.
Zales, Alexi: No info found.
Zangrillo Paige & Bob: Robert Zangrillo is a venture capitalist and real estate developer. He has come under fire for a college admissions scandal in which he paid $250,000 so that his daughter could get into USC. Routinely throws parties that attract the likes of the Kardashians, Snoop Dogg, the Hadid family, and other celebrities/wealthy people (https://www.dirt.com/moguls/real-estate/bob-zangrillo-house-los-angeles-1203330956/).
Zawauri, Waleed: Zawawi is on the board of HSBC Bank of Oman. Listed in the Paradise Papers (https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/80029327) - not to be confused with the Panama Papers - as someone with offshore accounts.
Zecher Bibi and Adrian: Adrian is a hotelier who founded Aman Resorts. Bebe is his wife.
Zeff Mark: Interior designer who helped renovate Epstein’s New York mansion.
Zelier, John: Founding and Managing Member of Hudson Housing Capital, a housing tax credit syndicator. Former Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.
Zevi, Dino & Rosi: Dino is an art dealer.
Zilkha, Bettina: Arts, entertainment, and fashion journalist for Forbes magazine. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell here (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-bettina-zilkha-attend-holly-petersons-news-photo/1169681633) and here (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/bettina-zilkha-suzanne-ircha-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-news-photo/660049824) and here (https://www.gettyimages.ie/detail/news-photo/bettina-zilkha-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-private-news-photo/590659890)... well, you get the point. She is a fixture in New York’s high society social scene as she is also an heiress to her father’s financing fortune.
Zipp, Brian: Investment banker. Zipp is a former Senior Economist with the U.S. Treasury Department. Later became a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers.
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A Deep Dive - Ghislaine Maxwell: Silver Spoons and Hard Times
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Ghislaine Maxwell – Silver Spoons and Hard Times

August 9, 2020
By Paul Serran
https://frankreport.com/2020/08/09/ghislaine-maxwell-silver-spoons-and-hard-times/
http://archive.is/by7md
Ghislaine Maxwell led much of her life under the world’s fascinated microscopic view, always enthralled by her – famous and infamous – as it watched her fortunes wax and wane.
From the celebrated miracle daughter of media tycoon Robert Maxwell; to the broken young woman who fled scandal in the UK to a small New York apartment, trying to launch a new life; the rebirth Jet-set Ghislaine, who was everywhere at once, longtime companion of Jeffrey Epstein, a man even richer and more shady than her father; the sophisticated middle age woman, a runaway alleged criminal trying hard to avoid detection by her pursuers – finally, to the incarcerated, indicted suspected sex trafficker and perjurer.
Ghislaine was Robert and Betty Maxwell’s miracle baby, born on Christmas Day, 1961. Two days after that, their eldest son suffered a fatal car accident.
In 24 hours, it all had been somehow foretold: joy – and then tragedy.
During the Swinging Sixties, Robert Maxwell served two terms as a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham. He led a multimillionaire lifestyle, and was the host of star-studded parties at Headington Hill Hall, his baronial fifty-three-room Oxford mansion.
The Maxwells spent a million dollars redecorating the mansion. In a stained glass window scene for the imperial staircase, Israeli sculptor Nehemia Azaz depicted Robert Maxwell as the biblical hero Samson tearing down the gates of Gaza: “a titan of luck, impossible achievement, and unlimited wealth”.
They had the use of chauffeured luxury cars. They traveled the world in Robert’s Gulfstream IV Jet and his sleek 180-foot yacht, named Lady Ghislaine.
“If Bob Maxwell didn’t exist, no one could invent him,” Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock celebrated the bombastic, demanding mogul who dined with kings and presidents and had a bottomless appetite for family, food, fortune, and fame.
The first brush with financial and professional hardship came at a age when young Ghislaine would have been mostly sheltered from it.
In the early seventies, after Robert Maxwell tried similar shenanigans in a failed attempt to swindle the American financier Saul Steinberg, who was interested in a strategic acquisition of Pergamon Press. Steinberg claimed that during negotiations, Maxwell falsely stated that a subsidiary responsible for publishing encyclopedias was extremely profitable.
At the same time, Pergamon had been forced to reduce its profit forecasts for 1969 during the period of negotiations, leading to a suspension of dealing in Pergamon shares on the London stock markets.
It was found that Maxwell had contrived to maximize Pergamon’s share price through transactions between his private family companies. This was a criminal practice he would utilize again in the future.
Inspectors from Britain’s Department of Trade and Industry declared Maxwell unfit to run a public company: “Notwithstanding Mr. Maxwell’s acknowledged abilities and energy, he is not in our opinion a person who can be relied on to exercise proper stewardship of a publicly quoted company.”
‘Captain Bob’ established the Maxwell Foundation in tax haven Liechtenstein, in 1970. By the 1980s he come back roaring, prompted by money later said to have originated in the Soviet Union. He bought the Mirror Group built and a massive media conglomerate.
The good times were on: Ghislaine was nicknamed “The Shopper” because of her wild spending funded by Robert’s millions. He also bankrolled her failed corporate gifts business.
During this period, she reportedly had a VERY close relationship with her father and was widely credited with being her father’s favorite child.
In Oxford, Ghislaine led a student life of wealth and privilege. Her father would send Filipino servants to the college house she shared to clean, arrange the table and cook, in the event of a party.
Her career piggybacked on her father’s businesses. She was made director of the Oxford United, and later, put in charge of “special projects” of the New York Daily News.
With her father’s money, she found her way into society, especially in New York — a haven where she could escape his complete control.
But the good times were not to last. Overextended and over-leveraged, Maxwell’s empire was about to crumble.
At this time, Maxwell reportedly was a regular at London’s casinos, playing three tables at once, even dropping $2.5 million in a single night. For years, he had been an inveterate gambler, but this was the behavior of a desperate man whose time was running out.
“He was a very crude man,” said a female writer for Time magazine. “His polish was not very deep. If you were with him for any length of time, it peeled away. I was in his library in the Maxwell House penthouse—a beautiful apartment with marble and servants all over the place—and while I was admiring his books, his valet said to me, ‘You should see Mr. Maxwell’s collection of pornographic tapes’.”
Ghislaine visited her father in his office before he flew off to Gibraltar. “He was looking for an apartment in New York—a sort of pied-à-terre, where he could talk and have meetings—and he wanted me to help him,” she told Vanity Fair. “He asked me to go see a particular apartment. He said, ‘If you like it, I’ll make time to see it and come to New York.’ ” But the next time Ghislaine saw her father, he was dead.
”Ghislaine is the baby of the family and the one who was closest to her father,” her mother Betty told Vanity Press. ”The whole of Ghislaine’s world has collapsed, and it will be very difficult for her to continue.”
When she finally appeared before the reporters, she had collected herself. “How did your father die?” a journalist shouted at Ghislaine Maxwell. “He did not commit suicide. That was just not consistent with his character. I think he was murdered. ”
Maxwell, it turned out, had debts of nearly $5 billion, and had stolen hundreds of millions from the Mirror Group’s pension funds to shore up his faltering companies. That left 32,000 employees exposed to retirement ruin.
The irony was not lost on the hard-hitting British press: Robert Maxwell, a socialist, stealing hundreds of millions of pounds from the Mirror’s pension fund!
He swindled money from two of his public companies, transferred millions in and out the secret family trusts in Liechtenstein, to manipulate the share price of his Corporation.
Robert was called “rogue,” “crook,” “bully,” “thief,” “megalomaniac,” and “gangster.” The press told lurid tales of his sex orgies with midget Filipino hookers.
He was seen as a 310-pound aberration gorging on spoonfuls of caviar. An erratic and cruel tyrant who used Turkish towels for toilet paper. Journalists wrote that he was a spy for the K.G.B. or Mossad or Czech intelligence—or all three.
“My daughter Ghislaine has no money, no trusts, no funds anywhere.” her mother Betty told Vanity Fair. “Neither of [my children] had any money. Their father never gave them any money.”
Their assets were frozen. His son Kevin’s house was put up for sale, as were the Lady Ghislaine and the Gulfstream IV Jet. Their passports were seized.
A friend told The Times of London, “[Ghislaine] had always been the life and soul of the party wherever she wanted to go in the world and never had to worry about money.” Now she was the broken child of a monster, his name forever synonymous to scandal. “She was catatonic,” the friend said.
Forced to vacate her huge company-provided residence, she moved into a small apartment. When a friend came to visit, Ghislaine told her, “They took everything—everything—even the cutlery.”
Little did she know how many more times things in her life would shift from silver spoons to hard times. A woman brought up in luxury, she had everything taken from her, before she came to the United States to begin again.
“He wasn’t a crook,” Ghislaine told Vanity Press. “A thief to me is somebody who steals money. (…) Did he put it in his own pocket? Did he run off with the money? No. And that’s my definition of a crook.”
“I’m surviving—just,” she said. “But I can’t just die quietly in a comer. I have to believe that something good will come out of this mess. It’s sad for my mother. It’s sad to have lost my dad. It’s sad for my brothers. But I would say we’ll be back. Watch this space.”
Ghislaine Maxwell was also being hunted by the tabloids. The Maxwell name was so detested in London that she is said to have had to walk around in a blond wig so people wouldn’t recognize her.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s reinvention didn’t take long. Maxwell moved to the United States just after her father’s death. Her photograph boarding a Concorde to cross the Atlantic caused outrage – her father had just defrauded pensioners out of 750 Million Sterling Pounds.
According to the Mail on Sunday: “Unnoticed by almost everybody, traveling with her was a greying, plumpish, middle-aged American businessman who managed to avoid the photographers. It is to this man that 30-year-old Ghislaine has turned to ease the heartache of her father’s shame.”
“His name is Jeffrey Epstein.”
“Whose house is this, Ghislaine?” a friend asked her in the early 1990’s. “Who lives here?”
My friend,” Maxwell replied.
“Well, is he banging you?” the friend demanded. “What’s the scoop here?”
A trust fund is said to have provided her with an income of $145,000 a year. A far cry from her previous seemingly unending wealth. She “never, ever had any cash. Lots of credit, of course, but no cash”, one friend recalled to the press.
And yet, she lived the high life. She was known in New York as the “female Gatsby” for her lavish entertaining. Had a “reputation for being charming and funny, and a glittering lifestyle straight out of the pages of a society magazine”.
She was now “far from the ever watchful eye of the British press,” Hello! magazine wrote in 1997.
“She is proud of the fact that her new life is all down to her own hard work and has her elegant apartment to show for it,” the magazine mistakenly added. One day, she would “get married and have kids. But it has never been a focus: My focus is my business.”
Ghislaine’s presence added more fuel to the question: “How did Jeffrey Epstein amass his fortune?” For one of the most propagated theories is that Maxwell’s father Robert bankrolled him with funds hidden from the UK authorities.
Jeffrey Epstein built a 21,000-square-foot mansion on a massive ranch in New Mexico, which – he boasted – made his New York townhouse “look like a shack”. He named it the Zorro Ranch. He also acquired a 72-acre island in the Virgin Islands and an 8,600-square-foot home in Paris, with a specially built massage room.
She had found a path back to the lifestyle she’d lost when her father died. “She was used to living very well,” says a friend who knew her then. “She didn’t want to go back to where she was.” All she had to do to keep it was to give ‘the monster’ what he wanted.
Maxwell was expected to drop everything to serve Epstein.
She had to keep everyone in line, because one misstep would unleash the wrath of Epstein, one of the few people who could make Maxwell cry. “He would be screaming over the phone,” recalled an Epstein victim, “and she would burst into tears.”
The New York townhouse became a social nexus; guests could have included members of the Kennedy and Rockefeller clans, “along with the requisite sprinkling of countesses and billionaires,” according to The Times of London.
She was “a modern-day geisha” in a “domain filled with the richest people in the planet. “It’s a world frequented by young half-naked girls in bikinis, billionaires and lavish lifestyles, but it borders on the grotesque. You are never really sure what is going on behind closed doors.”
Royalty was specially prized, which is why her friendship with Prince Andrew became so treasured. In 2000, Maxwell and Epstein attended a Prince Andrew’s party at the Queen’s Sandringham House estate in Norfolk, England. It has been reported that the event was in honor of Maxwell’s 39th birthday.
And yet, Ghislaine began trying to distance herself from Epstein long before he went to jail. In the early 2000s, she hooked up in California with a man much richer than Epstein: Ted Waitt.
Waitt lived in a seven-bedroom, 14-bath mansion in La Jolla, sailed the world aboard a 240-foot mega-yacht, the Plan B. It was equipped with a helipad, Jacuzzi, elevator, gym, and HAD AN ONBOARD SUBMARINE, which Maxwell soon was licensed to pilot.
After Epstein went to prison in Florida for a short period, Maxwell saw the silver spoons turned into hard times again.
Acquaintances that crossed her path reported how she was almost unrecognizable. She was not stylish and attention grabbing anymore, seemed determined to go unnoticed. Her face had no makeup. There was a hint of gray in her black hair, she put on some weight.
“I was so shocked by her look,” a friend recalled to the British press. “I didn’t recognize her.”
She even gave up her once proud name, sometimes introducing herself to new acquaintances only as “G.”
“Where are you living, Ghislaine?” the friend asked. “I lost touch with you.” Maxwell suddenly went blank. “Oh,” she replied, “a little bit everywhere.”
December 2014: Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida describing Maxwell as Epstein’s “primary coconspirator and participant in his sexual abuse and sex trafficking scheme.”
Maxwell made a huge mistake, issuing an “urgent” statement to the media dismissing the claims as “obvious lies.” That allowed Giuffre, to sue Maxwell for defamation in federal court in New York, a lawsuit “widely viewed as a vessel for Epstein’s victims to expose the scope of Epstein’s crimes,” according to the Miami Herald.
Maxwell affirmed her innocence with fury, at one point of her testimony banging her fists on the table. She also, according to charges filed by the DOJ SDNY, committed two counts of perjury.
2019: when the SDNY reopened the criminal investigation into Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine was far away, living the high life.
She met with her friend Prince Andrew in Buckingham Palace, and participated in “Cash & Rocket”, an annual charity road rally. Between races of the rally, she joined the super rich in attending a Masquerade Ball in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as a White dinner at La Reserve in Geneva and the Red party at the Yacht Club de Monaco.
Those were to be her last reported events. Cash & Rocket scrub Maxwell’s photo from its website once Epstein was arrested and the scandal assaulted the headlines again.
On July 6, 2019, Epstein was arrested by federal agents at Teterboro Airport, arriving from Paris. The FBI raided his mansion, and charged him with sex trafficking of minors.
“Epstein’s pimp girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, a very well-connected Brit socialite cannot just walk free,” actress Ellen Barking tweeted the day after Epstein’s arrest. “This woman is his pimp. She pilots planes [sic] to and from the island. I know because she told me.”
Maxwell again went into hiding, unreachable during legal proceedings. It surfaced in December 2019 that Maxwell was among the people under FBI investigation for facilitating Epstein’s crimes.
She was faced with a tabloid frenzy even bigger than the one that accompanied the death of her father. She again uprooted herself and tried to start over in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a quiet village 30 miles north of Boston, she lived for a time in the $3 million, five-bedroom colonial home of Scott Borgerson, CEO of CargoMetrics, a hedge fund investment company involved in maritime data analytics.
Since Epstein was found dead in jail, last August, she is reported to have moved 36 times, out of fear for her safety. Credible Death threats arrived by social media, email, phone, text, and postal service. It began in earnest with Epstein’s arrest, multiplied with his death, and accelerated in the months that followed. They soon became a routine part of her life.
She hired a professional security firm, with operatives that are veterans of intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
This photoshopped photo of Maxwell surfaced last year to mislead the public into thinking she was in Los Angeles. Frank Report was the first to report the photo a fake, a story that went viral.
“Where in the world was Ghislaine Maxwell? Everyone, it seemed, had a theory, each wilder than the last. She was said to be hiding deep beneath the sea in a submarine, which she was licensed to pilot. Or she was lying low in Israel, under the protection of the Mossad, the powerful intelligence agency with whom her late father supposedly tangled. Or she was in the FBI witness protection program, or ensconced in luxury in a villa in the South of France, or sunning herself naked on the coast of Spain, or holed up in a high-security doomsday bunker belonging to rich and powerful friends whose lives might implode should Maxwell ever reveal what she knows—all the dirty secrets of the dirty world that she and Epstein shared.”
(Vanity Fair – Jul 3, 2020)
Maxwell remained at large, beyond the reach of attorneys, tabloid reporters, and a 10,000-pound reward from The Sun in London.
“It’s a little bit like Elvis—you get lots of reports but they’re hard to verify,” a victim attorney said in May.
She was periodically said to have been spotted around the world, usually in places where she was not. Reporters scoured the globe. Some said she was in Russia trying to get a Oligarch to protect her. Others pointed to Israel or Brazil, China, Singapore, the Middle East, England.
She was “both everywhere and nowhere,” lamented UK’s The Guardian.
On August 2019, she was apparently photographed eating a burger and fries in the Cahuenga Boulevard, in the San Fernando Valley. She held The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives. Given Ghislaine and her father Robert’s alleged ties to Intelligence Services, this choice does not seem accidental.
Papers were running out of incredible stories to account for her disappearance. A bizarre new theory emerged she could be hiding in a submarine which – as we saw – was not downright impossible, since she DID have a license to pilot underground vehicles.
On July 2nd 2020, Maxwell was arrested by the FBI and NYPD in the small New England town of Bradford, New Hampshire. It is situated at driving distance of the NYSD. They finally found her in a luxurious four-bedroom, 4,365-square-foot home on a wooded lot, called Tuckedaway.
Ghislaine Maxwell was charged with six federal crimes: luring and enticement of minors, sex trafficking of children and perjury.
The crimes took place between 1994 and 1997, the years of her “intimate relationship with Epstein,” when she “assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls.”
One of the three unnamed victims was “as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were in fact under the age of 18.”
FBI assistant director William F. Sweeney Jr. described Maxwell as “one of the villains of this investigation,” who had “slithered away to a gorgeous property” in New Hampshire, where she was “continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago.”
“I am optimistic about my future,” she said in 1997, “and believe things will continue to improve for me as time passes.”
Now, according to sources close to her, “I don’t think [Ghislaine] sees there is a future,” came the reply.
If found guilty of all charges, Maxwell could face a prison sentence of 35 years. She denies the accusations, and has pleaded not guilty to all six charges.
She will await trial locked up in the Metropolitan Detention Center, in Brooklyn. A dreadful prison that is as removed from her previous “silver spoon” upbringing as it’s possible in the US. Hard times.
She used to be a larger than life character, who once hosted a dinner for NY socialites on ‘the fine art of giving a blow job’. But then, she really blew it.
A report from a source familiar with the Metropolitan Detention Center gives a glum picture of Ghislaine Maxwell’s present conditions.
She is in the women’s section and believed to be confined to a solitary cell. Because of the past history of the MDC, it is not impossible to suspect that Ghislaine could be having sexual relations with one or more corrections officers, either male or female. Her available wealth would permit her to buy some privileges directly from the corrections officers who could smuggle in items for her.
MDC has a history of guards, male and female, enjoying sex with prisoners and smuggling in everything from alcohol to cell phones to drugs. While she is not enjoying what anyone would call a privileged life, and is most likely [because of Covid protocols] confined to her cell, dank and cold [in summer] perhaps as much as 23-24 hours per day and possibly getting only one hot meal per day, our source says, with her wealth and talent to charm, if there is any privilege, any opportunity, any luxury to enjoy at MDC, she is enjoying it.
Of course, she is probably under near-constant surveillance, for no guard wants to go to prison for letting her get murdered or commit suicide – as did her former lover Epstein. It is not known how frequently she is meeting with lawyers in special rooms set aside for the purpose. But an MDC source tells Frank Report that prison officials are known to eavesdrop on those conversations with lawyers and defendants and do so on high profile cases. Whether they report to the prosecution what they learn is unknown.
In the end, Maxwell has a hard road to hoe and will remain in the brutal and unsanitary MDC until she stands trial or makes a plea deal or dies. The possibility of additional charges other than those currently charged against her – for hebephilia crimes in the last century – remain a possibility.
The late Jeffrey Epstein was a convicted hebephile, a person who has urges for post pubescent but under the age of consent children. Is Ghislaine one also? And are there others, famous and prominent men of power who have indulged as Jeffrey and allegedly Ghislaine have done?
The ace in the hole for her, obviously, is, if she has info on other prominent hebephiles that the DOJ for its own partisan or PR reasons might like to selectively prosecute, she can trade that info for a lenient sentence and hopefully not be murdered for doing so.
Her former lover, Jeffrey Epstein, might have committed suicide, as the Mainstream Media and the US Govt. urges you to believe, but there are some who find the coincidences, cameras being off, bones broken indicating he was strangled, guards happening to fall asleep as they were assigned to watch the most famous prisoner in the world, such that that it just might cause reasonable people to doubt the official narrative a little more than the corporate media and prison officials would wants us to doubt.
The same fate might befall Ghislaine and we may never know just what she did. Whether her crimes were confined to herself and Epstein or whether there was a vast network of hebephiles joining in – or – in fairness to her – she is innocent as she claims, something that a trial, if she makes it to trial, might help us determine.


stretcher during the funeral service in Jerusalem’s main convention hall on Nov. 10, 1991. The body is laying on a stretcher, draped in a white Jewish prayer shawl with black stripes as is it tradition of Jewish burials in Israel. (AP Photo/Natik Harnik) Ghislaine is fourth from the left.


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2020.07.30 01:26 lvcv2020 Was Ghislaine Maxwell Photographed with JonBenét Ramsey?

Not all women with short, dark hair are Ghislaine Maxwell.

Claim

Ghislaine Maxwell can be seen in the background of the last known photograph of JonBenét Ramsey.

What's True

Displayed below is a genuine image of JonBenét Ramsey that appeared in the A&E docuseries "Hunting JonBenét's Killer: The Untold Story."

What's False

However, this is not the last known photograph of Ramsey.

What's Undetermined

The identity of the woman in the background is unknown.

Origin

In July 2020, following the arrest of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who was allegedly connected to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, a photograph went viral supposedly showing Maxwell pictured with JonBenét Ramsey, a 6-year-old whose disappearance and subsequent death made U.S. national news in 1996:
[PHOTO OF JONBENET RAMSEY]
This is a genuine photograph of Ramsey. However, the identity of the woman in the background is unknown and there’s little evidence to support the claim that this person is Maxwell.
This photograph appears in the April 2019 A&E special “Hunting JonBenét’s Killer: The Untold Story.” We reviewed the version of this video available via Hulu and found this image at around the 1:21:40 mark. The photograph is presented as a new image that has never been seen by the public, but no information is provided about where or when it was taken.
Some have presumed that this was the last photo of Ramsey, but that isn’t the case. A few seconds after this photograph appears in the A&E special, another image is shown that supposedly shows the actual last photograph ever taken of her, on Christmas day 1996:
[LAST KNOWN PHOTO OF JONBENET]
There is little evidence to support the claim that Maxwell can be seen in the background of the viral photograph of Ramsey. In fact, this claim appears to be based almost entirely on the fact that the woman in the photograph and Maxwell both have short dark hair. The viral photograph only gives a partial glimpse at this person’s profile, making it very difficult to identify this person with any accuracy. That hasn’t stopped online investigators, however, who collected several images of Maxwell in an attempt to prove this theory:
[PHOTOS OF JONBENET AND ALLEGED MAXWELL PHOTOS AND ACTUAL PHOTOS]
Maxwell may bear a passing, partial resemblance to the woman in the Ramsey photograph, but that is not proof that they are in fact the same person. Maxwell, of course, is far from the only woman to have short, dark hair and an angular nose.
While the person in this photograph could be just about anyone other than Maxwell, social media users did point out one interesting connection between the accused sex trafficker and the Ramsey case: They both involved attorneys from the law firm Haddon, Morgan, and Foreman.
This appears to be true. In 1997, Boulder, Colorado’s “The Daily Camera” reported that the Ramseys had hired “a pair of powerful Denver attorneys to advise them in the case,” including G. Bryan Morgan, a founding partner of the Haddon, Morgan, and Foreman law firm. And court documents show that Maxwell was being represented by Laura Menninger, an attorney at this same firm, as recently as May 2020 in a civil suit. It’s unclear if Menninger will also be representing Maxwell during her criminal trial.
It should be noted that these two cases are separated by more than 20 years. Moreover, Haddon, Morgan, and Foreman have been involved in a number of high-profile cases (or cases involving high profile people), such as Harvey Weinstein, Kobe Bryant, Hunter S. Thompson, and Charlie Sheen. The lawyer who defended Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh also had a temporary office at Haddon, Morgan, and Foreman. In other words, the fact that Maxwell and the Ramseys turned to the same law firm says more about the firm’s penchant for high profile and controversial cases than it does any connection between its clients.
To sum up: The viral photograph of JonBenét Ramsey is real. However, this is not the final photograph taken of Ramsey, and the claim that the woman in the background is Maxwell is based on little more than a passing resemblance.
SOURCES

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2020.07.26 06:54 ALiddleBiddle Jeffrey Epstein ‘Friend’ Ghislaine Maxwell Has More Skeletons in Her Family Closet Than a House of Horrors (The Daily Beast)

Jeffrey Epstein ‘Friend’ Ghislaine Maxwell Has More Skeletons in Her Family Closet Than a House of Horrors
Editor's note: This is an older story, but I do not think it's been posted on this sub. Lots of fascinating details.
The Daily Beast - Dana Kennedy
Published Aug. 18, 2019
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MEYREUIL, France—Ghislaine Maxwell, 57, comes from a family by turns brilliant and accomplished, deceptive and doomed. Her backstory is full of sex and science, money and magical illusions. And today she is the world’s most wanted woman—at least by the media and Jeffrey Epstein’s victims.
She is the youngest child of the notorious and disgraced British media mogul Robert Maxwell, rumored after his mysterious death in 1991 to have been an Israeli spy. She was the alleged paramour-turned-pimp for Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire pedophile who reportedly committed suicide in his cell on August 10.
But there are no known criminal charges against her, only allegations in a civil suit. Indeed, there is speculation she may be cooperating with federal prosecutors. And while she might have decided to hide out here in Provence at her sister’s house in the shadow of Cézanne’s favorite mountain, she was spotted Thursday in California eating a burger while reading a book about CIA heroes.
Ghislaine Maxwell, in short, is a survivor.
“In moments of greatest adversity, that’s where they’re the coolest; it’s bred into the family,” an executive with one of Robert Maxwell’s media companies said after his drowning upended his media empire and forced his wife and children to clean up the mess. “Maxwell’s whole life was ‘Never panic.’”
As we looked for her in France in recent days, she was, of course, nowhere to be seen. But we did discover enough skeletons in the family closet (including those of her in-laws and their families) to fill a house of horrors.
We searched near her dead mother’s estate east of here—and even at the bottom of a cliff in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a few hours from Meyreuil, where her brother-in-law Al Seckel, giver of TED talks on optical illusions, reportedly fell to his death in 2015 after he was exposed as a swindler in Los Angeles.
We also looked at the family tree of her other brother-in-law, an American astrophysicist whose genius rocket scientist father Frank Malina at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California pioneered what would become NASA before he fled to France with J. Edgar Hoover's G-Men on his heels.
For Ghislaine, presumably, outer space is not an option. But in point of fact, she does know how to operate a lot of exotic machinery. In addition to speaking four languages and holding a degree from Oxford, she’s a trained private helicopter pilot, a submersible pilot and qualified to operate undersea robots. Much was made of the latter qualifications when she was fund-raising for her now defunct TerraMar oceanic environmental project, which shuttered after Epstein’s arrest last month.
Ghislaine, who wanted to be seen as a visionary, liked to hang out with others who cultivate that rep, and was pictured with Elon Musk, whose Space X program is based in Hawthorne, just south of Los Angeles.
Ah, there’s a California connection again.
But France is still where Ghislaine Maxwell’s family history begins. Both she and her mother, the elegant and long-suffering Elisabeth Maxwell, were born here. And while some French officials have called for an investigation into Epstein’s activities in Paris, where he had an opulent apartment, Ghislaine’s French connection goes back decades in the south.
It also grew out of the horrors of Auschwitz, which wiped out Robert Maxwell’s parents and siblings and eventually inspired his French Protestant wife, Elisabeth, to become a renowned Holocaust scholar.
And it includes Ghislaine’s very interesting American in-laws who moved back and forth between Provence, the Dordogne and the United States. Their roots involved the pioneering, often reckless rocket scientists of the 1930s who were called the “Suicide Squad” for their risky work at the Jet Propulsion Lab. Among their circle: L. Ron Hubbard of Scientology fame; the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman; and Briton Aleister Crowley, known for black magic and a sex cult.
Maxwell family observers don’t find it strange that Ghislaine and some of her sisters were drawn to larger-than-life, certifiably strange men.
“They attach themselves to bizarre psychopaths like their father,” says a researcher who delved into the family years ago. “Ghislaine wasn’t the only sister to hook up with a weird guy.”
The daddy issues—and the mysterious death issues—began with Robert Maxwell, born into poverty as Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch in Czechoslovakia in 1923. He wanted a big family to recreate, in a way, the siblings he lost to the Nazis, and he very much wanted riches and fame. He achieved all of it, including a seat in the British Parliament. But two of his children died young and greed overtook his ambition.
When Robert Maxwell mysteriously disappeared from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, and his naked body was retrieved floating in the waters off the Canary Islands in November 1991, he already had been drowning in debt.
His business empire was on the verge of ruin and he’d stolen, Bernie Madoff-style, more than $400 million from his employees’ pension funds to forestall bankruptcy. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh had recently accused him of being a longtime Israeli intelligence agent in a book about Israel’s nuclear weapons arsenal, The Samson Option.
The conspiracy theories surrounding Robert Maxwell’s death rivaled those of Epstein’s today, although the official take was that he fell off his boat during an early morning walk around the deck.
Epstein, whose pal, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak often crashed at his $77 million Upper East Side apartment in New York, also has been accused of unsavory connections to Israel.
“What are the driving forces that make people do things?’ Ghislaine’s mother Elisabeth asked about her husband in 1995 during a New York Times interview to promote her unusually candid autobiography, A Mind of My Own. In it she admitted Maxwell was a philanderer and often treated her badly—but she said she loved him.
“I hope one day there will be a balance. That time passes, passions fall and eventually some truths emerge,” she said. “It was really a Greek tragedy that his path should have finished the way it did.”
Two of Maxwell’s sons, Kevin and Ian, were investigated for fraud involving their father’s empire after his death and both were cleared in 1996, although at one point Kevin was banned from running a company in the U.K. for eight years. Both landed back in court in 2015 and 2016 facing bankruptcy issues involving another U.K. financial company to which they owed money.
Maxwell biographer Tom Bower was sympathetic to the Maxwell kids, calling their problems, “the tragic legacy of a crooked father. His children just inherited an awful pack of cards.”
Ian Maxwell, now 63, broke his silence about his father in an interview last year with the Sunday Times of London.
“The embrace was suffocating and so loving and everything came your way,” he said. “But then if you were far away in disgrace or you had blotted your copybook, no matter what you had done you were cast out.”
The Oxford-educated Ghislaine, who used to be referred to reflexively as a “British socialite,” reportedly was her father’s favorite. But two of her sisters, the twins Isabel and Christine, now 69, are the most accomplished of the family. They are internet content pioneers who started Magellan, one of the first search engines, and were featured in Michael Wolff’s book, Burn Rate, about his foray into early startups.
The sisters (Christine was said to be the brains behind the operation) made millions when Magellan was later sold to the Excite search company.
Curiously, Isabel followed in the family tradition of filing for bankruptcy in December 2015 despite having been a multi-millionaire. That move may have been related to the untimely demise at age 56 of her third husband, the infamous con man Al Seckel who, she later found out, was not legally her husband since he was still married to his first wife. In 2015, when he reportedly died, he was potentially on the hook for millions.
Seckel was the subject of an extraordinary 5,000-word investigation earlier that same year by The Tablet’s Mark Oppenheimer that laid bare decades of a convoluted and litigious life as the “world’s greatest collector of optical illusions.”
Seckel, the son of a refugee from the Nazis, moved to L.A. and used his wile and charm to pass himself off as an Ivy League graduate and double doctoral candidate at Caltech.
Soon, Seckel zeroed in on the movers and shakers. “An age before Silicon Valley had captured the geek imagination,” Oppenheimer wrote, “Caltech and the surrounding aerospace industry was the frontier of nerd power and glory.”
Seckel befriended and bewitched the Nobel Prize-winning physicists Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann among other neuroscientists, as well as academics and even magicians like James Randi.
Seckel then used those contacts to sell rare books to prestigious customers who were often hoodwinked out of thousands in bad deals. He moved on to co-opt the burgeoning field of optical illusion, popularizing the art of manipulating images by using research from others in books he wrote.
(His daughter, Elizabeth Seckel, has built on her father’s work in optical illusion by pioneering something called “mirror box therapy.” Seckel brought her method, sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, to Haiti after the earthquake in 2012 to help recent amputees with their phantom limb pain.)
In 2010, Seckel hosted a scientific conference on Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous private island with Gell-Mann, Leonard Mlodinow, who was Stephen Hawking’s co-author, and MIT’s Gerald Sussman.
Oppenheimer told The Daily Beast this week that there was “no evidence” that Seckel or any of the scientists at the island party were involved in any sexual activity with young girls.
In 2004 Seckel gave a TED talk that’s been viewed almost 2.5 million times about “perceptual illusions that fool our brains.”
Because of Seckel’s shady past, it was not surprising that vague reports of his death—a perceptual illusion perhaps?—began popping up just weeks after Oppenheimer’s July 2015 story exposed him to hordes of creditors.
A paid obituary was published on Legacy.com, supposedly after appearing in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, but it does not appear on the paper's website. One report has circulated around various Seckel-obsessed corners of the internet that his body was found at the bottom of a cliff near the home in France where he had moved with Isabel.
But The Daily Beast could not locate any officials in the town where Seckel was last known to live who had any report of his death. Oppenheimer and others said they have not yet found proof, either. The Daily Beast was unable to reach Isabel Maxwell or Elizabeth Secker for comment.
Christine Maxwell and her astrophysicist husband Roger Malina have, until recently at least, divided their time between their home here in Meyreuil and Dallas, Texas. Malina teaches at the University of Texas there and Christine is a doctoral candidate in the humanities department, a UT spokeswoman told The Daily Beast. Malina was also a director at an astrophysics center in Marseille until last year.
Roger Malina is the son of Czechoslovak-born Frank Malina, an early Elon Musk type who was part of the ragtag group whose daring rocket experiments in 1930s Pasadena led to the formation of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in L.A., the precursor to NASA.
Frank Malina’s best friend, Jack Parsons, was the most charismatic of the group. He led a double life with non-scientist friends like L. Ron Hubbard and Robert Heinlein, author of Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, and other sci-fi classics. Parsons also joined an occult group involving the dark arts and sex fetishes founded by Aleister Crowley, an English occultist and magician. The book and CBS TV series Strange Angel are based on Parsons’ life.
In an odd echo of Jeffrey Epstein’s reported desire to seed the human race with his own DNA, Parsons and Hubbard tried for a time to impregnate women to bring forth Babalon, a goddess described as the “Scarlet Woman” in the Themelic belief system to which Crowley subscribed.
When Parsons died in a mysterious explosion at his home at age 37, he had stopped working for JPL and was for a time a consultant to Israel’s nascent rocket system. Media accounts at the time hinted at “sexual perversion,” “black robes,” “sacred fire” and “intellectual necromancy,” according to Vice—and there were also whispers that he might have been murdered.
Frank Malina, Christine Maxwell Malina’s father-in-law, was more of a straight arrow than Parsons and fared better, at first. But some historians say he was cheated of his rightful place as a true hero of the early space race because of years of harassment by the FBI who labeled him a socialist during the McCarthy years because he had campaigned against racial segregation, and raised money for republicans in the Spanish Civil War. After World War II he fled to Paris, where he became a painter and watched the space program soar from afar.
In a brutal twist, Wernher von Braun, a Nazi rocket scientist who was brought to the U.S. as part of Operation Paperclip, the government program that brought Nazi scientists to build American rockets, became the face of the early space program that some feel Malina deserved to have been.
Roger Malina blogs about his famous father on his website where he wrote last year: “Yes, Elon Musk, they triggered in the USA the work that led to your ‘strange’ vision—and they did it a stone’s throw from where your company SpaceX is currently headquartered. And you are dreaming the same dreams as the ‘suicide squad,’ as they were called, at Caltech in the 1930s.”
Looking back, that does seem a strange sobriquet, and oddly appropriate, if not for the rocket builders of 80 years ago, then for the Maxwells and those who were close to them.
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2020.07.13 20:21 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters G-I in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters G-I of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
G-I
Gaetani, Gelasio: Count Gelasio Gaetani comes from one of the oldest families in Rome. The Gaetani (also known as Caetani) family has produced 3 popes, including Pope Boniface VIII. Gelasio is a wine specialist and vineyard owner who helps celebrities buy the most unique bottles of wine throughout the world.
Gaetani, Rufreido: Roffredo Gaetani was an Italian count, prince, and duke who died in a car crash in 2005. Roffredo came to the public’s attention when he dated Ivana Trump in the 1990s. Brother of Gelasio.
Gallman, Kuki: Kuki Gallmann is a best-selling author (5 of her books were global best sellers), poet, environmental activist, and conservationist. Owns a 98,000 acre cattle ranch in Kenya with her husband, which she turned into a conservation park.
Ganero, Mario Jr.: Where do we even begin? Mario Garnero is a Brazilian banker and entrepreneur who has been deemed the “father of the ethanol car” and is the chairman of the board and primary shareholder of Brasilinvest Group, a banking firm worth $700 million. Garnero’s connections run extremely deep. He is/has been personal friends with Jacob Rothschild, David Rockefeller, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Helmut Schmidt, and many others. The following website makes some startling connections between Garnero, Epstein, and others (source: https://aeltri.com/2019/02/12/john-of-god-mario-garnero-and-epstein/). Quick summary: Record producer Damon Dash (former co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z) allegedly raped a supermodel who worked for Naomi Campbell at a party thrown by Garnero (source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/poshs-friend-sued-for-rape-6939248.html).
Garnero has been referred to as a “Rothschild pawn” who tried to help Aecio Neves rise to power. Garnero also appointed “George Soros frontman, Arminio Fraga, who worked in Soros’ Quantum Fund, as Minister of the Economy.”
Ganoza, Esteban Juan: A Peruvian businessman who said he met Maxwell in the 1980s when he lived in New York, but denied any ties to pedophilia when his contact information was revealed to be in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Garcia, Ludmila: No info found.
Gardner. Adam: No info found.
Garland, Michael: Likely the Chairman of investment firm C5 Capital, located in London.
Garson, Jeremy: Likely refers to the lawyer who is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills who specializes in large-scale international commercial disputes. Not completely positive, though.
Gaspar, Nacho: Not sure. Could be a number of Ignazio Gaspars, all of whom are businessmen.
Gaul, Harriett: Harriett Jagger is a fashion stylist and former fashion director of Tatler, a fashion magazine owned by Conde Nast (parent company of Vogue, GQ, etc.), which has come up several times during my investigations, and Harpers. She had a daughter with property dealer Simon Gaul, the Godson of Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Geary, Tim: Served in public relations and was Director of Membership at Soho House, a restaurant and private members club. Billionaire Ron Burkle owns 60% of Soho House. Burkle, along with Bill Clinton, Chris Tucker, Kevin Spacey, travelled to Africa for an anti-poverty, anti-AIDs tour on Epstein’s Lolita Express. Nothing fishy there.
Gelardin, Jack: No info found. The address listed is located in Chelsea, London, and sold for over 5 million pounds in 2013.
German-Ribon, Catriona: Catriona Blampied (nee German-Ribon) is the Managing Partner, Founder, and Owner of talent agency Procure Worldwide & Procure Digital since 2016. Worked as Managing Director at Platinum Rye Entertainment, another talent agency, before that.
Gertler, Eric: A venture capitalist who served as Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, a media company most known for publishing news, consumer advice, and rankings ranging from education (top universities, high schools, etc.) to job professions, healthcare, and too many others to mention. In 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Gertler to serve as President and CEO of Empire State Development, New York’s chief economic agency. In Epstein’s ‘Black Book,’ Privista is listed under Gertler’s name. Privista is a company that protects against identity theft. Gertler was President and CEO.
Getty, Mark: Co-founder and Chairman of Getty Images, a photographic conglomerate. If you have ever surfed the Internet, you have seen several pictures/images belonging to Getty Images. From 2008-2016, Getty was the Chairman of the Trustees of the National Gallery in London. Grandson of Jean Paul Getty Sr., founder of Getty Oil Company, and one of the richest men in the world during his time. The Getty Family has a net worth north of $5 billion as of 2015.
Getty, Pia and Chris: Pia Getty is the daughter of billionaire Robert Warren Miller, an American-born British businessman and founder of Duty Free Shops. Pia’s sisters are Princess Alexandra von Furstenberg of designer fame and Maria-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark. Her ex-husband (1992-2005), Christopher, is Mark Getty’s first cousin. Christopher is also the grandson of Jean Paul Getty Sr. When they were married, Pia and Mark would hold A-list parties on the rooftop of their Manhattan townhouse. Their townhouse was located half a mile from Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion. Many people think that the Getty Museum in Los Angeles houses an underground base and city for the elites.
Gibbs, Emma: Former girlfriend of Prince Andrew. Gibbs was introduced to Prince Andrew by her good friend, Ghislaine Maxwell. Gibbs worked as a PR consultant.
Gibson, Caroline: Likely to be the award-winning freelance copywriter and content writer who has worked on a number of high-profile advertisements.
Gilifilan, Andrew: Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Cambridge University Press. Retired in 2012.
Gillford, Lord & Lady: Lord Gillford is Patrick Meade, the 8th Earl of Clanwilliam. He is a businessman who is on the board of Soma Oil & Gas Holdings and Eurasia Drilling Company, where he served as Chairman. Eurasia Drilling Company is owned by Russian billionaire oligarch, Alexander Dzhaparidze and billionaire Alexander Putilov.
Gilmour, Andrew & Emma: Gilmour is a diplomat for the UN who has spoken out strongly against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Gilmour’s father, Sir Ian Gilmour, served as a minister in Margaret Thatcher’s first cabinet. Emma Gilmour (nee Williams) is a physician and author.
Ginsberg, Gary: Former Executive VP of Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the fourth-largest media group in the world prior to splitting in 2013. Ginsberg was a close confidant of Rupert Murdoch and Peter Chernin while at News Corp. Ginsberg also served in the Clinton Administration at the White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice. Ginsberg has brokered meetings between Rupert Murdoch and the Clintons, as well as Obama. Ginsberg is currently on the Board of Directors of New Visions for Public Schools, which designs course curricula for students in NYC. New Visions supports many schools, impacting 230,000 students (source: https://newyorkschooltalk.org/2019/07/at-new-visions-for-public-schools-its-all-about-continuous-school-improvement-hows-that-going/). Their Networks for School Improvement Initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. New Visions also has ties to the Carnegie Foundation, which donates millions of dollars in grants (source: https://www.carnegie.org/grants/grants-database/grantee/new-visions-for-public-schools-inc/#!/grants/grants-database/grant/312395808.0/). Ginsberg is also a friend of and speechwriter for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Gittis, Howard: Gittis (1934-2007) was an attorney and adviser to billionaire businessman Ron Perelman. He worked at MacAndrews & Forbes, an investment firm owned by Perelman. In 1995, Perelman hosted a dinner with Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, Clinton college friend Arnold Paul Prosperi, Don Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, and Don Fowler, who was the co-chairman of the DNC. More on Perelman later.
Giussani, Luca: President, CEO of Dorial Telecom, Inc., a telecommunications company.
Glanville, Mary: A philanthropy consultant who spent years in TV, Glanville also worked as a PR contact for the Bonita Trust which donated £100,000 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) back in 2009 to “update its ChildLine technical infrastructure and purchase essential equipment so that more children can get help from its ChildLine service” (source: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/07/prweb2625274.htm). Glanville was the author of that PR statement.
Glass, Charlie: Could possibly be Charles Glass, author, publisher, and journalist that specializes in the Middle East, but I cannot confirm.
Glentworth, Edmund & Emily: Edmund Pery is the 7th Earl of Limerick and was formerly known as Viscount Glentworth. He worked in British government until becoming director of Deutsche Bank. Emily is Edmund’s wife.
Goess, Pilar: A countess and Austrian-American model who posed for Playboy. Goess died in 1999 from a brain tumor.
Goldberg, Ellen: President of Santa Fe Institute, an organization in New Mexico that hosts faculty consisting of Nobel Laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and MacArthur fellows. Goldberg is also a research professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Goldberg is a member of the Biology Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, and of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council at the National Institutes of Health. Goldberg has a Ph.D. in genetics from Cornell University Medical College.
Goldsmith, Isabel: An art collector and owner of Hotel Las Alamandas in Mexico. Goldsmith is the daughter of Sir James Goldsmith, a French-British financier, tycoon, and member of the European Parliament.
Golinkin, Sandy: Former Vice President and Publisher of Lucky, a fashion and lifestyle magazine owned by Conde Nast. Has frequently been photographed with celebrities and elite at various parties.
Gomez, Thomas: Thomas Gommes is a former international corporate lawyer.
Gomme, William & Emma: William Gomme is a former director of several furniture manufacturing companies in London. Emma is his wife.
Gordon, Jacobo: Spanish businessman who co-founded several real estate and gaming companies with Alejandro Agag. Agag is a former politician in Spain. He became Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP), a tremendous political faction in Europe. Agag played a huge role in getting former Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi’s party into the EPP. Berlusconi has been charged for underage prostitution in the past. Agag quit politics to pursue financial and sporting interests. He is married to the daughter of Jose Maria Aznar, the former PM of Spain and Ana Botella Serrano, the first female mayor of Madrid. Guests at Agag’s wedding included kings and queens. Berlusconi and Tony Blair served as witnesses.
Gore, Juliet: The only Juliet Gore I found is the co-director of Neuro Orthopaedic Institute out of Australia. Doesn’t feel right.
Gottlieb, Steve: A music executive who discovered Nine Inch Nails, Pitbull, Sevendust, and Ja Rule. He has served on the boards of Napster and Musicmatch. He is currently CEO of Shindig, a Zoom-like platform for people to meet each other online.
Goulandris, Dimitri: Founder of The Cycladic Group, which invests and creates businesses. Spent 8 years at Morgan Stanley in its private equity group. Goulandris is the Executive Director and a Board Member for Knightsbridge Schools, which has 3 schools (KSI Montenegro [a boarding school], KSI Bogota, and KSI Panama), all of which are primary/secondary schools for students aged 2-18.
Grabau, Lorenzo: Spent seventeen years at Goldman Sachs before becoming CEO of Investment AB Kinnevik, a Swedish investment firm. He was fired less than 3 years after taking the position.
Graff, Francois: CEO of family-owned Graff, one of the world’s most notable jewellery houses. The company is worth several billion dollars. Graff has been photographed with the likes of Wilbur Ross. In 2001, there was a party celebrating the opening of a new Graff’s store. Attendees included Ghislaine Maxwell, Ivana Trump, Joan Collins, and Denise Rich (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/05/style/IHT-laurence-graff-and-his-pockets-full-of-diamonds-the-buccaneer-of.html)
Granby, David: David Charles Robert Manners is the 11th Duke of Rutland. He also goes by the Marquess of Granby. Granby is a high-profile supporter of the UK Independence Party and has hosted fundraising events at his ancestral home, Belvoir Castle. Employed Harvey Proctor, the former Conservative Parliament member who had to resign because he had sexual relations with underage male prostitutes, as his personal secretary.
Grange, Jacques: A French interior designer for the rich. Clients include Princess Caroline of Monaco, Francis Ford Coppola, Alain Ducasse, and several billionaires, to name a few.
Grant Jamie: Likely James Grant, owner of No2 Pound Street, an award-winning wine shop that specializes in British Cheese and cured meats. He and his wife previously worked at some leading hotels and restaurants.
Greece Princess Olga: Princess Olga, Duchess of Apulia (nee Princess Olga Isabelle of Greece) married her second cousin, Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Apulia, in 2008. Olga’s father is first cousins with Prince Phillip (Queen Elizabeth’s wife).
Greece, MC & Pavlos: Pavlos is the eldest son of Constantine II, the last King of Greece, before the monarchy was abolished in 1973. Worked in New York as an investment portfolio manager. MC is his wife, Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece. Her father is the billionaire founder of Duty Free Shops. Her sisters, Alexandra and Pia, married into the von Furstenberg and Getty families, respectively. A dinner party was thrown for them at the Standard Hotel in 2009. There were about 12 guests there. One of those exclusive guests was Ghislaine Maxwell (source: https://wwd.com/eye/people/royal-standard-a-fete-for-princess-marie-chantal-and-prince-pavlos-2399957/)
Green, Deborah: No info found.
Green, Jeremy: Likely the former Chief Executive of Quba Property Holdings in South Africa.
Green, Judy: A New York socialite who hobnobbed with an elite crowd. She was considered Andy Warhol’s first muse. He did her photo portrait and she starred in his first movie, The Kiss. She was reportedly close with Frank Sinatra. Edgar M. Bromfman served as Best Man at her wedding to William John Green in 1964. Bromfman is the owner of Seagram, the beverage company. His daughters, Clare and Sara, were members of NXIVM, a cult that recruited women and forced them into sexual slavery.
Gregg Geordie & Katherine: Geordie Grieg is an English journalist and editor of The Daily Mail. Grieg is good friends and has been photographed partying with Ghislaine Maxwell. He is the former editor of Tatler, a Conde Nast-owned British magazine that is targeted towards the upper class and those interested in high society events. Tatler connections come up constantly in the ‘Black Book.’
Grenfell, Natasha: Daughter of Lord St Just, heir to a banking fortune and Wilbury Park mansion. Her mother was actress and one-time Tennessee Williams love interest, Maria Britneva. Natasha is a socialite who has is friends with royalty, actors, and musicians
Griffen, Ted: This is most likely screenwriter, producer, and director Ted Griffin. He has worked on The Wolf of Wall Street, Ocean’s Eleven, and Tower Heist.
Griscom, Nina: A model, socialite, TV personality, and entrepreneur who died earlier this year. Her first husband was a modeling booker for Ford Models, which I wrote about in the D-F section of Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (link: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). She went on to cheat on her next husband with sugar billionaire Pepe Fanjul, who is also mentioned in the D-F link above. Was a close friend of Blaine Trump, ex-wife of Robert Trump, Donald’s younger brother.
Gross, Pamela & Jimmy Finkelstein: James Finkelstein is the owner of The Hill, an American news website often cited here in /conspiracy. He is close with Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Pamela Gross is his wife. She worked at CNN until 2017 and is close friends with Melania Trump.
Grossman Lloyd: Loyd Grossman is an British author and broadcaster best known for hosting Masterchef from 1990-2000, before it was reformatted. Also co-created Through the Keyhole, a British game show, with David Frost, who is also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Gubelmann, Marjorie: A socialite who is best known for hosting and performing as a DJ at high society parties. She has deejayed events for Bulgari, Versace, and others. She is currently the in-studio DJ for the Today with Hoda & Jenny show on NBC. Her ex-husband, Reza Raein works in oil. Guests at their wedding included Ivanka Trump, Tamara Mellon, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch.
Guccioni, Tony: Son of Penthouse creator Bob Guccione.
Gudefin, Christian: A financial advisor at Deutsche Bank, which as of Tuesday, July 7th, 2020, agreed to pay $150 million in fines because they ignored suspicious transactions made by Jeffrey Epstein (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/business/jeffrey-epstein-deutsche-bank-settlement.html?referringSource=articleShare). Gudefin is also a financial advisor at Fdx Capital LLC and Managing Partner at Confidas Capital.
Guedroltz, Solina & Nicolas: Solina is a photographer. Her father is a viscount. Nicolas is an antique Russian furniture dealer. He is a Russian prince and is of Belgian nobility through his mother’s side.
Guerini Maraldi, Alessandro: Chairman of Willis Towers Watson, a British insurance company. Guerrini-Maraldi’s name appears in the Panama Papers, which revealed the identities of many rich and powerful people who have avoided paying taxes through offshore accounts.
Guerrand-Hermes, Valesca: Socialite and ex-wife of French fashion house heir, Mathias Guerrand. Guerrand-Hermes is on the Board of Directors of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) (source: https://nyspcc.org/about-the-new-york-society-for-the-prevention-of-cruelty-to-children/people/). NYSPCC is a child protection agency. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at the 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. You can’t make this stuff up.
Guest, Cornelia: Named Debutante of the Decade of the 1980s, Cornelia is a well-known New York socialite who comes from money. Her family made money in iron and steel and have served in British politics. In December 2015, Ghislaine Maxwell attended Cornelia’s holiday party.
Guggenheim, Barbara & Bert Flelds: Guggenheim (not part of the Guggenheim museum family) is a partner at the well-known art advisory firm, Guggenheim, Asher Associates, Inc. They have built collections for Coca Cola and Sony, as well as Tom Cruise and alleged pedophile Steven Spielberg. Epstein victim Maria Farmer once worked for Barbara at her home before meeting Epstein. Farmer got the job through Barbara’s sister, Eileen, who has been accused of being an Epstein enabler. A petition (https://www.change.org/p/david-kratz-eileen-guggenheim-must-be-removed-for-harm-she-caused-to-maria-farmer-by-jeffrey-epstein?recruiter=30424804) to have her removed as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Art as a result of Maria Farmer’s allegations has over 10,000 signatures. Farmer says that Eileen Guggenheim forced her to sell a painting replicating Degas’s “The Rape” to Epstein. Two weeks after meeting Epstein and Maxwell, Guggenheim took Farmer and other art students to Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in New Mexico (source: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/epstein-ranch-art-students-1760265). Barbara’s husband, Bert Fields, is an entertainment lawyer who has represented the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, George Lucas, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, etc.
Guiness, Sabrina: Guinness comes from a long line of wealthy bankers. She had a relationship with Prince Charles in 1979. Cousin of Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh, heir to the Guinness fortune. Edward Guinness’s wife, Lady Clare Iveagh (nee Hazell) plays a HUGE role in Epstein’s pedophilia ring. More on her later (she is listed under I for Iveagh). Her sister, Anita Guinness, was married to Amschel Rothschild until his suicide in 1996.
Guinness, Mr Hugo: An artist from the same banking family as sister Sabrina (above). Guinness has collaborated with director Wes Anderson on a number of films. Cousin of Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh, heir to the Guinness fortune. Edward Guinness’s wife, Lady Clare Iveagh (nee Hazell) plays a HUGE role in Epstein’s pedophilia ring. More on her later (she is listed under I for Iveagh).
Guissaini, Luca: Listed above under Giussani, Luca. CEO of Dorial Telecom.
Gumberg, Ira: Chairman and CEO of JJ Gumberg Co., a high-end real estate development firm based out of Pittsburgh. Gumberg served on the Board of Mellon Financial Corporation from 1989-2007.
Guttfreund, Susan & John: Susan is a former beauty queen and notorious party thrower. Her husband, John, was CEO of Salomon Brothers, the large investment bank. He was dubbed the “King of Wall Street” by Business Week in 1985. He died in 2016.
Hahn, Dr & Mrs: Likely Carl Hahn, former head of Volkswagen.
Hall, Pippa: There are two Pippa Halls that this could possibly be. One is a movie casting director who was in charge of casting children for movies (source: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0356002/). The other Pippa Hall is Director of Innovation and Chief Economist at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). There is not enough info to determine which one is in the ‘Black Book.’
Halpern Jen: A British philanthropist, PR guru, and businesswoman. Her father was knighted by Margaret Thatcher.
Hambro, Clementine: Great-granddaughter of Winston Churchill who also served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana when she was just five-years-old. Her father, Richard, was a British heir and investment banker. K
Hamilton, George: Famous actor who took Ghislaine Maxwell to the Epsom Derby (horse race) in 1991. Epstein has a significant amount of phone numbers listed for Hamilton.
Hammond, Dana: Socialite and heiress to the Annenberg Publishing fortune. Hammond is friends with Ghislaine Maxwell. They have been photographed together at various parties.
Handler, Sharon: International attorney who is friends with Camilla Parker-Bowles and Prince Charles. Married to John Langeloth Loeb Jr., former United States Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan.
Hanover, Ernst & chantal: Prince Ernst Hanover is the head of the royal House of Hanover. The House of Hanover has produced six British monarchs, including King George III and Queen Victoria. The current British monarchy, the Windsors, are actually of German and British descent, which is why these family trees intersect. Most notably, the House of Hanover is perhaps the most important of the Black Nobility families. There have been some fantastic threads on Reddit about the Black Nobility.
Hanson, Brook: Adopted son of British industrialist, Lord Hanson, Brook died in 2014 at the age of 50.
Hanson, Lord & Lady: British industrialist who made a fortune in the ‘80s as a Trade and Industry Secretary in close friend Margaret Thatcher’s administration. His wife, Geraldine, was a former model. They are both dead.
Hanson, The Hon Robert: British financier and eldest son of Lord Hanson. Chairman of Hanson Family Holdings, a private investment firm. In the 1980s, Robert worked as a banker at NM Rothschild & Sons before returning to his father’s company. Before getting married, Hanson dated socialite Anouska de Georgiou, who became the first British woman to accuse Jeffrey Epstein of raping her as a teenager (source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/how-british-teen-model-was-lured-jeffrey-epstein-s-web-n1056901). Odd that Robert Hanson, his brother Brook, and his parents would have wanted anything to do with Epstein.
Hapsburg, Marie: Royalty. Her father was Archduke Joseph Arpad of Austria and her mother, Archduchess Maria of Austria, was a Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and a member of the House of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg by birth. The Hapsburg (also called Habsburg) family is one of the most powerful and wealthiest families in Europe. The Hapsburgs are another Black Nobility family of very high prestige. I couldn’t find anything out about her husband, Raymond van der Meide. They have 7 children together.
Harvey Victoria: Ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew, Hervey is an English model and socialite. Although her relationship with Andrew didn’t work out, she remained in his inner circle. In 2000, she attended a dinner with Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Jeffrey Epstein (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9844083/lady-victoria-hervey-jeffrey-epstein-too-old/). Hervey is also a friend of Ghislaine Maxwell, who introduced her to Epstein and “set her up in one of Epstein’s apartments in New York.” Hervey is the daughter of Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, businessman and member of the House of Lords.
Harvey-Watt, Isabelle: Director of PR for Giorgio Armani before moving on to Versace and other well-known fashion corporations.
Haslam, Nick: English interior designer and socialite. His mother was the Goddaughter of Queen Victoria. Haslam claims to have had an affair with Lord Snowdon one year before he married Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth’s sister), further fueling rumors of Lord Snowdon’s alleged bisexuality.
Hatkoff, Craig & Jane: Hatkoff is a real estate investor, who, along with his ex-wife, Jane Rosenthal, and Robert De Niro, founded the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute. Hatkoff has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.
Hauteville, Marc de: Manages Soc Civile du Frayssinet, a real estate company based out of France. There is very little information other than this. Both of his parents appear to be members of noble families - the Hautevilles and the Cazenoves - who have historical ties to the Du Ponts.
Hay, Henry & Patricia: Henry Hay is CEO and co-founder of Centaur Properties, a large real estate firm based out of New York. Centaur’s holdings are concentrated in the most expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Hayworth Reggie: Heyworth runs the 160 acre Cotswold Wildlife Park, which attracts more than 400,000 people a year. He lives in the middle of the park at the Bradwell Grove estate. .
Hazell-Iveagh, Clare: This amazing thread made by clemanueverers contains all the info you need: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hkk5g0/one_of_epstein_madam_ghislaine_maxwells/. Quick summary: Hazell-Iveagh helped Maxwell and Epstein procure children using her position as President of West Suffolk National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Click on the link. Clemanueverers did a wonderful job.
Hearn, Barry & Susan: Barry is a hugely popular English sports promoter, as is his son, Eddie, who represents some of the biggest boxers in the world. Former boxer and popular Youtuber Tyan Booth was supposedly banned immediately after posting a video connecting Epstein to Hearn. I have tried to find the video or at least a summary of what he said, but have been unsuccessful. If anyone has any info on this, please post below.
Hefner III, Bob: Founder and CEO of GHK Companies, which specializes in oil and natural gas. Founded the Robert and MeiLi Hefner Foundation which sponsors educational trips to China for outstanding high school students. His grandfather, Robert Hefner Sr., served as Mayor of Oklahoma City, was a Supreme Court Justice of Oklahoma, was a member of the executive council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was a thirty-second degree Freemason. Although I try not to engage in speculation, this article makes a connection between Jeffrey Epstein, Bob Hefner III, and a winning Powerball lottery ticket that was purchased in Oklahoma in 2008 (source: https://www.thelostogle.com/2019/08/14/no-jeffrey-epstein-did-not-win-25-million-from-an-oklahoma-lottery-ticket-or-did-he/#comments). It’s too long to summarize. Read it and check it out.
Heiden, Lisa: Worked in Manhattan and London as an executive for ABC. Close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. According to the fantastic research done by this person (https://twitter.com/Agent99Mom/status/1280580456400982016), two of Lisa Heiden’s properties are listed as an address for Ellmax, a company set up by Ghislaine.
Heineken, Mr. Fredie: A Dutch businessman for the Heineken brewing company. Was chairman and CEO from 1971-1989.
Helen and Tim Shifter: Helen is a former Vogue Magazine staffer. Tim is former CEO of LeSportsac and serves as Senior Advisor at Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. The Schifters are personal friends of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Helvin, Marie: Former fashion model and former girlfriend of Imran Khan, the current Prime Minister of Pakistan. According to her memoir, she knows pretty much any popular celebrity from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Herbert, Jason: Likely a financial adviser based in London.
Hermes, Olga & Olaf: Olaf is a handbag heir. Olga is his ex-wife.
Herrero, Juan & Helen: Juan is like the managing director of an investment bank in Spain.
Hersov, Robert & Kim: Robert is a South African entrepreneur and mining heir who has worked for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and News Corp. (owned by Murdoch).. Ex-wife Kim is a London-based fashion editor and designer.
Heseltine, Mr & Mrs: Baron Michael Heseltine is a British businessman and politician who served in various roles in government for British PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Heseltine was a friend of Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father. Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostiutes under the age of 21.
Heseltine, Mr & Mrs: Same as above.
Heseltine, Ms. Annabel: Journalist, columnist, and TV and radio broadcaster. At the age of 22, she became the Assistant-editor for Hong Kong Tatler (there’s that publication again). Daughter of Baron Michael Heseltine.
Heseltine, Rupert: Businessman and heir to Haymarket Media Group. Son of Baron Michael Heseltine.
Hicks, India: A fashion model in the ‘80s and ‘90s, India Hicks is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Descendant of the Mountbatten family, a British dynasty (although much of their background is German). Granddaughter of the much-decorated war hero, Lord Mountbatten (Prince Charles’s mentor), who, according to FBI files, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys” (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9745399/lord-mountbatten-fbi-dossier-prince-charles/). Prince Charles is her second cousin and Godfather.
Hill, Anthony: Son of Robin Hall, 8th Marquess of Downshire and Juliet Weld-Forester, daughter of 7th Baron Forester. Couldn’t find any more info.
Himmelstein, Howard: Co-owner of clothing brand Camp Beverly Hill and a producescreenwriter.
Hirsch, Jeff: Owner of Foto Care, a shop that sells professional camera equipment. Claims he is only in the ‘Black Book’ because he sold an expensive camera to Ghislaine many years ago and had to go to her house to show her how to use it (source: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article234312632.html). This, however, doesn’t explain why there are two numbers listed under Hirsch’s name that are attributed to Scott Geffert, the General Manager for Advanced Imaging at the MET museum. This could all be innocent or these two could have assisted in Epstein’s hidden camera setup and helped Epstein get high quality pictures of his victims. We can’t be sure.
Hissom, Robert & Andrea: Robert is the founder of Aspen Capital Partners, a large property management firm. He is a friend of Prince Charles. His ex-wife, Andrea, famously got remarried to Steve Wynn, billionaire Las Vegas hotel tycoon. Prince Harry was a guest of Wynn’s at his Encore resort. Andrea and Wynn are close friends of Donald and Melania Trump (source: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20120901/281904475353844).
Hoffman, Dustin: Famous Hollywood actor. Hoffman has been accused of sexual assault on multiple occasions, including exposing himself to a minor (source: https://variety.com/2017/biz/news/dustin-hoffman-2-1202641525/)
Hoffman, Hetty: Married to Robin Dundas, Earl of Ronaldshay. Lady Ronaldshay is a patron and ambassador for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, a UK-based charity that provides care for terminally ill babies and children up to five years old. A good friend of Ben Holland-Martin (listed just below).
Hoffman, Jessica: Sister of Hetty Hoffman (above), Jessica is an artist and former model who married investment banker Leopoldo Zambeletti. She is a good friend of India Hicks (mentioned above), the granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten (Prince Charles’s mentor), who, according to FBI files, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys.”
Holland-Martin, Ben: Works for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). His mother, Rosamund, was chairman of the NSPCC for 20 years while Princess Margaret was President and was involved with the NSPCC for more than 50 years (source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/?clipping_id=36141343&fcfToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJmcmVlLXZpZXctaWQiOjI1OTU4NDE2NSwiaWF0IjoxNTk0MzMwNTQ0LCJleHAiOjE1OTQ0MTY5NDR9.j1V2e0Mr3tJmPzusRYNneLVhUskWiIAvNIjdIpvuzj4). Both Ben and his mother are/were friends of Princess Margaret. Rosamund Holland-Martin (nee Hornby) was related to Charles Hornby, a British socialite and close friend of Prince Charles, who was sentenced to 2 ½ years for luring young runaway boys into prostitution, indecent assault, importuning, and living off the earnings of prostitution (source: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0FQ0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=YbkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4638,2085303). Ben is also good friends with Hetty Hoffman (mentioned above), who is an ambassador for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.
Hollond Mr & Mrs James: James is a partner at EFP Capital, an investment and advisory firm. James’s mother married Baron Robert Rothschild after her and James’s father divorced. His now ex-wife, Beatrice, is on many investing firm boards, but most notably, she is a trustee on the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, a charity that specializes in helping disadvantaged children (source: https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/beatrice-hollond). If anyone has more info on these two, please post. Epstein has 10 pieces of contact information under their name.
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2020.06.10 16:58 NomdeCher What was Ghislaine doing between 1985 and her father’s death in 1991? *Long Post*

What was Ghislaine doing between 1985 and her father’s death in 1991? *Long Post*
I’m interested in three mysteries:
  1. When and how did Ghislaine and Epstein first meet?
  2. When and how did Ghislaine and Epstein first know of each other?
  3. What roles did Ghislaine play in Robert Maxwell’s business and personal dealings?
Traces of Epstein in the 1980's are easier to find than of Ghislaine. This seems to be a missing piece of the puzzle.

The Official Narrative

Ghislaine was a student at Balliol college Oxford, graduating (bottom of her year, with a third class degree) in 1985. (1) While at university, age 21, her father made her director of Oxford United Football Club. (2) Her father set her up with a corporate gifts business of some description, although details about this are minimal and it isn’t clear where the business operated (London, New York, both, more?). (3)
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Details are sketchy on the period from her graduation until 1990, when Robert Maxwell launched the European and gave her a role there. A biography gives her title as “Business Development Manager”. (4) After Maxwell’s death, the editor discovered in the records that Ghislaine had been employed as the “Fashion Director” with a salary thought to be £100,000. Eyebrows were raised at this since “[n]obody at the European's Christmas party-cum-wake on Friday night could remember seeing Ms Maxwell in the office more than once some time in the summer of 1990.” (5) The Evening Standard downgrades her role to “fashion consultant” at the European as well as mentioning the gifts company. (6)
In 1991, a few months before his death, Robert Maxwell bought the New York Daily News and he sent Ghislaine to work there as “special projects" director. (7)
Ghislaine rushes to the Maxwell yacht after her father dies. After that, she is widely reported to have “moved” to New York, quickly meeting and falling in with Jeffrey Epstein:
“However Ghislaine Maxwell, 33, Cicogna's ex-love of four years, came from New York where she has lived since the death on Guy Fawkes Day 1991 of her panda-proportioned-publisher father Robert - she was escorted by the Queen's godson, Charles Butter, 35.”
Daily Mail (London), September 18, 1995.
“She moved to New York to escape the turmoil in London… Ghislaine soon linked up with Epstein.”
The Times (London), August 13, 2019.
“Ghislaine fled to New York to make a new life for herself” … “When Ghislaine Maxwell arrived in New York in 1991” … “Ghislaine Maxwell was 30 when she met Epstein. He was 38.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 31, 2020.

The Indiscrepancies

Ghislaine obviously lived a jet-set life, travelled widely, and seems to have had social and business obligations in both London and New York throughout this time. For example, she attended a charity kissathon event given by photographer Koo Stark—Prince Andrew’s former girlfriend, and winner of a six figure libel suit against Robert Maxwell after his paper claimed their relationship had been adulterous—in Mayfair (London) in 1988. (8) She was launched in New York society at a party given by her father on his infamous yacht in 1989; Donald Trump was one of the many notable guests. (9)
The Lady Ghislaine (purchased from the Kashoggi family who also owned the yacht that became the \"Trump Princess\"; journalist Jamal Kashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul in 2018)
Her father had increasingly large business holdings in America towards the end of his life (which was useful since it allowed his sons to file for bankruptcy in the US under more lenient laws than in the UK) that she played some role in. Why is she always described as having “begun” to live in America in 1991 when the record makes it seem likely that she in fact just continued to live there? She was certainly working and living in New York from the early 90’s, but she had spent time and made contacts in the city through her father in the 80’s. The nature of the corporate gifts business is not clear, but it may also have operated in New York.
The question of where she was spending her time is important because the other widely repeated chapter of the story is that Ghislaine met Epstein some time in 1991, after the death of her father. This could be true. However, there are hints that there might be more to the story. The Sydney Morning Herald—I believe this was syndicated in/from the Telegraph (London), but it’s behind a paywall—open a story on Ghislaine with a strange formulation:
There is an apocryphal, but tantalising, story that has long been doing the rounds of New York society about how Jeffrey Epstein first entered the life of Ghislaine Maxwell – or should that be vice versa?
On November 5, 1991, the body of Maxwell’s father, Robert, the plutocrat, British newspaper tycoon and – it would shortly transpire – arch embezzler, was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Tenerife, having fallen from his 55-metre luxury yacht, the Lady Ghislaine. The following day, his distraught daughter arrived in Tenerife by private jet. Boarding the yacht, which had been named in her honour, Ghislaine went to her father’s quarters. Searching through his private papers, she found a reference to a New York financier who had been particularly helpful to him in squirrelling away misbegotten funds offshore. Shortly afterwards, Ghislaine flew to New York, to escape the shame of her father and make a new life for herself. One of the first people she reached out to was that financier. His name was Jeffrey Epstein.
The account has the savour of something almost predestined: a woman tragically caught in the gyre between two powerful men, one who had shaped her past, the other who would determine her future. (10)
This is a weird story! It’s beyond belief. Of course it is flagged as gossip, but why then print it? What should we infer from it, if anything?
There are more stories that muddy the water. In a deposition, accountant Maritza Vasquez claims that modelling agency secretary Evelyn Valenzuela told her that “[Epstein] had a relationship with a woman that her father was very wealthy and that’s how he started his own money.” (11) Vasquez then confirms that she means Ghislaine, daughter of Robert Maxwell. This is hearsay, obviously, and it’s not clear why or how Valenzuela would be privy to the information. She may have been speculating, confused, or misunderstood by Vasquez. However, Vasquez repeatedly urges prosecutors to gather evidence from Valenzuela. Law enforcement agencies and legal teams may have interviewed Evelyn Valenzuela, but there is no record of this in the public domain and no transcripts of any interviews as far as I can tell. If she was interviewed, was she asked to confirm and clarify her alleged claim that Epstein got his start from Maxwell’s money?
Deposition of Maria Vasquez, 2010
As noted by Zev Shalev, this could support a relationship between the Maxwells and Epstein earlier than commonly reported. Shalev also interviews self-proclaimed Mossad operative Ari Ben-Menashe, who claims that, “Maxwell introduced [Epstein] to us, and he wanted us to accept him as part of our group. [Maxwell said] ‘and your Israeli bosses have already approved.’ (12)
According to Ben-Menashe, Epstein met Ghislaine Maxwell almost a decade earlier than previously reported, and that they were romantically linked. Again, Ben-Menashe says he was introduced to Epstein by Ghislaine’s father, Robert, in the early ’80s.
Ari Ben-Menashe: [Epstein] wasn’t very competent. He didn’t seem to be a competent guy, he doesn’t seem to be. But he was a good looking guy. And Miss Maxwell …
Interviewer: Ghislaine, yeah.
Ari Ben-Menashe: … fell for him.
Interviewer: That early, the 1980’s?
Ari Ben-Menashe: That early. How old was she?
Ghislaine was 20, Epstein was 26 in 1980.
Interviewer: She was young.
Ari Ben-Menashe: Yeah.
Interviewer: But most of the reporting about her and him only started in 1991 when they got to the United States.
Ari Ben-Menashe: Yeah, I realize that. But they were already …
Interviewer: They were already dating.
Ari Ben-Menashe: Call it dating or whatever.
Interviewer: So he was part of the family business?
Ari Ben-Menashe: Yeah, and Maxwell sort of started liking him. And my theory is that Maxwell felt that this guy is going for his daughter.
Ben-Menashe is perhaps playing his own game here, and Shalev notes that his account should be treated with healthy scepticism. However, he says that Ben-Menashe has passed on accurate information in the past. Shalev also reports that the convicted fraudster and Epstein associate Steven Hoffenberg confirms Ben-Menashe’s story. Ben-Menashe repeated his claims to Whitney Webb (13) and to the authors of the book Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales. (14) Some mainstream press outlets have referenced the allegations but do not appear to have added additional sourcing. (15)
The relationship between Robert Maxwell and Epstein and the related question of Ghislaine’s role is important because it could shed light on the nature of the relationship between Ghislaine and Epstein’s relationship and alleged links to other individuals and groups.
As mentioned, most media accounts have Ghislaine involved in only peripheral roles in the Maxwell empire (the football club, the gifts business) until at least 1990 when she had a job at the European newspaper and then a role at the New York Daily News. Ghislaine was not tried for involvement in Robert Maxwell’s fraud, unlike her two brothers Kevin and Ian. The Evening Standard reports that Ghislaine was not implicated because she, “was not a director of his companies; nor was she called upon to sign documents for him.” (16)
However, while Ghislaine does not seem to have had an official role at Maxwell’s flagship paper, the Daily Mirror, she was around enough in some capacity to have made an impression on staff there:
In the Mirror headquarters she was disliked by Maxwell’s fearful employees for her insufferable arrogance. “She’d ask for a cigarette,” complained one of her father’s former secretaries, “and walk off with the packet.” (17)
She treated important men differently, however:
Joe Haines, a former leader writer on the Daily Mirror, recalled a “pleasant, very pretty and non-flirty young woman”. Once, mistaking her for a secretary, he gave her a document to photocopy. “She did it without a pause.” (18)
In any case, what this implies is that she was around a great deal, presumably while the corporate gifts company was active. The strangest story of this time, though, is recounted by Alastair Campbell. Campbell worked for the Mirror in the early 80’s and continued under Maxwell until he left for another paper in the middle of the decade. He then had an alcohol-related nervous breakdown and restarted his career at the Mirror, working his way up to the job of political editor. He remembers:
I had known her since the Eighties, when her father, Robert Maxwell, bought the Mirror Group papers, where I was a political journalist. Robert doted on her. Whereas I witnessed a form of paternal cruelty to his sons Ian and Kevin at times, I sensed Ghislaine could do no wrong in his eyes. Indeed, the yacht where he met his demise on 5 November 1991 was named not after his long-suffering wife, Betty, but “Lady Ghislaine”.
Ghislaine had also been central to possibly the most bizarre assignment of my journalistic career – no, definitely the most bizarre assignment of my journalistic career – when Maxwell, for reasons I never fully fathomed, sent Ghislaine and I to Paris to hand over the remains of an Argentine political and military leader, Juan Manuel de Rosas, who had died in Hampshire in 1877. Bear with me. Heaven knows how the Sunday Mirror readers felt on the full-page account of this bizarre diplomatic mission intruding on their reading of sport and showbiz.
My other vivid memory of the trip was of Ghislaine, then in her twenties, saying Paris had the best underwear shops in the world, taking me on a little tour of them and being asked for my view of what might look nice on her. We chose purple. It was a rather strange, though pleasant enough, way to pass a couple of hours before we headed back to London. (19)
It’s strangely (suspiciously?) hard to find articles from the Maxwell period of the Mirror online. However, reports of the repatriation of the remains of the Argentinian dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas were published on October 2, 1989. (20) This means that the feature Campbell references is likely to have been published in the Sunday Mirror on the 8th of October, 1989, although I haven’t been able to find it. Campbell does not say whether Ghislaine had a byline. All this suggests that before the launch of the European and Maxwell’s purchase of the New York Daily News, Ghislaine was involved to some extent in the journalism and publishing business.
Two other alleged incidents from that time also would benefit from more context.
Firstly, the Times (London) report that on November 5, 1990 Ghislaine arrived from London in New York (by Concorde) bearing an envelope containing shares of a language school, Berlitz, owned by Maxwell’s publicly listed company. (21) As the shares were delivered in New York, her brothers and father in London re-registered the same shares as being owned by the family’s private company. Maxwell’s investors were defrauded out of $200m in this transaction. This money is claimed to have supported the Maxwell family after the death of Robert. The article says that Ghislaine “[u]nknowinglybecame enmeshed in a plot initiated by her father.” It is not made clear what the conclusion that Ghislaine was oblivious to the scheme is based on. Furthermore, Ghislaine returned to London directly to the Mirror Group headquarters with another envelope for Maxwell which is said to have formed, “part of Maxwell’s plunder of about £2bn from the shareholders of his companies.”
Secondly, Ghislaine’s alleged actions on the yacht after the death of her father haven’t been integrated into the big picture or given much importance. In a wire story for UPI, Jane Holligan reported that John Jackson of the Mirror watched “Ghislaine Maxwell pull papers from drawers and cabinets and throw them on the floor of the luxury yacht.” She reports Jackson quoting Ghislaine as telling the crew, ‘“'I order you to shred immediately everything I have thrown on the floor''’. (22) Once again, I have not been able to read the article by Jackson in the Mirror. However, a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), dated December 19, 1991, reports that the Mirror story in question was published the previous day (December 18). Jackson says he witnessed the event on the November 8, 1991, three days after Maxwell went overboard. He explains the delay in publishing his recollection of the event because he had forgotten about it until reports surfaced about faxes to Maxwell having gone missing. Ghislaine ‘“totally and utterly”’ denied the allegations.

Conclusion

Pull one thread of the Epstein case and you’re left with armfuls of tangled yarn. The reliability of the sources on Ghislaine’s early career is questionable, but nonetheless the claims merit more investigation. I have my own theories about Ghislaine and Epstein, but I’m trying to clarify the known facts based on documentary sources.

TL;DR

  • Ghislaine Maxwell is hard to pin down between 1985 when she graduates and 1991 when she reportedly shreds Robert Maxwell’s files on the yacht he falls from:
  • Can anyone shed further light on this period of Ghislaine’s life?
  • Does anyone have access to the Mirror from the time and if so can you find Alastair Campbell’s story about taking the remains of an Argentine dictator to Paris with Ghislaine? Also can anyone find John Jackson’s reports on Robert Maxwell’s death in November and December of 1991?
  • Can we confirm or deny whether Epstein knew of/met Robert Maxwell from additional sources?
  • Can we confirm or deny whether Ghislaine knew of/had met Epstein before she is said to have “arrived” in New York (1990/1)?
  • Lots of society and diary pieces from the 1990's featuring Ghislaine are easy to find. If anyone has seen any from the 1985-91 period can you share?

References:

  1. University exam results: Oxford and York, The Times (London), July 29, 1985.
  2. The rise and fall of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's 'best friend', by Mick Brown and Harriet Alexander, The Sydney Morning Herald, January 31, 2020.; Walker’s Research, Ghislaine Maxwell Biography, undated.
  3. All right for some, John Davison, The Times (London), June 7, 1992; HOW GHISLAINE ROSE FROM THE ASHES – MAXWELL’S HEIRS BUILDING A NEW BUSINESS EMPIRE, Peter Fearon, New York Post, March 23 2000.; Ghislaine Maxwell is looking for solace in saving the world's oceans, Spear’s, October 6th 2015.; The socialite and the Epstein scandal — Ghislaine Maxwell’s life and times, Damian Whitworth, The Times (London), August 13, 2019; The rise and fall of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's 'best friend', by Mick Brown and Harriet Alexander, The Sydney Morning Herald, January 31, 2020;
  4. Walker’s Research, Ghislaine Maxwell Biography, undated.
  5. Maxwells banned from Mirror: Fresh fraud probe as editor tells of 'testy relationship', David Harrison, The Observer, December 15, 1991.
  6. Life’s still sweet for the Maxwell girls, Tony Maguire, Evening Standard, June 29, 1992.,The rise and fall of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's 'best friend', by Mick Brown and Harriet Alexander, The Sydney Morning Herald, January 31, 2020.
  7. Life’s still sweet for the Maxwell girls, Tony Maguire, Evening Standard, June 29, 1992.
  8. Diary, Herald, December 27, 1988
  9. On Their Toes, Tom Poster and Phil Roura, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), May 17, 1989.
  10. The rise and fall of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's 'best friend', by Mick Brown and Harriet Alexander, The Sydney Morning Herald, January 31, 2020.
  11. Exhibit HH, Undisputed Facts, Sworn Statement of Maritza Vasquez taken June 15 2010, Jeffrey Epstein v. Bradley J Edwards, et al.
  12. Blackmailing America, Zev Shalev, narrativ.org, September 26, 2019.
  13. Former Spy Details Israel’s Main Motive Behind Epstein’s Sexual Blackmail Operation, Whitney Webb, mintpressnews.com, December 13th, 2019
  14. Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Dylan Howard et. al., Skyhorse, 2020.
  15. Come spy with me, Emma Parry, The Sun (Digital), December 3, 2019.
  16. Mr Pepys, Evening Standard (London), February 4, 1992.
  17. Out from Cap’n Bob’s shadow and into a web of sex and royals, Tom Bower, The Times (London), January 11, 2015.
  18. The socialite and the Epstein scandal — Ghislaine Maxwell’s life and times, Damian Whitworth, The Times (London) August 13, 2019.
  19. Alastair Campbell: what happened when I met Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, Alastair Campbell, November 20, 2019.
  20. Argentines honor a warlord of old, Shelly Christian, The New York Times, October 2, 1989; Remains of a tyrant: returned to Argentina amid cheers, jeers, James F. Smith, Los Angeles Times, October 2, 1989.
  21. Out from Cap’n Bob’s shadow and into a web of sex and royals, Tom Bower, The Times (London), January 11, 2015.
  22. Britain's Fraud Office to probe alleged scheme to prop up MCC shares, Jane Holligan, United Press International, December 18, 1991.
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2020.05.31 11:49 theconstantgardener3 George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, Riots - Deep-state plan?

I would like to start this by stating that I stand with the fight against racism and to end the oppression that people of color face on a daily basis. I also understand that elitist/deep state players know how deep those emotions run and use that to their advantage to push agendas and distract the masses.
I think they are doing this with the murder of George Floyd and now ex cop, Derek Chauvin. I believe deep state/soros set this up to incite a distraction from their slowly dying covid fear mongering, poor democratic candidate, push voters away from Trump and remove media attention from investigations into corruptions such as obama gate. People were coming together and waking up to the pandemic agenda. What has always been a great divide of the people? Race wars. There is control through chaos; not unity.
The video of the murdebrutality is fishy, but hard for people to notice due to how disturbing and infuriating it is. There did not seem to be an end goal to the detainment, other than displaying the grotesque murder for all to see and record. They wanted to be recorded. The emotionless look in their faces, the lack of speaking and detaining an unresisting man for so long, was unlike anything I have seen before. I continue to find conflicting information as to when Floyd actually passed - at the scene, en route to the hospital and an hour after, while at the hospital. Why did officers show up to the scene and not EMT to transport Floyd?
How many police brutality instances are there where the officer knows the man being arrested? They both worked at the same club as security officers in Minneapolis until late last year with overlapping schedules. Were they paid off/blackmailed?
https://www.google.com/amp/s/people.com/crime/george-floyd-fired-police-officer-worked-same-club/%3famp=true
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.kstp.com/articles/george-floyd-fired-officer-overlapped-security-shifts-at-south-minneapolis-club-may-28-2020-5743990.html
Then very organized riots ensue in cities that recently posted craigslist ads for crisis actors. I think George Soros is behind these. If you are not familiar with Soros’ corruption and Antifa movements in the past, please shoot me a message. To start, George Soros donated money to Minneapolis government in 2018 and has them in his back pocket. He is a major stakeholder in Minneapolis Target where the looting first started (insurance payout a cherry on top for him?). I think he’s using his Open Society Foundation to pay and bail out the protestors. It has been reported that mysterious entities have been bailing out the protesters, most of which are from out of state.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/05/30/George-Floyd-protests-riots-violence-outsiders-neo-Nazis-white-supremacists-Antifa-cartels-Trump/stories/202005300081
https://theminnesotasun.com/2018/10/27/soros-family-drops-thousands-on-minnesota-democrats/
https://www.startribune.com/soros-bets-bigger-on-target/128706073/
Now let’s take a look at the coroner they brought in for George Floyd. It’s no secret coroners have been used in the past to cover up false flags and elitist wrongdoings. Floyd’s coroner happens to be the same guy they used for Epstein. The coroners name is Michael Baden and he primarily works on highly controversial and highly televised cases.
Here’s a few he has been involved with in addition to Epstein:
He was the pathologist for Nicole brown Simpsons body and gave testimony at OJ Simpson’s trial (in favor of defendant), investigated the MLK assassination and the JKF assassination (he’s the one that declared it was Oswald), he performed the autopsy of the unarmed black man that was shot in Ferguson, performed autopsy of Eric garner (man who died from an alleged choke hold in the streets of New York), investigated Kobe Bryant’s allegation case*, investigated Aaron Hernandez’s death... etc.
On several occasions, Baden worked on the same side as Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard graduate who defended Epstein in court. Another instance they worked together was on the Claus von Bülow case. Claus was a socialite acquitted of trying to murder his millionaire wife by injecting her with insulin. Baden, who testified on behalf of the defense later wrote in his memoir that he had concluded that Sunny von Bülow had wound up in a coma because of her own drug and alcohol use.
Sure you can argue that he is the best in the business and that is why he is on so many high profile cases. Is it just a coincidence he’s mainly in favor of defense with his “unbiased” findings? However, if he is a reliable source, then why has he been fired so many times?
Baden was fired as chief medical examiner in New York for “losing evidence”, as well as in Los Angeles for giving advice on how to get away with murder and what drugs to use to be undetected. He also offered testimony in a trial which greatly swayed the evidence in favor of defense, which was later thrown out due to lying about his personal relationship with the defendant.
So is there a lack of coroners or does deep state like to keep their circle small when covering up their dirty work?
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/13/michael-baden-jeffrey-epstein-autopsy/%3foutputType=amp
It’s extremely convenient that the same media channels are no longer speaking of the corona virus. It has disappeared. Race wars are the new virus, dividing America and collapsing livelihoods. Groups are once again gathered and people’s minds have changed gears so easily.
Below is other information that I have seen, but did not find of great importance (but maybe others can make some use of):
-Floyd worked in the porn industry and allegedly so did the officer, rumored to work in gay porn. However I cannot find any evidence regarding the officer, which could have further linked a personal relationship. Unless there is evidence they knew each other in the industry, I don’t see this as important.
-Derek’s wife was the sister of the cop standing next to him (Tou Thou).
-Derek’s neighbors had no idea he was a cop and thought he was involved in real estate. He also had property in Florida and seemed to be more of an active resident there in regard to voting.
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2020.05.30 23:36 thecambridgegeek Audio Drama/Fiction/RPG Debuts - May 2020

I've got what I think is a mostly exhaustive list of the new audio series that came out this month, which may be of interest to those looking for new shows. See below. Anyone want to tell me any I've missed, and I'll update it? (Note, "new" here means that the Ep1 of the RSS feed was released, or a previously non-fiction feed started producing fiction.) Listened to any of them that you would recommend?

5/1: Bordertown (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://omny.fm/shows/auscast-literacy
Synopsis: Bordertown make-up artist Felicity, heads to Hollywood to become a star. After she starts dating former stand-up comedian, Tyrone Jackson, the paparazzi go wild. Her mother, local hairdresser Patricia is overjoyed, but when the relationship falls apart, all hell breaks loose in a small town obsessed with fame. This original stage comedy from the South Australian Playwrights Theatre hit Adelaide by storm in 2019 and is now a podcast series.
RSS Feed: https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/f4077a89-6f34-4e4a-88a6-a89e006843e6/51558e36-9a8a-4286-9dde-abad01835585/5ec986d0-e017-49f7-b016-abad01840fd6/podcast.rss

5/1: Dracula, a Comedy of Terrors (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/podcast/dracula-a-comedy-of-terrors/
Synopsis: Along the treacherous Borgo Pass In the mountains of Transylvania, a meek English real estate agent is on a harrowing journey to meet a new and mysterious client...who also just happens to be the most terrifying and ferocious monster the world has ever known. COUNT DRACULA!! Christopher Sieber leads an all-star cast, including John Stamos, Annaleigh Ashford, Laura Benanti, Alex Brightman, James Monroe Iglehart, Richard Kind, Rob McClure, Ashley Park, Alan Tudyk, Kathy Fitzgerald, Jeff Kready, and Orville Mendoza this special podcast event, recorded from their homes in isolation, to benefit The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Bram Stoker's epic horror story hilariously reimagined with a dash of Mel Brooks and a pinch of Monty Python, presented as an old time radio play. This lightning fast, laugh-out-loud comedy by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen is guaranteed to raise your pulse and emit blood curdling screams of laughter! Written by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen, directed by Gordon Greenberg. Produced by Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.megaphone.fm/dracula

5/2: Barren (Dramatised - Horror)
Site: https://barrenpodcast.com/
Synopsis: When reporter Peter Sommers returns to his grandparents' farm in the wake of their death, he uncovers a horrifying mystery that challenges everything he knows about his family, his sanity and reality itself. Barren is created by bestselling author David Vienna and presented by Ridiculous Danger.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1f04918c/podcast/rss

5/2: Rule Three (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYsH_-zZaEk
Synopsis: In a dystopian world where bees have gone extinct, we follow the lives of three characters who all work under the 'Apiar'', a corporation focused on hand pollination. The vanishing of a drone maker pushes the characters together, as they investigate his house, they uncover some shocking discoveries. What was he up to? Why did he go missing? And what was he hiding? Rule Three was originally a play created by Hive Productions, inspired by 'The History Of Bees' By Maja Lunde, and was set to be put on stage. However, due to Corona virus that had to be cancelled. We were all devastated, but determined to tell our story. So, during lock down we decided to turn it into a radio play so that people could still hear our story.

5/2: Southbound: A Simon Fogg Mystery (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
Site: http://www.buzzsprout.com/1049281
Synopsis: Down on his luck and stuck in a rut, ex-London copper Simon Fogg has hit rock bottom. When he's offered a case that will take him from The Big Smoke to The Deep South, he leaps at the chance. But the more he discovers, the more he's going to wish he'd stayed at home.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1049281.rss

5/2: Space Buccaneers (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://soundcloud.com/moderndaymorlock
Synopsis: They're bringing peace to the Galaxy! (But not to each other)... The adventures of four equally emotionally troubled people (well one lizard man) as they try and bring peace and justice to the Galaxy. The COMMANDER pompous, over-sexed and almost completely incompetent.The MAJOR, brilliant star pilot and Space Fleet officer. She makes very few mistakes. One of them was marrying the Commander. The DOCTOR, skilled, caring and empathetic. But nursing a broken heart where only excessive alcohol and "Companion Clones" can ease her loneliness. Full-time job keeping the Major and Commander from killing each other. LAZAR, a Saurian. Eight foot, fire-breathing man-lizard. Writes poetry and wants to join a book group. Has issues about his size, weight and how others see him. SHIP - a very young A.I. who controls everything, but still learning about how humans interact. Does his best but cries if you shout at him. Keen to please. GRID - Ship's potentially psychotic A.I. sibling, in charge of all weaponry. Shoots first, asks questions later. Actually, doesn't ask questions at all...

5/2: The Omega Broadcast - A Fallout Story (Dramatised - Fanfiction)
Site: https://anchor.fm/the-omega-broadcast-a-fallout-story
Synopsis: The Bearcycle Show presents this radio drama podcast with a captivating story, centered in the immersive fallout universe. The Omega Broadcast is a young mans journey throughout a post apocalyptic USA . This story follows once Vault 76 resident Bryan Burton as he sets up and develops a new settlement within the Appalachian Wasteland. He is forced to face the mysteries of his past, all the while trying to navigate the harsh environment and chaos that surrounds him.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1f6599c8/podcast/rss

5/3: Blivet (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: http://jestserendipity.com/blivet.html
Synopsis: Inspired by early 1900's Radio Plays and Shows, Blivet is a fully improvised episodic show. Not only does this show find its comedy through improv, it also finds drama and suspense while staying authentic to old time radio plays. The cast come from the Jest Serendipity family out Las Vegas. Jest Serendipity believes in enhancing and changing the art form of Improv and has been doing so in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years. Gather your family around the radio or podcast playing device and try not to laugh or cry during our first season of Blivet.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1d83440c/podcast/rss

5/3: Crumbleflan (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://crumbleflan.podbean.com/
Synopsis: Crumbleflan is a crumbling castle where King Vivian the Vague and Queen Ermintrude the Organized rule over their beloved subjects with the dubious assistance of Lord Crabtight the Cunning. Full cast comedy written by Callum Hale.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/crumbleflan/feed.xml

5/3: Italia Noir (Fiction - Crime/Mystery)
Site: https://www.spreaker.com/show/italia-noir-thescriptdept
Synopsis: 1950, Italy. A hardboiled Los Angeles private detective pulls back the veil of the dark underbelly of the Italian Amalfi coast to investigate the death of a high-profile socialite. However, he doesn't factor on coming face to face with the mafia, a corrupt wing of the Carabinieri, and the vice-like grip of the Cinecitta movie studio, as they converge on a powerful coastal community.
RSS Feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4348662/episodes/feed

5/3: Midnight Apocrypha (Dramatised - Anthology)
Site: http://www.buzzsprout.com/1042774
Synopsis: Midnight Apocrypha is a podcast dedicated to the revival of retro radio dramas through new productions of series from the Golden Age of Radio. Midnight Apocrypha is brought to you by Widener University's Lone Brick Theatre Company in partnership with Forgotten Lore Theatre.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1042774.rss

5/3: REM Waking World (Dramatised - Fantasy)
Site: www.remwakingworld.com
Synopsis: REM Waking World, created by Joshua Combes in ISO, is a fantasy fiction podcast following the quest of Jacob Thorne who, while in pandemic social isolation, sleeps too much, dreams too much and then finds himself further isolated in a vast dream world, unable to escape. Will Jacob's escape earn him some level of control over his story? Will he find hope to lead him through this crisis? Or will he fade into time like a forgotten story?
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/remwakingworld/feed.xml

5/4: Crypto-Z (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://euphonie.media/
Synopsis: Crypto-Z is a new immersive sci-fi audio drama. Join Jane Silver's mission to restore life on the planet, as she ascends the Alps to discover the mesmerizing yet menacing "Iceman". Created by award-winning filmmaker Hadrien Royo and New York Times Bestselling Author Danielle Trussoni.
RSS Feed: https://euphonie.media/feed/podcast/

5/4: Human Story Theatre (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Site: https://humanstorytheatre.com/podcast/
Synopsis: Co-founded by joint artistic directors Amy Enticknap and Gaye Poole, Human Story Theatre focuses on producing new writing with a health and social care issue at heart. The productions ‘pop-up' in any designated space with minimal set, giving a shared light, shared space experience. Human Story Theatre the podcast goes behind the scenes exploring the issues raised in the plays and highlighting the real human stories behind their work. Amy and Gaye chat to people with lived experience and those organisations out there who offer help and support.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1d341b34/podcast/rss

5/4: Monsters & Melodies (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: http://www.buzzsprout.com/1062286
Synopsis: Welcome to Monsters & Melodies, a collaborative storytelling radio show that uses the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition system. In this show, storytellers transform into adventurers that bring you entertaining tales set to music created by Midwestern artists.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1062286.rss

5/4: On Top of Hooper's Hill (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://www.ontopofhoopershill.com/
Synopsis: An audio drama with music. Follow police sergeant Mary-Anne O'Connell and elusive troubadouarchivist Stormchaser as they get to the bottom of strange mysteries in the isolated valley town of Loup Loup.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/ontopofhoopershill/feed.xml

5/4: Roll for Murder (RPG - Crime/Mystery)
Site: https://anchor.fm/alchemical-nonsense
Synopsis: Roll for Murder is a new real play tabletop podcast featuring a series of one shot campaigns where every player is working towards a secret goal. One of those players, however, is the villain of the story, working towards a much darker goal. Lying, deceit, trickery, and foul play are all encouraged and expected. Can you, the listener, figure out who the villain is before the party does? Welcome to Roll For Murder.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1e9dae7c/podcast/rss

5/4: The Adventures of Donald McQueen, Bibliographer (Fiction - Comedy)
Site: http://www.buzzsprout.com/1038544
Synopsis: In the ancient University town of Noxford (which is definitely not Oxford), Donald McQueen is Professor Emeritus of Bibliography and a Fellow of both Timor Mortis College and Unrewley House. McQueen's adventures begin one morning when he finds the ear-trumpet of Death in the anteroom of the Fellows' Library at his College, and discovers its miraculous power to eavesdrop upon any time or place, any reality, and to hear even the thoughts of the people and animals around him. All the while, he continues his greatest adventure, his quest to uncover the truth about the mysterious Codex Assinorum, which has caused bibliographers so many sleepless hours, and broken teeth. This is a comical adventure for bibliographers, who will complain that there is too little bibliography in it, while non-bibliographers (the benighted majority) will complain that there is too much. Rest assured that the next chapter will contain more, or less, bibliographical humour ...
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1038544.rss

5/4: The Spinning Master (Fiction - Science fiction)
Site: https://shows.acast.com/the-spinning-master
Synopsis: The Spinning Master is an adventure story about a woman who travels to another world to find her missing brother. Written like literature, researched like history, and steeped in Irish mythology, this is sci-fi without spaceships; fantasy without magic; and a love story that transcends species and gender. Expect aliens, autism, and video games. The Spinning Master is set in Ireland, in a dystopian and not-too-distant future. Ronan Lawless has vanished leaving his sister, Liath, deep in debt. When video-game magnate Ethan Blake offers her a job, along with a biometrically embedded AI, she senses he has an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Ronan is held hostage in Ildathach, the otherworld of Irish folklore, by an alien species known as the Sí. When he is kidnapped by Faelán, a Sí from another tribe, he learns the truth of his predicament. But Faelán has an agenda of his own and Ronan discovers what it means to be loved by one of the Sí.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.acast.com/public/shows/the-spinning-master

5/5: Closing the Distance (Fiction - Slice of life)
Site: https://www.audiodramainitiative.com/closing-the-distance
Synopsis: We're all watching the news. We're all doing our part. Some are even putting their lives on the line to contribute. We're learning how to work from our homes, and we're contending with lost jobs and the temporary (hopefully) shutdowns of entire industries. But at the same time, most of us are mourning the loss of something that we might not have even realized we valued so much: our connections to each other. Suddenly, neighbors seem as though they live halfway across the country, and friends and loved one can feel as though they're millions of miles away. How do we deal with the broad chasms that have opened? Closing the Distance is a series of ten short pieces that explores the sudden and seemingly uncrossable distance between people caused by our being sheltered in place. In each piece, individuals are faced with a lack of contact they hadn't anticipated - from loved ones, from their community, from new and emerging relationships, from their way of making a living, etc. In each case, they struggle with the distance until they find some way to bridge it, often with surprising results. Fractious relationships are healed. Unexpected relationships are formed. Essential relationships are sustained.
RSS Feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4358561/episodes/feed

5/5: Powers Beyond Their Steam (Fiction - Children)
Site: http://powersbeyondtheirsteam.podbean.com/
Synopsis: The Powers Beyond Their Steam book series, written and read by Tom M Franklin.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/powersbeyondtheirsteam/feed.xml

5/5: Roll Your Own Adventure (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://rollyourownadventure.com/
Synopsis: Hello there! Come in, get comfortable, and welcome to Roll Your Own Adventure. It's an improvised storytelling podcast with a heavy dose of audience interaction. Follow five friends as they journey into the mysterious realm of Raylia using nothing but their wits, some dice, a vague and nebulous understanding of D&D... And you! Our listeners!
RSS Feed: https://rollyourownadventure.libsyn.com/rss

5/6: Evil Zodiac (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://shows.acast.com/evil-zodiac
Synopsis: Humberto will be your guide to the future...for a Price. A comedy horror show that 100% guarantees that it will help you believe nonsense about your future. Using the powers of the occult and the stars.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.acast.com/public/shows/5ea54399c786ab7250d0e781

5/6: Roll Britannia (RPG - Comedy)
Site: https://anchor.fm/roll-britannia
Synopsis: An actual play Dungeons and Dragons 5e comedy podcast from 5 British lads, with little to no experience in dungeons or dragons. Join James, Tom, Chip, Paul, and Alex on their adventure, as they explore the world of Dungeons and Dragons (but badly).
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1e08bec0/podcast/rss


5/7: Essentials (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Site: https://essentials_johngodber.buzzsprout.com/
Synopsis: A wry, new, six part radio drama which takes place over breakfast in the kitchen of a Yorkshire family. Tension, comedy, and burnt toast whilst they wrestle with the realities of Lockdown UK.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1070293.rss

5/7: Nurture Hill (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://anchor.fm/phin-samdperil
Synopsis: A wacky audio play series. It's bad. Written and created by Phin Samdperil.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1f841a60/podcast/rss

5/7: Plum Forest (Fiction - Anthology)
Site: https://www.plumforestpodcast.com/
Synopsis: Traditional Chinese short stories and fables are translated into modern day English with modern day situations. Each story is unique and based off of a classic short story. Every episode is a new story and each story will blow your socks off!
RSS Feed: https://plumforestpodcast.libsyn.com/rss

5/7: Riordan's Desk (Fiction - Crime/Mystery)
Site: http://www.buzzsprout.com/1071847
Synopsis: Crime fiction by Mark Coggins featuring private investigator August Riordan.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1071847.rss

5/7: The Incontinent Void (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://theincontinentvoid.wixsite.com/theicvoid
Synopsis: Family can drive us crazy. But in dire circumstances, left only with their wits and a basement full of vodka, can even the most dysfunctional of families find the strength to stay united? Stay tuned to find out!
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1034005.rss

5/8: One Shot One Kill (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://anchor.fm/osokpod
Synopsis: There are dozens of D&D podcasts out there, but none as stupid as this one. Join Dungeon Master Alex as he forces three other nerds through the fictional world of Zenarea.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1a177568/podcast/rss

5/8: Peer Gynt (Dramatised - Adaptation)
Site: https://colinaudio.net/
Synopsis: A full cast audio drama adaptation of Ibsen's classic play.
RSS Feed: https://oxon-audio-drama.squarespace.com/peer-gynt-podcast?format=rss

5/8: When We Meet Again (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Site: https://www.mcsoxford.org/senior-school/drama/when-we-meet-again/
Synopsis: When We Meet Again is an original eight-part radio play researched, written, performed and produced by MCS pupils and staff. Drawing inspiration from original accounts - including those in the MCS archives and David Bebbington's Goodbye Shirley - it draws on the striking parallels between the ‘Phoney War' period from September 1939-May 1940 and our current circumstances amid the Covid19 lockdown - a period of waiting, with movement curtailed, foodstuffs disappearing from the shelves and normal life disrupted.
RSS Feed: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/playlists/soundcloud:playlists:1045532362/sounds.rss

5/9: The 39 Steps (Black Box Theatre) (Dramatised - Adaptation)
Site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie6MI6CoxO8
Synopsis: Last year, BlackBox Theatre Company toured with its thrilling new adaptation of John Buchan's classic ripping yarn, The 39 Steps. We presented it as a live radio broadcast on stage so when the lockdown came into force it seemed to make sense to actually record it as a radio play and this is the result.

5/10: Black Mountain Tales (Fiction - Horror)
Site: http://blackmountaintales.libsyn.com/
Synopsis: Black Mountain Tales are tales of horror and suspense, originating from Appalachian folklore. Won't you join us as we discover the creepiest urban legends that Kentucky has to offer.
RSS Feed: https://blackmountaintales.libsyn.com/rss

5/11: Detective Q (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://anchor.fm/wrongdoorradio
Synopsis: It had been too long since Q had had a real case. Suddenly a kid shows up on her scooter, outlines a Hollywood plot involving a producer, a missing tape, and a lost woman named Amerika. It was LA, 2020. Weed and apathy were running at an all time high. But balderdash if Q wasn't the last detective left in the crooked little town who still gave a damn.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1da8e478/podcast/rss

5/11: Exuberance is Beauty (Dramatised - Thriller)
Site: https://www.illuminusproductions.com/exuberance-is-beauty/
Synopsis: A serialized fiction podcast set in 1940s Oregon. Eve Miller, a young war widow, rebels against the ordinariness of womanhood in the post-war era. Eve is enlightened as she succumbs to the sensual temptation of an adulterous affair. In its aftermath, Eve Miller's life unravels and leads to unexpected violence and moral isolation. Exuberance Is Beauty, is a contemporary interpretation of Adam and Eve's biblical allegory and Eve's fall into desolation. The story examines the consequence of erotic obsession and the repentance the female protagonist must pay for her sins of the flesh.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.captivate.fm/exuberance-is-beauty/

5/11: Star Wars: Duel of the Fates (Dramatised - Fanfiction)
Site: https://www.dewvre.com/duelofthefates
Synopsis: A Star Wars fandrama. The iron grip of the FIRST ORDER has spread to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Only a few scattered planets remain unoccupied. Traitorous acts are punishable by death. Determined to suffocate a growing unrest, Supreme Leader KYLO REN has silenced all communication between neighboring systems. Led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA, the Resistance has planned a secret mission to prevent their annihilation and forge a path to freedom....
RSS Feed: https://feeds.redcircle.com/051c344a-ed24-4164-aa31-ed62e6893ca5

5/12: 1989: After Humanity (Fiction - Science fiction)
Site: https://paulinman.podbean.com/
Synopsis: When a future-predicting arcade game appears on the doorstep of a retro-themed gaming shop, two vloggers learn that knowing the future can have terrible consequences.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/paulinman/feed.xml

5/13: Astonishing Tales from around the Tabletop (RPG - Historical)
Site: https://RedPageProductions.podbean.com
Synopsis: A 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons actual play podcast. Set in a 1930's style world of Dolva, magic and technology blend together.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/redpageproductions/feed.xml

5/13: Clockwork Hearts (RPG - Science fiction)
Site: http://www.buzzsprout.com/770645
Synopsis: Welcome to Clockwork Hearts! This is an actual play RPG game featuring an all female cast. Beginning in the fictional city of New London, Clockwork Hearts follows Avory, Arabella, Waverly, and Claratynn as they set out to investigate a mysterious kidnapping...
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/770645.rss

5/13: How to Bury the Pets (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://www.thepodplay.com/
Synopsis: How to Bury Your Pets is a dramatic comedy in one part. Starring Hugh Ross (The Assassination of Jesse James) and Jonathan Daviss (The Outer Banks). When a middle-aged White man attempts to solve bigger issues stemming from divorce with a pair of mice for his young daughters he forges an unlikely relationship with a young Black man working at a big-box pet store.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.captivate.fm/how-to-bury-the-pets/

5/14: Into the Night (Fiction - Anthology)
Site: http://www.buzzsprout.com/1082039
Synopsis: Into the Night is a short story collection written by author Caroline Giammanco and narrated by Nari Kwak. Ranging from science fiction to paranormal to general fiction, each story offers listeners the unexpected. Find out which twisted path will lead you Into the Night.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1082039.rss

5/14: Moonie & Sparty Adventures (Fiction - Children)
Site: https://moonieandsparty.captivate.fm/
Synopsis: Moonie and Sparty Adventures is a show written and recorded by kids, for kids. When Moonie, an Aussiedoodle puppy, gets adopted into the Spencer family, she inherits a new toilet to drink out of, along with three rambunctious kids. Her emotionally unstable older brother, Sparty, needs her help when the Spencer family goes out of the house. But she also needs his help to understand what life with the Spencer family means. This feel-good show will make you smile and laugh, as Moonie faces exciting adventures and learns new things about what it means to be part of a family.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.captivate.fm/moonieandsparty/

5/14: Rumours (Dramatised - Thriller)
Site: https://anchor.fm/emily-reader
Synopsis: In this dark comedy, university students Sam and Sally drunkenly meet at a house party. Sam is a creep, Sally is a slut. That is, according to their reputations. But are any of the rumours true? And what does Sally's boyfriend Harry have to do with them?
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/ea99fbc/podcast/rss

5/14: The Coronalogues (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Site: https://wtsproductions.sounder.fm/show/WzPXz
Synopsis: 5 stories from one Edinburgh street during lockdown... An elderly man forced out of his self isolation, a woman tries to leave her lover, a father-to-be waits for his first born child, a drug mule caught in a trap and an NHS worker tries to get home... 5 people, 5 stories, 1 ending.
RSS Feed: https://wtsproductions.sounder.fm/show/WzPXz/rss.xml
See comments for part 2.

Previous months are available here:
https://www.thecambridgegeek.com/results.php?proof=Releases&tag1=Audio%20fiction
And the ongoing updates (just in case you don't want to wait for the end of the month) are available here:
https://twitter.com/AudioDramaDebut
And I do a weekly podcast collecting a few trailers here:
https://www.thecambridgegeek.com/archive/add/add.php
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2020.05.23 18:39 Hitch42 Audio-Drama.com links from May 17 to May 23, 2020

Audio-Drama.com is an online directory of audio drama and spoken word websites, with at least one new link added to it each day. As of this post, there are 4,875 published articles. Here are the newest articles from the previous week:
  1. Day By Day (Full Cast Drama Anthology) From Must B Nice comes Day By Day, a bi-weekly series of narrative stories inspired by our new normal.
  2. The Adventures of Nickels and Spud (Full Cast Science Fiction Comedy Series) The Adventures of Nickels and Spud is a futuristic sci-fi, techno fantasy, which follows the exploits of Nickels (an outgoing dinosaur, human hybrid who is the owner and founder of his own salvation/bounty hunter company, his friend and associate, Spud (a friendly and quite intelligible vegetable based alien from a distant galaxy), their sarcastic and often insecure Ship simply named Ship and their new associate, Em—a petite—but more often than not—bigger than life princess from Earth.
  3. Merchant of Death (Full Cast Thriller Series) A WW2 veteran returns home and finds no employment opportunities. During a chance encounter, he is given an opportunity and becomes a hitman for a Kansas City crime family.
  4. I Want Everything (Full Cast Science Fiction Comedy Series) I Want Everything is a six-part, full cast dramatisation comedy drama by Tom Manly. Two young strangers appear in a dimensionless void. They learn from their unwilling and flatulent guide that they have been summoned to undertake The Bidding. The Bidding is a difficult, no, nearly impossible task. The most likely outcome for the summoned is death ... but completing The Bidding is their only way home. What is the curious purpose of these quests? Who are the mysterious Stewards who oversee the process? What ancient prophesies drive a conflict that threatens to engulf our heroes and the vast Hachne Empire? What happens when a Giant meets a social influencer and why does everyone dream that someone else has taken their spoon!?
  5. Welcome to Turquoise City (Narrated Thriller Series) A couple riddles, a few heists and a mysterious man who refers to himself in the 3rd person...Welcome to Turquoise City.
  6. Dispatches of Disassociation (Narrated Comedy Series) An audio drama focusing on the letters between every day people during the Coronavirus scare of 2020. A mix of Ken Burn's documentaries and satire, Dispatches of Disassociation tries to make light of a weird time for us all.
  7. Swamp Mysteries (Narrated Children's Horror Series) Charley, Oscar, Robbie and Jules are ordinary 12-year-old kids. That is, until they uncover the long-lost treasure map of the notorious pirate, Jean Lafitte. Soon, a couple of greedy alligator hunters are on their tails, as are the ghouls from the nearby swamps who will do anything to protect the treasure. If Charley, Oscar, Robbie and Jules are going to make it out alive, they're going to need more than luck. They're going to need the help of the ghostly inhabitants of Plantation View, Louisiana!
  8. Light House (Narrated Horror Series) Tara Hollis was supposed to get a fresh new start at her ancestral home, Light House. But when Tara and her family moved into Light House on that warm, winter's day in 1963, they did not suspect the horror that awaited them; a horror that lurked in the shadows, biding its time to quench its hunger. There is a darkness that dwells in the heart of Light House...one that will tear Tara's family apart. Do you believe in ghosts? Tara didn't...until she moved into Light House.
  9. The Villes (Narrated Children's Series) From Tiredsville and Windyville, to Coldsville and Boredsville, the Magical bus takes Herman and the reader on a journey of fun and intrigue.
  10. Lottie's Diary (Narrated Drama Series) Lottie's 1930 diary showed up years ago in a jumble sale in the south of England. Written in a Collins' Royal Diary, it's the story of a young woman from North London. A story of English privilege between the wars. Each episode brings another month from Lottie's 1930 life. Some things are familiar; at other time she inhabits another world.
  11. The Fowler Family Radio Hour (Full Cast Comedy Series) "The Fowler Family Radio Hour" features down-home songs and commercials, the latest episode of the soap opera "Holly Springs Eternal," and plenty of local color from the fictional southern town of Henley.
  12. Friends Through the Letterbox (Full Cast Science Fiction Comedy Series) Dan Jones and Craven Windlescrape discuss a strange portal that's connecting Dan's letterbox to a whole new world of mystery.
  13. Adelyne's Apothecary (Narrated Drama Series) Adelyne's Apothecary is a fiction podcast exploring the world of folk herbalist Adelyne Hutcheson. Adelyne's storytelling takes us deep into the hills of Northern Appalachia where we meet her eccentric neighbors, family, and dearest plant friends.
  14. Academy Days (Narrated Drama Series) Academy Days is a fiction serial podcast for teenage girls. The Christian high school story follows four girls as they navigate school, family, friends, and the choices that each day brings. Carmen, London, Nora, and Lacey differ in personality, but life in a small Christian school brings them together as each one grows closer to God.
  15. Tales from Mugglesby Town (Narrated Children's Anthology) A collection of children's stories set in Mugglesby Town, written and performed by the Reeve family.
  16. The Space Programme (Full Cast Children's Science Fiction Series) A small Scottish island is shocked to find itself home to a brand new space program. When two tech entrepreneurs announce their plan to make one of the local kids the world's first child astronaut, nothing is ever the same again.
  17. Closing the Distance (Narrated Drama Anthology) Closing the Distance is a series of ten short pieces that explores the sudden and seemingly uncrossable distance between people caused by our being sheltered in place. In each piece, individuals are faced with a lack of contact they hadn't anticipated – from loved ones, from their community, from new and emerging relationships, from their way of making a living, etc. In each case, they struggle with the distance until they find some way to bridge it, often with surprising results. Fractious relationships are healed. Unexpected relationships are formed. Essential relationships are sustained.
  18. Bleeding Love (Full Cast Science Fiction Musical Drama Series) In a world where it's too dangerous to go outside, a starry-eyed teen cellist risks leaving her apartment to win the love of the rebel punk next door. A twisted musical with a good, pure heart.
  19. The Omega Broadcast (Full Cast Science Fiction Series) The Bearcycle Show presents this radio drama podcast with a captivating story, centered in the immersive Fallout universe. The Omega Broadcast is a young man's journey throughout a post apocalyptic USA. This story follows once Vault 76 resident Bryan Burton as he sets up and develops a new settlement within the Appalachian Wasteland. He is forced to face the mysteries of his past, all the while trying to navigate the harsh environment and chaos that surrounds him.
  20. Path of Legends (Full Cast Fantasy Series) Welcome to Path of Legends, a fantasy/adventure, serial podcast. Use headphones to enjoy an immersive audio storytelling experience like you've never heard before. Get ready for the journey of a lifetime through enchanted woods, dark labyrinths, forgotten ruins, and into the unknown. Path of Legends Podcast brings you stories to take you beyond.
  21. The Spinning Master (Narrated Science Fiction Fantasy Series) The Spinning Master is an adventure story about a woman who travels to another world to find her missing brother. Written like literature, researched like history, and steeped in Irish mythology, this is sci-fi without spaceships; fantasy without magic; and a love story that transcends species and gender. Expect aliens, autism, and video games.
  22. Mr. Jimmo's Radio Theatre (Full Cast Fantasy Series) A young adult fantasy series about a boy who discovers a magical pond that grants god like powers over a strange new world. A place where the only one able to hear his voice is Hobbs, a black and purple troll who lives in a gigantic mushroom forest.
  23. Italia Noir (Narrated Thriller Series) 1950, Italy. A hardboiled Los Angeles private detective pulls back the veil of the dark underbelly of the Italian Amalfi coast to investigate the death of a high-profile socialite. However, he doesn't factor on coming face to face with the mafia, a corrupt wing of the Carabinieri, and the vice-like grip of the Cinecitta movie studio, as they converge on a powerful coastal community.
  24. Crumbleflan (Full Cast Comedy Series) Crumbleflan is a crumbling castle where King Vivian the Vague and Queen Ermintrude the Organized rule over their beloved subjects with the dubious assistance of Lord Crabtight the Cunning.
  25. MonkeyTales (Full Cast Multigenre Anthology) What is MonkeyTales? (What are MonkeyTales?) It's a monthly ongoing series of one-shot episodes, self-contained stories, with settings ranging from fantastic other worlds to possible futures to the very real and everyday.
Feel free to discuss any of these shows or comment about Audio-Drama.com. Note that the website is currently in the process of being redesigned, so some functionality is limited and pages may look different from one another.
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2020.05.16 01:37 wizardlydobie What's Going On Here?! I Was Told Trump Was a Total Fraud And Wasn't Actually Going After Human Traffikers and Pedophiles.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51634774 <--- NY Fashion Mogul Nygard
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/prince-andrew-jeffrey-epstein-investigation-interview-fbi-royal-family-a9304641.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-administration-harvey-weinstein-fbi-probe-order-sexual-assault-harassment-allegations-a7996676.html
https://nypost.com/2018/03/26/cult-leader-arrested-for-allegedly-branding-women-keeping-them-as-slaves/
https://abcnews.go.com/US/100-sex-trafficking-victims-rescued-us-amid-busts/story?id=64845453
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-jeffrey-epstein-investigation/exclusive-fbi-investigating-british-socialite-and-others-who-facilitated-epstein-sources-idUSKBN1YV0VB
https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national/fbi-169-arrested-human-trafficking-investigation-leading-super-bowl/HcAxS0q23l6qVh1UaG6RiM/
https://www.dw.com/en/europol-fbi-arrest-nearly-900-in-crackdown-on-global-pedophile-ring/a-38729883
http://abc3340.com/news/local/fbi-49-arrested-in-metro-birmingham-human-trafficking-operations
https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/01/30/federal-authorities-raid-controversial-filipino-church-part-massive-investigation/
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2018/feb/12/fbi-scientology-allegations/
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-01-29/fbi-raids-los-angeles-church-to-make-immigration-fraud-bust
https://ktla.com/news/local-news/2-arrested-after-fbi-raids-van-nuys-church-in-human-trafficking-investigation/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/19/us/federal-catholic-investigation-what-we-know/index.html
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2020.05.04 19:50 Skulenta Respect Faith Lehane (Buffyverse)

Respect Faith the Vampire Slayer

"Faith. Her name alone invokes awe. Faith. A set of principles or beliefs on which you are willing to devote your life. The Dark Slayer. A lethal combination of beauty, power, and death." - Andrew Wells

Biography

Faith Lehane was born in Boston, Massachusetts to an alcoholic mother and mostly-absent father. After the death of Kendra Young in 1998, Faith was called as the next Slayer; a girl with imbued with the strength and skill to fight the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. Whereas the typical Slayer is expected to be dutiful, submissive and dedicated, Faith is a careless and unrestrained young woman who revels in sex and violence.
Despite enjoying her new status as a super-powered monster hunter, Faith was traumatized when she witnessed her Watcher get brutally killed by the millennia-old vampire Katistos which prompted her to relocate to Sunnydale, California to meet fellow Slayer Buffy Summers. Even though Faith gelled well with Buffy's friends and family due to her carefree and fun-loving attitude, the two had a complicated relationship stemming from Faith's emotional issues. As Buffy slowly started to embrace Faith's rebellious approach to slaying, this came to a halt when Faith accidentally killed the Deputy Mayor of Sunnydale on patrol. Ignoring Buffy's pleas to take responsibility, Faith aligned herself with the malevolent Mayor Wilkins and aided him in the days up to his ascension.
The final straw in her feud with Buffy was when Faith targeted her lover Angel, forcing Buffy to fight her to the death. The resulting battle ended with Faith being put in a coma that persisted over eight months, waking up to find the Mayor dead with nothing to turn to but a magical artifact left to her by her former boss. Faith used this to swap bodies with Buffy to live her life while letting Buffy take the fall for her crimes. This plan quickly failed and Faith fled to Los Angeles where she was approached by evil law firm Wolfram & Hart to assassinate Angel. Although Faith appeared adamant in her task, Angel he saw through her bloodthirsty veneer; a broken girl who'd lost her way and was desperate to end it. Instead of punishing her, Angel choose to console her and set her on the uneasy path of redemption.

Sources

Hover over a feat to view its source.
Television
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) seasons 3-4 & 7 = BTVS-SXEY
  • Angel (1999) seasons 1 & 4 = ATS-SXEY
Comics
  • Tales of the Slayers = ToS
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons 8, 11-12 = BTVS-SX#Y
  • Angel & Faith Vol. 1-2 = A&F1#/A&F2#
Note: Angel & Faith Vol 2 is officially referred to as "Angel & Faith Season 10", but I refer to them as volumes for ease.
Other

Gear

Intelligence

Problem-solving & Trickery
Leadership
Limits

Skill

Fighting Skill
Awareness & Perceptiveness
Marksmanship & Accuracy

Physical Attributes

Strength
Durability & Healing
Speed & Agility
Drug Tolerance
Stamina

Dreams

All Slayers experience vivid dreams of the past heroics of previous Slayers that also give insights into future events. These dreams can have a variety of effects.

Miscellaneous

"Five by five."

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2020.04.25 20:52 zir_ Mysterious Lady (interesting article about Epstein)

Mysterious Lady
CORONAVIRUS , intelligence wars, financial operations, the struggle on the center of money , closing people's homes, spending bottom, companies sinking, economic recession leaning on the door, fear growing, stock exchange depreciation, interest rates based on ZERO point, oil collapse and many more … We are in a climate like no other . Looking at two important names Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen who are the boss of the FED, they are also desperate. "We are facing a crisis that is not economically based, but will have major economic consequences." Nobody in Turkey While I did not write a single line about CORONAVIRUS, I was sharing details about CORONA here for days . Only CALENDAR newspaper CHINA ' also bore the headline developments. Nobody was interested in "CHINA" , either because of drowsiness or indifference . Many thought that this would be limited to CHINA . NEVER and KAT ' A CHINA' also could not remain in stock this virus ... ... the aim of the operation was to change the whole balance. Which is going fast on the road… Just as nobody was interested in Coronavirus, Jeffrey Epstein was avoided execution. The world was actually a small village. We forgot. FIGHT all developments nevertheless describes was serving us did not understand ... misses were ... where we left off yesterday, let's continue ... Epstein's closest with Ghislaine go from Maxwell ... we understand clearly that is required ... Ghislaine Maxwell, for today one of the Coronavirus vaccine more valuable. He's been missing for about 1 year . According to some people, natural ... Interesting news has started to appear in the media recently. Where is Jeffrey Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who was declared suicidal by hanging himself in prison? He escaped interrogation according to British and French media, hiding in a mansion in France. The last claim about Ghislaine Maxwell, who was allegedly hidden in Los Angeles and then in Massachusetts, was that he lived in his family-owned mansion in Meyreuil, in the south of France. All this is made up. That's all CIA mislead. Can you imagine? France is still a country where the Rothschild family is very active. Ghislaine Maxwell is also not hiding in the country where the family is strongest. The CIA does not allow this either. Because Ghislaine Maxwell lives in a villa in Malta under the protection of the CIA. Ghislaine Maxwell was taken to Malta a few weeks before Coronavirus arrived in Europe. The CIA got every piece of information it wanted to learn from Maxwell. The claim that the FBI is looking for Ghislaine Maxwell to question is also completely unrealistic. The issues of the CIA include the FBI's ego in movies. The CIA is awaiting completion of the process that started with Coronavirus. This will probably take another 45 days. Then Ghislaine Maxwell may return to his old socialite days. Or it may end up like his father. This place is not known… Let's go to 2018… At a party in London, important names from the board of Barclays, Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles talked about an AID study. At that time, Epstein was a very important businessman. Barclays agreed to meet the financial side of the organization. Now this agreement poses risks to the bank. At least there are claims in this direction. Now, what Ghislaine Maxwell has to say about Prince Andrew at this meeting or what he has told the CIA doesn't matter. But if he told some CIA about private conversations that would include Prince Charles! If this is the case, it is certain that the British Royal family will be shaken with a big scandal in the coming days. Remembering the name of a gigantic force like Barclays with Epstein is an important detail of a great plan. Queen II. Prince Andrew, Elizabeth's son, has no value. Neither for his mother nor for his brother. However, how much Prince Charles could not agree, Queen II. It is very valuable for Elizabeth. It is also very important for the deep powers in London. For the first time, Britain is at such a center of scandals. The media also like these scandals. In the past, the Royal had a serious impact on the media. There is no power today. Queen II until 2015. The news that Elizabeth did not want would not be in the media. This is a secret rule that is not sanctioned but known to every media boss. However, Queen II with the Rothschild family. The disagreements between Elizabeth began in 2015. After this situation, the media started to make hard news about the royal family. Especially the news about Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were extremely heavy. Prince Charles' influence in the media is greater than his mother. But nowadays, Prince Charles is also in panic. Panic not related to coronavirus. Ghislaine Maxwell, the name who knew all of Epstein, was very close to Prince Charles. Maxwell was even going to invest in England and was planning a partnership with Prince Charles. But now everything is confused. Prince Charles is worried that Ghislaine Maxwell may also share negative information about himself. The United Arab Emirates and Saudi sheikhs, who had power in London using the power of Prince Charles, are also worried. It does not surprise anyone that Ghislaine Maxwell also has documents about many Arab sheikhs! If you look at Epstein's island, "Who's gone," you 'll see THAT IS NOT GOING ! Even Bill Clinton's JEFFREY EPSTEIN in the USA A prosecutor investigating his closeness was killed… Mike Pompeo and CIA Director Gina Haspel are the pro-stage actors of this new process… The roads opened by Jeffrey Epstein's ARCHIVES are now reversed… It was the operation to confiscate these archives that accelerated CORONA 's arrival. I think the archives were taken Epstein was killed. And this will continue… In the form of a storm… In the final analysis, there is not even a small ADA in the world that will not be affected by the tension between Washington and London. It concerns us too ... After CORONAVIRUS , much will change. However, it should not be forgotten ... During the FIRST WORLD WAR , THE SPANISH FLU appeared, approximately 50 million people died. It was an incredible loss! ButWORLD SYSTEM establishing EPIDEMIC and brought no deaths were WAR ... Here they all VIRUS ' to lock the economic war ... they are closing ... awake Let's ....
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2020.02.03 02:47 Chazzyphant L Word OG Rewatch Fashion and Style recap: Setting the scene

Hello all! As promised, I will be recapping the style and fashion of the "OG" L word for y'all.
Before we jump in, I'd like to "set the scene" here and talk a little bit about the overall look/feel of the show and what runway or designer looks may have influenced the costumers.
January, 2004. The L word premiers on Showtime. LGBTQIA+ and allies are thrilled to find a fun, soapy, steamy, touching, and amazing show to bond over with their friends and loved ones.
Season 1 finds us discovering the wild world of wealthy, gorgeous, and very drama-prone lesbians and friends in L.A.
From Wikipedia:
"The first season of The L Word premiered on January 18, 2004 and ended on April 11, 2004. The season introduces Bette Porter and Tina Kennard, a couple in a seven-year relationship attempting to have a child; Marina Ferrer, owner of the local cafe The Planet; Jenny Schecter, who has recently moved to Los Angeles to live with her boyfriend Tim Haspel; Shane McCutcheon, an androgynous, highly sexual hairstylist; Alice Pieszecki, a bisexual journalist who maintains The Chart; Dana Fairbanks, a closeted professional tennis player; and Kit Porter, Bette's straight half-sister. Major storylines in the season include Bette and Tina's attempt to have a child ending in miscarriage, and their relationship ending due to Bette's infidelity; Jenny exploring her sexuality and ending her relationship with Tim to be with Marina, only for Marina to end the relationship when her own long-distance lover returns to Los Angeles; Shane's affair with the wealthy socialite Cherie Jaffe; and Dana's relationship with sous-chef Lara Perkins."
While there are many aspects of L Word that we could discuss, I'm going to delve into the fashion, style, and costume of the show. I may not cover every single outfit, but I'll try to break down the major character "fashion arcs" from Season to Season in this series.
The costume designer for L Word is Cynthia Ann Summers.
Time Machine: 2003-4 Fashion
Before we get into each character and look at the episode by episode/character by character arcs, let's set the stage for the fashion, culture, and style of 2004. Costuming/wardrobe would have been influenced by not just runway and couture fashion of the time, but by mall/department/ready to wear looks, the media, entertainment, and celebs-most likely what was "in" for 2003 as that's when the show was filmed. Almost 20 years ago now as we approach 2020! Let's take a look at what was in fashion in 2003/4.
Fashion was...extra. Satin, shimmer, silky, sheer, and strappy. Sexy, Jennifer Lopez in her "Jenny from the Block" Glow-iest phase. The hottest look was deeply tanned, glowing skin, chunky highlights in the hair, shimmering makeup, strappy sandals, and a handkerchief hem dress in a floaty floral print, with a gold woven belt worn slung over the hip.
Body jewelry, deep, low-cut tops, barely-there jeans and skirts, tight tank tops worn a little cropped with very low-rise jeans. Skater, punk, and hip-hop influenced looks were big: flared jeans with chunky skate shoes, "scene" looks like black and white striped leggings and tights, and spiky, piece-y black hair worn most in your face.
There was a disheveled, just out of bed, lingerie vibe even when dressed for a formal evening out. Lace trimmed slip dresses, sheer layers, very tight strapless body con tube dresses, and the like. Lace-up fronts, sky-high slits on both tops and bottoms, ultra-pointy shoes---it was cool to give off a slightly "lady of the night" vibe.
Accessories were statement: newsboy caps, tons of bangles, charms on a leather strap, pashmina shawls that matched your dress and shoes, huge hoop earrings.
High fashion/runway:
I've selected a few shows I think influenced bridge and ready to wear and might have been on the costumers' minds as they picked items for the L word. Marc Jacobs Fall 2003
Vogue magazine's online coverage describes it thusly:
"This season, Jacobs is clearly feeling very mod. His show, set to churning punk rock (X-Ray Spex's "Oh Bondage" kicked off the soundtrack), was a color-splashed paean to pop, with overt references to the sixties space-age designs of Courrèges, Paco Rabanne, and Rudi Gernreich. Minidresses and jumpers in various patchwork combinations of orange, blue, beige, white, pink, violet, and red came dashing down the runway, detailed with felted seams and circle pockets and worn with contrasting hose and sweet little pumps."
This very clearly influenced Season 2 and 3 Jenny and Alice: 60's mod femme looks, contrasting tights with flats, a-line mini dresses, and a crisp, collegiate look with little-girl sweetness. Marc Jacobs had many iconic collections in the early 2000s and his distinct, whimsical, slightly preppy, slightly 60's-on-acid look trickled down heavily into mainstream fashion. Alice wears a few looks that feel very Marc Jacobs: a baby tee with a graphic line drawing on it over a 70's print shirt, some cap sleeved/ruffle front pieces, and a handful of smart, flippy dresses that feel 60's mod.
Caroline Herrera
From Vogue Magazine's online coverage: "In an era when sex appeal seems mostly to be about big displays of flash and flesh, Carolina Herrera sent out a coolly appealing collection that made a case for subtly seductive elegance.
Satin is one of the season's most important fabrics, and Herrera's were some of the most beautiful so far-mouth-watering, fluid blouses and skirts in richly pigmented blues, burgundy, gray and creamy white. She paired those pieces with slim pencil skirts and tailored trousers and topped some with buttery, light Persian lamb coats and jackets or swingy sables. Elegantly tailored suits and coats never got too serious, thanks to a body-hugging cut and soft colors like dove gray or toffee.
The Herrera woman has a packed social schedule, of course, which calls for a few evening looks. If she's feeling flirty, she'll grab one of the designer's bouncy ball skirts edged in feathers. Would-be sirens, meanwhile, will find that her slinky, body-skimming gowns flatter both their assets and their intelligence."
I can see color stories here that translate to Bette's iconic color palette of rich berry, gray, and soft white. Herrera was also doing a luxe minimalist with a sexy 40's movie star edge, which Bette and Helena both riffed off of, outfit-wise, throughout the seasons. Satin and velvet trimmed items were also seen, which echoed the iconic rich berry velvet Gucci suit from 1996 and played off the 90's does 70's does 40's movie star collection that was extremely influential to fashion for years afterward.
Prada: The costume designer noted that she used Prada bags, shoes, and sunglasses for many looks and characters. Did Prada's 2002/3/4 runway looks influence the costume designer?
In 2003, Prada introduced two major trends that lasted for almost a decade: jeweled necklines of jersey pieces, and flat "breastplate" necklaces with chunky stones/jewels fused/glued onto them. You can also see fabric flowers in self-material on skirts, something that would be all over the mid-2000's in a few years, on tops, dresses, and skirts. The minimalist yet vibrant collection feels very fresh, but only a handful of smaller touches seems to have made it to the L Word's closet.
Let's talk overall approach:
Some costumers costume for wow, effect, and to create trends, with the character "beats" secondary to the impact of the fashion. Some blend high fashion, trendy, high-impact looks to create and form a character, like with Gossip Girl's iconic looks: Serena's knee-high boots, wild hair, floppy hats, and boho chic vs. Blair's prim, lady-like, mod, and highly feminine schoolgirl-chic. I think this costumer used clothing to tell more of a story about character rather than showcase high fashion items.
Alice was the funny, slightly dorky, "awkward" one. She played roles in career and in her love life and was open to experimenting---with a "male lesbian", an older woman, someone who was her polar opposite, with a "vampire", and so on. Her playful style matured as she gained status in the working world and overcame her heartbreak and "messy" drama of her late 20's. Her clothing went from tanks over contrasting bras, simple graphic tees and very costume-y "I'm playing a character here" stuff to runway and high fashion items worn very deliberately and in a much more flattering way. The character grew into her comfort zone: feminine, soft, slightly boho and vintage inspired dresses that showed off her slender limbs and let her actual personality do the talking.
Shane is costumed like someone who just naturally picks the coolest, most interesting item in the store. She dressed to let her exceptionally fit body do the "work", with slashed tees, super low-cut jeans, slim flannel shirts, whisper-thin tees, leather pants, and men's-cut vests over a naked chest. Her clothing never felt "try hard"---it felt lived in and natural.
Bette is someone who straddled two worlds in many ways: biracial, an older woman mentoring a clutch of young and sometimes silly women, a monogamous mom who struggled with staying faithful, a sensitive soul with a firey spirit. Bette's clothing often showed this dichotomy: soft, sheer sleeves or soft fabrics, with hard edged, masculine tailoring, flowing pantsuits with sky high heels, pencil skirts with leather accents. She wears white, cream, pearl, and other soft, artistically glowing colors more often than other cast members. She dresses to impress but always seems at ease in high fashion or even couture suits. She never looked sloppy or undone.
Tina: Tina has a throwaway line that many fans seem to forget: "I left a high-powered development exec job to get my body ready for this baby". Tina was a film exec before the series opens. Tina's not a really high fashion lady, and for some reason she kept getting put in terrible faux-hippie lace-up jersey long sleeved tee's and tunics and assorted other sad schmattas. However, after the actress had a baby in real life, she really had a glow-up and came back toned and ready to rock. She wore power suits and striking outfits and dresses and she came into her own.
Dana: Dana doesn't really have much "style" of note. She's a professional athlete and she dresses in a simple, conservative way that occasionally shows off her toned bod. She doesn't take risks
Kit: Kit always looked sexy and wore feminine but daring outfits that showcased her height and curves. She liked to reference vintage looks with her Veronica Lake hair and deep v cleavage showing outfits. I do feel sometimes the costumers didn't know what to do with her non-sample-sized body and wound up in some "this is just okay" looks, which is too bad because she was such a bodacious and lovable character. She loved drama and color and she wore natural hair styles in a time when the flattest, spikiest, straightest hair was "the" look. She went her own way even when it was a little hard to do so!
And finally..Jenny. Jenny starts off in clothing that looks VERY modern to my eyes, although it was out of fashion at the time. She wears Victorian inspired blouses, low slung bell bottom jeans with Converse, velvet blazers, peasant blouses, and lovely "Free People" hippie style items. She's presented as someone who is romantic and a free spirit, not fashion-forward and on point. I actually really love her fashion in the pilot, although she almost immediately swerves to a more Marc Jacobs "mod" style in later episodes. Jenny's character has a huge growth and change arc. She arrives as a Midwestern rube, and then explores her sexuality, and finally emerges as an artistic diva who loves fashion and costumes herself for her "role" that day. Jenny went from simple, oversized jeans and tees to mod-60's dresses with a sharp cat eye and a pixie, to high fashion statement pieces, to very eccentric outfits that reflected her deteriorating state of mind.
Well, that's my 2 cents! Coming up in my next post...the Pilot: what were we wearing?!?
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