Filthy Rich

Filthy Rich

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"Jeffrey Epstein rose from humble origins to the rarefied heights of New York City's financial elite. A college dropout with an instinct for numbers--and for people--Epstein amassed his wealth through a combination of access and skill. But even after he had it all, Epstein wanted more. And that unceasing desire--especially a taste for young girls--resulted in his stunning fall from grace. From Epstein himself, to the girls he employed as masseuses at his home, to the cops investigating the appalling charges against him, Filthy Rich examines all sides of a case that scandalized one of America's richest communities."--Amazon.com
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
ISBN: 9780316433822
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Liselara
Jan 11, 2020

Three things happened in the same week: I started reading Filthy Rich, 60 Minutes profiled Epstein's autopsy and ABC aired a special on the "Truth and Lies" on Epstein. When I saw his face in rigor mortis there was no doubt in my mind that Epstein saw the Gates of Hell. How anyone could even remotely think that this was a suicide is beyond me, especially after reading Patterson's (et al) book. I had nightmares for three nights in a row. So my question is: where are all of the photos, log entries, videos that Epstein recorded as evidence to blackmail his friends if he got caught? What about those "senators, governors, congress people" to which Patterson alludes? How come they aren't "outed" like Clinton and Trump? And yet, Patterson teams up with Clinton to write a book. The world really is rotten to the core and these exposes really hit home. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose. Nothing changes in those upper echelons. Good riddance, Jeff.

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ZoltanKozak
Oct 28, 2019

Believe me - "Filthy Rich" certainly gives the inquisitive reader a close-up look at the lecherous activities of American billionaire, Jeffrey Epstein.

And, because Epstein was so "filthy rich" - It was clearly obvious that he figured he was above the law and that all of his money could buy him out of any sort of trouble (no matter how serious).

But, alas! - Since Epstein was a compulsive sex-offender (of under-age girls) he was destined to be destroyed by the sheer recklessness of his own insatiable carnal lusting.

All-in-all - I'd definitely say that "Filthy Rich" was, indeed, well-worth a read.

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RolandDekker
Oct 21, 2019

(*Note*) - Since the publication of this book back in 2016 - Jeffrey Epstein (66 at the time) was found murdered in his cell in August 2019.

Meticulously written by American author, James Patterson - "Filthy Rich" looks at both the meteoric rise and the resounding crash of American billionaire-financier, Jeffrey Epstein.

If you are not at all familiar with the story about Epstein (and his private world) - Believe me, this book is not a portrait that paints a pretty picture, as he was inevitably exposed not only as being a notorious sex-offender - But, he was also a sex trafficker of girls as young as 14 years old, as well.

Lord_Vad3r Sep 27, 2019

How do you sleep at night?

Indeed. That’s a question I’d like posed to a number of people in a wide variety of occupations: business, the fossil fuel industry, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco. Government.

How do you sleep at night? Some probably rely on meds or drink themselves unconscious. The scary ones are the ones that don’t need anything to sleep. They sleep like babies. Their slumber is deep and dreamless because they have no emotions, no conscience, no love.

I hate to say it but the world actually lost something when Epstein died. We lost all of the first hand knowledge of who he was associated with, who he had collected information on, and possibly the opportunity to make those behind him take responsibility.

There are a number of powerful and well-connected men whose word can never again be taken at face value because of their association with Jeffrey Epstein. Their association with the man clearly ran deeper than business dealings or social events. Many of them already had questionable histories of their own. As a father I am repulsed. . .

On a side note, if I hadn’t read Red Notice, I wouldn’t have had any idea who Ghislaine Maxwell was. It’s weird how all of these scumbags (Robert Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, and others) are connected in this spiderweb-like way.

At any rate, I hope the attorneys for the victims in the Epstein case will continue to push and expose all of the people who had a hand in this. Nobody should be above the law.

cals_recommends Sep 10, 2019

This book gave me lots of background on a despicable character. Applying hindsight, you can see that he was headed for ruin.

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Staggerwing
Aug 27, 2019

After a late night of reading about this scumbag I woke up to the news he was dead. Suicide? I'm not convinced. Regardless of who or what took his last breath he's no loss to the world.

Who was Jeffrey Epstein? A total scumbag that made massive amounts of money from destroying the lives of young girls!

Why was he given so many breaks in the court system? Easy question to answer...connections to the rich and famous. Those who were making trips to his island should find themselves behind bars if our justice system works as it should.

Highly recommend this book but know that it's sickening to read how demented those who walk among us are...and getting rich for being so sick!

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jlittrell
Aug 10, 2019

I just finished this book,
and a few days later I see on T V that this horrible creature committed suicide. This book had a lot of information about a man who got away with too much criminal activity. He and several others should have spent many years in jail.

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Bududo
Jul 28, 2019

This is a breezy read on a very timely topic - the reopening of the Jeffrey Epstein sex predatory investigation. The book provides good background information to filter a lot of the misleading or incomplete news stories. The authors really don't get to the core of Jeffrey. In news articles , characters such as Jeffrey are typically portrayed as one dimensional people. To its credit, the book notes both positive and negative perspectives. It seems clear to me that Mr. Epstein could turn on the charm as well as be so self centered as to demand from teen girls actions that are meant only for his perverse pleasure. That he had a penchant for younger teen girls is probably for control. That he left the remains of his escapades to be cleaned up by the maid or house man show disdain for the help. Unfortunately, the authors never were able to interview Mr. Epstein. From this account and recent developments, I hope that Mr Epstein spends a long time in prison and that the girls (rather than the lawyers) gets compensation. The mystery for me that remains are the perspectives of the enablers particularly that of Ghislaine Maxwell. Why did she recruit girls for Mr. Epstein and what else did she do?

debwalker Jul 16, 2019

Hoping there's a plea deal whereby Epstein will take down a lot of the other disgusting filth with him.

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rmd21
Jul 09, 2018

Exposes Epstein's dirty deeds but IMO not enough of the people who were also visiting Pedophile Island like Bill Clinton* (26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express"), Kevin Spacey, Alan Dershowitz, Chris Tucker, et al but also Hillary Clinton who flew there at least six times.

Ghislaine Maxwell should've been thrown in jail but alas, papa got a big ole bag of ducat$. What a joke of a human being, recruiting young girls for Epstein after she was once his GF.

Who defended Epstein in court? One Kenneth Starr, he who was supposedly trying to find the truth about the $cam known as Whitewater. $ee a connection here?

But the book is worth reading cause it does expose some things. Absolutely a joke that Epstein got an 18-month sentence (shortened to 13 months) but also that he only had to report every day at something like 7 pm and then released by 8 am so it was basically just for sleeping purposes. Meanwhile Larry Nassar, who probably molested less girls than Epstein is sentenced to forever and not to say he doesn't deserve it, just pointing out the ridiculousness of the sentences to two vile individuals, one with a lot of money, one who is probably in the upper middle class bracket.

Epstein's former house manager, Alfredo Rodriguez, got a much harder sentence than Epstein. One thing mentioned in the book is that Donald Trump, and I am no Trump supporter until he proves he's worthy, banned Epstein from Mar-A-Lago, his private resort after a member divulged to Trump that his daughter had been molested by Epstein when she went to visit him.

• Author James Patterson just released a book with Bill Clinton so not surprisingly, Patterson states in "Filthy Rich" that Clinton and Epstein aren't "bosom buddies" if I remember the term used correctly. If you go to a guy's private island 26 trips plus that trip to Africa the first time, pretty sure you are more than bosom buddies. A little, shall we say, conflict of intere$t there or naw?

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

His love for science has inspired him to give millions to academics and institutions committed to studying mysteries of the brain and the arcana of physics. He’s given millions to Harvard. And he’s given money to politicians: Governor Eliot Spitzer, of New York, and Governor Bill Richardson, of New Mexico, where Epstein owns the largest home in the state. Epstein’s flown Bill Clinton to Africa on a private jet – not the Gulfstream he owns but his Boeing 727, customized with its own trading floor – so that the former president could promote his various and worthy causes. Just for fun, Chris Tucker, the comedian, and Clinton’s pal Kevin Spacey had tagged along for the ride.
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The man has a long face, bushy eyebrows, and thick silver hair – and he’s fit. As fit as the jocks that Mary goes to school with. Not attractive, exactly. He’s way too old for that. But confident, in a way that makes an impression.

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

Once in a blue moon there are murders --- though these are so rare that they ten to be remembered for decades. Sometimes there are hurricanes to contend with, and, when the sea calms, human cargo washes up the shore. Sometimes traffickers aim the bows of their bots at the glow of the Breakers resort, order their passengers to go overboard, then tell them to swim. Most of the passengers are Haitian – men, women, and children who stake all they have on a chance at a life in America. From time to time, Palm Beach cops have to retrieve their bodies from the surf.
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Chief Reiter’s authorized a “trash pull” – a legal way to collect discarded evidence.
Jeffrey Epstein’s garbage will never arrive at Mount Trashmore.

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

When he was through with his girlfriends, Epstein would say, they graduated up, not down, the ladder, moving from the status of “lover” to “friend.”
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How did Jeffrey Epstein make all his money? Epstein would tell stories over the years about monies recovered from slippery characters. … Others said that what Epstein really did, at this stage in his career, was much more banal. According to them, Epstein spent most of his time coming up with creative new ways for the rich to avoid paying taxes. The commission for tax-avoidance deals was enormous, although the number of deals Epstein was involved with is a matter of conjecture, as is his record of successes and failures. … Pay me fifty million dollars. Or pay the IRS seven times that amount. … In the eighties, when tax rates on the top 1 percent were much, much higher than they are today, topping out at close to 50 percent, it was an extremely effective pitch. And then there were other ways to make money.

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

Before there was Bernie Madoff, there was Steven Hoffenberg. In 1987, Hoffenberg was the head of Towers Financial Corporation, a company that bought debts, such as unpaid medical bills, at a very steep discount while pressing the debtors to repay in full.
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In the 1980’s, several major financial players were involved in the greenmailing of publicly trade companies. What greenmailing means, in practice, is that a brokerage house or group of investors will start buying shares in companies that seem to be vulnerable to takeover attempts. To ward off the attempts, executives at those companies will buy the shares back at a premium.
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To cover his tracks, Hoffenberg had been taking money from investors and using it to pay previous investors. It was a classic Ponzi scheme – one of the biggest in history – and Hoffenberg ended up spending nineteen years in a federal prison.

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

When Wexner wanted to see Cats, Epstein arranged to have the cast perform in his mansion.
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Wexner is also a steady, if indirect, source of beautiful women. After all, Wexner is the man in charge of Victoria’s Secret, part of the Limited family of companies and – better yet – in charge of the Victoria’s Secret catalog. What this means for Epstein is models galore. In fact, like a fox that’s gotten hold of the lease to a henhouse.
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Brunel had also been a subject of a 60 minutes investigation, broadcast in 1988, into sexual exploitation in the modeling industry. That expose had caused Eileen Ford of the elite Ford modeling agency to sever ties with the playboy. (Brunel’s activities were also chronicled in a 1995 book about the fashion industry – Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, by Michael Gross.)

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

Epstein prefers diminutive women, but Nadia is tall. She’s rail-thin and blond like the sun, with glowing skin, a wide smile, and sky-high cheekbones. On a good day, she could pass for a Bond girl – a woman caught up in a web of crime and intrigue. But of course, that’s exactly what she is.
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In certain circles, the academics and the women in Epstein’s orbit are a joke. In a 2003 profile of him, New York magazine quotes Harvard PROFESSORE (“He is amazing”), Princeton professors (“He changed my life”), MIT professors (“If I had acted upon the investment advice he has given me over the years, I’d be calling you from my Gulfstream right now”), and other luminaries, up to and including Bill Clinton. “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years,” says Donald Trump. “Terrific guys; he’s a lot of fun to be with.” No one knew then that someday Trump would run for president (*** now elected *** When he does, he attack Hillary Clinton for Bill Clinton’s own entanglements with Epstein.)

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

“The trading desks don’t seem to know him.” He says. “It’s unusual for animals that big to not leave any footprints in the snow.”
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For Graydon Carter, just posing the question Is Epstein some sort of scam artist, like Rigley? had been question enough. And throughout the piece, there were ironies readers wouldn’t miss as they drew their own conclusions about Epstein’s life story.
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According to Meister, Epstein used to boast that he “liked to go into insane asylums because he liked to fuxk crazy women.”
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So you’d run the numbers: this many parties, that many women, even with the connection to Victoria Secret, the women didn’t add up, either. Throw in the modeling agency, it makes more sense. Then you plug in the parties. The scene brings Eyes Wide Shut to mind.
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“How does a yutz like Epstein get beautiful women?” At Harry Cipriani, the question lingers in the air.

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

As a result of this encounter with Epstein, Jane experienced confusion, shame, humiliation and embarrassment, and has suffered severe psychological and emotional injures.
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“It’s the Icarus story, someone who flies too close to the sun,” that journalist said in reference to “the agony” of Epstein’s legal “ordeal.” “Did Icarus like massages?” Epstein responded.
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Alan Dershowitz had represented Claus von Bulow, the British socialite who was acquitted of the murder of his wife, Sunny. Dershowitz had been on O.J. Simpson’s team ... And rich as von Bulow and Simpson had been, neither one had had the resources that Epstein was willing and able to deploy in his own defense.
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By this point, Epstein’s defense dream team included Jack Goldberger, Alan Dershowitz and Gerald Lefcourt. ... Dershowitz and Lefcourt were two of America’s most famous lawyers, and before long, another celebrity lawyer – Ken Starr, the former solicitor general who had had Bill Clinton impeached for perjury ...

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

At the time of this writing, that case is winding its way through the courts. It has all the earmarks of a modern-day Bleak House – The Charles Dickens novel about a legal case that is so massive and so complex that it drags on forever and drags everyone involved into the mire.
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At the request of Epstein’s attorneys – a request that is confirmed by a court order – Epstein is quickly granted “work release.” What it means in practice is that six days a week, for up to sixteen – sixteen! Hours each day, Epstein is allowed to leave the Stockade to be driven by a designated driver in a car earmarked especially for him to any one of three places: his lawyer Jack Goldberger’s office in downtown West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach office of a science foundation that he’s established and his house on El Brillo Way.

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2016

R. Alexander Acosta’s letter to the general public March 20, 2011 ... The federal inquiry was eventually dropped after Epstein negotiated a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to a relatively minor state charge relating to soliciting paid sex with a minor.
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Jeffrey Epstein walks out of the Stockade on July 21, 2009, having served less than thirteen months of his eighteen-month sentence.
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… the locals have taken to referring to Epstein’s 727 as the Lolita Express.
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Six weeks before probation ends, he settles with seven women who sue him in civil court.
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He (Alfredo Rodriguez, Epstein’s houseman) received a sentence of eighteen months. It was the same punishment that Jeffrey Epstein had gotten for his crimes. But until Epstein, Alfredo Rodriguez served his time in a federal prison and did not ask for, or receive, permission to go on work release.

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Nov 16, 2016

Palm Beach Police Reports: Jeffrey Epstein case:
https://www.scribd.com/document/261633143/Palm-Beach-Police-Reports-Jeffrey-Epstein-case

Behind Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Sweetheart Deal:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/03/25/jeffrey-epstein-how-the-billionaire-pedophile-got-off-easy.html

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