A new YouTube video is feeding conspiracy theories that billionaire Jeffrey Epstein might have faked his own death, the Daily Star reports.
Epstein died in August 2019 by hanging himself in his jail cell in Manhattan while he was being prosecuted for sex trafficking.
Dozens of women have alleged that Epstein abused them when they were minors at his homes in Manhattan, Florida, the Virgin Islands and a New Mexico ranch.
The video, posted October 11, appears to show footage outside of Epstein’s New Mexico compound and shows a man in a red truck along the fence line of the property. The truck’s driver stops the vehicle, rolls down the window and, according to the narrator, had “a striking resemblance to the recently deceased Jeffrey Epstein.”
The narrator then says: “Did Jeffrey Epstein kill himself? It may be possible that he has ridden off into the New Mexico sunset.”
The New Mexico facility is notable because Epstein once said he planned to “seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch,” according to the New York Times.
But the claim that Epstein is alive is contradicted by previously reported facts. HuffPost reported that Epstein’s brother claimed his body from the New York City Medical Examiner’s office, and the body was buried in an unmarked grave in Palm Beach, Florida, according to the Jerusalem Post.
In 2006, Epstein also pleaded not guilty to felony solicitation of prostitution amid allegations of having sex with minors. He would later plead guilty to additional charges, including procuring a minor for sex, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, although he was allowed to leave confinement almost daily for purported work-release privileges.
Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime confidant of Epstein’s who is accused of procuring underage girls for him, was arrested in July on charges of sex trafficking. She remains behind bars and is expected to go to trial in July.
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