“Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself.” You’ve seen the meme. It showed up ever since the disgraced billionaire died mysteriously in his high-security prison cell in a federal prison in New York City on August 10 last year. It sounds like a conspiracy theory, and to the U.S. federal government, it certainly is one. The meme reflects the public’s distrust in the media and the official narrative, and it’s encouraging the public to think critically about what we’re told is true instead of blindly accepting whatever “truth” we’re fed.
Charged with sexually abusing dozens of minors, the billionaire was known to have dirt on dozens of high profile individuals and influential figures in the world of finance, politics, and Hollywood — including the Clintons.
The mysterious nature of his death raises a lot of questions. He supposedly hanged himself with paper bedsheets intended to rip in the event of a suicide attempt, all the while cameras pointing at his cell were disabled as prison officials remained suspiciously absent. His death came two weeks after another alleged suicide attempt — one that his lawyers claim was an attempt on his life. The prison video of the first attempt, too, “no longer exists” according to federal prosecutors. Epstein’s guards claim they’re being scapegoated for a broken system. They were reportedly “shopping for furniture and napping” when the paedophile died. Weird.
The curious nature of his death has people asking questions. As the popular belief goes, Epstein didn’t kill himself. The feds say otherwise, but the Internet isn’t buying it.
Conspiracy theories surrounding the mysterious deaths of other figures and world-changing terror attacks have long been the subject of popular discussion— murdered Democratic staffer Seth Rich, who is said to have leaked information to WikiLeaks prior to the “botched robbery” that claimed his life in Washington DC in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election; speculation surrounds the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and American labour union leader Jimmy Hoffa; 911 created a new breed of “truthers” who believe the destruction of the Twin Towers was an “inside job” — the list goes on.
It’s no mystery that the public will come up with theories that diverge from the official narrative, but Epstein’s death is the first time many people, including members of the press and public figures, have expressed uncertainty and doubt over the official story. It’s too convenient — too obvious that the official story doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Even the pathologist hired by Epstein’s family doesn’t think he killed himself, claiming that the wounds Epstein had on his body prove he was murdered.
Years ago, we might’ve just bought the official narrative, but we’ve come to a point where distrust in the official story — as well as the media — is higher than it’s ever been. The mainstream media has discredited itself for stating, without proof, that Russians manipulated the 2016 elections to force a Trump win. Thanks to alternative sources of news, the availability of information from varied resources, and the ability for anyone to perform their own research, the public is no longer inclined to just buy whatever the government says.
We may never truly have official confirmation that Epstein didn’t kill himself, but memes like this one will continue to proliferate until the media can successfully prove itself trustworthy once more and re-establish itself as the Fourth Estate instead of being an arm of the establishment.