A year before convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein died of suicide, a writer for the New York Times met him at his cavernous Manhattan mansion to discuss a possible news story involving the car company Tesla.
Reporter James B. Stewart recalls one interesting anecdote that may or may not be true, but sheds some light into both Epstein’s mindset and a serious loophole with religious exemptions in the law.
At one point, after he became “radioactive,” he says a lot of his contacts didn’t want to be publicly associated with him, though they still asked for money and came to his private dinner parties. But Epstein wondered if there was a way to earn their trust once again:
… Mr. Epstein told me without any trace of irony, he was considering becoming a minister so that his acquaintances would be confident that their conversations would be kept confidential.
As we’ve talked about on this site before, priests who are told secrets under the veil of religion (like in a confession booth) are not required to report any wrongdoing to law enforcement. Epstein, a man with many secrets, figured that loophole could theoretically allow him to regain trust from colleagues who worried he might one day share what they told him.
If it ever occurred, it would have been a cruelly smart move on Epstein’s part. Clergy members have a great deal of power and assumed trust. Epstein’s religious title could have lent him unearned trust, led to more people sharing their secrets with him, and even access to more underage girls. As we’ve seen from the recent revelations into his life, many of the people who surrounded him kept their silence in exchange for money or access. You have to wonder how much more serious his crimes could have been if he could use religion as another shield.
He never became a minister. But it says a lot that Epstein, a man who ruined a number of victims’ lives, felt like it was a role he could’ve adopted with ease if he wanted to. It’s not like you have to be a decent person to earn the title.
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