Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender. Epstein began his career in finance at the investment bank Bear Stearns before forming his own firm, J. Epstein & Co. Until his conviction for sex crimes in 2008, Epstein was a multimillionaire who was connected with the financial, political, and cultural elite of society.
In April 2005, police of Palm Beach, Florida began investigating Epstein after a parent complained that he molested her 14-year-old daughter. After an investigation, prosecution, and plea negotiations, Epstein pleaded guilty and was convicted by a Florida state court of soliciting a prostitute and of procuring an underage girl for prostitution on June 30, 2008. He served 13 months in custody with work release as part of a plea deal while federal officials had identified 36 girls as young as 14 years old who had been molested.
Epstein was arrested again on July 6, 2019 on federal charges for sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He died on August 10, 2019, reportedly after hanging himself in his Manhattan prison cell. Three weeks earlier, Epstein had been found unconscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck and placed on suicide watch, which lasted six days and ended twelve days before he died. An autopsy was performed on August 11; the New York City medical examiner’s office announced that it needed more information before the cause of death could be determined, though it is presumed to be suicide.
FBI Files on Jeffrey Epstein [1,379 Pages, 49MB] – This searchable .pdf contains FBI release files #1-21 of the Jeffrey Epstein files. They primarily deal in the 2005-2007 timeframe, leading up to the 2008 guilty plea deal.