Jeffrey Epstein’s death brought a raft of conspiracy theories to life.
A day after 2,000 pages of documents were unsealed in Manhattan federal court — alleging new, repugnant details of sex abuses claims against Epstein and his wealthy and powerful associates — the money manager was suddenly dead of an “apparent suicide,” authorities said.
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But the official explanation didn’t satisfy many on social media.
Suggestions that Epstein’s death had something more nefarious behind it began popping up almost immediately after news of his death was reported, with blame assigned to both current and former officials on the left and the right.
Lynne Patton, the New York and New Jersey administrator for Housing and Urban Development, was among many who pointed the finger at the Clintons. Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane multiple times, and Patton picked up on a popular theme that many friends and acquaintances of the former president and his wife have died prematurely.
“Hillary’d!!” Patton posted on Instagram with a screenshot of an article about Epstein’s suicide.
“P.S. Let me know when I’m supposed to feel badly about this … #VinceFosterPartTwo,” she added. The hashtag refers to Vince Foster, a White House lawyer and friend of the couple who died by suicide in 1993. Several hashtags related to the Clintons were trending Saturday.
Former Congressman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough suggested in a series of tweets that Epstein’s death was a “sigh of relief” to powerful Democratic and Republican figures, and even found a way to draw Russia into the conversation.
Democratic Congressman Al Green of Texas tweeted that suicide was “an impossibility.”
Not lost in the social media was that Prince Andrew was among the men named in various Epstein-related documents.
Some even suggested that Epstein’s death was faked. Using an exclusive Post photo of Epstein taken as he was wheeled into New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital, conspiracy theorists suggested that it didn’t look like Epstein.
On the sidewalk outside Epstein’s opulent townhouse on East 71st Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Saturday afternoon, some wag with a blue piece of chalk scrawled “XOXO HILLARY + BILL.”
The cheeky graffiti had been washed away by Saturday night.