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Jeffrey Epstein's Death & a Rash of Conspiracy Theories
Aug 13, 2019 at 01:01 AM

The Quick Facts

  • On Saturday, Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in a New York jail cell where he was awaiting trial. His death was ruled a suicide. 
  • Epstein had been accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring and sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. The federal investigation into the allegations against Epstein remains ongoing. 
  • Following his death, multiple conspiracy theories began circulating online, with many offering unsubstantiated speculation that Epstein’s death wasn’t a suicide, or it was faked.
  • Over the weekend, President Trump retweeted a message from conservative actor and comedian Terrence K. Williams, who suggested that Epstein’s death might be tied to former president Bill Clinton.

Food For Thought

Why has Jeffrey Epstein’s death led to so many conspiracy theories? How should the federal government respond?

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