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  1. #346

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Epstein’s 11th-Hour Executor Says He Won’t Serve for Estate
    By Neil Weinberg
    August 19, 2019, 6:35 PM EDT Updated on August 19, 2019, 9:45 PM EDT

    Biotech venture capitalist Nikolic says ‘shocked’ to be named
    $578 million trust obscures details of who will get money

    Bill Gates and Boris Nikolic in 2012. Photographer: Paul Morigi/Getty Images

    Jeffrey Epstein had very few people he could turn to in his final days. When he needed a backup to handle his estate, he named a little-known biotech venture capitalist named Boris Nikolic in his will. But apparently without Nikolic’s knowledge.

    Nikolic said he was “shocked” after hearing from Bloomberg News of his inclusion in Epstein’s will. “I was not consulted in these matters and I have no intent to fulfill these duties, whatsoever,” according to a statement provided by his spokeswoman.

    A former science adviser to Bill Gates, Nikolic was part of a circle of scientists whom Epstein cultivated in recent years, especially in biotechnology. He was an immunologist who did his post-doctoral work at Harvard, moving in a well-connected social and academic world that Epstein coveted as a wealth manager.

    Epstein transferred his assets, valued at $578 million, to a trust just two days before he hanged himself alone in his cell as guards reportedly slept. The transfer obscures details about where his money will go and may make it harder for his alleged victims to recover potential damages. Nikolic is named a “successor executor,” meaning he would take control of Epstein’s estate if the named executors, Darren K. Indyke and Richard D. Kahn, can’t fulfill their roles.

    Epstein was a convicted pedophile who was arrested last month after his private jet arrived in New Jersey on a return from Paris and charged with sex trafficking teenage girls. After that, many of his known associates distanced themselves from him in public statements.

    Nickolic is a new name on a long roster of Epstein associates. Over the years, Epstein surrounded himself with celebrities, business executives and politicians -- including Ehud Barak of Israel and former U.S. President Bill Clinton -- while cultivating the image of a moneyed philanthropist.

    Not much is known about Epstein and Nikolic’s relationship and Nikolic said they had no business ties and Epstein didn’t invest in his funds. But both men were clients of the private bank at JPMorgan Chase & Co. As far back as the 1990s, Epstein was known within the bank as a “center of influence,” according to several people familiar with his status. That referred to his ability to help bankers attract lucrative new clients.

    Nikolic, 49, would have been such a prospect. After leaving Gates in 2014, he funded more than a dozen firms in gene editing and other health technologies. A prospectus for a successful public offering of one of those gene companies, Editas Medicine Inc., said he controlled a stake worth $42 million. Nikolic waxed enthusiastic about Epstein’s financial advice in discussions with private bankers leading up to the Editas offering, according to one person familiar with the matter. JPMorgan, which didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, was co-underwriter on the deal.

    Nikolic was part of a broad network that overlapped with Epstein’s, said his spokeswoman, Carin Canale-Theakston.

    Epstein’s enthusiasm for scientific endeavors and high-profile researchers has been well-documented. He was hosted at Harvard as recently as 2014 by George Church, a biologist who oversees the Harvard Human Genome Project, according to online calendars. Epstein provided funding to the project.

    Church founded eGenesis, to develop synthetic organs, as well as Editas. Both firms received early investments from Biomatics Capital, where Nikolic is one of two managing directors. Biomatics, which is based in Boston and Seattle, is run by several former staffers from the Gates Foundation and Gates Ventures.

    Church, who didn’t respond to requests for comment, offered a public apology this month for “poor awareness and judgment” in dealing with Epstein. A Gates spokeswoman, Bridgitt Arnold, said that Epstein didn’t provide any services to Gates.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

  2. #347

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    2 top researchers quitting MIT Media Lab over Epstein ties
    By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press
    August 21, 2019 — 8:05pm

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women.

    Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab's Center for Civic Media, said director Joi Ito had failed to disclose the deceased financier's funding of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology incubator as well as investments Epstein made in Ito's personal venture capital fund.

    Visiting scholar Nathan Matias, who works on the social impact of online platforms, said in a blog post Wednesday that he, too, was severing ties with the Media Lab over business relations that occurred after Epstein's "appalling crimes were already known."

    Epstein was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges when he killed himself in his New York City jail cell earlier this month. He had previously served time on solicitation charges.

    An MIT spokesman did not respond to questions about how much Epstein contributed to the Media Lab, for how long or to what specific projects, if any, those donations were earmarked. The Boston Globe said public records showed he gave at least $200,000.

    Zuckerman said he spoke to Ito on Aug. 9, the day before Epstein was found dead and after he saw new details of Epstein's case.

    "As the scale of Joi's involvement with Epstein became clear to me, I began to understand that I had to end my relationship with the MIT Media Lab," Zuckerman wrote in a blog post he published Tuesday.

    "The work my group does focuses on social justice and on the inclusion of marginalized individuals and points of view. It's hard to do that work with a straight face in a place that violated its own values so clearly in working with Epstein and in disguising that relationship," he said.

    Zuckerman said Ito had asked him to meet with Epstein in 2014 and that he refused and urged Ito not to meet the financier either. He said the two did not speak about Epstein until last week.

    Before his recent New York federal sex trafficking charges, Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to prostitution-related charges involving underage girls in Florida. He served 13 months in jail and was allowed out on work release almost every day.

    Zuckerman said he would not leave the Media Lab until the end of the academic year in May because he cannot responsibly abandon his students.

    The public controversy surrounding Epstein's donations to the lab date to 2015. In an apology he published last week, Ito said he first met Epstein in 2013 at a conference and had, in addition to inviting him to the lab, visited several of Epstein's homes.

    "I was never involved in, never heard him talk about, and never saw any evidence of the horrific acts that he was accused of," Ito wrote. He said he regretted allowing Epstein to make donations to the lab and to invest in several of his funds, which invest in tech startups outside of MIT.

    Media Lab receives about $75 million in annual funding provided by a long list of corporate "members" including Hyundai, Samsung, Comcast, Google, Nike, Twitter and more.

    Ito vowed to raise an amount equivalent to the donations that the Media Lab received from Epstein and to direct the funds to nonprofits that focus on supporting survivors of trafficking. He did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

    Asked if MIT was discussing Ito's possible departure, Steve Bradt did not respond, saying via email that Ito's public apology letter "offers the extent of comment and information."

    Ito has been director of the Media Lab since 2011 and sits on the board of directors of The New York Times and the MacArthur Foundation. He is on the board of trustees of the Knight Foundation.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

  3. #348

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein has been laid to rest in unmarked tomb besides his parents at a Jewish mausoleum in Florida that was arranged by his brother, who raged it's 'nobody's f**king business' to know where the pedophile had been buried

    The remains of Jeffrey Epstein were laid to rest beside his parents Pauline and Seymour Epstein at IJ Morris Star of David Cemetery in Loxahatchee, Florida, it is believed

    The 66-year-old died by suicide on August 10 in his New York prison cell while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking of underage girls

    His final resting place is an eye-level granite compartment in a large community crypt, where the priciest spots are rumored to cost as much as $250,000

    It is believed Epstein's remains were secretly transported to Florida before being loaded into a black minivan and discreetly driven through the cemetery gates with a police escort following close behind

    Epstein's brother Mark took charge of the body after it was released last week by the New York City Medical Examiner's office

    Epstein's father Seymour, a groundskeeper for NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, was laid to rest at the same mausoleum in 1991, dying at age 74

    Epstein's mom Pauline, a school aide and homemaker he married in 1952, joined him there after she died in 2004 at the age of 85

    When contacted Mark Epstein to confirm that the sex offender's remains were sealed inside, he raged: 'It's nobody's f**king business'


    PUBLISHED: 13:04 EDT, 21 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:55 EDT, 21 August 2019

    This unmarked stone crypt at an exclusive Jewish mausoleum is the likely final resting place of Jeffrey Epstein, can reveal.

    Sources believe the pedophile financier's remains were transported to Loxahatchee, Florida so they could be entombed beside his parents, Pauline 'Paula' and Seymour Epstein.

    Cemetery staff have refused to say why they mysteriously removed the couple's memorial plate last Wednesday - the day after 66-year-old Epstein's low-key funeral in New York - and replaced it with a blank white slab.

    The neighboring crypt has a brand new, unmarked plate but when contacted Epstein's only sibling Mark to confirm that the sex offender's remains were sealed inside, he raged: 'It's nobody's f**king business.'

    Mark, 65 - sole heir to the predator's $577 million fortune – added: 'It's a private family matter, you got that? I'm not going to answer your question.'

    Jeffrey Epstein was laid to rest beside his parents Pauline and Seymour Epstein at a Jewish mausoleum in Loxahatchee, Florida. The pedophile financier's final resting place is an eye-level compartment in a large community crypt housing dozens of other Jewish graves. The modest tomb is in keeping with Jewish tradition although starkly different to the grandeur Epstein enjoyed before child sex abuse allegations brought his jet-set lifestyle crashing down

    The exclusive palm-lined cemetery on the fringes of the Florida Everglades is a 30-minute drive from the Palm Beach mansion where Epstein is said to have preyed upon many of his underage victims

    The twinned granite vaults are located in a large community mausoleum housing dozens of other Jewish graves at the IJ Morris Star of David Cemetery of the Palm Beaches.

    They are modest and in keeping with Jewish tradition, starkly different to the grandeur Epstein enjoyed before child sex abuse allegations brought his jet-set lifestyle crashing down.

    However plots and mausoleum spots there are believed to cost as much as $250,000, owing to its proximity to wealthy Palm Beach.

    IJ Morris is part of the Dignity Memorial network of funerals homes and cemeteries.

    Parent company Service Corporation International released a further statement on behalf of IJ Morris, saying: ‘As part of our commitment to all families, we guard their privacy and do not discuss specific matters with the media.’

    Between them, the Epstein brothers own numerous properties including an 8,000-acre ranch in New Mexico and an entire private island in the US Virgin Islands that could have discreetly hosted his grave.

    But Mark appears to have chosen the same spot where their 74-year-old dad Seymour G. Epstein, a groundskeeper for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, was laid to rest in 1991.

    The remains of their mom Paula, a school aide and homemaker, were placed in the same tomb when she died in 2004, aged 85.

    The exclusive palm-lined cemetery on the fringes of the Florida Everglades is a 30-minute drive from the Palm Beach mansion where Epstein is said to have preyed upon many of his underage victims.

    New York City's Medical Examiner confirmed last week that Epstein committed suicide by hanging himself in a federal jail cell as he waited to go on trial for child sex trafficking.


    Epstein's death certificate states that Mark took charge of his brother's body last Tuesday before organizing a funeral at the exclusive Frank E. Campbell funeral chapel in Manhattan's Madison Avenue.

    The State of New York paperwork lists the method of disposal as 'entombment' - but does not reveal a location.

    However a sudden police presence and increased security at the Star of David Cemetery of the Palm Beaches last week hinted at a high-profile arrival.

    Then, in a mysterious twist, his parent's engraved memorial plate was discreetly switched out for a blank white slab on Wednesday afternoon in an apparent attempt to keep their location secret.

    On Saturday, when the cemetery is usually closed for the Jewish Sabbath, an unmarked black minivan was seen driving through the wrought iron gates with a police escort.

    When reporters attempted to access the sprawling memorial site sandwiched between tropical swampland and a golf course we were warned it was trespassing.

    Mausoleum spaces at the Star of David Cemetery are typically more expensive than burial plots - but are considered more secure.

    Jonathan Weis, funeral director for IJ Morris, the firm that operates the 26-acre cemetery, refused to discuss Epstein, telling 'I don't have any information for you'.

    He wouldn't confirm the convicted sex offender's parents were entombed there either, despite funeral records indicating the location and obtaining a photograph of their memorial plate.

    IJ Morris has a second location in Brooklyn, New York and boasts of its expertise in transporting Jewish remains over long distances and to and from Israel.

    Officials say Epstein hanged himself with a bed sheet as he waited to face charges of sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

    He was found with several broken bones in his neck when guards were doing their morning rounds on Saturday August 10.

    The revelation that his thyroid bone was broken - an injury typically recorded in strangulations - led to wild speculation that Epstein was murdered in his cell.


    Epstein's will, filed in a probate court in the U.S. Virgin Islands but made public this week, put his net worth at over $577 million.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

  4. #349

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    julie k. brown
    I can guarantee you it’s too late now. It’s already been acid washed from floor to ceiling.

    By MOLA LENGHI CBS NEWS August 21, 2019, 6:44 PM
    Epstein's New Mexico ranch still hasn't been raided by federal agents
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

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