Friday, July 26, 2019

Injuries in jail to accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein could point to an attempted mob hit at the behest of powerful elites who stand to be fingered for sex crimes


Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who was found earlier this week semi-conscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck, might have been the target of an attempted hit, according to a D.C.-based investigative journalist.

As Vanity Fair recently reported, the number of elites (especially in Manhattan and Washington, D.C.) Epstein could finger for alleged child-sex crimes is "staggering." In other words, a lot of powerful people would rest more comfortably if Epstein were dead. With that as a backdrop, the Wayne Madsen Report writes that the judge who placed Epstein in an insecure environment has ties to organized crime. Madsen even notes that at least one member of the jail population has a history of alleged involvement with gangland-style killings. Writes Madsen:

Nicholas Tartaglione
It really does not matter whether the presiding federal judge in the Jeffrey Epstein underage sex trafficking case, Richard Berman, opposed bail for the Wall Street hedge fund mogul because Epstein represents an extreme flight risk or not. What matters is that Berman failed to make adequate provisions for Epstein’s safety inside the Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC). On July 24, Epstein was discovered by guards in his cell "nearly unconscious in a fetal position.” Epstein was said to have “marks” on his neck consistent with a suicide attempt or put there to give the impression by someone else that he attempted suicide.
What is apparent with Epstein’s so-called “attempted suicide” in the Park Row jail is that some very powerful interests do not want to see Epstein come to trial in New York. These individuals, who include Donald Trump, would rest much easier if Epstein died either by suicide, murder, or murder made to look like suicide. It matters very little if Epstein died while ensconced under tight restrictions at his Upper East Side mansion or in the MCC with access to him by other inmates.

Judge Berman's failure to separate Epstein from the general prison population is curious. That is especially true because the population includes former Briarcliff Manor, Westchester County police officer Nicholas Tartaglione, who was arrested in December 2016 and charged with the “gangland-style” execution of four men -- Hector Gutierrez, Martin Luna, Miguel Luna and Urbano Santiago -- involved in a cocaine distribution racket. Tartaglione, apparently also involved in the racket, allegedly carried out the mob-style hit at the Likquid Lounge in Chester, New York. Writes Madsen:

Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump early in his administration, said of Tartaglione, “While all murders tear at the fabric of our communities, when the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style, quadruple homicide is a former police officer, that strikes at the heart of civilized society.” What better person to use to either murder Epstein or communicate a threat to him to keep his mouth shut than someone like Tartaglione. Briarcliff Manor, coincidentally or not, is the home of the Trump National Golf Club.

Tartaglione, who also worked as a police officer in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, and Pawling, hails from Otisville, New York. Those out to protect Trump may have killed two birds with one stone. If an assault of Epstein was meant to send a clear message to him to keep his mouth shut, it also may have sent a similar message to former Trump attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen, who happens to be prisoner 76318-054 at the Federal Correctional Institution in -- Otisville.

Tartaglione fits the profile of a potential mob hit man, Madsen reports:

While MCC officials questioned Tartaglione about Epstein’s injuries, with which he denied having any involvement, it should be remembered that the former cop is exactly the type of people the mob uses to carry out hits in prison. Recall that infamous mob boss Whitey Bulger, an FBI informant, CIA MK-ULTRA mind control program participant, and Irish Republican Army arms trafficker, was beaten to death in his cell at the Hazelton federal penitentiary in West Virginia on October 30, 2018. Bulger’s eyes were practically gouged out and tongue cut off with a prison-made shiv. The Federal Bureau of Prisons, which would have had a say in Epstein’s incarceration pending trial, has a dismal record on protecting inmates like Bulger, and now, Epstein.

Could Epstein's injuries be traced to the White House? Madsen addresses that question -- and others:

It only stands to reason that Trump, fearful of his longtime and very close relationship with Epstein being exposed, along with all of the details of child rape by the two, would rely on a Mafia hitman, already in jail, to silence Epstein. In fact, knowing that most correctional centers are woefully understaffed, it would be easier to carry out a hit on Epstein in the MCC rather than under closely supervised house arrest.

There is also the question of why Tartaglione, who faces federal murder charges that could result in the death penalty and who is being held without bail pending trial, was transferred from the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn to the MCC in Manhattan. In March 2017, Gerard Benderoth, a retired New York Police Department officer, reportedly shot himself to death in Haverstraw, New York, after being pulled over by FBI agents. Oddly, Haverstraw had phoned from his car the town’s police department, from which he retired in 2015, to inform them he was being pulled over. The FBI agents reportedly wanted to question Benderoth about his connections to Targaglione and the Westchester County cocaine smuggling ring.

A crooked judge appears to be at the center of the Epstein story. Writes Madsen:

Why would Epstein’s trial judge Berman place the accused in such jeopardy in the MCC? It is germane to look at Berman’s background. From 1979 to 1986, Berman served as the corporate counsel for Steve Ross, born Steven Jay Rechnitz, the founder of Abbey Rent a Car. Abbey later merged with Kinney Parking Company, owned by Jewish mob bosses Manny Kimmel and Abner Zwillman. After mob boss Dutch Schultz’smurder in 1935, Zwillman took over Schultz’s rackets and quickly became known as the “Al Capone of New Jersey.” Ross’s Kinney Parking became Kinney National Services in 1962. In 1969, Kinney bought Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, the film and record company and changed its name to Warner Communications, with Ross becoming CEO in 1972. In 1989, Warner merged with Time. In the late 1980s and before his death in 1992, Ross began negotiations that later landed the FIFA World Cup in the United States in 1994. Ross died at age 65 from a massive heart attack and was succeeded by Gerald Levin, who would later wrest control of CNN from its founder, Ted Turner. FIFA, which maintained offices in Trump Tower, has long been linked to international criminal syndicate activities.

The public has a strong interest in keeping Epstein safe, Madsen writes:

While few care what happens in the long run to a pedophile like Epstein, there is a great need to keep him healthy to stand trial and hopefully name all of his cohorts in his sex trafficking, including all of the VIPs like Trump, Bill Clinton, Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew, and others. However, Judge Berman, by placing Epstein in the midst of at least one mob hit man, should immediately recuse himself from the Epstein case.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Blows the mind that Epstein was placed at this insecure facility, like a sitting duck.

Lex said...

The Bureau of Prisons couldn't see this coming?

legalschnauzer said...

From CNN:

Epstein told authorities he was beaten up Tuesday and was called a child predator, but he has been placed on suicide watch.

Anonymous said...

This Tartaglione sounds like a lovely fellow. And as a cop, he even worked in and around Trump National Golf Course. Gee whiz.

Anonymous said...

A judge with ties to the mob? Wow, didn't see that one coming.

legalschnauzer said...

NY Post says Tartaglione has been questioned, and they now believe Epstein was assaulted:


https://nypost.com/2019/07/25/jailed-ex-cop-questioned-about-jeffrey-epsteins-injuries/

legalschnauzer said...

From NY Post:


Investigators suspect Jeffrey Epstein was assaulted in a Lower Manhattan lock-up – and questioned a hulking ex-cop who’s housed in the same unit, law-enforcement sources told The Post on Thursday.

Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was found sprawled on the floor of his cell, nearly unconscious and with injuries to his neck, the sources said.

But authorities are leaning away from the idea that the convicted pedophile did it to himself, either to commit suicide or merely get transferred out of the infamous Metropolitan Correctional Center, sources said.

“The marks are more consistent with being choked out than hanging yourself,” one source said.

legalschnauzer said...

More from NY Post:


Earlier this month, The Post exclusively revealed that Epstein was being housed in the “10 South” unit, a block of six cells known as the “terror wing” because it’s where the city’s most dangerous federal inmates, including alleged terrorists, are held.

Tartaglione’s defense lawyer, Bruce Barket, said the beefy ex-cop and Epstein were housed “in the same unit and doing well,” according to NBC News 4, which first reported the questioning of Tartaglione.

In a prepared statement, Barket also said, “Any suggestion that Mr. Tartaglione assaulted anyone is a complete fabrication.”

Barket accused authorities of trying to “retaliate against Mr. Tartaglione for complaining to the court about the deplorable conditions at the MCC.”

Anonymous said...

Don't ignore the Clintons' strong ties to Epstein, as well.

legalschnauzer said...

@11:00 a.m. --

Bill Clinton's ties to Epstein are noted in this post. I'm not aware that Hillary Clinton has any ties to Epstein. Are you?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone at this prison heard of security cameras? How could there not be cameras that would have caught the assailant entering, or walking toward, Epstein's cell.

This crime should be easily solved, and the perpetrator should be able to ID those who put him up to it.

Anonymous said...

For 8:09, most jails and prisons do not have cameras in the cell areas, not necessarily for the privacy of the inmates but for the privacy of the actions of jail/prison personnel...i.e. there may be things that employees do not want recorded.

Anonymous said...

"I'm not aware that Hillary Clinton has any ties to Epstein. Are you?"

You are aware that Epstein's madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, was photographed in attendance at Chelsea's wedding, aren't you?

https://miro.medium.com/max/339/1*E5GmTQLWXD7yrQVadaXF_Q.jpeg

e.a.f. said...

the only information which has been made public is Bill Clinton went along on Epstiens jet a few times. If that makes B. Clinton guilty of anything, you'd find a whole lot of others in the country guilty of things also. It is not unusual for the 'rich and famous' and connected to give each other rides on their personal jets.

legalschnauzer said...

@11:24 --

No, I wasn't aware of that. I didn't check the attendance list at Chelsea's wedding.

Maxwell's attendance could be due to her friendship with Bill Clinton, couldn't it?

I don't see how that reflects on HIllary Clinton. But if you think it does, have at it.