Jeffrey Epstein: Prince Andrew's paedo billionaire pal 'tried to stop girls he abused talking to FBI' Jan 06, 2015 By Piers Eady
Court papers claim that Epstein tracked down girls and promised to 'look after them' if they kept quiet
Prosecuters believed Jeffrey Epstein was tampering with potential witnesses when he was investigated over underage sex crime allegations, court documents have revealed.
A document titled ‘Statement of Undisputed Facts; drawn up in 2008 by Bradley Edwards, a lawyer for one of Epstein's victims says: “Edwards has had a good basis to believe and did in fact believe that to avoid the Government learning about his abuse of minor girls, Epstein threatened his employees and demanded that they not cooperate with the government.
“Epstein’s aggressive witness tampering was so severe that the United States Attorney’s Office prepared negotiated plea agreements containing these charges.”
The documents describe Epstein ‘harassing and pressuring’ one of his alleged sex slaves into not co-operating with the investigation.
Following a complaint from the mother of a 14-year-old from Florida, Epstein was arrested on suspicions of paying her £130 for an erotic massage in 2005.
More than a dozen victims had come forward with similar tales of their abuse at the hands of Epstein when he secured a controversial deal with US prosecutors.
Those who did not co-operate with Epstein were apparently warned 'bad things' would happen to them if they helped prosecutors, the Daily Mail reports.
Epstein pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of soliciting minors – which earned him an 18-month jail sentence of which he served less than 13 months. But he was granted immunity from prosecution on a series of other underage sex charges that could have seen him locked away for a decade.
Epstein is a self-made billionaire who met Prince Andrew on several occasions around the world in exclusive locations during a close relationship spanning a decade....
It is claimed that Virginia Roberts became Epstein’s “sex slave” and that he made her “available for sex to politically-connected and financially-powerful people”.
Prince Andrew is one of those identified by Roberts, a claim he emphatically denies.
The court document claim Epstein offered Roberts and other girls to influential friends and contact in order to “ingratiate himself with them for business, personal, political and financial gain, as well as to obtain potential blackmail information”.
There is no suggestion Prince Andrew was aware of Epstein’s sordid other life. But they regularly enjoyed each other’s company.
Epstein flew in his private Gulfstream jet to the Bahamas in 1998 to meet Fergie and her daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The following February, Prince Andrew visited the US Virgin Islands where he stayed on Little St James, Epstein’s private tropical paradise.
He is also reported to have visited Epstein’s sugar-pink mansion in an exclusive area of West Palm Beach, Florida.
This property was later raided by the FBI and found to contain numerous pictures of Epstein’s underage victims, who he allegedly groomed from the age of 14 and paid £130 an hour for sordid “erotic massages”....
Cartel cannibalism: Mexico says drug gang members ate human hearts By Gabriel Stargardter January 6, 2015
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A vicious Mexican drug gang forced some members to eat the hearts of murder victims as part of a gruesome initiation rite to root out infiltrators, a government security official said on Tuesday, citing witness testimony.
For much of the past year, Michoacan, a mountainous, agricultural state in western Mexico, has been ravaged by fighting between drug gang henchmen and vigilantes who took up arms against the cartels but have since splintered into violent factions.
A mid-December shootout between two rival groups that killed 11 people has reignited fears the government is failing to control the state after flooding it with federal troops and pressing vigilantes into a fledgling rural police force....
Interviewed on local television, Alfredo Castillo, Michoacan's federal security commissioner, denied cannibalism was widespread, but said there were various testimonies indicating heart-eating was part of a macabre initiation Moreno used to root out moles or test his men's loyalty.
"The ritual ranged from dismembering people they intended to kill to sometimes serving up the heart," Castillo said.
He did not elaborate on who provided the testimony and did not specify when and where the alleged initiation rituals took place. Castillo could not immediately be reached for comment.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in gang-related violence in Mexico since 2007.
Mexican cannibal cartel forced new recruits to EAT THE HEARTS of people they murdered in shocking ritual to root out infiltrators
La Familia Michoacana accused of carrying out disgusting initiations
Allegedly forced hopefuls to eat hearts of victims to prove their loyalty
Splinter group the Knights Templar also took part, witnesses said
Decurity official said sometimes initiates would dismember live victims
By Kieran Corcoran For Dailymail.com and Reuters
6 January 2015
New recruits to a vicious Mexican drug cartel were forced to eat the hearts of murder victims in a twisted scheme to prove their loyalty, officials said.
Hopefuls who wanted to join La Familia Michoacana were reportedly fed the internal organs during gruesome initiation ceremonies designed to roof out infiltrators or other disloyal elements.
Witnesses told government security bosses how La Familia, and offshoot an offshoot group called the Knights Templar, would also sometimes force potential cartel members to dismember victims while they were still alive.
Alfredo Castillo, the federal security commissioner for gang-ravaged Mexican state Michoacan, told local television: 'The ritual ranged from dismembering people they intended to kill to sometimes serving up the heart.'
He said that the practice was not widespread, but was emphatic that it had taken place, seemingly on several occasions....