Maxwell Housed: From penthouse to penitentiary

Ghislaine Maxwell was recently arrested, a combination of pleasant, surprising, and overdue.

She is now being kept at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.  She has been placed on suicide watch and given paper clothes, a fact she doubtlessly won’t like.  I suspect she isn’t a suicide risk, this is more about preventing whatever happened to Jeffrey Epstein when the security cameras mysteriously stopped working.

Ghislaine Maxwell given paper clothes at correctional center to avoid suicide attempt: Sources

Ghislaine Maxwell, the recently arrested confidant of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was given paper clothes upon checking into the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, over fears that she might take her own life, two federal law enforcement sources confirm to ABC News.

It’s unclear whether Maxwell has been placed on suicide watch.

Sources stressed to ABC News that it is standard procedure for high-profile inmates or new inmates. However, one source told ABC News that the federal Bureau of Prisons has gone to “great measures” to ensure Maxwell’s safety.

Her lawyers are arguing she “is not a flight risk”, a dubious argument for someone with three passports who spent ten months on the run, knowing she was wanted.  Five million dollars bond is throwaway money to someone with access to hundreds of millions, both Epstein’s money and her own family’s.  Her father was convicted fraudster Robert Maxwell, who stole hundreds of millions from the Mirror Group publishing company.  Put her in solitary if COVID-19 is such a concern.

Ghislaine Maxwell should be released from jail due to COVID-19, her lawyers say

Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime Jeffrey Epstein confidant accused of helping him sexually abuse underage girls, should be granted bail because of the COVID-19 threat in jail, her lawyers said Friday.

Maxwell, 58, has been locked up at a federal detention facility in New York following her arrest last week on charges connected to Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking network.

In new court papers, her lawyers cited the risks of the coronavirus as one reason she should be released from jail to home confinement. They proposed that she be freed on a $5 million bond secured by six co-signers and property in the U.K. worth $3.75 million.

The most galling “news” item I’ve seen recently came from Reuters (and others).  They’re inferring that people should feel “empathy” for Maxwell because she’s being subjected to strip searches and body cavity examinations for contraband.

I am not mocking her feelings or humiliation Maxwell feels as her body is invaded.  Where is the media’s empathy for the teenage girls who Maxwell helped traffic and rape?  I haven’t heard any.  The media only seems to care about a wealthy white woman, not dozens of teenage girls who did not put themselves in that situation.

‘Crushing experience’ awaits Ghislaine Maxwell at troubled jail

Ghislaine Maxwell was detained on Monday in a troubled U.S. jail in Brooklyn where she will undergo humiliating searches and be denied nearly all possessions, a far cry from the luxury estate where she was arrested as an accused accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein.

[. . .]

“You go from living a life like Maxwell to all of a sudden being in a situation where you’re being strip-searched and having people look into your body cavities,” said Cameron Lindsay, a former warden at the MDC. “That is a crushing experience.”

[. . .]

Lindsay said MDC officials will have to weigh whether to keep Maxwell in her 10-foot-by-12-foot (about 3-meter-by-3.7-meter) cell alone or housed with another female prisoner.

A cellmate might help prevent her from attempting suicide, a critical issue following Epstein’s death, but Lindsay said the nature of her charges and her high profile also makes her a target.

For other prisoners, injuring Maxwell “would be a badge of honor,” said Lindsay.

Killing Maxwell “would be a badge of honour”?  That is a jail, not a prison.  The women housed with Maxwell don’t want to go to prison (espeically those overcharged and falsely charged with crimes).  It is a laughable notion that anyone would risk their freedom for a tiny bit of notariety.

Metro UK (hardly the bastion of honest journalism) reports that a man claims to have videos of rapes taking place.  I don’t want to see them, but if they exist I’d like to see names given.  He should name them now, let everyone know and make them defend themselves.

Ghislaine Maxwell ‘has tapes of two famous US politicians having sex with underage girls’

Child sex abuse suspect Ghislaine Maxwell has tapes of two prominent American politicians having sex with underage girls, it is claimed. Maxwell’s alleged stash was revealed by a jewel thief calling himself William Steel, who claimed he’d been forced to watch the abuse clips by Maxwell, 58, and her pedophile ex Jeffrey Epstein to prove their power.

Steel told The Sun: ‘I was forced to watch their videos because they were trying to impress me. They wanted to convince me of their power and who they held in their grip. They boasted about ‘owning’ powerful people.

‘Ghislaine was more into showing me those than Jeff…I saw videos of very powerful people — celebrities, world figures — in those videos having sex, threesomes, even orgies with minors.’

Steel says he was shown the footage to ‘intimate’ and ‘impress him. He added that Maxwell was a ‘nymphomaniac’ who ‘would try anything in bed.’ He said he is now keen to speak to prosecutors about what he saw after Maxwell was arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse.

Anyone with decency wants to see her forced to name names, confess, give justice to the victims and serve a life sentence.  I do not want to see another incompetent court allowing her to walk with minimal prison time.  I do not want her to be the Karla Homolka of the rich and famous.



  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    It is a laughable notion that anyone would risk their freedom for a tiny bit of notariety.

    Pedophiles and alleged pedophiles face disproportionate risk of violence in prison not due to their new colleagues’ cravings for notoriety, but their cravings for revenge – since so many prisoners themselves experienced sexual abuse when young.

    The guards who put “Father” John Geoghan in the same cell with a purported abuse survivor (with noted poor impulse control) surely knew that. Women’s prisons probably have even more walking bundles of rape-surviving rage unsympathetic to the woes of 0.01%ers.

  2. Jazzlet says

    If it’s not safe for Maxwell to be in prison because of the COVID-19 risk then it is not safe for any of the other prisoners either. There is a good case to be made that prisoners with short sentences and those denied bail for minor offences* should be released to reduce the prisons population and thus reduce the risk of COVID-19 being spread, but that doesn’t mean that someone like Maxwell who is a clear flight risk, and who should recieve a long sentence should be released.

    * people shouldn’t be in prison for these reasonas anyway, but that’s another discussion.

  3. jrkrideau says

    @1 Pierce R. Butler
    I think Rhiannon has a good point. Maxwell is is jail not prison.

    One could come up with a scenario where a cellmate might badly injure or kill her but it seems unlikely without wildly improbable coincidences or a jail management conspiracy. A mild beating might be another matter. Prison is another matter. Keeping child molesters alive there can be tough. Accidents can happen.

    Maxwell needs to be more worried about non-functioning cameras and sleepy guards.

    @ Intransitive
    We could be looking at a version of a “Karla Homolka”. Homolka got the sweetheart deal because, due to police incompetence, the only way to nail Paul Barnardo was with her testimony.

    Maxwell could have enough blackmail material on half the (male?) business and political elites in the US and the UK that she can broker a deal or dump on a couple of key targets the prosecution is slavering for to get a plea deal.

    The arrest theatre at her estate suggests to me that either US law enforcement are nuts–a tenable idea—or that it was part of some soap opera that helps lead up to a deal that she had brokered weeks ago.

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    jrkrideau @ # 3: Maxwell is i[n] jail not prison.

    Good point.

    At least NY coolers have much experience with high-risk celeb detainees. They probably have a big stack of memos on the subject.

  5. lorn says

    If she turns state’s evidence the treatment gets a lot better. In part because there is little reason to fear she would flee. If half of the stories are true there would be quite a few very wealthy and powerful people seeking to silence her. A modest existence in a safe house is a lot better than jail, prison, or dead.