A new report about alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein made revelations about items that Epstein shipped to his homes that many online and in the media viewed as suspicious, especially given the time when the items were shipped in relation to legal matters he faces.
"Jeffrey Epstein shipped a shredder from the U.S. Virgin Islands to his Palm Beach home in July 2008, shortly after reaching a non-prosecution agreement with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, maritime records show," The Intercept reported. "Then, in March of this year, shortly after a Florida federal judge invalidated that agreement, Epstein shipped a tile and carpet extractor from the Virgin Islands to his Manhattan townhouse, the records show."
Intercept reporter Ryan Grim added on Twitter: "Items Jeffrey Epstein shipped from his island port that didn't make it into my story about the carpet & tile extractor and the shredder. Not included in this list is a 550 lb 'dental unit,' which appears to be a dental chair. The dental chair came from Henan Meijiasheng Trading Co. Why does he need a dental chair?"
Another item, or rather a structure, owned by Epstein that has drawn attention is what appears to be a temple that is featured on the private island that he owns. Insider reports:
Epstein's island, officially known as Little Saint James, is situated between St. Thomas and St. John, two of the largest islands of the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.
The main residence and compound occupies the northeast point, and a pair of guest houses occupy the northwest and southeast points. The southwest point, however, features a very different kind of building. ...
...It strongly resembles a temple, though of which sort remains elusive.
Insider points to an excerpt in an article published by the AP for context: "Epstein built a stone mansion with cream-colored walls and a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures including the maids' quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island. Workers told each other it was a music room fitted with a grand piano and acoustic walls. Its gold dome flew off during the deadly 2017 hurricane season."
"While this explanation is somewhat believable — Epstein is a classically-trained pianist— the wording suggests it is more of a rumor than a commonly-known fact," Insider concluded. "Either way, it's not exactly clear why Epstein would position a 'music room' so far away from every other structure on the island."
Law&Crime noted the following specific excerpt from Insider's report: "It’s styled like what you might see on a castle, with what appears to be a reinforcing lock bar across the face. What makes it peculiar is that if you wanted to keep people out, the bar would be placed inside the building, [but the] locking bar appears to be placed on the outside … as if it were intended to lock people in."
Law&Crime, also noting an additional structure that appears near the structure, adds: "That and a second structure or apparent door down the hill have given rise to the thought that, perhaps, the temple served a very different purpose."
Bloomberg reported, based on the account of a former staffer, another object that raises questions:
The level of secrecy around a steel safe in Epstein’s office, in particular, suggested it contained much more than just money, he said. Outside of an occasional visit by a housekeeper, no one was allowed in those rooms.
Bloomberg added that locals called Epstein's island "Pedophile Island and Orgy Island."
Federal prosecutors said on Friday that Epstein wired a total of $350,000 to two potential co-conspirators days after a bombshell story was published by the Miami Herald last year that investigators believe could be witness tampering.
This article has been updated to include additional information.