After the disgraced financier was found dead at age 66 in his prison cell on August 10th at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, many (justifiably) wanted to know why the highest-profile inmate in America — who had made a widely reported suicide attempt a little more than two weeks prior — had been left unsupervised in a maximum-security facility. Conspiracy theories (of course) naturally followed.
“It became really clear that the entire Epstein extended universe, as we like to call it, is such a unique lens through which to understand and reveal larger class antagonisms within the United States,” says Franczak. She also goes on to discuss the unusual nature of the case and how its consequences reach across political party lines.
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