'The Dark Corner': Locals Come Forward About Epstein's Secretive Island


Sleazeball, pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein seems to have finally run out of luck. He’s now charged with one count each of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; the potential 45-year sentence could effectively land him behind bars for the rest of his natural life.

The reopened court case has thrown light yet again on the details of Epstein’s life: his famous friends, the underage women that constantly hung around him, the sweet deal that was cut with him the first time he went through this. And, of course, there were the massive properties that Epstein owned, including his 75-acre island Little St. James in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As the New York Post found when they asked the locals in the Virgin Islands, it “was anything but chaste.”

“Everybody called it ‘Pedophile Island,’” Kevin Goodrich, a boat operator in St. Thomas, said.

“It’s our dark corner.”

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That’s fair, given his reputation. But do the locals have anything to prove this?

The Post reported that island workers are sometimes forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. However, one worker said a number of barely legal young women were there. It was something, he said, that others — including himself — would look away from.

“When he was there, it was keep to yourself and do your thing,” the man said.

Another said that things got worse for the 66-year-old financier when he purchased the adjacent island of Great St. James.

“He wasn’t well-received,” St. Thomas native Spencer Consolvo said. “People think he’s too rich to be policed properly.”

And, indeed, that was part of the problem: According to a Post article in May, Epstein was found to have broken Virgin Islands environmental law in constructing his compound on the larger, 165-acre Great St. James Island. A stop work order was issued in December but he continued to build in spite of that.

However, Epstein has a long history in his dark corner of the Caribbean.

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“Government documents and ledgers show that Little St. James Island was once known as Mingo Cay. In April 1998, a company called L.S.J. LLC bought it for $7.95 million,” The Associated Press reported.

“Additional documents showed that Epstein is the sole member of L.S.J., with his signature reminiscent of an infinity loop.”

The Associated Press noted that Little St. James is considered to be Epstein’s U.S. residence by the government. It’s also where one of Epstein’s alleged victims testified that she had sex with Epstein and others as well as participated in an orgy.

She also claims she had seen Bill Clinton there, although not engaging in any untoward contact. Clinton says he’s never visited.

As for the locals, several say they’re aggravated by the attention that the indictment has brought.

“It brought some kind of notoriety to the Virgin Islands,” St. Thomas taxi driver Vernon Morgan said. “We would much rather that the Virgin Islands be seen in a different light.”

“A woman who did not want to be identified for fear of losing her job running a charter company said she was elated when Epstein got arrested but is now vexed at tourists’ curiosity, saying she reluctantly shares whispered details of his case to prying adults if children are around,” the AP reported.

Those questions from tourists aren’t going to go away. Neither will the questions about just what Epstein was doing down on his island, particularly now that the case has piqued the interest of the public.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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