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Jeffrey Epstein Probably Killed Himself Using Occam’s Razor

Brett Davis

Posted on August 14, 2019 05:59

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Nefarious and sinister conspiracy theories are likely to give way to more mundane explanations.

Financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide within the confines of his Manhattan jail cell has given license to conspiracy theorists who don’t need permission of any kind to proffer highly improbable or even lunatic fringe explanations for momentous occurrences.

Skepticism is warranted when the highest profile prisoner in America – a wealthy man whose upcoming trial on federal charges of sex trafficking minors in Florida and New York threatened the rich and powerful people that were part of his orbit – ends up dead at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. That three weeks earlier Epstein had been found unconscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck and placed on suicide watch for six days only adds to the distrust of the apparent suicide story.

Nevertheless, Epstein’s probable suicide under such suspicious conditions in no way proves the fantastical conspiracy theory that he is but the latest victim of the so-called Clinton body count – that is, the notion that Bill and Hillary Clinton secretly have their political enemies killed.

The basic premise the Clintons quietly have their enemies bumped off doesn’t hold up under scrutiny because of the very nature of alleged massive conspiracies and the reality of human nature.

There are of course real conspiracies, both historical and current. But the more out-there conspiracy theories – such as America faking the moon landings, the U.S. government instigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the Clintons routinely offing their political foes – are likely untrue. The alleged operatives behind them don’t have the near superhuman powers that are necessary to pull of such a sinister plot, the more people involved in the conspiracy means it’s less likely they will all be able to keep silent about their secrets, and the grander and more worldly the conspiracy is believed to be tends to indicate that it’s probably not true.

In other words, complex conspiracies are incredibly difficult to pull off. The Watergate burglary, for example, was foiled by a security guard. Under the pressure of congressional hearings and media investigations many of the conspirators cracked and sang like canaries.

Yet conspiracy theorists would have us believe that in the age of the Internet the Clintons somehow got to Epstein while he was in federal custody and had him rubbed out without leaving any evidence connecting them to the dirty deed. This raises an obvious question: If the Clintons are diabolically clever enough to kill anyone who gets in their way, then shouldn’t Hillary Clinton be president now?

It turns out the one thing government is really good at – bungling – is likely the actual and very unsexy reason Epstein is no longer alive. The simpler explanation is probably the correct one in this case, as opposed to promulgating a highly-improbable, overly-complex conspiracy theory that is more reel life than real life.

Brett Davis

Posted on August 14, 2019 05:59

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