On the 2nd July 2020, Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested at her secluded, rural retreat in Bradford, New Hampshire, which spanned 156 acres and was appropriatly named ‘Tucked Away’.
The Guardian reported that more than ‘20 armed agents and police‘ officers took part in the early-morning operation, breaking down the front door of the property in order to take Maxwell into custody.
If convicted, Maxwell could face up to 35 years in prison; however, she has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. The prosecutors leading the investigation have stated that they will oppose any bail application on the grounds that the defendant may flee.
The Daily Beast discovered that the $1 million property that Maxwell has resided within was purchased from a Massachusetts attorney (Richard Yospin) using cash on the 13th December 2019.
Paperwork on the property has shown that it was filed under Granite Realty LLC, which is located at 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA. This address has been registered with several companies, including Nutter, McLennen & Fish – the law firm that registered Maxwell’s (now defunct) company Ellmax LLC, Florida.
Catch Me If You Can: Where Has Maxwell Been For A Year?
The question we must all ask is – what was Ghislaine Maxwell doing at this house in New Hampshire? Was she in the US this entire time? Or did she move back to America after residing in France? If so, why? Maybe she really was in an Israeli hideout after all and this is just an ingenious cover story? At any rate we’ll try and get to the bottom of this mystery as best we can.
In August 2019 Maxwell was supposedly photographed outside of a Los Angeles In-N-Out burger joint; approximately one week after the ‘suicide’ of Jeffrey Epstein. In the picture, Maxwell is seen looking directly into the camera with a tray of food, two drinks, a book, and a dog at her feet. The New York Post reported that the book Maxwell was reading was: ‘The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives,’ a non-fiction bestseller by journalist Ted Gup.
However, only a few days after this was reported, a Daily Mail Investigation discovered that the picture had been staged by Leah Saffian, a close friend and attorney of Maxwell.
From inspecting the dog (Dexter) in the photograph, owned by Saffian, and the files metadata, it became clear that the picture was owned by Maxwell’s lawyer.
Furthermore, the picture of Maxwell was suspiciously released only a day after the release of an article which suggested she was staying with her new ‘boyfriend’ Scott Borgerson. Was this image released to get a slew of investigators off her tail? Quite possibly.
Borgerson, the CEO of a maritime analytics company (CargoMetrics) was reportedly dating Maxwell after leaving his wife and two children five years prior. According to the Daily Mail, Maxwell was living at his $3 million oceanfront mansion in Manchester-by-the-Sea for the past three years (prior to the article being written).
However, The Sun notes that there weren’t any photographs which have been made public that could demonstrate her presence at this location. Therefore, the claim that Maxwell was staying with Borgerson might just be conjecture.
Today, Maxwell has refused to tell US prosecutors the name of her ‘secret’ husband. However, many have speculated that Borgerson could be ‘the one’.
On January 2nd 2020, rumours surfaced that both Epstein and Maxwell were potentially working for a foreign government and that she might even be hiding in a safehouse in Israel. As an unamed source told the Daily Mail:
“Ghislaine is protected. She and Jeffrey were assets of sorts for multiple foreign governments. They would trade information about the powerful people caught in his net – caught at Epstein’s house.”
However, these claims have proven difficult to substantiate. What remains likely is that shortly after the staged LA photograph was taken it was used as a distraction to allow Maxwell to leave the United States.
On the 20th April The Sun claimed that the Maxwell was staying at her former family home in Meyreuil in the south of France, however, it remains unclear who currently owns this property.
On the 21st June 2020, further reports of Maxwell being located in this region surfaced when The Daily Mail provided evidence that she had moved into a flat on Avenue Matignon, in Paris’s 8th Arrondissement.
The property has been linked to a millionaire business contact based in Normady. It is only a five-minute drive to Epstein’s apartment on Avenue Foch, which was raided by the French police in September 2019.
A source told the newspaper that:
Tatler also noted that Maxwell had been seen walking the streets of Paris, near Le Berkeley and Le Bristol hotels, wearing a scarf around her face to remain undetected. A local source has even been quoted stating that:
A Timeline of What Happened?
- August 2019 – Manchester-by-the-Sea/LA/USA
- January 2020 – Israel (unconfirmed)
- April-June 2020 – Paris, France
- July – New Hampshire
From the timeline above, it is quite apparent that there are a number of holes and questions left unanswered on the whereabouts of Ghislaine Maxwell. However, even after viewing the limited information available there remains a number of contradictions and oddities to this story. At this current juncture there are at least three possible narratives:
Case #1: Maxwell was in Paris, but returned to the United States
If we are to believe the reports that Maxwell was in France from April to June 2020, then she must have flown back to America sometime in mid-late June. Subsequently, she was arrested on the 2nd July in her New Hampshire estate. Does this theory make any sense? Put yourself in Maxwell’s position:
- You are aware that the FBI are monitoring your movements.
- By staying in the United States you will almost inevitably get prosecuted.
- You decide to leave for France as you have dual citizenship and can avoid prosecution as the French State cannot legally extradite you.
- After staying in France for approximatly two-months, you decide to go back to a country where you would likely face prosecution.
Huh? While Maxwell might be mad, she isn’t stupid. She would have to be incredibly desperate (for reasons that are unbeknownst to me) to leave an area that would have prevented her extradition or, at the very least, bought her enough time to find another state or even embassy to bunker down in. If Maxwell was living in France then I find it hard to believe that she moved back to the United States. This leads us to our next possibility…
Case #2: Maxwell never went to Paris
This is possible. While a number of newspapers have reported that Maxwell was living in Paris, this could just be misinformation provided by Maxwell’s associates to send the FBI in the wrong direction. All the while, Maxwell was right under their nose in New Hampshire. Or… it might have been a slow day for news. Unlikely, but with the track record of mainstream media outlets nothing is really impossible.
Case #3: Maxwell was in Paris but got extradited to the United States
From outlining all of these stories it remains apparent that something doesn’t fit.
- If Maxwell did indeed purchase and live in the ‘Tucked Away’ estate from December 2019, then why have there been numerous sitings of her in France in April/June of 2020?
- If we are to believe that Maxwell was in Paris only to return to the United States in July after the laxing of lockdown restrictions, then I must again ask why? Why would someone, who has evaded the watching eye of governments and a multitude of investigation teams, risk going back to the very place that they could be prosecuted? Maxwell herself had even chosen specific nations to hide in that would prevent her extradtition if discovered. Did she just give up? Or did something else happen that would forceably make her change tac?
This leads us to our third and final scenario, and ultimately, into the realms of conspiracy theory. If Maxwell was indeed in France, could it be possible that she was illegally extradited by the French government and handed over to the American authorities? While this seems highly unlikely, it is not outside the realm of possibility.
Maxwell had reportedly been seen visiting the Israeli Embassy while in France. This would have raised major concerns with U.S security agencies due to Maxwell’s Jewish heritage and ties to Israel. If transported by the embassy (or another source) to Israel, her extradition would have been cemented in stone. Once again, she would avoid capture and the American justice system for aiding and abetting Epstein.
Now, you may be thinking: why would she bother? Maxwell couldn’t be extradited from France, so what difference would it make if she was in Israel? Well, as far as my legal knowledge can judge it would make very little difference from a legal standpoint. However, on a diplomatic basis it could have changed everything.
Ari Ben-Menashe, an employee of Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate (1977-1987) and author of “Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, has claimed that:
As Menashe writes himself:
While these claims cannot be proven, at least as of yet, it would explain why France might have broken its own extradition laws to help the United States convict Maxwell. If she was indeed planning to escape to Israel (and was a spy for them), then there certainly would have been a major risk of her never being convicted.
Now I could continue to ruminate on the hows and whys by which the French government could have achieved this on the behest of the United States. However, we have already driven ourselves deep enough into this cavern of speculation.
Ultimately, we will likely never know the reason why Maxwell left France, if her house was just a cover story for her illegal French extradition, or if she was indeed a double/triple agent for the Israeli government. However, over the coming weeks, months and maybe even years, it is almost certain that we will hear about the dark past of Ghislaine Maxwell and her associations, many of whom we have elected into positions of power.