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Jeremy Blackman

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Reply #255 on: December 07, 2021, 04:50:51 PM
^ Definitely exceeding my expectations. I'm not a true crime buff by any stretch, but this is some of the most fascinating and "real" courtroom reporting I've ever heard. Monday's episode (Day 6) is especially good.

They seem to agree that the defense is gradually crumbling, because they're making three conflicting arguments with no coherent overarching narrative. Meanwhile, the prosecution is bringing in witnesses (recently the second of four), who are giving heart-wrenching, vulnerable testimony. No surprise, Ghislaine Maxwell is (allegedly) an absolute monster. These witnesses are heroes for what they're doing, which comes at a great cost personally and psychologically, as they live on the razor's edge of anonymity (while the defense clumsily doxes them, btw).

Learning about Ghislaine's (alleged) modus operandi is absolutely chilling—the way she would create a fake friendship with a girl, then reveal herself to be a grotesque creep, sometimes quite suddenly. And by then it was too late—the girl would be trapped in this stranger's house in a different state (or country) with no idea how to feasibly get home, also fearing the consequences for non-cooperation. The only thing they could be sure of is what was expected of them.

The obscene wealth combined with terrible taste, the wallpapered rooms with heavy drapes, a massage table ominously stationed in every room, the darkness of it all. Really paints a picture.
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Reply #256 on: December 20, 2021, 02:15:13 AM


Brace and Liz somehow ended up on a Barstool Sports podcast. Not sure I agree with the aesthetic choice of having random bros always in-frame just eating and staring at the wall. But it actually ends up being a good conversation.

Substance wise, it seems clear that the whole Epstein/Maxwell project was an intelligence operation. Mossad + who knows what. I would definitely like to know more about Robert Maxwell. Besides being Ghislaine's father, he was a Mossad spy who seemed to specialize in befriending a ton of the most famous and powerful people in the world. Sound familiar? As a fun bonus, he died in mysterious circumstances.
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Reply #257 on: January 18, 2022, 06:58:14 AM
Any fellow Krakauer fans here?  (I've read or listened to "Into Thin Air" 8 or 10 times.)   A new interview with Jon on the 25th anniversary of "Into the Wild"--a fascinating, tragic and engrossing story when he first wrote about it, that went on to develop add'l drama in the years since. 

https://www.theringer.com/2021/1/14/22230638/jon-krakauer-on-the-25th-anniversary-of-into-the-wild

A little late to the party, but thanks for sharing this! As a bit of an Everest but myself, Into Thin Air became an instant favourite when I first came across it about 10 years ago. Always great to hear Krakauer talking about the subject because it’s a fairly deep rabbit hole!


 

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