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Jeffrey Epstein's efforts to silence press included a bullet on a reporter's doorstep, cat's severed head

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David Folkenflik of NPR News has a report today about how Jeffrey Epstein terrorized members of the press who sought to report on his activity, alternating between attempting to intimidate or buy off the media. One significant episode involved Vanity Fair, under former editor in chief Graydon Carter (pictured here). The sexual predator and accused global sex trafficker's methods included a severed cat's head, and a bullet on a doorstep. Vanity Fair under Graydon Carter was working on a story about Jeffrey Epstein's long-whispered-about sexual predation of young women and girls. Jeffrey Epstein found out, and wanted the story dead, so he applied various forms of pressure. "He was torturing Graydon," says John Connolly, who was at the time a Vanity Fair contributing editor reporting on crime and scandal: Soon after publication, Connolly says, Carter called to share an ominous development: a bullet placed right outside his front door at his Manhattan home. "That wasn't a coincidence," Connolly says. Even in the absence of any evidence Epstein was involved, Connolly says both Carter and he considered the bullet a clear warning from Epstein. Another former colleague, who spoke on condition of anonymity, recalls receiving an anguished call from Carter linking the bullet to Epstein. (NPR asked Carter repeatedly over the course of a week for his recollections of the bullet incident along with other elements presented here. After this story was broadcast and posted, his spokeswoman wrote to say Carter recalled the bullet appearing in 2004, not 2003.) In 2006, federal authorities compiled accusations against Epstein in Florida. Read the rest

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