A website created by a DNA company to find the heirs of deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein has heard from as many as 130 people claiming to be the convicted pedophile’s children
A website created by a DNA company to find any possible heirs to deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein‘s estate has heard from as many as 130 people claiming to be the convicted pedophile’s children.
If any are found to be the multimillionaire’s children, they could lay claim to a piece his $635 million estate, which includes his Manhattan mansion and a luxury 75-acre estate, dubbed ‘pedophile island’.
Epstein, who took his life in a Manhattan jail cell in August while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges, had never married and was not known to have had any children. He left his assets in a trust after his death.
If any are found to be the multimillionaire’s children, they could lay claim to a piece his $635 million estate, which includes his Manhattan mansion (pictured)
Epstein’s fortunes also include a luxury 75-acre estate, dubbed ‘pedophile island’
‘Jeffrey Epstein was sexually promiscuous for so long that there is a reasonable chance he may have fathered a child,’ Harvey Morse, founder of Morse Genealogical Services tells the Sun.
The DNA firm set up the website Epsteinheirs.com shortly after Epstein’s death asking for people who thought they were heirs to his estate to come forward.
Since then 386 people have contacted the website and up to 130 say they could be his children.
Epstein earned his wealth as an asset manager and lived among elite circles.
In 2008, he pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution, but accepted a plea deal heavily criticized for being too lenient.
The deal required him to register as a sex offender and he served 13 months in prison, although he was allowed to work from his office six days a week.
Earlier this year, Epstein’s estate was valued at $635 million, an increase from about $577 million after the sale of some of its assets.
A screen shot from the website, Epsteinheirs.com
‘Jeffrey Epstein was sexually promiscuous for so long that there is a reasonable chance he may have fathered a child,’ says Harvey Morse (pictured), founder of Morse Genealogical Services, which set up the Epsteinheirs.com website to find if the deceased financier had any kids
Executors sold five of Epstein’s cars including a $195,000 Bentley, a $133,200 Mercedes and three Chevrolet Suburbans worth a total of $112,000. The identities of the purchasers have not been disclosed.
Epstein’s estate also closed four bank accounts associated with his companies. The accounts held more than $500,000 in cash combined.
Epstein still owned four properties, including his Manhattan mansion and Zorro Ranch in Stanley, New Mexico, as well as the so-called ‘pedophile island’, or Little Saint James, based off the coast of St. Thomas.
More than two dozen women who have filed lawsuits accusing Epstein of sexually abusing them could stand to receive a portion of a settlement fund, which is being created by lawyers currently managing the estate.
Before that, a good portion of his wealth was believed might go to his brother Mark. The younger sibling and the lone surviving member of his immediate family seemed best positioned to inherit the majority of the estate.
Epstein owned four properties, including his Manhattan mansion and his Zorro Ranch in Stanley, New Mexico (pictured)
Source: dailymail US