Ghislaine Maxwell is the daughter of a disgraced billionaire and the former partner of a super-rich paedophile who killed himself while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
After hiding for almost a year, she now finds herself facing multiple charges for helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually exploit and abuse under-age women which could lead to her spending the rest of her life in gaol.
In this new podcast series, Hunting Ghislaine, reporter John Sweeney investigates a fairy story which happens the wrong way round, of how a princess ends up accused of being the monster and no-one at all ends up happily ever after. First Episode available 19th November.
The final episode in the series looks at the dark fairy tale that is the life of Ghislaine Maxwell.
She started out a rich and beautiful princess.
She is now ina rat-infested cell in a New York prison known as The Tombs, awaiting trial on charges she denies.
How could the fairy tell end like this, or is this the end?
The Lady Vanishes
In 2019 Epstein is arrested and then dies in prison. The authorities say suicide, some suspect that he did not kill himself.
And Ghislaine? She vanishes.
How is it possible to disappear in the twenty first century?
In this episode we hear from a former FBI Special Agent who explains how people can hide and how they can be caught.
Prince Andrew can’t explain why a photo of him exists with his arm around the waist of Virginia Roberts Giuffre, then 17, with Ghislaine looking on inside her mews flat in London.
However, he does explain why he stayed in Epstein’s Manhattan mansion in 2010 after the American had been convicted of having sex with an under-age girl. But he’s viewed by many as unconvincing.
In this episode we look at what possible favours passed between those allegedly involved?
The Black Book
Ghislaine Maxwell’s address book is packed with the names of the rich, famous and powerful.
But how did no one know what was happening behind the scenes?
Did Ghislaine’s black book and her friendships with the likes of Donald Trump who said: “I wish her well” and Bill Clinton provide an aura of respectability that prevented proper scrutiny?
Multiple young women say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein. A smaller number say that Ghislaine Maxwell abused them along with Epstein - she denies all allegations.
Victims also accuse Ghislaine of running the machine that served Epstein and that she was the real mastermind behind his actions.
In episode two of Hunting Ghislaine we look at the relationship with Epstein after her father, Robert Maxwell's death, and the role she is accused of playing in supplying him with young women.
Ghislaine Maxwell has been charged with helping rich paedophile Jeffrey Epstein sexually exploit and abuse multiple minor girls – she denies all wrongdoing. This episode looks at the first monster in her life: her father, Robert Maxwell, a liar, a thief and a sadist. He named the yacht he fell from after her: The Lady Ghislaine. Did he form or, perhaps, deform her too?
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Hunting Ghislaine is a Global Original podcast written and reported by John Sweeney. Co-commissioned by Global and The Story Lab, produced in association with Chalk & Blade