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More than a decade ago, mysterious financier Jeffrey Epstein was investigated by local and federal authorities in Florida for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. But despite what appeared to be overwhelming evidence of a horrifying pattern of abuse, Epstein managed to escape all but minor charges, striking a sweetheart deal with the government that required him to spend just 13 months in jail while granting him and his alleged co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution. Years later, in the wake of Epstein's sudden arrest and shocking demise, those teenage girls -- now women -- are still seeking answers to their fundamental questions about their abuser and his allies. In dozens of interviews, ABC News' Mark Remillard, reporting with the ABC News Investigative Unit, shares the stories of those women, who have fought to have their voices heard, as well as the lawyers and investigators who tried to bring Epstein to justice. And we retrace Epstein's rise from modest roots to the very intersection of wealth and power, seeking to uncover the forces that shielded Epstein from justice.

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More than a decade ago, mysterious financier Jeffrey Epstein was investigated by local and federal authorities in Florida for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. But despite what appeared to be overwhelming evidence of a horrifying pattern of abuse, Epstein managed to escape all but minor charges, striking a sweetheart deal with the government that required him to spend just 13 months in jail while granting him and his alleged co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution. Years later, in the wake of Epstein's sudden arrest and shocking demise, those teenage girls -- now women -- are still seeking answers to their fundamental questions about their abuser and his allies. In dozens of interviews, ABC News' Mark Remillard, reporting with the ABC News Investigative Unit, shares the stories of those women, who have fought to have their voices heard, as well as the lawyers and investigators who tried to bring Epstein to justice. And we retrace Epstein's rise from modest roots to the very intersection of wealth and power, seeking to uncover the forces that shielded Epstein from justice.

    Ep. 8: The Sweetheart Deal

    Ep. 8: The Sweetheart Deal

    Back in Palm Beach, local authorities build what they believe is a solid case against Jeffrey Epstein and they turn it over to the FBI, confident the feds will investigate and prosecute Epstein as the local police feel he deserves. Victims ?from Florida, New York and New Mexico are interviewed by the FBI ?over the course of two years -- and ?they are assured that the wheels of justice are turning. But what eventually happens stuns Palm Beach police and the women who, despite fearing for their safety, opened up old wounds to cooperate with federal investigators. How did the millionaire from Palm Beach, accused of sexually abusing potentially over 30 girls and young women across the country, end up spending just over a year in a local jail cell that allowed to come and go almost as he pleased? Just who was behind the "sweetheart" deal Epstein got, leaving victims both angry and betrayed? And new information from ABC News shows federal investigators knew even more years ago than has been previously reported about allegations against Epstein -- this time, surrounding a 14-year old girl in New York.

    "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein" is a co-production of the award-winning ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio, makers of "The Dropout," "A Killing On the Cape," "Have You Seen This Man?," the daily ABC News podcast "Start Here," and more: http://www.abcaudio.com/podcasts

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 7: Little St. Jeff

    Ep. 7: Little St. Jeff

    Jeffrey Epstein further expands his real estate empire with arguably his most extravagant purchase, a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands called Little St. James, that he dubbed "Little St. Jeff." A contractor who did a lot of work on the island says he witnessed things he found terribly unsettling, including young-looking girls sunbathing on the beaches. And it was in this seemingly idyllic paradise where one woman alleges she had a terrifying encounter with Epstein that would forever change her life.

    "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein" is a co-production of the award-winning ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio, makers of "The Dropout," "A Killing On the Cape," "Have You Seen This Man?," the daily ABC News podcast "Start Here," and more: http://www.abcaudio.com/podcasts

    • 50 min
    Ep. 6: Zorro Ranch

    Ep. 6: Zorro Ranch

    As Jeffrey Epstein continues to build a financial empire, he ventures West, buying a massive piece of property outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's a private cattle ranch -- set in desolate, untouched land -- and rumors would fly among locals as to just what was going on at the compound known as Zorro Ranch. Epstein's wealth may have been growing, but so was the scale of his alleged abuse -- this time, involving a 16-year-old girl who says she was lured to the ranch by Epstein under the guise of a student trip. When she arrived, she was the only student there.

    "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein" is a co-production of the award-winning ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio, makers of "The Dropout," "A Killing On the Cape," "Have You Seen This Man?," the daily ABC News podcast "Start Here," and more: http://www.abcaudio.com/podcasts

    • 46 min
    Ep. 5: The Lady of the House

    Ep. 5: The Lady of the House

    Who is Ghislaine Maxwell, the Oxford-educated socialite who once jet-setted around the world with Jeffrey Epstein? His girlfriend? His confidant? Or was it something more nefarious? Was this charming, elegant woman an accomplice to crimes he committed against girls and young women?

    "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein" is a co-production of the award-winning ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio, makers of "The Dropout," "A Killing On the Cape," "Have You Seen This Man?," the daily ABC News podcast "Start Here," and more: http://www.abcaudio.com/podcasts

    • 49 min
    Ep. 4: Friends in High Places

    Ep. 4: Friends in High Places

    The college dropout with little financial pedigree gets close to one of the most successful businessmen in the world, becoming a trusted advisor overseeing his personal fortune. Was this relationship the source of Jeffrey Epstein's mysterious wealth? And did he use this connection to the billionaire's businesses to prey on young women and girls?

    "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein" is a co-production of the award-winning ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio, makers of "The Dropout," "A Killing On the Cape," "Have You Seen This Man?," the daily ABC News podcast "Start Here," and more: http://www.abcaudio.com/podcasts

    • 46 min
    Ep. 3: Man of Mystery

    Ep. 3: Man of Mystery

    Even after multiple federal law enforcement investigations, Jeffrey Epstein's past remains murky. One thing is certain: His rise to wealth and power seems to defy conventional logic.

    Editor's Note: An earlier version of this episode attributed interim Dalton headmaster Peter Branch's comments to NPR; in fact, Branch made his comments about Jeffrey Epstein to The New York Times.

    "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein" is a co-production of the award-winning ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio, makers of "The Dropout," "A Killing On the Cape," "Have You Seen This Man?," the daily ABC News podcast "Start Here," and more: http://www.abcaudio.com/podcasts

    • 44 min

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