Jeffery Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, where the billionaire paedophile planned to impregnate scores of women and ‘seed’ the human race with his DNA, has finally been sold.
The convicted sex offender acquired the 7,588-acre ‘Zorro Ranch’ near Albuquerque in the early 1990s and built a 33,000 sq ft mansion there.
Although Epstein was never charged with a crime in New Mexico, the ranch is considered a key part of his sex-trafficking operation and his partner-in-crime Ghislaine Maxwell was accused of sexually abusing several women there.
Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison in June last year for grooming and sexually abusing underage girls with Epstein.
When Epstein died in 2019, while awaiting trial for sex trafficking minors, the ranch was listed in his will along with a flat in Paris, a mansion in Manhattan, a house in Palm Beach and an island in the Caribbean in an estate valued at $577 million.
The ranch was first put up for sale for $27.5 million in 2021; but this price was slashed to $21.5 million a year later after local estate agents expressed scepticism over the price.
‘There are many other properties out there that offer more amenities and no dark history,’ an estate agent named Jacob Martinez told the website Realtor.com.
But according to the Mirror, the ranch was finally sold earlier this week to San Rafael Ranch, LLC, a company formed just weeks ago, for an undisclosed fee.
Papers obtained by the publication show a ‘special warranty deed’ was issued by the Sante Fe County Clerk’s Office the day before and signed off on by Darren Indyke, the executor of Epstein’s estate.
The sale also included a secluded lodge where Prince Andrew, a close friend of Epstein, is alleged to have stayed whenever he visited.
Virginia Giuffre, who accused the Duke of York of sexual abuse, claimed she and Zorro Ranch staff had witnessed the royal at the remote hilltop mansion.
Andrew and his legal team have vehemently denied all of Ms Guiffre’s allegations, with the prince claiming he has no memory of meeting her despite a picture appearing to show them together.
Epstein was also known to invite a number of scientists, engineers and technicians to the lodge, where he would reportedly try to woo by using his financial muscle to fund disturbing scientific ideas and insights.
According to computer scientist and virtual reality expert Jaron Lanier, this included plans to convert the ranch into a ‘baby-making factory’ which would ‘seed the human race with his DNA’ by impregnating at least 20 women at the ranch.
According to the Times, other sources said Epstein also brought up ‘the question of how humans could be improved genetically’ and reportedly wanted told one scientist that he was bankrolling efforts to identify a mysterious ‘stalker’ particle that might trigger the feeling that someone is watching you.
None of Epstein’s victims will profit from the sale of the ranch, although it is thought that Ms Maxwell may receive some money from the deal.
An unnamed victim of Epstein’s branded the possibility as ‘beyond deplorable’.
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