“The Jeffrey Epstein Case Was Cold, Until a Miami Herald Reporter Got Accusers to Talk”, The New York Times

By Tiffany Hsu, July 9, 2019

Julie K. Brown, an investigative journalist for The Miami Herald, expected to spend the week on the same emotionally brutal endeavor she has pursued for more than two years: interviewing women who say that, as girls, they were part of a sex ring run by the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Months ago, she published a meticulously researched series of articles about a secret plea deal, engineered by a current member of President Trump’s cabinet, that helped Mr. Epstein evade federal charges related to the women’s accusations. Her work identified some 80 alleged victims and earned a slew of journalism prizes, including a George Polk Award in the category of Justice Reporting. She worked on the award-winning series with Emily Michot, a visual journalist at The Herald.

While Mr. Epstein moved about freely, reportedly building a new compound in the Virgin Islands, Ms. Brown continued to dig, accumulating enough documentation to fill a spare bedroom in her Florida home.

Things changed on Saturday, when Mr. Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after flying in from Paris on his private jet. The Daily Beast and other news outlets reported that he faced sex trafficking charges. Law enforcement officers forced their way into his 21,000-square-foot mansion in Manhattan and found hundreds of photos of nude or partially nude young women and girls.