Multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, arrested on July 6 for pedophilia, had a mysterious “temple” on his island in the Caribbean that is intriguing because of its characteristics.
In order to build the unusual structure, they used a license obtained for a supposed piano pavilion, very different from this “temple” according to the plans authorized by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, in 2010, as reported by NBC News.
Initially it was supposed to consist of an octagonal hall with an area of 1800 square feet and 10 feet high, with windows, where a grand piano would be installed.
The final result shows a rectangular building 30 feet high, without windows and with a huge wooden door that is secured from the outside.
The outer part of the “temple” is decorated with blue and white stripes and was flanked by statues painted in gold.
In addition, a golden dome crowned the structure, until a hurricane blew it off in 2017. The building is also surrounded by a terrace with a labyrinthine motif, according to New York Magazine.
“It’s styled like what you might see on a castle, with what appears to be a reinforcing lock bar across the face,” contractor James Booth told Business Insider.
“What makes it peculiar is that if you wanted to keep people out, the bar would be placed inside the building, [but the] locking bar appears to be placed on the outside … as if it were intended to lock people in,” Booth added.
The 30-hectare island in the U.S. Virgin Islands was purchased through an LLC (a limited liability company) in 1998 for $7.95 million.
Officially called Little St. James, but area residents gave it other nicknames.
Thomas Kevin Goodrich, a St. Thomas boat operator, told AP, “It’s our dark corner.” Other names include “Orgy Island,” “Sin Island,” and “Pedophilia Island.”
“It’s hard not to read about Jeffrey Epstein’s indictment and not suspect that the horrible occult ritual abuse claims have some validity. He had this bizarre temple built on his private island,” wrote preacher Joel Richardson in one of his tweets.
Epstein, who was already convicted in 2008 for the same crimes and received a controversial 13-month sentence during which he could go out 12 hours a day 6 days a week, now faces charges that could lead to 45 years in prison.