A day after the high-profile arrest of the woman Jeffrey Epstein called his "best friend," Ghislaine Maxwell, those familiar with the scandal are saying several of Epstein's friends and associates are "probably pretty terrified at this moment."
Alana Goodman, a senior investigative reporter for the Washington Free Beacon, has been following the Epstein pedophilia and sex ring crime from the beginning and is co-author of the book "A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein." Goodman said she believes that many individuals with ties to him "were very relieved" when Epstein committed suicide.
With the arrest of Maxwell, Epstein's ex-girlfriend and alleged madam, however, Goodman imagines that relief has likely given way to panic.
"I think that Ghislaine Maxwell has every incentive to talk in this situation," Goodman said. "Epstein is dead ... she doesn't really have to worry about protecting him or anything else at this point. And I think that [the Department of Justice] also has more leeway to potentially kind of deal with her than it did with Epstein because ... he was accused of being the kingpin in this situation."
When asked whether Maxwell was the kind of person who might take her own life, as Epstein is alleged to have done, Goodman said she believed she was not.
Following rumors that she was hiding out in Paris, London, or even the Israeli embassy, Maxwell was arrested while living in a New Hampshire mansion not far from the U.S. attorney's office that is now prosecuting her.