Epstein, a billionaire financier, was arrested last month for sex trafficking young girls. The Times reported Wednesday that another plan of his was to impregnate women as his New Mexico ranch. For years he allegedly spoke to professionals about this idea, though there’s no evidence he ever went through with trying to make it a reality.
He gained access to the prominent scientific community the same way he made his supposed wealth: lying. He charmed key figures in politics and business, gaining clients and confidantes. By getting an in with Nobel Prize-winning scientists, like theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, he was able to embrace his excitement for transhumanism (technologically improving the human population) and eugenics (the discredited notion of controlled breeding). He often funded their projects in exchange for their acceptance of his ideas. They attended his parties and fundraising initiatives — and many didn’t realize he was genuinely serious about single-handedly seeding the human race.