Inside Ghislaine Maxwell's secret lair where she hid from FBI
New images show the remote estate where Ghislaine Maxwell lived in apparent luxury before her arrest on sex trafficking charges.
The $1 million property in New Hampshire was reportedly bought by a company called Granite Reality LLC in December which used lawyers to deal with the purchase.
A real estate listing describes it as ‘an amazing retreat for the nature lover who also wants total privacy’.
US prosecutors said on Thursday that Maxwell had been hiding in the New England area, which includes New Hampshire, since last July, when her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein was arrested.
The daughter of late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell disappeared from public life in 2016 when prosecutors started re-examining criminal allegations against the late billionaire.
Ms Maxwell allegedly bought the house in cash in December 2019 but those involved in the transaction claim not to have interacted with her, according to the Daily Beast.
The broker who led the sale claimed a British man attended the viewing and decided to put the LLC on the purchasing paperwork after the sellers refused a request not to put their names down.
The broker told the website: ‘They said they didn’t want her name known, so I thought it must be a movie star. She wanted to know what the flight patterns were over the house, which was very strange.’
Paperwork on the property reportedly shows the LLC is registered to an address in Boston shared by several companies including a law firm which previously acted on behalf of Ms Maxwell.
An attorney with the firm earlier registerd an entity called Granite Reality to the same address, according to New Hampshire Department of State Records.
According to the Daily Mail, a man with a British accent describing himself as the estate manager emerged from one of two buildings on the site and asked reporters to leave.
In June, the Sun reported Ms Maxwell was spending lockdown in a flat in Paris’ luxurious 8th Arrondissement owned by a wealthy France-based contact who knew she was laying low.
It was claimed she hoped her French citizenship would help avoid extradition to the US.
An unnamed source told the newspaper: ‘Ghislaine is moving locations every month to keep private investigators off her tail and is staying at the residences of trusted colleagues and contacts. She wants to remain in France for as long as she can to take advantage of extradition laws and has a huge network of contacts willing to keep her hidden.
They added: ‘Under French law anyone born on French soil is safe from extradition to another country, regardless of the alleged crime. It doesn’t mean she won’t be prosecuted for her links to Epstein but if she does end up facing charges it will be in France and not the US.’
She has also been linked to a property in Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts, owned by Scott Borgerson, a hedge fund manager described as having been in a romantic relationship with Maxwell.
Ms Maxwell’s New Hampshire getaway appears to have at least four bedrooms and bathrooms is set on a sprawling 156-acre plot.
Its location is described as being around 90 minutes from Boston, making it roughly equidistant from Manchester by the Sea.
Ms Maxwell was charged with six federal crimes including sex trafficking, enticement of minors and perjury.
William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York office said: ‘We have been discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell’s whereabouts as we worked this investigation and more recently we learned she had slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims lived with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago.’
‘We moved when we were ready.’
Federal prosecutors announcing Ms Maxwell’s arrest said she had changed her phone number and email address and had deliveries addressed to another name.
In a court document arguing against granting her bail they described her finances as ‘opaque and indeterminate’ – adding she had used at least 15 bank accounts in the last four years with a total balance at one point of almost $20 million.
They also claimed that between 2007 and 2011 Epstein transferred more than $20 million into Ms Maxwell’s accounts which was later returned to his accounts.
The period overlaps with the time Epstein spent in prison for procuring an underage girl for prostitution.