• Episode 12: Broken Trust

  • Written by: Vicky Ward
  • Narrated by: Vicky Ward
  • Jul 15 2021
  • Length: 22 mins
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  • Summary

  • In the third part of Vicky’s personal story of trying to report the allegations first told to her by the Farmer sisters, Vicky addresses her critics. Though Vicky has always believed the allegations of the Farmer sisters, because of two pieces of journalism she wrote after the disastrous Vanity Fair incident, she has recently been accused of becoming an “Epstein enabler” and becoming “friends” with Ghislaine. Vicky sets the record straight in showing how these ideas are preposterous.
    ©2020 James Patterson Entertainment, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC
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Publisher's Summary

In the third part of Vicky’s personal story of trying to report the allegations first told to her by the Farmer sisters, Vicky addresses her critics. Though Vicky has always believed the allegations of the Farmer sisters, because of two pieces of journalism she wrote after the disastrous Vanity Fair incident, she has recently been accused of becoming an “Epstein enabler” and becoming “friends” with Ghislaine. Vicky sets the record straight in showing how these ideas are preposterous.
©2020 James Patterson Entertainment, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC

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  • Rikki
  • 2021-09-22

Tedious and disappointing

This book is apparently about the author who wanted to showcase her talent by using what could have been and seemingly are more interesting characters than the author. This fact escapes the author. Vicky’s knowledge of (or her speculation of)the criminal behavior of Epstein snd Maxwell could have been written in 2-3 chapters.

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  • Grendel
  • 2021-08-17

Kind of Pathetic

Ward gives a reluctant apology. Seems like she could have done a better job of keeping up with the edits or resigning if she was misrepresented. Hard to have it both ways.

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  • Sanele Ngema
  • 2021-08-04

Dodgy Self Defense

Weird episode... Very one sided. The editor was asking leading questions. It felt like a rehearsed defence. Like a president giving a press statement after being caught with his pants down. She also told one side of the story... It felt like either you give a balanced version of these events or just shut up. And she knows better. This was sad and upsetting.

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  • jennifer bell
  • 2021-07-28

my instincts are telling me

this story was produced to make Vicky Ward seem less like another villain. I knew nothing of the subject before this podcast and came away with no doubt that it was produced to clear the name of a woman who dragged out an obvious relationship with a predator for her own gain.

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  • Annabel
  • 2021-07-27

Fascinating listen

Excellently researched and informative podcast on Ghislane maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. Highly recommend this! Brilliant listen

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  • Jan Michael
  • 2021-07-22

Worth hearing the initial investigative reporter’s POV

I have loosely followed this story for years, and absolutely remember the Vanity Fair story years ago about JE (I have subscribed to VF for decades). I found Vicky Ward’s accounting of what happened to be completely plausible and very detailed for giving her perspective on why the original VF article passed on reporting the sex abuse charges, how JE was protected by his wealth and powerful friends, and how the abused women were repeatedly up against a mountain in trying to get real justice against the horrors of who JE truly was.
Any female that has lived or known overwhelming male power, absolutely can understand the reality of the circumstances of Vicky Ward’s inability to get male editors at VF to take this story about underage girls seriously. One must remember that this story is largely before MeToo, so getting traction on reporting bad behaviors of a powerful man was not easy at all.
I listened to this entire podcast series straight through as it was just so interesting. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the “behind the scenes” information that never was reported due to JE’s power while he was alive.

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  • JEM
  • 2021-07-18

Spider-Sense Tells me Ms. Ward is Culpable

This podcast series, from first episode to the last, wears a very thin, weather-worn, veneer of investigative reporting, a veneer intended to burnish Vicky Ward’s sullied reputation after she and Vanity Fair, by failing to act, allowed Epstein’s pedophilia ring to go on for an additional twenty years. This piece feels like a misguided attempt to resurrect her own image by shifting blame away from her old drinking buddy, Ghislaine, and to the nebulous evil, “male power”, Ms Ward exposes her Telltale Heart. Shame on you — and your Audible editor.