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Jeffrey Epstein died in August 2019. He was a billionaire. He was also a criminal. He was in prison when he died. People are shocked that he died. He should have been watched very closely to make sure he didn’t die.

It was first said that his death was suicide. He shouldn’t have been able to commit suicide. People think he might have been killed. There are many people who didn’t want him to talk to police. He knew many people who had also done bad things.

People think that many of these people are very powerful. They think he was killed to protect these powerful people. The crimes Epstein committed were very serious. People hope that police have the evidence to find out who the other people are.

Difficult words

Billionaire (n): A person who has $1,000,000,000 or more.

Shocked (v): To be very surprised.

Suicide (n): For a person to kill themselves.

Commit (v): To do or carry out something.

Powerful (adj): Someone or something with a lot of power.

Evidence (n): Things that prove something happen.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

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American English: Coming Soon!

Match the Synonym!

 1. Shocked  A. Kill yourself.
 2. Suicide  B. Strong
 3. Commit  C. Proof
 4. Powerful  D. To do.
 5. Evidence  E. Surprised

True or False?

1. Jeffrey Epstein was a billionaire. T / F

2. Epstein almost died but he’s still alive. T / F

3. People are not surprised he died. T / F

4. Some people didn’t want him to talk to the police. T / F

5. Epstein didn’t talk to people who did bad things. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. a / also / He / criminal / was

2. he / in / prison / was / He / died / when

3. been / he / have / think / People / might / killed

4. people / He / many / knew

5. think / They / killed / was / he

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English: Coming Soon!

Closely Police Death
Killed Criminal Bad

Jeffrey Epstein died in August 2019. He was a billionaire. He was also a ___________. He was in prison when he died. People are shocked that he died. He should have been watched very _________ to make sure he didn’t die.

It was first said that his _________ was suicide. He shouldn’t have been able to commit suicide. People think he might have been killed. There are many people who didn’t want him to talk to police. He knew many people who had also done ______ things.

People think that many of these people are very powerful. They think he was __________ to protect these powerful people. The crimes Epstein committed were very serious. People hope that _________ have the evidence to find out who the other people are.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Do you think there are people who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?
5. Do you know who Jeffrey Epstein was?
6. Do rich people in your country get away with crimes more easily?
7. Do rich people have a different prison experience in your country?
8. Do you think rich people or celebrities should be treated differently in prison?
9. Is trafficking an issue in your country?
10. What do you think about the many celebrities who were friends with Jeffrey Epstein?
11. Has there ever been a similar news story in your country (someone is killed so they don’t leak information)?
12. What do you think will happen because of Epstein’s death?
13. Are there any popular conspiracy theories in your country?
14. Do people believe in conspiracy theories in your country?
15. What is a popular conspiracy theory that you agree with?
16. What is a popular conspiracy theory that you disagree with?
17. Do you think the government keeps important information from the public?
18. Is corruption a problem in your country?
19. How can we stop corruption among the officers in prisons?
20. Can politicians be trusted in your country?