Rush still has that recording, and he’s been thinking about it in recent days as Epstein has become, arguably, the biggest story in America. For Rush and many others who crossed paths with Epstein when he was a prominent figure on the Manhattan media circuit, Epstein’s July 8 federal sex-crimes indictment is especially stunning. “It’s a day that, frankly, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see,” said Rush. “He’s sort of like a Nazi who fled to South America. He was living in peace, like Dr. Mengele in Paraguay, literally on his own island. I think he got too relaxed. It just seemed like he had gotten away with so much, and that the world had moved on.”…

As for Connolly’s reaction to the indictment, had he come to share Rush’s view that it did seem, prior to this week, like Epstein had more or less gotten away with it?

“I always thought somebody was probably gonna shoot him,” Connolly said. “Am I happy that he’s finally getting some justice? Yes. But I’m not happy with the way it happened.” How so? “He never should have been let out of prison in the first place.”