Podcast recommendation: Robert Maxwell, his pursuit of power

February 15, 2021 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism, podcasting.

The name Ghislaine Maxwell is a familiar one to those who have followed the news over the last couple of years. She was a cohort to the infamous Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexual trafficking and misconduct and who died in prison in 2019. Ghislaine stayed on the run for a while as state and federal officials sought her, but she was eventually found and arrested and is currently awaiting trial on charges related to her relationship with Epstein.

As interesting as some of the facts surrounding this woman are, they do not hold a candle to the facts and legends surrounding her father, Robert Maxwell. At the time of his death in 1991, Maxwell was on his way to being a major media Mogul in the United States. His goal was to be something bigger than Rupert Murdoch. In pursuing that goal in Great Britain, he had always fallen short.

His death aboard his giant yacht when it was anchored off the Canary Islands cut that pursuit short.

Now there is a new podcast series that examines the life, the strange death, and the stories and rumors that have surrounded the name of Robert Maxwell during the last three decades. That podcast use titled Power: The Maxwells. It is hosted by investigative journalist Tara Palmeri, and it provides fascinating listening for those who tune in.

Here’s the way they introduce the podcast:

Everyone’s heard of Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged partner in crime). But there’s a shadowy figure who hangs above her who you likely don’t know: her father, media tycoon Robert Maxwell. His rise from nothing to fall… from the deck of his super yacht under mysterious circumstances is straight out of a crime novel. His favorite daughter Ghislaine’s theory: her father was murdered.

Was Robert Maxwell murdered? Did he commit suicide? Is there another explanation for his death? These and many other questions are examined by this well-done podcast. Here’s when you can hear it on Apple Podcasts.


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