Bradford, New Hampshire, population: 1,662, is nestled among streams and pastures on the shores a New England Lake. It’s a quiet place. The town has one set of traffic lights, and the highest crime rate in America.

The peaceful morning dawn was broken by the sound of small planes flying overhead on one sunny summer day in 2020. Puzzled residents quickly realized that there was something more.

Dick Morris, a Carpenter, heard a buzzing noise around 5am. ‘At first I thought it was a paraplane — basically an engine with a seat and parachute, which is common around here. One can hear it for about ten minutes before it disappears. This went on for a while.

“I was going to load my truck when the plane started moving at 7 am. “What is this guy doing?” I wondered. Then, I saw another plane at high altitude. There were now two of them buzzing around.

A local noticed a line of fifteen vehicles parked on the main street. He demanded information about the drivers and their activities. The New England Aerial Map Society told him that they were the drivers. Unfortunately for those who were trying to hide their identities that July morning, the man was an expert on geology and maps — and he knew the New England Aerial Map Society didn’t exist.

He became suspicious and asked for a look in one of the vans. However, he was told brusquely that it was not allowed. At this point, deeply alarmed, he called his wife and demanded that they call police.

The town was already awake and discussing various theories concerning the sudden appearance of foreigners. However, no one could guess the truth. The convoy was preparing to raid Ghislaine Maxill’s well-hidden home, the former girlfriend and confidante to billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Meanwhile, FBI spy planes hovered over the area in case Maxwell tried to flee.

Maxwell moved from New York to Bradford just seven months before. Maxwell paid $1million in cash to purchase a mountaintop four-bedroom property with 156 acres in woodland.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's former right hand woman, tucks into burger and fries at a fast-food joint in Los Angeles. Maxwell, 57, the alleged madam to the multi-millionaire paedophile, was spotted with shake al fresco at an In-N-Out Burger on Monday Aug 12, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-right hand lady, Ghislaine Maxill, enjoys a burger and fries from a Los Angeles fast food joint. Maxwell (57), the madam of the multi-millionaire paedophile was seen enjoying shake al fresco at In-N-Out Burger Monday, Aug 12, 2019.

Ghislaine Maxwell paid $1 million in cash for a four-bedroom, mountain-top property set in 156 acres of woodland

Ghislaine Maxwell paid $1 million in cash for a four-bedroom, mountain-top property set in 156 acres of woodland

To hide her identity, the payment was done through a limited company. According to the broker, a British gentleman attended the viewing. He also signed the paperwork naming Granite Reality LLC.

It was registered at an address in Boston that is shared with several other companies. This included a law company that previously represented Ms Maxwell.

The broker said that they did not want to reveal the name of the buyer. “She asked for details about flight patterns above the house. It was quite strange.

This property is the ideal retreat, offering breathtaking views to Mount Sunapee’s foothills from all rooms. It was also described as “a beautiful custom-designed timber frame home” by Sotheby’s estate agent arm.

U.S. attorney Alison Moe says Maxwell used Jen Marshall as a journalist in order to steal the vast hideaway.

The FBI agent received a report from the estate agent stating that Scott Marshall (the buyer for the house) was the one who introduced himself to the FBI agent. Moe said that both had British accents. Scott Marshall said that he had just retired from the British army and was working on a book. Jen Marshall describes herself as a journalist.

Ghislaine Maxwell remained quiet for seven months. She took care of her business, and sent her British bodyguards to help her shop.

Lois Kilnapp later recalled that the Bradford recycling center’s boss, Lois Kilnapp was the one who had brought a 40-year-old British man to dispose of materials there since December.

She said, “I developed a friendship with him.” He said, “I used to joke that he was Duke of Sussex. Because he lead me to believe that he owned the property. [Ghislaine’s] home.’

In March 2020 the man spoke to Ms Kilnapp and told her he was returning to the UK. He was tall and sturdy, just like the previous man. “I would guess that they were ex-military.”

Maxwell clearly knew she was taking no risks: Maxwell had hired security personnel with special forces experience at a cost of approximately a quarter million dollars.

She was on the run since July 2, 2020 (the day before the FBI raid), while being wanted by the FBI for her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s child trafficking ring.

The FBI agents headed into New Hampshire’s woods at 8:20 AM. They travelled a quarter mile on a dirt road before coming to an abrupt halt at the brand-new metal security gates.

The padlock was broken by an FBI agent. The padlock was broken and 24 agents ran ahead. There were two members of the Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce also present.

By July 2, 2020, the day of the FBI raid, Maxwell had been on the run for a year while wanted for her alleged role in disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's child sex trafficking ring. That morning, at 8.20am, the convoy of FBI agents set off into the New Hampshire woods. Heading a quarter of a mile up a steep dirt road, they passed a granite slab with the name 'Tuckedaway' carved in it and finally came to a halt in front of brand new metal security gates at the property

Maxwell was on the run since July 2, 2020. She had been wanted by Jeffrey Epstein for her role in child sex trading ring. The FBI agents headed into New Hampshire’s woods at 8:20 AM. After driving for about a quarter-mile up a steep dirt road they came upon a granite slab that bore the name “Tuckedaway” carved into it. They stopped in front of the brand new metal security gates.

Undated handout photo issued by US Department of Justice of Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein, which has been shown to the court during the sex trafficking trial of Maxwell in the Southern District of New York

Undated handout photo of Ghislaine Maxwell (US Department of Justice) with Jeffrey Epstein. It was presented to the court in Maxwell’s sextrafficking trial.

Agents approached a woman who was wearing a T shirt and shorts. They told her not to open the doors and she fled inside a room.

It was not a polite knock at the door and it wasn’t a courteous call. They used a batteringram to smash the door down, along with half of the front wall. Maxwell’s security personnel were not hindered.

The FBI swiftly handcuffed the woman after she entered the sanctuary that she sought.

“Strangely she didn’t seem to react,” said one officer. An officer who was assisting her in arrest said that it seemed like she wasn’t getting the message.

At 8.38 AM, Prince Andrew’s socialite friend and ex-girlfriend and confidante Jeffrey Epstein was under FBI custody. He had been in prison the year before and had recently died.

They had not seen her for nearly 12 months.

Rumours had circulated that she may have been hiding out in Brazil, Israel, or Russia. She had also been reported as living in the quiet Massachusetts seaside town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, in the mansion of her husband Scott Borgerson, who denied any contact.

The photograph of the woman eating a burger with fries at In-N-Out Burger Los Angeles while she read The Book Of Honour: The Secret Lives and Deaths Of CIA Operatives was then revealed.

Hank van Ess (a Dutch investigator) claimed that Maxwell had been tracked for 50 days across the U.S. from Doylestown in Pennsylvania where Maxwell had stopped at Dunkin Donuts to Bedford, New Hampshire. This was near her arrest.

In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell enters the courtroom escorted by U.S. Marshalls at the start of her trial, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in New York

Here is a courtroom sketch of Ghislaine Maxiwell, as she enters the courtroom, escorted in New York by U.S. Marshalls. This was at the beginning of her trial on Monday, November 29, 2021.

Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell sits as the guilty verdict in her sex abuse trial is read in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., December 29, 2021

Jeffrey Epstein Associate Ghislaine Minwell watches as the guilty verdict is read at a New York City courtroom sketch, U.S.A, December 29, 2021

He explained how he first identified her computer’s location by discovering that her emails to the TerraMar Project (a defunct environmental organization) and other messages to one of her email addresses were both being opened from the same phone. He could then determine which mast her cell phone was located near to him and place them on a map.

During a search of her house, FBI agents found a mobile phone wrapped in tin foil — perhaps in the mistaken belief that the foil would shield it from detection.

She found the book Relentless pursuit: My Fight for Jeffrey Epstein on her bedside desk. Bradley Edwards is a lawyer who represents 56 Epstein’s victims.

As the holder of a French passport, Maxwell could easily have fled to France — the country of her birth 58 years previously — which has no extradition treaty with the U.S. Maxwell, despite moving up to twenty times in her year of running, never left America.

“I’d say that she moved about three times per month,” a friend said. A friend also said that she took flight. “Ghislaine is always moving throughout the year.

The claim was made by a friend, which is somewhat absurd: “Security Guards were at her side because of death threats.” Her only fear was that she would be killed by the Feds. It was journalists and insane people trying to get her killed that she was fleeing from. This was an extremely serious matter. It was a serious problem.

Having eventually settled into her New Hampshire hideaway, along with a pet cat and two dogs, she spent her days cooking, exercising and reading books —including one by Boris Johnson, who had been a contemporary of hers at Oxford University.

“She went out but she didn’t go often,” the friend stated. ‘Obviously, with coronavirus, people were wearing masks — it made things easier for her.’

Sources familiar with Maxwell’s search said that it took many millions of dollars, and hundreds of man-hours to find him. Minimum five to six million dollars. For over a year, the FBI has been following her.

“They got her then she died.” After she was lost in Wyoming and Colorado, they found her again in New Hampshire. It was a highly-stakes game between cat and mouse.

They had to make a case for the grand jury. It takes some time to do these things. Although she managed to slip through the net once, the grand jury returned with an indictment and it was over.

The New York courtroom were presented with various pictured of Epstein and Maxwell together, exhibiting affection that suggests they were far more than acquaintances

New York Courtroom was presented with various photos of Epstein and Maxwell, showing affection that indicates they were more than just acquaintances

Court Evidence pics of Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein including her giving his a foot massage against the breasts on a private plane released by USDA office

Court evidence photos of Ghislaine and Jeffrey Epstein, including their foot massages against his breasts in a private aircraft released by USDA.

Maxwell’s cat fled just as FBI agents broke into the house. There were fears that Maxwell might have killed it by a bear, or a porcupine.

A source familiar with the investigation said that there were high-paid lawyers and security personnel out in the woods. “No one wanted to cause any damage to this poor animal.”

It took four days for the search to end before the cat could be found. It is unlikely the cat ever will see its mistress.

Maxwell was for her part taken from the safety of her country retreat and transported to Merrimack Country Jail 20 miles away.

There was no hope for her. An insider at the prison said: ‘The general opinion of her at Merrimack was that she’s a snooty rich b****. She was not wanted by anyone.

She was released from jail after four days.

The 60-year-old woman, who had long abandoned morality in favor of money, was convicted last month of five out six charges related to sex trafficking. She now faces neither freedom nor financial security.

His lawyers stated that they would appeal. However, even if she does not spend the rest of her time in prison, her civil lawsuits filed by her victims could drain any remaining money from her corrupt fortune. It is estimated that it was close to $30 million. 

Adapted from Ghislaine Maxwell, by Nigel Cawthorne, published by Gibson Square, £9.99. © Nigel Cawthorne 2022. To order a copy for £8.99, go to or call 020 3176 2937. Free UK delivery on orders over £20. The offer price is valid up to 31/01/2022.