A woman found an address book on a New York sidewalk in the 1990s. See how we found out it belonged to Jeffrey Epstein.

In mid-December, Insider received an unusual piece of advice: A man living on a farm in Vermont claimed to have an address book belonging to Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s – a book that preceded his already notorious “little black book” almost a decade. He bought it on eBay, he said, from a woman in San Francisco who found it on a Manhattan sidewalk in the mid-1990s. Manuscript commentary on the book dated 1 October 1997.

The advice came from Nick Bryant, a freelance journalist who published Jeffrey Epstein’s “little black book” about Gooker in 2015. This book, dating back to 2004, included the names of prominent politicians, top academics, lawmakers and celebrities. . It gained new importance and control after Epstein’s arrest and subsequent death in 2019. On the anniversary of Epstein’s arrest, Insider published a searchable database with 1,749 entries.

If legal, the 1997 book purchased on eBay will provide a window into Epstein’s social circle at least seven years before the time of his capture from the 2004 book. Its format was extremely similar to the 2004 book, with entries for well-known Epstein associates, as well as many names not publicly associated with Epstein in the past.

The book’s unconventional origins sparked skepticism – but Insider found the initial interviews with both the Vermont man and the eBay seller to be credible. The salesman, a self-described “enigmatic rock chick” living in East Manhattan Village, found it on Fifth Avenue in the 1990s and kept it as a souvenir, thrilled by the famous names mentioned inside. She rediscovered the book while cleaning her storage unit last year and after realizing it belonged to Jeffrey Epstein, sold it on eBay after a friend suggested it might be worth some money.

Little Black Book listing on eBay

The eBay list was created to sell the address book.


Both tried to contact reporters. The San Francisco woman assumed the book was a copy of the book published in Gawker after contacting John Oliver, Rachel Maddow and The New York Times. Vermonter, realizing that it was a unique work of art from the 1990s, reached out to journalists who had previously covered Epstein, including Bryant.

Insider has taken extensive steps to verify the book’s authenticity, starting with the inside reference. We extracted the text from a scanned copy of the book and organized its entries into a searchable database. A comparison with Epstein’s previously known little black book found that the 1990s address book contained 221 unique names and 128 that appeared in both books.

In all, Insider reached four dozen prominent people who had not previously been associated with Epstein. More than a dozen told Insider that they had traveled with Epstein in the 1990s.

A small, black leather notebook upright, slightly open

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To rule out the possibility that the address book was forged, Insider hired a medical examiner to investigate the book, driving to retrieve the book in Vermont, where we filmed an interview with its latest owner for an upcoming mini-documentary. The document reviewer concluded that the book was dated to the mid-late 1990’s and had not been modified.

“I’m sure the book runs from 1995 to 2000,” the document reviewer told Insider. His research involved studying both the book’s physical features, including a distinctive engagement film made in the 1990s, and its contents, including entries containing a Palm Beach area code that was withdrawn in 1996.

The book examiner’s research on book binding was repeated in interviews with experts who worked for the company that makes the type of binding tapes used in the address book. One expert said it was technically possible to commit a modern book to an original 1990s film – but the chances of finding one would be slim. “My suggestion would be to play the lottery, because you will have a better chance of winning,” he said.

The commitment of Jeffrey Epstein's other little black book showing one "Gessetner" imprinting of a name

Hollis Johnson / Insider

In addition to seeking medical advice, Insider spoke to sources who could confirm the accounts for the book’s discovery. An old friend of the eBay seller told Insider she remembers looking through the book at her Manhattan apartment in the 1990s.

While the book does not have an inscription definitively indicating that it belongs to Epstein, it does contain an extremely detailed list of more than 80 telephone numbers associated with Epstein’s extensive Manhattan, West Palm Beach, New Mexico, and Ohio estates. Early 1990s Includes numbers for more than a dozen vehicles, horse stables, bunk beds, dedicated Internet modem lines, and telephone and buzzer numbers for many well-known Epstein staff.

It is worth noting that he is missing his Paris apartment, which he bought in 2002, and his private island, Little Saint James, he bought in 1998 – both appear in Epstein’s later address book. Rolodex, however, contains an entry for Diane Cummin – misspelled as “Diane Cummings” – then wife of financier Arch Arch, who owned Little Saint James before selling it to Epstein. The book also lists detailed entries for Epstein’s relatives, whose addresses correspond to homes listed in public archives searches.

Read the full story and access the searchable database here:

Jeffrey Epstein’s other little black book

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