UPDATE 2:30pm ET: Suspected gunman found dead after manhunt.
A disturbing assassination in the Jeffrey Epstein saga has reinvigorated interest in the dead financier, one year after his alleged death by suicide in a Manhattan prison.
The 20-year-old son of the Honorable Esther Salas, a New Jersey district court judge, is dead after a gunman dressed as a FedEx delivery driver opened fire at her North Brunswick home on Sunday night.
Salas, a well-respected judge who had been involved in the prosecution of multiple celebrities and violent street gang leaders, had just been assigned a high-profile lawsuit related to the Epstein case on Thursday. The lawsuit was brought by Ali Karimi on behalf of a number of Deutsche Bank investors, who alleged they had not been informed of the bank’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein.
The complaint alleges that the bank “failed to properly monitor customers that the Bank itself deemed to be high risk, including, among others, the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.”
Judge Salas’ husband and son were shot by the alleged assassin at their North Brunswick home, the 20-year old boy passing away while Salas’ husband is wounded and currently in critical condition.
The tragic murder has renewed interest in the bizarre history of Deutsche Bank-related deaths, which reveal four different prominent financial executives having committed suicide under mysterious circumstances in the last 7 years.
In 2013, Pierre Wauthier of Zurich Insurance cited then-Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann in his suicide note, claiming Ackermann had created an “unbearable work environment” and expressing concerns over the Bank’s financial reporting.
In 2014, Deutsche Bank executive William Broeksmit committed suicide at his London home. Broeksmit’s death was followed by Calogero Gambino, Deutsche Bank’s regulatory lawyer, who was found dead at his home in New York just months later.
Finally, in 2019, Deutsche Bank executive Thomas Bowers, who oversaw Donald Trump’s private banker, was reported to have committed suicide by hanging.