Today Ghislaine Maxwell is back in a 10-by-12-foot cell in the Metropolitan Detention Center, in Brooklyn. With her bail denied, on July 14, by U.S. district judge Alison Nathan, who noted “the seriousness of the crimes” as well as Maxwell’s assets and foreign connections, the 58-year-old longtime Epstein partner will be locked up until her trial begins, in July 2021. (She’s pleaded not guilty.) News that Maxwell had used a false name when purchasing the Bradford, New Hampshire, estate she’d been traced to, and F.B.I. reports that she didn’t cooperate when they came to her door, couldn’t have helped her bail plea. Yet even before the judge’s decision (and the bizarre news that she is married but, so far successfully, hiding the identity of her spouse), Maxwell had begun to cast herself as a victim—of the press, of Epstein, who died last August in his Manhattan jail cell, and of fate.

A few hours after the July 2 raid involving 24 armed F.B.I. agents, Maxwell broke down, “crying her eyes out,” according to her and Jeffrey Epstein’s most well-publicized alleged victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who heard the audio of Maxwell in the Merrimack County federal courthouse that day.