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Ghislaine Maxwell, of Course

by Erik Carlson

Badlands Media

January 8, 2024

If you grew up in the 1980s, you might recognize the title from a line in the 1983 Tom Cruise movie Risky Business.

Cruise’s character, a hard-working and responsible high school senior named Joel Goodsen—obviously a take on the “good son”—is left home alone in his family’s Chicago suburban upper-middle class home while his parents go on vacation for a week. Sounds a little like Macaulay Culkin’s Home Alone, except in this case, Joel Goodsen was intentionally left home alone.

With his temporary independence and through the bad influence of a high school friend, Joel’s life quickly goes “off the rails”. He sleeps with a prostitute in his family’s house. He discovers his mother’s expensive crystal egg is stolen, and in the process of getting it back, he is stalked by Guido the Killer Pimp, resulting in his dad’s prize Porsche ending up at the bottom of Lake Michigan. To raise the money to fix the damages to the Porsche, Joel decides to bring in a bunch of his new prostitute girlfriend’s colleagues to create a “pop up” brothel at his parent’s house while they are still away.

Needless to say, things don’t go according to plan.

The whole situation kind of reminds me of a young Jeffrey Epstein and his “gal pal,” Ghislaine Maxwell—minus the blackmailing of powerful people, of course. And I should probably point out that I don’t believe Maxwell was Epstein’s “sidekick”; I believe she was, in fact his handler.

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