Disgraced billionaire and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein once told a girlfriend that his life could be understood by reading a single book: an obscure spy thriller called The Man From O.R.G.Y. by Ted Mark.

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the rise of the social sciences, the novel is a short, action-packed adventure following a sex researcher named Steve Victor, who is recruited by a shadowy US government agency to serve as a double agent on account of his unique connections. The book is full of grotesque sexual scenes, some involving young children who have been abducted into harems. The protagonist is disturbingly unphased by child sex trafficking, and has two things on his mind: fulfilling his duty of preventing “Red China” from obtaining the nuclear bomb, and sleeping with dozens of women, especially virgins.

In 2020, a journalist named Leland Nally, writing for Mother Jones, called up every name listed in Jeffery Epstein’s “little black book,” a 97-page notebook in which he kept the names, addresses, and phone numbers of his associates as well as members of the global elite he hoped to meet. His butler attempted to sell the book for $50,000 to the lawyers suing him; it ended up in court as evidence in 2009. His staff apparently referred to the book as Epstein’s “holy grail.” It included foreign royalty, oligarchs, politicians, celebrities, and Palm Beach locals, and almost every entry was replete with copious notes.

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One of the contacts Nally called was a female friend of Epstein’s, whom the journalist named “Julie” for identity protection purposes. Julie is an actress who met Epstein in the early 1980s, long before he became a billionaire with extraordinary connections, and maintained a close relationship with him as he evolved into a bigger and bigger monster over time. She more than anyone else Nally contacted had insight into Epstein’s psychology and personal life.

During one of the last times Nally talked to Julie, she brought up a diary entry of hers in which she recorded a book Epstein had recommended. Julie had asked Epstein why he had so many girls around him all the time, and “He said to me to read some book … He told me it influenced him to become wealthy.”

“It was one of the last things we talked about….He said to me, ‘Read this book, and that will help you understand,’” Julie said. “I never read it and don’t think I ever will.”

The Man From O.R.G.Y. was published in 1965. It is the first of a series of 15 novels, the last being published in 1981.

The series follows a character named Steve Victor, a kind of sociologist who researches different sexual practices across the globe. It begins:

My name is Steve Victor and sex is my profession. I have a Ph.D from a bona fide U.S. college that labels me an expert in the field. I also have a juicy research grant from one of those dollar-dripping American foundations. This means that I can play Kinsey, and they’ll pick up the tab.

The foundation doesn’t hand out research grants to individuals, naturally. To qualify for one, I had to set myself up as an organization. But the organization is me, and I’m it.”

He doesn’t reveal to the reader what the letters of his organization’s acronym—O.R.G.Y.—stand for until the very end of the book, because “many people are disturbed when they learn the full name.” It stands for “The Organization for the Rational Guidance of Youth.”

Victor is sauntering around the streets of Damascus when, during an altercation with some teenage thugs who are gangraping a woman, he is suddenly picked up by local guards. They bring him to an American embassy where he meets a man named Charles Putnam, who already knows everything about his life. They essentially force him into carrying out a mission: track down an Arabic Maoist, who is trafficking the daughter of a Soviet nuclear scientist into China so that the Chinese Communist Party can learn the secrets of the atom bomb. Since the Arab is trafficking the woman through a string of harems, passing her off as his sex slave, the perverted Mr. Victor is the perfect candidate to track them incognito. He will approach each of these harems and whore houses as a professional researcher, who is actually working for the Russians. Little do the Russians know he will actually be working for the Americans.

Victor observes gang rapes, child abductions, child brothels, government assassinations, stalking, spying, and a host of other unhinged pornographic scenarios. Twice he is “almost” molested by child prostitutes, though he pushes them off as he pursues his goal. He sleeps with scores of women, taking delight in the various practices and positions of foreign cultures, and rattles off one-liners extolling the virtues of democratic liberal cosmopolitanism and condemning the backward, authoritarian, and patriarchal societies of Russia, the Middle East, and China, all while deconstructing the narrative that they are bastions of morals by revealing that they are hothouses of depraved sex.

Victor finally finds the girl and saves the day, leading the Russians to dethrone Secretary Khrushchev and preventing the Chicoms from winning the Cold War.

The author, “Ted Mark,” is a pseudonym for Theodore Gottfried Mark, a little-known publisher and teacher who wrote dozens of books about twentieth-century history. One fact of his biography stands out: in addition to his numerous books of smut, he also wrote a book about porn for minors.

“Few authors have been willing to tackle the subject of pornography for a young adult audience,” reads his entry in Encyclopedia. “Pornography: Debating the Issues is Gottfried’s attempt to introduce serious students to the issues surrounding the uses and abuses of pornography throughout history.” It notes how Gottfried had an interest in tracing the different definitions of pornography across cultures and time periods.

In her interviews with Nally, Julie described Epstein as a vulgar man who enjoyed crude remarks. She also claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s one-time girlfriend, was his ticket into high society.

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“Jeffrey had money, Ghislaine had status,” she explained. In Julie’s retelling, Epstein at first wanted to date Maxwell, but Maxwell “treated him like crap” and rejected him. But when Maxwell’s father died (allegedly by falling off his yacht) and she was left devastated, Epstein swooped in and emotionally supported her. She became attached, and Epstein—who was jaded over her initial rejection of him—used her to gain power.

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Nally reported that Julie wanted one sentence in particular to make it into his story. “You have to write this in your story, this is something I learned from Jeffrey, this was his line: ‘People make mistakes because they don’t think about what they can lose, only what they can gain.’ This is what I took from him.”

Julie confirmed a 2019 report from Vanity Fair that claimed Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell had the entire island of Little St. James “completely wired for video,” possibly for blackmail purposes. “Oh, yeah, there’s a security room with a bunch of TVs. Jeffrey introduced me to the guy who watched them.”

While Epstein was “secretive about his work,” Julie believes he was “working as a “bounty hunter” when they met, helping track down embezzlers for corporations (and possibly governments). She said he would always chuckle to her over the phone about how “bad” and “naughty” he was being, and openly laughed about his reputation, keeping copies of the novel Lolita at each of his residences.

Julie believes his pedophilic obsession began with one girlfriend in particular, whom he loved above all the others and who broke his heart by refusing to marry him. He became fixated on her daughter as a mini version of her and would tell inappropriate stories about unintentionally sexual things she would say or do—passing it off as innocent humor about “little kids saying the darndest things.” In the entry on this woman, Epstein had written: “former model & mother of naked pic.”

While the official story is that Epstein was a lone wolf who was acting purely on his own desires without any orders from any government organization, the contents of the book that “inspired him to become wealthy” seriously challenge this narrative.

It also raises an even bigger question than who was involved in his sex rings: who was he working for, and why? While we have largely determined who visited his island and who solicited his ungodly services, we have not uncovered who was directing Epstein to do this and toward what end. In fact, the relevant authorities are not even convinced that he was working on behalf of a bigger, more powerful entity.

But perhaps picking up a copy of The Man from O.R.G.Y will persuade them to start asking the right questions.

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Shane Devine is a writer covering politics, economics, and culture for Valuetainment. Follow Shane on X (Twitter).

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