SANTA FE, New Mexico (KRQE) – What will become of the infamous Zorro Ranch near Santa Fe now that Jeffrey Epstein is dead? Earlier this year, an investigation by Nexstar’s KRQE uncovered a strange roadblock.
For years this place has been shrouded in secrecy. the the billionaire behind the sprawling ranch is gone. Only Jeffrey Epstein and his accusers know the grim details of what happened there, near Stanley, New Mexico.
Records show Epstein and Zorro’s trust bought the ranch from the Gary King family, then built a 33,339 square foot mansion on the site in the 90s. Since 1993, the Epstein Trust had leases with the state for cattle grazing on public land near his mansion.
âTo your knowledge, what was this land used for? Gabrielle Burkhart of KRQE asked New Mexico State Lands Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard.
âWe can only speculate and I have to tell you, Gabrielle, that my staffâ¦ you know this has been a difficult subject for us to bring up,â said Garcia Richard. âThinking about what the state land could have been used for was, you know, difficult. “
Garcia Richard took office in 2019. That year, she canceled a decades-long lease the state had made with Epstein for nearly 1,300 acres of pasture. “We want to encourage a family of pastoralists to use it, we want to encourage access to leisure activities in the region,” Garcia Richard explained. “We even talked about some type of memorial site just to recognize what young girls and women went through in this area and on state lands.”
Almost 7,600 acres of private property surround state lands.
âIt’s a pretty big ranch,â said Gus Martinez, Santa Fe County Appraiser. âIt’s a secluded property. The only way to get there is really through the ranch, so you can’t really enter this property because the gates are closed.
KRQE has requested records in Santa Fe County to verify how much land Epstein’s Estate still owns. Martinez was surprised to find documents showing that parts of the Zorro ranch had indeed changed owners, according to a mysterious deed filed in 2020.
The Santa Fe County Assessor’s Office located a deed filed with Santa Fe County in October 2020, transferring the Zorro Ranch from Epstein’s company, Cypress Inc., to Love and Bliss, a church for purpose. nonprofit for $ 200.
The address indicated for Church of love and bliss is a tiny house in Redington Beach, Florida.
KRQE contacted a representative of Epstein’s estate and asked if the estate was aware of the Love and Bliss Deed filed in New Mexico. âThese are the same people who filed a fraudulent warranty deed in Florida,â said Daniel Weiner, Epstein estate attorney. “It cost the estate money and the court time to get it thrown out,” he added.
It turns out Love and Bliss filed a false Florida deed for Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, obscuring the estate’s ability to sell Florida property.
Since KRQE’s initial report, the Epstein estate has taken legal action against Love and Bliss. Documents obtained by KRQE show that in November, a default judgment was filed in Santa Fe County, ordering the quashing of the false deed filed by Love and Bliss. The documents noted that the deed should be struck from the county property records.
When and if the ranch sells, the Estate Epstein says the funds from the sale will go to the regular administration of the estate, including paying claimants, creditors and taxes if necessary.
An attorney for Epstein’s estate has so far said there have been several expressions of interest from potential buyers.