Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide was his last swindle: cheating his victims of their day in court. His death, convenient for some, begs for conspiracy theories, which are not always wrong. The opposite of conspiracy theory is naive credulity at government explanations, which often mask the truth. Doubting is healthy for democracy.

Exploring Epstein’s death through multiple theories would also make a riveting TV series. I hereby assert copyright, but I’m open to collaboration with skilled dramatists.

Each episode would begin with a bitter Epstein in his cell taping his reminiscences and hinting at blame. The series would reach no conclusion as to either cause or character but let viewers judge. Episodes could mix and match these initial plotlines, all of them plausible.

1. Assisted suicide. This trumps all other plots. Epstein, showing neck bruising, is placed on suicide watch in a federal jail in New York, but only for six days. Why was a suicidal depressive taken off suicide watch and placed alone in a cell with bunkbed and sheet, unmonitored for several hours? Was his suicide made too easy? Are all paperwork and videotapes available? Doubts grow about “administrative blunders.”

2. Prominent persons breathe easier. Wealthy and powerful people — including politicians of both parties — enjoyed Epstein’s hospitality and his young girls. How many feared Epstein was about to name them? Who wanted to ensure his silence? Did Epstein believe he was a marked man? Episodes could explore the motives and moves of several nervous notables.

3. El Chapo does favors. Mexican drug lord El Chapo was recently held in that same jail during trial. He has money and prison connections to assist influential persons. A powerful criminal could have arranged Epstein’s hanging made to look like suicide — not hard to do in jail — to earn himself a nicer prison, one easier to escape from.

4. Victims’ testimony. Courtroom dramas are television staples. With dozens of victims going after Epstein’s estate and/or procuresse, this series could dramatize several of their stories, each more disturbing. The courtroom is full of vicious maneuvers and victim anguish. Many sob on the stand. Slimy defense lawyers accuse victims of fabrication and greed.

5. Billionaire’s revenge. Epstein conned a self-made billionaire into managing his fortune. Epstein relied heavily on this one client, from whom he misappropriated nearly $50 million. The elderly billionaire finally realizes he’s been robbed and in revenge seeks to punish the deceiver. Courtroom drama: Did Epstein have a written contract or fiduciary responsibility, or was it all informal?

6. Childhood trauma. If character originates in early childhood, was Epstein (a) harshly disciplined, (b) beaten by a drunken father, (c) sexually abused, (d) bullied in school or (e) made to feel inferior by wealthy classmates? This episode could present several theories and let viewers pick their favorite.

7. Shame without remorse. In terms of Epstein’s character, this is the trickiest to write and act, because he never showed regret or remorse. Real narcissists, some say, don’t commit suicide, but shamed narcissists might. Epstein, his predatory sexuality outed, can no longer live in private egotism. Just-unsealed testimony from a long-ago victim panics Epstein into realizing that he cannot escape conviction. Depressed, he avoids facing the women in court and a frightening life in prison by hanging himself.

8. Remembrance of debaucheries past. A sorrowful Epstein recalls parties in his opulent mansions. Prominent people, names changed, cavort with enticingly clad girls. Sadly, Epstein realizes those days are over, and his wealth can no longer buy him impunity and luxury.

9. Pain of infertility. Epstein proposed spreading his superior genes by impregnating hundreds of girls. Never happened, but why did he talk about it? In fact, he never had any children, probably after trying for years. Was profligate sex to protect his ego from the realization that he was incapable of biological fatherhood?

10. Unmasking an intellectual imposter. One of Epstein’s biggest motivations was to hobnob with top scientists and thinkers as an equal. Exaggerating his math skills, Epstein had himself photographed before a blackboard covered with complex mathematical notation, as if to say, “I can turn these equations into unlimited money.” He didn’t, but many Cambridge types fell for the con, especially those seeking research funding. When his brainy pose fell away, Epstein was unmasked as a lightweight.

Mixing and matching could permutate into hundreds of episodes, giving several networks a chance to air Epstein dramas. Madoff, a relatively straightforward supercrook, spawned two miniseries; Epstein is far more complex and intriguing. Sets would be inexpensive: just a jail cell and some mansion interiors.

Signing a male lead — Richard Gere, Damian Lewis or Hugh Laurie — could be expensive. And who for Ghislaine Maxwell, his British girlfriend/assistant now in hiding? Could spin off into a series with women’s perspectives: poor little rich girl used and warped by overbearing males.

Rejecting all conspiracy theories may enable real conspirators.