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David Guyatt
11-12-2008, 01:34 PM
The Jersey Childrens Home Paedophile case is undergoing a revision.

The original police officer who investigated the allegations and revealed his concerns to the press, deputy chief Lenny Harper, was forced to resign earlier this year. Now his boss, the chief officer of the States of Jersey police, Graham Power, has been suspended.

The latest spin contains such prominent fact twisting jewels as the following:

The "secret underground chambers" were just holes in the floor, "not dungeons or cellars".

Judge for yourself - is this picture of a hole in the floor an accurate impartial statement or a political spin:

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh169/Shoestring99/Jersey_cellar466.jpg
View of the first cellar room cleared, showing a bath-like, grey-walled structure (see: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7267632.stm)

Note also that the lime pits earlier reported to the now retired former deputy chief police officer Lenny Harper, by the man who claimed to have dug them, do not feature in the below bullet points:


The first pit, away from the house, was about 1.5 metres (5ft) deep, with a large quantity of lime at the bottom. A police spokeswoman said: "The inquiry team can think of no reason why this pit would have been created, nor why it was filled with lime. We would emphasise that we have no evidence of any motive." (see: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7267632.stm).

It's always risky to make predictions but it seems evident to me now that this case is going to end up with one or two very low profile paedo convictions -- and the allegations of involvement of high profile politicians and businessmen in a paedophile ring using the Jersey Home as a weekend "stopover" and "sailing holidays" will now just wilt away.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/jersey/7724622.stm

Jersey chief officer is suspended
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Haut de la Garenne was closed as a children's home in 1986
The chief officer of the States of Jersey Police has been suspended pending an investigation into his role in an inquiry into alleged child abuse.

Earlier, detectives probing alleged abuse at Haut de la Garenne said no one had been murdered there and previously released evidence had been inaccurate.

Graham Power has "strenuously" denied any wrongdoing and says he will rigorously contest any allegations.

He said he could not comment publicly on the nature of the allegations.
Earlier on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Officer, David Warcup, said there was no evidence that any children had been murdered or bodies destroyed at the former home.

'Much regret'

Police are investigating abuse claims centring on Haut de la Garenne home.
Former police chief Lenny Harper said he was "surprised" by the comments, which misrepresented what he had said.

Mr Warcup expressed "much regret" at "misleading" information released by his predecessor on items found at the property.

Detectives said only three of the bone fragments found could be human, and two of these were hundreds of years old.

Detective Superintendent Michael Gradwell then discredited a number of the claims made about the operation by the island's former deputy chief officer, Lenny Harper.

After being examined by experts from the British Museum, a fragment thought to have been from a skull turned out to be a piece of Victorian coconut shell.

"Shackles" found in rubble turned out to be "a rusty piece of metal", and there was no evidence to suggest it had been used for anything suspicious.

There was no blood in the cellar, and the bath blood was said to have been found in had not been used since 1920.

The "secret underground chambers" were just holes in the floor, "not dungeons or cellars".

Most of the 170 pieces of bone found in the search came from animals. Three were human and two of these dated from between 1470-1670 and 1650-1950 respectively.

Mr Warcup said: "Our assessment is that the forensic recoveries do not indicate that there have been murders of children or other persons at Haut de la Garenne.

"Nor do we believe that the evidence indicates that bodies have been destroyed, buried or hidden at Haut de la Garenne.

"It's very unfortunate and I very much regret that information was put into the public domain by the States of Jersey police about certain finds at Haut de la Garenne, which was not strictly accurate."

The investigation into the home had cost "just over 4m", Mr Warcup added.
Mr Gradwell said the child abuse inquiry would continue.

He said: "The purpose of today is to say there is a child abuse inquiry but in terms of Haut de la Garenne, there was no murder."

The officer said he was not blaming Mr Harper, adding: "I am not judge, juror or executioner - I am not looking to apportion blame."

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Frank Walker, and the newly appointed Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Andrew Lewis, will outline their response to the developments later.

Jersey Police launched the investigation into the Haut de la Garenne site, which was a youth hostel in recent years, in 2006.

It became public in February when officers said they had found what was believed to be part of a child's skull but was in fact a piece of coconut.
Scores of people then came forward saying they had been abused at the home between the early 1960s and 1986.

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2008, 10:39 PM
Before the oh-so-predictable cover-up & discrediting of key officials & witnesses started:


Beast of Jersey paedophile Edward Paisnel was known to visit childrens home

Simon de Bruxelles and David Brown

Police are to review the case of a notorious paedophile known as the Beast of Jersey who regularly visited a care home on the island where the bones of a child were found at the weekend.

For 11 years Edward Paisnel, a building contractor, stalked the island wearing a rubber mask and nail-studded wristlets, attacking women and children with apparent impunity.

His visits in the 1960s to Haut de la Garenne, when he was often dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, were first revealed in a book written by his wife, Joan, in 1972, after he had been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Paisnel, who asked children to call him Uncle Ted, died in 1994.

Last month Gordon Wateridge, the 76-year-old former warder of Haut de la Garenne, became the first person to be charged in connection with the investigation into abuse on the island. Mr Wateridge was warder at the home between 1969 and 1979.

It also emerged yesterday that a skull found at the home may have been moved as recently as five years ago.

As police moved in specialist equipment to search a rubble-filled cellar at the Haut de la Garenne care home where they fear more bodies may be buried, more details emerged of the alleged systemic physical and sexual abuse at the home.

One man who was in the home for several years in the 1960s told how his 14-year-old best friend, Michael Collins, ran away from the home and was found hanged from a tree.

The man, who is now in his sixties, said that violence was dished out by both staff and older boys. He recalled two occasions when boys went missing and were said to have gone back home.

You have to wonder, now, he said.

Police confirmed yesterday that they were investigating six further hot spots pinpointed by a specialist sniffer dog trained to detect buried human remains. The sites are both inside and outside the building and several are above a cellar where children were confined if they were badly behaved, according to former residents.

Lenny Harper, Jerseys deputy chief of police, said that it was not known when the cellar was filled, and that clearing it could take a considerable time.

Stuart Syvret, the former Jersey health minister, who was sacked in November for alleging that there had been an official cover-up over the child abuse scandal, said yesterday that he believed that the skull found on Saturday under seven inches of concrete had been reburied in 2003 when the building was refurbished before becoming the islands youth hostel.

He said: The abuse at the home may date back decades but the cover-up that followed is much more recent.

He said that it appeared that as recently as five years ago a childs body was disinterred and reburied in a place where someone hoped that it would never be found.

Since the discovery of the human bones more than ten further victims of child abuse at the home have contacted police, taking the total number to more than 150.

It has also emerged that remains discovered five years ago were dismissed as animal bones and disposed of, despite being found in close proximity to childrens shoes.

Mr Syvret, 42, who has been involved in fierce clashes with Frank Walker, the islands Chief Minister, over allegations of a cover-up, said that the abuse extended to several more childrens homes in addition to Haut de la Garenne and Greenfields, which is the subject of a separate investigation.

Although many people on the island professed astonishment at the discoveries, some older residents were less surprised. A farmer who used to deliver milk to the home in the 1940s and 1950s recalls being instructed to pass it through the window to avoid any possible interaction with the inmates.

Another nearby resident said: These were children no one wanted. Everyone knew the regime was harsh but that was expected in those days.

It doesnt surprise me that some disappeared, they were half way to being disappeared by being put there in the first place.

Most of the 60 children livng in the home were orphans or had been abandoned by parents unable to look after them. Latterly it was used for children with special needs and behavioural problems.

Mr Syvret claims that the abuse continued after the home was closed in 1986 and its residents transferred.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article3434297.ece

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2008, 10:44 PM
More...


Dark truth on island of secrets and shame
The island of Jersey is renowned for keeping people's business private. Gordon Rayner asks if this culture contributed to a decades-long child abuse scandal

Sunday March 02 2008

By the time the former children's home of Haut de la Garenne has given up all of its terrible secrets, the darkest chapter yet will have been added to an appalling history of organised child abuse.

Over the course of the past seven days, the horror of what allegedly went on within the austere Victorian edifice has slowly unfolded, beginning with the discovery of a child's skull buried under a concrete floor.

More sinister revelations have followed each day -- the discovery of a bricked-up cellar and, inside it, a concrete bath and a set of shackles, in which it is claimed naked boys and girls were held prisoner while they waited to be sexually and physically assaulted. On Friday, another dungeon-like chamber was found beneath a trapdoor.

The "deep, dark place" described by many of the 160-plus alleged victims who have now contacted police was exactly as they had last seen it more than 20 years ago and, as police prepare to break into two more cellars, the belief is that they will soon discover the remains of more children who "went missing" from the home. Outside, in the swirling fog that shrouded parts of the island last week, officers have been digging up nearby fields where it is feared yet more remains may have been buried.

We now know Jersey's most shameful secret: that for the last 50 years, child abuse has thrived in Haut de la Garenne and, after its closure in 1986, in a succession of other schools and institutions. Many of the accused still live on this tiny island, which measures nine miles by five, and Jersey must ultimately answer two questions: How many of its 90,000 population knew what was going on, and why did none of them do anything about it?

Critics of the island's oligarchic establishment believe they already know the answer: that Jersey, with its long-standing culture of secrecy, put self-preservation before justice.

And it is this allegation of an establishment cover-up, with its echoes of Belgium's notorious Marc Dutroux case, which is likely to leave the most indelible stain on Jersey's cherished reputation.

When Dutroux was convicted in 2004 of raping and murdering a string of young girls -- two of whom had starved to death in his cellar -- he said he was part of a widespread paedophile ring which included policemen and elite members of Belgian society. Although his claims were never proved, a large percentage of Belgians still believe them.

On Jersey, Gary Matthews, a former member of the island's parliament, the States of Jersey, says he was not greatly surprised to discover that institutionalised child abuse had been able to go unchallenged for so long.

"The first instinct of the Jersey establishment whenever there is trouble is to keep it quiet," he explained, pointing out that the political classes are terrified of scandals that bring questions and interference from the outside world. "The culture of secrecy started during the German occupation in the Second World War, when there was a certain amount of collaboration. Then, in the 1960s, when Jersey built up its all-important financial sector, secrecy became the rule.

"As we now know, paedophilia was also taking place in the island's institutions, but the instinct for sweeping everything under the carpet seems to have extended to that, too." He believes that many of the island's politicians are concerned only with their image, and with protecting the tourist industry and the stability of the finance sector.

To add to the problem, Jersey's attitude towards paedophilia appears firmly stuck in the 19th Century, a time when child abuse was sometimes treated as a petty offence.

Take the case of Roger Holland, a 43-year-old St John Ambulance volunteer who openly declared the fact that he was a convicted paedophile when he applied to become a part-time policeman in 1992. Six years earlier, he had indecently assaulted a mentally impaired 14-year-old girl, whose trust he had gained through his ambulance work, and had admitted molesting a second child whose parents felt she was too traumatised to press charges. He confessed that he had "a problem for younger girls".

Such an admission, it might be assumed, would have led to him being automatically barred from joining the island's honorary police, who have considerably more powers than the equivalent special constables in Britain. But, no. Jersey's authorities decided that his conviction was in the past, and so allowed him to stand for election as a constable's officer. He was elected unopposed.

After re-election in 1995, he was promoted in 1997 to the rank of vingtenier, the second most senior in the island's volunteer force, which supplements the work of the full-time police.

Although concerns about his criminal convictions were raised with Jersey's attorney-general, Holland was allowed to carry on, even after a young girl alleged in 1999 that he had "committed a sexual act with her" in the back of a police van. He finally resigned from the force in November 1999, and in 2001 was jailed for two years for two counts of indecent assault.

It was against such a background of complacency about child abuse that Haut de la Garenne became a paedophiles' paradise.

One of the alleged victims who has contacted the police, a woman identified as "Pamela", and now aged 49, claims: "Rape was rife for boys and girls of all ages. Some weekends, staff held parties, and other people would come and drink at the home. They knew how to pick out the weak ones. All of us would try to lie very still in our beds and try not to attract attention."

Peter Hannaford, 59, an orphan who spent the first 12 years of his life at the home, alleges that rape and torture "happened every night and happened to everyone".

We now know that one of those who visited the home was Edward Paisnel, the "Beast of Jersey", who for 11 years terrorised the island by abducting children from their beds, dressed in a hideous rubber mask and nail-studded wristbands, and sexually assaulting them.

Paisnel, who was jailed for 30 years in 1971 for 13 sex attacks on children and women, would hand out sweets to the children at Haut de la Garenne and ask them to call him Uncle Ted. At Christmas, he would dress up as Santa Claus. Police are investigating whether he was one of the "guests" at the horrific parties held in the home.

Jersey is just one of many communities that have been shamed by the discovery of widespread paedophilia in institutions charged with protecting the most vulnerable children in society. But it is the extraordinary length of time over which the alleged crimes took place that makes this case so shocking.

Esther Rantzen, the founder of the children's charity ChildLine, says Jersey's isolation was a large part of the reason the scandal remained hidden for so long.

"Small communities, such as islands, churches or children's homes, make it very difficult for children who are suffering abuse to safely disclose it to someone," she says.

In recent years, thanks to the work of charities such as ChildLine and the NSPCC, children have been far more likely to report abuse, knowing that their allegations will be taken seriously. But on Jersey, widespread fear of the establishment still exists.

During my time on the island this week, I have been approached or telephoned by a number of people who wanted to talk about what they believed to be one of the factors in the alleged culture of cover-up -- the island's allegedly nepotistic political and legal system, which some likened to a banana republic.

In almost every case, these individuals say that they can not risk being quoted by name, because they are genuinely afraid of being persecuted for speaking out. "The people who run this island are very powerful, and they are not answerable to any higher authority, so they can very easily make life difficult

for you,'' says one. "Anyone who speaks out is regarded as an enemy of Jersey."

The ease with which secrets can apparently remain hidden is a result of the intimacy which exists between the island's political classes, business leaders and those in authority.

Ever since the Channel Islands were granted autonomy by King John in 1204 (having become part of England's kingdom as a result of the Norman Conquest), Jersey has had an entirely independent political and legal system, based around its 53-member parliament. It has no political parties, and so there is no opposition, aside from the odd maverick such as Stuart Syvret, the former health minister, who claims he was sacked when he tried to draw attention to the child abuse scandal last year.

There are no checks and balances from outside, and some of the most important work, such as choosing the chief minister, is carried out in secret. The island's politicians, judges, policemen and business leaders are also drawn from a small pool, with many being relatives or friends.

For example, Frank Walker, the island's chief minister, was until recently chairman of the company that owns Jersey's only newspaper, the Evening Post. The bailiff, the equivalent of the Speaker in the House of Commons, is also the head of the judiciary. The attorney general, whose job is to give the bailiff impartial legal advice on prosecutions, is his brother. The list goes on.

"It is an excessively intimate system which doesn't have any checks and balances," claims Austin Mitchell, the Labour MP for Grimsby, who has for years tried to encourage more openness in Jersey's political system. "When a problem comes up, it is often concealed. Things don't tend to get investigated and exposed in that climate."

One more disturbing question presents itself in the light of the child abuse scandal: just why, on a such a small and supposedly idyllic island, did so many hundreds of children end up in care homes?

The answer lies in another little-publicised fact about Jersey -- its high level of poverty, which brings with it the sort of social problems that lead to children being taken into care.

Although Jersey, with its 327 billion financial industry, has the second-highest gross domestic product per capita in Europe, the island's wealth is largely held by the privileged few. Some 13,000 people -- more than one in seven -- live in social rental properties, Jersey's equivalent of council houses, and half of all households fall within one or more of the recognised measures for relative poverty.

The crumbling 1960s council estates of St Helier are testament to the years of neglect. Rusting cars rot on rubbish-strewn drives, windows have bedsheets for curtains and the paint is peeling off walls and doorframes.

"This place is run by the finance industry for the finance industry," says one resident. "Anyone else just doesn't count."

Although they dare not say it publicly, many on the island hope that the scandal will finally force Jersey's ruling class to get its house in order, and address the problems which, they say, it has always preferred not to discuss.

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/dark-truth-on-island-of-secrets-and-shame-1303799.html

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2008, 10:48 PM
So, all the broadsheets were totally wrong? Here's the Guardian's original take:


Jersey care homes 'covered up abuses'

* Haroon Siddique and agencies
* guardian.co.uk, Tuesday February 26 2008

A former government minister, who last year raised concerns about the treatment of children in Jersey's care homes, today claimed there was a "disgraceful and disgusting failure" to deal with abuse on the island.

Stuart Syvret, health and social services minister until last September, described the continuing search for six more bodies at the Haut de la Garenne care home, where a child's remains were found on Saturday, as the latest example of "a culture of cover-up and concealment".

His comments came as it emerged that Edward Paisnel, a notorious paedophile dubbed the Beast of Jersey, used to visit Haut de la Garenne dressed as Father Christmas.

Paisnel was jailed for 30 years in 1971 after being convicted of 13 counts of assault, rape and sodomy.

Syvret claimed he was "sacked for whistleblowing" when he was dismissed as health and social services minister shortly after highlighting the "torture" of 11 to 16-year-olds in the island's care homes.

Brandishing an independent report into abuse at a boys' school on the island, Syvret claimed it detailed a "disgraceful and disgusting failure" to deal with abuse which was "carried for years".

He said one paedophile had been convicted in relation to abuse at the school but that there was a deliberate attempt by certain members of staff and governors to "humiliate and intimidate and force those boys [who had made allegations] into withdrawing their complaints fortunately they didn't".

Earlier, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "People mustn't necessarily - as bad as it is - be distracted by the Haut de la Garenne story because the real issue here is we are looking at multiple examples of abuse at multiple institutions over a period of decades and decades.

"It's a continuum that we see. It's a culture of cover-up and concealment and tragically the recent evidence is just the latest manifestation of that."

Jersey's chief minister, Frank Walker, who has denied allegations of a cover-up, is to make a statement to the island's parliament today and will face questions about the investigation.

The education minister, Mike Vibert, said he had reviewed the case at the school identified by Syvret and the abuse "was taken seriously".

"The man responsible was successfully prosecuted and subsequently imprisoned," he said.

Vibert said an independent report was commissioned after the court case that "made a number of recommendations and all have since been implemented".

He said the report had not been published because it could lead to the identification of the children involved.

A sniffer dog has identified six possible burial sites in and around the Haut de la Garenne building, which closed as a care home in 1986.

Deputy police chief Lenny Harper said yesterday the cellar was a "point of interest", but it had been blocked up and officers have been trying to smash their way in.

They suspended the search this afternoon to seek advice from a structural engineer on "gaining access to a section of the home".

Paisnel lived in St Martin, close to Haut de la Garenne. After his trial, his wife, Joan, wrote a book claiming Paisnel used to visit the care home to take gifts to the children, who he asked to call him "Uncle Ted".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/26/ukcrime.childprotection1

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2008, 10:54 PM
Before it all disappears:


Birmingham council illegally sent children into care in Jersey, MP
report reveals
By EILEEN FAIRWEATHER
4th August 2008
MP John Hemming

At least five children were illegally placed in care on Jersey by
Birmingham social services, which then lost track of them.

Four of the youngsters - who are now adults - are still on the island
and have been traced by local police. But the whereabouts of the
fifth, a male born in the Fifties, remains unknown.

The revelation comes amid continuing police investigations into 100
charred bone fragments and 65 milk teeth found at Jersey's now
notorious Haut de la Garenne former children's home.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who discovered that his local city
council had sent children to Jersey, believes other children from the
UK 'were also placed in care there'.

The MP for Birmingham Yardley added: 'The Government has refused to
order councils to check properly because it does not want to open a
can of worms, on the links between abusers in England and Jersey.'

The Mail on Sunday has also learned that children from UK local
authorities, which have also been the subject of abuse allegations,
were taken on holiday to Haut de la Garenne, where the bone fragments
are said to belong to five children whom detectives believe were
killed.

The inquiry suffered a setback last week when forensic experts
revealed that the age of the remains cannot be dated, meaning a
murder inquiry is unlikely. But nearly 100 former care residents have
alleged gross physical and sexual abuse.

Birmingham council only discovered it had placed five children in
foster care on Jersey because, at Mr Hemming's request, it checked
old accounts. It found it made payments to Jersey for child care between
1960 and 1990. Yet a social work file survived on only one child.

Mr Hemming praised the council for 'doing what every council should
do now'. He added: 'It is not responsible for what happened under
earlier administrations, and I can't believe it was the only British
authority which used Jersey. The system nationally is not properly accountable.
Children are taken into care never to be seen again.'

Schools Minister Kevin Brennan has told the Commons that checks are
unnecessary because children from the UK cannot be placed in care in
Jersey without a court order. Yet the five Birmingham children were
sent to Jersey without such orders.

Although he has no information suggesting any crime took place, Mr
Hemming is concerned that the fifth man's history and whereabouts
remain unknown. 'How many other councils dumped kids there and forgot
about them?' he said.

Birmingham City Council said: 'We will co-operate fully if needed by
the Jersey authorities to investigate the whereabouts of adults from
any placements made historically by Birmingham City Council.'

Mr Hemming has asked English councils to check their records under
the Freedom of Information Act. He said: 'Most seem only to have done
cursory checks, just checking recent electronic files, or asking
around the office.'

Responses obtained by The Mail on Sunday confirm this. A handful of
councils refused to check at all.

They included Islington in North London, whose 12 children's homes
were infamously infiltrated between the Seventies and Nineties by a
child sex and pornography network, while Margaret Hodge was council
leader.

Key staff, The Mail on Sunday recently revealed, were from Jersey or
had strong Channel Islands connections. The council told Mr Hemming
that checking its records would cost too much.

Liz Davies, the former Islington senior social worker who bravely
blew the whistle on the scandal, said last night: 'It is becoming clear
that children at Haut de la Garenne were sent on holiday to
children's homes in England which were also notorious for abuse, while the
children in the English homes they went to were sent to Haut de la
Garenne. They literally swapped beds.'

She did not feel able yet to reveal which authorities were involved.

'But I am perturbed that police in Britain have not written to all
local authorities on the mainland to demand they check which children
they sent to Jersey,' she added.

'During the North Wales abuse scandal in the Nineties, when I was a
child protection manager in London, police asked all councils to
check had we sent any of our children to its care homes. Many had, then
just forgotten about them.

'Children in care are often shipped about, and paedophiles love
placing them far from home.'

Mr Hemming is furious the Government has refused to respond to the
call for councils to check records until after the summer break.

He said: 'They are stalling because they are embarrassed by the size
of the problem, and because it involves English authorities, too.'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/aug/01/jerseyisland.ukcrime

Jersey abuse inquiry: Remains of five children found, police reveal -
but murder charges unlikely Officers told of some victims dragged
from beds

Investigation hampered by inability to date bones
Ian Cobain The Guardian, Friday August 1 2008
Article history

A forensics services manager at a second world war bunker near Haut de
la Garenne on Jersey. Photograph: Matthew Hotton/PA

The Jersey care home investigation into child abuse reached a pivotal
moment yesterday when police disclosed they had found the remains of
up to five children after a painstaking dig at the Haut de la Garenne
institution.

As officers revealed that 65 teeth and bone fragments came from
victims aged between four and 11, it emerged that police had first
begun to fear children had been murdered when people who had been
abused at the home told of other residents being dragged away at night
and never seen again.

"Among the victims were a few who said that children had been dragged
from their beds at night screaming and had then disappeared,"
according to a police summary of the investigation. "Two others said
they had knowledge of human remains at the location but were not
specific. A local advocate also came to police and said he had a
client who knew there were human remains buried at the home."

The summary says that burnt clothing, toys and bed sheets have also
been recovered. According to pathologists, most of the 65 teeth found
in the cellars beneath Haut de la Garenne were not milk teeth, but had
come from corpses of up to five children. Police searchers also found
bone from a child's ear and a child's tibia.

Both pieces had been cut and burned before being concealed; they had
then been moved, at a date no later than the early 1970s.

Lenny Harper, Jersey's deputy police chief, concedes it is unlikely
that a formal murder investigation will be opened in parallel with the
child sex abuse inquiry running for the past 28 months.

Not only have police been unable to identify any named child from the
remains, but extensive carbon dating has failed to pinpoint their age.
First tests gave a bracket for some of the bone fragments as broad as
1650 to 1950.

However, the pathologists' opinion that the teeth were not from living
children, combined with cuts and scorch marks on the bones, the
attempt to conceal them, and the subsequent move, all lead detectives
to conclude that several children may have been murdered at Haut de la
Garenne.

Harper will not completely rule out a murder investigation, however.
"If the dating remains as inconclusive as what we have had so far, a
homicide inquiry is unlikely," he said yesterday. "If the dating is
more specific, a homicide inquiry is a possibility.

"We cannot get away from the fact that we have found the remains of at
least five children there."

Yesterday's announcement is thought to intend to silence critics,
among the island's political elite and among some London-based
journalists, who have questioned the failure of the police to produce
any bodies. Harper indicated several months ago that he was convinced
children's remains had been concealed at the home.

It is thought the announcement was also intended to ease any local
political pressure on the man who takes over the investigation next
month. Harper retires at the end of this month and is to be replaced
by David Warcup, currently deputy chief constable of Northumbria.

Haut de la Garenne ceased to house a children's home in 1986 and was a
youth hostel when the historic child sex abuse investigation began in
April 2006, initially as an inquiry into the island's sea cadets.

According to the case summary: "The attitude of the Sea Cadet
authorities of that time caused great concern. Accordingly, police
began to examine a number of previous cases, and during this review
were continually referred to abuse which had allegedly taken place at
Haut de La Garenne."

Police at first concealed the inquiry, for fear suspects might
intimidate witnesses or destroy evidence, and went public last
November. Scores of people came forward claiming to have been raped
and beaten at the home, leading police to excavate four cellars,
referred to as "punishment rooms" by some victims, where they found a
large bloodstained bath as well as the teeth and bones.

While nobody may be charged in connection with the deaths, police are
looking into 97 allegations of abuse in Jersey dating back to the
early 1960s. They have more than 100 suspects, and have indicated that
some could be described as members of the island's political and
social elite.

Six people have been arrested; three, including a former warden at
Haut de la Garenne, have been charged with child abuse offences and
have appeared in court. Three others have been released on bail
pending further inquiries.

Harper said yesterday that a new victim had come forward in recent
days to make allegations against one of the 18 priority suspects.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/26/ukcrime.childprotection1

Jersey care homes 'covered up abuses'Haroon Siddique and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday February 26 2008
Article history

Former Jersey health minister Stuart Syvret. Photograph: Christian
Keenan/Getty Images

A former government minister, who last year raised concerns about the
treatment of children in Jersey's care homes, today claimed there was
a "disgraceful and disgusting failure" to deal with abuse on the
island.

Stuart Syvret, health and social services minister until last
September, described the continuing search for six more bodies at the
Haut de la Garenne care home, where a child's remains were found on
Saturday, as the latest example of "a culture of cover-up and
concealment".

His comments came as it emerged that Edward Paisnel, a notorious
paedophile dubbed the Beast of Jersey, used to visit Haut de la
Garenne dressed as Father Christmas.

Paisnel was jailed for 30 years in 1971 after being convicted of 13
counts of assault, rape and sodomy.

Syvret claimed he was "sacked for whistleblowing" when he was
dismissed as health and social services minister shortly after
highlighting the "torture" of 11 to 16-year-olds in the island's care
homes.

Brandishing an independent report into abuse at a boys' school on the
island, Syvret claimed it detailed a "disgraceful and disgusting
failure" to deal with abuse which was "carried for years".

He said one paedophile had been convicted in relation to abuse at the
school but that there was a deliberate attempt by certain members of
staff and governors to "humiliate and intimidate and force those boys
[who had made allegations] into withdrawing their complaints -
fortunately they didn't".

Earlier, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "People mustn't
necessarily - as bad as it is - be distracted by the Haut de la
Garenne story because the real issue here is we are looking at
multiple examples of abuse at multiple institutions over a period of
decades and decades.

"It's a continuum that we see. It's a culture of cover-up and
concealment and tragically the recent evidence is just the latest
manifestation of that."

Jersey's chief minister, Frank Walker, who has denied allegations of a
cover-up, is to make a statement to the island's parliament today and
will face questions about the investigation.

The education minister, Mike Vibert, said he had reviewed the case at
the school identified by Syvret and the abuse "was taken seriously".

"The man responsible was successfully prosecuted and subsequently
imprisoned," he said.

Vibert said an independent report was commissioned after the court
case that "made a number of recommendations and all have since been
implemented".

He said the report had not been published because it could lead to the
identification of the children involved.

A sniffer dog has identified six possible burial sites in and around
the Haut de la Garenne building, which closed as a care home in 1986.

Deputy police chief Lenny Harper said yesterday the cellar was a
"point of interest", but it had been blocked up and officers have been
trying to smash their way in.

They suspended the search this afternoon to seek advice from a
structural engineer on "gaining access to a section of the home".

Paisnel lived in St Martin, close to Haut de la Garenne. After his
trial, his wife, Joan, wrote a book claiming Paisnel used to visit the
care home to take gifts to the children, who he asked to call him
"Uncle Ted".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/29/ukcrime.childprotection

Police discover shackles in Jersey abuse case home Sources say find
tallies with victims' accounts
Second underground 'punishment room' sought
Helen Pidd in Jersey The Guardian, Friday February 29 2008
Article history
Shackles were found yesterday in one of the underground chambers found
hidden under two concrete floors at the Jersey care home where a skull
was found on Saturday.

Police sources said the find was significant, and that it matched
accounts given by many of the victims, who said they had been sexually
and physically abused while in solitary confinement in "punishment
rooms" underneath Haut de la Garenne home.

A bath has already been found in the room, which was also mentioned by
many of the 160-plus victims who have reported abuse to the
authorities. Police believe there is a second, adjoining, underground
room that they have yet to break into.

"They are items that witnesses have said were in there when offences
were committed against them," said Lenny Harper, the officer in charge
of the case. "They certainly help corroborate accounts given by
victims."

A search dog trained to find human remains started barking when it
entered the room earlier this week. The dog's "extremely strong
reaction" was the same as when it helped find a child's remains buried
under inches of concrete at the house last weekend.

Harper said the room had unrendered walls and would take weeks to
search because of the amount of dust and rubble that would need to be
carefully moved and sifted through.

Police yesterday also began excavating a third site in a field to the
right of Haut de la Garenne. Harper said the dig began because of
"unspecific information which related to items that somebody has said
might be out there".

When asked if that meant more remains, he said yes. The area measured
approximately 15-20 yards by 10 yards, he said. The sniffer dog which
led police to the skull over the weekend had shown a strong reaction
when led to the area.

It also emerged yesterday that a number of employees of the States of
Jersey parliament had worked at Haut de la Garenne.

One was named by the States press office yesterday as Mario Lundy, the
current director of education on the island. There is no suggestion
that he is among the 40 suspects in the abuse inquiry.

The island's chief minister, Senator Frank Walker, said yesterday:
"There are no States of Jersey employees that have been subject to any
police investigation. Had there been anything significant that they
were involved in, anything the police found suspicious, that would not
be the case."

He added: "You should not conclude that [the States employees who
worked at Haut de la Garenne] were involved in any sort of abuse."

At a press conference yesterday Walker rejected the suggestion that
the States of Jersey owed an apology to the victims of child abuse on
the island.

It has emerged that bones found in the building when it was being
converted into a youth hostel five years ago were not all classified
as animal bones.

"There were some that were unidentified by the pathologist that
examined them," said Harper. None of the bones can currently be
located.

Detectives launched an inquiry into Haut de la Garenne after
accusations of violent and sexual abuse dating back to the 1960s.

The main focus of the investigation centres on allegations about
events in the 1970s and 1980s.

Since the discovery of a skull on Saturday officers have not ruled out
finding more bodies.

Harper said he was confident there would be arrests and prosecutions
in due course.

He did not believe the abuse at the home was carried out by an
organised "ring".

He said: "The abuse was spread over so many years and there are a
succession of people coming through there in positions of
responsibility ... but it was not a totally organised ring as the
years went on."



http://groups.google.com/group/alt.support.foster-parents/browse_thread/thread/ace6d2e4bb97b69b

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2008, 11:05 PM
An honest copper....


'I have known about Jersey paedophiles for 15 years,' says award-winning journalist
UK Daily Mail / 02-03-2008

The award-winning journalist who exposed terrible abuse in Islington children's homes now reveals horrifying links to sinister discoveries at Jersey's Haut de la Garenne.

I met the frightened policeman at an isolated country restaurant, many miles from his home and station. Detective Constable Peter Cook had finally despaired, and decided to blow the whistle to a reporter.

He was risking his career, so made me scribble my notes into a tiny pad beneath the tablecloth.

He had uncovered a vicious child sex ring, with victims in both Britain and the Channel Islands, and he wanted me to get his information to police abuse specialists in London.

Incredibly, he claimed that his superiors had barred him from alerting them.

He feared a cover-up: many ring members were powerful and wealthy. But I did not think him paranoid: I specialised in exposing child abuse scandals and knew, from separate sources, of men apparently linked to this ring.

They included an aristocrat, clerics and a social services chief. Their friends included senior police officers.

Repeatedly, inquiries by junior detectives were closed down, so I, a journalist, was asked to convey confidential information from one police officer to others. It seemed surreal.

I duly met trusted contacts at the National Criminal-Intelligence Squad. That was more than 12 years ago, and little happened - until now.

Last weekend, a child's remains were found at a former children's home on Jersey amid claims of a paedophile ring.

More than 200 children who lived at Haut de la Garenne have described horrific sexual and physical torture dating back to the Sixties.

When I heard the news, my eyes filled with tears. I felt heartbroken, not least at my own powerlessness. I have known for more than 15 years about Channel Islands paedophiles victimising children in the British care system.

I was relieved that the truth was finally emerging. But I felt devastated. Children had probably been murdered. I had so not wanted to be right.

I stood outside the forbidding Victorian building of Haut de la Garenne this week and watched grim-faced police in blue plastic forensic suits hunt its bricked-up secret basements for children's bones.

Outside, a large cross commemorates the 35 former residents who died fighting for their country: "Their names liveth forever." Oh yes?

What are the names of the children whose bodies may now be dug up - and why did no one miss and search for them earlier? Jersey's residents and political class must ask these questions.

Disturbing allegations about the murder of children in care have characterised other scandals I investigated in Britain, but today I can reveal for the first time the links between the abuse I uncovered at care homes in Islington, North London, and the horrifying discoveries on Jersey.

I have never before written that 14-year-old Jason Swift, killed in 1985 by a paedophile gang, is believed to have lived in Islington council's Conewood Street home.

Two sources claimed this when I investigated Islington's 12 care homes for The Mail on Sunday's sister paper, the London Evening Standard, in the early Nineties.

But hundreds of children's files mysteriously disappeared in Islington and, without documentation, this was not evidence enough.

We did, however, prove that every home included staff who were paedophiles, child pornographers or pimps. Concerned police secretly confirmed that several Islington workers were believed "networkers", major operators in the supply of children for abuse and pornography.

Some of these were from the Channel Islands or regularly took Islington children there on unofficial visits. In light of the grisly discoveries at Haut de la Garenne, the link now seems significant, but at the time we were so overwhelmed by abuse allegations nearer home that this connection never emerged.

What we did report prompted the sort of vehement official denials that have come to characterise child abuse claims. Margaret Hodge, then council leader, denounced us as Right-wing "gutter journalists" who supposedly bribed children to lie.

Our findings were eventually vindicated by Government-ordered inquiries, and two British Press Awards. Yet I knew we had only scraped the surface of Islington's corruption.

Now Jersey police under deputy chief Lenny Harper - a 'new broom' outsider - have been secretly investigating a paedophile ring linked to the island's care homes for months, I have been struck by common factors with the British abuse scandals: innocent-sounding sailing trips, where children can be isolated and abused, away from prying eyes, then delivered to other abusers; the familiar smearing of whistle-blowers; and the suppression of damning reports.

Jersey social worker Simon Bellwood was sacked early last year after speaking out, and popular health minister Stuart Syvret, 42, was fired in November after publicising the suppressed Sharp Report into abuse allegations.

"The smears on me are water off a duck's back," this brave man told me yesterday in a St Helier cafe. But his hands shook.

I have never assumed that the officials, politicians and police who cover up abuse scandals are all paedophiles, nor does Syvret.

"They just want a quiet life and their competency unquestioned. I'm angrier with them than the abusers, and want several prosecuted for obstructing the course of justice. The police are considering charges," he added.

Traditionally, police fear paedophile ring inquiries as expensive and unproductive. Traumatised witnesses can be hazy and collapse under cross-examination.

Convictions are rare. Police therefore raid suspected abusers for paedophile pornography, which more easily yields convictions.

Well - in theory. In June 1991, police in Cambridgeshire raided the home of Neil Hocquart who abused children in Britain and Guernsey and, with a social worker from Jersey, supplied child pornography for a huge sex ring.

It should have been a major breakthrough. But, as DC Cook told me, it went horribly wrong.

A handful of child sex-ring victims become "recruiters". They are not beaten but rewarded with gifts,

money and 'love'. In return, their job is to procure other victims. Such a man, my whistle-blower believed, was Neil Frederick Hocquart.

Hocquart, original surname Foster, was abused while in care in Norfolk and was eventually 'befriended' by an older man, merchant seaman Captain H. Hocquart of Vale, in Guernsey, whose surname he adopted.

Captain Hocquart was not the only Channel Islands man with an interest in children in care. Satan worshipper Edward Paisnel, "The Beast of Jersey", was given a 30-year sentence in 1971 on 13 counts of raping girls and boys. The building contractor fostered children and played Father Christmas at Haut de la Garenne in the Sixties.

Cambridgeshire police, in a joint operation with Scotland Yard's Obscene Publications Squad (now the Paedophile Unit), raided Neil Hocquart's Swaffham Manor home in June 1991.

They found more than 100 child-sex videos and 300 photographs of children. At nearby Ely they found his friend, Walter Clack, trying to dispose of a sick home video of a middle-aged man abusing a boy.

Who were the children in these films and photos? Police needed properly to question these men. But they never got the chance.

Hocquart secretly took an overdose of anti-depressant dothiepin and died at Addenbrooke's Hospital soon after his arrest. Was his suicide a last act of loyalty?

DC Cook told me incredulously that a senior officer broke with normal procedure and informed Clack, before he was questioned, that the other suspect was dead. Clack then blamed the dead man for everything, and escaped with a 5,000 fine - and inherited one third of Hocquart's wealth, at his bequest.

Wills featured strongly in the fortunesof the Islington and Channel Islands paedophiles. Police discovered that Neil Hocquart inherited his wealth from the Guernsey sea captain.

But Captain Hocquart possibly paid dearly for befriending orphans: he died soon after making out his will in the younger man's favour.

Scotland Yard detectives told me they found at least "two or three" wills of older men who died of apparent heart attacks shortly after leaving everything to Neil Hocquart.

The officers cheerfully called him a "murderer". These deaths were never investigated: the suspect, after all, was now also dead.

Hocquart wasn't the only person in his circle to become rich this way. A Jersey-born friend of Hocquart's, who started his childcare career on the island before becoming a key supplier of children from Islington's care homes to paedophile rings, similarly inherited a fortune.

Nicholas John Rabet was for many years deputy superintendent of Islington council's home at 114 Grosvenor Avenue.

He and a colleague, another single man later barred from social work by the Department of Health, both took children on unauthorised trips to Jersey. Allegations mounted but nothing was done.

Rabet's opportunities to obtain victims massively increased after he befriended the widow of an American oil millionaire. She died after rewriting her will in his favour.

He inherited her manor house at Cross in Hand near Heathfield, Sussex, where he opened a children's activity centre, and regularly invited children in Islington's care to stay.

Hocquart spent 13,000 on quad bikes for the centre, called The Stables, and he and Walter Clack became "volunteers" there.

Hocquart befriended one young boy and took him on a sailing trip, where there would be little risk of being spotted. Police found disturbing film from the trip of men spraying the naked child with water.

But Hocquart left the boy another third of his money, and he denied abuse when questioned.

Police also found at Hocquart's home naked photos of a boy of about ten, whom they learned was in the care of Islington social services. I shall call him Shane.

Sussex police raided Rabet's children's centre. But he had plenty of warning and, they believed, emptied it of child pornography. However officers still found a "shrine to boys", with suggestive photographs everywhere, including pictures of Shane.

They approached Shane, at his Islington children's home. He tearfully confirmed months of abuse. But their attempts to investigate further were thwarted by Islington Council.

Many professionals had, for years, expressed grave fears about Rabet, and put their concerns in writing. But Islington falsely told Sussex officers it had no file material on Rabet or his alleged victim.

Staff had in fact been ordered to find the complaints and deliver them to the office of Lyn Cusack, Islington's assistant director of social services - but they were handed over to Sussex police only when I revealed their existence.

Islington's appalling mishandling of vital records was highlighted by the independent White inquiry into the abuse in Islington children's homes, which found that "at assistant director level . . . many confidential files were destroyed by mistake, although there is no evidence of conspiracy."

During the investigation into Rabet, Islington also refused to interview any other children in care, or, scandalously, help Sussex police identify other children in Rabet's photos.

With only Shane's evidence to rely on, police decided not to prosecute.

I traced Shane. He was furious that Rabet was never prosecuted, but not surprised. "This goes right to the top," he said, "You have no idea how big this is."

He showed me photos of another victim, a young Turkish boy with a sweet shy smile whom Rabet also regularly took from the Islington home to spend weekends at his manor house.

Shane didn't know where the boy was now, he just disappeared. I was never able to find the boy, either. Many children in care are missed by no one.

I retraced Shane two years ago to tell him that justice had finally caught up with Rabet. Third World police had succeeded where Britain's finest in Cambridgeshire, Sussex, London and Jersey had failed.

Rabet fled to Thailand's notorious child sex resort of Pattaya after the White inquiry. He was arrested there in spring 2006 and charged with abusing 30 boys, some as young as six.

Thai police believed he had abused at least 300. But he was never tried: on May 12, 2006, Rabet died of an overdose at the age of 57.

Two other Jersey-born social workers, who for legal reasons I cannot name, also worked in Islington and later with young offenders.

One arranged more of those mysterious sailing trips to Guernsey, the other sent children to Rabet's centre. Both were accused of abuse.

In 1995, we reinvestigated Rabet and met DC Cook at the restaurant. He had gone through Hocquart's papers, investigated other members of the paedophile ring and met their victims. He was horrified at what he discovered.

One man, for example, married a single mother purely so he could abuse her two young sons.

"He told these poor children to keep quiet, that their mother had been lonely so long they would ruin her life if they said anything," the officer told me.

The vicar who married them knew the groom was a paedophile but did not care: he was one too, and got his victims from a British care home.

DC Cook travelled to Guernsey, which Hocquart regularly visited. There local CID officers drove him round, and he met two brothers whom Hocquart abused, then delivered them to a high-ranking, respected local man to rape.

DC Cook traced another distraught victim in England who provided invaluable information about the man, based in Wales, who copied the ring's child pornography for distribution.

This man clearly needed his door kicked in by police, as did Hocquart's other contacts in Britain and the Channel Islands. But no action was taken.

Then word came from on high to drop his inquiries. DC Cook accepted that there might be an innocent explanation - that his local force might not want the financial burden of a national investigation.

But he became deeply troubled when told not to forward his vital intelligence to specialist officers elsewhere.

Britain's new National Criminal Intelligence Squad (NCIS) had the job of disseminating intelligence on paedophiles across the country. Would I, asked the troubled officer, take his information to the squad's Paedophile Unit for him?

And so we pretended to share a meal while I secretly scribbled down the names, addresses, dates of birth and believed victims of dozens of suspects.

My diary records that I met NCIS on January 4, 1996, at 10.30am, and I also channelled the intelligence to Scotland Yard. Neither, unfortunately, had the power to make local forces take action, so I was not optimistic.

This was not the first time I had acted as a go-between. In 1994, another police officer was barred from investigating a paedophile ring, which included an Islington social worker of Channel Islands origin.

We alerted Scotland Yard. This man was, I learned, involved with five overlapping paedophile rings - but he has never been convicted.

Peter Cook has now retired and agreed to go on the record. He told me the partner of Hocquart's video producer was eventually imprisoned for abusing his own sons. "But we could have stopped so much else, so much earlier," he said.

"The news from Jersey is horrifying. I've thought of Rabet all week. The hierarchy does not like these inquiries, they're expensive and produce embarrassment, so people shove it all under the carpet, they don't want to know even when children are dying.

"There will be people now crawling out claiming they were always worried. What cowards, what bastards!"

Jersey police confirmed this week it was aware of Nick Rabet and keen to learn more about his friends. Peter Cook told me: "I will help all I can."

Michael Hames, the former head of Scotland Yard's Obscene Publications Squad, once told me that he never doubted paedophiles were killing children in care.

But the climate of disbelief was fierce, and he asked sadly: "What police chief will dare risk his career by hiring JCBs [to search for the bodies]?"

Courageous Ulsterman Lenny Harper has. Deposed Jersey health minister Stuart Syvret told me: "My family has lived here since William the Conqueror. But if an indigenous police officer were in charge, this investigation would never have happened. Jersey is an oligarchy, where the elite look after each other."

When I flew home late last night, in time for Mother's Day, I felt utter relief.

This tiny island with its high-hedged lanes looked so pretty when the police series Bergerac was filmed here, but to me said just one thing: that there is no escape from here for a terrified child.

If witnesses who want, finally, to help these tragically un-mothered children, now is the time to speak out.


http://www.underthecarpet.co.uk/Pages/NewsArticle.php?num=4115

Charles Drago
11-12-2008, 11:39 PM
The posting of this material represents our reason for being.

Understand this horror for what it is: The deepest manifestation of the evil we fight.

This transcends the mad acquisition of wealth and political power, which ultimately fail to satisfy and are appreciated as means to a grander end.

This is all about the mortification of the spiritual impulse.

Trying to make hell their home.

No effort will be spared to preserve and protect it.

Charles Drago
11-12-2008, 11:41 PM
This is the best I can do in terms of suggesting a counter-attack:

Until the life of the terrorist is held to be as sacred as the life of the terrorized, the terror will continue.

Dawn Meredith
11-13-2008, 12:33 AM
The posting of this material represents our reason for being.

Understand this horror for what it is: The deepest manifestation of the evil we fight.

This transcends the mad acquisition of wealth and political power, which ultimately fail to satisfy and are appreciated as means to a grander end.

This is all about the mortification of the spiritual impulse.

Trying to make hell their home.

No effort will be spared to preserve and protect it.


Yes CD this most accurately "represents our reason for being". To shed light on those who do evil in dark or day. But let me also remind ourselves and our readers of these very happenings in our country, exposed as "The Franklin coverup". Our politicians, the work of John de Camp (sp?) and what came of his valiant efforts in the 90's. ZERO.

But carry on we must.

Those who do not "believe in evil" should do some true education. And this thread is an excellent place to begin.
Dawn

David Guyatt
11-13-2008, 10:43 AM
In a year or two, maybe a lot less, many of the press reports about the Jersey Child Home paedophile case will have disappeared.

The power of those involved to close doors, ruin careers and de-fabricate fact to appear as fancy is astonishing. This may well be because of the use, by the involved intelligence agencies and NATO nations to compromise VIP's - film them secretly - and then apply everlasting blackmail - in exchange for everlasting protection - in order to ensure compliance in long term political and business aims (as appeared to be the underlying motive in the US Franklin paedophile affair).

I mention NATO because there appears to be connections to that entity, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium and the Belgian Dutroux paedophile affair as reported by Joel van der Reijdin (see: http://www.isgp.eu/dutroux/Belgian_X_dossiers_of_the_Dutroux_affair.htm).

But not everything will be allowed to disappear. Not entirely.

Let's not forget the case of Maddie, the disappeared infant British girl kidnapped from Portugal on holiday with her parents. According to a Scotland Yard report, Maddie may have been "kidnaped to order" and taken to Belgium.

(the following are extracted from: http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2008/07/zandvoort-network-jersey-dutroux.html (this website is recommended for the many links it provides to other connected stories):


David James Smith, in The Sunday Times (UK), 16 December 2007, (Kate and Gerry McCann: Beyond the smears) wrote about the Madeleine McCann case:

"I heard that a PJ officer had been surprised to find a member of MI5 at a UK meeting about the case, and this made him suspicious that shadowy forces could be at work.

And


The discovery of computer discs at Dutroux's house, in 1996, "unraveled an international pedophile ring involving Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, the U.S., Great Britain, Japan and the United Nations and its agencies.

"The names found on the computer disks reached into the highest levels of politics and society in the various countries and institutions, including some of the very members of the Belgian government who had originally been implicated in the assassination of Andre Cools.

"By arresting Dutroux, the Belgian authorities were simultaneously able to round up many of the people responsible for the assassination of Cools.

"In the interim, Dutroux led police to the burial site of four young girls, all of whom had been ritually murdered by his pedophile colleagues.

"Within a short time, over 30 people had been arrested, including a number of high-level politicians, judges, and senior police commanders.

"The prosecuting judge in the Dutroux case was Jean-Marie Connerrote, the same judge who had been dismissed from the Cools murder case before he could issue indictments.

"Among those he arrested in August 1996, and charged in the Cools murder, was Alain Van der Biest, a leading member of the Belgian Socialist Party and a one-time political ally of Cools and a shareholder in PRB...

"The judge also arrested two Italian Mafia leaders linked to the imprisoned 'capo di tutti capi', Salvatore 'Toto' Riina and his longtime 'capo-regime' Giovanni 'the Pig' Brusca, who had played a prominent role in the Cools killing.

"[Riina, head of the Corleone crime syndicate, had been jailed in 1993 despite the fact that he had been a covert asset of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, who had helped the DEA, together withTomasso Buscetta, to make a case against his rival Gaetano Badalamenti in the famous 'Pizza Connection' case.]...

And please take special note:


"Dutroux... was closely tied to a senior Portuguese diplomat, Jorge Ritto, a former ambassador to South Africa and Permanent Representative to UNESCO who is a close friend of the agency's Secretary General, Koiichiro Matsura.

"Ritto has been implicated and jailed as a major figure in Portugal's Casa Pia pedophilia scandal.

"Another leading figure dredged up in the widening circle of the Dutroux pedophilia operation, Jean Michel Nihoul, managed the group's finances out of posh offices on the Avenue de Louise in the heart of the Brussels business district.

"He managed a string of Dutroux's properties which functioned as pedophilia clubs in various countries, including a sumptuous and secluded villa in the Caribbean at which leading U.S. political figures, governors and members of Congress could satisfy their pedophile perversions safe from media sleuths.

"Nihoul had been in and out of jail since the 1970's, on a wide range of money-laundering, drug-trafficking, and prostitution charges.

"He was also a leading power in Belgian right-wing political circles, a close friend of U.S. General John Singlaub and Rev. Moon of the World Anti-Communist League as well as to men in the upper echelons of the Sasakawa Foundation.

The Sasakawa Foundation, General John Singlaub will be names to anyone familiar with the ongoing story of WWII gold and other treasures looted by Japan and Germany and later "acquired" by the US intelligence community.

I have written about Ryoichi Sasakawa many years ago, i my e-book "The Secret Gold Treaty:


Kodama, along with his Yakuza compatriot and war-criminal cellmate, Ryoichi Sasakawa, ruled Japan with an iron fist artfully concealed in the gloved hand of political puppets. Sasakawa, in particular, boasted of a close, personal friendship with Ferdinand Marcos "long before he became president." Author Sterling Seagrave believes their friendship arose during "the Quirino presidency at the end of the 1940's when Marcos and other Quirino lieutenants were busy trying to discover" where Japanese plunder had been buried in the Philippines. Sasakawa was also deeply involved with the CIA, especially during the CIA sponsored anti-Sukarno campaign of the of the 1950's when he was in charge of supplying "materials to the anti-Sukarno camp." [x]

Other founding members of the APACL included the former Chinese warlord and patron of the feared Shanghai underworld Green Gang, Chiang Kai Shek and Korea's Park Chung Hee -- whose claim to fame was to establish the Korean Central Intelligence Agency modelled on America's CIA. Another founding member was the Reverend Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church [Moonies] -- a CIA tool if ever there was one. Meanwhile, one-time war criminal and Yakuza boss Ryoichi Sasakawa (together with Kodama) virtually ruled Japan from behind the scenes.

Essential links and reading:

Beyond the Dutroux Affair:

http://www.isgp.eu/dutroux/Belgian_X_dossiers_of_the_Dutroux_affair.htm

Belgian "Nebuleuse" tied to child abuse networks, Ian-Contra and BCCI's "Black Network's":

http://www.isgp.eu/dutroux/Belgian_X_dossiers_of_the_Dutroux_affair.htm

The Zandvoort Network - Jersey, Dutroux, Portugal:

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2008/07/zandvoort-network-jersey-dutroux.html

The Kincora Boys Home Scandal:

http://www.missingpersons-ireland.freepress-freespeech.com/archive-kincorascandal.htm

More Kincora connections:

http://irish-nationalism.net/forum/showthread.php?t=6786

The Franklin Paedophile Cover-up:

http://www.francesfarmersrevenge.com/stuff/archive/oldnews2/boystown/

Dawn Meredith
11-13-2008, 12:45 PM
Thanks Dave for posting the Franklin cover up link. I am sending these posts to my anti conspiracy cousin in Nova Scotia. He is yet to reply.

Maddie, I thought that from day one!! And the same with missing US studient Natalee Hollaway, who we now know the main suspect in her case was recently busted on tape trying to get girls to come to Holland to be "dancers", ie sex slaves. I have not seen the entire story, Nancy Grace is the only one in the US who is covering it, for two nights now. Sad that it takes cable news "entertainment" shows to do real investigative reporting.
Dawn

Charles Drago
11-13-2008, 01:25 PM
Let's relate what is being described on this thread to the work of John Armstrong.

Develop his doppelganger hypothesis: An intel op that creates parallel identities/lives is most efficiently designed to begin these processes when the human subjects are children -- perhaps even infants.

Might a Maddie be chosen for such use based upon genetic profiling that matches with an already-selected subject?

I am not suggesting an either/or interpretation. In other words, if the question is, "Are children being abducted for the purpose of sexual enslavement or utilization in doppelganger ops?" ...

The answer is ...

"Yes."

Thus horrific spiritual and material agendas are simultaneously served even as they provide cover for each other.

Chris Bowen
06-11-2009, 12:33 PM
http://dutroux.blogspot.com/2008/11/haringey-boys-links-to-child-abuse.html

David Guyatt
02-14-2010, 09:54 AM
The story of Hollie Greig:

http://www.ukcolumn.org/2010/02/02/child-rapists-protected-by-the-state/

Watch Youtube clip at above link.




(blip.tv has taken the Robert Green video down after receiving a threatening letter from Callum Anderson of Levy and McCrae, the law firm who refuse to say whether they act for Ms Angiolini the person, or Ms Angiolini, the Lord Advocate. They also refuse to say whether or not they are being paid out of the public purse.
As a result, sadly, we have to use the version on You Tube, which is split into 10 minute chunks.
It seems this is not the only case where Ms Angiolini has dragged her feet!

by Robert Green
In the October 2009 print edition of the UK Column, we reported in our article BBC Hides Truth of Girls Sexual Abuse Ordeal the shocking ordeal of Downs Syndrome girl, Hollie Greig, who was horribly abused by an Aberdeen paedophile ring, over a period of ten years. After investigating and planning a documentary, the BBC abruptly dropped the case, despite admitting that Hollie was a reliable and accurate witness. It is important to stress that both the police and qualified medical experts have described Hollie as a competent and entirely honest witness.
From the age of just six, Hollie was repeatedly sexually abused by her father, Denis Charles Mackie. Later, Mackie began sharing his daughter with a gang of paedophile swingers that has been operating in Aberdeen for many years. The identities of a further seven child victims are already known. There is no question that the gang are well-connected, efficiently organised and totally ruthless. Our frightening story is that they are protected by individuals of high standing within the Scottish establishment.
In 2000, after 14 years of terrified silence, Hollie eventually told her mother, Anne, about the abuses. Formal statements were made to Grampian Police, providing all the horrifying details and the names of the abusers. They included a senior Scottish Sheriff, a policeman, social workers, a nurse, a solicitor, an accountant, a fire officer, married couples and others. Some of the rapes were carried out at the homes of these individuals, including that of the Sheriffs sister. Other children were sometimes involved, including children of the paedophiles themselves.
The latest chapters in this astonishing and horrifying story about Hollie, and the seven other abused children, have taken place over the past few weeks. The key issues are a continued refusal by Grampian police to fully investigate the overwhelming evidence for the paedophile rapes, and a wall of silence by the Scottish establishment.
Whilst there has been some general Scottish media coverage, notably in The Firm and the Aberdeen Press and Journal, the media has been largely silent on what must be one of Scotlands worst top level paedophile scandles. A key figure in the press silence is the Lord Advocate, in her former role as Procurator Fiscal in Aberdeen, when in 2000 she is alleged to have effectively buried the case. Was this to prevent her associate and most influential member of the paedophile ring, Sheriff X, from being investigated, along with the other named members of the fifteen-strong rape gang?
Elish Angiolini, the Scottish Lord Advocate, is in charge of all criminal prosecutions. She is alleged to have reacted immediately to public calls for a full police investigation, by pressurising against publication. Subsequently, and under considerable duress, The Firm published an apology. Shortly afterwards the Press and Journal ran a story accurately describing the case, mentioning a sheriff and police officer without identifying them. Angiolini was not discussed in the article.
Mrs Angiolini`s role in the case recently aroused further suspicion, when it was claimed that she had used a private law firm, Levy and McRae, to issue warnings against all major Scottish editors, threatening them with legal action if any mention was made of her involvement in the case. Suspicious and angry, many individuals directly working to obtain justice for Hollie, as well as a growing number of the general public, now consider that key establishment figures, many with direct responsibility for criminal investigations and justice, have made a concerted and continuous effort to conceal the facts from the people of Scotland. Despite the pressure, investigators and campaigners for Hollie continue to stress that they hold documentary proof of the Lord Advocates actions, as well as proof that she has repeatedly failed to tell the whole truth about her connections with the Hollie abuse case for whatever reason.
The senior partner in the Law Firm, Peter Watson, who is also head of litigation, is understood to have refused to comment as to whether the firms fees have been billed to Mrs Angiolini personally, or if they are being paid by the Scottish taxpayer.
Mrs Angiolinis office decided in December 2009 that they would not pursue the case due to insufficient evidence. Corroborating evidence by private investigators and researchers indicates that other than Hollie, not one of the twenty-four named abusers and victims has even been questioned by Grampian Police.
This follows the pattern of 2000, when the crimes and perpetrators were first reported. At that time, the police later admitted that only one of the gang, Hollie`s father, had even been interviewed.
The UK Column is aware that investigators have just received from the Crown Office, after years of rebuttals, the Post Mortem report of Robert David Greig, brother of Hollie`s mother Anne. Robert died mysteriously in an alleged car fire in 1997. Despite extreme inconsistencies in witness statements and circumstances, no inquest took place and the cause of death was officially due to smoke inhalation.
The Post Mortem stated that Robert has suffered considerable damage to his skull, two broken ribs and a broken sternum. Informal professional medical opinion so far is of the view that Robert had been severely beaten, had alcohol forced down his throat and then thrown into the burning vehicle.
Although this was not known at the time, Hollie, in 2001, told her mother that just prior to his unexplained death, Robert had caught Hollie`s father sexually abusing her.
The campaign for justice for Hollie, and other vulnerable victims of paedophiles in England and South Wales, not only goes on, but has intensified as outraged members of the public have flooded Aberdeen with leaflets naming all current members of the gang, including the head of a special school. All Aberdeen Councillors and MPs have also been alerted, but with little effect. There appears to be a conspiracy of establishment silence where the abuse of Hollie is concerned. Many people in Aberdeen are asking just who possesses the courage and decency to stand up against these staggering and shocking crimes against most vulnerable members of society? Certainly not their elected national and local representatives.
UK Column volunteers continue to be shocked by the quantity and quality of evidence reaching them on the subject of paedophile and sexual abuse against young and vulnerable children in care and otherwise. The common theme is that victims and their supporters are unable to get any real support from Members of Parliament, Local Councillors, the Judiciary, Police and other officials. Many describe the creation of a wall of silence, often accompanied by targetted intimidation against the victims.
Recently a policeman personally told the UK Column that police had themselves experienced their own paedopile investigations suddenly being dropped by senior police officers. He added If you want to really get to the paedophiles you should look at Westminster. The implications of this statement are frightening a paedophile ring amongst our political leaders the political elite which has control of education and Social Services? The general public needs to open its eyes and confront this evil and fast.

David Guyatt
03-03-2010, 09:49 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1254997/Madeleine-McCann-suspect-photo-files-kept-secret-Portuguese-police.html?ITO=1708&referrer=yahoo


Was this Maddie? The photo files Portuguese police kept secret... to the fury of the McCanns

By Arthur Martin
Last updated at 7:44 AM on 03rd March 2010


Secret files have been released showing that Portuguese police dismissed dozens of potential sightings of Madeleine McCann.

Leads from around the world - including CCTV footage from New Zealand of a child looking strikingly like the missing girl - were filed away under the heading 'not relevant'.

Information that police forces in the United States, Europe and North Africa considered important was also discarded.

None of the files was handed to private investigators working for Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/03/02/article-1254997-0889AD95000005DC-290_468x410.jpg
Lead: This CCTV image of a girl strongly resembling Madeleine in a supermarket in New Zealand was among the leads deemed 'not relevant' by Portugese police

Mrs McCann, 41, said the disclosure of the secret files was heartbreaking and shocking.

Their existence came to light in a legal action brought by the McCanns against Goncalo Amaral, the disgraced detective who was in charge of the case.

They had wanted to stop him airing the slur that they had been involved in their daughter's disappearance.

The leads were all received and archived after Algarve police closed the case in July 2008.

Madeleine was four when she vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007. Her parents were at a restaurant 80 yards away.

They now have a copy of the 2,000-page dossier which was published yesterday on the order of a court in Portugal after an application by newspapers including the Daily Mail.

The McCanns are incensed that their private investigators were given no access to the sightings at the time.

Mrs McCann said: 'There are instances where information which we think is very credible and worthy of information has not been actioned.

'We're gutted, it's absolutely shocking and difficult. Some of the information handed in was very credible. It's heartbreaking to know that it seems to end there.'

Mr McCann, also 41, was particularly angered at Inspector Ricardo Paiva, who was responsible for collating any information about Madeleine after the formal investigation ended.

He said: 'Inspector Paiva believes Madeleine is dead. How can he investigate thoroughly if he believes that? We know now there is a lot of information just filed away - and that is not acceptable. Once the file has been closed, what has actually been done? Next to nothing.'

The file contains a series of sightings which the McCanns would have expected to be fully investigated.

The astonishing CCTV footage from New Zealand shows a girl very like Madeleine being led into a supermarket by a portly man in shorts - seven months after her disappearance.

The man's behaviour aroused the suspicions of a female security guard in the shop in Dunedin on the South Island and she approached the girl to establish she was British.

Although the girl said her name was 'Hailey', the security guard was convinced the girl was Madeleine and reported the incident to police.

Interpol in Wellington then sent the images to police in Portugal who promptly deemed it 'not relevant'.

Kate and Gerry McCann said they were 'gutted' to discover that they weren't given access to secret files involving their daughter's disappearance
Other discarded leads include:

A British ex-pat saying he saw a girl being dragged along a road toward the airport on the night Madeleine disappeared. He had not approached the authorities earlier because he was wanted for fraud.

A girl like Madeleine was seen with an unkempt Spanish-looking man in his 30s at a shop near Murcia. The woman witness followed the girl but the pair vanished. She failed to tell Spanish police until June 2008.


Secret files: The police dossier
Another lookalike wearing only a dirty yellow jumper was seen being held at gunpoint on a French motorway by a half-naked man in August 2008. French lorry driver Michel Guidard walked toward them only to be threatened with a gun.

Photos from the internet uncovered by a female French detective were found to show images of sexual abuse which involved a girl resembling Madeleine.

An account by a Scottish mother of two who saw a girl who looked like Madeleine with a group of gipsies in Albufeira, Portugal, in July 2008. A woman who was with the girl ran off down the hill with her when two police officers turned up.

Details of a sighting of a girl on October 9, 2008, with a Portuguese man living in the U.S. He allegedly ran a child trafficking operation smuggling in children from his homeland, Mexico and Greece.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, said: 'They are incredibly frustrated that this was sitting there and being disregarded by the Portuguese police.

'They were shocked when they saw the scale of the information that had come in and the lack of action taken.

'There are potential leads in the file that are now being followed up by our investigators.

'It's more than a pity that the file has just sat there for so long and simply marked "not relevant" by the Portuguese.

'There are also images in the file that are strikingly similar to Madeleine and are being looked into.'

Magda Hassan
03-03-2010, 11:02 AM
It really does look so much like her doesn't it?
These secret files are quite a revelation. How could they possibly be marked 'Not Relevant'?

David Guyatt
03-03-2010, 12:27 PM
It really does look so much like her doesn't it?
These secret files are quite a revelation. How could they possibly be marked 'Not Relevant'?

Because the Dutch policeman running the investigation was compromised or otherwise involved in protecting paedophile activities. I would assume? :angel:

As in Belgium and Holland and the UK and the USA, senior echelons in Portuguese society were active paedophiles, and this went to such high levels that state protection was assured.

David Guyatt
03-07-2010, 10:34 AM
Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/7384911/Home-Office-launches-secret-review-into-Madeleine-McCanns-disappearance.html


Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance
The Home Office has secretly begun a review that could lead to a fresh police inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

By Robert Mendick
Published: 9:00PM GMT 06 Mar 2010

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Missing Madeleine McCann Photo: PA

The move follows the release of 2,000 pages of evidence last week which Portuguese detectives are accused of having failed to fully investigate.
According to sources close to the McCanns, Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, has ordered officials to examine the 'feasibility' of British or Portuguese detectives looking afresh at all the evidence.

Kate and Gerry McCann met with Mr Johnson last year to plead for help in their search for Madeleine, who vanished without trace in May 2007 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
The couple have also met with John Yates, the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, who has headed up a number of high profile inquiries in recent years.
He is said to be "sympathetic" and to have made "general offers of assistance".
The source said: "The latest we have heard from the Home Office is officials are undertaking a 'scoping exercise' to look into the possibility of a review of the case.
"They are looking at all the options. It is basically a feasibility study.

"Kate and Gerry met with Alan Johnson to request a review is done. Hopefully any political intervention can unlock obstructions that might be in the way."
Pressure is now being put on Portuguese authorities to agree in the first instance to a three-day review of the case that could be held at Interpol's headquarters in Lyon in France.
The McCanns will hope the Home Office can persuade their Portuguese counterparts to co-operate in a case review.
The review were it to go ahead would involve British police working with Portuguese counterparts as well as experts in child abduction across other European forces.
The Portuguese police have been heavily criticised for their handling of the case which led to detectives naming the McCanns, both doctors from Leicestershire, as arguidos or suspects in the case and accusing them of involvement in her disappearance.
Their arguido status was subsequently lifted and the police investigation shelved.
But with the senior officer in charge Goncalo Amaral now widely discredited and facing financial ruin after being sued for libel by the McCanns over a book he wrote, it may become harder for the Portuguese to refuse the request for a thorough review.
The revelation that possible leads many passed to Portuguese police by the McCanns' own private detectives had apparently been ignored will add to the clamour.
Last week, details emerged of a series of possible sightings of Madeleine, who was just three when she vanished.
A further obstacle was removed with the death from stomach cancer two weeks ago of Guilhermino Encarnacao, who was in charge of the Policia Judiciaria in the Algarve.
Mr Encarnacao was convinced Madeleine had died in her parents' apartment and was a major source of a series of off the record briefings to journalists against the McCanns.
A Home Office spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Home Secretary had a private meeting with Kate and Gerry McCann.
"Leicestershire Police stand ready to co-ordinate and complete enquiries if further information comes to light in the UK; or if requested to do so by the Portuguese authorities, who continue to lead on the overall investigation."
The spokesman refused to discuss what talks took place at the meeting or whether there was the chance of a review of the evidence at Interpol.
The spokesman added: "We are not going to comment on the outcome of any private meeting with the McCanns."
Mr Yates was unavailable for comment. He led the cash for honours investigation and was also involved in a new inquiry into the murder of Julie Ward, who was murdered in Kenya in 1988

Jan Klimkowski
03-14-2010, 08:13 PM
So child victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests "were made to sign an oath to the Catholic church that they would not talk about their claims with anybody other than a priest".

Oh the holy sanctity of the confessional booth and the Pope-given ability to wash away sins with a few Hail Marys and a posting to a new diocese... :puke:


Irish cardinal admits knowledge of paedophile priest 'cover-up

'Victims' group says Sean Brady should consider quitting as head of Irish Catholic church over role in Brendan Smyth tribunal

The head of the Catholic church in Ireland should consider standing down over revelations that he knew about an alleged cover-up involving the country's most notorious paedophile priest, child abuse victims said today.

Cardinal Sean Brady said today that he had been present at a closed canonical tribunal into the activities of the late Father Brendan Smyth. During the meeting, two of Smyth's child victims were made to sign an oath to the Catholic church that they would not talk about their claims with anybody other than a priest.

The disclosure that the children gave these written assurances in Brady's presence will again raise fears that the church thought it was above the law. The support group Irish Survivors of Child Abuse said it confirmed that a cover-up of clerical abuse of children "went to the very top".

The tribunal was held over two meetings in 1975 behind closed doors at a Dominican Friary outside Dundalk, close to the Northern Ireland border, and later in Ballyjamesduff. Smyth was accused of sexually assaulting a boy then aged 10 while on holiday. A girl said the priest had abused her around Easter 1970, when she was 10.

Both alleged victims were required to sign affadavits swearing they would not talk to anyone except priests given special permission to hear their allegations. The church at the time did not inform Irish police about the children's allegations.

It was not until the broadcast of an Ulster Television documentary in 1994 on Smyth's history of serial child sex abuse that the church admitted it had known about his paedophilia and had moved him around Ireland, Britain and the US, where he was able to continue to abuse other children.

Smyth died in jail 13 years ago while serving 12 years for 74 sexual assaults on children.

The Irish Survivors of Child Abuse co-founder Patrick Walsh said: "This is an extraordinary turn of events where the most senior Catholic man in Ireland knew about allegations of child abuse more than 30 years ago. These revelations confirm there was a systemic problem within the Roman Catholic church in Ireland over a great number of years. It went to the very top.

"The church was more interested in protecting its reputation than anything else. Certainly the cardinal needs to examine his conscience about this. He needs to take stock of his position. In 1975 he was just a priest acting as a secretary and he was not the decision maker. But he knew what was going on. He really should consider standing down."

The Catholic Information Office in Ireland said: "In 1975, Father Sean Brady, as he then was, was the part-time secretary to the then bishop of Kilmore, the late Bishop Francis McKiernan. At the direction of Bishop McKiernan, Father Brady attended the two meetings ... In the Dundalk meeting Father Brady acted as recording secretary for the process involved. In the Ballyjamesduff meeting he asked the questions and recorded the answers given.

"At those meetings the complainants signed undertakings, on oath, to respect the confidentiality of the information-gathering process. As instructed, and as a matter of urgency, Father Brady passed both reports to Bishop McKiernan for his immediate action."

The cardinal is now being sued by the female victim, who claims she suffered assault, battery and bodily trespass by Smyth. Brady, one of three defendants in the case, is accused of "failing to report to An Garda Siochana [the Irish police] the fact of formal signed complaints against Father Brendan Smyth of sexual assault and paedophilia on other children made to the church authorities investigated by them at interviews".

Smyth's extradition from the Republic to face charges in Northern Ireland led to the collapse of Albert Reynolds' government months after he had helped secure the 1994 IRA ceasefire. His Labour party coalition partners pulled out of government after it emerged that the Royal Ulster Constabulary's extradition warrant had sat in the Irish attorney general's office

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/14/irish-catholic-church-cardinal-brady

Jan Klimkowski
03-14-2010, 08:18 PM
Meanwhile a Vatican spokesperson is claiming, risibly, that Ratzinger (sorry Pope Benedict XVI) is the innocent victim of a conspiracy.

Ratzinger was of course Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981-2005, which is the Vatican's intelligence and enforcement arm. Ratzinger knows where all the skeletons are buried, because he was in charge of burying them. (Or not.)


Pope being set up over Munich sex abuse case, says Vatican

Benedict XVI's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, suggests 'tenacious' plot to implicate pontiff in cover-up

The pope's spokesman has launched a vigorous counter-attack against a report linking Benedict XVI to a sex abuse cover-up while he was archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1981.

Father Federico Lombardi appeared to suggest in an interview on Vatican Radio that the pope, who also has strong links to the city of Regensburg, was the victim of a plot.

"It's rather clear that in recent days there have been people who have searched with notable tenacity in Regensburg and Munich for elements to personally involve the holy father in the question of the abuses," Lombardi said. "To any objective observer it's clear that these attempts have failed."

The Vatican has been appalled in recent days by a flood of allegations of priestly sex abuse in Germany, Holland, Austria and even Italy.

Today, the pope's former diocese rushed out a statement to pre-empt a story in tomorrow's edition of the Munich-based daily Sddeutsche Zeitung. It said that when Joseph Ratzinger was the city's archbishop he had agreed that a priest from another diocese should undergo therapy at a rectory. The records suggested that "it was known then that this therapy should probably be carried out due to sexual relations with children". But instead of sending him for therapy, the statement said, the diocese's then vicar-general, Gerhard Gruber, assigned him to a parish where at least one child was subsequently abused.

"Gruber takes full responsibility for the wrong decisions," the diocese said.

The church's attempt to bury the affair was immediately challenged by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which tomorrow is holding "sidewalk vigils" in more than 30 US cities in support of European victims. David Clohessy, the network's national director, said: "As a high-ranking church official for decades, if Ratzinger knew of one reassigned paedophile priest, the odds are he knows of others, possibly dozens. German secular authorities should do in Munich what Irish secular authorities did in Dublin: launch a thorough secular probe of clergy sex crimes and cover-ups."

The latest front was opened in Austria where two newspapers reported cases of abuse among choirboys in Fgen and Vienna. Today a newspaper in the predominantly German-speaking Italian province of Bolzano-Bozen recounted the story of a then 15-year-old boy who said that in the 1960s he was coerced into providing sexual services to local friars.

The growing scandal has also put Catholic leaders under siege elsewhere in Europe. Bishops in the Netherlands are looking into more than 200 suspected cases, and in Germany at least 170 former pupils at Catholic schools have made accusations. Another case concerns an all-boys choir in Regensburg, the Domspatzen, once conducted by the pope's brother, Georg Ratzinger. The reported sex abuse dates from before his 30-year tenure as director.

The scandals have set off an unprecedented public debate among church leaders on one of Roman Catholicism's strongest taboos whether the paedophilia in its ranks is a consequence of priestly celibacy. On Friday, Benedict himself vigorously defended an unmarried priesthood, telling an audience of priests that it was not something to be given up for "passing cultural fashions". But one of his own prelates, Hans-Jochen Jaschke, said in a radio interview: "The celibate lifestyle can attract people who have an abnormal sexuality and cannot integrate sexuality into their lives."

Priestly celibacy is a discipline, rather than a doctrine, and most of the Eastern rites of the Catholic church follow the practice of the Orthodox in allowing for married priests; the pope could do away with celibacy at any time. The Italian daily La Repubblica reported that a Vatican working group had been set up secretly to consider reform, but said no change was likely for at least 50 years.

The Vatican's own newspaper, meanwhile, added to the debate. In an article in L'Osservatore Romano, Catholic academic Lucetta Scaraffia linked the scandals to the lack of women in pastoral and decision-making roles in the church. She said a more significant female presence "could have ripped away the veil of male omert" that had covered up abuse.

On Friday, the head of the German bishops' conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, briefed the pope on measures being taken by his archdiocese to deal with clerical sex abuse. But, as a German lay group noted, the pope did not take the opportunity to express sympathy with victims, and doubts remained as to how many of his pastors understand the gravity of the situation. The day before, one of the bishops closest to Benedict, Gerhard Mller, declared that the scandal was over "cases from 40, 50 years ago" that had been blown out of proportion by "a big media clamour".

He lashed out at Germany's justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, who had talked of a Catholic wall of secrecy. Mller said she belonged to a humanist association which he claimed was a kind of "masonry" that "considers paedophilia normal and wants to decriminalise it". Mller, who founded the institute that is publishing Benedict's complete works, is also the prelate charged with probing abuses in the Domspatzen choir.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/13/vatican-defends-pope-munich-abuse

There's also a red herring thrown in suggesting that the sexual abuse of children by priests is somehow linked to the priestly vow of celibacy.

Jan Klimkowski
03-17-2010, 07:33 PM
A truly pathetic non-apology apology - 'Cardinal Brady said he wanted to apologise to "all those who feel I have let them down"' -from Ireland's top priest:


The head of the Catholic church in Ireland has used his annual St Patrick's Day sermon to apologise for his role in the cover-up of child abuse by one of the country's most notorious paedophile priests.

Cardinal Sean Brady is under intense pressure to resign after he admitted attending meetings where two 10-year-olds were forced to sign vows of silence over complaints against Father Brendan Smyth, who continued abusing children for another 18 years.

Brady said last weekend that he had taken notes during one meeting and interviewed the children in another. He referred the abuse claims to his superior but did not report them to the police, and it was only in 1994 that Smyth's appalling abuse came to light. Smyth died in prison 13 years ago, while serving 12 years for 74 sexual assaults on children.

Delivering his homily in Armagh's Catholic cathedral, Brady said he wanted to apologise to "all those who feel I have let them down".

"This week, a painful episode from my own past has come before me. I have listened to reaction from people to my role in events 35 years ago.

"I want to say to anyone who has been hurt by any failure on my part that I apologise to you with all my heart. I also apologise to all those who feel I have let them down. Looking back, I am ashamed that I have not always upheld the values that I profess and believe in."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/17/catholic-apology-paedophile-priest

Jan Klimkowski
03-18-2010, 08:41 PM
Monsignor Maurice Dooley, a priest and friend of Cardinal Brady, Ireland's top priest, just topped yesterday's pathetic non-apology apology by his boss by stating baldly that if, today, he learnt that one of his priests was a paedophile, he would not report that priest to the police.

Dooley considers he has no obligation legally or morally to do so.

Dooley is a self-styled Man of God. His definition of morality is as shocking as his practice of immorality.


Cardinal Sean Brady, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has apologised for failing to alert police about one of the country's worst paedophile priests. But he has said he will not resign. On his show in Belfast yesterday Stephen Nolan asked Monsignor Maurice Dooley, a priest and friend of Cardinal Brady, if another priest came to him now and told him that he had abused a child, would he report him to the police?

"I would not. I've no obligation to do it in law. I would also regard myself as not having any obligation to do it morally.

"Your conscience is only your brain facing up to a moral question. Now my brain, having taken everything into account almost certainly would say I'm not going to report this matter to the police."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/fivelivebreakfast/2010/03/are_children_safe_in_the_catho.html

Keith Millea
03-18-2010, 10:05 PM
"I would not. I've no obligation to do it in law. I would also regard myself as not having any obligation to do it morally.

"Your conscience is only your brain facing up to a moral question. Now my brain, having taken everything into account almost certainly would say I'm not going to report this matter to the police."

OH MY GOD!! :eek:

Jan Klimkowski
03-24-2010, 07:17 PM
Vatican accepts resignation of Irish Catholic bishop John Magee

Cleric John Magee, who was once personal secretary to three popes, steps down over mishandling of sexual abuse allegations in his diocese

The Vatican has accepted the resignation of an Irish bishop who was once the personal secretary to three popes, it was announced today.

The papacy said Bishop John Magee was stepping down over his mishandling of allegations of clerical sex abuse in his Irish diocese.

Although Magee quit the day-to-day running of parishes across rural Cork last March, it has taken the Vatican bureaucracy a year to formally confirm his resignation.

The cleric, originally from Northern Ireland, faced scathing criticism after the church's watchdog found he had taken minimal action over accusations against two of his priests.

He served as personal assistant to Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II in Rome.

There have been many calls for Magee's resignation since the report into the Cloyne diocese earlier this year.

The announcement of his official resignation was made in statement released through the Irish Catholic Bishops' conference.

"His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend John Magee, Bishop of Cloyne," it read.

In a message issued from the Cloyne diocesan centre, Magee welcomed the acceptance of his resignation.

He extended his "sincere apologies" to any person who was abused by "any priest" during his time as bishop "or at any time".

"To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon," his statement said.

"As I said on Christmas Eve 2008 after the publication report of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, I take full responsibility for the criticism of our management of issues contained in that report."

Magee said he would continue to be available to the Irish government's commission of investigation into child protection procedures in the diocese "at any time".

He added that he "sincerely hopes" the work and the findings of the commission "will be of some help towards healing for those who have been abused".

In January, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, welcomed Father Michael Mernagh, one of Magee's strongest critics, to Dublin's Pro Cathedral. The invitation was seen as a snub to the former papal secretary.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/24/irish-catholic-bishop-resignation-vatican

Jan Klimkowski
03-25-2010, 07:21 PM
Pope 'failed to discipline US priest' who abused deaf children

Pope declined to defrock Father Lawrence Murphy while head of church's doctrinal enforcement institution, US newspaper claims

The Vatican today faces an allegation that the pope failed to take action against a dying US priest who admitted molesting deaf children.

The claim, made by the New York Times, is the latest in a wave of child abuse scandals to hit the Catholic church and its leaders, and brings the storm closer to the pontiff himself. At the weekend he issued an unprecedented apology and an admission of institutional errors.

The latest charge relates to a case when Benedict in his previous incarnation as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was in charge of the church's doctrinal enforcement institution, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in the late 1990s. The New York Times obtained papers relating to the case which it says church officials had tried to keep private.

The newspaper alleges that Vatican officials including the future pope declined to discipline or defrock the priest, Father Lawrence Murphy, who was a teacher at a school for deaf children in Wisconsin for 24 years and was suspected of sexually abusing up to 200 boys.

The officials overruled pleas from US diocesan bishops and apparently dropped an instruction by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, then Ratzinger's deputy at the Congregation and now the Vatican's secretary of state, that the local bishops should initiate a secret canonical trial.

The Vatican appears to have accepted Murphy's plea, in a letter to Ratzinger in 1998, that he was dying, had repented and that the offences had occurred many years before and so were out of time. "I simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood," Murphy wrote. "I ask your kind assistance in this matter." The files contain no indication of a response; Murphy died a few months later.

The latest case is one of thousands forwarded over decades by bishops to the Congregation, which Ratzinger headed from 1981 to 2005. It is still the office that decides whether accused priests should be given full canonical trials and defrocked.

The documents that the church allegedly wanted to keep secret include letters between bishops and the Vatican, victims' affidavits, the handwritten notes of an expert on sexual disorders who interviewed Murphy, and minutes of a final meeting on the case at the Vatican.

Local police and prosecutors also ignored reports from his victims, according to the documents. During Murphy's time at the school, between 1950 and 1974, three successive archbishops in Wisconsin were told that he was sexually abusing children, but never reported it to criminal or civil authorities.

Instead of being disciplined, Murphy was quietly moved by the archbishop of Milwaukee, William Cousins, to the diocese of Superior, in northern Wisconsin, in 1974, where he worked freely with children in parishes, schools and, as one lawsuit charges, a juvenile detention centre, until his death.

The Vatican told the newspaper that Murphy had certainly violated "particularly vulnerable" children and the law, and that it was a "tragic case", but added that it was not informed about the case until 1996, years after civil authorities had investigated the case and dropped it.

It was not until 1996 that Cousins's successor as Milwaukee archbishop, Rembert Weakland, tried to have Murphy defrocked. After getting no response from Ratzinger, Weakland wrote to a different Vatican office in March 1997 saying the matter was urgent because a lawyer was preparing to sue, the case could become public and "true scandal in the future seems very possible".

Weakland, who resigned in 2002 after a scandal involving his relationship with a man and the disclosure that church money had been used to pay him a settlement, said that in 1998 he had failed to persuade Cardinal Bertone and other doctrinal officials to grant a canonical trial to defrock Murphy. He told the newspaper: "The evidence was so complete and so extensive that I thought he should be reduced to the lay state, and also that that would bring a certain amount of peace in the deaf community."

After Murphy died aged 72Weakland wrote a last letter to Bertone explaining his regret that Murphy's family had disobeyed his instructions that the funeral be small and private, and the coffin kept closed. Weakland wrote: "In spite of these difficulties, we are still hoping we can avoid undue publicity that would be negative toward the church."

In a statement rushed out by the Vatican's press office, Benedict's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, stressed that the allegations had previously been investigated by the civil authorities and that the future pope's decision only concerned a possible trial under canon law.

The Vatican said: "It is important to note that the canonical question presented to the Congregation was unrelated to any potential civil or criminal proceedings against Father Murphy." Since he was "elderly and in very poor health, and was living in seclusion and no allegations of abuse had been reported in over 20 years, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggested that the archbishop of Milwaukee give consideration to addressing the situation by, for example, restricting Father Murphy's public ministry and requiring that Father Murphy accept full responsibility for the gravity of his acts. Father Murphy died approximately four months later, without further incident."

It added that neither that directive "nor the code of canon law ever prohibited the reporting of child abuse to law enforcement authorities".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/25/pope-us-priest-children-abuse

Jan Klimkowski
03-26-2010, 07:30 PM
Pope accused of mishandling case of German paedophile priest

Cardinal Ratzinger copied into memo transferring known paedophile to German Catholic parish where abuse continued, claims US paper

Fresh revelations have been made directly implicating Pope Benedict XVI in mishandling the case of a paedophile priest in his former archdiocese of Munich.

According to the New York Times, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was copied in on a memo from his deputy in which the priest was transferred to parish duties in Bavaria that brought him into contact with children. As a result of that decision by the then vicar-general, Father Gerhard Gruber, the priest was able to continue abusing boys, for which he was later tried and convicted.

A spokesman for the archdiocese told the Guardian: "The report does not contain false information, but the interpretation that Cardinal Ratzinger knew is pure speculation." The spokesman added: "I do not know if any copy [of the memo] exists. But it is a usual procedure that a decision about priests goes to the office of the archbishop. But it is not usual that he takes note of every written piece of paper; every decision of the vicar-general."

Father Peter Hullerman, who was known to be a paedophile, was originally moved to Munich to allow him to undergo therapy. The future pope attended a meeting in January 1980 at which the transfer was agreed, the New York Times reported today. The paper said the reason for the priest's transfer was clear, even though not explicitly stated.

The allegations come a day after the Vatican responded angrily to the allegation that as a cardinal the pope had ignored an American diocese's request that another predatory priest should be defrocked.

Hullermann had been removed from his previous parish in September 1980 and did not deny the allegations made against him. Correspondence at the end of that year referred to a formal request that he should be transferred for psychiatric treatment in Munich.

Although sexual abuse of boys was not explicitly mentioned in the letter from Essen, it stated: "Reports from the congregation in which he was last active made us aware that Chaplain Hullermann presented a danger that caused us to immediately withdraw him from pastoral duties." It warned of possible legal action but suggested that Hullermann could teach religion "at a girls' school".

A report, drawn up by one of Ratzinger's closest colleagues before the meeting, stated that a young chaplain needed "medical-psychotherapeutic treatment in Munich" and a place to live with "an understanding colleague". It presented the priest from Essen as a "very talented man, who could be used in a variety of ways". As soon as he arrived, however, Hullermann was placed in a parish where he continued to abuse boys before being convicted six years later.

The suggestion that the pope was more closely involved in the case than previously suggested followed allegations that while he was head of the congregation in Rome in the mid-1990s, he acceded to a plea from an American priest, Father Lawrence Murphy, not to be disciplined or defrocked for abusing as many as 200 deaf boys at a school where the chaplain taught between 1950 and 1974. Murphy died a few months later and there have been allegations that earlier bishops in his US diocese had ignored the complaints against him and that the diocese tried to hush the matter up.

The continuing and spreading allegations are devastating for the authority and reputation of the church the world's largest Christian denomination, with more than 1 billion adherents. Previously the Vatican has denied accusations that it has covered up systemic abuse by priests in many countries for decades in the interests of protecting its reputation. It formerly blamed a handful of perverted priests and even suggested that abuse was a problem of the church in "Anglo-Saxon" countries, including the Irish diaspora.

The pope has apologised for the way the church handled allegations without accepting any personal responsibility for his actions in Munich nor during his 24 years as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. But the accusations are getting closer to him all the time.

The Vatican's spokesman, attempting to stem the relentless tide of allegations that the church and now the pope himself covered up or dismissed complaints against clergy paedophiles in the 1980s and 90s, complained about an "obvious and ignoble attempt to strike at all costs Benedict and his closest collaborators". A statement published in the official Vatican daily paper, L'Osservatore Romano, said: "The prevalent tendency in the media is to gloss over the facts and force interpretations with the aim of spreading an image of the Catholic church almost as if it were the only [institution] responsible for sexual abuses."

Meanwhile, speculation is rife that Cardinal Sen Brady, the head of the Catholic church in Ireland, will shortly offer his resignation following accusations that as a young priest he took part in a cover-up and the silencing of victims of a paedophile priest there. The cardinal has apologised, but has so far resisted calls that he should go.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/26/pope-accused-priest-sex-abuse-germany

Magda Hassan
03-26-2010, 09:42 PM
It formerly blamed a handful of perverted priests and even suggested that abuse was a problem of the church in "Anglo-Saxon" countries, including the Irish diaspora.
It is certainly not restricted to 'Anglo Saxon' countries. There is a huge scandal about it in Chile and other places in South America where it has also recently made it to the headlines. Long term systemic abuse of children by Catholic priests (and others) is universal within the church and not restricted to one or two cultures. No doubt we will be hearing about the happenings of the priests, and the cover up, in Africa soon enough.

David Guyatt
03-27-2010, 07:28 PM
Yes, a "limited hangout" ploy.

I can see a Vatican priest of the Roman languages persuasion sniggering as he wrote that only the nassy ol' Anglo's were guilty.

Two birds - one stone.

Magda Hassan
03-30-2010, 10:12 AM
It formerly blamed a handful of perverted priests and even suggested that abuse was a problem of the church in "Anglo-Saxon" countries, including the Irish diaspora.It is certainly not restricted to 'Anglo Saxon' countries. There is a huge scandal about it in Chile and other places in South America where it has also recently made it to the headlines. Long term systemic abuse of children by Catholic priests (and others) is universal within the church and not restricted to one or two cultures. No doubt we will be hearing about the happenings of the priests, and the cover up, in Africa soon enough.

And here is an article about the very mob of pedophiles the Legion of Christ:

Secretive Right-Wing Catholic Order Founded by Accused Pedophile Under Fire

14th March 2010
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By Dana Kennedy | AOL News





(March 14) As sex abuse scandals rock the Vatican, the results of an investigation into a rich, ultra-conservative and secretive Roman Catholic order founded by a priest accused of pedophilia and incest are due to be filed in Rome tomorrow.
The sordid story of the Legion of Christ, whose late founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, was a close ally of Pope John Paul II before being forcibly retired by the Vatican in 2006, is a microcosm of the crisis currently enveloping the church. At stake is whether Pope Benedict XVI will decide to take over the Legion and install new leaders from the outside or allow it to continue with its same hierarchy. Five bishops from five countries are expected to submit their reports about the Legion Monday.
The controversy over the Legion, which is now barred or severely restricted from operating in six U.S. dioceses, is especially awkward for Benedict because he wants to have John Paul, a staunch defender of the order, canonized.
Maciel was a sexual criminal of epic proportions who gained the trust of John Paul II and created a movement that is as close to a cult as anything weve seen in the church, said author Jason Berry, one of two reporters who broke the Maciel story in 1997 and who directed a 2008 documentary (http://www.vowsofsilencefilm.com/) about the priest called Vows of Silence.
But he got away with it for years and still in a sense hes getting away with it.
The Vatican ordered a worldwide investigation into the Legion, founded in Mexico in 1941, last year. But its response to decades of allegations involving Maciel has been as slow and often reluctant as its reaction to the long-festering sex abuse scandals (http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/vatican-faces-widening-clerical-sex-abuse-scandals/19390339) now erupting in Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.
In 1997, nine former high-ranking seminarians accused Maciel, who died in 2008, of sexually abusing them when they were boys training for the priesthood. Last year, it was discovered Maciel had an illegitimate daughter born in 1986 in Spain. Two Mexican men who say they are Maciels sons claim (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_LEGIONARIES_SCANDAL?SITE=WJARTV&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT) he also sexually abused them as children.
With a leader said to be a manipulative monster who built a shadowy but powerful organization for elite, wealthy Catholics with schools in 22 countries and a tradition of grooming handsome, clean-cut priests who all wear their hair parted on the left and black double-breasted suits the Legion of Christ sounds straight out of a Dan Brown novel. But while Opus Dei, the other controversial conservative Catholic order, was made famous in Browns The Da Vinci Code, the Legion of Christ is virtually unknown to most Americans at least on the surface.
Two of the most visible priests in America are Father Thomas Williams (http://www.thomasdwilliams.com/), a movie-star-handsome CBS News analyst, and Father Jonathan Morris, (http://www.foxnews.com/bios/talent/father-jonathan-morris/) who is sometimes referred to as Father Knows Best on the Fox News Channel. They belong to the Legion of Christ but rarely identify themselves as such on camera.
Dan Brown got the wrong group, said Genevieve Kineke, an orthodox Catholic who was a member of Regnum Christi, the legions lay movement, from 1992 to 2000 and writes a blog (http://www.life-after-rc.com/) about her experiences. The Legion of Christ is the scary cult embedded in the bosom of the mother church. Not Opus Dei.
Though the Vatican knew of improprieties involving Maciel as far back as 1956, he was praised and protected by John Paul II, who became pope in 1978 and once called Maciel an efficacious guide to youth.
Even when the former seminarians went public in 1997 about Maciels sexual abuse and filed a formal complaint with the Vatican, the church at first did nothing while the Legion and other high-profile conservative Catholics called them liars.
A book, Vows of Silence (http://www.amazon.com/Vows-Silence-Abuse-Power-Papacy/dp/0743244419), written by Hartford Courant reporter Gerald Renner and writer Jason Berry, was published in 2004 with what one reviewer called horror stories of brainwashing, manipulation, pederast seduction rituals, character assassination, bribes, drug abuse, gulag-type threats you name it.
Shortly after that, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would succeed John Paul, ordered an investigation that ended with Maciel being consigned to a life of prayer and penitence after John Pauls death in 2005. But the Legion itself was not condemned nor the victims acknowledged.
It wasnt until the discovery that Maciel had a daughter living in Spain that the Vatican ordered the worldwide investigation, reportedly to find out who in the Legion knew about Maciels behavior and how it was covered up.
Of course were shocked and disappointed by all of this, said Jim Fair, the spokesman for the Legion of Christ in North America. Its as if Father Maciel lived in two different universes, like some old science fiction movie. And now its all blowing up.
Fair said the order has toned down the veneration, such as often removing the photographs of Maciel that adorned Legion facilities. He added that the Legion welcomed the apostolic visitation, which is what the Vatican investigation is called.
He was obviously a very flawed man, said Fair. Its hard to reconcile the guy we now know with the man who built hundreds of seminaries. But we will go on. The work of the church is bigger than humans. Its a little as if we found out Abraham Lincoln was a serial pedophile after he signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Interviews with former members of the Legion and Regnum Christi paint a chilling picture of Maciel as a sociopathic master salesman who knew how to charm the upper echelon at the Vatican as well as enlist the wealthy and elite to his fast-growing order, all while using cult-like techniques.
He created a structure that allowed sexual abuse, financial fraud and spiritual improprieties to go completely unchecked, said Kineke. Believe me, the best and the brightest got sucked into this scam. I was one. I was an elite bully for Christ.
Kineke said part of Maciels allure was that he represented an old-school alternative in a modern, post-Vatican II world.
But these recent incest claims have rattled even the sturdiest of cages, she said.
Paul Lennon, 66, was a member of the order from 1961 to 1984 and directs ReGAIN (http://www.regainnetwork.org/), an organization founded by ex-Legionaries.
It was nothing short of mind control, said Lennon, who wrote a 2008 book about Maciel called Our Father Who Art in Bed. (http://www.amazon.com/Our-Father-who-art-bed/dp/1419676628) He conned everybody.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, 70, who was named the worlds richest man by Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/10/worlds-richest-people-slim-gates-buffett-billionaires-2010_land.html) last week, has long been a supporter of the Legion. His children attended Legion schools in Mexico.
Harvard professor and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Mary Anne Glendon has also been a staunch supporter of the Legion.
But the man whom all Legionaries venerated as a near-saint and called Nuestro Padre (Our Father) allegedly led a double life as a pedophile and had at least two mistresses and three children.
He destroyed my life, said Juan Vaca, 73, a former superior of the Legion of Christ who said he was molested by Maciel for ten years beginning when he was 12. I dreamt of being a good priest. He killed all my dreams.
Vaca, like many interviewed by AOL News, doubts that the Vatican will make any lasting changes to the Legion of Christ, despite the investigation.
The Vatican may distance itself a bit but the Legion is too powerful to shut down, Vaca said.
Vaca who left the order in 1978, is an adjunct professor of psychology and sociology at Mercy College. He remembers the first night he was summoned to Maciels room. He said he found the man who was a holy man, my mother and my father, everything to me, masturbating in front of him.
I turned into a block of ice, said Vaca, who had left his family behind in Mexico to move to the order in Spain. I was petrified.
Vaca said 28 other young seminarians were sexually abused by Maciel at the same time he was, and adds that some of them went on to abuse others as they grew up.
That misuse of sex and power was an undercurrent that helped fuel the growth of the order, according to several former members of the Legion and Regnum Christi.
Maciel always told me to recruit the most handsome boys from the best families, said Vaca. They were trained to approach rich women. Im not saying they had sexual relationships with these women but they did know how to charm them.
Kineke and others also said Legion priests are notoriously successful in winning over women to the church.
They are spiritual seducers, said another former Regnum Christi member. They are the only priests Ive seen who have swept people off their feet. These men woo women because they want access to our children and our husbands wallets.
In an interview not long before his death in 2007, Vows of Silence author Gerald Renner said Maciel was not the only priest in the Legion who led a double life. Renner referred to one priest who he said was known as the horndog of Rome for his many affairs with women.
The Legion by its very nature spawns people who lead double lives, said Lennon. Maciel was certainly not the only hypocrite in the Legion but he was definitely the worst one.
http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/secretive-catholic-order-founded-by-accused-pedophile-under-fire/19398262?icid=main|compaq-laptop|dl1|link1|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aolnews.com%2Fwo rld%2Farticle%2Fsecretive-catholic-order-founded-by-accused-pedophile-under-fire%2F19398262 (http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/secretive-catholic-order-founded-by-accused-pedophile-under-fire/19398262?icid=main%7Ccompaq-laptop%7Cdl1%7Clink1%7Chttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.aolnews.co m%2Fworld%2Farticle%2Fsecretive-catholic-order-founded-by-accused-pedophile-under-fire%2F19398262)

David Guyatt
03-30-2010, 10:18 AM
Is it just me, or do the brigade of paedo's invariably have very right-wing political leanings?

Magda Hassan
03-30-2010, 10:27 AM
Yes. I think you are right David.

Jan Klimkowski
03-30-2010, 01:16 PM
"He created a structure that allowed sexual abuse, financial fraud and spiritual improprieties to go completely unchecked, said Kineke. Believe me, the best and the brightest got sucked into this scam. I was one. I was an elite bully for Christ.
Kineke said part of Maciels allure was that he represented an old-school alternative in a modern, post-Vatican II world.
But these recent incest claims have rattled even the sturdiest of cages, she said.
Paul Lennon, 66, was a member of the order from 1961 to 1984 and directs ReGAIN, an organization founded by ex-Legionaries.
It was nothing short of mind control, said Lennon, who wrote a 2008 book about Maciel called Our Father Who Art in Bed. He conned everybody.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, 70, who was named the worlds richest man by Forbes last week, has long been a supporter of the Legion. His children attended Legion schools in Mexico.
Harvard professor and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Mary Anne Glendon has also been a staunch supporter of the Legion.

The Legion of Christ seems like the Vatican's very own Hitler-Jugend, run by cult leaders according to paedophile cult rules. :eviltongue:

I wonder if the Legion of Christ went for picnics at Colonia Dignidad, the Chilean masterclass outpost for this sort of programme:

http://www.deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1476

David Guyatt
04-02-2010, 08:35 AM
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/vatican-was-warned-about-paedophile-priests-in-1963-1934064.html


April 2, 2010
Vatican was warned about paedophile priests in 1963
By David Usborne

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Lawyers for US victims of abuse reveal letter of concern written to the then Pope

A letter sent in 1963 to Pope Paul VI by a senior American priest who outlined the "problem of the problem priest" suggests that the Vatican was fully aware - or at least should have been aware - of the extent of sexual abuse within the US Catholic Church almost five decades ago.

The missive, unearthed and made public yesterday by lawyers representing victims of alleged sexual abuse in Los Angeles, argued even then that the best solution for dealing with priests found to have violated young men and boys was to defrock them, rather than shuffle them to other dioceses, as was the practice of the Catholic Church for so long.

The Rev Gerald Fitzgerald penned the letter at the behest of Pope Paul VI after meeting him in Rome to discuss cases of abuse in the US. Fitzgerald was a former head of the New Mexico-based Servants of the Holy Paraclete, a religious congregation of men dedicated to ministry to priests with personal difficulties.

"Personally, I am not sanguine of the return of priests to active duty, who have been addicted to abnormal practices, especially sins with the young," Fitzgerald wrote. "Where there is indication of incorrigibility, because of the tremendous scandal given, I would most earnestly recommend total laicisation. I say 'total'... because when these men are taken before civil authority, the non-Catholic world definitely blames the discipline of celibacy for the perversion of these men."

The letter has surfaced just as the Vatican is striking back at what it has called unfair coverage of the burgeoning paedophilia scandal by US media outlets. A lawyer for abuse victims in Kentucky has filed a lawsuit against the Vatican that could seek to force Pope Benedict XVI to testify in court.

Partly in response to the Kentucky filing, the head of the Vatican's legal tribunal, Giuseppe dalla Torre, told an Italian newspaper that Pope Benedict, as a head of state, had legal immunity and could not be called to testify in any court on this or on any other matter.

Another senior official, Cardinal William Levada, an American who leads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, meanwhile singled out The New York Times for its coverage of the scandal, saying it "lacks fairness" in its reports, including those dealing with allegations that Pope Benedict failed to act to stop the abuse of deaf boys in Wisconsin before he ascended to the papacy.

Cardinal Levada noted that his predecessor was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict, who had forced through new laws to punish priests found guilty of abuse. "I ask the Times to reconsider its attack mode about Pope Benedict XVI and give the world a more balanced view of a leader it can and should count on," Cardinal Levada wrote in an article on the Vatican website. "We owe Pope Benedict a great debt of gratitude for introducing the procedures that have helped the Church to take action in the face of the scandal of priestly sexual abuse of minors."

Lawyers for abuse victims in California sought to underscore the significance of the 1963 letter to Pope Paul VI. "The letter proves Vatican officials knew about clergy abuse decades ago and should have done more to protect children," said Anthony DeMarco.

However, officials for the Catholic archdiocese in Los Angeles said it was highly unlikely that Pope Paul VI ever even saw Fitzgerald's letter. "The fact is the prevailing ideas at the time about how to deal with abusive behaviour were not adequate," said a spokesman. "Clearly, society and the Church have evolved new understandings of what causes sexually abusive behaviour and how to deal with it."

David Guyatt
04-02-2010, 09:40 AM
Oh dear.

Buggery and Beating.

Perhaps it's a Church version of Sturm und Drang?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/papal-ally-accused-of-ritual-beatings-1932764.html


April 1, 2010
Papal ally accused of 'ritual beatings'
By Tony Paterson in Berlin

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German bishop accused of hitting child with carpet beater at church-run home

The child abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church widened yesterday as a leading German bishop personally appointed by Pope Benedict was accused of ritually beating and punching children at a church-run home during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Five former residents of the St Josef's home in Bavaria submitted written statements to Germany's Sddeutsche Zeitung newspaper claiming the Bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa, a controversial conservative churchman appointed by the Pope in 2005, used to hit and degrade them during punishment sessions at the home.

Bishop Mixa's diocese yesterday rejected the allegations as "absurd, untrue and obviously invented in order to defame the bishop".

The allegations emerged as the Vatican prepares a legal defence it hopes will shield the Pope from a lawsuit in the US seeking to have him answer questions under oath related to an abuse scandal. Court documents obtained by the Associated Press show that Vatican lawyers plan to argue that the Pope has immunity as head of state and that American bishops who oversaw abusive priests were not employees of the Vatican. The Vatican is trying to fend off the first US case to reach the stage of determining whether victims have a claim against the Vatican for allegedly failing to alert police or the public about Roman Catholic priests who molested children.

In Germany, Hildegard Sedlmayr, 48, a former resident of the home in the Bavarian town of Schrobenhausen, where Bishop Mixa was a priest, told Sddeutsche Zeitung that at age 15, the bishop dragged her from her bed and punched her repeatedly on the arm.

"He grabbed me by the nightshirt, pulled me up out of my bed and punched me repeatedly on the upper arm. Afterwards it was covered in bruises," she said. "The two years at St Josef's were the worst in my life."

Another former St Josef's resident, named as Thomas Huber, said he was in pain for "several days" after Bishop Mixa flogged him. "I was made to bend over a bench, then Mixa hit me 35 times with a carpet beater," he said.

Three other former residents said Bishop Mixa habitually punished children with slaps to the face, punches to the arms, and beatings. The former residents claimed that Catholic nuns who ran the home also hit children with brooms and wooden shoes.

"The children whose parents never visited the home were the ones who were beaten most," said one former resident, named as Markus Tagwerk. "Over the years, Mixa pulled down my trousers and beat me hard on the behind on at least 50 separate occasions," he said.

A contemporary of the Pope, Bishop Mixa, 68, was a priest in Schrobenhausen until 1996, when he was appointed bishop of the Bavarian town of Eichsttt. In 2005, the pontiff personally appointed his colleague to the higher post of Bishop of Augsburg.

Bishop Mixa is renowned for being a member of the hardline conservative group of German Catholic Church leaders, to which the Pope belonged before his appointment to the Vatican.

The bishop attracted controversy earlier this year by claiming that the "so-called sexual revolution" was to blame for the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised him for claiming that her attempt to improve childcare provision in Germany turned women into "birth machines".

Bishop Mixa is the second senior German Catholic figure linked to the Pope to face accusations. Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, the pontiff's brother, this month admitted hitting young choristers during his time as the director of Germany's renowned Regensburger Domspatzen boys' choir.

Magda Hassan
04-02-2010, 10:17 AM
If he was having sex with consenting adult males he would have been defrocked tossed out of the clergy before you could say "Danny La Rue" but these perverts have such a welcome home in the church for some reason.

Jan Klimkowski
04-02-2010, 12:04 PM
The Vatican strategy, as far as it can be discerned, appears to be to offer non-apology apologies where the evidence of child abuse cannot be denied, whilst denying any systemic problems and denying that the Church acted inappropriately in moving paedophile priests from parish to parish to continue abusing.

However, if there was to be a proper judicial investigation, this strategy will fail and Pope Ratzinger will end up in prison. Precisely because, once again, Ratzinger was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981-2005, which is the Vatican's intelligence and enforcement arm.

Ratzinger knows where all the skeletons are buried, because he was in charge of burying them.

I suspect Vatican secrecy will win the day though. I cannot imagine lawyers acting for the abused being allowed anywhere near the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

David Guyatt
04-03-2010, 10:38 AM
The Vatican strategy, as far as it can be discerned, appears to be to offer non-apology apologies where the evidence of child abuse cannot be denied, whilst denying any systemic problems and denying that the Church acted inappropriately in moving paedophile priests from parish to parish to continue abusing.

However, if there was to be a proper judicial investigation, this strategy will fail and Pope Ratzinger will end up in prison. Precisely because, once again, Ratzinger was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981-2005, which is the Vatican's intelligence and enforcement arm.

Ratzinger knows where all the skeletons are buried, because he was in charge of burying them.

I suspect Vatican secrecy will win the day though. I cannot imagine lawyers acting for the abused being allowed anywhere near the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

If things get too difficult the Vatican will issue a diplomatic protest note to the US State Department and the law case will go away.

This is what happened in the class action lawsuit against the Vatican for laundering Yugoslavian gold.

Magda Hassan
04-03-2010, 10:45 AM
The Vatican strategy, as far as it can be discerned, appears to be to offer non-apology apologies where the evidence of child abuse cannot be denied, whilst denying any systemic problems and denying that the Church acted inappropriately in moving paedophile priests from parish to parish to continue abusing.

However, if there was to be a proper judicial investigation, this strategy will fail and Pope Ratzinger will end up in prison. Precisely because, once again, Ratzinger was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981-2005, which is the Vatican's intelligence and enforcement arm.

Ratzinger knows where all the skeletons are buried, because he was in charge of burying them.

I suspect Vatican secrecy will win the day though. I cannot imagine lawyers acting for the abused being allowed anywhere near the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

If things get too difficult the Vatican will issue a diplomatic protest note to the US State Department and the law case will go away.

This is what happened in the class action lawsuit against the Vatican for laundering Yugoslavian gold.More recently there was some sort of arrangement with Bush not to push the Vatican about the pedophilia law suits and the Vatican wouldn't push Bush on the war crimes and atrocities. I can't recall is it was the panzer pope or the Polish pope though.

Jan Klimkowski
04-10-2010, 03:04 PM
My oh my -
The experience the church has gained in battling abuse in its ranks "could be useful to other institutions and society as a whole," (Father Federico Lombardi) added.

Let's see - the Vatican MO is: refusing to report abuse to the police, moving the perpetrator to a new location to continue abusing, and taking out insurance policies to cover future litigation.

Yes, I can see how such an MO might be "useful" to other powerful paedophiles. :mad:


Pope hit by fresh allegations of paedophile priests cover-up

Pope failed to defrock paedophile priest in 1985

Pope Benedict XVI was hit by fresh allegations yesterday that he failed to crack down on sexually abusive Catholic priests before becoming pontiff.

A letter written in 1985, when the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was the head of the Vatican's doctrinal unit, resists a request for the defrocking of an American priest with a record of molesting children, for the "good of the universal Church".

The letter, published by Associated Press, also notes the "detriment that granting the dispensation can provoke within the community of Christ's faithful, particularly considering the young age". The priest, Father Stephen Kiesle, was 38 at the time.

Father Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, confirmed the cardinal's signature on the letter, but added: "The press office doesn't believe it is necessary to respond to every single document taken out of context regarding particular legal situations."

But the letter does switch the spotlight back to Benedict as a wave of sex abuse scandals involving priests, as well as alleged cover-ups by their bishops, sweeps Europe and the US. The Vatican has previously denied reports suggesting Benedict failed to tackle cases of abuse in Munich and Wisconsin before he became pope. Kiesle was sentenced in 1978 to three years' probation after pleading no contest to charges of lewd conduct for tying up and molesting two young boys in a San Francisco rectory.

In 1981 he asked to leave the priesthood, a request backed by his diocese, which forwarded the papers to Rome. In 1982, Oakland bishop John Cummins urged Ratzinger, as head of the Vatican's congregation for the doctrine of the faith, to grant the request.

But the case was still pending in 1985 when Ratzinger wrote to Cummins that although the argument for defrocking Kiesle was of "grave significance", it was necessary "to submit incidents of this sort to very careful consideration, which necessitates a longer period of time".

Another priest, George Mockel, wrote to Cummins: "My own reading of this letter is that basically they are going to sit on it until Steve gets quite a bit older," reported AP.

Kiesle was finally removed in 1987, but in the meantime had carried out volunteer work with children through the church. He was arrested and charged in 2002 with 13 counts of child molestation from the 1970s, but all but two were thrown out after the US supreme court struck down as unconstitutional a California law extending the statute of limitations. He was later sentenced to six years in jail in 2004 for molesting a young girl in 1995. He is now 63 and a registered sex offender.

"The then cardinal Ratzinger did not cover up the case, but as is clearly shown by the letter, he indicated the need to study the case with greater attention," said the Vatican's assistant spokesman Ciro Benedettini.

In an editorial published yesterday on the website of Vatican radio, Lombardi said the pope had become the victim of "unfounded insinuations and criticisms", and recalled the offer made by Benedict to meet abuse victims in a letter to Irish Catholics last month.

The experience the church has gained in battling abuse in its ranks "could be useful to other institutions and society as a whole," he added. "It seems that the media has not considered this aspect sufficiently."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/10/pope-paedophile-priests-cover-up

Jan Klimkowski
04-11-2010, 09:13 AM
Paedophile monk allowed to strike again at abbey school

Charity Commission criticises trust that oversees St Benedict's school in Ealing

A Benedictine monk who abused children at an independent abbey school in west London was allowed to strike again despite senior officials in the Catholic church and regulators being warned about his record as a paedophile, an official inquiry has revealed.

A highly critical report published by the Charity Commission concluded that the trust that oversees St Benedict's school in Ealing failed to protect pupils from Father David Pearce, 67, despite assurances that he would be kept away from children as a result of his history of abuse.

Pearce, who lived and worked at the 12,000-a-year school, whose alumni include the writer Peter Ackroyd and former Europe minister Denis MacShane, was jailed for eight years in October for indecently assaulting five boys. The most recent case, when he abused a teenage pupil who was hired to wash up for the monks in the abbey, took place between July 2006 and January 2008. It happened despite the civil courts already having awarded damages against Pearce following accusations of paedophile activity with pupils in 1984 and in the early 1990s, when he was headmaster of the junior school and taught in the senior school.

The child protection commission of the diocese of Westminster also knew about Pearce's past but advised the abbey that he could continue to live at the abbey under restrictions. Its involvement could embarrass the head of the Catholic church in Britain, the archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, who has campaigned vigorously against child abuse among priests.

Following revelations of Pearce's history of abuse, the abbey assured the Charity Commission that he could continue life at the monastery "as long as this does not bring him into contact with children and young persons". It promised he would have "no public ministry within the parish setting" and would only be allowed to "say mass in private, or within the monastery setting, with no members of the public present".

After the assurances were made the pupil who washed up revealed he had been abused by Pearce, who was arrested in January 2008.

A Charity Commission inquiry report was "extremely critical" of St Benedict's failure to implement the restrictions, but stopped short of demanding the removal of trustees. It said it was awaiting the results of the abbey's internal inquiry.

"One of the terms of [Pearce's] continued role in the charity was that he was to have no access to children and young people on the charity's premises," the Charity Commission concluded. "The trustees failed to ensure this was the case."

"If this were a secular school I am sure the headmaster and the chairman of governors would have been removed," said Jonathan West, a local parent whose son attended the school while Pearce was a teacher and who remains critical of the school's child protection measures.

Martin Shipperlee, abbot of St Benedict's, issued an apology. "We were in error allowing the young man to work in an area where he could potentially come into contact with David Pearce," Shipperlee said. "It is a very sad situation and we didn't care for him as we should have done. Hindsight makes that devastatingly clear. I am quite aware of child abuse happening among priests as a wider issue, but I wasn't aware enough of how paedophiles work and how they exploit situations."

Asked why he did not expel Pearce from the abbey when the first allegations of abuse were proved, Shipperlee said: "Where else is he going to go? If I sent him anywhere else I would have had no idea of what he was up to." He added it was "highly unlikely" Pearce would return to the abbey when he is released.

A spokesman for the diocese of Westminster described Pearce as "a cunning and determined paedophile able to exploit any restrictions placed on him". He added: "The advice provided by the diocese of Westminster followed the guidelines laid down by Copca (the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults), which established robust child protection and safeguarding procedures for the Catholic church in England and Wales."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/28/paedophile-catholic-school-criticised

David Guyatt
04-11-2010, 09:24 AM
A spokesman for the diocese of Westminster described Pearce as "a cunning and determined paedophile able to exploit any restrictions placed on him". He added: "The advice provided by the diocese of Westminster followed the guidelines laid down by Copca (the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults), which established robust child protection and safeguarding procedures for the Catholic church in England and Wales."

I wonder if Pearce's "determination" to "exploit any restrictions" placed on him would work equally as well in confinement at Wormwood Scrubs, as opposed to the verbal censure handed to him by the school "Trustees"?

Magda Hassan
04-23-2010, 09:10 AM
US man names Pope Benedict in Milwaukee abuse lawsuit


By Simon Cox
BBC News
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A man who says he was the victim of an American paedophile priest is bringing a lawsuit against the Pope and the Vatican in a US federal court.
His lawyers want the Church to release any files it has on abuse cases involving priests.
The alleged victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, says he was abused by the late Father Lawrence Murphy.
Fr Murphy is accused of attacking up to 200 children during his 20 years at a school for deaf children in Milwaukee.
He was finally moved from the St John school to another diocese in 1974, but was never prosecuted or defrocked.
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Attorney Jeff Anderson: ''This is the first case we have brought directly and exclusively against the Vatican''

A Church trial was opened after the Vatican received a letter from Fr Murphy's bishop in 1996, but it was not concluded by the time Fr Murphy died in 1998.
The alleged victim's lawyer, Jeff Anderson, says the Vatican has been negligent. "What we want the Vatican to do is step up to disgorge the secrets that they have in their files," he told the BBC.
'Horror'
The victim wrote to the then-Vatican Secretary of State Angelo Sodano in 1995 asking the Pope to excommunicate Fr Murphy. The BBC has seen copies of the documents submitted to the court.
They include a seven-page letter to Fr Murphy graphically describing the alleged abuse and the effect it had on him.
"Do you know that you really ruined my life?" he writes.
The writer also says one boy abused by Fr Murphy later committed suicide. "God must punish you and send you to hell to stay forever," he adds.
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Jeff Anderson
Plaintiff's lawyer

The plaintiff says the Vatican did not reply to his letter, or to a another one sent several months later.
The fact that the alleged abuse was linked to the confessional meant the case should have been referred to the Church's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). At the time this body was run by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.
The CDF says the first it knew about the Murphy case was in 1996.
The lawsuit names the Pope and two cardinals.
Mr Anderson says his client is not seeking money but wants the Church "to fundamentally come clean, to come forth with all documents that have evidence of crimes against children for decades".
He adds: "Until and unless all of those things are done, there is a grave and serious problem, and all trails and responsibility for that leads to one place, to the Vatican, to the pontiff."
The Vatican has not responded to the lawsuit so far. In an earlier interview the Pope's spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, told the BBC that Benedict XVI had taken a clear line of transparency.
Last month a Vatican newspaper editorial said media claims that the future Pope had failed to act against Fr Murphy were "ignoble", and that there had been no cover-up.
There has been a wave of allegations that Church authorities in Europe and North and South America failed to deal properly with priests accused of paedophilia, sometimes just moving them to new parishes where more children were put at risk.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8638798.stm

Jan Klimkowski
04-24-2010, 05:34 PM
Much of the information in this post goes straight back to Pope Ratzinger, when he was a Cardinal running Vatican intelligence arm, the Congregation of the Faith.

In addition to taking out multi-million pound insurance policies against future abuse charges, the Catholic Church - as an institution - felt it had no obligation whatsoever to report priests who raped children to the authorities.


Belgian Catholic bishop admits molesting boy

Roger Vanheluwe, the bishop of Bruges, says he begged for victim's forgiveness as Vatican confirms his resignation

A Belgian bishop has confessed to molesting a boy, becoming the first high-ranking prelate to be directly implicated in child sex abuse since the outbreak of the global scandal enveloping the Roman Catholic church.

Shortly after the Vatican announced that the pope had accepted his resignation , Roger Vangheluwe, the bishop of the Flemish city of Bruges, said that before he took over his diocese "and for a short time afterwards, I sexually abused a young boy close to me".

In a letter read to a press conference, the 73-year-old prelate, who was not present, said what he had done more than 25 years ago "marked the victim forever".

"The wound does not heal. Neither for me, nor for the victim," he said.

Vangheluwe, who was consecrated a bishop in 1985, said he had several times begged for the forgiveness of the victim and his family apparently to no avail.

His voice shaking with emotion, the head of the Belgian church and archbishop of Brussels, Andr-Joseph Lonard, acknowledged that the affair would have a painful effect on Belgian Catholics. "We are aware of the crisis of confidence that this is going to engender in a number of people," he said.

Vangheluwe's departure shattered the hopes of Vatican officials that the scandal could at last be contained. The affair had seemed to reach a turning point last weekend when, on a visit to Malta, Pope Benedict held a tearful meeting of reconciliation with abuse victims.

On Thursday, in an apparent confirmation of the Vatican's new hard line, he accepted the resignation of James Moriarty, the bishop of Kildare and Leighlin in Ireland, who was accused in an official report of hushing up abuse cases. But yesterday the pope's own past record was again called into question.

One of his cardinals said that before his election to the papacy, the pope had attended a meeting at which it was agreed to praise a French bishop for shielding a priest convicted of raping minors. In an interview in his native Colombia, Dario Castrilln Hoyos, who headed the Vatican department that deals with the clergy, said that a letter he wrote to the French bishop in 2001 was the product of a meeting in the Vatican.

"It was a meeting of cardinals. Therefore the current pope, who at that time was a cardinal, was present," he said.

After the letter came to light, Castrilln said the last pope, John Paul II, had approved it and recommended that it be circulated as it was to all Catholic bishops. "The law in nations with a well-developed judiciary does not force anyone to testify against a child, a father, against other people close to the suspect," Castrilln told his interviewer. "Why would they ask that of the church?"

His view was at odds with Vatican guidelines published last week, which make clear that bishops are expected to report clerical sex abuse to the authorities if required to do so by law. Church officials say the guidelines have been in force since 2003 two years after John Paul II ordered that all such cases should be handled by the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, the department headed by his successor, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

In a series of legal actions concerning abuse that dates from before then, the Vatican's representatives have argued that the responsibility lies solely with the relevant diocese. But a new suit filed in the United States seeks for the first time to pin the blame on the Vatican, claiming that it exercises "unqualified power" over the Catholic church down to the level of its parishes.

The suit was filed on Thursday by Jeff Anderson, an attorney in St Paul, Minnesota. He argues that top officials in the Vatican, including Ratzinger, knew about claims of sex abuse at a school for deaf children near Milwaukee, and that they blocked the punishment of the accused priest, Lawrence Murphy.

Murphy, who died in 1998, is accused of molesting up to 200 boys between 1950 and 1974. The defendants in the lawsuit are the pope, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was his deputy at the congregation for the doctrine of the faith and is now his top official, and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Bertone's predecessor.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/23/belgian-bishop-admits-molesting-boy

The no obligation to report child abuse to the authorities philosophy still exists today, as per my earlier postl #22 in this thread, containing statements made by a Catholic priest in Ireland in March 2010:


Monsignor Maurice Dooley, a priest and friend of Cardinal Brady, Ireland's top priest, just topped yesterday's pathetic non-apology apology by his boss by stating baldly that if, today, he learnt that one of his priests was a paedophile, he would not report that priest to the police.

Dooley considers he has no obligation legally or morally to do so.

Dooley is a self-styled Man of God. His definition of morality is as shocking as his practice of immorality.


Cardinal Sean Brady, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has apologised for failing to alert police about one of the country's worst paedophile priests. But he has said he will not resign. On his show in Belfast yesterday Stephen Nolan asked Monsignor Maurice Dooley, a priest and friend of Cardinal Brady, if another priest came to him now and told him that he had abused a child, would he report him to the police?

"I would not. I've no obligation to do it in law. I would also regard myself as not having any obligation to do it morally.

"Your conscience is only your brain facing up to a moral question. Now my brain, having taken everything into account almost certainly would say I'm not going to report this matter to the police."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/fivelivebreakfast/2010/03/are_children_safe_in_the_catho.html

David Guyatt
04-26-2010, 09:59 AM
The Church of the Holy Erection in action...

Jan Klimkowski
04-26-2010, 06:37 PM
My heart bleeds for Vatican Inc.... Not....


Catholic sex abuse scandal could trigger donations slump, Vatican warns

Dip in Italian taxpayers donating share of income to the church likely as row over paedophile priests takes toll on believers

Vatican officials fear the clerical sex abuse scandal could have a devastating effect on the finances of the Italian church, undermining what until now has been a bastion of the faith.

Italian taxpayers have until the end of July to declare their income for 2009 and, under a system in force in several European countries, they can opt for a proportion of their taxes to be paid to the church.

In Italy, 0.8% of income tax revenue is divided between state-run aid organisations and recognised denominations and religions according to the preferences expressed by taxpayers on their returns.

"The media always talk of class actions, compensation for the victims of abuse by the clergy and the legal fees which, since 2001 have forced the American dioceses to sell schools, hospitals, convents and universities," the daily La Stampa quoted a Vatican source as saying. "But in fact the biggest economic damage is done by the collapse in donations."

In Italy, among those who expressed a preference, the proportion of taxpayers earmarking a share for the church rose to a peak of 90% in 2004. It fell slightly to 87% in 2008. That percentage was far higher than the proportion attending Mass each Sunday, perhaps because only predominantly middle-class non-wage earners have to fill in a tax declaration. Last year, they earned the church some 900m (776m) from the state.

With many Catholics across Europe saying the scandals have robbed them of their faith, there is a risk that this year's income could be much lower. In Germany, where church membership is registered and has a direct impact on church funds, pollsters for Focus magazine this month found that 26% of Catholics were reconsidering their religious allegiance

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/26/catholic-sex-abuse-scandal-vatican-donations-slump

Jan Klimkowski
06-25-2010, 09:52 PM
Catholic headquarters in Belgium focus of police raids in sex abuse cases

Belgian police sources say church has been withholding information from its independent inquiry into sex abuse scandal

Ian Traynor in Brussels guardian.co.uk, Thursday 24 June 2010

The Roman Catholic church was once again at the centre of a child abuse scandal today when police raided the headquarters of the church hierarchy in Belgium. They carried away computers and hundreds of files, amid rumours that church leaders were continuing to cover up abuse cases despite a public plea for forgiveness last month.

Belgian officers today sealed off and searched the headquarters of the church at Mechelen, north of Brussels, where the Belgian bishops' conference was in session, with the papal nuncio taking part. They also searched the home of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, until last year Belgium's most senior prelate, who enjoys a reputation for being a liberal.

In nearby Leuven, east of Brussels, police also searched the premises of the independent church commission investigating hundreds of cases of alleged molestation by clergymen. They took all 475 files belonging to the commission, prompting bewilderment and panic among investigators and victims of sexual abuse.

"The police have a number of accusations connected with the sexual abuse of children within the church," said Jean-Marc Meilleur, a Brussels police spokesman. "The searches are the result of the investigation we started recently. We are collecting evidence material."

The raids centred on the palace of Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, head of the Catholic church in Belgium, on the ancient town's St Rombout's cathedral, and on the residence of the former head of the church in Belgium, Cardinal Danneels.

The long-running but moribund commission in Leuven was resurrected this year to investigate the torrent of allegations that have surfaced, especially since April when one of the most senior clergymen in Belgium, Archbishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, resigned after admitting he had been abusing a boy for years.

Police declined to say whether any of the individuals at the centre of today's raids were direct suspects or whether the searches concerned evidence affecting other cases.

The commission of inquiry is well-respected and is led by Peter Adriaenssens, one of Belgium's top child abuse experts, whose office has received hundreds of complaints this year and who has threatened to resign should his work be impeded by the church hierarchy. He emerged as a national figure following the notorious Marc Dutroux paedophilia and murder case in 1996 and runs one of the country's most respected child abuse centres.

He voiced outrage and shock at the police actions, saying he had been given no warning, and would now struggle to deliver a report on clerical sexual abuse he was preparing for October. Adriaenssens was in Amsterdam in the Netherlands on Wednesday when his offices were raided. He said that all files in his investigation, concerning 475 cases, had been taken away by the police.

"All day we've been getting mails and calls from victims in panic," he said. "They agreed that we do a report, but they did not want others to see the material No one asked us a single question. We have no idea why this happened now."

Adriaenssens suggested that a wave of "paranoia" had developed around the flood of allegations coming to light in recent months in Belgium. "There were rumours that the commission was having secret talks with the bishops. Perhaps the investigating magistrate let himself be led by this paranoia."

He added that the raids had thrown into question whether his commission would be able to continue its work. It was set up years ago but had vegetated until this year when the sexual abuse allegations and revelations spread rapidly across the world. The commission's previous head had complained of a lack of co-operation from the church authorities.

Police sources told the Flemish newspaper De Standaard that the raids were carried out because of suspicions that church leaders were failing to hand over all the necessary materials to the commission of inquiry. That was not confirmed by Adriaenssens.

Last month the Belgian bishops' conference issued a pastoral letter pleading for forgiveness both for the sexual abuse by many clergy and for the cover-ups and "silence" that then followed.

"Through the silence priority was given to the reputation of the church institution or the clergyman over the dignity of the child as victim," said the letter.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/24/belgium-catholic-church-sex-claims

These revelations may also link here:

http://www.deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76

Jan Klimkowski
06-27-2010, 09:13 PM
Does the Pope really think he and the Church retain any moral authority here?

That the Vatican and its clergy are above secular law?

As for the assertion that the Church be allowed to investigate itself, we know precisely where that's led for decades: cover up of crimes, blame for the victims, and protection of paedophiles on a massive scale.


Pope condemns Belgian police raids on Catholic church

Pontiff describes raids as 'surprising and deplorable' and demands church is allowed role in investigating abusers in ranks

The Pope today criticised raids on the Catholic church by Belgian police investigating sex abuse claims.

Pope Benedict described the raids as "surprising and deplorable" and demanded that the church be allowed a role in investigating abusers in its ranks.

Last week, police raided the home of a retired bishop, opened the grave of at least one archbishop and detained Belgium's nine current serving bishops as they met, seizing their mobile phones and only releasing them after nine hours.

In a message to the head of the Belgian bishops' conference, Monsignor Andre-Joseph Leonard, Benedict condemned the raids and offered his support to the bishops "in this sad moment".

The Vatican has also protested to Belgium's ambassador to the Holy See.Yesterday, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, said: "There are no precedents for this, not even under communist regimes."

As cases of abuse by priests have emerged throughout Europe this year, the Belgian church has apologised for failing to root out abusers in the past and promised to crack down.

On Friday, Benedict appointed Monsignor Jozef De Kesel as the new bishop of Bruges to replace 73-year-old Roger Vangheluwe, 73, who admitted abusing a boy and resigned in April. He was the first European bishop to step down after confessing to abuse.

As part of their investigation into recent claims of abuse, police last week drilled into the tombs of two archbishops at the Cathedral of Mechelen, north of Brussels, using cameras to look for hidden documents, a church official said. Investigators said only one tomb had been opened.

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard condemned the raid as being inspired by "crime novels and the Da Vinci Code".

Police also took documents and a computer from the home of former archbishop Godfried Danneels, Leonard's predecessor, and seized documents from an independent panel investigating around 500 cases of suspected abuse by priests.

After initially treating the abuse revelations emerging in Europe as a plot to discredit the church, Vatican officials have increasingly admitted the need for it to cooperate more closely with the civil authorities.

But in his reaction to the Belgian raids, Benedict stressed that abuse within the church needed to be handled by both civil and canon law, "respecting their reciprocal specificity and autonomy".

Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, went further, claiming the police investigation went "beyond the legitimate requirements of justice" and was the sign of a secular government's "desire to attack the church in its entirety" by a secular government.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/27/pope-condemns-police-raids-belgium-catholic-church

Jan Klimkowski
07-07-2010, 05:02 PM
Ed J - many thanks for the links. I've added the one that opens for my browser to this thread:


Dutroux documents found at Cardinal's

Belga Tue 06/07/2010 - 11:45

The former Belgian Primate, Cardinal Danneels, is today being questioned by judicial police. The interview follows police raids on the Arch Bishop's Palace and Mechelen Cathedral in which large amounts of documents and computers were seized.

Police are speaking to the Cardinal as a witness, not as a suspect.

The raids occurred as part of an investigation into child abuse by clerics of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium.

It has also emerged that documents relating to the child sex killer Marc Dutroux were also recovered during the raids.

Police came to escort Cardinal Danneels from his home this morning. He arrived at the offices of the federal judicial police in Brussels at 9:40.

In recent months there have been big questions about the role that the cardinal has played in the paedophilia scandal that has engulfed the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium: what did the cardinal know and what did he do with this information?

Detectives hope to learn more about possible attempts by the Church to sweep the matter under the carpet. The cardinal will probably also be confronted with the documents relating to the Dutroux investigation.

Peter Adriaenssens, the chair of the church commission that examined child abuse by Roman Catholic clerics, says that the cardinal's name occurred in some fifty cases that the commission was dealing with.

In 2004 Marc Dutroux was sentenced to life for the abduction, kidnapping and murder of four girls: Julie, Melissa, An and Eefje and the abduction of two others.
http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/news/100706_danneels

See also here:

http://www.deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76

http://www.deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1519

http://www.deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3307

Austin Kelley
07-07-2010, 08:17 PM
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2010/07/07/the-belgian-church-at-a-troubled-juncture/

The Belgian Church is at a troubled juncture

Cardinal Godfried Danneels is questioned for 10 hours as investigators continue on aggressive abuse investigation

By ANNA ARCO on Wednesday, 7 July 2010

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Cardinal Danneels is pictured on a magazine cover at the
St Rombouts Cathedral in Mechelen
(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)


The Belgian bishops have expressed astonishment at leaked documents which led to reports attempting to link last weeks police raid of Church property to the case of notorious Belgian paedophile and child murderer Marc Dutroux.

Reports in the Flemish newspaper Het Laaste Nieuws said that official documents pertaining to the case of two girls murdered by Dutroux had made their way into the dossiers seized from the offices of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels last week.

In a statement released today, the Belgian bishops said they were astonished that information from the investigation into the Churchs role in the child abuse scandal had been leaked to the press.

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the former head of the Belgian Church and Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, was taken in for questioning by the police yesterday. The interrogation lasted for 10 hours and a court doctor was called to check whether the cardinals health was up to it.

During the raids on Church property last week, which included a Da Vinci Code-esque breaking into tombs of two cardinals, Cardinal Danneelss computer was confiscated as were over 400 files about clerical sex abuse belonging to the Churchs internal commission.

The Belgian reports about the interrogation stressed that the cardinal had been called in for questioning as a witness rather than because he was under suspicion. But according to De Morgen Peter Adriaenssens, the former head of the Church commission who was also questioned, made two statements which could possibly incriminate the cardinal.

After the interrogation, Mr Adrianssens told reporters that Cardinal Danneels was in a state of shock. He said: It is very difficult for him to know that a good number of people thought that he knew and did nothing. He is surprised that such serious facts are being linked to him.

De Morgen (in French at La Libre Belgique) also reported that the mysterious Dutroux files, which were CD-Roms containing autopsy pictures, had been sent to the Church by members of the press.

The Sprout, an English-language satirical newspaper, published a fictional story which suggested the two girls had been murdered by a cabal of Belgian notables including Cardinal Danneels. According to De Morgen, the editors of the Sprout also sent a copy of the pictures to the Vatican, hoping to get a reaction. The documents were then forwarded to the Archdioese of Mechelen, where they were filed and have now resurfaced.

An aside on the story of the raid on the Belgian bishops: whether people see it as an instance of dramatic irony or not, the Belgian bishops were supposed to be holding a big service at the Koekelberg on June 24, the day of the raids, to venerate the heart of the Cure dArs, a model of the priesthood, with 70 priests.

But the bishops were held in custody for nine hours while their phones had been confiscated. The people taking part in the Mass waited and waited for the bishops to come.

Finally, they went ahead with the Mass. At the moment of consecration, the Mass was disrupted by hooded protestors who made noises on vuvuzelas, released helium balloons with alarms attached to them into the dome, threw condoms filled with shampoo and poured red ink into the Holy Water font. They were protesting against the Catholic Church in general but about the current Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Mechelen-Brussels in particular.

Jan Klimkowski
07-09-2010, 10:00 PM
More from WRH (Links only, as the material is disturbing):

http://cathcon.blogspot.com/2010/07/horrific-serial-infanticide-files-found.html#4111422518122140104
(http://cathcon.blogspot.com/2010/07/horrific-serial-infanticide-files-found.html#4111422518122140104)
which links to

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4471

Thanks to Ed for these links.

And now we have to get on the merry-go-round to a very banal Hell:


PAIDIKA INTERVIEW:
HOLLIDA WAKEFIELD AND RALPH UNDERWAGER Part I

Interview with Paidika,
a European pro-pedophile publication.
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Dr. Ralph Underwager earned his masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and has been, since 1974, Director of the Institute for Psychological Therapies in Northfield, Minnesota. Besides being a staff psychologist in a clinic, Dr. Underwager has also been a pastor at Lutheran churches in Iowa and Minnesota. He is a member of the National Council for Children's Rights, the American Psychological Association, the Lutheran Academy for Scholarship, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, among others.
Hollida Wakefield received her M.A., from the University of Maryland, where she also completed the course work for her Ph.D. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, a college psychology instructor, and since 1976 as a staff psychologist at the Institute of Psychological Therapies. Her memberships include the National Council for Children's Rights, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and the American College of Forensic Psychology. She and Dr. Underwager are married.
Ms. Wakefield and Dr. Underwager are the publishers of the journal, "Issues in Child Abuse Accusations." They co-edited the volumes: "Accusations of Child Sexual Abuse" and "The Real World of Child Interrogations." They have written numerous articles on the interrogation of children, the role of the psychologist in assessing child abuse cases, the evaluation of child witnesses, and the manipulation of the child abuse system. They regularly appear as expert witnesses and give training sessions to jurists, psychologists, and laymen.
This interview was conducted in Amsterdam in June 1991 by "Paidika," Editor-in-Chief, Joseph Geraci.


PAIDIKA: Is choosing paedophilia for you a responsible choice for the individuals?

RALPH UNDERWAGER: Certainly it is responsible. What I have been struck by as I have come to know more about and understand people who choose paedophilia is that they let themselves be too much defined by other people. That is usually an essentially negative definition. Paedophiles spend a lot of time and energy defending their choice. I don't think that a paedophile needs to do that. Paedophiles can boldly and courageously affirm what they choose. They can say that what they want is to find the best way to love. I am also a theologian and as a theologian, I believe it is God's will that there be closeness and intimacy, unity of the flesh, between people. A paedophile can say: "This closeness is possible for me within the choices that I've made."
Paedophiles are too defensive. They go around saying, "You people out there are saying that what I choose is bad, that it's no good. You're putting me in prison, you're doing all these terrible things to me. I have to define my love as being in some way or other illicit." What I think is that paedophiles can make the assertion that the pursuit of intimacy and love is what they choose. With boldness, they can say, "I believe this is in fact part of God's will." They have the right to make these statements for themselves as personal choices. Now whether or not they can persuade other people they are right is another matter (laughs).

Positive and Negative Views of Paedophilia

PAIDIKA: You've said that paedophiles speaks negatively about themselves; they are defensive; they act negatively. Paedophiles are a disparate group, like any human group, so what kind of individuals are you talking about, and with whom are you having contact?

RALPH UNDERWAGER: Well, they are paedophiles I have come to know, to talk with as patients while providing treatment. But my contacts have not been limited to the therapeutic setting. I've also met others in a general context, here in the Netherlands, and in the U. S., and I've read some of the literature.
Let me give you another example. The paedophile literature keeps talking about relationships. Every time I hear the word "relationship" I wince. It's a peculiarly bloodless, essentially Latin word that may have a lot of intellectual or cognitive content, but has little emotion. I think it would be much more honest to use the good old Anglo-Saxon four letter word "love," more honest for paedophiles to say, "I want to love somebody." Not, "I want a relationship." I mean, what the hell's a relationship?
Paedophiles can make the assertion that the pursuit of intimacy and love is what they choose. With boldness they can say, "I believe this is in fact part of God's will.

PAIDIKA: You say that paedophiles should affirm the fact that they believe that paedophilia is a part of "God's will." Are you also saying that for the paedophile to make this claim about "God's will, is also to state what God's will is?

RALPH UNDERWAGER: (laughing) Of course, I'm not privy to God's will. I do believe it is God's will that we have freedom. I believe that God's will is that we have absolute freedom. No conditions, no contingencies. When the blessed apostle Paul says, "All things are lawful for me," he says it not once but four times. "All things are lawful for me." He also adds that not everything works.

(snip)

PAIDIKA: You are speaking mostly about paedophiles in the U. S. What tack should they take given the societal attitudes? What solutions do you envision for their lives?

RALPH UNDERWAGER: The solution that I'm suggesting is that paedophiles become much more positive. They should directly attack the concept, the image, the picture of the paedophile as an evil, wicked, and reprehensible exploiter of children.

HOLLIDA WAKEFIELD: The United States is really pretty schizophrenic right now in its attitudes. On the one hand it glorifies sex in things like underwear advertisements, or James Bond movies. On the other hand it's very puritanical. You don't have good sex education in the schools, just these ridiculous prevention programs.
Let me give another example. Video recorders and video cameras are in right now. Couples are making their own pornographic movies. The comparison is on the one hand people running around making their own pornographic movies but on the other hand reacting hysterically to child sexuality issues. There was actually the case of a man who had had the nine-year-old son of a friend spend the night at his house. He kissed him on the neck, patted him on the rear, told him good-night, ad was later sentenced to two years in prison for these acts. They were labeled sexual abuse. The child later told his mother that it made him uncomfortable when the man kissed him on the cheek.
Given this schizophrenia and these hysterical attitudes about childhood sexuality, it's going to be difficult for paedophiles to appear more positive, to start saying they're not exploiters of children, that they love children, the sexual part included, even if it's a minor part. If they made such statements, they would be arrested.
What we see going on in the United States is the most vitriolic and virulent anti-sexuality I know of in our history. It may take people being arrested. Revolutionaries have always risked arrest.

RALPH UNDERWAGER: I was in the courtroom for the case that Holly just cited and I actually heard the prosecution say, "No man should ever be permitted to claim as an excuse that he was just being affectionate when a child says they were uncomfortable." I don't know; I don't think we can just label these attitudes "hysteria." Perhaps "madness" is better, or "pathology." What we see going on in the United States is the most vitriolic and virulent anti-sexuality I know of in our history. It may take people being arrested. Revolutionaries have always risked arrest.

(snip)

PAIDIKA: Still isn't it a reasonable wish for paedophiles to want to see paedophile sex decriminalized? It may not be realistic right now in the U. S., but does that make it less legitimate a goal?

RALPH UNDERWAGER: oh yes, sure, sure. I mean Jesus said, "I really don't want to do this. I don't want to go up there onto Calvary." But when it came down to it, he said, "Well, okay, I'm going to walk the steps." As for decriminalization, the question is really if you're not there, how are you going to get there?

PAIDIKA: Any advice?

RALPH UNDERWAGER: Take the risk, the consequences of the risk, and make the claim: this is something good. Paedophiles need to become more positive and make the claim that paedophilia is an acceptable expression of God's will for love and unity among human beings. This is the only way the question is going to be answered, of whether or not it is possible. Does it happen? Can it be good? That's what we don't know yet, the ways in which paedophiles can conduct themselves in loving ways. That's what you need to talk about. You need to get involved in discourse, and to do so while acting. Matthew 11 talks about the wisdom of God, and the way in which God's wisdom, like ours, can only follow after.
Paedophiles need to become more positive and make the claim that paedophiles is an acceptable expression of God's will for love and unity among human beings.
I think the paedophile movement makes a mistake when it seeks to label the church as the instrument of repression, and in a sense, the enemy. I'm certainly aware of the accusation that it's the church that represses sexuality. I don't believe that's the case at all. I believe that the repression of sexuality begins with Greek thought. People who want to deal positively with human sexuality will do best to see the church as an ally, and to elicit from the church the positive responses about sexuality that are there.

PAIDIKA: You spoke about the need for paedophiles to engage in a discourse. What should that be?

HOLLIDA WAKEFIELD: We can't presume to tell them specific behaviors, but in terms of goals, certainly the goal is that the experience be positive, at the very least not negative, for their partner and partner's family. And nurturing. Even if it were a good relationship with the boy, if the boy was not harmed and perhaps even benefited, it it tore the family of the boy apart, that would be negative.
It would be nice if someone could get some kind of big research grant to do a longitudinal study of, let's say, a hundred twelve year old boys in relationships with loving paedophiles. Whoever was doing the study would have to follow that at five
http://www.nostatusquo.com/ACLU/NudistHallofShame/Underwager2.html

Ralph Underwager and Hollida Wakefield were founder members of the key pseudo-scientific body created to discredit victims of child sexual abuse and "MK-ULTRA" (in the umbrella sense) experimentation.

Yes, Underwager and Wakefield were founder members of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation.

See here:

http://www.deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=122

Magda Hassan
07-10-2010, 09:55 AM
Thanks for this. Very interesting. Great to see Nikki Craft is around and active. I'd quite forgotten about her and have a bit of a soft spot and a lot of respect for rebellious women like her.

Jan Klimkowski
09-08-2010, 08:16 PM
PJ is shorthand for Portuguese police.

In the spirit of before it disappears, from a 2007 Sunday Times article by David James Smith:


In late November, PJ officers and forensic experts came to meet police and FSS experts in the UK, amid claims the PJ were still waiting for further results. Leicestershire police have apparently paid for all the forensic tests being carried out in the case by the FSS they are the client in the case, not the Portuguese. The PJ have used this as evidence that the British are suspicious of the McCanns too even the McCanns think the British police doubted them for a while, until the forensic results emerged but you might think the PJ would have wanted to be in control of their own forensic findings.

I heard that a PJ officer had been surprised to find a member of MI5 at a UK meeting about the case, and this made him suspicious that shadowy forces could be at work. The Sol journalist Felicia Cabrita mentioned the mysterious Clarence Clarence Mitchell, the former government PR officer turned McCann spokesman and I was told there was suspicion too about another government official, Sheree Dodd, who had acted as a PR officer for the McCanns briefly in the early days had she come out from MI6 to help dispose of the body?

These theories might seem preposterous, but for those involved in the case in Portugal, they fitted a pattern in which the Portuguese government and in turn the PJ had felt the heavy weight of diplomatic pressure from the UK a pressure that the police and the journalists very much resented, with its implication that the police were not doing their job properly. This could be one reason why the PJ were so ready to suspect the McCanns.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3040094.ece

Jan Klimkowski
09-08-2010, 08:27 PM
Paulo Rebelo. Ah yes. A copper....


Why Portugal is a haven for paedophiles - the disturbing backcloth to the Madeleine case

By ANDREW MALONE and VANESSA ALLEN
Last updated at 11:06 20 October 2007

A ferrari engine makes a deep, distinctive sound.

When the children at Portugal's most famous orphanage heard the sports car roaring down the driveway, fear swept through the dormitories.

The noise could mean only one thing: the man known as The Doctor was coming to call.

Yet this medical practitioner had no intention of adhering to the ancient Hippocratic Oath.

Still missing: Will we ever know what happened to Maddie?

Instead, arriving at Casa Pia (House of the Pious), a 17th century Lisbon orphanage where more than 4,000 children are cared for each year behind high stone walls, the doctor would summon selected boys and girls from their beds for examinations one night each week.

Where possible, he chose deaf-mutes.

After checking that the children were not suffering from any sexual infections, the doctor was joined by the orphanage caretaker, known as Bibi, who ushered the unfortunate children outside to a waiting van.

With the doctor following in his red Ferrari, Bibi drove the van to the prestigious homes of some of the leading members of Lisbon society - ranging from Portuguese government ministers and high-ranking diplomats, to famous television stars and members of the judiciary.

There, the children were repeatedly sexually abused. Some were allegedly drugged to make them compliant; others were plied with alcohol.

This continued for years. Assaults were filmed; pictures of one attack were subsequently found at the home of a suspected paedophile in Paris.

According to medical records, the victims' injuries were horrific - and consistent with serious sexual assault and rape. In witness statements, many were able to describe in minute detail the homes where they were taken and identifying marks on the bodies of their abusers.

The existence of this so-called "magic circle" of the Portuguese establishment, allegedly involved in an international paedophile ring using boys and girls from Casa Pia, was last week likened to an earthquake waiting to shake Portugal to its foundations.

New allegations about the scale of the network will be put before the country's highest court within the next few weeks.

Amid rumours of links to other paedophile gangs across Europe and the U.S., international experts on child sex crimes and murders are expected to be in court when the case re-opens, four years after a group of victims broke a silence lasting more than 30 years.

But what relevance does this have to the disappearance 170 days ago of four-year-old Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, about 280km from Lisbon?

And what does it mean for Kate and Gerry McCann, who have not only had to cope with losing their child, but have also been subjects of a vicious campaign in the Portuguese press to smear them?

It is crucial for two reasons; first because it proves what international crime agencies have long suspected: that Portugal has become a magnet for predatory paedophiles from around the world, using the country's lax laws and preying on the high numbers of poor, abandoned children.

And second, because Paulo Rebelo, an urbane, methodical detective who led the Casa Pia paedophile inquiry, was last night finishing his first week as the new chief of the investigation into the disappearance of the British child.
Rebelo has replaced Goncalo Amaral, the "oafish" local police chief out of his depth in a case that has captured unprecedented world attention, with millions fascinated by the story of the girl snatched from her bed on holiday while her parents ate with friends 200 yards away.

The sight of the sweaty, corpulent Amaral in restaurants and cafes near the Portimao police headquarters had become commonplace since Madeleine disappeared.

While the McCanns were warned repeatedly they faced jail for speaking about the case, he was been overheard, during his daily three-hour lunches of wine and shellfish, accusing the couple of killing their daughter.

In one conversation with Portugal's ex-Formula One racing driver Pedro Lamy, Amaral revealed he was convinced the McCanns drugged their daughter and accidentally killed her. "The police case is we are sure the parents killed Madeleine. They are both doctors and know about drugs.

"We are confident in our case," he said.

In an effort to make up for lost time following Amaral's dismissal, Rebelo has recruited his own men from Lisbon. To the fury of the original officers, he has lost little time in sidelining them, bringing in two child sex experts from the Casa Pia case as well as homicide specialists and computer analysts - known as "the cleaners" due to their reputation for leaving no stone unturned.
According to senior police sources, he also launched a furious private attack on the 100 officers involved in the original inquiry, which he has now cut back to 40.

At a meeting, he accused some officers of having "closed minds" about who was guilty, saying that "pre-conceptions should be challenged".

In addition, he oversaw Operation Predator - raids on more than 70 suspected paedophiles, whose computers were searched last week for images of Madeleine or other evidence of criminal sexual acts. Although by last night Rebelo had failed to make a breakthrough, sources say it is a clear sign, along with reports that Russian child traffickers may be involved, of a strand of his current thinking.

In a Lisbon caf, an associate of Rebelo told the Mail: "The Casa Pia case had a deep affect on Paulo. You come across things that are appalling and cruel. But you get a feeling that there are some seriously bad people in the world, and some of them are here. He does not rule anything out."

So, after enduring months of soul-destroying leaks from the Portuguese police - from claims that they drugged Madeleine and then disposed of her body, to allegations that Gerry was not even her real father - the McCanns are no longer the sole focus of the Portuguese police investigation.

But the nightmare goes on. A group of officers loyal to Amaral are still leaking smears to the Portuguese press.

The latest?

That bodily fluids from Madeleine's corpse were found in the boot of the couple's hire care and that "background checks" were to be carried out on Gerry McCann's laptop. And then the police "sources" claimed that Kate killed Madeleine without telling Gerry, and that the body was "refrigerated" before being dumped up to 25 days later.

His career in tatters and now back on desk duties in Faro, Amaral faces a criminal hearing in the case of another missing child, Joana Cipriano, after being accused of concealing evidence that the girl's mother was tortured into confessing to her murder.

Amaral and his colleagues face countless unanswered questions about mistakes in the original police investigation into Maddie's disappearance, such as failing to ensure the McCanns' apartment was sealed off for forensics. (This did not happen until the next day, by which time the McCanns, their friends, resort staff and detectives had traipsed through, destroying potentially vital evidence.)

They also failed to seal off the Mark Warner Ocean Club resort. No roadblocks were set up and police on the Spanish border - two hours' drive away - were not alerted for 12 hours. Staff were only quizzed 60 hours later. And the CCTV footage from a busy main road was never studied. The list of mistakes goes on.

While the shift in the investigation may ease the intolerable pressure on the McCanns, it will do little to console them.

As well as growing fears that Madeleine was abducted by a paedophile ring, they can have little hope of justice when leading Portuguese figures are allegedly involved in covering-up their own child sex scandal.

Both cases - the two highest profile criminal investigations in the country since the end of the Portuguese military dictatorship in 1974 - have been riven by allegations of compromised police officers, high-level interference and vicious, virulent attacks on key witnesses.

Pedro Namora, a former Casa Pia orphan who witnessed 11 rapes on fellow orphans, during which they were tied to their beds, sympathises with the McCanns. He believes elements in the force have conspired to suppress both scandals, fearing damage to the country's reputation.

"Portugal is a paedophiles' paradise," said Mr Namora, now a lawyer campaigning on behalf of the Casa Pia victims. "If all the names come out, this will be an earthquake in Portugal. There is a massive, sophisticated network at play here - stretching from the government to the judiciary and the police.

"The network is enormous and extremely powerful. There are magistrates, ambassadors, police, politicians - all have procured children from Casa Pia. It is extremely difficult to break this down. These people cover for each other, because if one is arrested, they all are arrested. They don't want anyone to know."

Now 44, Mr Namora watched as friends sank into alcoholism, drug addiction and death after their traumatic childhood experiences at Casa Pia. "I was the only one who made it," he said. "What could I do? I couldn't keep silent."
He has received death threats and warnings about what will happen to his own children, after taking up the case when an orphan called "Joel" approached him, saying prominent paedophiles were using Casa Pia as a "supermarket for children".

Mr Namora has been threatened after fighting on behalf of the abused children he grew up with.

After being telephoned by a stranger offering to pay off his mortgage, he was told the exact movements of his own three children, and warned that they and their father would come to a grisly end unless he shut up.

An open, warm man, Mr Namora makes an unlikely conspiracytheorist-But he believes the case, which he brought to light in 2003, will underscore Portugal's growing attraction for paedophiles, which has seen six children disappear in recent years.

One reason for this attraction is that the law was quietly relaxed last year, ahead of the forthcoming trial, meaning that repeat offences against the same child would merit only a single charge - and a lesser sentence.

In echoes of the McCanns' ordeal, the initial investigation was badly handled when allegations of abuse were first made at Casa Pia in 1982. Carlos Silvino, the man known as Bibi, was linked to rapes and assaults, but police "lost" pictures showing prominent Lisbon politicians with him and the children.
He was only charged after dozens of children came forward in 2003. They also accused Jorge Ritto, a former Portuguese ambassador, of child abuse. Ritto, it transpired, had also once been sent home in disgrace from a posting in Germany after an incident involving a young boy in a park.

The conspiracy did not end there. Teresa Costa Macedo, a former secretary of state for the family, has revealed that she knew about the attacks in the early Eighties - and that she had alerted General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, the then Portuguese president, about the allegations.

Mrs Costa Macedo, who remained silent for two decades after being warned she would be killed if she spoke, now says that the caretaker "was just one element in a huge paedophile network that involved important people in our country. It wasn't just him [the caretaker]. He was a procurer of children for well-known people who range from diplomats and politicians to people linked to the media".

While still a government minister, Costa Macedo handed police "photographs, an account of the methods used to spirit children out of the orphanage and testimonies of a number of children". Many of the photographs were found at ex-ambassador Jorge Ritto's house. Police reportedly found four children locked up who had been missing from Casa Pia.

Under armed guard at a safe house last week, Bibi could count himself a lucky man. He originally faced allegations that he had sexually assaulted more than 600 children. That has since been reduced to 30. Silvino has hinted at the high-level of the conspiracy, saying: "They can't touch me - there are too many people involved."

Following Ritto's arrest, the police questioned Carloz Cruz, known as Portugal's "Mr Television", and Joao Diniz, a high- society doctor and driver of the red Ferrari. The network allegedly went further. Paulo Pedroso, a government minister, was arrested and quizzed about 15 cases of child sexual abuse.

Amid allegations that paedophile networks have become endemic in Portugal - the European police force Interpol has named the country as one of the worst offenders in Europe - there are fears that the Casa Pia scandal will come to eclipse Belgium's notorious Marc Dutroux case, in which the arrest of a notorious paedophile and child murderer revealed a sordid picture of judicial and political corruption.

Of course, the Casa Pia case may have no direct link to the disappearance of Madeleine, but the culture in which such a serious child abuse network was allowed to operate is the same culture that pervades the whole of Portugal. Was it this attitude that led to the bungled initial investigation in the McCann case?

Perhaps the appointment of the man who exposed the Casa Pia scandal will give the parents of Maddie hope that a proper investigation will now discover the truth.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-488654/Why-Portugal-haven-paedophiles--disturbing-backcloth-Madeleine-case.html#ixzz0yyIvFL29

Jan Klimkowski
09-11-2010, 11:41 AM
Belgian child abuse report exposes Catholic clergy

Paedophilia expert unveils harrowing testimony and documents cases in almost every diocese

September 10, 2010

Some of the most damning evidence of systematic child abuse by the Roman Catholic clergy to come to light was unveiled today by Belgium's leading authority on paedophilia, who published hundreds of pages of harrowing victim testimony detailing their traumas and suffering.

The explosive report by Peter Adriaenssens in the town of Louvain, east of Brussels, lists evidence of 476 instances of child abuse by priests and bishops going back 50 years.

Adriaenssens was appointed by the church last year to head an independent inquiry into the scandal. Since April, when Roger Vangheluwe, the bishop of Bruges, resigned after admitting persistently molesting a nephew, the Adriaenssens commission has been inundated with evidence, with hundreds of victims coming forward.

He has since documented cases of abuse occurring in almost every diocese in the country and in virtually every school run by the church. "We can say that no part of the country escapes sexual abuse of minors by one or several [church] members," said Adriaenssens.

"This is the church's Dutroux dossier," he added in reference to the notorious Belgian paedophile serial killer, Marc Dutroux, who kidnapped, tortured, abused and murdered six girls in 1995-6.

Speaking of the victims, Adriaenssens said that 13 had killed themselves, according to relatives, and another six had attempted suicide.

The 200-page report includes copious anonymous testimony from 124 of the victims "to honour their courage" in coming forward.

"There are days when I thank God for having the chance to speak," testified one woman.

"Four years of psychotherapy have taught me that silence kills. I have had enormous depressions, going as far as attempted suicide. At other times I think it would be wise to let sleeping dogs lie. But in the end I've chosen to speak ... Since the resignation of the bishop of Bruges, I am living again in anxiety and fear. And I am far away. I've chosen to live far from my country, hoping that the past won't rejoin me."

This testimony was from a woman abused in the 1980s, but most of the cases concerned young boys and teenagers, as well a documented case of a two-year-old boy being molested.

Another victim told of being repeatedly sexually molested by his parish priest for five years from the age of seven.

"From being a violated child, I myself became, several years later, an abuser of adolescents and was sentenced to eight years in jail of which I served four and a half The priest's violations certainly strongly shaped my sexual identity and influenced my life choices."

The evidence presented, said the daily newspaper Le Soir, was of "immense persistent suffering which neither the church, justice, nor society have been able to assuage Adriaenssens has done what everyone else declined to do listen to the victims, understand them, and give them the place they deserve."

The abuse went back to the 1950s, was most common in the 60s and was tailing off by the 1980s, Adriaenssens said.

"The exposed cases are old, of course," he said. "Society has developed. But there's nothing to indicate that the number of paedophiles has diminished. Where are they today?"

Most of the victims were now middle-aged, but remained traumatised. Around half of the abusers had died.

The expert unveiled his report today because yesterday a Belgian court ruled that the material, seized by police in a highly controversial raid in June, was inadmissible in court because of the "disproportionate" police action and ordered it returned.

Pope Benedict criticised the Belgian authorities for "deplorable" conduct when in June they seized the commission's files, raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic church, held cardinals and bishops for several hours, took their mobile phones, and carried away computers and documents.

They questioned Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who retired as head of the Belgian church and archbishop of Brussels in January.

Two weeks ago Belgian newspapers published tape recordings of Danneels seeking to hush up the case of Vangheluwe, the Bruges bishop.

Vangheluwe's nephew secretly recorded Danneels pressing him to keep quiet about his uncle at least until he retired next year.

"I don't think you'd do yourself or him a favour by shouting this from the rooftops," the cardinal warned the victim, who replied angrily that his uncle had abused him for 13 years from the age of five.

The recordings were made in April and the bishop resigned two weeks later, the most senior clergyman in the Catholic church to have quit after being exposed for child abuse.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/10/belgium-child-abuse-catholic-church

Ed Jewett
09-11-2010, 02:42 PM
Mimicking the above, but this from AP:

Belgian Report on Catholic Church Atrocities (http://cryptogon.com/?p=17576)

September 11th, 2010 Via: AP (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h6zARxT-_a009R_vdfaI8ZNTiYOgD9I54KQ00):
Hundreds of sex abuse victims have come forward in Belgium with harrowing accounts of molestation by Catholic clergy that reportedly led to at least 13 suicides and affected children as young as two, an independent Belgian commission said Friday.
Professor Peter Adriaenssens, chairman of the commission, said the abuse in Belgium may have been even more rampant than the 200-page report suggests, because his panels work was interrupted and all its files seized in a June 24 raid by Belgian judicial authorities who are conducting their own probe.
Adriaenssens, a child psychiatrist who has worked with trauma victims for 23 years, said nothing had prepared him for the stories of abuse that blighted the lives of victims. He called the reports findings a body blow to the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium.
Belgian church authorities said they would react on Monday to the report. The Vatican had no immediate comment.
The reports findings are the latest embarrassment for Belgiums Catholic Church, which is still reeling after the April resignation of Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, who admitted to having sexually abused a nephew for years when he was a priest and bishop.
Fridays report lists 507 witnesses who came forward with stories of molestation at the hands of clergy over the past decades. It says those abused included children who were two, four, five and six years old.
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Jan Klimkowski
12-01-2010, 10:22 PM
The nightmare of Islington and paedophiles in orphanages:


Senior Labour politician helped paedophile headmaster establish false identity

By Eileen Fairweather

Created 7:18 PM on 11th September 2010

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A paedophile who was sentenced to 21 years in prison last week has links with a Labour politician who is a senior figure in the judicial system, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Derek Slade, who abused boys at the boarding school where he was headmaster in the Eighties, was given help in establishing a false identity by Derek *Sawyer, former leader of Islington *Council and now chair of the London Region Courts Board.

Mr Sawyer facilitated Slades escape from his past by setting up educational companies in which the disgraced teacher used a fake name and CV.

Oxford-educated Slade, 61, was jailed last Monday after being found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of abuse against 12 boys aged eight to 13 between 1978 and 1983.

They were pupils at St Georges School, at Great Finborough, Suffolk. But he escaped justice for years using an alias with Mr Sawyers knowledge. The politician has been chairman of *numerous bodies involved in Londons probation service and justice system.

Mr Sawyer, who denies any *wrongdoing, helped Slade after the paedophile was first convicted of child abuse in the *Eighties. Slade was found to have *savagely beaten boys at Dalesdown School, in *Sussex, and was jailed for three months, though the *sentence was reduced on appeal to a conditional discharge.

The pair set up International British *Educational Projects, which allowed Slade to work with children in India and Africa under the pseudonym Dr Edward Marsh a name taken from a child who died aged eight in 1955.
He obtained a copy of the childs birth certificate and acquired a false passport.

Mr Sawyer, who was an Islington *councillor until 2006, became leader of Islington Council in 1992, after the *discovery that paedophiles had infiltrated all 12 of its childrens homes. The council barred an inquiry from *naming anyone suspected of involvement in the abuse.

Mr Sawyer said he was unaware Slade had given him false information or was using a fake passport. He said: I have been very shocked by Derek Slades *conviction for child abuse. I have been taken in and have been used by him.


The paedophile and and law chief: It took 32 years to bring pervert headmaster to justice ...but he was helped to hide from his past


The soldiers sons blinked back tears as the television news showed their fathers setting sail for the Falklands War. In 1982, the soldiers battle for survival had just begun but so had the childrens.

The scared youngsters were packed off to a new military boarding school, St Georges, in Suffolk where they were abused by the sadistic, paedophile headmaster.

At the start of this month, Derek Slade was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of numerous serious crimes against 12 boys aged eight to 13 between 1978 and 1983. He was jailed for 21 years last Monday.

Now The Mail on Sunday can exclusively reveal how Slade, 61, escaped police for years using an alias with the knowledge of a Labour politician at the heart of Britains justice system.

Derek Sawyer, former Labour leader of Islington Council and now head of the London Region Courts Board, helped Slade maintain a fake identity after Slade was first convicted of abuse in the Eighties.

The politician even set up a limited company International British Educational Projects (IBEP) with the paedophile that allowed him to work with vulnerable children under his false name with a fake CV and a reference.

The pair have a connection that spans four decades.

Slades downfall last week resulted from simultaneous investigations on three continents. A sugar company in Swaziland, the London branch of the charity Help A Poor Child (HAPC) which briefly funded an orphanage school IBEP opened in India in 2003, and former victims of Slades brutal military school, all helped police untangle a complex web of evidence about Slade and his connections with Sawyer.

It is not known when Derek Slade and Derek Sawyer first met, but records show that in 1977, Sawyer set up Anglemoss, the company behind St Georges School, with Slade. Sawyer was then 27, and had recently joined the Labour Party. He resigned as a director of Slades British schools soon after helping set them up.

Four other directors then joined the company. When contacted by The Mail on Sunday last week, Sawyer denied that he was ever a founding director of the school.

Slade, then 28, an Oxford classics graduate, had no formal teaching qualifications but was the head teacher of the school which was based first at Wicklewood, Norfolk, then at Great Finborough, near Stowmarket, Suffolk.

The school, which had 350 pupils within six years, had low fees and was aimed at the lower ranks in the Armed Forces. At Slades trial, several witnesses described his reign of terror. One of them, Alistair not his real name told the jury that he was broken physically and mentally by the headmaster within 72 hours of arriving at the school.

Alistair, whose father fought for Britain in the Falklands, wrote home that he was unhappy. He was unaware that Slade read the childrens letters. He was summoned to Slades office.

When he did not address him as sir, Slade knocked him to the floor.
I didnt even see it coming, a slap across the side of my face and I hit the deck screaming with pain, said Alistair. Slade flew into a rage and resumed his attack. I was lying in a heap. He went crazy because I couldnt stop crying.

Slade dragged him to a chair where he was caned. During the hour-long assault, Slade pulled off Alistairs shorts and slashed both his face and body.
I couldnt work out what Id done wrong. Slade looked like a monster, a madman. In his eyes there was evil.

Alistair described how he was eventually made to take part in what Slade called his midnight feasts, dinner parties at his house in the school grounds for Slades male friends, where the boys were sexually abused.

In 1983, after whistleblowers had brought the abuse to the attention of the BBCs Roger Cook, Slade was forced to leave the school. But a Government inquiry proved a whitewash and Slade remained a school governor.

However in November 1986, Slade was convicted of savagely beating boys at Dalesdown Preparatory School in Sussex.

The trial was the result of The Mail on Sunday publicising pupils allegations in February of that year. The judge described photos of their injuries as sickening.

Slade was jailed for three months at Chichester Crown Court. He appealed and his sentence was reduced to a conditional discharge.

Sawyer took over the leadership of Islington Council in 1992, when the media revealed paedophiles had infiltrated all 12 of its children's homes

By then he had left four British schools after brutality and indecency allegations. Following his criminal conviction, he could never again teach in Britain.

Derek Slade disappeared and Edward Marsh was born or, rather, reborn. Police believe that Slade picked the name after trawling cemeteries until he found the grave of a boy who would have been a similar age to his own, had he lived.

He then obtained a copy of the dead boys birth certificate and used this to obtain a false passport in Edward Marshs name in 1988. The passport was used by him to travel in the United States, India, Russia and Africa. Slade also used a genuine passport in his own name to travel to India.

Meanwhile, his friend Derek Sawyer became a Labour councillor in Islington in 1982. Oddly, the ward he represented was St Georges the same as the name of the school he and Slade founded.

Sawyer took over the leadership of Islington Council from Margaret Hodge in 1992, when the media revealed that paedophiles had infiltrated all 12 of its childrens homes. Hodge took the flak for the scandal but the role of her successor also now demands closer scrutiny.

Although a damning independent inquiry confirmed Islington had employed 26 alleged child pornographers and pimps, the council now headed by Sawyer had set its terms of reference and barred it from naming anyone. No one was ever arrested in the UK.

Two ringleaders were eventually apprehended by police in Morocco and Thailand for the abuse of local children.

Four days before the report was published in 1995, Sawyer and Slade registered the company that allowed the latter to access more children abroad. The pseudo-charity, International British Educational Projects (IBEP), aimed to bring education on the British model to impoverished children in Africa, Russia and India.

The Mail on Sunday has obtained an early IBEP sales pitch, which gives both Sawyers home address in North London where he still lives and a Mickleover, Derbyshire, address for the fictitious Edward Marsh.

It is undated but Sawyers phone number has an 0171 prefix, which dates it to prior to BTs 2000 move to 020 numbers for London. It suggests that interested clients ring either Sawyer described as Director, London office or Mr E. Marsh, Projects Co-ordinator, Derby.

Following Slades trial, police revealed he had been working on a charitable schools project in Swaziland.

The project was sponsored by Ubombo Sugar. Police have confirmed that in 1999 by which time Slade had a criminal conviction Dr Edward Marsh visited Swaziland as IBEPs appointee. Sawyer went on to run the school board.

Staff and parents swiftly became suspicious of the bullying manner of Dr Marsh, who left soon after in 2000. Sawyer claimed Marsh had suffered a breakdown and he continued running the board.

IBEPs foreign ventures were not limited to Africa. Derrick Pereira, UK chairman of Help A Poor Child (HAPC) met Slade at Sawyers home in North London in 2005. Mr Pereira was expecting to meet Dr Marsh, whom he understood was a wealthy philanthropist author.

Slade let slip his real name. Mr Pereira picked up on the gaffe but was told Slade preferred to use his pseudonym as an author, which was allegedly acquired after a rich, childless uncle made changing his name a condition of inheriting.

In 1990, Slade and Sawyer had cofounded a publishing company called Oriflamme, to publish educational textbooks by Slade under the name of Edward Marsh.

Former victims organised a school reunion at St Georges to get access to the building. In the attic, they found a box of old photos, which helped confirm dates and put names to faces

HAPC for a time funded IBEPs Anglo-Kutchi English Medium School in Gujarat, India, for young earthquake orphans. Labour MP Keith Vaz Islingtons senior solicitor in the early Eighties, and patron of HAPC supported fundraising for the school in his Leicester constituency.

A Labour councillor raised thousands for the school at a dinner-dance Vaz attended. Slade visited Leicester to be presented with donations by local children.

However, HAPC ended the association after Slades British victims, who had sought each other out on the internet and joined forces to try to expose him, alerted the charity.

Last week, Sawyer said: I was not aware that Derek Slade had obtained a false passport and not aware of the false information he had given.

Slades former pupil Alistair had read HAPCs description of its support for IBEPs orphanage school, which mentioned Slade, but Sawyers name was unfamiliar to him. When he found a picture of him on the internet, Alistair recognised Sawyer from visits to St Georges and felt sick.

The former victims organised a school reunion disco at St Georges in order to get access to the building. In the school attic, they found a box of old photos, which helped confirm dates and put names to faces. They say they also found an Eighties photo of Sawyer visiting the school.

In February 2007, HAPC announced on its website: Recent events, which we are unable to disclose at this time, made his [Slade] position untenable.

The charity says that it has since demanded that IBEP return its funds and provide assurances about the childrens safety. Derrick Pereira says that Sawyer has still not supplied these.

Mr Pereira also says that concerned sources in Swaziland eventually spotted HAPCs website warning, and contacted him. The charitys delicate wording was understand able, given the involvement of powerful Labour politicians with the project.

The Africans asked, on a conference call, what the charity knew about Dr Edward Marsh, Slade and Sawyer. Mr Pereira says: They were so shocked to be told that Marsh and Slade were one and same man that they dropped the phone.

The African investigation established Marshs passport fraud from his visa details. Issued in London on September 25, 1998, it was for an Edward Marsh born on May 31, 1947, in Derby, two years before Slade was born in Southampton.

They scrutinised Slades fake CV as Marsh, which claimed a first class BA degree from University College, Oxford, in the Trinity term of 1969, and a BA Education from the University of Birmingham via Saltley Teachers Training College, on July 23, 1973.

At his end-of-terrace home, police found huge amounts of child pornography and his fake passport

Slade actually graduated later and had no teaching qualifications. Through Sawyers company IBEP, a convicted child abuser was able to work with vulnerable African children having obtained money under false pretences.
Sawyer is a man who has acquired key positions on bodies running the capitals police, magistrates and probation services. He represented all Londons councils on the Metropolitan Polices public safety board and was made a trustee of two crime prevention youth charities, including Catch 22 patron the Princess Royal. He is currently chair of the London Region Courts Board, which works with Her Majestys Courts Service to achieve effective and efficient administration of the courts.

On discovering his links to Slade, Ubombo Sugar removed Sawyer from its school board even placing a notice in The Times of Swaziland in January 2009 making it clear that the parting was not amicable. Mr Pereira remains furious that through Sawyer, a man at the heart of the British capitals justice system as a source described him a dangerous child abuser was protected and promoted.

A separate source in Swaziland told The Mail on Sunday last week: I hope Slade rots. There is no doubt as to the closeness and longevity of his and Sawyers relationship. It is said that in support of the application for Marsh to come into Swaziland, Sawyer/IBEP presented a very glowing CV with documents attached.

The British police, who had met the group of victim investigators, now knew Slades fake identity and arrested him in England last February when he attended a medical appointment as Edward Marsh.

At his end-of-terrace home in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, police found huge amounts of child pornography, and his fake passport.

There were more than 70,000 images of children, some apparently African and Indian. Almost 5,000 were eventually judged indecent.

Police also found audio tapes Slade had made of boys being beaten and boxes of explicit material. About 50 new witnesses came forward after Slades arrest, including former pupils who now have senior defence forces roles.

Before his six-week trial, Slade offered to plead guilty to the indecency, assault and child pornography charges, if the three witnesses describing rape backed down. His trial would then have been a brief formality, gone unreported and protected his friends. But all witnesses refused.

At his trial, Slade admitted 15 offences of indecent assault and five of actual bodily harm, and denied but was found guilty of six additional offences of assault, four indecent assaults and three serious sexual assaults. They were sample offences, many more are suspected.

Slade also pleaded guilty to 16 charges of making indecent images of children, possession of almost 4,500 indecent images of children and being in possession of a false passport. When he was sentenced, a dozen of his victims were present. They applauded the judge and jury.

One said afterwards that they persisted with the prosecution in order to show that the bad guys dont always win.

Shortly after Slades arrest, Sawyer dissolved IBEP the accounts of which are peppered with large financial transactions involving the fictitious Edward Marsh and wrote to Help A Poor Child to demand it stop linking his name with Slades on their website, as this was damaging to him. It has not yet done so.

Detective Inspector Adrian Randall, who headed Slades 18-month investigation, says that police enquiries are continuing.

In response to The Mail on Sundays allegations, Derek Sawyer said: I have been very shocked by Derek Slades conviction for child abuse. The revelations which emerged during the court hearings have been very disturbing.

I am glad that justice has been done and has seemed to be done by his many victims. Like many others I have been taken in by Mr Slade and have been used by him.

Eileen.fairweather@mailonsunday.co.uk.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1311150/Labour-politician-helped-paedophile-headmaster-Derek-Slade-establish-false-identity.html#ixzz16twDeDyZ

Jan Klimkowski
12-01-2010, 10:29 PM
See also post #5 in this thread, linking Islington to paedophile rings in Jersey.

http://www.deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1143&postcount=5

Aangirfan links Islington to Baby P here:

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2010/11/baby-peter-cover-up-top-child-abuse.html

David Guyatt
12-02-2010, 10:24 AM
This explains why the Jersey paedo scandal got stopped in its tracks. Too many very important people involved --- and possibly Freemasons at that with satanist connections.

Sounds just like the Dunblane shooting case doesn't it... top pols, freemasons and paedophilia protected by the authorities.

And the Jersey and Islington cases link to the foul Dutroux.

In the linked article there seems to be a suggestion that Tony Blair was involved in all of this? We think we know he was peripherally involved in protecting senior Labour MP's/Ministers said to be involved in paedo activity, but there didn't seem to be any reason to connect him directly. There still isn't. Really. But smoke, fire etc., I now begin to wonder.

David Guyatt
12-02-2010, 11:06 AM
http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2008/07/zandvoort-network-jersey-dutroux.html


M. Magnee said prosecutors had ignored evidence that might have linked the ring to a Satanic cult called Abrasax, which is suspected of performing human sacrifices. - Dutroux says he abducted girls with police help - Europe, News ...

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2008/07/jersey-children-raped-tortured-murdered.html


The News of the World, 13 July 2008, reports that a secret police report into the Jersey children's home reveals children were raped, tortured, murdered and then burned in a furnace.

Jan Klimkowski
12-11-2010, 10:49 AM
Via wikileaks.

Effectively, the Vatican wants diplomatic immunity for child sex abuse. How very holy.....


WikiLeaks cables: Vatican refused to engage with child sex abuse inquiry

Leaked cable lays bare how Irish government was forced to grant Vatican officials immunity from testifying to Murphy commission

Heather Brooke The Guardian, Saturday 11 December 2010

The Vatican refused to allow its officials to testify before an Irish commission investigating the clerical abuse of children and was angered when they were summoned from Rome, US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks reveal.

Requests for information from the 2009 Murphy commission into sexual and physical abuse by clergy "offended many in the Vatican" who felt that the Irish government had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations", a cable says.

Despite the lack of co-operation from the Vatican, the commission was able to substantiate many of the claims and concluded that some bishops had tried to cover up abuse, putting the interests of the Catholic church ahead of those of the victims. Its report identified 320 people who complained of child sexual abuse between 1975 and 2004 in the Dublin archdiocese.

A cable entitled "Sex abuse scandal strains Irish-Vatican relations, shakes up Irish church, and poses challenges for the Holy See" claimed that Vatican officials also believed Irish opposition politicians were "making political hay" from the situation by publicly urging the government to demand a reply from the Vatican.

Ultimately, the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (equivalent to a prime minister), wrote to the Irish embassy, ordering that any requests related to the investigation must come through diplomatic channels.

In the cable Noel Fahey, the Irish ambassador to the Holy See, told the US diplomat Julieta Valls Noyes that the Irish clergy sex abuse scandal was the most difficult crisis he had ever managed.

The Irish government wanted "to be seen as co-operating with the investigation" because its own education department was implicated, but politicians were reluctant to press Vatican officials to answer the investigators' queries.

According to Fahey's deputy, Helena Keleher, the government acceded to Vatican pressure and granted them immunity from testifying. Officials understood that "foreign ambassadors are not required or expected to appear before national commissions", but Keleher's opinion was that by ignoring the commission's requests the clergy had made the situation worse.

The cable reveals the behind-the-scenes diplomacy in which politicians in the Irish government attempted to persuade an imperious Vatican to engage with the investigation.

The foreign minister, Michael Martin, "was forced to call in the papal nuncio (representative)" to discuss the situation. The ambassador reported that resentment towards the church in Rome remained very high in Ireland, largely because of the institutionalised cover-up of abuse by the Catholic church hierarchy.

Finally the Vatican changed tactics and on 11 December 2009 the ambassador stated that the pope had held a meeting with senior Irish clerics. The Irish cardinal Sen Brady and the archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, went to Rome and met the pontiff, who was flanked by Bertone and four other cardinals.

At the end of the meeting, the Vatican issued a statement saying that the pope shared the "outrage, betrayal, and shame" of Irish Catholics, that he was praying for the victims, and that the church would take steps to prevent recurrences.

On 21 March this year, Benedict issued a letter savaging the Irish bishops for their earlier handling of the crisis: "Grave errors of judgment were made and failures of leadership occurred. All this has seriously undermined your credibility and effectiveness."

He also apologised to the victims: "You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured. Your trust has been betrayed and your dignity has been violated. It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the church. In her name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel."

In a section entitled "Some Lessons Learned, but Crisis Will Play Out for Years", the ambassador related that his contacts at the Vatican and in Ireland expected the crisis in the Irish Catholic church to be protracted over several years, as the Murphy commission dealt only with allegations from the Dublin archdiocese.

They believed further investigations into other archdioceses would lead, "officials in both states lament, to additional painful revelations".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/10/wikileaks-vatican-child-sex-abuse-investigation

Peter Presland
12-11-2010, 11:33 AM
I'm not as on top of this thread as I should be given it's massive significance, so sorry if this has already been posted.

Stuart Syvret is an ex-Jersey Senator who has been a thorn in the side of the corrupt Jersey Establishment for years now, and especially over the Haut de La Garenne boy home scandal - a couple of minions have been suitably disgraced and pilloried but, as is always the case, those at the top of a pyramid of depravity remain unscathed.

His blog is probably about the best and most comprehensive source available on the subject applied to Jersey.

On 16 November he was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment and fined £4,500 with £10,000 costs for 'contempt of court' evidenced by his failure to attend court hearings between May and November this year. The required appearances involved allegations of leaking a confidential police report into suspicious deaths at a Jersey hospital and a couple of data-protection (ie contrived) charges.

He is unrepentant and his blog is well worth bookmarking (http://stuartsyvret.blogspot.com/)

BBC report of his imprisonment here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-11780293)

Ed Jewett
01-18-2011, 07:13 PM
Vatican Warned Irish Bishops Not to Report Abuse (http://cryptogon.com/?p=19980)

January 18th, 2011 Via: AP (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iQmg5wDhFHeRAzpFnG-UvSvb-oZA?docId=b6d56708925949a8a674a8a69d1e30a9):
A newly revealed 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland’s Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure with the potential to fuel more lawsuits worldwide against the Vatican, which has long denied any involvement in cover-ups.
The letter, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided to The Associated Press, documents the Vatican’s rejection of an Irish church initiative to begin helping police identify pedophile priests.
The letter’s message undermines persistent Vatican claims that the church never instructed bishops to withhold evidence or suspicion of crimes from police. It instead emphasizes the church’s right to handle all child-abuse allegations, and determine punishments, in house rather than hand that power to civil authorities.
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David Guyatt
01-19-2011, 11:24 AM
It's a pity the letter hasn't been published, I think. It would have even more impact.

But it reveals the deceit of the Vatican. Imagine their arrogance of believing they have the right to investigate themselves.

Only Parliament and the police, TV broadcasters, big corporations and a few dozen others have that right.

So that's alright then...

Jan Klimkowski
01-21-2011, 10:11 PM
The Vatican has a holy spindoctor claiming the letter has been misunderstood.

His spin is far from convincing......

The Vatican defence is that "the Holy See wanted to ensure paedophile priests would not have any technical grounds to escape church punishment on appeal". However, the reality is that the Vatican simply moved paedophile priests from one diocese to another, allowing them to carry on abusing.

And Cardinal Ratzinger was at the heart of these crimes.


Vatican says Irish abuse letter has been 'misunderstood'

Victims groups claim 1997 letter is 'smoking gun' that shows the church enforced culture of concealing crimes by paedophile priests

Associated Press guardian.co.uk, Thursday 20 January 2011 10.37 GMT

The Vatican said yesterday that a 1997 letter warning Irish bishops against reporting priests suspected of sexual abuse to police had been "deeply misunderstood."

The contents of the letter, in which the Vatican's top diplomat in Ireland told bishops their policy of mandatory reporting such cases to police "gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature", were reported on Tuesday.

Marked "strictly confidential", the Irish broadcaster RTE said it had been given it by an Irish bishop. It has undermined persistent Vatican claims, particularly when seeking to defend itself in US lawsuits, that Rome never told bishops not to co-operate with police.

An Irish government-ordered investigation into decades of abuse cover-ups in the Dublin archdiocese concluded that Irish bishops understood the letter to mean they should not report suspected crimes.

And victims groups say it is a "smoking gun" that shows the church enforced a worldwide culture of concealing crimes by paedophile priests, of which Rome bears ultimate and legal responsibility.

"The letter confirms that the cover-up goes as far as the Vatican, that Vatican officials knew exactly what was going on, and that they proactively sought to deter Irish bishops from co-operating with civil authorities in Ireland," said Andrew Madden, a former Dublin altar boy who was raped repeatedly by a priest, Ivan Payne, in the 1980s.

However, the Vatican said yesterday the letter was intended to emphasise that Irish bishops must follow church law meticulously.

The Vatican spokesman, the Reverend Federico Lombardi, said the Holy See wanted to ensure paedophile priests would not have any technical grounds to escape church punishment on appeal.

It by no means instructed bishops to disregard civil reporting requirements about abuse, added the Vatican's US lawyer, Jeffrey Lena, who said the letter had been "deeply misunderstood" by the media.

At the time, there were no such reporting requirements in Ireland. In fact, the Irish bishops were ahead of Irish legislators in pledging co-operation with law enforcement as dioceses were hit with the first lawsuits by victims of abusive priests.

Yet as a result of the 1997 letter, most Irish dioceses never implemented the 1996 commitment to report all suspected abuse cases to police, according to the conclusions of the government-mandated investigation into the Dublin archdiocese published in 2009.

"This in fact never took place because of the response of Rome," the commission said in its report, although it quoted Dublin archdiocese officials as saying it was implemented there.

That eight-year inquiry interviewed two senior Dublin archdiocese canon lawyers involved in handling abuse complaints. They were quoted as saying the letter discouraged bishops from pursuing their 1996 initiative for fear of being overruled by Rome, as had happened in one notorious case of a serial paedophile.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/20/vatican-abuse-letter-irish-bishops-misunderstood

Ed Jewett
01-22-2011, 05:09 AM
Boston, with its heavy Catholic and Irish populations, went through this a while back with Archbishop Law (who was kicked upstairs to Rome) implicated in the "moving. I can remember the apologists then. I don't think it'd possible to misunderstand what's going on when an adult in a socially powerful position is messing with children.

Magda Hassan
05-06-2011, 10:22 AM
Shock as Catholic bishop who brokered multi-million dollar sex abuse settlement is found GUILTY of importing child porn


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A Roman Catholic bishop has been found guilty of importing child pornography in a case that has sent shockwaves through Canada and the Church.

Bishop Raymond Lahey was stopped at Ottawa Airport after border guards found 588 images and dozens of videos of naked boys as young as eight on his computer and phone.

He was also carrying a bag of personal sex toys. He was found guilty on the charge today.


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/05/04/article-1383629-0BE8A5BB00000578-929_468x363.jpg Bishop Raymond Lahey was stopped at Ottawa Airport after guards found 588 images and dozens of videos of naked boys as young as eight on his computer and phone and a bag of personal sex toys
It is extremely rare for a bishop to be found guilty of a criminal charge. The case will also likely act as a test of the Vatican's new strict sex abuse laws, which it approved last year.
The bishop’s crimes are especially shocking for Canadians because Lahey was the public face of an historic apology and $15million (£8million) settlement for victims of sexual molestation by a priest in his diocese.



http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/05/05/article-1383629-0BE70D3C00000578-828_233x404.jpg Intervention: Pope Benedict is believed to have asked top Church officials in Canada to do what they can to alleviate the distress caused by the his arrest

Pope Benedict even asked top church officials in Canada to do what they could to alleviate the distress caused by the arrest of such a senior figure.
Lahey was charged after being intercepted at Ottawa Airport while returning home from a trip to Europe in September 2009.
Police claimed the 70-year-old former head of the diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, was targeted after being evasive during questioning and refusing to make eye contact with border guards.
Further investigations revealed extensive travel since 2005 to countries notorious as sources of child pornography, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Spain and Germany.
A forensic examination of Lahey’s computer and several memory sticks revealed hundreds of files and around 60 videos, some of them showing boys between the ages of eight and 12 engaged in sexual acts.
He was also in possession of numerous texts featuring themes of humiliation, degradation and slavery of young boys.
After some of the images were discovered Lahey initially denied having an interest in child pornography, but told the officers that ‘he was attracted to males aged 20 to 21'.
The native of Newfoundland and Labrador resigned from the Antigonish diocese the day after he was charged but before his crimes became public.
Lahey today pleaded guilty in an Ottawa courtroom to importing child pornography but told a judge he was not guilty of possessing child pornography for the purpose of distribution.
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/05/04/article-1383629-0BE8A74100000578-642_468x442.jpg Lahey, here in 2009 with lawyer Michael Edelson, had videos showing boys ages of eight and 12 engaged in sexual acts and texts featuring themes of humiliation, degradation and slavery of young boys

The case is highly significant because law enforcement agencies have long looked the other way in prosecuting sex-related offences where high-ranking church officials were involved.
It will also act as a test of the Vatican's stringent sex abuse code, approved last year.

The new rules take away protection for bishops and cardinals who abuse minors - allowing them to be investigated and punished in the same way as Catholic priests.
Father Francis Morrisey, a professor of canon law at the Roman Catholic University of Saint Paul in Ottawa, claimed it was highly unusual for a bishop to face criminal charges.
‘Pornography was only formally added to the church laws in May 2010 and with this case, it shows how seriously those decisions have been taken,’ he said.
The Vatican claimed today it was considering ‘appropriate disciplinary or penal’ action against Lahey: ‘The Catholic Church condemns sexual exploitation of all kind, in particular when minors are targeted,’ a statement said.
While the church awaits his sentencing before continuing with its own trial, survivors of sexual abuse believe the hearing could be used as a precedent internationally.
‘We hope that the Lahey case is a sign that the era of deference by civil authorities toward bishops may be coming to an end,’ said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org.
Lahey, who is facing a mandatory 12-month minimum prison term, voluntarily entered custody today. The images and videos will be viewed by the judge in private before official sentencing.
In addition to the criminal charges, Lahey also faces accusations in a civil suit of sexually abusing an orphanage resident in the early 1980s.
The Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John's, Newfoundland was closed in 1990 after it was revealed that staff had systematically abused some 300 residents over several decades.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1383629/Shockwaves-sent-Catholic-Church-bishop-GUILTY-importing-child-pornography.html#ixzz1LdIWGaZg

Jan Klimkowski
05-06-2011, 07:30 PM
Further investigations revealed extensive travel since 2005 to countries notorious as sources of child pornography, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Spain and Germany.
A forensic examination of Lahey’s computer and several memory sticks revealed hundreds of files and around 60 videos, some of them showing boys between the ages of eight and 12 engaged in sexual acts.
He was also in possession of numerous texts featuring themes of humiliation, degradation and slavery of young boys.
After some of the images were discovered Lahey initially denied having an interest in child pornography, but told the officers that ‘he was attracted to males aged 20 to 21'.

Cue Vatican spindoctor to assert that the Holy Bishop was merely Spreading the Faith... :pope:

Jan Klimkowski
05-06-2011, 07:38 PM
Massive UK-based paedophile network busted, with the majority of the paedophile customers in the US:


Four men in court after police smash global paedophile ring

Lincolnshire police led operation to crack UK-based network distributing child pornography to 46 countries

Matthew Taylor guardian.co.uk, Friday 6 May 2011 18.34 BST

More than 130 children in the UK have been rescued from immediate danger after police smashed an international paedophile ring that distributed millions of indecent images and films to 46 countries.

Four men – Ian Frost, 35, Paul Rowlands, 34, Frost's brother Paul, 37, and Ian Sambridge, 32 – pleaded guilty at Nottingham crown court on Friday to various charges of making, distributing and possessing indecent images of children.

The Lincolnshire police force, which led the operation, said it was the biggest paedophile ring of its kind in the UK and that 132 children in had been "safeguarded" and a number of paedophiles had been removed from positions of trust, including jobs as teachers, doctors, youth workers and police officers.

Detective Chief Superintendent Roger Bannister said: "Protecting and safeguarding children has been our main focus throughout this investigation and it is satisfying for those involved to see these really good results. It has always been in my mind, and that of the investigation team, that every single face in the millions of child abuse images in this case is someone's daughter or son."

The four men masterminded an illegal uncensored newsgroup on the internet in order to circulate images and movies.

The UK authorities were tipped off by police in Germany in November 2005. The subsequent operation was jointly run by Lincolnshire police and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), but nearly all of the UK's forces, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and several international law enforcement agencies were involved.

Police say that of those subscribers investigated in the UK so far, nearly two-thirds either admitted possession of indecent images or the images were found upon initial analysis of their computers. Police said the vast majority had been previously unknown to the police.

Peter Davies, the senior police officer heading CEOP, said: "Many of the images being shared online were horrific.

"The lengths to which people went to try and conceal their criminal activity were huge but did not prevent them being caught by persistent and dedicated work... Offenders out there thinking they can operate online anonymously should look at these results and think again." The net began to close on the gang in 2006 when officers raided Ian Frost's house in the small picturesque hamlet of Martin Dales in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, which he shared with Rowlands.

Police found an industrial-sized server that was so large that the lights in the room dimmed when it was turned on because of the amount of power it required to operate. Officers said it had a memory capacity of 4.5 terabytes, equivalent to 3.2m floppy disks.

Officers found other news services were being run by Paul Frost, also an IT worker, from Woodhouse in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Sambridge, a legal adviser, was running another from a property in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Police estimate the group netted about £2m over seven years, although they did not appear to have had extravagant lifestyles. Of those receiving the illegal content, there were 211 in the UK, and 38 have been dealt with to date. Police said the largest number of subscribers were in the US.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/06/four-men-court-police-paedophile-ring?INTCMP=SRCH


Customers arrested and tried as a result of the operation include the Deputy Head of a Cumbrian NHS trust, who pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children, a scout leader and ex-school governor from Devon, and a school crossing patrol worker from Humberside.

http://www.channel4.com/news/international-paedophile-ring-smashed

The original intelligence is from 2005:


At a briefing ahead of the court hearing, Detective Superintendent Paul Gibson, of Lincolnshire Police, said officers first received intelligence from German Federal Police in November 2005 that Ian Frost was running a news service that had an association with indecent images of children. Officers executed a search warrant at Frost's home in 2006 in the small picturesque hamlet of Martin Dales in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, which he shared with Rowlands.

Police found a piece of equipment Det Supt Gibson called a "raid array" - a redundant array of independent disks - which is made up of a number of hard drives wired together. Officers found the raid array had been operating an uncensored news service in Manhattan, New York, in 2005 before moving to the location in Lincolnshire.

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/uk_national_news/9013382.Global_paedophile_ring_smashed/

Ed Jewett
05-21-2011, 02:32 AM
Dutch Priest Belonged to Pedophile Club

May 21st, 2011
Via: New Zealand Herald / AP:
The head of a Catholic religious order in the Netherlands has confirmed one of his subordinate priests served on the board of an organisation that promotes paedophilia.
Herman Spronck, head of the Dutch arm of the Salesian order, said in a statement Friday the priest served on the board of the “Martijn” organization, which is widely reviled but not illegal.
“Of course we reject this and distance ourselves from this personal initiative” on the part of the priest, Spronck’s statement said.
“Membership in such organizations does not fit with the ethos of the Salesian order.”
However, RTL Nieuws, which broke the story, published interviews both with Spronck and the priest, identified as 73-year-old “Father Van B.,” in which they defend some paedophile relationships.
“Society thinks these relationships are harmful. I disagree,” RTL quoted Van B. as saying. He served on Martijn’s board from 2008 until 2010, when the organization’s founder was arrested for alleged possession of child pornography. That case is ongoing.
RTL quoted Spronck as saying that “formally I always say that everyone must obey the law. But these relationships do not necessarily have to be damaging.”
Spronck and his organisation could not be reached for comment.
Posted in Atrocities, Elite, Religion

http://cryptogon.com/?p=22449

Jan Klimkowski
07-25-2011, 06:23 PM
Faux outrage from the Vatican:


Vatican recalls ambassador after Irish PM's comments on sex abuse row

Archbishop Guiseppe Leanza, papal nuncio to Dublin, returns to Rome following Enda Kenny's attack on Vatican role in cover-up

Henry McDonald in Dublin guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/25/vatican-ireland-child-abuse-row?INTCMP=SRCH), Monday 25 July 2011 18.59 BST

Relations between the Irish government and the Roman Catholic church reached a historic nadir on Monday when the Vatican recalled its ambassador to Dublin, claiming "excessive reactions" in the Republic to the clerical child sex abuse crisis.

The Vatican confirmed that papal nuncio, archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, was returning to Rome for discussions over a damning report published earlier this month that had accused the Catholic hierarchy of undermining the Irish church's own policy of reporting child abuse to the authorities.

His recall followed an unprecedented and blistering attack by the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, on the Vatican's role in the alleged cover-up of abuse in the County Cork diocese of Cloyne.

Vatican watchers claim that a recall is diplomatic speak for "showing displeasure" with some act of the host state and indicates a cooling in relations.

Since a historic denunciation of the Vatican in the Irish parliament last week, Kenny has become something of a hero-figure across the Republic. He received a standing ovation at a writers' summer school in County Donegal on Sunday when he said he had been "astounded" over the number of messages of support he had been given.

The Taoiseach's withering criticism of the Vatican is all the more historic given that his party, Fine Gael, has been traditionally the stoutest defender of the church's power and privilege in the Republic.

Kenny is a Catholic whose political base is rooted in Ireland's conservative, rural west.

Seeking to play down the diplomatic row between Dublin and the Vatican City on Monday night, the vice-director of the Vatican press office, Father Ciro Benedettini, said that the recall "should be interpreted as an expression of the Holy See for serious and effective collaboration with the Irish government".

But he added: "It denotes the seriousness of the situation and the Holy See's desire to face it objectively and determinately. Nor does it exclude some degree of surprise and disappointment at certain excessive reactions."

Breaking with decades of deference to the Catholic hierarchy both at home and in Rome, Kenny told the Dáil last week that "the rape and torture of children were downplayed or 'managed' to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, in power, standing and reputation".

He stuck to his critical stance over the Vatican and the Cloyne report at the event on Sunday.

He said that it reflected the way Irish people felt about the Catholic Church's role in the clerical abuse scandal.

The deputy editor of the Irish Catholic claimed on Monday night that most Catholics in the Republic would back Kenny rather than the Vatican in this controversy.

Michael Kelly said: "I would expect that the diplomats in the Vatican's secretariat of state will have been extremely surprised by the tone of Enda Kenny's speech in the Dáil, but also by the widespread and positive public reaction to the speech."

He added: "Mr Kenny was, I believe, articulating the sense of exacerbation that a lot of Irish people, not least Irish Catholics, have felt for too long about the church's disastrous inability to come to terms with this crisis."

Although Ireland's foreign minister and deputy prime minister, Eamon Gilmore, said the recall of the papal nuncio was a matter for the Vatican alone, one of his cabinet colleagues described the move as "appropriate".

Joan Burton, the minister for social protection, said that it was very welcome if there was going to be "deep reflection in the Vatican" into the Cloyne and indeed other reports that found the church hierarchy both in Ireland and in Rome culpable of covering up abuse scandals.

The Vatican has always looked upon Ireland as being one of its most loyal nations that always toed the Holy See's line on moral and social issues.

When Joseph Walshe was appointed Irish ambassador to the Vatican in 1946, the future Pope Paul VI told him that "you are the most Catholic country in the world".

But although abortion on demand remains illegal and most citizens still describe themselves as Catholic, the Republic's population is more secular minded than at any time in Irish history with divorce legal, contraception widely available and church attendance numbers falling.

Kenny's once unthinkable assault on the Vatican's role in Ireland was prompted by the Cloyne report's conclusion that the Vatican stymied Irish church policy of informing the Garda Siochana about sex abuse allegations levelled at its priests.

Yvonne Murphy, the judge who headed the Cloyne investigation, hit out at the Vatican's description of 1996 guidelines for reporting abuse allegations as "merely a study document".

She said that this led to the Bishop of Cloyne, John Magee, feeling he could deviate from measures other bishops had established to protect children.

Ed Jewett
07-26-2011, 01:00 AM
Excessive reactions?

The Vatican should be glad I am not an Irish parent of one of the many victims, or they would see an excessive reaction.

For the moment, I will simply contemplate a choice of choice phraseology:

Imeacht gan teacht ort

Go dtachta an diabhal thú

Go mbeire an diabhal leis thú

Go n-ithe na péisteoga thú

Go stróice an diabhal thú

Do chorp don diabhal

D'anam don diabhal

Plá ar do theach

Jan Klimkowski
08-29-2011, 09:14 PM
Lots of earnest wringing of hands.

A culture where police officers assaulted children who attempted to report child abuse by priests and teachers.

Justice? No chance.


Catholic clergy 'abused children for decades in County Donegal'

Report is expected to claim police were complicit in cover-up of sexual abuse by priests and lay members of the church

Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/29/catholic-clergy-children-donegal-report), Monday 29 August 2011 13.36 BST

County Donegal in Ireland is about to have its bucolic image shattered by a report into how paedophiles, both clergy and laity, abused children for decades.

An investigation into clerical sex abuse in the Catholic diocese of Raphoe in County Donegal is about to report its findings, which are expected to be damning. Meanwhile, new evidence has emerged from victims of a parallel paedophile ring operating in the same Gaelic-speaking corner of the Irish Republic.

A number of survivors of abuse have told the Guardian that lay members of the church as well as priests sexually exploited them for years in the county.

And as with the expected conclusion of the report into Raphoe, they say the national police service, the Garda, was complicit in a culture of cover-up that allowed the perpetrators to carry on abusing them.

Speaking for the first time about his abuse as a child and the subsequent cover-up, John O'Donnell revealed that he had been abused since he was nine by a lay member of a local church choir.

"He assaulted me from when I was nine until I was 15, until I was old enough to know it was wrong. This man took advantage because I was adopted and regarded as something lower than most kids in the area.

"The abuse took place at his home and in a shop he ran. It went on from 1965 to 1972."

O'Donnell said that in 1973 he went to a local Garda station to report that he had been raped by the man, who has since died. He said the reaction to his claim was violent.

"A local guard was outraged that I was naming such a fine upstanding member of the community as a child rapist. The officer slapped me on the face and told me to get out. He said to me that I was adopted and not worth anything. From that day on I never fully trusted a member of the Garda Síochána."

For years, O'Donnell said, he hid what had happened to him, and got married and raised a family without discussing it with his loved ones. It was only in the late 1990s when revelations of widespread child abuse rocked the Irish Catholic church that he decided to face up to what had happened to him.

"I found out that my abuser was still in the church choir and I was outraged because he was working with children. So I drove up to a parochial house in the area and tried to speak to the parish priest about this man. At the time I had finally got somewhere with the gardaí and they had questioned this man in a Donegal police station. I informed the parish priest about this but he wouldn't even let me across his door. He kept saying: 'No, no, no … I am not speaking to you about this.' He didn't want to know, and bear in mind this was only back in 2005."

O'Donnell has claimed that other victims in this corner of Donegal are coming forward, with a picture emerging of an organised paedophile ring. Police are investigating their claims.

The Guardian has spoken to a number of other men in Donegal who have made similar allegations of an abuse ring and a cover-up spanning decades.

Throughout the decades of denial, the young men who were preyed upon by paedophiles in the county, both inside and outside the church, had one champion – a retired police detective, Martin Ridge.

Ridge moved to the county at the end of his career, and became so disturbed by official indifference that he wrote a book about the children's experiences, Breaking the Silence.

He predicted that the Raphoe report would be "damning" and expose the same culture of "local denial and cover-up" that was found in other Catholic dioceses across Ireland.

Ridge admitted the police force he served in all his working life would not be spared withering criticism in the Raphoe report. Two years ago the Murphy report into widespread clerical abuse of children in Dublin, Ireland's largest Catholic diocese, found that senior Garda officers colluded with four archbishops and top clerics in covering up the sex crimes of priests on a massive scale in the city.

"There were 45 victims of three different paedophiles, one of whom was a priest, another a school teacher. None of the victims wanted to be interviewed in local gardaí stations. The question has to be asked as to why they did not trust the local force when this was going on," Ridge said.

The ex-Garda officer too has confirmed that an investigation is now under way into the alleged ring of abuse in north-west Ireland involving both priests and non-members of the clergy. It is understood to include an investigation into how a convicted child sex offender got a job in a local youth hostel after he was released from prison in 2006.

O'Donnell, meanwhile, opted to remain living in Falcarragh, County Donegal, despite the climate of cover-up and fear he has had to endure.

Surveying the natural beauty of the area, with its stunning mountains and seascapes, the 55-year-old said: "Yes, it's a beautiful area with amazing views and scenery … it would be even more beautiful but for some of the bastards still living here."

Jan Klimkowski
02-29-2012, 07:59 PM
The Devil's disciple.

Yet another serial paedophile Catholic priest.....



Paedophile priest is sentenced to four years

Wednesday 29 February 2012 Channnel 4 News (http://www.channel4.com/news/paedophile-priest-is-sentenced-to-four-years)

As paedophile priest Daniel Curran is sentenced in Northern Ireland, one of his victims tells Carl Dinnen: 'I am bringing the Devil's disciple to justice.'

Daniel Curran can't be sure how many boys he abused. He was drunk at the time. Having pleaded guilty, the former priest received a four year sentence in Downpatrick's imposing court house for the abuse of two boys.

Curran admitted the charges although could not actually remember the offences.

Because I have been forced to live a secretive life, it's time for him to be named and shamed.
Abuse victim

The boys do. Now grown men they can't be identified. But I spoke to one of them on condition of anonymity ahead of the sentencing. He says the abuse nearly ruined his life and that two people he knew committed suicide because of it: "He has ruined and torn apart people's lives. But he's not going to ruin me. I will see that man in court and he is not going to ruin me."

Exciting

He tells me how Curran would bring groups of boys to his holiday cottage at the weekends. This was during the Troubles. The boys lived in Curran's Falls Road parish at the epicentre of the violence.

Curran's victim told Channel 4 News: "He would take three, four, five altar boys to his cottage which had no running water or electricity. There was this big open fire and paraffin lamps, so for a group of boys from Belfast it was quite exciting".

Their parents were happy for them to get away. Once the abuse started the victim asked his mother if he could go to a youth club instead. She said 'no'.

In order to get him out of Belfast, in order to protect her son, she unwittingly sent him away with a paedophile. The abuse continued for two years.

His victim remembers: "I was going around hoping someone would say to me, 'Do you know what this man is doing?' I used to find excuses not to go, youth club, homework, but you wouldn't have said no to the priest."

Devil's disciple

The church eventually moved Curran out of his parish. Last week the judge asked if that was in order to cover up the abuse. "That is the suspicion," answered the prosecutor.

It has taken a long time for the scale of Curran's abuse to emerge. He was sent to England on a course by the Catholic church.

The course helped him address his drink problem and sexual issues but also advised him not to name more victims in order to protect their privacy.

Today will be the fourth time Curran has been sentenced. He has already served a seven year prison term for offences against nine children.

His victim says: "I am bringing the Devil's disciple to justice. The truth is at last going to come forward. Because I have been forced to live a secretive life, it's time for him to be named and shamed."

Jan Klimkowski
10-02-2012, 06:45 PM
Jimmy Savile was an A-List celebrity before the phrase was invented.

Every British child's fantasy was to have their dream made true on BBC television because "Jim'll Fix It".

Savile also routinely presented Top of the Pops.

Now we learn the BBC's flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight, the British 60 Minutes, dropped a film which would have exposed extensive allegations of chid abuse by Savile:



Jimmy Savile: Newsnight staff were furious after abuse report dropped

Journalists interviewed 10 victims and witnesses as they looked into allegations of child sex abuse by TV and radio star

Dan Sabbagh and Josh Halliday
The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/oct/01/jimmy-savile-abuse-allegations-newsnight), Monday 1 October 2012 20.31 BST

A 10-minute Newsnight film looking into allegations of child sex abuse by Sir Jimmy Savile was dropped by the programme's editor last December, even though journalists conducting the investigation had interviewed 10 alleged victims and witnesses and believed they had enough information to broadcast the story.

The intervention by Peter Rippon, Newsnight's editor, prompted a furious row behind the scenes and led journalists connected with the programme to ask questions in private about what BBC bosses above Rippon knew about the film and the decision to pull it.

The film's transmission was scheduled for mid-December, a couple of weeks before the airing by the BBC of Christmas tributes to the presenter of Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It, who died in October 2011. Pulling the film avoided a potential embarrassment for the corporation, which was elsewhere feting him as a hero to the public. BBC1 broadcast a special edition of Jim'll Fix It, hosted by Shane Ritchie, over the holiday season.

The BBC insisted on Monday that it decided not to proceed with the Newsnight film for "editorial reasons" because the abuse story "could not be substantiated", but sources within the BBC's newsroom said they feared that the corporation was embarrassed about the timing of the report in the light of its other Savile coverage.

ITV will broadcast a documentary on Wednesday night featuring claims from five women that they were sexually abused by Savile when they were girls.

One of the five, Fiona, tells the programme she was abused at BBC Television Centre in the 1970s when she had gone with other girls from Duncroft approved school near Staines, Surrey, to watch the radio DJ film a piece linked to the Clunk Click road safety campaign.

In a pre-recorded interview, Fiona (whose surname is not supplied) said that when she was at the BBC "we knew what was expected of us, we had to pay. He had an alcove in his dressing room that had a curtain over it and he would take you behind the curtain".

She added: "He always touched my breasts but at the same time he would be touching my breasts he'd always have his hands down my knickers. There were no staff around in the room, just the girls in there and one or two other people so I suppose the privacy we got was from the curtain in the alcove but, I have no doubt that he went and told everybody else what he did afterwards".

ITV's research builds on the unreleased Newsnight film and is based on an investigation conducted by former detective Mark Williams-Thomas, who acted as an adviser to the BBC team. Newsnight's work began almost immediately after Savile's death at the age of 84. Within about a month, the BBC team had persuaded one victim to be filmed on the record; the others were only prepared to give evidence anonymously or under pseudonyms.

The Newsnight reporters involved were confident enough in their material to put together a script for a 10- or 12-minute package, indicating they believed their film was largely complete. Initially, Rippon was understood to be ready to air it.

However, the mood changed soon afterwards. It is understood that the reporters were asked to meet two preconditions set by Rippon. First, they had to demonstrate that there had been a police investigation into Savile. Newsnight was able to confirm privately that he had been interviewed under caution in 2007 – a fact not stated in public until Monday .

At this point, a second condition was introduced. Newsnight had learned that the Crown Prosecution Service had concluded that it was not in the public interest to charge Savile, and the Newsnight team was asked to find out why. Some of those interviewed by the BBC said they believed Savile was not charged because by then he was too old. The production team were asked to confirm this with the CPS, but the prosecutors would only say they did not proceed against Savile for lack of evidence. It is understood that when this information was relayed to Rippon, it was used as the justification for quashing the film, causing resentment that gradually spread around the newsroom.

It is not clear who – if anybody – Rippon consulted at the BBC before the bar on conditions that had to be met to air the film changed. Official BBC sources insisted that the decision not to air the programme was an editorial judgment made by the Newsnight editor, and not imposed by any senior executive above him.

It is understood that Helen Boaden, the director of BBC News, was made aware of the Newsnight investigation as part of routine editorial procedures. But insiders said she did not take the final decision on whether the programme should be broadcast. The BBC said: "It is absolutely untrue that the Newsnight investigation was dropped for anything other than editorial reasons. We have been very clear from the start that the piece was not broadcast because the story we were pursuing could not be substantiated. To say otherwise is false and very damaging to the BBC and individuals. The notion that internal pressure was applied appears to be a malicious rumour.

"No pressure was applied to drop this investigation. None. To suggest otherwise is to risk impugning the professional reputation and integrity of a number of journalists."

Jan Klimkowski
10-02-2012, 06:50 PM
Now we learn of a connection between Savile and the horrors of Haut de la Garenne on the island of Jersey.

Haut de la Garenne was a violent paedophile playground, with high level - probable intelligence agency - protection.

For more, see articles at the beginning of this thread.


Jimmy Savile: investigated over Jersey abuse claims

As the Met opens an inquiry following fresh allegations against the late DJ Sir Jimmy Savile, it emerges he was investigated as part of an inquiry into the Haut de la Garenne children's home.

Jimmy Savile - abuse allegations continue

Channel 4 News (http://www.channel4.com/news/jimmy-savile-met-launches-investigation)

The three-year inquiry into child abuse at the Haut de la Garenne home heard allegations that Savile was involved in an indecent assault, also in the 1970s.

Jersey police did not pursue the allegations, due to lack of evidence.

Former editor of the News of the World Phil Hall told Channel 4 News the paper had also heard allegations about Savile's conduct: "There were people coming in to us at the time with stories about Jimmy Savile but there was nothing we could do to substantiate them."

Meanwhile, Surrey police have confirmed that a woman came to them on Monday with an historic allegation of rape relating to the late TV presenter.

The force said it has passed the details to the Metropolitan police, as the alleged incident is claimed to have taken place in London.

The BBC says it has conducted a trawl of its files and found no evidence of any complaints or allegations of misconduct against the flamboyant star.

In a statement it said: "A number of serious and disturbing allegations have been made over the past few days about the sexual abuse of teenage girls by Jimmy Savile.

"Some of these allegations relate to activity on BBC premises in the 1960s and 70s. We are horrified by allegations that anything of this sort could have happened at the BBC – or have been carried out by anyone working for the BBC.

"They are allegations of a serious criminal nature which the police have the proper powers to investigate.

"So we have today asked the BBC Investigations Unit to make direct contact with all the police forces in receipt of allegations and offer to help them investigate these matters and provide full support to any lines of inquiry they wish to pursue."

Savile's family have said they are "sad and disgusted" at the allegations which have emerged a year after his death.
Indecent assault

Most of the allegations against Savile are due to be aired in an ITV documentary on Wednesday, entitled Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile.

The programme alleges that Savile abused girls in his Rolls-Royce, in a mobile home, and at BBC's television headquarters.

It includes interviews with a woman who says Savile sexually assaulted her while she was a student at the Duncroft special needs school near London, and with a former BBC staff member who says she saw the entertainer indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Children's campaigner and a former BBC colleague of Savile, Esther Rantzen, told Channel 4 News she believed the rumours which circulated about him. "I heard the rumours almost immediately. It was always said that he behaved inappropriately with children, but rumours are not evidence.

She added: "He was so well connected that I think that was another reason that people didn't dare pass on what they knew."

Jan Klimkowski
10-02-2012, 07:01 PM
Here's another brave piece of journalism about Jersey and Haut de la Garenne:


HELLFIRE

Jersey home dossier to reveal children were murdered...then burnt

Exclusive by Lucy Panton

A SHOCK secret police report into the Jersey House of Hell children's home reveals youngsters there WERE murdered then BURNED in a furnace to COVER UP the atrocities.

It's feared island authorities may try to hush up the dossier on Haut de la Garenne orphanage but a source told us: "Officers on this case are in NO DOUBT what went on."

Exclusive: Secret Police Dossier Reveals Horror of Jersey Hell Home.

All the Kiddie Killers Left were Burnt Bones and Teeth.

Innocent children WERE raped, murdered and their bodies then BURNT in a FURNACE at the Jersey House of Horrors, says a top-secret police report into the scandal.

News of the World investigation reveals cops have shocking new evidence of how the killings were COVERED UP at the Haut de la Garenne care home.

Our chilling revelations come as officers prepare to hand over their damning dossier from Britain's biggest ever child abuse probe to the island's States of Jersey authorities.

A total of 65 teeth and around 100 charred fragments of bones are all that remain of victims detectives believe were abused and killed before their tortured corpses were thrown into a fiery grave inside the house of hell.

But records of children who stayed at the home over past decades have been destroyed so police have an impossible task of putting names to their grim finds.

A source close to the four-month investigation told us: "There's NO doubt in the minds of the detectives on this case that children WERE murdered in the home.

"Officers believe they have compelling evidence that youngsters' bodies were burnt in the home's furnace then the remains swept into the soil floor in the cellars—the area that became dubbed ‘the torture rooms'.

Ripped

"The problem has been identifying the children that went missing over the years. No records were kept of who came and left that place.

"Kids were shipped to the home from all over the UK and were never heard of again.
"All the inquiry team have to go on is this grim collection of teeth and bone fragments and no names to match up to the remains.

"Because this investigation has seen so many twists and turns people seem to find it hard to accept that children WERE slaughtered and their deaths WERE covered up."

Most of the dental remains discovered have been identified as children's milk teeth. And we can reveal that among more than 100 bone fragments is a TIBIA from a child's leg and what police believe is an "intact" ADENOID bone from the ear of an infant.

These were all retrieved from a fingertip search of the four cellars in the Home's EAST WING.

Forensic teams also found STRANDS OF NYLON which they have concluded came from the head of a broom.

And, because those type of nylon brooms were only used in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the discovery helped officers to put a date on when the bones were swept into the soil floor.

Cops are now convinced that those charred bones and teeth were emptied from the bottom of the home's industrial furnace—located away in the West Wing—when it was ripped out around that time to install oil-fired central heating.

Officers have spoken to builders who worked on renovations at the home but have been unable to discover what happened to the furnace after that. But they have taken samples from the chimney breast which was left behind.

Around that same time wooden floorboards were laid OVER the old soil floor in the east wing.

And it is there, within the hidden torture chambers just inches below, that the bones, a pair of shackles and children's clothing were found.

Also in the underground rooms police discovered a large concrete bath with traces of blood. A builder has also given evidence that he was asked to dig two lime pits in the ground nearby around that period. Lime pits have often been used to destroy corpses.

So far 97 people have come forward to complain they were abused as children at Haut de la Garenne. Many have described being drugged, shackled, raped, flogged and held in a dark cellar for long periods.

Much of the clothing found at the scene is thought to date back to the 1960s and 1970s when youngsters had to make their own clothes and shoes in the care home work shop.

Cops now believe that whoever was responsible for removing the furnace KNEW that there were children's remains inside. And they think it was moved while disgraced headmaster Colin Tilbrook was in charge of the place.

Tilbrook, now dead, has been described by former charges as being behind "some of the most horrific abuse" at the home.

We can reveal that cops now plan to quiz one of his closest aides who is still alive and living in the UK.

Tilbrook, who ran the home in the 1960s, died aged 62 in 1988 after suffering a heart attack in a public swimming pool. His foster daughter Tina Blee, 38, recently made an emotional visit to Haut de la Garenne to meet abuse victims and bravely told how SHE was raped by the monster every week as a child, after he took her in following his departure from Jersey.

She said: "I needed to come here to say sorry for what he's done. If children were killed here I'm convinced he played a big part in it.

"He was more than capable of murder."

This week police began a forensic examination inside a nearby World War II German bunker which victims say was used as a base for abusing children.

Six witnesses say they were sexually assaulted by staff at the squat brick building which houses a network of underground rooms and passages.

As that work starts, police have closed the doors on their detailed forensic hunt inside the hell home.

Lack of records still hampers police. But we can reveal that one mainland authority, Birmingham City Council, has presented the Jersey force with a list of children who were sent to the home but went missing.

Although four have now been tracked down, after a mammoth search one still remains unaccounted for.

Earlier this year we also uncovered allegations that pictures of BABIES being raped were taken in the care home and circulated by an international child porn ring.

Stash

Experts suspect the home was responsible for many of the seedy network's 9,000 sick pictures, discovered in an infamous haul in Holland in the Nineties.

It was dubbed the Zandvoort stash, after the town where it was found—but the source studio was never uncovered.

Police said their latest intensive probe at Haut de la Garenne has produced more than 40 suspects.

Three men have already been charged with sex abuse offences as part of the inquiry. But now, despite the wealth of shocking detail uncovered by officers, there are fears the full truth about the House of Hell could be covered up yet again after the investigation boss, Jersey's tough No2 top cop Lenny Harper, retires next month.

Haut de la Garenne's abused former residents have repeatedly claimed that what happened was deliberately hushed up to avoid tarnishing Jersey's reputation as a family-friendly tourist haven and to give politicians in London no excuse to try to exercise more control over the island.

Although Jersey is part of the British Isles and under the Queen's rule, it has a separate government system and makes its own laws.

Jersey's 53-member parliament has no political parties and its politicians, judges, policemen and business leaders come from a small elite—often linked by friendship or family.

In a separate case recently investigators were frustrated by the island's legal authorities who refused to charge a couple accused of beating their foster children with cricket bats. Despite being told by lawyers and an honorary police officer who reviewed the case that there was sufficient evidence to go ahead, the charges were blocked at the 11th hour.

A police source said: "The argument for not charging this couple was that their natural children have said they're of good character.

"The detailed statements of all the people who claim they were physically assaulted seem to count for nothing."

The Haut de la Garenne file, along with several others, is now complete but is "being held up" by lawyers.

Our inside source added: "There's a strong suspicion that the files are being held on to until Lenny Harper goes and a new team is in place.

"No one will be surprised if the truth about what happened in the care home never surfaces and once more the evidence gets swept under the carpet."

Jan Klimkowski
10-02-2012, 07:03 PM
This photo is allegedly of Jimmy Savile at Haut de la Garenne.

Jan Klimkowski
10-02-2012, 07:26 PM
Jimmy Savile loved being photographed with a cigar in his mouth.

Untouchable.

Protected.

"Loving it".

Sometimes a picture tells a thousand words.

Jan Klimkowski
10-02-2012, 07:36 PM
This will have to be swept under the carpet, because Savile was very connected.


We were victims of Jimmy Savile: As pressure grows on BBC over 'cover up', two women come forward to describe their teenage ordeals at hands of TV host

Katrina Rose, 51, said she was attacked in Savile's flat when she was 14
Bebe Roberts, 62, claimed the 'sleazy' presenter sneaked into bedrooms at a girls boarding school and once assaulted her when she was 15
Third woman alleges she was raped at 15 during work experience stint
Former BBC chauffeur claimed drivers were sacked if they talked about the Jim'll Fix It presenter molesting girls
Saville accused of grooming girls as young as 12 by offering them sweets and tickets to attend his hit shows, including Top Of The Pops

By Sam Greenhill, Claire Ellicott and Jaya Narain (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2211463/Jimmy-Savile-As-pressure-grows-BBC-cover-women-come-forward-ordeals.html#ixzz287W1GXkx)

PUBLISHED: 23:02, 1 October 2012 | UPDATED: 10:24, 2 October 2012


Two women stepped forward yesterday to say they had been abused as teenagers by Sir Jimmy Savile.

As the scandal around the star deepened, Katrina Rose, 51, described how she was attacked in his flat after being invited to his radio show when she was 14.

She now regrets not speaking out when he was alive but ‘lost her nerve’ even though Savile ‘ruined her life’.

The second victim to bravely waive her anonymity, Bebe Roberts, 62, claimed the ‘sleazy’ Jim’ll Fix It presenter regularly sneaked into bedrooms at a girls' boarding school and once assaulted her when she was 15 and made a lewd proposition.

She said: ‘I did not know what he was like until he did that. There were girls in there who were quite terrified of him.’

A third, unnamed, woman alleged she was raped aged 15 by the star during a work experience stint at the BBC. She yesterday reported her accusation to police for the first time.

As the BBC came under mounting pressure to order an inquiry into claims his activities have been covered up, it emerged that Savile – who bragged to friends he was ‘untouchable’ – was questioned under caution by Surrey Police in 2007 over abuse in the 1970s.

However, the presenter, who died last year aged 84, was never charged.

Amid an extraordinary series of fresh revelations yesterday:

A former BBC chauffeur claimed drivers were sacked if they talked about Savile molesting girls and the BBC even employed chaperones to prevent young girls entering Savile’s dressing room.
Savile’s BBC producer of 21 years said he was a ‘Pied Piper’ who regularly joked about girls of 16 being ‘legal’.
As a row raged inside the BBC over why a Newsnight investigation into the star was shelved, insiders said Savile’s proclivity for young girls was ‘common knowledge’.
Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said he had been ‘waiting for this to come out for 30 years’.
It emerged Savile was a regular visitor to Haute de la Garenne, the notorious abuse-ridden Jersey children’s home.

Savile is accused of grooming girls as young as 12 by offering them sweets and tickets to attend his hit shows such as Top Of The Pops, Jim’ll Fix It and his Radio One breakfast show

Six women have told an ITV documentary, to be broadcast tomorrow night, they were sexually abused by Savile in his Rolls-Royce, at BBC Television Centre, at a hospital and at the now-closed Duncroft school for ‘intelligent, emotionally disturbed girls’ in Surrey.

Yesterday three more women came forward to say they too were victims.

One told the Mail she was raped by Savile when she did work experience at BBC Broadcasting House when she was 15 in 1986.

She said: ‘I didn’t tell anyone at the time. I only told my husband after Savile died. Everyone thought he was a saint but he was a sexual predator.

‘On the day it happened I had been working in the canteen. He came in and was talking to me. He told me I was very pretty and that he would like to buy me a cup of tea after work. I was flattered and excited. He picked me up in his Rolls and we went to his flat nearby. He went into another room soon after we got there and came out in just his underpants.

‘Then he raped me. He didn’t say anything during or afterwards. I just left and went home.’

The woman has since made a statement to Surrey Police. Child abuse campaigners have demanded to know who knew what about the Savile claims during his decades at the BBC.

Yesterday a former BBC chauffeur made damaging allegations about how the scandal was hushed up. He said he had once driven home a ‘hysterical’ 12-year-old girl who claimed she had been sexually assaulted by Savile after appearing on Jim’ll Fix It.

The girl ‘sobbed her heart out all the way home’ after she was allegedly abused by the presenter after the show during the mid-1970s. When she reached her front door, she collapsed into her mother’s arms in tears, telling her: ‘I’m sorry. It wasn’t my fault. Jimmy grabbed me. He attacked me.’

The driver, who worked as a chauffeur for the BBC for 16 years, said staff members had previously been fired for talking about Savile’s reputation, and he feared he would lose his job if he reported it.

He said the show’s chiefs ‘knew very well’ that he had a reputation for sexually assaulting young contestants, and had even begun to employ chaperones to make sure girls could not be lured into his dressing room.

One Jim’ll Fix It producer Roger Ordish described children following Savile around during filming as if he was a ‘Pied Piper’.
DJ: I've known for 30 years

He added: ‘He [Savile] spotted a woman and her daughter leaning out of the windows to have a look and he said: “Ello Missus, what’s your name, and what’s your daughter’s name?”

‘Then he said: “And how old is she?” and the answer was “16” and he said: “Legal! Legal!” And we cut that out of course, but I thought that was just Jim making a joke.’

Mr Ordish, 74, insisted he never witnessed any abuse and if he had, he vows he would have ‘done something about it’.

Children’s campaigners last night said there should be a ‘serious and thorough’ investigation. Peter Saunders, of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said: ‘It is important that we establish why and how nobody did anything about these allegations, to make sure it can never happen again.’

The BBC has said it has found no evidence of any misconduct by Savile. However, it added: ‘These are serious and disturbing new allegations about which we understand the police have been informed. We will, of course, assist the police in every way we can.’
Savile’s hands were fumbling about ... I just froze with fear

By cLAIRE ELLICOT

A former stage school pupil and child actress claims Sir Jimmy Savile sexually abused her at his Belgravia flat when she was just 14.

Katrina Rose, now a 51-year-old grandmother of two, said the presenter attacked her and tried to rape her after inviting her to watch him record his BBC radio show.

Last night, she waived her anonymity to speak out, telling the Daily Mail the episode had ‘ruined’ her life and that she regretted not coming forward while Savile was still alive and could have faced charges.

Miss Rose met the radio presenter in 1975 through her mother, who as a local newspaper journalist had covered Savile’s visits to Broadmoor.

Savile initially asked her parents if their daughter would like to watch Top Of The Pops being filmed.

Her mother and father, a company director, gave their permission for her to go, and she took a friend along with her.

Nothing happened on that visit, but Savile then asked her parents if she would like to watch him record a radio show at a BBC studio in London. This time, he also asked that she come alone.

Miss Rose, from Hampton, South-West London, said: ‘When he invited me to watch him record the show, I jumped at the chance as I went to stage school and wanted to be an actress.

‘He asked that I come alone because he could only do tours for “special people”, so my parents gave me permission to get the train from Surrey where we lived.

‘I walked with him from his flat in Belgravia to the BBC studios and he wore a balaclava as he said he would be mobbed by fans without it. I wasn’t worried as he was a family friend and my mother trusted him.

‘I sat with him while he recorded the show and felt really special. Afterwards, he said he’d call me a taxi home and invited me up to his flat for a cup of tea while I waited.

‘I was sitting on a chair and he came in with the tea and sat on the sofa. He asked he if I’d had a good day.

‘I said I had and thanked him and he said: “Come here and give me a hug then.”

‘I was used to kissing and hugging relatives and family friends and he was my mother’s friend, so I thought nothing of it. So I went and hugged him.’

She said Savile then touched her inappropriately. ‘The next thing I knew, he was fumbling about, and his tongue was down my throat. I was horrified.

‘I just froze. I was paralysed with fear. I still wonder to this day why I didn’t scream, but I’ve since read that victims of sexual offences often react in the same way I did. He eventually leaned back and asked if I was enjoying it. I said “No” and he stopped.

‘I have no doubt that he wanted to have sex with me and I was frightened.’

Miss Rose, who used to own her own recruitment firm before taking early retirement due to illness, added: ‘I went home to my mother and told her what had happened, but I’m not sure she understood how serious it was.
'Just hearing his name made me sick and if anyone ever lights a cigar, to this day I feel like I want to throw up. I still remember his disgusting cigar breath and I have hated the smell ever since'

‘I didn’t tell my father after her reaction. There was never any question of me going to the police at the time.

‘The word paedophile wasn’t even used then and people just called them dirty old men.

‘I think it’s only now that attitudes have changed and that other victims have come forward that I can talk about it.’

The former child actress, who is divorced and has two sons, added: ‘I think the only reason he stopped when I told him to was because he was worried about my mother and father knowing.

‘It sounds like a lot of his victims didn’t have that support network and so didn’t have anyone to turn to when he abused them.

‘He later asked a contact of his at Broadmoor to apologise to me through my mother, though didn’t say what he was apologising for.’

She said that she had never been able to trust men following the attack and had been to see counsellors as a result.

‘It has had a terrible effect on my life and I have been unable to form stable relationships ever since.

Being taken advantage of like that destroys your self-esteem,’ she said.

‘He was such a big public figure and people knew him as a saint. Just hearing his name made me sick and if anyone ever lights a cigar, to this day I feel like I want to throw up.

‘I still remember his disgusting cigar breath and I have hated the smell ever since.’

She added: ‘I was too young to understand what he did to me and it is only years later that I have felt able to talk about what happened.

‘I considered coming forward so many times because I knew there would be so many other girls. It tortures me that I was not brave enough to.

‘I tried to come forward ten years ago, but I lost my nerve. My only regret now is that I didn’t do it while he was alive and could be charged.’
He’d always turn up as we were getting ready for bed

By JAYA NARAIN

A boarding school pupil has accused Savile of molesting her outside her dormitory when she was 15.

Savile would regularly visit Duncroft Approved School in Surrey after receiving invitations from its headmistress.

The idea was that the TV and radio personality would raise the profile of the school, which accommodated girls with behavioural difficulties.

But former pupil Bebe Roberts said Savile would deliberately visit dormitories as the girls changed for bed.

Now 62, Mrs Roberts waived her anonymity to speak out about the ‘sleazy’ star who molested her as she walked outside her dormitory.

She revealed she was too scared to report him to staff at the school, which has since closed, as she feared no-one would believe her.

She said: ‘I was in the corridor outside our dorm, which was called Wedgewood, when he came up at the back of me and put his arm around my back and onto my breast.

‘The touching was outside the clothing but he knew what he was doing.’

She said Savile then made a lewd remark to her, adding: ‘I did not know what he was like until he did that.

‘I suppose we were a little bit star struck. After that I just kept away from him.’

Mrs Roberts, now a mother of four daughters, said Savile attacked her in 1965 when he was already a well-known radio DJ.

‘He was a nasty man – I think nowadays he would be classed as a paedophile,’ she added.

‘If you were walking down the corridor he would come up close and touch you inappropriately.

‘He definitely liked young girls. I feel quite bad about saying this because they say you should not speak ill of the dead.

‘But the things he did and said were definitely inappropriate. There were girls in there who were quite terrified of him.’

She went on: ‘I think Savile stayed with the headmistress but he never used the private staircase to get her apartment - he always went past the girls’ dormitories.

‘It happened to me just the once. He had the habit of coming upstairs to the bedrooms – he never knocked, he just walked straight in.

‘We were only allowed to go to the bedrooms at certain times so it was pretty obvious we were either getting ready for bed or getting up. He always came when we were getting ready for bed. There was not a single girl who wanted to be alone in a bedroom with Jimmy Savile. He would always be making sleazy remarks.’

Mrs Roberts, of Malpas, Cheshire, added: ‘If anyone had done such things to my daughters, I would have gone to the police.

‘But if you told a member of staff at the school, they would not have believed you. You were already considered a bad girl. When I learned he had died, I did not really care. He was not someone I had any admiration for.

‘I don’t think I would have said this if he had had any children because it would be horrible to know that your father was basically a paedophile.

‘There were plenty of places in the gardens and the grounds where he could have taken girls – but I cannot say that he ever did.’

Jan Klimkowski
10-02-2012, 08:09 PM
Sir Jimmy Savile was a made (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Savile#Honours) man.


In 1971 he was awarded the OBE,[45] which he always subsequently appended to his signature.

Jimmy Savile had both a Royal and Papal knighthood (Order of St. Gregory the Great)

He was a Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Order of St. John, Knights of Malta, and Chevaliers of Malta)

Jan Klimkowski
10-06-2012, 11:15 AM
Jim'll fix it.

Jim'll fuck it.

Jim'll fix it for the chosen to fuck it.


Uncle jimmy took me to his sick parties: Nephew tells how his childhood was stolen at 13

Guy Marsden, now 59, said he and his teenage friends were taken to act as intermediaries for adults and younger children

He said children as young as ten would disappear into bedrooms with men and return later

While he did not see anything, he says it was 'perfectly obvious' what was happening

Said parties were attended by other households names in showbusiness, but never any women

by chris brooke daily mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2213636/uncle-jimmy-took-sick-parties-nephew-tells-childhood-stolen-13.html#ixzz28v6p6jty)

published:22:06, 5 october 2012| updated:22:21, 5 october 2012


a nephew of sir jimmy savile yesterday told how his celebrity uncle attended ‘paedophile parties’.

Guy marsden was just 13 when ‘uncle jimmy’ took him to a wealthy celebrity’s house in london in 1967 for the first of many sordid social gatherings.

Over the next 18 months, guy and his friends went to numerous ‘parties’ where he believes men sexually abused girls and boys as young as ten. Savile was at many of these events, he said.


Guy and his teenage friends were used as ‘intermediaries’ to hang out with the younger victims. Guy, now 59, said the youngsters would disappear into the bedrooms with men and return later.


He said there were ‘never any women’ at the parties and although he didn’t see any sexual abuse, it was ‘perfectly obvious’ what was happening. Several household names from the world of showbusiness were party regulars.

Guy said savile sometimes arrived with a man dressed as a priest and he believed the young victims may have come from an orphanage or children’s home.


He has regularly spoken to friends about his experiences in the late 1960s, but no one took him seriously until this week’s revelations.

‘i have loved all this coming out about jimmy and i feel guilty i didn’t do something about it earlier,’ he told the mail yesterday.

After savile died last year, guy was one of the relatives who publicly praised him. But he knew he was being a hypocrite. ‘i felt as low and as bad as you can get not saying anything.’

other members of savile’s family spoke out last week to condemn a tv programme alleging the dj sexually abused teenage girls, but the nephew said many relatives were aware of his sordid past.

The roofer from leeds later married and he now has four children and ten grandchildren with his wife anne.

But during his youth he was in and out of trouble and believes his seedy experiences in london were to blame for his problems.

Guy came from a large family – his mother, who was savile’s sister, gave birth to ‘about 18’ children – and he grew up in a council house in leeds.

Uncle jimmy was always the family celebrity. ‘it was like the beatles coming to your house,’ recalled guy. ‘he would drive us around in his rolls-royce and he gave us a colour television and a telephone.’

at 13, guy and three friends hitch-hiked to london ‘for an adventure’. They returned home about five weeks later but regularly ran away to the capital for similar periods.


On the first trip in 1967, the group of boys went to euston station and were quickly invited to a grubby flat by men who recognised them as easy prey, although guy says he was never abused.

‘about four days later’, jimmy savile turned up at the flat where they were staying. ‘he recognised me and i thought “this is it, i’m going to get in big trouble here”. I hadn’t been in touch with my parents to tell them where i was. But uncle jimmy just took us away to a much better place.’

savile turned up by coincidence at the address because he mixed with ‘fellow child molesters’, said guy.

The group of runaways ended up in a fabulous house – believed to belong to a famous pop impresario – with a big indoor swimming pool. The celebrity home was one of the party venues.


‘at night you would get about 15 or 20 people turning up. There would be music and tables full of food, we couldn’t believe it. There was everything we needed and we just hung around.

‘at first we automatically assumed the children lived there, but we soon realised they didn’t. They would be brought there, sometimes by uncle jimmy, and would stay for six or seven hours until 3 or 4am. They were just little kids, boys and girls.

‘two or three would go off and come back later. The really strange thing was that they didn’t come out the bedrooms kicking and screaming. None of them seemed to be in any distress, but there is no doubt at all in my mind what they were being used for.

They used to say they were “playing.” you heard sounds and moans and groans coming from the bedroom and knew what was going on.’

guy said he believed he and his friends were there to ‘keep the kids happy’. He said: ‘i didn’t think anything about it at the time, maybe because there was no such thing as paedophiles back then. I never saw jimmy savile sexually abuse any of the children, but as far as i am concerned he was part of a paedophile ring at those parties.’

the excursions ended when the teenager got into trouble with the law and was sent to borstal. In later life, guy said he put his past behind him and became close to savile. However, they never spoke about what happened and he was concerned that his mother should never find out.

‘although i was not sexually abused i do feel like a victim myself. I think i should have reported him years ago but i was too scared to do it.

‘now i am really pleased everyone knows the truth.’

Magda Hassan
10-06-2012, 11:54 AM
Sir Jimmy Savile was a made (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Savile#Honours) man.


In 1971 he was awarded the OBE,[45] which he always subsequently appended to his signature.

Jimmy Savile had both a Royal and Papal knighthood (Order of St. Gregory the Great)

He was a Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Order of St. John, Knights of Malta, and Chevaliers of Malta)
Indeed. And a charmed life by the looks of it. Nothing stuck but it was known of for years.

Jan Klimkowski
10-06-2012, 12:29 PM
Sir Jimmy Savile was a made (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Savile#Honours) man.


In 1971 he was awarded the OBE,[45] which he always subsequently appended to his signature.

Jimmy Savile had both a Royal and Papal knighthood (Order of St. Gregory the Great)

He was a Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Order of St. John, Knights of Malta, and Chevaliers of Malta)
Indeed. And a charmed life by the looks of it. Nothing stuck but it was known of for years.

This is a deep political subject.

Savile was much decorated by British Royalty, and there are numerous allegations linking him as a procurer of children, mainly boys, to Sir Anthony Blunt and his circle. Blunt is a palimpsest. Officially the son of a vicar, Blunt was possibly a Royal bastard, who became a Professor of Art and Surveyor of the Queen's art collection. He was also a double and perhaps triple agent, the Fourth or Fifth Man depending on how you count.

Blunt was granted FULL IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION by the British government when it was proven beyond doubt that he was a Soviet agent.

Blunt was also a homosexual paedophile, and seems to have received full immunity from prosecution on this ground too.

Blunt was the Royal Child Bugger and Traitor. Carry On...

Savile is also linked as a procurer of children to Edward Heath, leader of the Conservative Party from 1965-75 and British Prime Minister from 1970-74.

Allegations here (http://whale.to/c/wheel.html):


Heath was known to visit the Jersey care home the Haut de la Garenne among others to take young boys on boating weekends on his yacht called ‘Morning Cloud’, or as bodyguards referred to it, ‘Morning Sickness’.

Heath was warned on 4 occasions by the head of the Metropolitan police not to loiter in London’s lavatories and not to try to pick up young boys.

In the deep political model, Savile is a Mechanic-come-Facilitator, but above Dutroux.

Dutroux was ultimately sacrificed as a mere Mechanic.

Savile was protected during his life.

Not by the likes of Heath or Blunt (although Blunt may be a Facilitator), but by those whose Power was reinforced by the leverage obtained by the perpetration of these paedophile horrors by those in position of influence.

Magda Hassan
10-06-2012, 12:47 PM
Blunt was granted FULL IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION by the British government when it was proven beyond doubt that he was a Soviet agent.


Wasn't this at the insistence of the royal family? I seem to recall the collection of some important letters from over seas some where too.....

Jan Klimkowski
10-06-2012, 12:52 PM
Blunt was granted FULL IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION by the British government when it was proven beyond doubt that he was a Soviet agent.


Wasn't this at the insistence of the royal family? I seem to recall the collection of some important letters from over seas some where too.....

There are lots of corpses and skeletons in the Royal Estates.

Occasionally, some get found and then lost again.....

Magda Hassan
10-06-2012, 12:58 PM
They've always had an unhealthy interest in blood sports.

Jan Klimkowski
10-06-2012, 04:08 PM
More on the Haut de la Garenne Jersey and Savile link - (see the beginning of this thread):


A top human rights lawyer said that at least five women had told how they had been abused by Savile at the Haut
de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey.

Alan Collins, a partner at the Manchester law firm Pannone, said:

“I have been involved in litigation relating to Haut de la Garenne for several years and Jimmy Savile’s name came
up several times.

“I think I can confidently say that up to five people told me separately they had been abused by him.”

The Daily Express has learned that Savile kept a “special room” where he took young girls after appearing at
the Empire Ballroom in Leeds in the late 1950s.

One woman said: “I was 14 and remember my older sister telling me that I must not go near the stage door
because Savile and another star kept a ‘special room’ where they took young girls.

"I’d wanted to get his autograph until then. I was terrified.”

Source: Daily Express (http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/350134/Jimmy-Savile-s-Top-Of-The-Pops-axed-by-BBC)

Reported to police:


police in Jersey investigated Savile over claims that he sexually assaulted a girl at a children's home which later became the centre of an abuse inquiry. In 2008, a woman made a formal complaint that Savile molested her at the Haut de la Garenne home in the 1970s. A three-year, £7.5m investigation by Jersey police into historic child abuse in the island's care homes began after allegations of abuse.

Source: The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/i-saw-jimmy-savile-and-gary-glitter-abuse-girls-at-bbc-says-woman-8194851.html)

Jan Klimkowski
10-08-2012, 07:36 PM
Oh look - MSM starting to catch up, but still ignoring the 64,000 lb gorilla.



Jimmy Savile linked with Haut de la Garenne children's home scandal

Lenny Harper, former child abuse investigator, says he believes Savile was involved in indecent assault at Jersey institution

Josh Halliday
guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/08/jimmy-savile-jersey-childrens-home), Monday 8 October 2012 19.15 BST

The former head of the Jersey child-abuse investigation at Haut de la Garenne said he now suspects that Sir Jimmy Savile was implicated in the scandal.

Lenny Harper said he has "no reason to doubt" that Savile was involved in indecent assault at the notorious Jersey children's home, despite there being insufficient evidence to question the Jim'll Fix It star at the time.

His testimony came as a solicitor who acted for victims of child abuse in Jersey told the Guardian that a handful of former Haut de la Garenne residents, both women and men, now claim they were assaulted by Savile in the 1970s.

The States of Jersey police confirmed last week that Savile was investigated as part of the 2008 inquiry into abuse at the children's home. That followed claims from a former Haut de la Garenne resident that Savile was involved in an indecent assault in the 1970s. The late BBC entertainer, who died last year aged 84, was never charged with any abuse offences.

Harper, who led the three-year child abuse probe, told the Guardian: "It's no big surprise to me about Savile and Jersey and it's not a surprise that a lot of the victims have come forward now.

"There definitely wasn't enough even to question him at the time, but in light of all the evidence that has come out, then I'm not surprised because it fits perfectly the profile of what was going on."

Asked whether he now believed Savile abused children at the home, Harper said: "I've no reason to doubt that he was involved."

He added that Jersey police did not receive any specific allegations of abuse against Savile in 2008, and that he was not one of the 18 main suspects being investigated.

Savile initially denied he had visited Haut de la Garenne when questioned by the Sun in 2008. He later agreed that he had after a photograph emerged of him in front of a building believed to be the children's home in St Martin.

Harper said the photograph, which shows Savile sitting on a lawn with more than a dozen children next to a sign that reads "Jim Fixed It For Us", did not greatly trouble police at the time, given the scale of their investigation.

Alan Collins, a solicitor for several Haut de la Garenne victims, said a handful of former residents had now made abuse allegations about Savile.

He said Savile's name was mentioned several times during the police investigation of 2008 but that the evidence did not seem to stack up.

Collins added: "During the case, Savile's name was mentioned several times. There was annoyance amongst some former residents that Savile had denied ever being at Haut de la Garenne when they clearly remembered him and were able to give a lot of circumstantial evidence to back this up. Moreover, a number of them produced a photograph showing them posing with Savile in what I am told are the gardens of the home.

"Many remember Savile visiting Jersey and in particular Haut de la Garenne circa 1969 and 1976. Amongst the various accounts of these visits were allegations of sexual abuse. At the time they seemed difficult to comprehend and my understanding is that the police had a similar experience although they possibly only investigated one account."



What was Haut de la Garenne about?

Was it just about Jim getting another cigar to stick in his stinking, puss-ridden, mouth?

Savile was known to say that he did not like children. One might add, not even when buggering them.

Paedophilia is always about Power.

The abuser gets off on his aura of omnipotence, on the terror he provokes, on his ability to be like God.

But Power is hierarchical.

Savile was protected by his celebrity status and his charity work. But that can't shut down police investigations.

Sir Jimmy Savile OBE, Papal Knight, Esteemed Member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

Haut de la Garenne..... Kincora Boys Home.... Islington care homes.... Casa Pia..... Dutroux and the Belgian horrors.... Franklin......

Power. Leverage. Influence.

Jan Klimkowski
10-09-2012, 06:14 PM
And the horror continues....



'Little slaves', sordid boasts and the dark truth about my 'friend' Jimmy Savile, by the biographer who tried to unmask him

By Dan Davies Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2213931/Jimmy-Savile-Little-slaves-sordid-boasts-dark-truth-friend--biographer-Dan-Davies.html)
PUBLISHED:22:09, 6 October 2012| UPDATED:12:34, 7 October 2012

Over eight years, writer Dan Davies was given unrivalled access to Jimmy Savile and his coterie, but no one dared to unmask the world he found... until now.

I first met Jimmy Savile at his penthouse flat in Leeds in 2004.


After buzzing on the intercom, I was told to wait in the small foyer of Lake View Court, a modern block overlooking Roundhay Park. When the wooden doors of the lift slid open, releasing a cloud of pungent cigar smoke, Jimmy emerged flanked by two large, unsmiling men. ‘Frisk him,’ he barked and I was pinned to the wall and searched for 20 rather uncomfortable seconds.


As I entered his flat he beckoned me through to his kitchen, which was decorated with tiles of pink and brown – or ‘the colour of sex’ as he put it – before sitting down in his reclining chair to begin regaling me with tales of his poverty-stricken childhood, his friendship with the Royal Family and his curious opinions on the opposite sex.


'Intriguing subject': Jimmy Savile relaxing at his flat in Leeds, where writer Dan Davies first met him in 2004

He boasted how many girls would be available to him on a typical night in one of his dancehalls and claimed to have ‘loved them all’. He also said that it ‘never occurred to me to take a liberty with them’. It struck me then that this was an odd caveat.


I asked him about the rumours that had long dogged him, namely that he was into young girls. ‘You’ve got to bear in mind that we live in a funnier world than we did ten years ago,’ he said. ‘That is why in this building I don’t have the internet and I don’t have email, because someone would break in here thinking that I would be up late at night looking at all that porno business, and steal my hard drive. If I ain’t got it in the first place, they can’t get anything on me.’


I interviewed Jimmy many more times in the years before his death, at his homes in Leeds and Scarborough, over lunch at the Athenaeum Club in London and even during a short cruise on the QE2.

He was an intriguing subject and something approaching a friendship developed between us. Yet despite his generosity and entertaining company, nagging doubts persisted.

During our time at sea I was alarmed by how often he stopped elderly couples and used the same quip each time to the husband. ‘You want to be careful about being seen with underage girls,’ he’d say, motioning to the man’s wife. ‘You can get in trouble for that.’

It was an extremely odd thing to say and I began to fear he harboured a guilty conscience. I also started to entertain the notion that his tireless charity work might be some grand bid for atonement for past sins.

Jimmy talked about ‘being put through the washing machine’ by the newspapers but coming up clean. I knew he was litigious and was in his flat in Leeds in 2008 when he instructed his lawyers over newspaper claims about his connection with the Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey.

His line was always consistent: ‘The big secret about me is there is no secret. What you see is what you get.’ What is now known is that Jersey Police investigated an allegation that he molested a girl at the home during the Seventies.

When asked whether such rumours bothered him, he replied: ‘It doesn’t bother me in the slightest, not at all. I have a phrase when someone outs a story in a tabloid about underage sex – I say, “It would be a lot worse if it was true.” They say, “Are you saying it’s not true?” I say, “I’m not saying nothing but it would be a lot worse if it was true.” ’

Jimmy Savile, above with two girls in 1967, boasted to biographer Dan Davies about how many girls would be available to him on a typical night in one of his dancehalls

When I first walked into his time- warp flat, with its garish fixtures and mementos from his long career at the forefront of popular culture, I had not seen Jimmy Savile in the flesh for 24 years.
Not since an evening in the autumn of 1980, when as a treat my mother took me to watch an episode of Jim’ll Fix It being recorded at the BBC Television Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, West London.

I was nine and Jim’ll Fix It was one of Britain’s biggest family shows. My overriding memory of that evening was not of giddy excitement but of leaving the theatre afterwards with nagging doubts about Jimmy Savile.

The troubling experience of watching from the audience would have probably remained just that, had it not been for the discovery some years later of a dog-eared copy of his 1974 autobiography, As It Happens.

Rather than chuckling at his capers as child drummer in a wartime band, a Bevin Boy miner, cyclist, pioneering DJ and pop personality, I was disturbed by his morbid fascination with death and the frequent references to teenage girls – inevitably followed by cheerful accounts of narrow escapes from suspicious parents.

'I started to entertain the notion that his tireless charity work might be some grand bid for atonement for past sins'


In one story from the early Sixties, during his stint as manager of the Mecca Locarno dancehall in Leeds, Jimmy recalled the police asking him to keep a lookout for an attractive young girl who was on the run from a remand home. He told the female police officer that if he found her, he would keep her for one night as his reward.

Jimmy recounted in the book that the girl came in to the Locarno that night and it was ‘agreed that I hand her over if she could stay at the dance, come home with me, and that I would promise to see her when they let her out’.

At 11.30 the next morning she was willingly presented to the female police officer, with Jimmy adding that she ‘was dissuaded from bringing charges against me by her colleagues, for it was well-known that were I to go I would probably take half the station with me’.

We now know that he wrote this at a time when he is alleged to have been grooming and abusing girls at Duncroft, an approved school for ‘intelligent, emotionally disturbed girls’ in Surrey, and also at the Top Of The Pops studios.

In another story, he boasted of picking up a girl in his E-Type Jaguar who had been sitting with her parents on the seafront at Scarborough one stormy night. ‘You would not believe the stories I might tell you about some parents,’ wrote Jimmy – before regaling readers with the news that after saving the girl from the waves, he took her to a garage where he kept his Rolls-Royce and she was ‘duly appreciative’.

As It Happens is littered with references to his ‘romantic’ encounters. He talked in elliptical terms of ‘the gleaming bodies of beach girls’ on his trip to California to meet Elvis Presley in 1960 and how he ‘felt it officially criminal that the age of consent in that admirable state is 18’.

He admitted to being chased along the seafront at Scarborough by ‘forty fine-bodied young girls’ and making an appearance at a charity event in Otley, near Leeds, on the condition he would ‘sleep in a tent up the local hillside with another tent alongside with six girls to sleep there as my bodyguards!’


God’ll Fix It, his slim volume on religion published in 1978, contained many more unusual insights. Jimmy opened a chapter titled How Do I Cope With Sex? with the following thought: ‘Sex at its worst is corruption, as when young people might be corrupted to provide sex.’ He went on to talk about how sex could be the source of ‘great remorse, great guilt’ and insisted his rule was never ‘make love to anyone if it causes them distress’ or if they were in ‘a state of drunkenness or don’t know what they’re doing. I mustn’t take them knowing that when they return to normal they’ll be distressed’.

In closing, he offered a final thought: ‘Whether it’s OK to God we’ll just have to wait and see.’

These books, and a persistent doubt, sparked my long quest to find out who Jimmy Savile really was, and why he had succeeded for so long in remaining hidden.

In 1992, Professor Anthony Clare also tried to get behind the mask, interviewing Jimmy for his In The Psychiatrist’s Chair series on Radio  4. They discussed his emotionally and materially deprived upbringing – as the unwanted, youngest child of seven – and why he had remained so determined not to show or share his feelings.

But Jimmy simply refused to lay his psyche bare, feinting and ducking and, when all else failed, shutting up shop entirely.

‘There is something chilling about this 20th Century “saint’’ which still intrigues me to this day,’ concluded Britain’s best-known psychiatrist at the end of a particularly prickly encounter.

Seven years later, a ‘transcript’ appeared on the internet detailing an exchange that was alleged to have taken place between Jimmy and Paul Merton during the filming of an episode of Have I Got News For You. The exchange, which has since proved to be a hoax, contained allegations about Jimmy and an underage girl he’d threatened with violence after she had said she’d go public about their relationship.

Jimmy’s lawyers quickly intervened and websites carrying the transcript were forced to remove the offending material. Or, as Jimmy told me later: ‘I’m an honorary Doctor of Law, so I have plenty of clout.’

From the real-life Pied Piper he’d been as the host of Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, Jimmy suddenly seemed at odds with the modern world – a demise that was most famously captured by documentary-maker Louis Theroux. When Louis Met Jimmy went out on national television in September 2000 and shone a beam of light on what a strange old man Jimmy Savile really was.

Visits: Jimmy Savile would offer rides in his Rolls Royce to girls from Duncroft School in Surrey

Aged 73, after 40 years at the forefront of popular culture, he was seen leading a somewhat sad, lonely and peripatetic existence – a track-suited, cigar-chomping dinosaur who wanted to appear as a happy-go-lucky everyman but actually came across as wilfully evasive, controlling and occasionally menacing.

What I’d discovered, meanwhile, was that he was not merely a tracksuited clown, but multi-faceted, surprising and extremely well connected, with contacts ranging from Ronnie Kray and Peter Sutcliffe to popes, prime ministers and princes. He was also Teflon-like in his ability to avoid dirt.

Initially, I was interested in how this singularly odd individual had inveigled himself into the corridors of power – but it was the constant innuendo that trailed him that I found most compelling.

One source revealed he had spent a week with Jimmy at an exhibition for teenagers in the early Sixties. Jimmy was the DJ and compere on a stand and pop stars dropped in to do PAs. ‘It was great fun, but if I could tell the story of what happened that week he’d probably be in jail for ever,’ said the witness. So the rumours were true? ‘They’re totally true.’

In 2009, we sat in Jimmy’s front room in Scarborough discussing something entirely different when he launched into the shocking and unsolicited defence of Gary Glitter that featured in last week’s Exposure documentary on ITV.

Star was 'caught on mattress with Stoke Mandeville girl, 14'

Savile took young female hospital patients to his dressing room at BBC Television Centre after inviting them to watch Jim'll Fix It being filmed.

The girls came from Stoke Mandeville, the hospital in Buckinghamshire with which he was most closely associated.

A magazine journalist yesterday recalled an occasion when a girl, aged about 14, who was bald after receiving treatment for cancer, lay on a mattress next to Savile in the dressing room as he gave an interview in the late Eighties.

It was in this room that Gary Glitter is claimed to have raped a 13-year-old girl in front of Savile.

After the interview Savile followed the journalist along a corridor, grabbed him by the arm and threatened: 'Don't you dare mention that girl in your article or you'll be bloody finished. Do you understand?

Savile raised millions of pounds for Stoke Mandeville but it has been claimed that he used his work for charity as a cover for his predatory sexual behaviour.

A former student nurse said: 'I heard the stories that he took patients to see Jim'll Fix It at the BBC and that they went to his dressing room. It was one thing him being at the hospital with the kids, but quite another that he was alone with them.

Stoke Mandeville said it was 'shocked' to hear of these allegations and would co-operate with any police investigation.
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Jimmy argued the images of child pornography found on the disgraced singer’s computer were ‘for his own gratification and whether that’s right or wrong is, of course, up to him as a person.’
I was taken aback and suggested that Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, had gone much further than downloading images – as evidenced by his 2007 conviction for obscene acts with minors in Vietnam.


Jimmy’s answer: ‘Are you telling me that some evil person didn’t stick little birds into him?’

Without missing a beat, he explained how, many years before, two policemen had once come into his dancehall. ‘They said, “Jim, we’ve had reports of you going in and out of public toilets in Leeds.’’ I said, ‘Is that right? How long have you been checking toilets? That must be a terrific job. Do you have a bath when you get home because you stink of p*** and s****?” When they realised they weren’t getting anywhere they got up and left.’ I was struck at the time by the hard edge in his voice and the language he used.

But for all my growing suspicions, questioning and research, I could not find anything or anyone to conclusively nail the rumours. Access to those who were close to Jimmy was limited by his desire to control and his dogged determination to be the curator of his own myth.

There was a part of me, too, that hoped he was right, and there was no sinister secret lurking behind the carefully cultivated facade.

It was only after his death in October last year that the shackles on the truth began to fall away. I attended his three-day funeral and it became apparent, talking to those who knew him, that he kept his life strictly compartmentalised.

By remaining constantly on the move – bouncing between his homes in Leeds, Scarborough, Scotland and London, and rooms he kept at Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor – his pockets of friends, or ‘teams’ as he called them, were kept mutually exclusive. It was a lifestyle that made him remarkably difficult to trace.

In offering their voices to the chorus of tributes, his former Radio  1 and Top Of The Pops colleagues revealed only that none of them professed to know Jimmy. David Hamilton talked of a ‘very remote figure’ who didn’t mingle. Mike Read said he was ‘quirky, eccentric’, Tony Blackburn thought that he was lonely and didn’t have many friends while Dave Lee Travis – who learned his trade as a DJ from Jimmy while working in the dancehalls of Manchester – spoke of knowing him for 50 years without ever having a meaningful chat.

‘He kept himself to himself and put a shield up,’ said Travis. To a man, they all used the phrase ‘a one-off’.

'He was a naughty man'

For the book I was writing, I wanted to place Jimmy in the context of the times he passed through and influenced. To do that, I set about finding people who might have known him better or drifted into his orbit at different stages of his life. I worked chronologically, starting with his early days as a miner, racing cyclist and dancehall manager.

In one of my first interviews, Alan Simpson, who as a teenager worked part-time at the Mecca in Wakefield, made a startling revelation: ‘One of the biggest laffs we had [with Jimmy] was either he was going to be a huge success or in prison for screwing 14-year-old girls. Everyone in the Mecca company knew about it. It was wink, wink, nod, nod. It was never made public. It was a different world. If he could get away with it – wink, wink, nod, nod – good luck to him.’

This was quickly corroborated by Jeffrey Collins, at the time a young DJ at the Mecca Locarno dancehall in Leeds that Jimmy managed.

‘He was a naughty man, a naughty man,’ said Collins. ‘He’d go with teenagers .  .  . I don’t know how he got away with it but he got away with it. Maybe it was because he was Jimmy Savile.’
When I asked if he found these underage girls in his dancehall, Collins confirmed this was the case: “ ‘Go up to my office, I’ll be up there later.” That sort of thing.’

Tony Calder was 18 when he first met Jimmy at Decca Records in 1961. Calder, who would go on to co-manage The Rolling Stones, had just stormed out of a meeting when he bumped into the DJ – who was contracted to play the company’s records on Radio Luxembourg. ‘Jimmy said, “Come with me to Leeds for the weekend. I’ll make sure you get laid,” ’ said Calder.

Calder did go, and said for the next 18 months Jimmy became his ‘mentor’, training him up as one of his DJs.

He also stated that Jimmy had girls throwing themselves at him, and that he’d normally had sex with them before he ‘passed them on’.

‘They’d do what they were told,’ Calder recalled. ‘They were followers. They were his little slaves.’
He confirmed that for Jimmy, ‘the rule was: the younger the better’, although he was ‘terrified of getting nicked with underage girls’.

Jimmy Savile's biographer Dan Davies describes him as an 'intriguing subject', but says 'nagging doubts' about the presenter persisted

By the early Sixties, Jimmy might have been forgiven for feeling untouchable. With his hit Radio Luxembourg shows, a weekly pop music column for a Sunday newspaper, a role with Mecca that gave him control over the music policy at Britain’s biggest chain of dancehalls and a job hosting Top Of The Pops, he was arguably the most influential man in a British music scene that was conquering the world.

Jimmy talked to me on occasion about the close relations he maintained with the police, while Calder recalled being at the table as one senior officer was wined and dined.

He remembered Jimmy being warned about his behaviour: ‘[The police officer said] “You’ve got to cut it out,” whatever it was. [Jimmy] was taken aback.’ Once one police chief retired or moved on, Calder said Jimmy would move on to wooing the next: ‘He wasn’t stupid. Whatever he was doing, he was covering his back.’

As his flatmate, support DJ, chauffeur and sidekick, Ray Teret was better placed than most to witness what his boss was doing. Teret styled himself on Jimmy and they shared a half- derelict apartment in Salford in the early Sixties. ‘He was a pop star,’ Teret said. ‘When you’re in that business they’re always there in front of you.

‘There were so many [girls] around. The Sixties were the sex years. All the girls wanted to try sex and all the boys wanted to be into sex. Everyone was at it everywhere like rabbits.

‘Girls chatted to us. We were harmless because we weren’t chasing anybody. We were great at consoling girls when they’d fallen out with other boys. We liked to console them.’ I asked Teret what sort of girls Jimmy liked, and he paused before answering. ‘I think Jim, like me, preferred girly girls rather than smart girls .  .  . girls who are prepared to do a cartwheel and jump and dance and have a giggle and a laugh.

‘Not the ones that go to work and be dead straight and sensible. He liked fun girls, show girls.’
I put it to him that it must have been an amazing experience for a young man to hang out with someone who was rich, famous, charismatic and surrounded by girls.

‘They always wanted Jimmy’s autograph,’ said Teret, ‘and while they’re all queuing up I get chatting to them, “Who are you? What’s your name? What are you doing later? We’re staying in the caravan, do you want to come and see us at six o’clock? Bring a girlfriend.” It was that easy.’

Jimmy Savile presenting Top Of The Pops in 1976

As Teret explained on a radio show recorded soon after Jimmy’s death: ‘I actually spent so much time with Jim in the early days that he told me how to live, how to think, how to be.’

He recalled that Jimmy referred to him as ‘My son’, to which he dutifully responded by calling him ‘Father’. Jimmy’s protege went on to become a DJ for Radio Caroline, at which point they parted company.

In March 1999, Ray Teret, then 57, was jailed for six months for seducing and bedding a 15-year- old schoolgirl.

I also discovered that in 1980 Jimmy’s older brother John Henry was fired from his job at a London psychiatric hospital for sexually assaulting a female patient. He was alleged to have lifted the patient’s smock and groped at her breasts in his office.

While trawling the newspaper archives, a recurring theme began to emerge. Whether rescuing girls on the seafront in his aforementioned E-Type, offering lifts home in his Rolls-Royce or inviting female guests back to his caravans and motorhomes, Jimmy’s impressive array of vehicles was as much a part of his image as the outlandish hair, clothes and jewellery.

In a conversation with one of Jimmy’s former assistants, he admitted the only dubious thing he ever heard him say was that he really shouldn’t give girls a lift in his car. Jimmy hadn’t heeded his own advice by July 1977 when 16-year-old Julie Ball reported she had gone for a spin with the then 51-year-old star in his golden Rolls-Royce.

They had met at a health farm where she worked as a trainee beautician and Jimmy had driven her home to Letchworth in Hertfordshire, where ‘he signed autographs for hordes of children and sat talking with the family until the early hours’. The next night he took Julie out to see a play and on the way home, they pulled into a quiet lay-by where they ‘kissed and cuddled for half an hour’. Other than the love-struck teenager’s feelings being hurt when Jimmy insisted there had been ‘no romance’, there is no evidence that anything further happened,

The same cannot be said for the allegations that have emerged 25 years on. They too involve cars, and lay-bys and more. Claims that Jimmy had sexually abused under-age girls at Duncroft School in the late Sixties and early Seventies surfaced earlier this year after a Newsnight report – in which a number of victims were spoken to – was controversially axed by the BBC.

Contact with the former Duncroft girls at the centre of the claims proved difficult because of the anger and betrayal they felt over the BBC’s decision. Many felt there had been a cover-up and were fearful of going on the record again, although one, Karin Ward, did blog about Jimmy’s regular visits to the now-closed approved school in Surrey.

‘I looked forward to Jimmy Savile visiting because it meant pleasant food, rides down the lane in his sports car and extra cigarettes,’ wrote Ward, who was 14 at the time.

‘Sadly, it also meant one had to put up with being mauled and groped when he pulled into a lay-by some five miles along the road.’ She added: ‘I wasn’t the only girl that he favoured with this either.
‘In fact, he often tried to press me to “go further’’ than simply fondling him and allowing him to grope inside my knickers and at my partly-formed breasts. He promised me all manner of good things if I would give him oral sex.’

We now know those rewards were said to have included visits to the BBC studios to watch his television shows being filmed – visits that offered opportunities for further assaults in his dressing room.

And he did go further, allegedly raping two of the Duncroft girls who were hand-picked from the headmistress’s office, as well as others unconnected with the school.

Five women appeared in former police detective and child protection specialist Mark Williams-Thomas’s investigation for ITV, although not all were from Duncroft.

He interviewed many more – among them were some previously interviewed by Newsnight.
So far, more than 40 women have come forward to claim that they had been sexually assaulted by Jimmy Savile at the height of his fame. They were aged between 12 and 20 at the time.

‘The pattern is consistent with all of those women I spoke to,’ says Williams-Thomas. ‘I have no doubt there are many, many more victims. I know some of them and they are too scared to talk on the record.’

Jan Klimkowski
10-09-2012, 06:16 PM
Eyes Wide Shut.

A British icon.

A hero for generations of children.

The face of a paedophile.

Jan Klimkowski
10-15-2012, 06:25 PM
Speculative hypothesis: Savile was part of a paedophile ring that procured vulnerable children for abuse by politicians, the wealthy and the influential. Knowledge and evidence of the abuse was used to blackmail the influential, probably with British intelligence oversight.

Now, we have some new and disturbing revelations about how Jim Fixed It.

Adult men have come forward and testified to repeated child abuse by Savile, so the fact that Jim preyed on boys as well as girls - as claimed in this thread - is now being reported by MSM.

Savile's decades long involvment at the high security Broadmoor prison hospital, originally known as Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, is most provocative.

Broadmoor is where Britain's most violent criminals, including murderers and serial killers, are sent if declared insane.

Here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadmoor_Hospital) is wiki's list of some notable inmates/patients:


Antony Baekeland, grandson of Leo Baekeland, after his trial for stabbing his mother to death.[14]
Ian Ball, who attempted to kidnap Princess Anne in 1974
William Rutherford Benn, father of Margaret Rutherford
Ian Brady
Charles Bronson
Sharon Carr, who stabbed her first victim Katie Rackliff when she was just 12
David Copeland
Richard Dadd
Gregory Davis
Ibrahim Eidarous, alleged member of al-Jihad[15]
Kenneth Erskine
June and Jennifer Gibbons
Daniel Gonzalez
James Kelly, convicted of killing his wife, suspected of being Jack the Ripper, his memoirs place his whereabouts around other unsolved murders in the UK and the United States.
Ronald Kray
Thomas John Ley
Robert Maudsley
Roderick McLean
Dr. William Chester Minor, known as The Surgeon of Crowthorne
Daniel M'Naghten
Robert Napper
Edward Oxford
Nicky Reilly[16]
John Straffen
Peter Sutcliffe, known as Yorkshire Ripper
Roy Shaw
Ronald True
Graham Young, released by hospital as "fully recovered", and who later poisoned dozens of people, two fatally. Jailed aged 14 (youngest prisoner detained there since 1885).

The Kray twins were notorious London gangsters, whose criminal network was protected by high-placed police officers. The Krays were homosexuals, and allegedly procured boys, mainly runaways and orphans, for the rich and influential, including politicians and judges.

The Yorkshire Ripper, serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, told a very strange story about one of his murders:


"Mr Sutcliffe told police he left the murder scene after he heard voices, but couldn't tell where they came from.

"He also heard a car being driven away from the entrance to a house.

"Later he found out that the house was where disc jockey Jimmy Savile lived"

Now we learn that Savile had a room with a bed at Broadmoor.

Astonishingly, we also learn that for several years Savile was allowed to run this psychiatric prison hospital for the crimiinally dangerous and insane.

Whilst buggering and raping the patients.


Jimmy Savile police investigate Broadmoor rape claims

As sexual abuse claims grow, Met studies claims that late DJ assaulted patients at psychiatric hospital where he volunteered

Esther Addley

guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/15/jimmy-savile-police-broadmoor-rape), Monday 15 October 2012 13.09 BST

Police investigating the growing number of abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile are reportedly visiting Broadmoor secure psychiatric hospital to examine claims that he raped and sexually assaulted patients while working there as a volunteer for more than four decades.

The late DJ, who had living quarters at the hospital and a set of keys to the wards, has been accused of assaulting a number of former patients. The claims are part of 340 separate lines of inquiry dating back to the 1950s being investigated by the Metropolitan police, based on evidence from 14 separate police forces across the UK.

The Department of Health has launched an internal investigation into Savile's role at the Berkshire hospital for which it had direct managerial responsibility until 2001, when it was transferred to the control of West London Mental Health NHS Trust. It will examine why the TV presenter was appointed in 1988 to lead a taskforce overseeing the hospital after the management board was dismissed by the then health secretary, Kenneth Clarke. A spokesman for Clarke told the BBC he had no recollection of the appointment.

A DoH spokesman said: "Although the framework for child protection and safeguarding for Broadmoor and other Special Hospital patients changed radically in 1999, we of course want to establish the circumstances and see if any lessons can be learned.

"At present we are trying to find out what happened and we will obviously need to consider all the circumstances."

A lawyer acting for people who are planning to sue Stoke Mandeville hospital and the BBC over claims Savile abused them there said the government could also be sued directly given its responsibility for Broadmoor.

Steven George, a former patient at the hospital who has since undergone a sex change operation, has claimed that Savile groped him while he was watching TV at Broadmoor in the early 1970s, when he was a 17-year-old girl called Alison Pink.

A psychiatric nurse has also claimed that a former Broadmoor patient told her she had been repeatedly raped by Savile under the stage at the hospital in the early 1980s. The West London trust confirmed the hospital did have a stage area, although it had been renovated since that time.

Savile called himself the "voluntary assistant entertainments officer" at Broadmoor, although it is understood he was never given the role formally.

Scotland Yard said on Friday it was looking into 40 potential victims of Savile, and had formally recorded 12 allegations of sexual abuse, "but expect that number to grow".

A 45-year-old man has made fresh allegations that Savile, whom police have described as a "predatory sex offender", abused him on the set of Jim'll Fix It when he was nine. Kevin Cook told the Sun Savile had separated him from his friends and taken him to a private dressing room, where he molested him.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan police declined to comment.

Context for Broadmoor: during the decades post-WW2, murderers and serial killers were an object of intense study by "MK-ULTRA" (in the broad sense) psychiatrists, who were charged with identifying the secret of violent impulses with the aim of being able to control and trigger violence on cue.

Questions: was British "MK-ULTRA" research taking place at Broadmoor? If so, was Savile wittingly or unwittingly involved in this?

Danny Jarman
10-15-2012, 07:40 PM
Great post Jan and I completely share your hypothesis.

I remember reading a post on this forum a while back but I can't remember from what thread. It was about Justin Fashanu and about how he received death threats because he allegedly had knowledge of a pedo ring involving very important people, including MP's. Who knows if that could be of any relevance to the ongoing revelations here...

Magda Hassan
10-16-2012, 06:17 AM
The Yorkshire Ripper, serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, told a very strange story about one of his murders:


"Mr Sutcliffe told police he left the murder scene after he heard voices, but couldn't tell where they came from.

"He also heard a car being driven away from the entrance to a house.

"Later he found out that the house was where disc jockey Jimmy Savile lived"
Very intriguing....


Now we learn that Savile had a room with a bed at Broadmoor.


Astonishingly, we also learn that for several years Savile was allowed to run this psychiatric prison hospital for the criminally dangerous and insane.

Whilst buggering and raping the patients.


:jawdrop: Now, how many people have ever in the history of prison and hospital administration have been placed in such a position? This is very telling. It would be entirely possible to establish who entrusted Savile with this position.

Jan Klimkowski
10-16-2012, 04:51 PM
Now we learn that Savile had a room with a bed at Broadmoor.


Astonishingly, we also learn that for several years Savile was allowed to run this psychiatric prison hospital for the criminally dangerous and insane.

Whilst buggering and raping the patients.


:jawdrop: Now, how many people have ever in the history of prison and hospital administration have been placed in such a position? This is very telling. It would be entirely possible to establish who entrusted Savile with this position.


Cue a chorus of NOT ME GUV and non-denial denials......




The Department of Health (DoH) is to investigate the decision to appoint Sir Jimmy Savile as head of a taskforce overseeing Broadmoor hospital in 1988.

BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19936195)
(snip)

The DoH had responsibility for running the high-security hospital when Savile was appointed, but West London Mental Health NHS Trust has been in charge since 2001.

A DoH spokesman said: "We will investigate the Department of Health's conduct in apparently appointing Savile to this role.

"Although the framework for child protection and safeguarding for Broadmoor and other special hospital patients changed radically in 1999, we of course want to establish the circumstances and see if any lessons can be learned.

"In hindsight he should very obviously not have been appointed. Had anyone involved in the appointment been aware of allegations of abuse against Savile, we would not have expected him to have been appointed."


Broadmoor Hospital taskforce member

He added: "These are extremely disturbing allegations and we would expect any part of the NHS that is involved to cooperate fully with any investigation."

The Guardian reported that Savile's appointment came in 1988, after the hospital's management board was dismissed by the then health secretary Ken Clarke.

However, Mr Clarke's special adviser said the Conservative MP, who was made health secretary in July 1988, had no recollection of this, and the appointment may not have been made when he was in his post.

Alan Franey, who was on the taskforce with Savile, said it was set up by the DoH following a critical report which said patients were too institutionalised and not offered enough care at Broadmoor.

The hospital now houses only male adult patients, but in the 80s accompanied children were allowed to visit relatives at the hospital.

Mr Franey said that as a member of the taskforce, Savile would have been able to "come and go at the hospital as he pleased".

"I am shocked at what I've heard and read. This is not my experience of Jimmy Savile who I met informally," he said.

(snip)


When the BBC asked the DoH to explain what Savile's role involved, how much access he had to patients, how he came to be appointed to the role and whether he had keys to the hospital, a spokeswoman said: "We have to wait for the police investigation to uncover the facts.

"This issue dates back to the late 80s and will take time to gather all the facts."

The Metropolitan Police said it was now in contact with 40 potential victims of Savile and continued to liaise with 14 police forces. The Met has officially recorded 12 allegations of sexual offences but expects this number to grow.

The BBC said it would not be able to comment on the claims while the police investigation was ongoing.

Jan Klimkowski
10-16-2012, 05:10 PM
It's doubtless hard for non-Brits to grasp the scale of this.

Jimmy Savile was a national icon, the wacky but saintly shellsuit wearing, cigar puffing, Rolls Royce driving charity worker cum Top of the Pops DJ who made the fantasies of children come true.

Jim'll Fix It , which ran from 1975 to 1994, was a primetime BBC1 show in which children would write letters expressing their most heartfelt wish to Savile. He would read them out on air, and then make the fantasy come true.

I am probably one of a small number of those Brits who were children during those times who did not ask Jim to Fix It for me.

Meanwhile, we now learn that Savile was the compere of girls only discos in the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum:


Sir Jimmy Savile organised all-girl 'therapeutic' parties at Broadmoor

Sir Jimmy Savile organised all-girl discos at the psychiatric hospital Broadmoor in which he was the "therapeutic entertainment", it has been claimed.

By Richard Alleyne (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9611090/Sir-Jimmy-Savile-organised-all-girl-therapeutic-parties-at-Broadmoor.html)8:17AM BST 16 Oct 2012

The late television presenter used his access to the wards to recruit the young women for his private parties where he would be the DJ.

Describing himself as "therapeutic entertainment", his discos in the 70s, which he insisted on making, "lasses only", allowed him access to the young girls away from the staff.

They are likely to be a part of the Department of Health's investigation into how and why Savile was given a leading role at the high security psychiatric hospital.

A source told the Daily Mirror: "Savile did whatever he wanted at Broadmoor and nobody could stop him."

A former employee at Broadmoor, who knew Savile but asked not to be named, said: "He had access to all areas.


"He went where he wanted and spoke to whoever he wanted to. He spoke to all the patients. He would just walk up and have a chat. He was always there."

The Jim'll Fix It star, who had a flat in the grounds, volunteered at the hospital for 20 years before he was made head of a task force to plug a £20 million deficit in 1988.

The DJ was considered by the Department of Health as the ideal person to fix the hospital's finances and advise on welfare.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood has received a staggering 2,000 calls offering information since details of Savile's decades preying on youngsters began to emerge.

The BBC presenter Jeremy Vine branded Savile "one of the most serious predatory paedophiles in criminal history".

Ex-Newsnight anchor Jeremy, 47, who hosts a Radio 2 lunchtime show, told the Sun: "This is a complete and utter nightmare.

"The fact that a person was using his BBC prestige and maybe even BBC dressing rooms to attack young children I find completely disgusting as a father of two young daughters.

"I cannot believe it happened for such a sustained period — and on our doorstep."

Meanwhile another woman claimed he abused her while she was living at a Salvation Army women's home in Salford because she was unmarried and her family were ashamed of her.

Savile had a bedsit a few hundred yards away — and was a regular visitor.

One said: "We were vulnerable, the lowest of the low. We were clearly pregnant and very young.

"We went to see him. He kissed us and tried to grope our breasts. I think we had asked for an autograph and he said we had to give him a kiss.

"He preyed on our vulnerability. Everyone needs to know how many people he has affected."

She reported the incident to Greater Manchester Police on Friday. They are probing complaints about Savile from at least two other women.

Magda Hassan
10-17-2012, 12:37 PM
My bolding. Interestingly mentions....Ken Clarke.....just in passing...Ken Clarke being the Minister for health during the time Jimmy Savile was having full access to his prey and running Broadmoor
‘Jimmy Savile wasn’t the only one at the BBC’, says investigative journalist and former child actor Ben Fellowshttp://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/ben_f.jpg?w=122&h=144 (http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/ben_f.jpg)By Ben Fellows
21st Century Wire (http://21stcenturywire.com/2012/10/11/i-ran-the-gauntlet-of-pedophiles-in-the-entertainment-industry)
Guest ColumnistJimmy Savile may be the villain of the moment concerning revelations about child sexual abuse at the BBC, but the truth is there are pedophiles everywhere in the entertainment industry. Many of them are in positions of power and influence within their respective organisations, including adult stars, directors, producers and executives.The following accounts are just some of my own personal experiences – and brushes with pedophilia out in the entertainment and big media spheres, as a child star who attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London…
http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/n666620924_1835917_98221.jpg?w=231&h=300 (http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/n666620924_1835917_98221.jpg)Ben playing “Fleance” in Adrian Nobles RSC production of Macbeth.

At the age of ten years old I was asked by my drama teacher to go and audition at the Royal Shakespeare Company. They were looking for a mixed race boy to play alongside Hugh Quarshi who was playing Banquo, in Adrian Nobles’ production of MacBeth starring Jonathan Price and Sinead Cusack. Having gone to the audition, taken by my parents, I was lucky enough to get the part ofFleance. However, after the high of getting offered a part in the production, my chaperones – who looked after me like secret service agents (I’m not kidding) – told me that there were certain actors that I was not allowed to be alone with. As a child at the RSC, I was just having a blast and didn’t realise that sexual predators were a part of my production, however, there were certain actors who were famous and who I was warned about.I was told in no uncertain terms never to go into certain actor’s dressing rooms. On one occasion I actually did go into an actor’s dressing room who closed the door behind me. I was offered alcohol… and before I knew it, the dressing room door burst open and my chaperone invited me to go back to my own dressing room. Of course nothing happened to me whilst at the RSC. My point is that the RSC were quite aware of pedophiles in their midst. It was an open secret that children were vulnerable, even this highly rated, professional environment.TV’s ‘Casting Couch’However, once I’d entered the entertainment industry proper, I was not so lucky and ran a gauntlet of pedophiles – both at the BBC and at other television production companies, and also in theatres, as well as on commercial photo shoots. In fact, almost every production I was involved with, I was targeted in some way or another. Looking back, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the problem is both institutional and systemic in the entertainment industry.The casting couch may seem like a funny, perhaps even mythical old Hollywood style, approach to casting. As pre-teen and as a young teenager, I attended many auditions as a child where I was asked to take my top off and pose for photographs, and I was propositioned by male and female casting directors all the time.
http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/21-08-2005-12-22-03_00241.jpg?w=300&h=219 (http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/21-08-2005-12-22-03_00241.jpg)Ben at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), having just met Queen Elizabeth II.

After one audition for a Coca-Cola commercial, the Police came to my parent’s home. They advised my mother that I had inadvertently become a potential target of a known pedophile ring. It turned out that the ‘well-known’ casting director had taken pictures of me topless, and those pictures then appeared in what was described as a catalogue and was passed to other pedophiles within the company – and to external pedophiles. These were professionals within ‘the industry’, operating under the cover of an entire production company working with blue chip clients.On another, more frightening occasion, I was chased around the dressing room by a naked actor who had invited me into their dressing room at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane – and this actor was extremely famous. I was advised by the director of the musical that I was not to complain, or tell anyone of this incident. I was thirteen years old… so I didn’t.It was not uncommon, and on multiple occasions, that I was propositioned and called into “fake” castings. One fake casting of note was with one of the world’s most successful theatre producers(West End, Broadway), where I was systematically harassed over a twelve month period – whilst having a leading role in the musical dangled like the proverbial carrot in front of my face.The BBC experienceAt the BBC I did many series and episodes of television programmes. A a young actor on East Enders, I was propositioned by another adult actor, but by this time I had become quite a plucky kid so I didn’t tolerate it. But it wasn’t the last time, and I was hounded by that actor for the duration of my tenure on the show.When I was on tour with a well-known musical, most of the actors stayed in the same hotel. One night I was taken out by a male adult actor. I was brought alcohol and that actor took me back to my room and attempted to rape me. If it wasn’t for my friend - drunkenly bursting into my room, I believe that I might well have been raped. Mind you, I was only fourteen years old.When I was fifteen years old, I was introduced to politicians via working from 1990-1994 on the investigative TV show, “The Cook Report” (http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FThe_Coo k_Report&ei=pwJ3UIPXIcLD0QWimYHwAQ&usg=AFQjCNEwDVUJj9Xud-b2KQzS9ksc3P9LSA&sig2=11-Uyh7qIeDQ7aa5s7X22A), which became a nightmare. To explain, The Cook Reportwas an investigative journalism programme run out of Central Television in Birmingham. When I joined the team, I was a confident child actor. I had a powerful agent and I was working on a regular basis across the entertainment industry. The Cook Report needed a child,specifically one who was mixed race to place in front of prominent politicians to lure them into a sting operation – a dangerous honey trap if there ever was one.Firstly, it was illegal for The Cook Report to exploit me in this way. I was a child for God’s sake! Yet, if I was eighteen but looked fifteen and I fully understood what I was getting into – then fair enough. But I was only fifteen at the time, so not being able to say no to a job – I joined the team and began my role in the sting.During the show’s ‘Cash for Questions’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cash-for-questions_affair)investigation, the first politician who I met was then DTI Chairman, Sir Michael Grylls, who invited me to tea in the House of Commons “tea room” and spent the meeting attempting make untoward body contact with me under the table. After that, I was sent to a political lobbyist named Ian Greer who tried to rub his genitalia against me while he hugged me. On one separate occasion, I was summoned Ian Greer’s offices where Ken Clarke was also present. Greer gave me a two glasses of whiskey and was acting a little, lets say, “over-familiar”. Ken Clarke and Ian Greer were well aware of my age – because I told them. Now, I’m not suggesting that either Sir Michael Grylls, Ian Greer or Ken Clarke are pedophiles, however, it’s not over-the-top to describe what transpired as very questionable behaviourtowards a minor – by anyone’s standards – let alone the standards expected from our public officials and government inner circle members.So, if Prime Minister David Cameron is calling for an inquiry into the BBC over the recent pedophile revelations of Jimmy Savile, then his government should also be including members of parliament, as well as the entire entertainment industry.Of course, The Cook Report producers are just as culpable for putting me in that position in the first place. Certainly, it wouldn’t be the last time that show put my life in danger. As an undercover journalist on several stories, I was constantly put in danger.
http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/21-08-2005-12-14-03_0016.jpg?w=300&h=234 (http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/21-08-2005-12-14-03_0016.jpg)Ben aged 15 with his mom Stephanie Fellows.

It wasn’t just the celebrities who were at it. A BBC producer, after filming one day on a television programme, took me to a party and introduced me to other BBC staff. I also met a male Guardian journalist who tried to come on to me. I am straight, and as I was a child and even though I probably thought I was cool, I was most certainly naive to the ways of adult behaviour in the industry! The producers took me back to their house in Ealing, a suburb of London, frequented by BBC staff. I was drunk, and a female BBC staff member tried to sleep with me. On another occasion I was given cocaine by famous personalities and crew with the full knowledge of the executive producers, producer and directors. They even had the cokedelivered via a BBC courier to the party we were having in a BBC rehearsal room in Acton.I could go on with many stories of being exploited sexually in the entertainment industry. My point is that it’s not just the BBC where pedophiles are operating. It’s the entire entertainment industry.When I was between the ages of ten and the age of consent, on every television programme and theatre job I did, I was either sexually harassed, coerced into drinking too much, felt up in some way, or simply followed home by a crazy male fans. I’ve had actors expose themselves to me and I mean really famous actors, including world-famous movie stars – many who are touted by the sycophantic celebrity-worshiping media as role models. So you can see how recent revelations of Jimmy Saville are of little surprise for me.Sickness That Infects the Whole of Show BusinessThe entertainment industry can be a rough ride for a child, and an industry that seems to have little or no internal governance regarding the regulation of sexual predators within its borders. I’ve been attacked on a few occasions and saved by sheer luck, ended up at serious sex parties with male and female prostitutes, bucket loads of drugs, alcohol – and all with some of the world’s most famous industry professionals. I don’t know about now, but when I was growing up in the industry it was rampant and everywhere –and everyone knew about it. It is the industry’s big, dirty secret.For children in the entertainment industry what I’ve described is real, and it’s appropriate to note here that there were even child actors I personally knew – who committed suicide because of their abusive experiences. One can only guess at the number of survivors who later fell into self-abuse, narcotics and depression as a result of this institutional disease.Male or female, it didn’t matter. I was a child and I was under the age of consent.We can’t just look at the BBC without looking everywhere else – including the music industry. I was exposed to many famous men who tried to abuse their positions of power as industry ‘King Makers’.Little or No ReformAs for the disgusting excuse for a public servant – Harriet Harman MP, who in the past has advocated for less stricter legislation on pedophile photographs, films and videos and wants the age of consent lowered to 14 years old – I say, only a pedophile would want to call for less legislation and therefore make being a pedophile much, much easier and more legal.Now, more than ever, children need to be protected in society, and that includes the entertainment industry. If pedophiles were rampant in my day as a child actor, one could assume that it’s rather unlikely that this situation would have improved over time all by itself.

Magda Hassan
10-17-2012, 12:55 PM
And why did none of The Sun and News of the World phone hacks find any stuff on Savile and friends and victims? They publish what Sienna Miller had for breakfast instead.

Jan Klimkowski
10-17-2012, 06:05 PM
And why did none of The Sun and News of the World phone hacks find any stuff on Savile and friends and victims? They publish what Sienna Miller had for breakfast instead.

Officially, cash and lawyers.



Jimmy Savile turns to Fox Hayes for action against The Sun

17 March 2008

Nina Goswami (http://www.thelawyer.com/jimmy-savile-turns-to-fox-hayes-for-action-against-the-sun/131780.article)

Leeds-based firm Fox Hayes has commenced legal action against The Sun newspaper on behalf of TV personality Jimmy Savile.

Savile, the star of children’s television favourite Jim’ll Fix It, decided to start proceedings against the Rupert Murdoch paper after a series of articles linked the former Radio One DJ with Jersey children’s home Haut de la Garenne.


The police are currently investigating the care home after human remains were found at the residence where children were allegedly tortured and sexually abused.

On 1 March, Savile’s solicitors said, The Sun carried a photograph of the former Top of the Pops presenter allegedly visiting the Jersey home.

This was followed with a series of articles. One asserted that Savile was unwilling to assist with the police investigation and another that he admitted having visited the home. The Sun also criticised Savile for being unprepared to “go some way to fixing it for the victims”.

Last week (14 March), Savile said the entire coverage linking him with the events at the children’s home was repugnant.

“I feel as though I have been subjected to a long and drawn out mugging by The Sun newspaper. The only difference is that its journalists do not wear hoodies,” said Savile.

Fox Hayes, which has instructed barrister Jonathan Crystal of Cloisters, added that Savile has no connection to the events that have taken place at the Jersey children’s home and has no information that might assist the authorities.

A spokesman for the firm said: “He has no recollection of visiting the home over 30 years ago and any such visit would have been unexceptional. Connecting Sir James to events at the home has caused him severe embarrassment and upset.

“The reported events are the antithesis of everything Sir James has worked tirelessly to prevent.”

Unofficially?

We can speculate intelligently.

Malcolm Pryce
10-17-2012, 09:22 PM
Ha ha Jan, no, you weren't alone. I too was a kid from the Seventies who didn't get a 'Jim Fixed it for Me' badge. I did watch with keen envy, though, the antics of the kids who got on the show. Maybe their fate wasn't so enviable after all.

Jan Klimkowski
10-17-2012, 09:32 PM
More (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-savile-child-abuse-sexual-1380981) bizarre shit...


As accusations against the shamed star last night continued to mount, the Daily Mirror can also reveal Savile arranged for 60 patients, including convicted murderers, to be granted early release.

But for the patients who remained, Savile used his trusted status at the hospital in Crowthorne, Berks, to organise day trips for patients to the Queen’s back garden at Windsor Great Park and aboard a luxury boat on the Thames.

He also invited bands into the hospital grounds, then home to patients including Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and gangland boss Ronnie Kray, to stage exclusive concerts.

Magda Hassan
10-17-2012, 10:01 PM
.....A spokesman for the firm said: “He has no recollection of visiting the home over 30 years ago and any such visit would have been unexceptional. Connecting Sir James to events at the home has caused him severe embarrassment and upset......



4038

Jan Klimkowski
10-21-2012, 06:56 PM
In the ever so reserved language of the of the British, Establishment, the BBC has been economical with the truth.

Here's an email sent in early October 2012 by Liz MacKean, the BBC investigative reporter whose exposure of Savile's child abuse was killed by Newsnight Editor Rippon in December 2011.



Sent: Mon 8/10/2012

From: Liz MacKean, Newsnight

To: George Entwistle, Director-General

Ever since the report was dropped , just ahead of it being edited, there have been repeated misleading statements from the press office about the nature of our investigation… Worst of all has been what seems like a concerted effort to make it appear that our story was about something else, something that could be dropped and forgotten ahead of fulsome tribute programmes. It is this which seems to be fuelling the damaging claims of a cover-up.


Auntie Beeb is in deep and deserved trouble, but still desperately trying to cover its tracks.

Here's some detailed background from The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/revealed-newsnight-emails-that-accuse-bbc-of-jimmy-savile-coverup-8218971.html):


[B]Revealed: Newsnight emails that accuse BBC of Jimmy Savile cover-up

BBC boss was warned that broadcaster has issued 'misleading statements' about aborted Savile documentary

Ian Burrell Saturday 20 October 2012

The new Director-General of the BBC, George Entwistle, failed to adequately respond to an impassioned warning from a senior Newsnight journalist that the Corporation has been involved in a “concerted effort” to cover up the circumstances surrounding its decision not to screen an investigation into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile.

A leading journalist on the original Savile exposé, Liz MacKean, has told Mr Entwistle he is mistaken in the account he has given to the BBC's staff and that the Corporation has issued "repeated misleading statements", The Independent has learnt.

Mr Entwistle declined the opportunity to speak to Ms MacKean even though he knew her, and replied with a two-line note, passing the matter to a colleague. The Director-General's handling of the matter is likely to weaken his position ahead of his appearance before Parliament on Tuesday, when he is expected to face difficult questions on his handling of the scandal that emerged during his first month in his post.

Ms MacKean and her colleague Meirion Jones, both experienced investigative journalists working on the original Savile story for the BBC, were yesterday summoned to a meeting by Peter Horrocks, the BBC's Director of Global News, who has stepped in to oversee the Corporation's ongoing coverage. It is believed to be the first time the two journalists who worked on the investigation have been given the chance to put their version of events to senior BBC management. In her email to Mr Entwistle 12 days ago, Ms MacKean said she wanted to "share with you my disquiet about the handling of the Newsnight Savile story". She denied Mr Entwistle's previous assertion that the story was "about the Surrey police investigation" and rejected an account by the Newsnight editor Peter Rippon, who posted a blog on the BBC website on 2 October, the day before ITV's Savile documentary, explaining his decision to drop the BBC's story.

"Ever since the report was dropped [by the BBC], just ahead of it being edited, there have been repeated misleading statements from the press office about the nature of our investigation," wrote Ms MacKean, who also complained about Newsnight's coverage of the scandal, once it had broken.

"To see what began as a BBC story running large on ITV is a hard thing. For it not to be mentioned in any way on Newsnight is another, quite absurd, thing. But worst of all has been what seems like a concerted effort to make it appear that our story was about something else, something that could be dropped and forgotten ahead of fulsome tribute programmes. It is this which seems to be fuelling the damaging claims of a cover-up."

The journalist's suggestion that the investigation was close to the edit stage and was sacrificed in December 2011 for How's About That Then?, a positive programme about Savile's life – which fell under Mr Entwistle's responsibility as BBC Director of Vision – raises questions about whether he did enough to satisfy himself that the former Jim'll Fix It presenter was worthy of such a tribute – and whether Mr Rippon should have warned BBC senior management about the evidence his team had gathered.

Mr Entwistle has publicly said he was determined not to interfere in an independent editorial process and, although he was aware of a Newsnight investigation into Savile, "had no idea what the nature of the investigation was".

He replied to Ms MacKean – who he knew from his time as editor of Newsnight – with a two-line note: "Thank you for this. I have asked Ken MacQuarrie from BBC Scotland to get in touch with you to discuss this." But Mr MacQuarrie's role was quickly superseded by other official BBC inquiries announced this month. It is understood Mr Entwistle thought it inappropriate to speak directly to the journalists, who were asked to clarify their complaints.

Rob Wilson, the Conservative MP for Reading East, said: "George Entwistle's biggest weakness is that he failed in his duty on behalf of the licence fee payers – he should have been in a position to stop the tribute programmes because he was asking the right questions internally about Jimmy Savile."

The Independent understands that a documentary by the BBC's own Panorama programme into the Savile scandal has obtained a series of internal BBC emails which throw new light on the background to the decision not to broadcast the Newsnight exposé.

Panorama interviewed both Ms MacKean and Mr Jones on Thursday and is understood to be in possession of an email from Mr Jones, in which the investigative reporter warned Mr Rippon in December 2011 of the likely consequences of his decision to abandon the story, accurately predicting the furore that has engulfed the BBC 10 months later. Another contemporaneous email from Ms MacKean, written to a friend, is said to express her frustration that Mr Rippon had pulled the programme after expressing a reluctance to fight the BBC's internal compliance culture. A further email contains Mr Rippon's response to the BBC press office's email about the programme – in which he says that the investigation has been dropped and reportedly accuses the Corporation's communications team of putting "the cart before the horse".

This correspondence is understood to have been copied to the Deputy Director of BBC News, Stephen Mitchell, and raises further questions as to how much the BBC executive team knew of the strength of Newsnight's evidence on Savile, ahead of the tribute programme on 28 December. After news emerged that ITV was planning a documentary on allegations of sexual abuse by Savile, Ms MacKean is understood to have made a late attempt to salvage the Newsnight piece but was told "we are not going to jump on the ITV bandwagon".

Panorama is hoping to screen its documentary on Monday evening. Jones is now working with the flagship investigative team – which is a fierce rival of Newsnight's – although he is understood to have only a consultancy role. The Panorama programme is expected to be presented by Scottish-based presenter Shelley Jofre, who had no connection with the previous investigation.

Mr Horrocks' decision to hold talks yesterday with the two Newsnight journalists was regarded within the BBC news division as a signal of his intention to take a leading role in the crisis, which has raised doubts about Mr Entwistle's future as Director-General.

Mr Horrocks's role on the Savile story is the result of Director of News Helen Boaden having to stand back from coverage of the issue as she was head of the chain of command when the piece was dropped. The BBC says this was an editorial decision taken by Mr Rippon.

Earlier this week, the Culture Secretary Maria Miller called on the chair of the BBC Trust Lord Patten to seek assurances that the BBC's independent reviews into the Savile affair, one led by former High Court judge Dame Janet Smith, the other by former head of Sky News Nick Pollard, will have "unfettered access" to all sources of information.

Yesterday, Scotland Yard announced that Operation Yewtree, the inquiry into alleged child sexual exploitation by Savile and others, has become a formal criminal investigation. After two weeks of gathering information from both the public and a number of organisations, more than 400 lines of inquiry have been assessed and over 200 potential victims have been identified.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "As we have said from the outset, our work was never going to take us into a police investigation into Jimmy Savile. What we have established in the past two weeks is that there are lines of inquiry involving living people that require formal investigation."

Peter Watt, head of the NSPCC's helpline, said: "It's now looking possible that Jimmy Savile was one the most prolific sex offenders the NSPCC has ever come across. We have received more than 136 calls directly relating to allegations against him which we've passed to the police."

A BBC spokesman said: "The BBC has confirmed it has launched an independent review led by former court of appeal judge Dame Janet Smith which will cover these questions. It would not be appropriate to comment further until these have been concluded."

Jan Klimkowski
10-21-2012, 07:14 PM
An honest copper and an honest reporter:


Jimmy Savile: 'He was the tip of the iceberg’

The wide-ranging investigation into Sir Jimmy Savile’s depraved activities has focused attention once more on claims of a possible paedophile ring and a 'culture of cover-up’ on Jersey.

Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9620223/Jimmy-Savile-He-was-the-tip-of-the-iceberg.html)
By Eileen Fairweather
8:13PM BST 19 Oct 2012
In the bleak days of March 2008, the world’s media gathered outside Haut de la Garenne, a forbidding and isolated former workhouse and children’s home on Jersey. Police were digging for possible human remains and other evidence after almost 200 former residents of the home alleged abuse, including torture and rape, by staff and visitors over many years, with claims that some youngsters had “disappeared”.

Officers from mainland British forces, who had previously taken over leadership of the local force on a mission to root out alleged “endemic corruption” within Jersey’s constabulary, led the high‑profile investigation into historical child abuse on the island.

Now two of those officers, Jersey’s former Chief Officer Graham Power and the former Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper, the senior officer in the Haut de la Garenne abuse inquiry, are backing victims’ calls for an outside force to investigate allegations that Sir Jimmy Savile and others, including some celebrities, regularly sexually abused children on Jersey.

The shocking revelations of Savile’s depraved behaviour have, to the relief of the Jersey abuse victims, refocused attention on Haut de la Garenne. In their view, it confirms their claims that the home was at the heart of a well-protected paedophile ring.

Allegations against Savile and other famous and powerful people were made during the 2008 inquiry. Earlier this week, the Telegraph revealed that another alleged abuser was the actor Wilfrid Brambell, the “dirty old man” of Steptoe and Son fame. One of two boys whom he abused in a back room at the Jersey Opera House in the Seventies was from Haut de la Garenne.

The States of Jersey Police have confirmed that an Haut de la Garenne resident had alleged abuse by Savile in the mid-Seventies during the 2008 inquiry, but said there had been insufficient evidence for an investigation to proceed. The authority has also confirmed that three more victims of Savile on Jersey have contacted them in recent days.

Carrie Modral, chair of the Jersey Care Leavers’ Association, a charity run by people who have spent time in care, says: “It’s good that the Savile scandal is making people think more about what happened here. But why have the States of Jersey only admitted it about Savile now? Because he’s dead and he can’t talk or bring down all the other big names. Their view would be that we, the survivors, keep going on about celebrities abusing kids at Haut de la Garenne, so OK, 'Here’s one, he’s dead and he can’t talk.’ But Savile was just the tip of the iceberg.”

Lenny Harper agrees: “Savile chose his victims with great care; vulnerable and often troubled youngsters many in care homes. If they complained they were labelled troublemakers, or brutally put down. We know from court cases and statements made to my team [during the 2008 inquiry] that children in Jersey care homes were 'loaned out’ to members of the yachting fraternity and other prominent citizens on the pretence of recreational trips but during which they were savagely abused and often raped.

“When these children complained they were beaten and locked in cellars [at Haut de la Garenne], which the Jersey authorities denied existed in 2008, but which can still be seen on YouTube footage. What chance did they have? This would have been the perfect hunting ground for Savile. The great and good of Jersey fawn over anyone with even loose connections to British royalty. Saville would have been a VIP to them and children would not have stood a dog’s chance of complaining about him. It would have been so easy for him.”

Rumours about abuse at Haut de la Garenne had been rife for years but, according to Harper, junior police officers who tried to help those making allegations were “thwarted by corrupt seniors”. He claims that the 2008 inquiry so infuriated and embarrassed Jersey’s establishment that a campaign was initiated to smear the lead officers and label them credulous and money-wasting.

The dig at the home was discredited, supposedly having found nothing, but even Harper’s critical successors in the investigation admit that at least three human bone fragments were found and children’s teeth, from between 10 and 65 children of all ages.

These have never been adequately explained, Harper says. “They were not from a long ago cemetery or all animal bones, but the bones proved impossible to date. One anthropologist said they were a couple of decades old, but another said they could not be dated. We’ll never know. They were definitely human and juvenile.”

Harper retired in autumn 2008, to spend more time with his daughter and her young family, after his Army officer son-in-law was killed in Iraq. His supportive boss, Chief Officer Graham Power, a former senior Met officer and recipient of the Queen’s Police Medal, was suspended in November 2008. Both officers were later investigated by outside forces, at Jersey’s instigation, but no evidence of misconduct was found.

Jersey’s former health minister, Stuart Syvret, who backed the victims and police in the 2008 investigation, was also sacked. He was imprisoned last year for publicising a serious allegation on another, unrelated matter which, for legal reasons, cannot be described.

Syvret told the Telegraph: “Jimmy Savile abused children in Jersey. I believed his victims. Just as I believe the two people who told me of child abuse by another TV personality [this week confirmed as Brambell] on Jersey from the Seventies. Just as I believed those who told me that the authorities of the day had ignored their complaints of years of abuse by others in Jersey’s children’s homes. Savile is dead, so why must we dig into the sorry and wretched details? Because the crucial feature of this case is not so much the individual crimes, as bad as they are, and as damaging for the victims; it is, instead, what I call the 'culture of cover‑up’.”

As a result of the fallout from the investigation into Haut de la Garenne, the public was left believing that Harper and his team had over-reacted to the abuse allegations. Yet seven people have since been convicted of abuse as a result of the inquiry, and to date compensation has been agreed for over 100 victims, with many more civil cases pending. Police had allegations against 150 individuals, many never adequately investigated – including Savile. There are at least four known victims of Savile from Jersey, and at least one disclosed their abuse to police in 2008, yet it is only now that their claims are being considered seriously.

Jersey Police have confirmed that one victim made accusations against Savile in 2008. But, for reasons that are still unclear, it is thought the allegations were not typed up into the statements seen by senior officers. It is believed that Savile denied ever having been to Haut de la Garenne and threatened to sue a newspaper for claiming that he visited the home.

Although the Metropolitan Police are co-ordinating inquiries across Britain into Savile’s alleged crimes, it is individual forces that are expected to examine them in detail. Carrie Modral says few of the victims trust Jersey’s police to do so. “That window of opportunity closed when the Jersey establishment got rid of the good cops,” she says.

It was a member of the Jersey Care Leavers’ Association who told police in 2008 that she was sexually abused at Haut de la Garenne by Savile. “The news about Savile has brought it all back, she is in great distress,” says Modral. “Savile visited regularly, not just Haut de la Garenne but other children’s homes on the island. He wasn’t the only visitor. The victim has named another household name who visited the home with Savile.”

She added: “I can tell you that two staff members who abused her at another home have been imprisoned, and the authorities have agreed financial compensation for her. But another man in a position of authority who regularly visited Haut de la Garenne and abused her there is still free and now employed in a responsible position by the state.”

Lenny Harper has confirmed to the Telegraph that he arrested this man for allegedly raping two other children at the home: “I gave a lot of information to the authorities about him, but he’s still employed by them in a senior position,” Harper says. “There were two solid allegations of rape against him that would have been proceeded with if it was in the UK. There was similar fact evidence. But Jersey’s Attorney General ruled that it was not.

“When we started the dig this man turned up and demanded access to the site. He allegedly wanted to get some stuff he’d left there years before. Yet this man’s name aroused more fear in the victims than any other in the inquiry.”

Ms Modral agreed: “He was no holds barred. And I have been told he made it clear he had friends and felt he would be protected. If he goes down he will bring down the government [in Jersey], because of what he knows about other people. The press needs now to look at all the other big name visitors to the home.”

What Savile did to the victim was “horrible, but small beer” compared to what others did to her, says Modral. “Savile put her on his knee and got his hand up her skirt. Then he tried to touch her little sister, and she pulled her away when he started to cuddle her. She was already being abused at Haut de la Garenne by staff, so she knew what he would do. Imagine being so young yourself and trying to save your little sister. They were 11 and nine.”

Modral says she met Savile when he visited a youth club on the island. “It’s ridiculous that he said he was never here. He was always coming to the island to open charity walks, and [visit] the children’s home and children would go [to see him]. I didn’t like the man, I stayed well away, I found him frightening, just the look of him.”

Possible links are emerging between abuse in Jersey children’s homes and the earlier notorious Islington children’s homes paedophile ring. A key figure in the ring, Islington’s deputy children’s homes superintendent Nicholas Rabet, came from Jersey. He had worked there in childcare, and regularly took children from the north London council’s homes on camping trips to the island.

Rabet fled Britain after the press exposed him, but was charged in Thailand in 2006 with abusing 30 boys there, the youngest six. He killed himself before he could be tried. His ally, Neil Hocquart, killed himself in custody in Ely, Cambridgeshire, in 1991, after being found with hundreds of paedophile videos. He had grown up in care in Norfolk and was taken to Guernsey, where he became the “cabin boy” of a sea captain, before returning to Britain to recruit children for the paedophile ring. Karin Ward, who featured in the ITV documentary about Savile that sparked the current inquiries, has described being abused by the star during a camping trip to Jersey from her Norfolk children’s home.

The former Jersey Chief Officer Graham Power says the fact that more than 100 victims on Jersey have now received out-of-court settlements and a significant number of civil cases are still pending illustrates the scale of the abuse. He says he understands why victims mistrust the local force to investigate the Savile allegations: “The scale of abuse that occurred in this small community was so great that it seems to be beyond doubt that persons in authority must have known something of what was taking place, and, from what we know so far, they appear to have done nothing to protect the children who were being abused in establishments operated by their own government. This is a matter which merits honest and independent examination.”

Alan Collins, a solicitor with Pannone, a legal firm specialising in abuse cases that is representing 58 of the victims, says initially all the focus was on Haut de la Garenne, its workers and management. “Jimmy Savile was a sideshow. I honestly couldn’t say how many have named Savile. But there were several people who named him, it was plural, not singular. All the allegations need to be looked at now en masse for similar fact evidence, because now we are seeing a bigger jigsaw. Each individual complaint makes more sense now. Savile is dead but others who abused them are not.”

The Attorney General, William Bailhache, issued a statement in June 2009 stating that two historic abuse investigations were dropped because of a lack of evidence. “Cases of this nature are often difficult. There is rarely any independent evidence, and often the cases come down to being the word of one person against another… A decision not to bring criminal proceedings does not necessarily mean that those who have made complaints are not believed. A decision not to prosecute means only that the Attorney General, having fully considered all of the available evidence and other information, has decided that an acquittal is more likely than a conviction.”

The Image is of the Beast of Jersey, as described by his child victims.

Magda Hassan
10-24-2012, 12:48 PM
From the observant David Guyatt. :humble: Definitely worth following this in parliament and outside.



MP Tom Watson asks Prime Minister in today's Prime Minister's Questions about a powerful paedophile network in Downing Street and Parliament:

http://labourlist.org/2012/10/tom-watsons-pmqs-question-on-powerful-paedophile-network-linked-to-parliament-and-number-10/


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Tom Watson just told the Commons at PMQS:
“The evidence file – used to convict paedophile Peter Righton – if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring. One of it’s members boasts of his links to a senior aide of a former Prime minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad. The leads were not followed up, but if the files still exist, I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10″.
Early indications are that this refers to the Heath/Thatcher governments. (http://politicalscrapbook.net/2012/10/number-10-paedophile-ring/)
UNQUOTE


The "early indications" might be wrong. I have a suspicion this may be about Peter Mandelsohn. But we'll see.


Anyway, a really important question placed in the public arena. Cameron took it seriously. He was shaken. He also appeared to know something about it judged by his body language and careful answer.

Malcolm Pryce
10-24-2012, 01:21 PM
Did anyone spot an interesting revelation in the Panorama programme that seems to have been overlooked? They interviewed a guy whose aunt had been headmistress of Duncroft School in the 70s, scene of some of Jimmy Savile's depredations. He described it in these words:


"it was a very strange place, full of celebrities and minor members of the Royal family."


Minor members of the Royal Family? At an approved school for 'problem' girls? What's that all about then?

Magda Hassan
10-24-2012, 09:26 PM
A little more background on today’s PMQ’sOctober 24th, 2012 |[/URL]
I cannot give much more detail until the police have been given more time to investigate whether evidence still exists from the mid-nineties, but here is what I can say.
Last week I was contacted by a former child protection specialist who for some years, had been concerned that a wider investigation regarding the activities of convicted paedophile, Peter Righton was not fully investigated.
He contacted me because he knew I had spoken out in the Murdoch scandal. Over the years, he had lost faith in the ability of politicians to get to the truth. The last time he contacted an MP was in 1994. The MP promised to follow up the case but nothing came of it.
The central allegation was that a large body of material seized in the raid on Righton’s home had not been fully investigated. Though Righton was the subject of a BBC profile in 1994 [I think this is the date] “The Secret Life of a Paedophile”, little had been done to follow up the leads from the case. A specialist unit in Scotland Yard had the material which supplemented a wider investigation into organised paedophile rings in children’s homes.
Over the last few days I have spoken to two other child protection specialists who share the concern of the gentleman who contacted me.
Within the material seized at Righton’s home were letters from known and convicted paedophiles. The contact, who has seen the letters, claimed that one paedophile in particular was of great concern. He said that the paedophile, who worked with children, boasted of a key aide to a former PM who could help get hold of indecent images of children. I am not naming the person for obvious reasons but for clarity it is not former MP, Peter Morrison. This afternoon my office has been bombarded with calls regarding Morrison, I think because he was named by Edwina Currie at the weekend as having inappropriate sexual relations with teenage boys.
I’ll say more when I can but this may not be for some time.
I should say that like with the hacking scandal, a number of people have contacted me this afternoon offering more information regarding the case. I am happy to talk to anyone who can help me – particularly those who came into contact with Righton and his contacts when they were young. I can understand how powerless they must have felt at the time – Righton’s net was cast wide.
One person also contacted me to suggest that the Met held a vast quantity of material suggesting Jimmy Savile was a predatory paedophile. I do not know whether this is true but I do know the source and she has been 100% accurate in the past.
One final thing I should say – I made the decision to ask a question of the PM late this morning and had not had time to write to the Met before speaking out. I have no doubt the Met will take this seriously and am sorry I didn’t have time to forewarn the commissioner of my intention to raise the matter.
I have written to him this afternoon with more details regarding the case. This will obviously remain confidential.
[URL]http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/ (http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/category)

Jan Klimkowski
10-24-2012, 10:00 PM
Tom Watson MP.

Takes on the Murdoch crime family.

Takes on intelligence-run paedophile networks.

He's a brave man.

Jan Klimkowski
10-24-2012, 10:33 PM
Did anyone spot an interesting revelation in the Panorama programme that seems to have been overlooked? They interviewed a guy whose aunt had been headmistress of Duncroft School in the 70s, scene of some of Jimmy Savile's depredations. He described it in these words:


"it was a very strange place, full of celebrities and minor members of the Royal family."


Minor members of the Royal Family? At an approved school for 'problem' girls? What's that all about then?

Malcolm - listen to the Duncroftees speak. Many are "posh".

In my view, it is appropriate to consider all approved schools and orpanages, in post-WW2 UK, USA and Australia as potential sites of intelligence-funded Behaviourist experimentation to "improve" the human condition. Of course not all approved schools and orphanages provided fodder for such "research".

The House of Saxe-Coburg is Eugenicist (Eugenie - cist?) to its core. I'm sure the Windsors would have been very happy to have "poor character traits" such as "wilfulness" or "hysteria" conditioned out of their genetic pool. We know the "genetically inferior" results of Saxe-Coburg inbreeding were locked away in secret estates, or possibly even allowed to perish.

Anyway, the Daily Mail finally published the Savile story I've refrained from bringing to DPF.

But yes, it appears Jimmy liked trying to fix it for stiffs.



Savile sex scandal hits horrific new low as former colleague Paul Gambaccini claims on Radio Five Live that DJ was a 'necrophiliac'

Former BBC DJ said he was aware of claims in the eighties

'The expression I came to associate with Savile's sexual partners was "under-age subnormals", says colleague of the Jim'll Fix It presenter

In 1990 interview Savile dismissed claims he was a necrophiliac after saying he took pleasure in taking dead people to a hospital mortuary

By Larisa Brown (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221922/Jimmy-Savile-necrophiliac-says-colleague-Paul-Gambaccini.html?ito=feeds-newsxml)

PUBLISHED: 16:25, 23 October 2012 | UPDATED: 10:20, 24 October 2012

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A former BBC colleague of Jimmy Savile has claimed the predatory paedophile was a necrophiliac.

It is one of the most extraordinary allegations to have come out in the wake of the scandal.

The claim was made on Radio 5 Live today by Paul Gambaccini, who started working as a DJ on Radio 1 in 1973.

Mr Gambaccini, 63, said he was aware of the necrophilia claims in the eighties.

He questioned why newspapers had not acted when he said a reporter had boasted that his colleagues were aware of a story linking Savile to 'necrophilia'.

His comments astounded presenter Nicky Campbell who tried to stop the conversation by warning the allegations were not in the public domain.

Campbell said: 'That particularly lurid accusation that you have just brought to people's attention is one that has not been in the public domain.'

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Gambaccini agreed and asked 'why not?'. And he asked: 'Who vetted the knighthood? Coco the clown?

He had worked with Savile at Radio 1 where he had first heard stories about his abuse of under-age girls.

He said the BBC was not the only organisation at fault for failing to expose Savile, saying the press was equally to blame.

He claimed a reporter was heard talking at a wedding 10 years ago about Savile being a necrophiliac.

He said that he used a 'politically incorrect' term to categorise the people to whom Savile devoted his attentions.

He said: 'The expression I came to associate with Savile's sexual partners was either one used by production assistants or one I made up to summarise their reports ... "under-age subnormals".

'He targeted the institutionalised, the hospitalised - and this was known. Why did Jimmy go to hospitals? That's where the patients were.' Paul Gambaccini said the BBC was not the only organisation at fault for failing to expose Savile, saying the press was equally to blame.

Paul Gambaccini said the BBC was not the only organisation at fault for failing to expose Savile, saying the press was equally to blame.

Mr Gambaccini continued to say today that Savile's alleged abuse was taking place at a time when staff failed to get to grips with the concept of paedophilia.

'It was considered so far beyond the pale that people didn't believe it happened,' he said during the 5 Live Breakfast Show.

He said the entire society was taken in by Savile - 'including the Prime Minister who invited him to Chequers; including the royal family, photographed with him, he got a knighthood in this country, he got a papal knighthood.

'This is not just the BBC this is history, this is a man who conned an entire society,' Gambaccini added.

It also emerged earlier this month that Savile denied claims he was sexually attracted to corpses in an interview in 1990, after he admitted taking pleasure in taking the deceased to Stoke Mandeville Hospital mortuary.

The hospital, where Savile worked as a volunteer and had his own room, said that it has never received claims that Savile 'inappropriately interacted' with corpses.

A spokesman said: 'We are not launching an investigation into claims that Savile was a necrophiliac. We have never received any complaints as to that nature.'

'During our time, to the best of our knowledge, Jimmy was not given free access around our clinical areas and whenever he attended the hospital he would give advance notice and usually be in attendance with his fundraising team.'
Admittance: Max Clifford and Petrie Hosken appearing on This Morning. Mr Clifford admitted he was aware of the abuse allegations about Savile because of his work on a story about convicted paedophile Gary Glitter

Admittance: Max Clifford and Petrie Hosken appearing on This Morning. Mr Clifford admitted he was aware of the abuse allegations about Savile because of his work on a story about convicted paedophile Gary Glitter

In the 1990 interview with Q magazine, The Sun reported Savile was given the job of taking the dead to the mortuary.

Savile, who died last year at 84, said: 'One of my jobs is to take away the deceased. You can look after somebody, be alone with somebody, who has lived a whole lifetime, and I’m just saying goodbye and looking after him.

'That is a privilege and an honour. Some people get hold of the fact that Jim likes looking after cadavers and say, "Aha, Jim’s a necrophiliac!’ I’m not a necrophiliac".'

In an interview on ITV's This Morning today Max Clifford admitted he was aware of the abuse allegations because of his work on a story about convicted paedophile Gary Glitter.

'Don't forget I was the one that broke the Gary Glitter story, and when the people that came to me to tell me about Gary Glitter, Jimmy Savile's name came up several times in those conversations. That was years ago... I passed it all on.'

Asked by Phillip Schofield if he passed the allegations on to the police, Clifford replied: 'No, the people concerned. The people that came to see me.

'And two or three of the people that came to see me didn't then fulfil their story with Gary Glitter for their own reasons... it's up to the people concerned to go to the police. It's not for me to say. They're the ones that this happened to or experienced it or saw it.'

He justified his actions saying you can not 'make someone go the police.'

'It's their lives, it's their future. The information doesn't stack up unless they are prepared to go to the police and explain it.'

He also alluded to the fact other figures could be implicated in the scandal, with Clifford saying: 'Oh, there's lots of other people.'

Danny Jarman
10-25-2012, 02:39 AM
Milligan was a well respected MP and part time journalist. Milligan
allegedly approached the footballer who was not prepared to drop his
attempts to sell the story. Milligan allegedly reported back to the
security services who informed Milligan that unless the footballer did
keep matters quiet he would be eliminated. Apparently there was more
to the story than simply the gay sex aspect, the introduction of the
footballer to the cabinet ministers was allegedly arranged by a third
party who had very close links with an extremely powerful paedophile
ring. The implication was that the cabinet ministers may also have
been involved with the paedophile ring although this was not confirmed
in the Scallywag report, however it was very clearly hinted at.

(source: https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?4437-Police-find-body-in-bag-at-MI6-man-s-London-flat&p=25236#post25236)

Then you see this (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20067409).

Maybe Fashanu knew.

Magda Hassan
10-25-2012, 04:50 AM
Milligan was a well respected MP and part time journalist. Milligan
allegedly approached the footballer who was not prepared to drop his
attempts to sell the story. Milligan allegedly reported back to the
security services who informed Milligan that unless the footballer did
keep matters quiet he would be eliminated. Apparently there was more
to the story than simply the gay sex aspect, the introduction of the
footballer to the cabinet ministers was allegedly arranged by a third
party who had very close links with an extremely powerful paedophile
ring. The implication was that the cabinet ministers may also have
been involved with the paedophile ring although this was not confirmed
in the Scallywag report, however it was very clearly hinted at.

(source: https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?4437-Police-find-body-in-bag-at-MI6-man-s-London-flat&p=25236#post25236)

Then you see this (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20067409).

Maybe Fashanu knew.
Well spotted Danny!

Malcolm Pryce
10-25-2012, 08:47 PM
It's interesting you saying that Jan, I do remember being struck while watching the programme by how well spoken the girls were. Quite the opposite of the image conjured up by the phrase 'approved school'.

Magda Hassan
10-26-2012, 11:03 AM
I wonder why the notification before the event?

BBC sex scandal: UK Police to make arrestsBritish police investigating alleged sexual abuse by one of the BBC's most celebrated TV stars said on Thursday that some 300 victims had come forward and they were preparing to make arrests in a scandal that has thrown the broadcaster into disarray.

Detectives said that they had been staggered by the number of people who had come forward since the late Jimmy Savile's crimes were first revealed nearly around three weeks ago.
The head of the BBC's governing body called the allegations a "tsunami of filth", and police said Savile was "undoubtedly" one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders ever.
"It's quite staggering," said the police inquiry leader, Commander Peter Spindler.
Having interviewed 130 of the alleged victims, officers had recorded 114 reports of sexual assault or serious sexual assault, mostly against Savile - the outlandish, cigar-chomping DJ turned TV host who was one of the BBC's top presenters of the 1970s and 1980s.
The allegations, which first emerged in an expose on the rival British TV channel ITV, have rocked the BBC, with its chief George Entwistle admitting that the broadcaster has been damaged by the scandal.
The revelations have generated huge attention, not least in the United States where Entwistle's predecessor at the BBC, Mark Thompson, is poised to take over as chief executive of the New York Times.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing some 30 alleged victims of abuse told Reuters that their clients said other celebrities were also involved, while some of those abused by Savile have told the media they were targeted on BBC premises.
"We are preparing an arrest strategy now," Spindler told reporters, adding he could not identify who their suspects were or whether they also had worked for the BBC.
"We do have a number of other people that we can investigate," he added.
Entwistle, who only took over the most prestigious role in British media in September, appeared before a parliamentary commission this week to explain why the BBC had dropped its own investigation shortly after Savile died last year.
His performance in parliament was described as "lamentable" by one lawmaker, and his overall handling of one of the worst crises in the BBC's 90-year history has been widely condemned.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said that BBC, paid for by an annual tax on all households with a color TV, had serious questions to answer.
"TERRIBLE DAMAGE"
"We have to deal with the terrible damage to the reputation of the BBC which has hitherto been a national institution which people have trusted," Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust which oversees the broadcaster, told BBC Radio.
"It was a very, very difficult initial baptism of fire for a new director general of the BBC, this great tsunami of filth broke over him 11 days into the job."
Savile, knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his charity work and famous for his garish outfits and long blonde hair, was a household name in Britain but little known beyond its shores.
Such has been the publicity surrounding the case that Spindler said that the number of historic abuse allegations reported to police in London alone had trebled, calling their inquiry a "watershed moment for child abuse investigation".
He said they were investigating three categories of offences; those that involved just Savile which made up the vast majority of cases; those involving Savile and others; and those which had no direct link to Savile.
At this stage there was no evidence of any organized pedophile rings and offenders appeared to be opportunists, Spindler added.


He revealed that a retired officer had come forward to say he had investigated Savile in the 1980s over allegations of indecent assault but there had not been enough evidence to pursue a prosecution.
http://entertainment.in.msn.com/tv/bbc-sex-scandal-uk-police-to-make-arrests


Oh, ffs! Nice to see they have their priorities in orderangryfire Crying for the damage to the poor victim of brand BBC (which isn't what they think it is by the way) and not a thought for the real victims in which it is clear that some in BBC management have been complicit in covering up, if not perpetuating.

"TERRIBLE DAMAGE"
"We have to deal with the terrible damage to the reputation of the BBC which has hitherto been a national institution which people have trusted," Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust which oversees the broadcaster, told BBC Radio.
"It was a very, very difficult initial baptism of fire for a new director general of the BBC, this great tsunami of filth broke over him 11 days into the job."
(http://entertainment.in.msn.com/tv/bbc-sex-scandal-uk-police-to-make-arrests)

Jan Klimkowski
10-26-2012, 06:11 PM
Nothing to see here.


Detectives have not found evidence of a paedophile ring – involving the organised procurement of children for others – but are examining individuals who might have had access to vulnerable children, some of whom were associated with Savile.

Hold the line - there was no paedophile ring.

Move along.

Alternately, a proper investigation could be conducted before the rozzers rule out a paedophile ring...


Jimmy Savile inquiry looking at alleged sexual abuse by three doctors

Names of at least three doctors passed to police investigating claims of sexual abuse at hospitals linked to former BBC DJ

Sandra Laville and Lisa O'Carroll

The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/24/jimmy-savile-sex-abuse-doctors), Wednesday 24 October 2012 19.15 BST

Detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal have been passed details of three doctors who are alleged to have abused young people in their care, the Guardian understands.

The doctors, identified by victims who have come forward in the last fortnight, worked at hospitals where Savile had links over several decades. The former DJ had an office and living quarters in Broadmoor, a bedroom in Stoke Mandeville, and was given free rein at Leeds general infirmary.

It is understood the names of at least three doctors have been passed to police investigating living individuals over claims that they were at the centre of a loose network of child abusers connected with Savile.

Detectives have not found evidence of a paedophile ring – involving the organised procurement of children for others – but are examining individuals who might have had access to vulnerable children, some of whom were associated with Savile.

The Guardian can reveal that Stoke Mandeville was at the centre of a child sex abuse scandal in the late 1980s when a consultant paediatrician was investigated after a whistleblower came forward to the health authority.

Dr Michael Salmon, a consultant paediatrician at the Aylesbury hospital, was suspended in 1989 after an investigation by government auditors prompted by concerns about possible financial improprieties. During the inquiry investigators found evidence relating to teenage patients of Salmon and a criminal investigation was launched.

Salmon was jailed for three years in 1990 after admitting indecent assaults on two 13-year-old girls and a 16-year-old girl. Three years earlier he had been praised by Diana, Princess of Wales, for helping to organise a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida for 300 disabled children. He was struck off the medical register in 1991. The GMC committee said at the time it was "appalled by the disgraceful behaviour towards vulnerable patients which led to Dr Salmon's conviction".

Dr Raymond Brown, who worked as a consultant paediatrician with Salmon, said he would have known Savile because everyone at the hospital knew him. Savile, who raised £40m for Stoke Mandeville, had boasted that he "lived" in a bedroom hospital managers had given him and could do as he pleased.

"We all knew [Savile] because he was such a presence at Stoke Mandeville," said Brown. "I personally had no inkling about Savile's behaviour. This was all as much as a surprise to me as anyone else.

"He wasn't a person I was mad about but he was a philanthropist and he was responsible for getting an enormous amount of money for the hospital. He would come into the wards, and I never saw a problem with him doing so – all the doctors knew him. I am absolutely shocked by all of this."

Brown said he had had no contact with Salmon since he was sacked and struck off the medical register. Salmon could not be contacted.

The NSPCC said it had received 161 calls directly relating to allegations against Savile, which it had passed to police. The charity has also passed 24 allegations of abuse by others to Scotland Yard.

Peter Saunders, of the National Association for People abused in Childhood, said it had been contacted by 35 alleged victims directly accusing Savile or other people close to him.

The development comes as the director of public prosecutions announced he was to review the original police file sent to the Crown Prosecution Service alleging child abuse by Savile. Keir Starmer will investigate why the CPS took the decision not to prosecute over allegations in 2009.

He has also asked to speak to the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, about whether the CPS should start referring Savile sex abuse cases to other relevant agencies, including social services, where the evidence is not deemed strong enough for a criminal prosecution.

At the time the CPS advised the police that no further action should be taken because of lack of evidence against the BBC star, who was still alive. Savile died in October 2011.

David Cameron said during prime minister's questions that the DPP had ordered a review of the evidence considered by the CPS in 2009 relating to indecent assault allegations against Savile from the 1970s. The evidence was submitted by Surrey police, which began an investigation in 2007. In a brief statement on the scandal, the prime minister said he did not rule out further inquiries into the BBC, hospitals and other establishments where Savile is said to have abused vulnerable children.

"The government will do everything it can do, other institutions must do what they can do, to make sure that we learn the lesson of this and it can never happen again," Cameron said.

"The most important thing is that the police investigation is properly resourced and is allowed to continue."

Jan Klimkowski
10-26-2012, 06:16 PM
Nothing to see here either.

Everyone was doing their job.

Not.

So, reports were made to the police that Savile assaulted a child on BBC premises and a boy at Haut de la Garenne. And nowt happened.



Jimmy Savile: police heard seven sexual assault complaints before he died

Scotland Yard team investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims say Operation Yewtree now being treated as major incident


Sandra Laville, crime correspondent

The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/25/jimmy-savile-sexual-assault-complaints-alive), Thursday 25 October 2012 19.25 BST

At least seven alleged victims of Jimmy Savile made complaints of sexual assault against him to police while the TV presenter was still alive, according to the Scotland Yard team investigating the abuse scandal.

Officers said Operation Yewtree had been contacted by around 300 alleged victims and is being treated as a major incident. "We are dealing with a major criminal investigation. This is a watershed moment for child abuse investigations and Yewtree will be landmark investigation," said Commander Peter Spindler

As police prepare to make a number of arrests of individuals who allegedly sexually assaulted children with Savile or alone, Scotland Yard revealed that a criminal inquiry was mounted into an alleged indecent assault of a girl on BBC premises in Shepherd's Bush more than 30 years ago.

The complaint, which was investigated by a Scotland Yard officer, was one of at least seven allegations of sexual assault made to police while Savile was alive. None of the complaints led to him being prosecuted.

Spindler said the investigation into Savile in the 80s emerged after a retired Met officer came forward in the last week to inform his team that he had investigated a complaint of indecent assault on BBC premises.

The officer said the victim claimed to have been indecently assaulted in a caravan on the BBC TV centre site, but that there had not been enough evidence to bring a prosecution.

Spindler said on Thursday that his officers were now looking for the file on the case.

He also revealed that a woman had come forward to the Met police in 2003 to complain of an alleged assault by Savile in the early 1970s.

It has already emerged that four victims came forward to Surrey police who investigated Savile in 2007 and passed a file to the CPS. The CPS decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute in 2009.

A boy from the Haut de la Garenne children's home in Jersey is also known to have told police that he was assaulted by the celebrity.

Spindler said the number of victims who had now come forward over the last three weeks alleging sexual assaults by the late TV celebrity and other living individuals was around the 300 mark. "It is quite staggering the numbers of women – and they are predominantly women – who have come forward," Spindler said.

Detectives have recorded 114 alleged crimes of sexual assault and serious sexual assault, mostly relating to Savile but also to other individuals from a number of different institutions. Officers are using the Holmes computer database, normally use in homicide inquiries.

Of the 300 alleged victims, the majority had made complaints about Savile but a number of allegations related to living individuals, Spindler said.

He said detectives were now drawing up an arrest strategy, suggesting arrests might be imminent.

Living individuals being investigated include people who have allegedly abused with Savile and others who abused independently of the BBC TV and radio star.

Working with the child exploitation and online protection unit, a risk assessment was being made in each case. Those individuals who might still be in positions which put children are at risk would be detained first, Spindler said.

Searches are being carried out at Savile's cottage in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands and other premises as part of the criminal investigation into possible living abusers.

Forces across the country are now involved in what amounts to one of the biggest child abuse inquiries ever mounted.

Spindler praised the victims who had come forward and said their accounts all corroborated each other. "That is why we can be so confident of their accounts. We believe them because they are all saying the same thing," he said.

The inquiry involves 30 officers but is also drawing on detectives from homicide and rape teams at the Met.

Officers have spoken on the phone to 130 alleged victims so far in difficult and lengthy interviews of up to four hours a time.

"We are trying to speak to the victims as quickly as we can. This may be the first time that they have actually spoken in any detail of what happened and we don't underestimate how significant an event that is for them to describe sexual abuse as a child," Spindler said.

• This article was amended on Friday 26 October. An editing error meant that the number of alleged victims was missing from the second paragraph. This has been corrected.

Jan Klimkowski
10-27-2012, 10:24 PM
So, earlier in this thread we learnt that Savile was appointed to run Broadmoor, Britain's most notorious criminal lunatic asylum, housing the likes of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe.

In 1997, a few years after the government put Savile and his mate in charge of Broadmoor, there were allegations that a paedophile ring was operating in this hospital for the criminally insane.

The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9623089/Jimmy-Savile-Questions-for-Edwina-Currie-and-the-BBC.html) reveals the following.

Kincora, Bryn Estyn, Haut de la Garenne. Deja vu all over again....


A Sunday Telegraph investigation today reveals:

* Edwina Currie appointed Savile to run a taskforce in charge of Broadmoor in the 1980s, where he is accused of sexually assaulting patients;

* the taskforce he presided over was given temporary powers to oversee the running of the hospital following a series of industrial disputes - despite the fact Savile, a disc jockey and television presenter, had no professional qualifications;

* a friend of Savile’s from his hometown in Leeds was then given the most senior job at Broadmoor;

* the BBC investigated a lurid sex scandal at Top of the Pops and Radio 1 in the early 1970s, but never made the report public;

* Savile was interviewed by the BBC as part of that inquiry but refused to cooperate, according to a senior source.

Scotland Yard last week announced it was launching a full-scale criminal inquiry into other members of Savile’s alleged sex ring who remain alive. The Met police is now looking at 400 separate lines of inquiry and more than 200 potential victims.

Savile, despite having no expertise in mental health, was given the job of chairman of the taskforce overseeing Broadmoor in 1988 after the hospital had been placed under direct control of the Thatcher government following a series of strikes.

Mrs Currie at the time was health minister with responsibility for the country’s high security hospitals under the auspices of Kenneth Clarke, the then-Health Secretary. Savile counted himself as a friend of Margaret Thatcher and reportedly stayed at Chequers on a number of occasions.

Savile had had a long association with Broadmoor, having been a volunteer worker there in the 1970s and 1980s with the unofficial title “honourary entertainments officer”. He had his own set of keys and living quarters on site.

Pete Saunders, the chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said of Savile's role at the mental hospital: "It really is akin to giving Dracula the keys to the blood bank. It really is outrageous that a disc jockey was given unfettered access to Broadmoor."

Savile’s appointment to the taskforce is now subject to a Department of Health official inquiry but last night Mrs Currie said: “The Department of Health are digging out the papers from the archives and I just don’t know - I’m ransacking my own notes to try to work out what happened, so I am not denying it, it is just very hard to tell.”

The former minister told The Sunday Telegraph that having checked her personal diaries, she had found a note of a meeting with Savile in Leeds in September 1988 - the month the taskforce was appointed. In the entry she described his thoughts on Broadmoor as “intriguing”.

Mrs Currie recorded that during the meeting Savile had told her that he suspected staff were inflating their salaries - and that he had threatened to pass the information to the tabloid papers if the staff caused him any trouble.

Savile also told her he had uncovered millions of pounds missing from budgets and poor use of the hospital’s housing stock.

“In my diary, I wrote 'Attaboy’, she said. “This was what he claimed to be doing; now it is hard to know whether any of it is true. And obviously when you look back, it does suggest he was prepared to use blackmail to ensure people did what he wanted.”

Mrs Currie, who had previously met Savile on his television programme Jim’ll Fix it and on visits to Leeds General Infirmary, where he also worked, said she now thought the presenter was “totally evil” and that she was glad criminal investigations were underway.

Savile once described himself in a newspaper interview as “the boss of Broadmoor” and in 1989 said he was responsible for the freeing of 60 patients and intended to introduce “mixed sex wings” so patients could fall in love with each other.

Following Savile’s appointment at Broadmoor, Alan Franey, an administrator who spent 10 years working at Leeds General Infirmary, also began work on the same taskforce, with progress to be reported to Mrs Currie.

In a book about psychiatric care, Mr Franey described having “an unusual meeting” with health officials in the Athenaeum Club in London, where his new role on the temporary taskforce was proposed.

He neglected to mention in the book that Savile, who was a member of the Athenaeum, was also present. When asked by The Sunday Telegraph if Savile was also there, Mr Franey agreed.

In 1989, Mr Franey was put in overall charge of Broadmoor, where he remained for nine years before retiring as chief executive.

Mr Franey worked as an assistant general manager at Leeds General Infirmary from 1975 to 1985, when the television presenter was volunteering as a night porter. Savile is also accused of sexually abusing girls at the Leeds hospital.

Mr Franey said he got to know Savile because they were among half a dozen men who ran charity marathons together. He said: “I am absolutely astonished. There was absolutely no indication that he was doing what was alleged.”

Mr Franey insisted his friendship with Savile did not help him to get the job on the taskforce, and that he later got the job as general manager of Broadmoor through open competition.

Mr Franey took early retirement from Broadmoor following an inquiry into the hospital in March 1997. The inquiry followed claims made in newspapers that a child pornography ring was operating at Broadmoor.

Although the full report was never published, a summary found no evidence to support the allegations but made some criticisms of lax security while pointing out the hospital had actually improved under Mr Franey’s management.

Mr Franey is insistent that he only resigned because he wished to write a book and was ready to retire. He is now a Conservative councillor in Welwyn Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Last night, Ray Rowden, a former senior NHS executive supervising England’s three high-security hospitals - a job he took up in 1996, a year before Mr Franey’s retirement - said: “He [Mr Franey] used to boast that he would drive him [Savile] around nightclubs in Leeds in the 1980s.”

Mr Rowden said that on his first visits to Broadmoor, he was shocked that Savile appeared to be able to turn up at whenever he wanted - as did Princess Diana - and tackled Mr Franey about it.

“I said to him how can you let Princess Diana and Jimmy Savile into Broadmoor to wander about whenever they want? This is a high-security hospital - would you let any other Tom, Dick or Harry in?”

Mr Franey said claims he had driven Savile to nightclubs was “rubbish”. He added: “I have never been to a nightclub in my life.” He said the conversation with Mr Rowden about visits from Savile and Princess Diana never occurred.

Savile was caught up in a sex scandal that engulfed Top of the Pops and Radio 1 in the early 1970s when police investigated claims that music companies hired prostitutes for disc jockeys and producers in return for playing their records on air.

The same officers also investigated the suicide of a 15-year-old dancer on Top of the Pops, who Savile is alleged to have abused. The Sunday Telegraph has been told that an independent inquiry launched by the BBC and run by a senior QC questioned Savile over the sex scandal but its findings were never made public.

Savile’s activities on Top of the Pops and other programmes where he is accused of raping and sexually assaulting girls on the corporation’s premises will form part of a new BBC inquiry into the time.

Jan Klimkowski
10-27-2012, 10:32 PM
Then there is this testimony from Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, who murdered 13 women and attempted to murder at least 7 more.

Sutcliffe was declared sane at his trial.

Hearing voices is a classic sign of paranoid schizophrenia.

However, once again, Sutcliffe was declared sane at trial, sent to a normal high security prison, HMP Parkhurst, and only once in the prison system sent to Broadmoor.....


Mr Sutcliffe said that he was in the Catholic section at the top of the cemetery, but could not remember which grave he was digging at the time. Mr Sutcliffe: "I was digging and I just paused for a minute. It was very hard ground. I just heard something - it sounded like a voice similar to a human voice - like an echo. I looked round to see if there was anyone there, but there was no one in sight. I was in the grave with my feet about five feet below the surface. There was no one in sight when I looked round from where I was. Then I got out of the grave. The voice was not very clear. I got out and walked - the ground rose up. It was quite a steep slope. I walked to the top, but there was no one there at all. I heard again the same sound. It was like a voice saying something, but the words were all imposed on top of each other. I could not make them out, it was like echoes. The voices were coming directly in front of me from the top of a gravestone, which was Polish. I remember the name on the grave to this day. It was a man called Zipolski. Stanislaw Zipolski."

Mr Sutcliffe was shown a photograph of Bingley cemetery, and pointed out the grave of a man called Stanislaw Zapolski. Mr Chadwin: "There are a number of graves in that photograph. Which one is the grave of Stanislaw Zapolski?"

(NOTE: The name on the gravestone is really Bronislaw Zapolski.)

Mr Sutcliffe: "It is the one with the statue of Christ on the top."

Mr Chadwin: "In relation to what we can see on that photograph, where had you been working when you heard the voice you described?"

Mr Sutcliffe: "To the left of the grave, lower down the slope."

Mr Chadwin: "Up to that moment in time had you ever heard a voice which you could not identify, a voice which you could not attach to some human source?"

Mr Sutcliffe: "I had never heard this voice before. That was the first occasion."

Mr Chadwin: "Did you look at Mr Zapolski's grave?"

Mr Sutcliffe: "Yes."

Mr Chadwin: "Why did you look particularly at this grave?"

Mr Sutcliffe: "Because that is where the sound was coming from. That is what made me walk closer to it."

Mr Chadwin: "What did you see on that grave when you looked at it?"

Mr Sutcliffe: "I remember getting a message from the grave. I looked at several graves. I was looking round to determine where the sound came from. After looking at the grave I walked back. I was kind of transfixed because of the voice. I just stepped back and I didn't know what to think at first." Reading on the gravestone the Polish word "Jejo", he assumed it meant "Jesus".

Mr Chadwin: "Did that convey anything to you in particular?"

Mr Sutcliffe: "Something did, because immediately afterwards as I stepped back to the path immediately in front of the grave, I saw what I took to be a definite message about the echoing voice. I always thought it was on the same grave."

Asked what the message was, Mr Sutcliffe replied: "I recall, as Jesus was speaking to me." He also remembered the phase: "We be the echo."

Mr Chadwin: "What is your recollection, not of what you heard, but of what you saw, that conveyed a message to you?"

Mr Sutcliffe replied he read the words "Wehvy" and "Echo" in Polish. "Echo" was spelt "Ecko." Mr Sutcliffe: "I thought the message on the gravestone was a direct message telling me it was the voice of Jesus speaking to me."

Mr Sutcliffe was then asked to look at a photograph of the gravestone. He agreed that the words he had described did not appear on the gravestone. Mr Sutcliffe: "I remember seeing them." He also said that he had looked at other graves in the vicinity of that particular one.

Magda Hassan
10-28-2012, 10:35 AM
Underwhelmed. Easy pickings. I hope this is not the extend or goal of the arrests that talked about. Not that Gadd shouldn't be arrested of course.


Jimmy Savile: Former pop star Gary Glitter arrested by policehttp://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/63760000/jpg/_63760666_glitter.jpg

The BBC's Tim Reid said police have confirmed they "have today arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation"

Continue reading the main story (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20114378#story_continues_1)Related Stories

Patten seeks Savile probe 'truth' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20113891)

Former pop star Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences by police investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims.
He has been taken from his home into custody at a London police station.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for child sex offences.
Police are investigating allegations that the late TV presenter Savile sexually abused some 300 young people over a 40-year period.
Met Police confirmed that officers from Operation Yewtree had "arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation".
"The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 7:15 BST on suspicion of sexual offences. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Savile and others'."
Scotland Yard has said it is following about 400 lines of inquiry as part of the operation - which is looking into claims Savile, who died last year aged 84, abused hundreds of young girls and some boys.
Police described former BBC DJ Savile as a "predatory sex offender".
Karin Ward - a former pupil at Duncroft approved school for girls in Surrey - told the BBC she had once seen singer Glitter having sex with a schoolgirl in Savile's dressing room at the BBC. Glitter has denied the allegations.
'Reputation on the line'Meanwhile the deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman has reiterated Labour's call for an overarching inquiry to look into the Savile allegations.
She told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show there should be a judge-led inquiry to look into what went on at the range of different organisations involved.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, has expressed his determination to deal with the sexual abuse scandal surrounding Savile.
Writing in the Mail On Sunday, (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2224199/Can-REALLY-inside-smug-BBC-knew-psychopath-doing-Chairman-Lord-Patten-questions-corporation-represents.html) he says the corporation's reputation is on the line and it must face up to the truth, warning the BBC "risks squandering public trust" and its "reputation is on the line" because one of its stars was apparently a sexual criminal.
Ms Ward was interviewed for the BBC's Newsnight programme in November, but the interview was only shown on Panorama this week as the Newsnight investigation was shelved.
Mr Patten told the paper: "Like many who work for the BBC, I feel a sense of particular remorse that abused women spoke to Newsnight, presumably at great personal pain, yet did not have their stories told as they expected."
Elsewhere, ex-BBC director general Mark Thompson has also denied ever being told about the Savile abuse claims.
The Sunday Times (http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/) reports that his office was alerted on at least two occasions while he was still director general.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20114378

Jan Klimkowski
10-28-2012, 04:21 PM
Underwhelmed. Easy pickings. I hope this is not the extend or goal of the arrests that talked about. Not that Gadd shouldn't be arrested of course.

It's a complete parody.

Gary Glitter gets arrested after being given several weeks to burn all the evidence he can.

This isn't Justice, it's Theatre.

A photo op early morning arrest, with all of Fleet Street invited to snap away and put a convicted paeodophile on their front page.

Even the police station cat knew a month ago that Glitter should be arrested.

The Murdoch Empire's initial defence was one rogue reporter.

I suspect we're being set up for the blame to be put on two rogue pop stars.

With not a politician or judge or priest or royal or lord in sight.

Magda Hassan
10-31-2012, 12:17 PM
Another conveniently dead MP offered up. The old bat Thatcher lives with the bats in her belfry so is next to useless. And Haigh....will deny all.

I wonder if we will ever hear about the 'cottaging' charges against Charles Lynton.

Former Minister says Thatcher aide was paedophile who preyed on boys' home - and Hague should have known

An ex-Tory minister has claimed Sir Peter Morrison was implicated in the child abuse scandal that engulfed children's homes in North Wales
An inquiry discovered up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally in the 1970s and '80s
Rod Richards, a former Tory MP, said he had seen evidence linking the former aide to Baroness Thatcher to the scandal
By GLEN OWEN (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Glen+Owen)
PUBLISHED: 22:32 GMT, 27 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:34 GMT, 27 October 2012



http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/27/article-2224167-15B6B96E000005DC-513_306x436.jpgLoyal: Morrison with Baroness Thatcher in 1990

A former Tory Minister last night made incendiary claims that one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest aides was implicated in one of the most harrowing child abuse scandals of recent times.

Rod Richards, a former Conservative MP and ex-leader of the Welsh Tories, made the shocking allegation that he had seen evidence linking Sir Peter Morrison to the North Wales children’s homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally abused over 20 years.

Mr Richards also linked a second leading Tory grandee – now dead – to the scandals at homes including Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn Hall, both near Wrexham.

He said official documents had identified the pair as frequent, unexplained visitors to the care homes.

Mr Richards – who helped establish the inquiry that unearthed the scale of the abuse – said bluntly: ‘What I do know is that Morrison was a paedophile. And the reason I know that is because of the North Wales child abuse scandal.’

He added that William Hague, who was Welsh Secretary at the time of the inquiry, ‘should have seen the evidence about Morrison’.

Morrison was Lady Thatcher’s parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.





The claims prompted Labour MPs to call for the files to be reopened to ensure that there had not been an ‘establishment cover-up’.

Mr Hague called the inquiry into the scandal in 1996 after care homes boss John Allen was convicted of child abuse. It concluded that a paedophile ring around Cheshire and Wrexham had caused ‘appalling suffering’ to children in care in the Seventies and Eighties.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/27/article-2224167-0025874D00000258-839_634x408.jpgScandal: Abuse was uncovered at the Bryn Estyn home, near Wrexham, North Wales

Mr Richards said he received detailed briefings about the case while junior Welsh Office Minister for health and social services.

He said: ‘It fell to me to decide initially whether to hold a public inquiry. So I saw all the documentation and the files. Morrison was linked. His name stood out on the notes to me because he had been an MP. He and [the other man] were named as visitors to the homes.’

Mr Richards could not offer anything to substantiate his claims against Morrison, who died in 1995 at the age of 51. But he said that as the MP for Chester, he would have no obvious reason to visit care homes in other MPs’ constituencies.

The claims have emerged amid growing public revulsion over the institutional failures revealed by the Jimmy Savile scandal. Savile was a regular guest of Lady Thatcher’s at Chequers.

Mr Richards added that he was frustrated that the £13 million, three-year inquiry headed by Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC had not uncovered any evidence to link Morrison to the abuse. He said: ‘It would seem that there are some parallels with Savile in that Morrison got in under the radar, and his activities did not appear in the final report’.

However, he said that as Welsh Secretary, Mr Hague ‘should have seen the evidence about Morrison’ in the preliminary files.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/27/article-2224167-002E9A0400000190-856_634x506.jpgNetwork: Further abuse was uncovered in Bryn Alyn Hall, which was also run by John Allen

Last night, sources close to Mr Hague said that he had never come across any information implicating Morrison. His spokesman said: ‘Mr Hague established the North Wales Child Abuse Inquiry precisely because of the serious and widespread reports of abuse. It was set up to be as thorough as possible and its terms of reference were widely supported in Parliament.’

Tory peer John Cope – a Tory contemporary of Morrison’s in the Commons – told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Without hard evidence I cannot find these allegations credible.’

Mr Richard’s intervention follows claims last week by former Tory Minister Edwina Currie that Morrison had sex with 16-year-old boys when the age of consent was 21 and that he had been protected by a ‘culture of sniggering’. In her diaries, she called him ‘a noted pederast’, with a liking for young boys.

Last week, Labour MP Tom Watson stunned the Commons when he asked David Cameron to examine historic allegations about a high-level paedophile ring linked to a former Downing Street aide – who he later clarified was not Morrison.

Last night Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said of the allegations about Morrison: ‘These are extremely serious claims. The evidence files should be reopened to ensure that there has not been an establishment cover-up at the heart of Westminster’.

North Wales police did not respond to calls for comment.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2224167/Former-Minister-says-Thatcher-aide-paedophile-preyed-boys-home--Hague-known.html#ixzz2AsKi81Lm

Jan Klimkowski
10-31-2012, 06:18 PM
Kincora, Bryn Estyn, Haut de la Garenne. Deja vu all over again....




Tory peer John Cope – a Tory contemporary of Morrison’s in the Commons – told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Without hard evidence I cannot find these allegations credible.’

Mr Richard’s intervention follows claims last week by former Tory Minister Edwina Currie that Morrison had sex with 16-year-old boys when the age of consent was 21 and that he had been protected by a ‘culture of sniggering’. In her diaries, she called him ‘a noted pederast’, with a liking for young boys.

Our rulers have a shameful sense of humour.

Investigative reporter Nick Davies published the following in 1998:


Fleet Street routinely nurtures a crop of untold stories about powerful abusers who have evaded justice. One such is Peter Morrison, formerly the MP for Chester and the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. Ten years ago, Chris House, the veteran crime reporter for the Sunday Mirror, twice received tip-offs from police officers who said that Morrison had been caught cottaging in public toilets with underaged boys and had been released with a caution. A less powerful man, the officers complained, would have been charged with gross indecency or an offence against children.

At the time, Chris House confronted Morrison, who used libel laws to block publication of the story. Now, Morrison is dead and cannot sue. Police last week confirmed that he had been picked up twice and never brought to trial. They added that there appeared to be no trace of either incident in any of the official records.

Deep political question: Who has the power to make arrest and crime files disappear?

The full text of Davies' courageous article can be read here (http://www.nickdavies.net/1998/04/01/the-sheer-scale-of-child-sexual-abuse-in-britain/).

Jan Klimkowski
10-31-2012, 06:59 PM
King Jimmy had the Keys to the Castle.

Royal castles.

Lunatic asylums.

Orphanages.

Hospitals.

Pauper wings....


Jimmy Savile spent nights with girls in hospital rooms, says Leeds porter

Leeds general infirmary worker says BBC star arrived in early hours of morning with teenagers and took them to nurses' rooms

Robert Booth

guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/31/jimmy-savile-hospital-leeds-infirmary), Wednesday 31 October 2012 12.54 GMT



Jimmy Savile took over staff bedrooms reserved for surgeons and nurses at Leeds general infirmary to spend nights with teenage girls, often two at a time, a porter who worked alongside Savile when he volunteered at the hospital has told the Guardian.

Savile did shifts at the Yorkshire infirmary from at least 1968 and was known for cheerily pushing patients on trolley beds into operating theatres. But he was also exploiting his access to bring girls, apparently from outside the hospital, some suspected to be under 16, into staff rooms in the early hours of the morning, according to Terry Pratt, who worked as a porter at the hospital until about a year ago.

"He would come in about 1am or 2am because there were bedrooms up there and he could get out of the way," said Pratt, who worked night shifts and witnessed Savile bring different pairs of girls in, "one on each arm", during 1981 and 1982. "He would say 'hello' to the shift leader, 'can I go in the nurses rooms again?' He would come about two times a week, say on a Monday and again on a Thursday. It was debatable whether the girls were 16. They were definitely in their teens. When they started talking to you it was obvious they weren't streetwise, especially being out at that time in the morning. It was different people each time and he never brought them back through our room. There was always a car waiting. On one occasion when I went for a breath of fresh air I saw the girls get into the back and he would get into the driver's seat and drive them off."

Pratt said the rooms were intended for nurses and travelling specialist surgeons and Savile knew they were often empty. He would use them despite having a home in the Roundhay suburb of Leeds less than three miles from the hospital. They are now used as administrative offices by the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust which is facing parallel Metropolitan police and Department of Health inquiries into Savile's activities.

The name of a doctor who allegedly collaborated with the star in child abuse at Leeds general has been reported to Scotland Yard detectives and June Thornton, a former nurse at the infirmary, earlier this month said Savile molested a brain-damaged young girl who was a patient at the hospital. Thornton was recovering from an operation herself when she said she saw Savile "kissing her neck, running his hands up and down her arms, and then started to molest her".


The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is understood to treating the claims with caution and is seeking information from other porters who worked at Leeds general hospital when Savile was a volunteer.

"The trust is in contact with senior detectives from the Metropolitan police and we have indicated our intention to help with their inquiries," a spokesman said. "If there are any issues which need to be addressed following the police investigation then we will take action." "We are shocked at the nature and extent of the very serious allegations which continue to be made against Jimmy Savile," a spokesman said.

"We have already made it clear we do not have any record of complaints about Jimmy Savile's behaviour made during the time he was a volunteer and charity supporter at Leeds general infirmary or at any of our other hospitals."

The spokesman conceded that records for the hospital going back to the 1980s and before were difficult to search because of changes in governance structures.

"Since then we are aware there have been allegations about incidents said to have taken place at the hospital, which clearly are of great concern to us. This whole matter needs to be looked into fully and we are currently giving every co-operation to the police."

In 1974, several years after he started volunteering, Savile told the Guardian he had "a guilt feeling" about his work at Leeds general, Broadmoor and Stoke Mandeville.

"I get so much enjoyment working in these places that I should actually be paying them to allow me in," he said.

"It took me 10 minutes to do my job at the BBC today. I can come back here, but what can I do for the rest of the day? If you want to have a booze-up, you have a booze-up but that doesn't turn me on."

Jan Klimkowski
10-31-2012, 07:05 PM
Savile at Broadmoor, home of the criminally insane and vulnerable.

Preying on those without a voice that would be believed.



Broadmoor: Savile was 'a lunatic in charge of the asylum'

Channel 4 News, October 31, 2012 (http://www.channel4.com/news/broadmoor-savile-was-a-lunatic-in-charge-of-the-asylum)

Questions were raised inside Broadmoor, the high-security psychiatric complex where staff laughed about Mr Savile's psychopathic tendencies and where paedophiles gravitated toward him.

Channel 4 News spoke to staff who worked at Broadmoor 24 years ago when staff said Mr Savile roamed the corridors with a set of keys and the freedom to go anywhere. He mingled repeatedly with the 800 or so patients, many teenage girls, some severely disturbed and medicated.

Jimmy Savile was one of Britain's biggest stars during the 1960s and 1970s - and, allegedly, one of its worst sexual predators. He started out as a dance hall DJ, then in the early 1960s he hosted the music programme Top of the Pops and later "Jim'll Fix It," a TV show in which he made young viewers' wishes come true. But Broadmoor staff considered him a psychopath.

"I'd long considered him, as did my colleagues did, as a man with a severe personality disorder and a liking for children," Richard Harrison, a psychiatric nurse at Broadmoor for 30 years during Savile's tenure told Channel 4 News.

Paedophiles were drawn to him

Talk about the entertainer being a paedophile was common among staff and paedophile patients - who gravitated toward him - staff said. But Jimmy Savile lived in an era of social transformation. He was not charged or put on trial during his lifetime and died a year ago, two days short of his 85th birthday.

"I'd say he was a psychopath," said Bob Allen, a staff nurse at the time. "A lot of the staff said he should be behind bars. We used to laugh about it in those days."

Mr Allen described one evening when he saw the BBC entertainer in a car with a young girl who appeared to be 14 or 15 years old. Savile and the girl went into the flat the star had been given to use at Broadmoor. As Mr Allen walked away, the lights in the flat dimmed but nobody came out. He said he reported it to his supervisor, who he believes did refer the matter up, but was told the following day that "no one appears to be interested."



Considered a flamboyant character, hopping around, flirting with patients and acting in an off-the-wall manner, Jimmy Savile's celebrity dazzled and silenced, staff said. And he was not just a visitor, for a time he was in charge. In 1988, Health Minister Edwina Currie appointed Savile to head up a task force to run the hospital.

The lunatics are in charge

The response from staff? "The lunatics have taken over the asylum."

But at the time, it was also a period of change where the old, grim Victorian accommodation was trying to upgrade and improve care for the mentally ill. Mr Savile was given extraordinary power and a set of keys with complete access to every part of the hospital, the staff told Channel 4 News.

The Ministry of Health said Savile was made chairman of the task force in a move to liberate the culture. With his gold tracksuits, big cigars and jocular persona some thought he was a harmless eccentric. Broadmoor staff may have had a different opinion but not much appears to have been done about it.

In one particularly unnerving incident, Mr Savile told staff to supply disturbed, medicated patients with a drink at Christmas, despite their doctors' orders. Mr Savile then left the ward and returned 30 minutes later with beer, Mr Harrison said.

"The consultant, when he discovered what he had done, was furious," Mr Harrison said.

Savile help appointed new chief executive

Mr Savile's task force ran the Broadmoor for 15 months and the disc jockey continued to have a power in its management after that. He was involved in the appointment of Alan Franey as new chief executive - a friend of Savile's from Leeds who ran the marathon with him.

According to the staff, they felt their concerns had been raised about the appropriateness of Mr Savile's presence and power at the hospital. As far as they were concerned, there was nothing more they could do.

Since allegations about Savile were broadcast in an ITV documentary several weeks ago, some 300 alleged victims have come forward saying they were abused by the entertainer in various places, including BBC dressing rooms and the hospitals he visited.

Officers now investigating the allegations have said that the Savile case will be a watershed moment in combating child abuse, but for the patients of Broadmoor, it will be too little, too late.

Lauren Johnson
11-01-2012, 03:16 PM
Sneaking children into 10 Downing. Sneaking children into the While House. Just what is the "special relationship" between England and the U.S?

Anthony Thorne
11-02-2012, 01:34 PM
From earlier in the thread -

"Speculative hypothesis: Savile was part of a paedophile ring that procured vulnerable children for abuse by politicians, the wealthy and the influential. Knowledge and evidence of the abuse was used to blackmail the influential, probably with British intelligence oversight."

I have some pages of links gathered, notes taken and - separate to those - private comments passed to me by Core of Corruption director Jonathan Elinoff which I've been sitting on for a couple of months, as I lack the energy at the moment to properly collate them and do all the evident connections justice - it's a big story, and there are many - but the quoted paragraph above rings numerous bells in relation to the thread I started on the 9/11 page, where Elinoff's concurrent investigations into the Pat Sullivan saga and 9/11 eventually entered territory which made him pack up his bags and walk away from all future investigative work. Jeff Wells at the Rigorous Intuition board wrote the following in 2008, and it was prescient. (Note - after featuring BIG WEDDING author Sander Hicks in his first film, Elinoff had turned some of the focus of his second film, Echoes of Treason, to the story of Delmart Vreeland - profiled elsewhere by Hicks - and began investigating the story anew. As detailed in the 'Core' thread, Elinoff's work on Vreeland - who purportedly gained knowledge of the 9/11 plot prior to the attacks - was then diverted at the final hour when he spearheaded an investigation into Sullivan. Vreeland was arrested on abuse charges in 2008, and is currently in a Colorado prison. Colorado Sheriff Sullivan was arrested on similar charges late last year, then walked free this year).

http://www.rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21918&start=60
(http://www.rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21918&start=60)
“…I spoke to Vreeland's former Toronto attorney tonight. He doesn't believe Vreeland capable of the crimes and thinks he was set up. For myself, the entanglement of 9/11, spooks and paedophilia seems more disturbingly complicated than that.

Andy Stephenson was a confidant of Vreeland, and before these charges surfaced he told me Vreeland alluded to a history of covert abuse very much like the Franklin Cover-Up.

IMO, Vreeland's a pathological liar and a spook, so I can't say with any certainty what his story really is. (Or even if he knows his own story.) But I'm pretty certain it's a troubling one.”

Magda Hassan
11-03-2012, 08:57 AM
From earlier in the thread -

"Speculative hypothesis: Savile was part of a paedophile ring that procured vulnerable children for abuse by politicians, the wealthy and the influential. Knowledge and evidence of the abuse was used to blackmail the influential, probably with British intelligence oversight."

I have some pages of links gathered, notes taken and - separate to those - private comments passed to me by Core of Corruption director Jonathan Elinoff which I've been sitting on for a couple of months, as I lack the energy at the moment to properly collate them and do all the evident connections justice - it's a big story, and there are many - but the quoted paragraph above rings numerous bells in relation to the thread I started on the 9/11 page, where Elinoff's concurrent investigations into the Pat Sullivan saga and 9/11 eventually entered territory which made him pack up his bags and walk away from all future investigative work. Jeff Wells at the Rigorous Intuition board wrote the following in 2008, and it was prescient. (Note - after featuring BIG WEDDING author Sander Hicks in his first film, Elinoff had turned some of the focus of his second film, Echoes of Treason, to the story of Delmart Vreeland - profiled elsewhere by Hicks - and began investigating the story anew. As detailed in the 'Core' thread, Elinoff's work on Vreeland - who purportedly gained knowledge of the 9/11 plot prior to the attacks - was then diverted at the final hour when he spearheaded an investigation into Sullivan. Vreeland was arrested on abuse charges in 2008, and is currently in a Colorado prison. Colorado Sheriff Sullivan was arrested on similar charges late last year, then walked free this year).

http://www.rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21918&start=60
(http://www.rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21918&start=60)
“…I spoke to Vreeland's former Toronto attorney tonight. He doesn't believe Vreeland capable of the crimes and thinks he was set up. For myself, the entanglement of 9/11, spooks and paedophilia seems more disturbingly complicated than that.

Andy Stephenson was a confidant of Vreeland, and before these charges surfaced he told me Vreeland alluded to a history of covert abuse very much like the Franklin Cover-Up.

IMO, Vreeland's a pathological liar and a spook, so I can't say with any certainty what his story really is. (Or even if he knows his own story.) But I'm pretty certain it's a troubling one.”
Thanks for this Anthony. It is very intriguing what you have alluded to.

Magda Hassan
11-03-2012, 08:59 AM
The Can of Worms Which is the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal

Today, emboldened by public outrage, the Savile revelations, and Tom Watson MP’s question at PMQs, The Mail on Sunday carries the allegations that former MP and aide to Margaret Thatcher, Sir Peter Morrison, was implicated in the North Wales Paedophile cover-up.

A former Tory Minister last night made incendiary claims that one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest aides was implicated in one of the most harrowing child abuse scandals of recent times.
Rod Richards, a former Conservative MP and ex-leader of the Welsh Tories, made the shocking allegation that he had seen evidence linking Sir Peter Morrison to the North Wales children’s homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally abused over 20 years.
Mr Richards also linked a second leading Tory grandee – now dead – to the scandals at homes including Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn Hall, both near Wrexham.

More at the Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2224167/Former-Minister-says-Thatcher-aide-paedophile-preyed-boys-home--Hague-known.html)Believe me when I tell you that this is a huge can of worms for the UK Government. So much so that Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC imposed an injunction on the press from telling the public the truth. That is the reason why the ‘second Tory grandee’ despite being named by Rod Richards has not been named by the Mail because there is a specific injunction against the press naming him, even though he is now dead and can’t sue for libel.


PUBLIC FIGURES NAMED IN PAEDOPHILE RINGGuadian, October 15th, 1997Policemen, social workers and prominent public figures have been accused of belonging to a paedophile ring which indulged in a relentless campaign of physical and sexual abuse in children’s homes in North Wales.
The names of the alleged members of the ring have been given by witnesses in public sessions of the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal, but they have been suppressed by the tribunal’s chairman, Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC, who has threatened the media with High Court proceedings if they print them.
The Guardian today publishes for the first time detailed evidence about the alleged ring, which is said to have been based in Wrexham, and to have infiltrated local children’s homes over a 20 year period.
Witnesses claim that members of the ring used their connections with police and social services to conceal their activities. All of the accused have denied the allegations.
Those named to the tribunal include: A man who bears the same surname as a prominent Conservative supporter. Two witnesses have told the tribunal of a rich and powerful man who belonged to the alleged ring.
The son of an influential peer who admitted to police that he had been having sex with an under-age boy from one of the homes. Despite his admission, he was never prosecuted.
A powerful public official who has previously been cleared of abuse. Six witnesses have given separate accounts to the tribunal of his alleged rape of young boys. Another has reported him attending parties in Wrexham which were supplied with boys from a children’s home.
Two social workers and two police officers, one of whom was accused of abuse on four separate occasions and exonerated each time, another of whom has since been jailed in another part of the country for gross indecency with a child.
More than a dozen other local men, including an executive with a local authority, a senior probation officer and a director of a major company.
All those named as members of the alleged ring have denied the charges, either in evidence to the tribunal or through their lawyers.
When the tribunal was established last year, it had been assumed that the press could report its proceedings, using the laws of privilege which allow them to name names from court cases and public hearings without fear of libel actions.
However, Sir Ronald then ruled that the media could not report the name of any living person who was accused or likely to be accused of abusing children in the North Wales homes unless they had previously been convicted of such an offence.
Since then he has extended his ruling twice: he has granted anonymity to one man who died 16 years ago and to another who has twice been convicted of sexually assaulting boys from a North Wales home.
Sir Ronald has argued that his ruling will encourage alleged paedophiles to come froward and give honest evidence without fear of retribution. Critics say this is unnecessary, since he has the power to compel witnesses to attend, and that those who have come forward have done so to deny the allegations and not to make a clean breast of their alleged offences.
One lawyer who has been involved with the tribunal said he feared that the anonymity ruling was actively discouraging witnesses. “Newspaper readers may well have information of potential value to this tribunal. They may themselves have been the victims of abuse, or they may have worked with the alleged abusers. But if the press is not allowed to inform them of the names of those against whom allegations are made, they will not learn that their information is important. So they will not come forward.”
The tribunal was ordered by the last Conservative Secretary of State for Wales, William Hague, after Clwyd county council decided not to publish the report of an independent inquiry into allegations of abuse in its children’s homes. The tribunal, which has been hearing witnesses for eight months, is expected to continue to take evidence until January.

Source – Here (http://pebpr.blogspot.co.uk/)But with the Foreign Secretary implicated by his role as the former Welsh Secretary, will the full horrible truth finally come out or will, as I suspect, the potential consequences be so incendiary that the cover-up will continue, albeit with one or two worms escaping from the can ?
What I can say is that there will be a number of prominent people, including at least one sitting MP, a peer of the realm, and members of the Bar and Judiciary implicated in the scandal and subsequent cover-up who will be extremely concerned at the turn the public mood has taken and the Government’s apparent inability to keep a lid on it all by keeping it contained to TV celebrities.
Understand that the press have known the names of those implicated since the Waterhouse cover-up. They have been muzzled and they don’t like it and now , perhaps, they see there is an opportunity to finally reveal the truth.
In the year following the Waterhouse report, 140 compensation claims were settled with victims of the abuse.
Remember, that Tom Watson MP has explicitly said that he was not alluding to Sir Peter Morrison when he spoke of an aide to a former Prime Minister implicated during the Peter Righton investigation. Source (http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/) [that is an altogether different can of worms. Information on that can be found here (http://www.nickdavies.net/1998/04/01/the-sheer-scale-of-child-sexual-abuse-in-britain/).]
All of those implicated in the North Wales scandal happen to be Tories and so you may rightly ask why the Labour Party haven’t exposed those who were implicated……………or you might ask instead what the Tories have on Labour Party politicians because the only thing that has kept the lid on all of this is mutually assured destruction.
The modus operandi of the foot soldiers of establishment cover-up always blame and discredit the victims but right now the public have more sympathy and a greater understanding of how child abuse can go on and effect an individual in later life. Yes, after being abused from a young age some of these boys from care homes went on to become rent boys, took drugs, and have criminal records. This is hardly surprising considering they were buggered, abused, and passed around from pillar to post until they left the care home system and then dumped on the street, and yet the consequences of their abuse is then used to show that these are not ‘trusted’ witnesses.
I just hope that the public remain understanding and sympathetic to the victim’s position.

http://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/the-can-of-worms-which-is-the-bryn-estyn-child-abuse-scandal/
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Magda Hassan
11-03-2012, 09:01 AM
Time for another outing of Nick Davies' article from 1998


The sheer scale of child sexual abuse in BritainThe Guardian (http://www.nickdavies.net/tag/the-guardian/)Published April 1998 One comment... » (http://www.nickdavies.net/1998/04/01/the-sheer-scale-of-child-sexual-abuse-in-britain/#comments)
In November last year, every newspaper in Britain carried the story of how Scotland Yard had worked with police forces around the country to raid the rooms of teachers at private schools in search of evidence of their involvement in a paedophile ring. The more interesting story, however, was the raid which never happened.
In the weeks before the operation, specialist detectives from the Paedophile Unit at Scotland Yard had discussed with Thames Valley the possibility of raiding a teacher at the most prestigious private school in the country – Eton College, whose pupils include the off-spring of some of the most powerful families in Britain, including the heir to the throne, Prince William.
The move started after a teacher who had recently left Eton went to Thames Valley police and claimed that one of his colleagues had been indecently assaulting boys at the school. Detectives investigated and discovered that the suspect teacher had been the target of similar allegations in the past; and that police in Yorkshire had seized a collection of child pornography and found letters from the teacher in which he referred to “sending the happy items”.
Clearly, this did not amount to proof that the teacher was guilty. His former colleague may conceivably have had a grudge against him; the letters in Yorkshire may have had some innocent explanation; other witnesses who also suspected him, may simply have been mistaken. But the whole series of raids was being mounted on similar intelligence which Scotland Yard believed was strong enough to demand that suspects be interviewed and their property searched. Yet when the raids finally took place, Thames Valley held back, arguing that the evidence was too weak to justify action.
The result: the truth about the suspected abuser was never found.
Earlier last year, the Guardian revealed the international police hunt for two unidentified men who had made the “Bjorn tape”, a chilling video which recorded their relentless sexual assault on an adolescent Dutch boy who was carried in front of the camera, limp and hooded, before being strapped into a chair where he was defenceless against the indulgence of his two attackers.
Following the story in the Guardian, which was linked to an ITV documentary, Dutch police traced Bjorn’s accent to an area in the north of Holland, where they combed through files of reported child abuse – and found him. It turned out that he had contacted the authorities a year earlier to complain that a Dutch man, whom he named, had been drugging and raping him since he was only three years old, most recently with the assistance of an English man. The Dutch man had been tried and – in the absence of the video – he had been acquitted. He had then sued Bjorn for making a malicious complaint against him. Bjorn had collapsed into mental illness and been given refuge in an orphanage.
Now, the tape not only proved that the boy had been telling the truth in all its grim detail, but it also confirmed the identity of the English man who had taken part. He is John Peters, a former soldier who went AWOL in the early 1970s after being charged with having sex with a 14-year-old boy in public toilets near his base in Sutton Coldfield. Since then, Peters has been convicted in Denmark of a separate offence of child abuse.
Although Bjorn’s Dutch abuser is now due to be tried again in Holland, Peters remains at liberty. Just as he evaded the police in Sutton Coldfield in the 1970s, so now he has evaded them again in Holland, simply by crossing a border. He is believed to be in Asia, whose population of impoverished and vulnerable children has become a magnet for paedophiles and whose police have no active intelligence link with the British or Dutch. The result: the abuser has escaped.
That same story in the Guardian also disclosed the activities of Warwick Spinks, a British paedophile who was then serving a sentence of five years after Scotland Yard arrested him for abducting and raping two homeless boys from the streets of London. He had sold one of them into a brothel in Amsterdam.
Spinks is a paedophile of grandiose ambition, a man who has commercialised his obsession, first by running an agency in Britain which sold boys to like-minded punters, and then by moving to Amsterdam where, as the Guardian disclosed, he worked in brothels and joined a group of British men who produced videos in which five boys were alleged to have been raped and murdered for the pleasure of viewers.
As he approached the end of his five-year sentence, Spinks was transferred from prison to a probation hostel in south London where, last September, he was asked to fill in a form so that the police could enter his details on the new register of sex offenders. He is precisely the kind of compulsive offender for whom the register was designed so that police can keep an eye on their movements. Spinks, however, refused to fill in the form.
He simply walked away from the hostel and sent his probation officer a postcard with an invitation to come and see him in Amsterdam. Since then, he has travelled to Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Moscow and Prague pursuing his own special interests with never a care for the sex offenders’ register or any other limb of the child protection system. The result: another abuser has escaped.
The sexual abuse of children is a special crime, not simply because of the damage it does to its victims, nor even because of the anger and fear it provokes in communities, but more particularly because it is so easy – easy to commit, easy to get away with.
Recently, it has broken into the headlines, through the communal fear of a handful of child killers like Robert Oliver and Sidney Cooke; in the exhumation of the crimes of Mary Bell; with the reluctant resignation of Grampian’s Chief Constable following his force’s bungled inquiry into a paedophile murder. But the debate that has followed has been fragmentary and confused, discoloured by populist reactions from ministers.
Over the last six months, the Guardian has conducted the most detailed and exhaustive investigation of paedophilia that has ever been undertaken by a British newspaper. We have tracked down abusers and their victims, we have spoken to the social workers and detectives and Customs officers who deal with them, to private agencies and to the most senior officials who lead the defence against child abuse.
We have seen the results of courageous work by thousands of dedicated men and women but also we have seen the results of cover-up and concealment, occasionally of corruption, of whistleblowers who are punished for trying to expose the truth, of local authorities, churches and other organisations who have closed ranks to deny or conceal allegations against their staff.
In an investigation of this, the most secret of crimes, we have found evidence of what is an open secret among many of those who fight it – that after twenty years of scandal and alarm, after numerous inquiries and reports, and despite the best efforts of those who work in it, we have created an elaborate and sophisticated failure, a child protection system which does not protect the children.
The origin of the problem is the easiness of the crime, the violent equivalent of taking candy from babies. It is physically easier for a rapist to overpower a child than an adult, to subdue a victim who has less than half his body-weight. In February of this year, for example, police reported that a paedophile had boarded a train outside Brighton one evening and abducted not one, but three young boys, aged between eight and eleven. Police said that the man forced the three boys to get off in the village of Glynde, where he marched them into the public toilets and indecently assaulted all three of them before threatening to kill them, raping one of them and putting them all back on the train.
Equally, it is easier to confuse a child than an adult. A woman who spent four years from the age of seven being raped regularly by her stepfather, told the Guardian she had never thought to complain: “I thought it was normal, I thought everyone was going home from school and being hurt by their dad.” Children have emerged from abuse to report variously that they were told that there was a bomb inside them which would explode if they disclosed what was happening; that there was no point in telling because no one would believe them and they would be put into care; or, commonly, that the abusive parent would be sent to prison, thus destroying the family and bringing hardship and misery to the other parent.
Children are conned by their abusers in a way that no adult would be. Bruce McLean, for example, who is serving nine years for indecent assaults in Cheshire, was using Manchester United tickets to entrap boys. A man who is now awaiting trial for producing a small orgy of child pornography videos in the north of England bought adolescent girls with Kentucky Fried Chicken and toffees, according to one who has spoken to the Guardian.
The ease of the crime is reflected in its scale. No one knows the exact numbers, but to construct a picture is to watch an arithmetical explosion. Start with a hard fact. At the last count, there were 2,100 child sex abusers behind the bars of British jails. Now think of all those who have previously been convicted but who have been released back into the community. You have to multiply by 50: according to the Home Office Research Department, there are 108,000 convicted paedophiles in the community.
Now, think of all the child victims who are conned and confused and never report their abuse in the first place; and all those cases which are reported but which fall short of the demands of the courts; and all those cases of rape and indecent assault which are convicted but which are not statistically recorded as crimes against children. At the most conservative estimate, the NSPCC and specialist police agree with studies here and in the United States, that the official figures for convictions record no more than ten per cent of the paedophile population. Which means that today in Britain, there are probably 1.1 million paedophiles at large. Other studies suggest that the figure is very much higher.
This vast scale appears to be confirmed by “prevalance studies” which take samples of the population and establish how many were childhood victims of sexual abuse. In the UK, the United States, Germany, Switzerland and Australia, studies consistently find that around 20% of women and around 8% of men suffered sexual abuse as children. In the current population of UK children, that would cover 1.5 million girls and 520,000 boys, a figure that is consistent with the projection of 1.1 million offenders.
Child sex abuse is not only easy to commit, it is also easy to get away with. It is the least reported crime on the planet. Numerous victims say that they were silenced by their own emotions – the same emotions which gag the adult victims of rape, but which are magnified in a child’s mind. Some children simply cannot report it: social workers in East Sussex four years ago found paedophiles deliberately targetting children who were too disabled to give evidence. Others had picked children who were terminally ill and who died before the system could catch up with them.
Those children who do report what has happened to them are uniquely likely to find their stories rejected. Often, like the adult victims of indecent assault, they will have nothing but their own word as evidence. And the word of a child is viewed with suspicion from one end of the criminal justice system to the other. It is for that reason that the tribunal of inquiry into abuse in children’s homes in North Wales is only now attempting to get to the truth of hundreds of complaints which were first made by children up to 20 years ago – to council officials, doctors, social workers and parents who, almost without exception, believed not a word of it.
North Wales is only the beginning. It is now clear that during the last 30 years, children’s homes in Britain suffered an epidemic of rape and violent assault. It was an epidemic that went unnoticed, like a plague that struck dumb its victims or else blinded those around it.
There are now literally thousands of men and women, in North Wales, South Wales, Manchester, Liverpool, Sunderland, Northumbria, Edinburgh – in seventeen different police areas in all – who have come forward to make detailed, credible allegations about their childhoods of abuse in care. The combined force of these different inquiries amounts to the biggest contemporary police operation in the country. And yet, at the time that these people were children, at the time that they were being used as human aids to masturbation, just about all of them were overlooked by just about every agency that was supposed to protect them – the police, social workers, the Social Services Inspectorate, health visitors, doctors.
The passage of time, itself, often allows abusers to escape. In Cardiff, Paul Conibeer, who is now aged 28, is trying to persuade the police to prosecute Alan Williams, Lee Tucker and John Gay for buggering him and passing him around their friends when he was a 13-year-old in care. The three men have since been convicted of paedophile offences and become involved in the abuse of children in Portugal and Amsterdam, where they shared their pleasures with Warwick Spinks. Police in Cardiff, however, say Conibeer’s story is too old to be proved. Conibeer has a grim alternative: “I’m giving it a year. If nothing is done in a year, I’m doing it my own way. If I can take three scum off the street that would be my debt paid back to society, because I have been a bad bastard in my time.”
The fact that the sexual abuse of children is so hidden is not entirely the result of the age its victims. This is also a crime of conspiracy, of the abuse of power and, from time to time, of incidents which suggest that a paedophile with prestige may be more likely to escape justice than a more humble offender.
For example, police now invest relatively little time in the surveillance of public toilets where gay men go cottaging. The one thing that is likely still to trigger such an operation is a complaint that under-aged boys are involved – unless, that is, the toilets in question happen to be those behind the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, in which case, under the terms of a long-standing Metropolitan Police policy, the operation will take place only if it has the approval of an officer of the rank of commander or above. According to experienced London officers, the reason is that those toilets are used by High Court judges and barristers, and the Metropolitan Police have always said they do not want to encounter such a powerful offender without special authority.
Fleet Street routinely nurtures a crop of untold stories about powerful abusers who have evaded justice. One such is Peter Morrison, formerly the MP for Chester and the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. Ten years ago, Chris House, the veteran crime reporter for the Sunday Mirror, twice received tip-offs from police officers who said that Morrison had been caught cottaging in public toilets with underaged boys and had been released with a caution. A less powerful man, the officers complained, would have been charged with gross indecency or an offence against children.
At the time, Chris House confronted Morrison, who used libel laws to block publication of the story. Now, Morrison is dead and cannot sue. Police last week confirmed that he had been picked up twice and never brought to trial. They added that there appeared to be no trace of either incident in any of the official records.
A lot of paedophiles are loners. The NSPCC found that 70% of them were closely related to their victim – and, contrary to popular belief, they were not always men. Dr Michelle Elliott from Kidscape says she has dealt with more than 700 cases of women sexually abusing children and that she takes on one or two new such cases each week. Academics who have analysed the history of sexually abused children on the At Risk register have found that one in three were assaulted by adolescent or pre-adolescent children. The Young Abusers Project in London, has dealt with one abuser who was only seven years old.
Even though most abusers – whatever their age or sex – work alone, there is clear evidence of some conspiracy, of the existence of paedophile rings, sometimes deliberately infiltrating parts of the child protection system, often taking advantage of each other’s political or social power to conceal their activities.
Researchers at Manchester University trawled the records of eight police areas in search of cases of organised abuse and they concluded that nationally they would expect to find 242 cases every year where children were the victims of adults who had colluded together to use them for sex. They noted, in line with other specialist researchers, that these official records probably captured only one tenth of the truth. It is these cases of organised abuse which present some of the most frightening incidents.
Some are never brought to trial – like the group of men who were believed by police to be abducting homeless girls from the streets of London in the early 1990s and holding them in a converted garage with padded walls, where they were being abused and finally killed. The closest they came to being caught was when the man who was said to be disposing of the girls’ bodies, for £2,000 a time, was identified by Number Eight Regional Crime Squad, in Wales, as an ex-convict, a man with a history of spectacular violence who was living in Cardiff. Police investiged him but were unable to identify those who had hired him or to find evidence to charge him.
Others come to trial only partially – like Robert Oliver and Sidney Cooke and their friends who together abducted, drugged, raped and killed Jason Swift, Barry Lewes and Mark Tildesley. They were convicted of manslaughter. Officers from Operation Orchid were frustrated, first because there was insufficient evidence to convict them of murder, and, second, because they were never able to bring any charges at all in relation to six other boys who, they believed, had also died at the hands of the same ring.
Often the links between abusers lie beneath the surface of less horrific conspiracies. Take, for example, the case of Greystone Heath, an approved school for boys in Warrington, which for years enjoyed an unsullied reputation until police finally discovered that it had become a hot spot for paedophiles. This one institution – whose history of abuse is echoed now in scores of others – is a model of everyday paedophile collusion.
It appears to have started in 1965 when a 21-year-old student teacher named Keith Laverack went to work there and embarked on a campaign of buggery and indecent assault. Over the ensuing four years, he raped at least 16 boys, three of whom he shared with his colleague, Brian Percival, the clerk and storeman at the home. Once these two men had established sexual rights over the boys at Greystone, other abusers joined the staff: Alan Langshaw, who raped at least 24 boys; Dennis Grain who raped at least 18; Roy Shuttleworth who raped at least ten; Jack Bennett who indecently assaulted two; and Steve Norris who assaulted an unknown number.
The Greystone abusers then fanned out. Keith Laverack went to childrens’ homes in Cambridgeshire; Alan Langshaw became Principal of St Vincent’s Catholic boys’ home in Formby; Grain and Shuttleworth were both promoted to other homes in the Warrington area; Steve Norris went to North Wales. At their new homes, all of them continued to rape boys who were in their care and wherever they went, they crossed the paths of other paedophiles.
In Cambridgeshire, Keith Laverack worked with numerous colleagues, four of whom are now also suspected of abusing children. Dennis Grain worked in Doncaster for the same group of private schools as Terence Hoskins who went on to become headteacher of St Aiden’s Community Home in Widnes, where he liked to thrash naked boys with a cane, which he then pushed into their backsides, while his housemaster, Colin Dick, indecently assaulted those who caught his eye. Dennis Grain had previously attacked boys in Danesford childrens’ home in Congleton, opening the door to three others, John Clarke, Joseph Smith and Brian Hudson, who set about the boys with relish. Dennis Grain, in the meantime, went off to work at Eton, where he became a housemaster. The web is almost endless.
While he was Principal of St Vincent’s, Alan Langshaw recruited a care worker named Edward Stanton, who joined in Langshaw’s orgy. Stanton appears to have got the job through the good offices of Roy Shuttleworth, who was continuing to abuse the boys at Greystone and who is believed to have known Stanton from their time in Birmingham when they took the same course in residential child care.
That course in Birmingham, in turn, is believed to have been lectured by Peter Righton, a notorious paedophile who attempted to legitimise his obsession in a series of academic studies. Righton, for his part, belonged to the Paedophile Information Exchange, along with Jack Bennett who joined in the abuse at Greystone. Righton had earlier worked in the same childrens’ home in Maidstone, Kent as Peter Howarth, who went on to become a legendary abuser in the homes of North Wales where he shared his indulgence with Steve Norris, formerly of Greystone.
Each of these men claims to have abused alone. Even though their paths connected so frequently, even though the Greystone abusers were assaulting boys in buildings within yards of each other, even though several of them were raping the same boys, they claim never to have colluded with each other. No one who has been involved with investigating Greystone believes them.
The evidence suggests that such abusers not only collude to give each other work and access to children, but also to infiltrate the child protection system. Peter Righton lectured not only in Birmingham but in numerous other colleges. Before he was finally taken to court and convicted, he became a highly regarded consultant in child care and, eventually, the Director of Education at the prestigious National Institute of Social Work in London, a position from which he was able to have some influence on Government policy.
With similar cynicism, Keith Laverack, who opened the catalogue of abuse at Greystone Heath, went on to run the Guardian Ad Litem panel for Cambridgeshire County Council, with the job of representing the interests of children in court cases. This job not only introduced him to the most vulnerable children in the area but also gave him access to files on abused children all over the country. Terence Hoskins, who worked with some of the Greystone abusers, used connections with South Yorkshire police to get access to his own file, from the supposedly secret National Criminal Intelligence Service, NCIS.
Roger Saint who spent years assaulting his foster children in Clwyd secured himself a job on the local adoption panel, from which he could referee complaints about people like himself.


But this is only the beginning. Beyond the inherent difficulty of detecting and preventing this most secret crime, beyond the obstacle course of concealment erected by the collusion of clever paedophiles, the child victims of sexual abuse are betrayed by organisations who repeatedly prefer to avoid embarrassment by concealing awkward allegations and by a system of protection which simply does not work.
http://www.nickdavies.net/1998/04/01/the-sheer-scale-of-child-sexual-abuse-in-britain/

Peter Lemkin
11-04-2012, 08:49 PM
UK: Pedophile Network & Child Murder Linked to Margaret Thatcher’s Tories
4th November 2012

By Dominik Lemanski, Jonathan Corke and Deborah Sherwood
November4, 2012

According to The Sunday Times (“Pressure on police to release paedophile dossier“), 23 April 2006, Strathclyde Police have a dossier listing members of a child-abuse ring. The dossier is said to implicate senior public figures, including senior police officers and members of the Crown Office and former Scottish Office.

A VICTIM of a paedophile ring linked to Margaret Thatcher’s Tories believes his two brothers were murdered for trying to expose the truth.

Chris Johns, who begged the Queen to help protect him and his family after the first brother was killed, says he hopes one day there will be a new probe into their deaths. He was speaking as Labour MP Tom Watson – who spoke out against the same paedo ring in Parliament – said he too is afraid for his safety.

Chris is convinced his brothers were silenced as they began to reveal the full extent of the paedophile network, which wrecked the lives of hundreds of young boys from the late 1960s onwards. Adrian, 32, died in an arson attack before he had chance to give a statement, while brother Leander, 34, was found dead in mysterious *circumstances, below, during the trial of one of his abusers.

Just a handful of men involved in their abuse and that of scores of other children were ever convicted.

Chris himself says he had underage sex with a high court judge and was raped by a police officer who has never faced justice. Our investigations meanwhile suggest at least one Tory peer, a major showbiz star, political figures including a Conservative MP and an agent to a world-famous singer could be implicated.

The ring allegedly spread well beyond North Wales, where the brothers were abused, into London and across Britain. Steven Messham, a victim of the same ring, says he was raped “more than a dozen times” by a “leading politician from the Thatcher years”.

And last night Chris said: “I want *recognition of how deep into society this thing goes. These people are utterly ruthless and have their dirty work done by third parties.”

The 59-year-old, along with his brothers, were all put into care as children. And that’s when they fell into the hands of evil paedophile John Allen, who ran children’s homes across North Wales.

In 1992 after years of abuse, Adrian, who had been at the Bryn Alyn home, tried to blackmail Allen by saying he was going to tell all unless he gave him money. According to Chris he had decided to lift the lid on the depravity. But on April 17, 1992, Adrian was killed in an arson attack, which Leander survived with awful burns after jumping to safety. In 1995 both Chris and Leander gave evidence against Allen during a trial.

And that’s when Chris wrote to the Queen. The letter, which Chris has given us * permission to publish, shows him begging Her Majesty for help. He wrote: “We were mentally, morally and physically abused as children (most of it will probably never come to light).”

And he added: “Having given our evidence Leander, myself and indeed the rest of my family in Wales are living in great fear of our lives.”

An aide to the Queen replied, saying his *letter had been forwarded to the Lord *Chancellor’s department and the Prince of Wales. But the only reply was from a representative of the Chancellor’s impersonally named *“Customer Service Unit”.

Leander, known as Lea, died days later from an *unexpected overdose, which Chris and his family have a*lways questioned. During the week between Lea’s evidence and his death, Allen had absconded from bail. His whereabouts were never properly *explained. He claimed he had a breakdown and *wandered lost in an Oxfordshire wood. But £16,500 was taken from his bank accounts during that time.

Chris said: “Leander survived the fire and gave evidence at court but within two days he was dead.”

Allen was given six years for sex assaults on boys.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/280600/Paedo-scandal-covered-up/
PM to investigate allegations of Downing St paedophile ring

tom watson UK: Pedophile Network & Child Murder Linked to Margaret Thatchers ToriesTom Watson MP demands police investigate claims. Do they refer to Mrs Thatcher’s one-time PPS?

The Week, Wed 24 Oct 2012

A LABOUR MP has asked David Cameron to ensure that the police investigate evidence of a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10″.

Tom Watson, the Birmingham MP who led the campaign for an inquiry into phone hacking, told Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions today: “The evidence file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring.

“One of its members boasts of a link to a senior aide of a former prime minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.

“The leads were not followed up, but if the files still exist, I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10.”

Cameron, who had earlier told the Commons that the BBC has “serious questions to answer” over allegations that Jimmy Savile abused children, told Watson he would look into the claims, The Independent reports.

“You raise a very difficult and complex case,” said Cameron, “and I’m not sure which former prime minister he is referring to, but what I would like to do is to look very carefully in Hansard to the allegations you have made, the case that you have raised and look very carefully – and to see what the Government can do to give you the assurances you seek.”

Righton was convicted in 1992. The Guardian, and The Times’s David Aaronovitch, suggest that the case Watson was referring to was the subject of an article in The Sunday Times at the weekend.

The article contained a claim by former Conservative minister Edwina Currie that a fellow Tory MP, Sir Peter Morrison, had sex with 16-year-old boys when the age of consent was 21. Morrison was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the party. He died in 1995 at the age of 51.

Currie said: “Was he doing anything illegal? Almost certainly. Would it be illegal today? Hard to tell now the age of consent is down to 16.”

She noted that she had first raised the allegation in an autobiography in 2002. An extract from that book reads: “One appointment in the recent reshuffle has attracted a lot of gossip and could be very dangerous: Peter Morrison has become the PM’s PPS.

“Now he’s what they call ‘a noted pederast’, with a liking for young boys; he admitted as much… when he became deputy chairman of the party but added, ‘However, I’m very discreet’ — and he must be!

“She [Thatcher] either knows and is taking a chance, or doesn’t; either way, it’s a really dumb move.

“It scares me, as all the press know, and as we get closer to the election someone is going to make trouble very close to her indeed.” ·

http://www.theweek.co.uk/politics/savile-abuse-claims/49725/pm-investigate-allegations-downing-st-paedophile-ring#ixzz2BGeNUUbJ

Jan Klimkowski
11-04-2012, 09:23 PM
This thread began with the coverup of the crimes of Haut de la Garenne in Jersey.

Some of DPF's first threads were about the coverup of the Dutroux elite paedophile ring operating in Belgium and across Europe. DPF is proud to host the IGSP archive, the best extant record of those crimes against humanity.

The abuse at Kincora is scorned by the powerful as a "conspiracy theory".

Broadmoor is passed off as a joke.

Now we learn for certain that the official establishment inquiry into the abuse of chlidren in Welsh children's homes, such as Bryn Estyn, in the 1980s, was a farce, with testimony against powerful indviduals excluded, with children threatened and told not to name names.




Paedophile ring inquiry needed to clear 'cover up' claims


The children's commissioner for Wales backs calls for a new inquiry, following new allegations that a senior Tory official was involved in a paedophile ring 30 years ago.


Channel 4 News (http://www.channel4.com/news/paedophile-ring-inquiry-needed-to-clear-cover-up-claims), November 4 2012


Keith Towler said the only way to clarify what happened to children at the infamous Bryn Estyn estate in Wrexham (pictured below) and to ensure there had been no cover up was to hold a new inquiry.

A victim of the care home scandal of the 1970s and 1980s, where young children were sexually and violently abused by their carers, said that further abuse took place outside the home and was not followed up.

In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Steve Messham claimed that on one occasion he was tied down and raped by several men. Among the group, he alleged, was a leading Conservative official at the time.


He said: "In the home it was the standard abuse, which was violent and sexual. Outside it was like you were sold, we were taken to the Crest Hotel in Wrexham, mainly on Sunday nights, where they would rent rooms," he said.

"One particular night that I always recall is when I was basically raped, tied down and abused by nine different men."

Messham claims that one of those men was a senior Tory official.

However Channel 4 News Political Correspondent Michael Crick spoke to the individual on Friday, who vehemently denied any involvement in paedophile activity and said if he was named he will sue.



Waterhouse tribunal

A tribunal, led by Sir Ronald Waterhouse, looked into the abuse of hundreds of boys and heard evidence from more than 650 individuals who had been in some 40 homes between 1974 and 1990, publishing its report in 2000.

Messham told Newsnight that his claims about what happened to him outside the home were not followed up at the inquiry, prompting Keith Towler's comments today.

The children commissioner said: "The fact that we have someone on camera now who was clearly a victim of appalling abuse in Bryn Estyn children's home back in the 1970s and 80s, saying that what he wanted to say was outside of the terms of reference, and people told him that he could not say these things and he couldn't talk about people who had abused him, is clearly wrong.

"The fact that he is now saying that and he has now said it so publicly means we have to respond to that."

A spokesman for the Welsh government said they were very concerned about the allegations and would look at all the evidence as it appeared.

'He would have me killed'

The Sunday Express has also spoken to Messham today, and he revealed that he was due to speak to police officers soon about his claims and would name the Tory to them.

He also told the paper that after the abuse, the individual threatened Messham with his life if he discussed it with anyone.

"After I was assaulted, this politician made it quite clear what would happen to me if I dared tell anyone. He warned me that if I mentioned anything about the abuse, he would have me killed.

"This man would never say he would do it personally, but he was someone with immense power and I took his threat very, very seriously."

'The highest of places'

Senior Labour MP Tom Watson, who last week raised the possibility of a "paedophile ring" has also promised to speak out about the child abuse allegations in "the highest of places".

Writing in his blog on Saturday, Watson explains he has been contacted by many people describing appalling allegations of child abuse, some perpetrated by those in positions in power.

He wrote: "They have named powerful people -- some of them household names -- who abused children with impunity.

Citing the revelations over Jimmy Savile scandal Watson promises he will pursue the matter.

"What I am going to do personally is to speak out on this extreme case of organised abuse in the highest places. At the core of all child abuse is the abuse of power. The fundamental power of the adult over the child.

Wherever this occurs it is an abomination. But these extreme cases are abuse of power by some of the most powerful people."

Magda Hassan
11-04-2012, 10:15 PM
Now we learn for certain that the official establishment inquiry into the abuse of chlidren in Welsh children's homes, such as Bryn Estyn, in the 1980s, was a farce, with testimony against powerful indviduals excluded, with children threatened and told not to name names.


Some of the investigating police were also told to lose the evidence, or else.... I'll see if I can locate that article for that statement.

Jan Klimkowski
11-05-2012, 09:52 PM
Reporter Eileen Fairweather, some of whose articles over the years of silence can be found in this thread, alleges that at least 16 children died in suspicious or unexplained circumstances.

Her testimony is powerful and provocative.



Award-winning journalist who helped expose the North Wales child abuse scandal calls for a proper police investigation
Daily MIrror (http://www.mirror.co.uk/opinion/news-opinion/eileen-fairweather-journalist-who-helped-1416666)4 Nov 2012 16:02


Powerful establishment figures accused of heinous crimes were unafraid but now live in fear of exposure

On Friday night a victim of the North Wales children's homes abuse scandal told BBC Newsnight he was prostituted in care by a senior Tory politician.

Steven Messham, now 51, had first publicly named this man 15 years ago at Sir Ronald Waterhouse's 1997 judicial inquiry into the care scandal.

But the Press was barred from reporting his shocking allegation.

I helped expose the North Wales scandal that led to the inquiry.

It is now agreed that at least 650 victims were horribly abused physically and sexually in nearly 40 care homes over 20 years.

Over several months at the inquiry, hundreds poured out their pain into a stark, modern, mostly deserted council chamber in the remote small town of Ewloe, far from the rich men's worlds of Westminster and Fleet Street.

But the Press bench was mostly empty.

Some tearfully described being raped or prostituted not just by staff but police officers, businessmen and politicians.

But reporting restrictions meant that the Press was barred from naming unprosecuted allegations.

Only seven staff were ever prosecuted and allegations against the powerful outsiders who allegedly picked up children outside the homes were never investigated by police or the inquiry, whose terms of reference were limited.

The courage and heart-breaking testimony of those who gave evidence therefore mostly went unreported.

The powerful establishment figures accused there of terrible crimes remained unafraid.

Now some ARE afraid. If you think Savile was conspiracy, the dam is about to burst on even bigger cover-ups.

The recent shocking revelations about how Savile and his pervert pals preyed for decades on defenceless youngsters in care homes and hospitals has made Britain realise that paedophile rings really do exist.

And they ARE probably protected by corrupt officials and police, not just by naivety.

For the past four decades, thousands of young people in care across Britain have described similar abuse and prostitution. Many have been dismissed as disturbed or just wanting compensation pay-outs.

Inquiries were held but their findings ignored, and no one joined the dots and asked if this was a form of well-organised crime.

The Savile scandal - which involves children of all classes and the sick, not just impoverished children abandoned to care - has made Britain ask: What if they were telling the truth all along? And what if some abusers were at the heart of Britain's Establishment?

At least 16 lads from these homes died in tragic or unexplained circumstances, several after revealing abuse. I vividly remember ringing the tribunal and asking if it would be investigating these deaths.

A very self-satisfied functionary told me it would not be and, when I angrily asked why not, he replied with an almost visible smirk: 'Well, if they're dead they can't give evidence, can they?'

I lost my professional cool and slammed down the phone and cried.

To this day no one has looked into how and why all those boys died.

Steven Messham's inquiry allegation on April 21 1997 may never be proven.

He admits he has spent time in a psychiatric hospital and received counselling, and he did not even give the inquiry the man's first name or describe him then as a politician.

He just knew that the man who abused him in posh cars and once at a hotel used by the local paedophile ring was wealthy enough to have his own driver. Young prostituted boys rarely know politicians' names or faces.

Another man who was also prostituted as a child in care in North Wales was shown a photo of the politician by another reporter and said he abused him.

I met and liked this former rent boy. But he knew that memory can play tricks and that such gossamer-thin "evidence" would hardly stand up in court.

It would be libellous and morally wrong to name the politician, given that the allegation against him has never been tested under cross-examination in open court.

But Steven's story makes one wonder what police might have found if they had really looked.

He claims police failed to put most of what he said about the politician and other man into his witness statement.

Steven Messham has asked to see David Cameron, and says these allegations ARE so serious that they must finally be made the subject of a proper police inquiry.

Much of the abuse took place at Bryn Estyn Children's Home in Wrexham, known to people as "Colditz".

All seven staff convicted of abuse were apparently picked for their similar tastes by the home's head Peter Howarth, who was jailed for 10 years in 1994 and died in prison.

Like other residents, Steven described being abused by a senior police officer who often visited Bryn Estyn. He sometimes gave him money afterwards.

On Friday's Newsnight, Steven also revealed the abuse extended outside the care home, saying: "In the home it was the standard abuse which was violent and sexual. Outside it was like you were sold, we were taken to the Crest Hotel in Wrexham, mainly on Sunday nights, where they would rent rooms.

"One particular night I always recall is when I was basically raped, tied down, and abused by nine different men."

Seven relatively lowly male care workers were convicted following an inquiry by North Wales police which many mistrust.

Victims say that a key figure in North Wales police was an abuser too and led a cover-up, while social services ignored complaints, victimised concerned staff, and aggressively suppressed 12 increasingly critical inquiry reports.

The outstandingly brave chairman of the council's social services committee, Labour councillor Malcolm King, was threatened by police, the council and their insurers with prison, bankruptcy, libel suits and forfeiting his home if he leaked the final devastating report by John Jillings to the Press.

Only 12 copies of the Jillings report were published and each was watermarked so the source of any leak could be identified. All were later pulped.

I wrote out the report's 300 pages by hand, to protect my source. It took me three days and, by agreement, I anonymously fed different sections to different papers. So did another whistleblower.

The resulting media firestorm led to the Waterhouse Inquiry.

Judge Waterhouse was horrified by the survivors' testimony, and his 1,000-page report is highly regarded.

Yet what people abused in these recurring care scandals really want is proper police investigation and arrests.

But to this day there has been no response to calls by the North Wales victims for a new investigation by an outside police force.

Steven's story makes clear why one is needed.

Magda Hassan
11-06-2012, 01:07 AM
Tom Watson MP.

Takes on the Murdoch crime family.

Takes on intelligence-run paedophile networks.

He's a brave man.
Yes, a good man and a brave man and he's not backing down. The threats to his well being and perhaps life have started.


10 days that shook my worldNovember 3rd, 2012 |[/URL]
It’s ten days since I raised a question about intelligence suggesting a[URL="http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2012-10-24c.914.9&s=speaker%3A11309#g923.2"]paedophile ring that touched the very heart (http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/category) of a previous government. I’d done so because a very credible retired child protection professional had lived with a gnawing suspicion of a cover up for many years.
These people are the rarest of human beings. They’re the people who labour in anonymity, day in day out, trying to make the world a better place. They have always been the foundations of our public services. Yet this retired public servant had, through a quirk of fate, stumbled on something that appeared so huge, that almost everyone he’d ever raised his concerns with had baulked at the challenge.
Since then though, many more ordinary people have contacted me about suspicions they have had of a wider wrongdoing – in some cases so heinous it made me cry.
They have talked of psychopaths marking children with Stanley knifes to show “ownership”. They tell of parties where children were “passed around” the men. They speak of golf course car parks being the scenes for child abuse after an 18 hole round.
And they have named powerful people – some of them household names – who abused children with impunity.
Two former police officers have raised their concerns of cover-ups. Child protection specialists have raised their fears that the network of convicted paedophile Peter Righton, the nexus of the group, was wider than at first thought. Others have identified a former cabinet minister who regularly abused young boys.
Some have raised mysterious early deaths, disappeared children, suspicious fires, intimidation and threats.
It’s bewildering.
These allegations go way beyond the claims made on BBC Newsnight yesterday. Newsnight failed to name the paedophile mentioned by a North Wales survivor. I can understand why. A career can be destroyed by an allegation of such magnitude. There needs to be a high bar of proof.
Yet the thing I learnt most from the hacking scandal, and for that matter, the Savile case, is that the intelligence was staring the police in the face. These people were hiding in daylight. So powerful, so brazen in their actions, those who had an inkling of what was happening turned a blind eye.
Or maybe none of this happened. Maybe the 50 plus emails and numerous phone calls and letters I have received were all from fantasists. Maybe the allegations of the victims – made for many years, consistently to anyone that would listen, maybe they’re bogus.
One thing is for certain: someone has to join the dots. And that should be the police. There are a few hardy child protection specialists who for many years, have been burrowing away, trying to uncover the truth. Their work and insight should be taken more seriously. The police should work with them.
The hacking scandal was about the police failing to follow clear leads of wrongdoing by powerful people. They could do this because politicians turned a blind eye.
This is potentially worse. Some of those powerful people involved in a cover up may well have been – and could still be – powerful politicians.
I’m not going to let this drop despite warnings from people who should know that my personal safety is imperilled if I dig any deeper. It’s spooked me so much that I’ve kept a detailed log of all the allegations should anything happen.
As I type this blog post, I’m half-smiling about how insane all this appears. It sounds like I’ve taken leave of my senses – just like they said I had during the early days of the hacking scandal. Maybe I have. Yet with a properly resourced investigation, with the voice of victims being heard in public and with the political will we can get to the facts.
I wish I could fight the case of everybody who has been abused by a paedophile who has so far got away with it, but I can’t. That is a job for the police. Up and down the country private grief is being stirred by these stories. I cannot help in each individual case, but the police and support services can, must and will. If you were abused a long time ago and want justice now, go to the police. It is not too late.

What I am going to do personally is to speak out on this extreme case of organised abuse in the highest places. At the core of all child abuse is the abuse of power. The fundamental power of the adult over the child. Wherever this occurs it is an abomination. But these extreme cases are abuse of power by some of the most powerful people. Abuse of trust by some of the most trusted. It is a sickening story, but one which – like the truth about Jimmy Savile – is now going to be told.
http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/2012/11/10-days-that-shook-my-world

Magda Hassan
11-06-2012, 01:10 AM
Tom Watson's letter to David Cameron. Looks like Watson is not going to be taking "No" for an answer. The pressure is on now.

Letter to David Cameron regarding Child Sex Abuse Investigation (http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/2012/11/letter-to-david-cameron-regarding-child-sex-abuse-investigation)

November 5th, 2012 —
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

5 November 2012

Dear Mr Cameron,
Congratulations on ordering a review of what information government departments may hold about organised child abuse at the heart of government 30 years ago.
In acting swiftly you have sent an important message about how seriously you take this matter. You have done the right thing and I commend you for it.
And the inquiry that you have announced performs a useful function. It is certainly important that government departments trawl their archives to see what documents they hold. But my experience of uncovering massive establishment conspiracies leaves me in no doubt that what you have suggested does not go anything like far enough. Its limited scope may even slow things down, muddy waters, damage trails. What is needed is a much wider, but equally immediate, investigation.
Since sharing my concerns with you at PMQs, a number of people have come forward to say that they raised their suspicions with the police, but investigations were not carried out. One allegation involves alleged child abuse and a former cabinet minister. We both know that many untruths are told about politicians, but this allegation was specific, informed and appeared well corroborated.
Cutting through a concerted establishment cover-up requires meticulous, diligent, fearless commitment to uncover the truth, whomever it unmasks.
My advice to you as Prime Minister – and from one father to another – is that you need to order a special police investigation, outside the affected forces, with proper resources, to review all relevant police files and those of the intelligence services. If they have documents suggesting politicians in the Commons and Lords or others in positions of power were involved in child abuse then they should make them available to a new inquiry team.
The forces so far known of be affected (Met, Surrey, West and South Yorkshire, West Mercia, Dorset, Kent, Essex, North Wales, Suffolk and Sussex) need to have their archives systematically searched for intelligence from witnesses/victims making claims which were not investigated; investigations which were closed down, and so on.
If what you really want – and I believe that it is – is the truth, then you must draw the terms of reference such that the police inquiry has licence to follow any lead it finds in what will be, after all, a serious criminal investigation. There should be no historic sexual abuse of children which is off limits to this investigation. The police should be supported by a dedicated team of child protection specialists, many of whom have been raising their concerns for years. Your advisers will tell you to be wary of “opening the floodgates”. They are wrong. Their decorous caution is the friend of the paedophile. Narrowing the inquiry equals hiding the truth. That is the reality and it is not what you want.
Detailed recommendations about how to organise an investigation is in the possession of the government. The 2002 guidance on Complex Child abuse investigations: Inter agency issues (Home Office and DoH) continues to be relevant and is referenced in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010 Investigating complex (organised or multiple) abuse (p194 6.10-1.6.13).
A dedicated police unit is essential, investigating the organised abuse of children, wherever it happened – from the seediest backstreets even to Downing Street – without fear or favour of exposing the rich and powerful, or those who covered up for them.
And if it opens a floodgate of misery, then so be it. We will all feel dirtied and sickened – as we should. Victims have an absolute right to the whole truth.
I know you want to do this and ask that you give it your urgent attention.
You have no choice.
Yours sincerely
Tom Watson MP


Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East
http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/2012/11/letter-to-david-cameron-regarding-child-sex-abuse-investigation

Danny Jarman
11-06-2012, 04:06 AM
http://www.seancopland.com/articles/sex_offenders_register_free_online_search.html

:Smile:

Magda Hassan
11-06-2012, 08:05 AM
I have recently wondered if Jimmy fixed it for Jill Dando as I never could quite buy the Serbian hit man scenario of the day.

Savile’s Travels: How Sir Jimmy Was Fingered as Peter Sutcliffe’s Accomplice

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire (http://21stcenturywire.com/2012/11/05/saviles-travels-how-sir-jimmy-was-fingered-as-peter-sutcliffes-accomplice/)
It’s not that big of a stretch, and you’d have to be in avoidance mode not to look into it.
There seemed to be an unnatural synergy between them, a correlation that appears to have escaped the authorities and the media, until now.
It’s known that Broadmoor’s esteemed patron, Sir Jimmy Savile, had befriended one Peter Sutcliffe, known as “The Yorkshire Ripper”, who was moved to the secure mental hospital in Berkshire following his mass murdering spree.

http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/o-saville-bruno-and-peter-570.jpg?w=392&h=230 (http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/o-saville-bruno-and-peter-570.jpg)Jim’ll Fix it: Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe meeting with Frank Bruno, arranged by… Sir Jimmy Savile.


Sir Jim even fixed a meet-and-greet between the Ripper and boxing champ Frank Bruno at Broadmoor in 1991, when Big Frank came to open a boxing gym inside.
Pals Jim and Pete shared a passion for predatory, sadistic and violent sex practices. Nurses at Broadmoor can testify to hearing Sir Jim booming with laughter at the Ripper’s jokes coming from inside Sutcliffe’s cell.
But how did we miss this one: multiple murder crime scenes put Sutcliffe uncomfortably close to Savile at multiple locations in Leeds at the time of the murders – a realisation which places Sir Jimmy squarely in the frame with the Yorkshire Ripper.
According to the Sun’s Professor David Wilson (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4626112/BBC-Paedo-DJ-Jimmy-Savile-and-the-Yorkshire-Ripper-Peter-Sutcliffe-have-been-linked.html), one of Britain’s top experts on serial killers, police must now investigate whether or not the pair’s unusual bond developed before Sutcliffe was caught. The Sun article explains:
“Another crime expert even thinks BBC star Savile could have turned killer himself in his craving for more and more perverted thrills.
And the family of Sutcliffe’s first victim are demanding that cops question the killer, now 66, to find out if Savile was involved in any of the 13 Ripper murders or helped cover them up.”

The newspapers pushing the envelope on the Savile-Sutcliffe connection this past weekend were the Sunday Sport, the Sun and others – with broadsheets staying mostly clear of the that angle.
There is also the assertion by the Sunday Sport that Jimmy Savile may be connected with the murder of Crimewatch’s Jill Dando, who some believe was threatening to expose Savile’s paedophile activities nationally at the time. If there is a link here, then the media should also revisit the show trial of Barry George, the mentally ill patsy who was originally charged with Dando’s killing, but was eventually acquitted for the murder in 2008.
Savile also boasted of his use of *violence (http://www.mirror.co.uk/opinion/news-opinion/eileen-fairweather-journalist-who-helped-1416666) and links to IRA gangsters when filmed during Louis Theroux’s infamous BBC documentary.
More interestingly, however, is that the Sunday Sport and Sun’s revelations appear almost verbatim from an Oct 11th interview on the UK Column Live show – where award-winning filmmaker Bill Maloney of Pie and Mash Films (http://www.pienmashfilms.com/) had previously laid out out a damning case detailing the clear connection between Jimmy Savile and Peter Sutcliffe.
Maloney explains, “After the release of our documentary Sun Sea & Satan in 2008, a victim from Haut de la Garenne came forward with the names of Jimmy Savile and Wilfred Brambles (of Steptoe & Son). Later, in September 2012, a month before I did the UK Column Live interview with Brian Gerrish, I realized that there is horrendous information that the National press are not disclosing.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=aJtLsKtGCSY
Filmmaker Bill Maloney has been a trailblazer in the arena of child abuse activism in the UK, through his personal crusade against chronic institutional child sex abuse throughout the UK, but most his work had fallen on deaf ears when it came to the mainstream media, until now.

http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/bill_maloneyheadsquare.jpg?w=194&h=223 (http://21stcenturywire.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/bill_maloneyheadsquare.jpg)Filmmaker Bill Maloney: knew about Savile long before the mainstream media and the BBC would admit it.


“We’re at the point now where the mainstream media is beginning to admit that the child abuse and paedophilia issue is not just about one man Jimmy Savile, but admitting to a wider systematic problem, because they’ve been forced into it by the alternative media such as ourselves”, says Maloney.
Among other revelations and connections, the Sun (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4626112/BBC-Paedo-DJ-Jimmy-Savile-and-the-Yorkshire-Ripper-Peter-Sutcliffe-have-been-linked.html#ixzz2BLWGZrS5) revealed that Sutcliffe victim Irene Richardson was killed in 1977 – only yards from where Jimmy Savile demanded oral sex from his paperboy, and another murder victim was knifed by the Ripper in front of Savile’s other Leeds home at the time.
Allegations first surfaced following the infamous ITV documentary where Savile sexually abused inmates at hospitals (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/12/jimmy-savile-allegations-department-of-health-ken-clarke_n_1963760.html?utm_hp_ref=uk) – to which Sir Jim had his own set of keys. This is crucial, as both Savile and Sutcliffe, it seems, shared their dark ethusiasm for necrophilia. So investigators might consider here, the uglier possibility that Sir Jim could be involved in multiple murders, perhaps even whilst on duty, roaming the halls of the infirmary, looking for – or worse, creating, a freshly deceased, and still ‘warm’ fix.
It’s safe to say that the mainstream media ignored much of the research carried out by the alternative media researchers like Bill Maloney who looked into crime scenes like Haut de la Garenne, and has not properly explored the links between serial predators like Savile and known serial killers like Sutcliffe.
Thus far, it’s the ‘tabloid press’ – namely the Mirror, Express, Sun, Daily Star, and Sunday Sport, who have taken on the more risky angles of this story, whereas editors at the Guardian, The Independent, Telegraph and Times have mostly stayed clear of dirty aspects of Savile like necrophilia, murder, and his affection for the Yorkshire Ripper. Perhaps they feel it’s too grim, and something reserved for the gutter press.
What is clear now, however, is that this is officially a national emergency which requires ‘all hands on deck’ from a press and media point of view.
But we have an even bigger theme now in play with the Savile-Sutcliffe link. If Savile is eventually linked to Sutcliffe or any other Savile murders turn up, then anyone who covered for Jimmy – including the BBC, would, in theory, be guilty, in theory, of aiding and abetting a mass murderer.
Everyone over the years it seems, the police, the press – even the great BBC, all covered for Jimmy Savile. Why?

Because he was a ‘fixer’.
http://21stcenturywire.com/2012/11/05/saviles-travels-how-sir-jimmy-was-fingered-as-peter-sutcliffes-accomplice/

Magda Hassan
11-06-2012, 08:08 AM
Sun Sea & Satan FULL DOCUMENTARY
A hard-hitting emotionally charged 60 min documentary by Bill Maloney (Award winning independent film director) who's family were all brought up in the UK care system.

It covers Maloney's visit and interpretation of Jersey, Channel Islands, following the ongoing child abuse investigations of the children's care home 'Haut de la Garenne'. It highlights connections with the Sea Cadets and children being brought from London care homes for 'sailing holidays' on the Island. The documentary contains strong language and strong opinions.

Due to his and his family's experiences of Establishment care homes Maloney felt compelled to see first hand the response of Islanders to the alleged abuse claims and their general feeling for the Governing States. A mixed response of silence, anger and insensitivity is catalogued from this island of geographical beauty with an ugly underbelly. The film includes mainstream news reports with Jeremy Paxman, Stuart Syvret, Lenny Harper, Esther Rantzen and Frank Walker.

It is the opinion of Bill Maloney that if a child was required - Haut de la Garenne was the venue; if an adult was required - St Saviours Mental Hospital was the venue.

JERSEY IS NOT PART OF THE UK, IT IS OWNED BY THE CROWN.

DONATIONS - In order to remain independent Pie and Mash Films rely on donations from generous individuals to carry out investigations into all forms of abuse and the erosion of our civil liberties.

With your help we can raise the awareness of the consequences of abuse by individuals, corporates, and the 'Establishment' and confront those in power who deny justice. http://www.pienmashfilms.com/page18.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=lq6lJsBz9UY

Jan Klimkowski
11-06-2012, 10:43 PM
So, photographic evidence of influential people abusing children was handed to the police.

And lost.

Whilst the coverup and limited hangout continues apace.


The video of victim Steve Messham's testimony can be seen at Channel 4 (http://www.channel4.com/news/photographs-of-abuse-was-handed-to-police).



Photographs of Wales abuse 'were handed to police'

Exclusive: Steve Messham tells Channel 4 News he passed photographs of children being abused, including himself, to the police but they failed to act.


Warning: you may be distressed by the interview above

The former Bryn Estyn care home resident also said the men who abused him as a teenager frequently threatened him, saying: "If you tell anyone, I'll have you killed."

He told Channel 4 News that he broke into the flat of one of his abusers to steal photographs of the abuse he endured, but that nothing was done after he handed them into the police.

Mr Messham was 16 when he allegedly entered the flat in Wrexham in 1979. "I broke in knowing he was away, and I found all these photographs and I handed them to the police - and out of that two people got prosecuted, and one got a caution and that was it.

"And what was on those pictures was unbelievable, it doesn't make sense. The police do admit there were pictures, but not to the extent I say .... crazy."

The photos captured lots of men raping boys, including the prominent Conservative figure he accuses of abusing him, Mr Messham alleges. He says he could see men's faces clearly, but the police said they could not identify the men from the pictures.

Read more: Eyewitness 'saw Thatcher aide take boys to abuse'

Home Secretary Theresa May on Thursday launched two separate inquiries into abuse in north Wales care homes. The director general of the National Crime Agency will investigate claims about sex offences against youngsters in the 1970s and 1980s, and review how previous inquiries were carried out by the police.

Mrs Justice Julia Wendy Macur will lead a separate review into the "scope and conduct" of the original Waterhouse inquiry into allegations of child abuse at north Wales care homes.

Mr Messham, who claims he was abused more than a dozen times by a Conservative figure and a wider circle of abusers including businessmen and police, told Channel 4 News: "They took photographs, very much so - loads of photographs.

"As I said, I broke into that flat and handed them to the police... (they took them) in the hotel room, in the flat itself they were taking photographs. They got their kicks out of it, whatever they were doing they got kicks off it. It's just a power thing."



'They remind you who they are'


He also says he was threatened by the abusers: "We always got threats. When they abuse you, they always remind you who they are. They always did that – whether it was the prominent Tory member, or the staff in the homes… 'You tell anybody, you know what you're going to get. You tell anybody, I'll have you killed'. You're scared anyway, you're a kid, but they just scare you that little bit more.

"It's not during the act, it's after they'd finished with you…'Remember who I am'…There wasn't one who didn't threaten me afterwards."

In 1996 the Waterhouse Inquiry sat for 203 days and heard evidence from 650 people, with more than 80 people named as abusers - mainly care workers and teachers. There were 140 compensation claims settled on behalf of the victims and 72 recommendations were made.

However Mr Messham said that the inquiry failed to disclose a prominent child abuser at the time, because Sir Ronald Waterhouse ruled that making names public would be defamatory.

'Names will come out'


Speaking before his meeting with the Welsh secretary on Tuesday, Mr Messham said: "I could kill them. They wrecked my life. My life's not normal, never has been …. nightmares, sweats. I ended up in being in hospital for over three and a half years with it – it's not good is it?

"I tried to give up several times, took several overdoses, slashed my wrists several times. What has kept me going is my daughter, without her I don't think I’d be here."

Mr Messham, who until now has not named his abusers, said he is hopeful that the inquiry will be successful, but added: "If I feel nothing's being done then names will come out".

Jan Klimkowski
11-07-2012, 08:57 PM
Time to be very careful and cautious.

The real heart of the Savile case is a British elite paedophile ring, the British Dutroux ring - if you will.

If it become established and accepted fact that powerful figures - British cabinet ministers and other senior politicians, judges, diplomats, businessmen - were involved in the systematic abuse of children, then trust in major institutions such as the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, county councils, the judiciary, the police and the BBC will be shattered.

Trust is hard won, and easily lost.

So, we can anticipate cover up, destruction and loss of evidence, legal and national security blockages.

We should also expect the planting of false trails - especially salacious ones, designed to limit the damage to the powerful and avert the public gaze to notorious hate figures.

And so we come to the story currently being run in the Murdoch press and now the British establishment rag known as the Telegraph.

There are clear and provocative connections between Jimmy Savile and Peter Sutcliffe, the serial killer known as The Yorkshire Ripper. Savile spent plenty of time with Sutcliffe at Broadmoor. Sutcliffe recounted murderous incidents when he appeared dazed, in one of which he heard voices and ended up near Savile's home.

Now, the Murdoch press and the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9660699/Jimmy-Savile-was-suspected-of-being-Yorkshire-Ripper.html) have joined the dots, and suggested - explicitly or implicitly - that Savile was the Yorkshire Ripper, not Sutcliffe.



Jimmy Savile was suspected of being Yorkshire Ripper

Jimmy Savile was questioned by police investigating the Yorkshire Ripper murders, a senior officer who worked on the inquiry revealed.

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, left, has jumped to the defence of Savile Photo: REX FEATURES/PA
5:39AM GMT 07 Nov 2012


Former West Yorkshire Police detective John Stainthorpe said yesterday the disgraced presenter was a suspect in the notorious case more than 30 years ago.

Savile, who died last year aged 84, has also been linked to allegations of abuse at a acre home in north Wales, according to reports.

The Sun newspaper claimed boys were molested for the former DJ's ''entertainment'' at Bryn Estyn in the 1970s.

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has jumped to the defence of Savile, who he claims is innocent and befriended him during visits to Broadmoor high security hospital.

Mr Stainthorpe, who spent 40 years in the force, told ITV's Calendar News: ''When the Ripper was really active, one of the suspects put forward by the public was, in fact, Jimmy Savile.


''Obviously, it was not he, but he was interviewed along with many others.''

Mr Stainthorpe said the person who gave police the anonymous tip-off was ''aiming in the right direction''.

''Child perverts soon become child killers,'' he added.

Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women in 1981 and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

He is held at Broadmoor and has been told he will never be freed.

Sutcliffe yesterday claimed Savile regularly visited him in custody and the pair became friends.

Dismissing claims the late DJ abused around 300 victims over six decades, he said those making allegations were ''jumping on the bandwagon''.

Sutcliffe, 66, told The Sun: ''It's a load of rubbish. People are just getting carried away.

''He visited a lot. He'd always come and chat with me on visits and I would introduce him to my visitors. Several times he left £500 for charities I was supporting.''

Savile is now believed by police to be one of the UK's most prolific child abusers.

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into the television and radio star's activities. Detectives are following 400 lines of inquiry while the BBC has launched an inquiry into the culture and practices at the corporation in the era of Savile's alleged sexual abuse.

Is the trail real?

Are we being played?

Certainly, this story turns the bright shining light away from politicans and onto a notorious hate figure.

I sign this:

AVID FAN

Jan Klimkowski
11-07-2012, 10:48 PM
Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228814/Jimmy-Savile-quizzed-Yorkshire-Ripper-murders.html)running the "Ripper Savile" story too...

Lots of photos and video at the link.



Former detective makes shock claims that Jimmy Savile was quizzed over Yorkshire Ripper murders

Member of the public named Savile as a 'potential Ripper suspect'

Peter Sutcliffe today rubbished claims that Savile abused patient at Broadmoor mental hospital, where he is a patient

Yorkshire Ripper claims Savile was his 'friend' and donated money to charities Sutcliffe supported



By Anna Edwards

PUBLISHED:18:31, 6 November 2012| UPDATED:09:16, 7 November 2012

A former detective who helped catch the Yorkshire Ripper has tonight made the shocking claim that Jimmy Savile was quizzed over the serial murderer's crimes.

Former West Yorkshire detective John Stainthorpe told ITV Yorkshire Calendar News that Savile was brought in for questioning after members of the public contacted the police naming the eccentric DJ as a possible killer.

Mr Stainthorpe, who worked for the West Yorkshire force for more than 40 years, and who spent years trying to catch Peter Sutcliffe, told the programme: 'When the Ripper was really active one of the suspects put forward by members of the public was Jimmy Savile, strange as it may seem.

Scroll down for video

Savile, seen at Broadmoor in 1991, as Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe meets boxer Frank Bruno, who was on a visit to open a new gym


John Stainthorpe said a member of the public named Savile as a suspect

'Obviously it was not him, but he was interviewed along with many others, as you can appreciate.'

Today, however, a West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: 'Hundreds of people were identified in the operation, we cannot be more specific than that at this time.

'Details of all who were questioned in connection with the crimes are in storage, so we cannot confirm that Jimmy Savile was spoken to.'

Mr Stainthorpe said the person who gave police the anonymous tip-off was 'aiming in the right direction'.

'Child perverts soon become child killers,' he added.

The detective's shocking revelation comes as the killer claimed today that Savile regularly visited him in custody and the pair became friends.

Rubbishing claims the late DJ abused around 300 victims over six decades, Sutcliffe said those making allegations were 'jumping on the bandwagon'.

The Yorkshire Ripper's horrific crimes shocked the nation as he embarked on a murderous rampage across the country, slashing his victims, mutilating them and killing them.

Between 1975 and 1980, the vicious murderer attacked women, stabbed his victims with screwdrivers, stamped on them, left notes with their bodies taunting police for not catching him and killed in total 13 women.


Officers desperate to catch him cast their net far and wide as they hunted for the man who signed his notes as 'Jack The Ripper' and launched a huge campaign, publishing his notes and voice recordings in a bid to have someone identify the murderer by his writing or voice.




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In 1981 he was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others.

Sutcliffe, 66, who will never be released from Broadmoor mental hospital, told the Sun that the claims made against his 'friend' Savile were just exaggerations.



Jimmy Savile, shown relaxing at his penthouse flat in Roundhay, Leeds, in 2006, lived just yards from where Sutcliffe killed his third victim


A victim of Savile has demanded police instigate any links between him and the Yorkshire Ripper


Peter Sutcliffe has defended Savile

He said: 'It's a load of rubbish. People are just getting carried away.

'He visited a lot. He'd always come and chat with me on visits and I would introduce him to my visitors.

Several times he left £500 for charities I was supporting.'

One of Savile’s abuse victims urged police to investigate any links between the pair, The Sun reported.


The victim told the newspaper: 'Sutcliffe and Savile are two peas in a pod.

'It's quite fitting the only person to stick up for Savile is Sutcliffe.'

Sutcliffe's 'friend' Savile was said to have been given his own set of gold-plated keys to high-security Broadmoor mental hospital, where Sutcliffe is a patient.

He was allegedly given bedrooms or an office at three hospitals, and yesterday more former patients came forward to say he abused them on children’s wards.

The details come after it was reported that Sutcliffe killed his third victim, Irene Richardson, mere yards from Savile’s flat in Roundhay, Leeds, in 1977.

Miss Richardson was killed near the disgraced paedophile's three-bedroom penthouse, which overlooks Roundhay Park.


It is three miles outside Leeds city centre, with floor to ceiling windows, and has been put on the market for £325,000, with the proceeds intended for the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust.

Savile's relatives said they do not want a penny of his £4.3million estate and called for the cash to be donated to an organisation to tackle sex crimes.


Mental hospital: A gold-plated set of keys to Broadmoor was presented to the predatory paedophile as a reward for his volunteering, and gave him access to mentally ill patients, it was claimed

At Broadmoor, Savile boasted that he was actually responsible for getting some mentally ill patients - among them murderers - freed from their sentences.

He called himself the ‘Governor’ of the hospital and was made chairman of a hospital taskforce by the Department of Health in the 1980s.

Savile, who died a year ago aged 84 in his Leeds flat, is now believed by police to be one of the UK's most prolific child abusers.


Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into the television and radio star's activities.


Detectives are following 400 lines of inquiry while the BBC has launched an inquiry into the culture and practices at the corporation in the era of Savile's alleged sexual abuse.

VIDEO: John Stainthorpe says Jimmy Savile was questioned by police...



Savile was allegedly questioned by police about the crimes of Peter Sutcliffe. Seen here are twelve of his 13 victims


Police are pictured searching the grounds of a property where the body of Marguerite Walls, the 12th victim of Peter Sutcliffe, was discovered. A detective claims the disgraced DJ was quizzed by police in connection with the terrible deaths

Police and forensic experts, seen examining the place where another victim was killed by the Yorkshire Ripper, spoke to hundreds in their hunt for the killer

The police launched a huge campaign to track down the killer who hurt so many women, and were given Savile's name by a member of the public during the inquiry

Last month health chiefs announced an inquiry into Jimmy Savile’s reign of abuse at three NHS hospitals.

It will be run by the Department of Health itself, raising fears it cannot be truly independent.


Former barrister Kate Lampard will oversee the investigation to provide ‘independent oversight’, Downing Street pledged.

It will examine why the paedophile presenter was allegedly given the keys to Broadmoor mental hospital, a bedroom at Stoke Mandeville and free rein at Leeds General Infirmary.


He allegedly raped and molested young victims for decades without anyone stopping him.


A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘[Kate Lampard] will provide oversight of the Stoke Mandeville, Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor inquiries as well as the Department of Health’s inquiries into the appointment and role Savile held at Broadmoor Hospital.


‘All relevant information from these inquiries will be passed to the police.’


Unlike the BBC, which has issued several grovelling apologies, none of the hospitals has yet said sorry for the alleged abuse.


Savile, who raised £40million for the hospital in his lifetime, boasted that he ‘lived’ in a bedroom managers had given him at Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, and said he could do as he pleased.

Lauren Johnson
11-08-2012, 03:51 AM
In case anyone is interested:

Latitude: 49°12'7.12"N

Longitude: 2° 1'36.52"W

Jan Klimkowski
11-08-2012, 08:12 PM
So, after the Jimmy "Yorkshire Ripper" Savile diversionary trail was laid, today the Prime Minister plays the Politically Correct card, and warns of a "witchhunt against gays".

Elite power structures are clearly deeply concerned.


David Cameron has warned that accusations of paedophilia against senior Conservative politicians risk creating a witch-hunt, particularly against gay people.

The prime minister made his comments after being confronted on daytime television with a piece of paper listing names circulating on the internet of Tory politicians possibly involved in child sex abuse allegations. It was accidentally briefly flashed on air.

Speaking on ITV1's This Morning, Cameron appealed to anybody with information to contact the police but raised concerns over the internet speculation about who may be embroiled in the scandal, dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.

"I've heard all sorts of names bandied around and what then tends to happen is everyone sits around and speculates about people, some of whom are alive, some of whom are dead," he told This Morning.

"I do think it's very important that anyone who's got any information about any paedophile, no matter how high up in the country or whether they are alive or dead, go to the police."

The presenter, Phillip Schofield, passed Cameron a piece of paper listing names he had gathered from the internet, telling Cameron: "You know the names on that piece of paper, will you be speaking to these people?"

Cameron replied: "There is a danger if we are not careful that this can turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly about people who are gay, and I'm worried about the sort of thing you are doing right now, taking a list of names off the internet."

He said the allegations were "extremely serious" and the government had "moved quickly to try to get to the bottom of what they are".

Source (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/08/david-cameron-warns-witch-hunt-paedophilia).

Jan Klimkowski
11-08-2012, 08:13 PM
Location of Haut de la Garenne

In case anyone is interested:

Latitude: 49°12'7.12"N

Longitude: 2° 1'36.52"W

Which suggests?

Magda Hassan
11-08-2012, 09:24 PM
A US investigative journalist has been completely barred from visiting the UK by the UK Border Agency – headed by Home Secretary Theresa May – after it was discovered the reporter was investigating the existence of a very high-level paedophile ring centred around UK children’s homes.
The journalist - Leah McGrath Goodman - has been excluded from the UK for over a year now with no sign Ms May is willing to change her mind.
Ms Goodman’s blog can be seen here:

leahmcgrathgoodman.com (http://leahmcgrathgoodman.com/)Why on earth has the Home Secretary agreed to this bizarre and unprecedented exclusion of an independent journalist who previously had a UK Tier-1 visa?
Is it because Ms May is afraid an independent journalist from outside the UK media establishment might be more likely to shine a light on fellow senior Tory Party members’ involvement in the growing child abuse scandal?
Over to you Theresa.

.Here’s a petition on Change.org, urging the UK government to restore Ms Goodman’s UK Tier-1 visa:

Restore the visa of banned journalist Leah McGrath Goodman (http://www.change.org/petitions/ukhomeoffice-restore-the-visa-of-banned-journalist-leah-mcgrath-goodman-freejersey?utm_campaign=action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition)http://tompride.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/high-level-child-abuse-cover-up-why-has-theresa-may-barred-a-us-journalist-from-the-uk/


Part I: How To Harass A JournalistMy close friends – Jonathan and Vahni – flew from London to Jersey this winter to oversee the packing of my things, mostly personal belongings and papers, after the Jersey authorities flagged me for removal at the UK border following my research into the Haut de la Garenne scandal. (http://callsforjustice.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/haut-de-la-garenne-the-lying-continues/)
These things also included fancy dress shoes, which were of apparent interest to the authorities.
The boxes arrived in the U.S. many weeks later, slashed open by X-Acto knives and in some cases (such as the box pictured below) ripped open by human hands. The boxes arrived with a form stating that a “contaminant” was found inside, but it did not say what that contaminant was. Frankly, it’d be nice to know.
Below, a transcript between Vahni and the United Parcel Service, which was entrusted with my packages, hinting that the possibility of poisonous UK-Jersey soil on my dress shoes had established grounds for a lengthy search of my belongings. All of which makes one wonder why we are allowed to walk off planes in street shoes after taking international flights?
Based on the fact all the boxes were opened and the shipment arrived weeks late, we can only deduce someone had a very strong interest in going through my stuff.


http://leahmcgrathgoodman.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/035-300x225.jpg (http://leahmcgrathgoodman.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/035.jpg)








FEBRUARY 2012
Initial Question: Receiver [Leah McGrath Goodman] has just told me that ALL packages opened/damaged. Things actually spilling out of them. They were just left at side door without knocking. They were delivered after the promised delivery date.
UPS Sammy A.: Hi, this is Sammy A.. I’ll be happy to assist you!
Vahni: As you can see – not happy!
UPS Sammy A.: I need to connect you with a representative who can track your international package. Can I connect you now?
Vahni: yes please
UPS Sammy A. has disconnected.
UPS Ursula P.: Hi, this is Ursula P.. I’ll be happy to assist you.
Vahni: can you see my prior chat? Very unhappy with the condition of shipment.
UPS Ursula P.: Yes, I can see the prior chat. Just a moment while I review your tracking information.
Vahni: there are 7 packages in that shipment. ALL were opened and not reclosed securely.
Vahni: And were left at side door without knocking to see if anyone was there to receive them.
UPS Ursula P.: Please give me a couple of minutes to check what happen with your packages and i will also find out about the delivery. Vahni: We’ll be checking carefully through the items to see if anything is damaged or missing.
Vahni: if so, what is the procedure for filing a claim?
UPS Ursula P.: I understand that you need to know about this packages. I would need a couple of minutes to find all the information for this packages. Would that be okay with you?
Vahni: Yes. Basically I need to know why they arrived in such bad condition
UPS Ursula P.: Thanks, Just give me a moment.
UPS Ursula P.: Thanks for your patience. I review all the information of this tracking number in the system. The system shows that your package was held by the U.S. Customs Agency. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) required the package to be cleaned and disinfected the 11 pairs of shoes. Soil from another countries is not allowed to enter the USA. the customs inspector cleaned and disinfected the shoes. Then the package was back to UPS for delivery.
Vahni: Yes. but all the shoes were in one box. All the boxes were opened, and not reclosed properly.
Vahni: Things were poking out of them.
Vahni: Why?


UPS Ursula P.: I am sorry.
http://leahmcgrathgoodman.com/2012/07/18/part-i-how-to-harass-a-journalist/

Magda Hassan
11-09-2012, 09:12 PM
I have to wonder what the resident MI5 spook was doing apart from stamping the files of any one with a progressive bent with a Christmas tree. Did all of this simply escape their attention....?

Magda Hassan
11-09-2012, 09:45 PM
Andrea Davison, Savile, SERCO and Child Abuse, Covert Arms Shipments and Government FraudDetails have immerged from Court Documents and colleagues about ex spy Andrea Davison, who fled the UK in July 2012 after years of persecution by the British Authorities.Continuing the persecution DC Robinson of the Derby Police recently told Andrea Davison’s stalker, internet troll Gordon Bowden, where she was. The Derby Police told him she living in Argentina and was not, as widely speculated, in the Ecuador Embassy with Julian Assange.http://eyreinternational.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/gordon-on-patrol.jpg?w=446&h=164
Internet troll of note and police informer Gordon Bowen of DerbyAndrea was well known in Parliament and in the Media as a superlative investigator into covert arms deals, financial corruption and paedophilia in the Police and the Government. She rose to notoriety during the 90’s when she was at the forefront of exposing the Conservative Government’s secret and illegal arms deals to Iraq. Working with the strange and enigmatic Spy Frank Machon she was given thousands of documents to prove the covert supply line and sent on a mission to expose to the Labour party that the Conservative Government was selling arms to Iraq and Iran.
http://eyreinternational.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/tara-photo.jpg?w=224&h=252Spy, or ex-Spy? Agent Andrea Davison pictured on camping trip.

During the first Gulf war Andrea had been dropped behind enemy lines on other secret missions. The flights went from RAF Valley air base in Anglesey North Wales which is close to her home and now has a famous Airman stationed Prince William. She and her group used SAS bases in Iraq without their knowledge and went deep into Iraq to take out traitors working for the Iraqis and to meet up with their own agents. During these missions her Thyroid was damaged by coming into contact with the Chemical and Biological weapons deployed on the Iraqi front lines. Damage to the Thyroid effects every cell in the Body and is a creeping disease which, without medication, slowly debilitates and then kills.Around this period Andrea also found time to work tirelessly to expose pedophiles in the the Police and in the Government such as Peter Morrison and Tory Derek Laud. Both were close friends of Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a close friend of Jimmy Savile who recently was exposed as a pedophile. She started to work with the then shadow Home Secretary Tony Blair who tried to get the then Home Secretary Kenneth Clark to take action against the Police. But Clark who years later as Justice Secretary would make sure Andrea was prevented from having a fair trial refused to help and instead protected the paedophiles in his Government and in the Police.Andrea and journalist Pete Sawyer continued the exposure through Scallywag magazine who’s founder Angus Wilson and editor of its successor, Spiked, died mysteriously in Cyprus in 1994. Scallywag also exposed that MI5 took foreign diplomats and important people to the North Wales homes and secretly filmed them abusing and torturing boys to use the tapes for blackmail. This is a classic Intelligence modus operandi with regard to child abuse by the famous and influential – especially politicians that they want to control.. This all linked covert arms deals and child abuse.In Interviews victims named a number of police officers including DC Stephen Winnard of Derby Fraud Squad who later arrested Andrea in 2010, and senior figures and celebrities including Jimmy Saville, Lord McAlpine, Derek Laud and Peter Morrison. The victims said Jimmy Savile came to the collect them in his Rolls Royce. These interviews and other evidence were kept by Andrea. Jimmy Savile routinely used his paedophile connections in the police to silence his victms and critics. An expensive onyx table lighter was inscribed: “To Jimmy Savile from his friends at the Fraud Squad (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/278141/Jimmy-Savile-was-tops-with-the-cops/)“.In 1990 the Tory Government were forced to order a report into the abuse and Mr Jillings from Derbyshire Social Services was ordered to make a full report into the abuse in Children’s Homes. But the Government refused to publish the report because it dammed the Police and implicated Government ministers and senior Torys…Read more at: Justice Denied

(http://google-law.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/andrea-davison-jimmy-savile-serco-and.html)http://21stcenturywire.com/2012/11/03/did-paxman-and-bbc-bottle-it-on-pedophile-report-for-newnight-tonight/

Magda Hassan
11-10-2012, 03:38 AM
And locally there are calls for a Royal Commission into the Catholic Church and sex crimes against children. But this of course does not go far enough. Many other institutions have been involved.


Unreported deaths linked to paedophile brotherhood

DateNovember 9, 2012
Rory Callinan



"One of these boys was thrown down a staircase" ... Dr Wayne Chamley alleges in the Broken Rites submission. Photo: Penny Stephens


A GROUP of religious brothers led by an ''alpha paedophile'' are suspected of the unreported bashing deaths of two boys and the sexual abuse of more than 40 wards of the state and others at homes for the mentally impaired over three decades in Victoria, an inquiry into child abuse is expected to be told on Friday.
The 15 suspected paedophile brothers from the Hospitaller Order of St John of God have never been charged in Victoria because of a lack of police resources, said Wayne Chamley, a researcher for the church sex abuse victims group Broken Rites.
While the majority of the suspected paedophiles are dead, Fairfax is aware of three men who have left the order and moved away, but are in roles where they could have access to children.
The allegations relate to the order's operations at Cheltenham and Lilydale where they provided homes for wards of the state, orphans, boys given up by their parents and those with intellectual disabilities from the 1950s to the 1980s.
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In 2002, the order paid more than $3.6 million to 24 men who alleged they were abused as children by brothers from the order. Victorian police at the time confirmed they had launched an investigation into the allegations and had taken statements from a number of victims, and the Director of Public Prosecutions would decide how many of the suspects would be charged.
But Dr Chamley and former victims have confirmed more than a dozen suspected paedophile brothers had never faced charges in Victoria.
Dr Chamley is to read his submission to the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations on Friday, which will detail horrific abuse at the order's homes.
This will include allegations boys were subjected to pack rapes and beatings, being drugged and committed to mental institutions where they received electro-shock therapy, and in two extreme cases may have been killed and their deaths not reported.
He will also mention research that out of one group of 69 boys, who went to the order's homes, seven had committed suicide.
On Thursday a spokesman for the order said it acknowledged Broken Rites' work and believed the parliamentary inquiry was the appropriate venue for it to present all its claims. He said the order would make itself available to appear at the inquiry if asked.
The most serious claims Dr Chamley will make are allegations two boys may have died in suspicious circumstances at the order's farm at Lilydale, and two others were committed to a mental institution by the ''alpha paedophile'' brother and given electro-shock therapy, impairing one so badly he was unable to care for himself and later died.
Dr Chamley alleges Broken Rites is aware of two statements made by former inmates who alleged two different boys sustained injuries as a consequence of beatings, with at least one case possibly resulting in death.
''One of these boys was thrown down a staircase (according to a witness) soon after he arrived at Lilydale,'' he alleges in the submission. ''We are also aware of at least two boys who both experienced serial sexual abuse, who were as juveniles certified under the Lunacy Act (1915) and then incarcerated within the Royal Park Asylum.''
The order's spokesman said the Australian provincial of the order, Brother Timothy Graham, was in Portugal and was unable to be contacted for comment.
The spokesman said in 1997 the order first became aware that there had been sexual abuse in facilities it ran in Victoria and immediately opened internal and police inquiries.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/unreported-deaths-linked-to-paedophile-brotherhood-20121108-290t2.html#ixzz2Bmqm35QP

Jan Klimkowski
11-10-2012, 11:52 AM
The BBC has been well and truly fucked over.

Investigative journalism is suspended.



BBC in turmoil as Newsnight's Tory abuse story falls apart

Newsnight apologises for implicating Conservative peer and suspends all investigations

Dan Sabbagh, Ben Quinn and Josh Halliday

The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/09/newsnight-lord-mcalpine-abuse-allegations), Saturday 10 November 2012


The BBC said that it was suspending all Newsnight investigations after the programme's accusations that a "leading Conservative" had been involved in child abuse unravelled, with the programme's star witness admitting hours earlier that he had mistaken the peer's identity.

The broadcaster, which is still coping with the fallout from the shelving of a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile, also apologised unreservedly as a senior executive was parachuted in to supervise Friday's edition of the programme, on which the question of its own continuing survival was raised by presenter Eddie Mair.

Steve Hewlett, a Guardian columnist and BBC Radio 4 journalist, also claimed the BBC had investigated Steve Messham, who made the claims about the Tory peer, Lord McAlpine, on at least two separate occasions "and found them wanting".

It also emerged earlier on Friday that the BBC decided it was not appropriate to contact McAlpine, a former treasurer of the Tory party, for a right of reply on Friday of last week because it had no intention of naming him in the Newsnight film. It opted instead to accuse a "leading politician of the Thatcher years" of being involved in child sexual abuse linked to care homes in North Wales.

However, the accuracy of Newsnight's claims collapsed after the Guardian had suggested that McAlpine was a victim of "mistaken identity".

The director general of the BBC, George Entwistle, appointed a senior news executive Fran Unsworth, head of BBC Newsgathering, to supervise Friday night's programme, which carried a full apology.

Referring to its Newsnight programme on 2 November, in which Messham, a former resident of North Wales care homes, appeared and said he had been abused by a political figure, the statement said: "We broadcast Mr Messham's claim but did not identify the individual concerned. Mr Messham has tonight made a statement that makes clear he wrongly identified his abuser and has apologised. We also apologise unreservedly for having broadcast this report."

Entwistle also ordered an immediate suspension of all Newsnight investigations to assess editorial robustness and supervision, a suspension of all co-productions with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism across the BBC, and that Ken MacQuarrie, director of BBC Scotland, will write an urgent report, covering what happened on the investigation into the North Wales children's home scandal.

Friday night's Newsnight was presented by Mair, who normally presents BBC Radio 4's PM, but who has been standing in for more regular anchors such as Jeremy Paxman and Kirsty Wark in recent times. Looking uncomfortable throughout, Mair told viewers: "Obviously we wanted to ask questions of the BBC but no one was available for interview."

However, the most poignant moment came when he was interviewing Rob Wilson, a Tory MP on the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, who momentarily said that he could not hear what he was being asked.

"Oh great. Now not even the sound is working. The journalism is not working," replied Mair, who also later asked Wilson "Is Newsnight toast?"

As well as carrying the recorded comments from Messham and McAlpine's lawyer, the programme included a panel discussion which the BBC press office said had been due to be part of the programme.

On Friday, McAlpine issued a strongly-worded statement saying reports linking him to allegations of abuse at a North Wales children's home were "wholly false and seriously defamatory".

As questions mounted about the veracity of the allegations, Messham admitted he was wrong. Making a public statement of apology, he said he had accused the wrong person: "I want to offer my sincere and humble apologies to him [McAlpine] and his family. After seeing a picture in the past hour of the individual concerned, this is not the person I identified by a photograph presented to me by the police in the early 1990s, who told me the man in the photograph was Lord McAlpine."

Earlier, McAlpine's solicitor said he had "no choice" but to take legal action. Andrew Reid told BBC Radio 4's PM programme: "What I think is so wrong is that Newsnight trailed this and encouraged people that some major revelation would come about and that they were going to name someone.

"Then they took the coward's way out, they ran the programme, then told everyone where to go to find [McAlpine's name in connection with the allegations]. That's creating the defamation."

Newsnight is already under fire for failing to broadcast a previous investigation into child sexual abuse perpetrated by Jimmy Savile – with its editor, Peter Rippon, obliged to step aside after making erroneous claims as to why he chose to abort the story.

Against that backdrop, Newsnight's most recent investigation into child sexual abuse was keenly anticipated as providing an opportunity to make amends.

Organised in conjunction with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, information about Newsnight's film of last week leaked out the day of transmission when Iain Overton, the editor of the bureau tweeted: "If all goes well we've got a Newsnight out tonight about a very senior political figure who is a paedophile."

The bureau's Angus Stickler, a former BBC journalist, had persuaded Newsnight to put out the film he was preparing. Had Newsnight successfully contacted the peer ahead of transmitting the film, it might have been given McAlpine's denials.

Journalist Michael Crick, of Channel 4 News, who became aware of Newsnight's investigation, spoke to the peer twice on 2 November – the day of transmission – and was told that McAlpine was prepared to sue the BBC, had he been named.

It is understood that the production team at Newsnight had been told in confidence by Messham that McAlpine was the man he was referring to.

The production team, was headed by acting editor Liz Gibbons, and overseen by Adrian van Klaveren, the controller of Radio 5 Live, on secondment to oversee any coverage relating to Savile and child sexual abuse more generally.

Despite the secrecy at the BBC, the name of McAlpine swiftly began circulating on the internet. The peer had previously been linked to allegations of abuse at care homes in North Wales, but several reporters who covered the Waterhouse public inquiry that examined the claims were sceptical of the link.

The Guardian reported that McAlpine was a victim of "mistaken identity" – creating the first doubts about the accuracy of the Newsnight investigation. On Friday McAlpine repeated details that he had shared with Crick a week ago, stating that he had only ever visited Wrexham once in his life.

There was also criticism of people who had named McAlpine on Twitter, including the Guardian columnist George Monbiot, who has since apologised. The journalist admitted it was "stupid" of him to have named McAlpine during a week of fevered internet speculation.

Jan Klimkowski
11-10-2012, 12:00 PM
The link here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9768000/9768406.stm) is to this morning's interview by BBC Radio 4 of the BBC Director General George Entwhistle.

Entwhistle has so far declined to be interviewed by non-BBC media organisations.

This won't save him though.

His defence is that he's a bumbling, no nothing, fool who has no idea what's going on inside the BBC despite being Editor In Chief.



The original Newsnight report was broadcast on Friday 2 November and had been promoted hours before its broadcast by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Iain Overton, the editor of the bureau, tweeted that, "all going well", Newsnight would make explosive revelations. "We've got a Newsnight out tonight about a very senior political figure who is a paedophile," he wrote.

This immediately prompted a Twitter row with Newsnight's former political editor Michael Crick who told Overton that the politician had not been contacted about the allegations.

Entwistle also said he was unaware of the Twitter row, or of the newspaper website reports earlier that day flagging up the extraordinary claims about to be made by the BBC.

"This tweet was not brought to my attention, so I found out about this film after it gone out," Entwistle said, to which Humhprys asked: "Nobody even mentioned it?" Entwistle replied. "No. In the light of what's happened, I wish this was referred to me."

Asked when precisely he found out about the film in which Steve Messham, a victim of child abuse in a Welsh care home made the claims, Entwistle said: "I found out about the film the following day." Asked why he had not seen it on Friday night, he replied: "I was out."

Entwistle compounded this apparent lack of awareness of the controversy swirling around the BBC for the past week by saying he only became aware that McAlpine had been wrongly implicated when Messham made his statement withdrawing the claim on Friday afternoon.

An increasingly incredulous Humphrys, who discussed the McAlpine affair on Friday's Today programme following reveletions in the Guardian that McAlpine was the victim of mistaken identity, then asked Entwistle whether or not he read the papers or listened to the corporation's output.

"Did you read the Guardian yesterday morning?" he asked, to which Entwistle replied: "No, John, I was giving a speech yesterday morning."

The admission that he was unaware of the Newsnight investigation until the day after broadcast will further fuel criticism that the BBC director general had shown a lack of interest in the corporation's controversial output. Last month, a parliamentary select committee lamented his "extraordinary lack of curiosity" about a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile last December.

Entwistle on Friday ordered an immediate suspension of all Newsnight investigations to assess editorial robustness and supervision, a suspension of all co-productions with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism across the BBC, and that Ken MacQuarrie, director of BBC Scotland, will write an urgent report, covering what happened on the investigation into the North Wales children's home scandal. But the director general said on Saturday he would not be closing Newsnight down.

It also emerged on Friday that the BBC decided it was not appropriate to contact McAlpine for a right of reply on the Newsnight report because it had no intention of naming him. It opted instead to accuse a "leading politician of the Thatcher years" of being involved in child sexual abuse linked to care homes in north Wales.

Entwistle told BBC Breakfast that Steve Messham made "an inaccurate identification" but stressed he was not blaming him "at all".

He said: "It was our responsibility, Newsnight's responsibility, to make sure that any misidentification did not end up on television and I am afraid we did not manage to do that, therefore we have to absolutely take the blame."

A BBC Trust spokesman said on Saturday: "This is a deeply troubling episode. The Trust notes the BBC executive's apology and would like to offer its own apology also. The Trust has impressed upon the director general the need to get to the bottom of this as a matter of the utmost urgency and will expect appropriate action to be taken as quickly as possible."

The BBC issued an unreserved apology on Friday night after one of the victims spoken to admitted he had wrongly identified Lord McAlpine as the man who had abused him in the 1970s and 1980s.

Entwistle admitted the corporation was facing a "bad crisis" of trust in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, including a decision to drop a Newsnight investigation exposing the late DJ as a serial child abuser.

Although Newsnight did not name Lord McAlpine, the peer has indicated he now intends to sue the BBC after it led to him being identified on the internet.

Source. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/10/bbc-chief-unaware-newsnight-tory-peer)



This is the James Murdoch defence, and the criticism is exactly the same.

Either Entwhistle knew and is complicit in journalism which failed to do due diligence and should never have got past the BBC lawyer. Or, as he maintains, he didn't know but he clearly should have done.

Entwhistle is revealed as incompetent and unfit to be DG in either scenario.

This clown is paid as follows according to the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/managementstructure/biographies/entwistle_george/):


George's annual substantive salary as Director-General is £450,000 excluding taxable benefits.

Jan Klimkowski
11-10-2012, 02:17 PM
There is no doubt that the systematic abuse of children in Welsh care homes took place.




Exclusive: Eyewitness 'saw Thatcher aide take boys to abuse'


A former resident of the Wrexham care home at the centre of abuse allegations tells Channel 4 News (http://www.channel4.com/news/exclusive-eyewitness-saw-thatcher-aide-take-boys-to-abuse)that he saw evidence of abuse, and remembers seeing Sir Peter Morrison at the care home five times.

(Video at link (http://www.channel4.com/news/exclusive-eyewitness-saw-thatcher-aide-take-boys-to-abuse))

Warning: you may be distressed by the interview above

The former resident told Channel 4 News that although he did not recognise Sir Peter at the time, he later realised it was him.

Sir Peter, who died in 1995, was Margaret Thatcher's parliamentary private secretary and was at the heart of the Tory establishment during the 1980s. Recently, he has been publicly linked to abuse at the care home.

The former resident, who was not abused himself, said: "Going through some stuff recently and I saw his face. I know now he was the MP for Chester at the time. Morrison. Red, wavy hair. I recognised him straight away.

"I saw him at Bryn Estyn, he turned up in a car, boy went off in his car, don't know if he was in it. It was definitely his car, I saw him arrive in it then we went to bed and we saw it drive off.

"We used to see a lot of people we didn't recognise, not staff. They couldn't have been there for the same reason the staff were there. They turned up at odd hours, early evening and the night. Really nice shoes, I always remember the shoes. And the cars, we were interested in the cars."

David Cameron ordered an urgent investigation into whether the north Wales child abuse inquiry "properly did its job" after fresh allegations of abuse at Bryn Estyn emerged. It is alleged that a senior Thatcher-era politician, who has not been named, was involved.

WATCH: Photographs of north Wales abuse 'were handed to police', Steve Messham tells Channel 4 News

'Properly constituted'

Home Secretary Theresa May has also ordered a seperate inquiry led by the National Crime Agency into claims of abuse.

Describing allegations of abuse from other residents, the former resident told Channel 4 News: "They said there was more than one, they said they were made to drink, there was a lot of people there, there was a party almost.

"It was almost like pass the parcel, I knew a few boys who were marked up, like a stamp in the post office, I know one lad ... he had to go off to hospital. He had tremendous problems."

The former resident told the programme about other physical evidence of sexual abuse: "The state of them, they were quite obviously extremely upset - some of them quite marked around the face and body … cut quite badly around the arms and chest area.

"Some of them were quite upset...they were quite disturbed about it, very ashamed…Every week we used to have a laundry change, we used to strip the beds. Some of the boys who'd been taken off in cars ... they were embarrassed."

'Well dressed'

Talking about those who would come to the care home to abuse the boys, he said they stood out: "Their mannerisms, they were obviously well dressed. I noticed their shoes and their watches more than anything.

"Their shoes were always really shiny, which was unusual. One guy wore his coat around his shoulders, a tan coat. They seemed to have the run of the place, if they wanted to do or see anything they could do it. I thought they must own the place because everyone is being so nice to them, deferential. We were told not even to look."

The resident said he did inform police: "I made a statement to South Wales Police with regard to some alleged offences in SW area - a statement was taken but didn't hear anything else about it."

However, describing the effect the events had had on him, he said: "I've been carrying this around for 35 years. It's destroyed every relationship in my life. I don't trust anybody.

"I've tried to commit suicide on three occasions. Rather than actually tell anyone. I never even told my family. Nobody in my family knows about it because you were made to believe that you were wrong, nobody would believe you. You'd be shunned and it would be your fault."


06 November 2012

Jan Klimkowski
11-10-2012, 02:44 PM
The Daily Mail version - photos at the link (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2230788/BBC-Scandal-TV-bosses-desperate-atone-humiliation-Savile.html).




How the BBC nailed the wrong man and the REAL story behind the care home child abuse scandal

By Paul Bracchi

PUBLISHED:23:44, 9 November 2012| UPDATED:10:42, 10 November 2012

Steven Messham was just 13 when he arrived at the Bryn Estyn children’s home, a forbidding mock Tudor mansion on the outskirts of Wrexham in North Wales.


It was not long before he was placed on what was known at Bryn Estyn as the ‘flat list’. To those like Steven, now 51, who used to live at the now infamous establishment, the list still evokes chilling memories.


The ‘flat list’ was compiled by one of the men who ran Bryn Estyn and on it were written the names of his ‘favourite’ boys; the ‘prettiest’ ones, in other words. Steven was one such boy.

Alleged victim: Steven Messham accused a senior Tory politician from the Thatcher years of being involved in a widespread paedophile ring

Most evenings, he and up to seven other youngsters would be summoned to the senior staff member’s private flat (hence the term ‘flat list’) near their dormitories in the main building, ostensibly to watch television and enjoy some light refreshments.


They were always told to come dressed in pyjamas, though, and not to put on underpants. Steven discovered why on his first visit to the flat. There is no need to dwell on the details of what happened next, or on many subsequent occasions.

Suffice to say, Steven was sexually abused day after day, week after week for the next five years; not just in the flat. He was also passed to other abusers who worked at Bryn Estyn or were connected to the home, until he was allowed to leave, psychologically scarred, shortly before his 18th birthday.

By then, he says, he had been violated by more than 50 different men. ‘I realised the best thing was to do whatever they said to survive,’ he said.

He went to the police, of course, as others had done before and since, but no one in authority was listening back then; not the police, not social services, not even the local Pentecostal minister, who had heard the rumours about Bryn Estyn, but thought the boys must be lying.

It seems the same culture which allowed Jimmy Savile’s monstrous reign to go undetected also existed in North Wales in the Seventies and Eighties.

Only in 2000, with the publication of a damning report into the regime at Bryn Estyn and 39 other children’s homes in the area during that period, did the extent of the scandal finally begin to emerge.

The suffering of hundreds of victims — all children like Steven Messham at the time — and the wickedness of the adults entrusted with their care is laid bare on every one of the 1,000 pages.


Youngsters were not just subjected to sexual abuse, but almost daily thrashings, beatings, threats and ritual humiliations; witnesses spoke of being forced to lick the feet of staff, eat soap, cut the grass with nothing more than scissors and clean toilets with toothbrushes.


Many of the culprits — including sadistic deputy head Peter Howarth, who drew up the notorious ‘flat list’ — were brought to justice and jailed.


The report that exposed their vile activities, following a three-year public inquiry led by former High Court Judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse, should have marked the end of one of Britain’s biggest and most controversial child abuse investigations.

This week, we discovered that it hadn’t. David Cameron has now ordered new inquiries into whether links to a wider paedophile ring potentially involving politicians were suppressed.

The dramatic development follows an investigation by BBC2’s Newsnight into claims by Steven Messham that a Tory grandee from the Thatcher era was implicated in the Bryn Estyn scandal.

His central explosive allegation was that he was taken outside the home — or the ‘Colditz of Care’ as it was called by those unfortunate enough to end up there — and ‘sold’ to men for sexual abuse, and that the Tory in question was among the perpetrators.

It was widely reported that Newsnight intended to name the Tory paedophile suspect and although it ultimately stopped just short of doing so, it triggered a frenzy of speculation on Twitter, with Lord McAlpine, the former Tory treasurer, being identified on scores of messages on the social networking site.


Betrayed innocence: Children in a play at the Bryn Estyn home run by John Allen (centre), who was jailed in 1995 for indecent assault on six boys

The controversy culminated with ITV presenter Phillip Schofield handing a list of well-known Tory figures — all named as paedophiles on the internet — to Mr Cameron live on television, when he appeared on This Morning on Thursday. Mr Cameron was visibly taken aback by the stunt and accused the show of fuelling a ‘witch-hunt’.


Within 24 hours, his words were borne out in circumstances that could hardly be more embarrassing for the BBC and indeed for Mr Cameron himself.


For it now emerges that this story of ‘the senior Tory and young boys’ is false.

The Guardian newspaper yesterday revealed evidence that the claims against Lord McAlpine are based on mistaken identity. The Tory peer himself issued a furious denial of any wrongdoing. Steven Messham has since apologised to him.

Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, has now left itself open to the charge that it was so eager to recover from its failure to broadcast an investigation into Jimmy Savile — and so eager to pursue sex allegations against a senior Tory — that it triggered just the kind of ‘witch-hunt’ of which Mr Cameron warned.

The latest revelations raise questions about Mr Cameron’s decision to reinvestigate the North Wales child abuse scandal — although it does seem paedophile activities there were wider than previously thought.

Sick: Peter Howarth, the former Deputy Head of the Bryn Estyn Boys home was jailed for sex crimes

The chain of events which led to this week’s furore began 15 years ago. It was on April 21, 1997, that Steven Messham testified before the Waterhouse inquiry at a former council chamber in the village of Ewloe, near Chester.

Steven Messham revealed, in pitiful detail, how he had become one of Bryn Estyn deputy boss Peter Howarth’s ‘favourites’, how he had even been abused in the sick bay while recovering from tonsillitis, and how, before one assault by another member of staff, he was told: ‘Come on, I know you enjoy it.’

The effect on his life since leaving Bryn Estyn had been devastating. Steven Messham had been in and out of psychiatric hospitals, taken two overdoses, slashed his wrists and been given electric shock treatment.

His account was tragically similar to many of the other poor souls who poured out their pain in the witness box — until Gerard Elias QC, leading counsel to the tribunal, put the following question to him: ‘Does the name ****** mean anything to you.’ It can now be revealed that the name Gerard Elias put to Steven Messham was McAlpine. Messham’s reply to the question was: ‘Yes, sir.’

The subsequent exchange between Elias, Messham and Sir Ronald Waterhouse was taken down in shorthand by the local reporter who covered the inquiry. This is how it unfolded.

Elias: ‘In what context [does the name mean anything to you]?’

Messham: ‘I was also abused by him sexually.’ Sir Ronald: ‘Is the person you referred to alive or dead?’

Messham: ‘I believe he is dead.’ [This is a crucial inconsistency, to which we will return.]

Elias: ‘Were the acts you speak of while you were at Bryn Estyn or elsewhere?’

Messham: ‘Bryn Estyn, sir.’

Elias: ‘How many times did you see the man?’

Messham: ‘Three times.’

Elias: ‘Who told you his name?’

Messham: ‘I’m not saying, sir, I’m not trying to be awkward. I would like to tell the tribunal the full story to stop it happening again. But I’ve been banging my head against the wall for years. I have made numerous complaints to police.’

More information about Steven Messham’s alleged encounters with the abuser he mistakenly believed to be Lord McAlpine are contained in the statement he previously gave to police and which are referred to in the Waterhouse report.

Steven Messham lived at the now closed Bryn Estyn boys home, Wrexham (pictured) during the 1970s

The abuser had several cars and a chauffeur. They would wait for Steven Messham at the bottom of a lane near Bryn Estyn when he had a late pass from the home. He said he was abused in the car in a lay-by and at the Crest Hotel in Wrexham. Why he thought that the man in the car was supposedly a senior Tory figure is not disclosed. Nor does he identify the person or persons at Bryn Estyn who ‘introduced’ him to the abuser.

Steven Messham cannot be the only source of the allegation, however.

In 2000, in fact, BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast a brief interview with an unidentified victim who gave a remarkably similar account to Steven Messham. He believed he had been abused by the same person. The original 5 Live material, using an actor’s voice, was repeated on Newsnight earlier this week because the source himself could not be traced.

The interview is short on detail, but the victim apparently met his abuser in a car park in Wrexham.

‘That is where I was told to meet him,’ he said.

‘We went for something to eat and he pulled over in a lay-by and then hey presto — oral sex took place. He gave me some money. He was probably just trying to keep me quiet.’

Later, he says, he gave a photograph of his abuser to the police, but they took no action. Did Sir Ronald Waterhouse find Steven Messham’s account credible? No. He dismissed the allegations as ‘embarking on the realms of fantasy’. Although he did find Messham gave evidence in good faith.

He said: ‘On this evidence we cannot be satisfied that any member of [Lord McAlpine’s] family was involved in paedophile activity ... and the evidence [of Steven Messham] has been demonstrated to be incorrect in some respects.’


Savile is now believed to have been one of the UK's most prolific abusers, with about 300 possible victims but the BBC faces questions about whether they helped cover-up his sexual crimes

In his original police statement, for example, Steven Messham says he was raped on ‘four or five occasions’. When he appeared before the inquiry itself, it was ‘three times’. On the recent Newsnight programme, ‘more than a dozen times’.

As we know, Steven Messham also told the inquiry he thought his abuser was dead. Lord McAlpine is very much alive, of course.

The person Steven Messham apparently mistook for Lord McAlpine was allegedly a member of a different branch of the family who lived in North Wales, and who is indeed dead. But beyond this testimony, there is no evidence that this man ever abused children, either.

A local councillor, Keith Gregory, who was himself abused at Bryn Estyn, told the Guardian yesterday that he believed there was no truth in the allegations against Lord McAlpine.

Given Steven Messham’s horrific experiences — and no one doubts for a moment he was a victim of the most appalling and sustained sexual abuse — it would be surprising, many might think, if his testimony were not blurred and confused in parts.

This does not mean there is no substance whatsoever to his story: that the tentacles of Bryn Estyn stretched much wider than has previously been acknowledged.

The fact also remains that both the public inquiry and the police investigation into the North Wales child abuse scandal attracted criticisms at the time.

If Peter Morrison was implicated in the Bryn Estyn child abuse scandal, was he the only member of the Establishment to have been involved?

‘I still have lingering suspicions that neither the inquiry nor the police investigations pushed hard enough to get to the truth,’ said Malcolm King, formerly social services chairman in the Clwyd authority, who was instrumental in calling for the Waterhouse inquiry to be set up.

Indeed, the authority had commissioned its own report into children’s homes in the area beforehand and urged Sir Ronald ‘to address the wider areas of concern . . . this includes the suggestion that public figures may have been involved in the abuse of young people in North Wales’.

Was one of them the late Peter Morrison, a former close aide to Margaret Thatcher? An unnamed former Bryn Estyn resident said he saw Morrison, MP for Chester between 1974 and 1992, visit the home several times in the 1980s and take boys away in his car.

The claim is not implausible. Why? Because it was common knowledge in Westminster circles that Morrison had an unhealthy interest in boys.

Edwina Currie — a junior health minister in the Thatcher government — spelled it out, in black and white, in her diaries which were published in 2002.

‘One appointment in the recent reshuffle,’ she wrote, ‘has attracted a lot of gossip and could be very dangerous: Peter Morrison has become the PM’s PPS [Parliamentary Private Secretary].

‘Now he’s what they call a “noted pederast”, with a liking for young boys. He admitted as much . . . when he became deputy chairman of the party but added: “However, I’m very discreet” — and he must be!’

‘She [Thatcher] either knows and is taking a chance, or doesn’t; either way, it’s a really dumb move. It scares me, as all the Press know, and as we get closer to the election, someone is going to make trouble very close to her indeed.’

If Peter Morrison was implicated in the Bryn Estyn child abuse scandal, was he the only member of the Establishment to have been involved?

Clearly, these are dark waters. But the events of the past 24 hours prove that any further investigations must be rather more careful and rigorous than those apparently undertaken by the BBC’s Newsnight.

Peter Lemkin
11-10-2012, 03:11 PM
The BBC has been well and truly fucked over.

You can say that again....hardly a day goes by lately without them putting their heads in their rectums!




Investigative journalism is suspended.



....as far as their investigative journalism went, that is....

There seems to be a parallel between parts of the growing BBC scandal and the 'Murdoch Empire' scandal.....I wonder if there are points of intersection?! In some way all of this - along with the 'British Establishment' seem to be complicit in [at the least] looking the other way when it comes to pedophilia and the like. Is the UK's Pedogate about to blossom?

Lauren Johnson
11-10-2012, 03:58 PM
Location of Haut de la Garenne

In case anyone is interested:

Latitude: 49°12'7.12"N

Longitude: 2° 1'36.52"W

Which suggests?

For someone who has no idea where the Isle of Jesey is, how small it is, how the populace would be frightened to be interviewed on film by Bill Maloney, how rural the Haut de la Garenne is, I found it personally helpful.

Jan Klimkowski
11-10-2012, 04:04 PM
Location of Haut de la Garenne

In case anyone is interested:

Latitude: 49°12'7.12"N

Longitude: 2° 1'36.52"W

Which suggests?

For someone who has no idea where the Isle of Jesey is, how small it is, how the populace would be frightened to be interviewed on film by Bill Maloney, how rural the Haut de la Garenne is, I found it personally helpful.

Lauren - indeed, it's a tiny island in the English Channel.

Out of sight, with bizarre local laws and abysmal law enforcement.

The perfect place to abuse the vulnerable and voiceless.

Lauren Johnson
11-10-2012, 05:32 PM
The Haut de la Garenne renamed in 1960 from the Jersey Home for Boys. Furthermore,

Haut de la Garenne is French (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_language) for top of the warren (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_%28free%29). The building is situated on Mont de la Garenne, a hill overlooking Mont Orgueil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Orgueil) where rabbits (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit) were hunted. This varenne of the King was a perquisite (privilege) of the Crown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crown).[25] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haut_de_la_Garenne#cite_note-24)


Why rename it as a place for hunting rabbits?


Is it significant that the entrance of the Haut is 115 meters from La Pouquelaye de Faldouet, a neolithic tomb?
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Charles Drago
11-10-2012, 06:41 PM
Is it significant that the entrance of the Haut is 115 meters from La Pouquelaye de Faldouet, a neolithic tomb?

I believe so.

I am convinced that spiritual ritual is a not uncommon context for child abuse by the powerful, whose material wealth cannot satisfy the lust for ultimate power -- for eternal youth and dominion in the next world.

Lauren Johnson
11-10-2012, 08:09 PM
Is it significant that the entrance of the Haut is 115 meters from La Pouquelaye de Faldouet, a neolithic tomb?

I believe so.

I am convinced that spiritual ritual is a not uncommon context for child abuse by the powerful, whose material wealth cannot satisfy the lust for ultimate power -- for eternal youth and dominion in the next world.

As in hunting "rabbits" and sacrificing them? After all, they are only "rabbits."

Charles Drago
11-10-2012, 08:26 PM
Is it significant that the entrance of the Haut is 115 meters from La Pouquelaye de Faldouet, a neolithic tomb?

I believe so.

I am convinced that spiritual ritual is a not uncommon context for child abuse by the powerful, whose material wealth cannot satisfy the lust for ultimate power -- for eternal youth and dominion in the next world.

As in hunting "rabbits" and sacrificing them? After all, they are only "rabbits."

That, and the equivalent of consuming the wolf's heart to gain the wolf's strength and cunning.

You are, as they say, what you eat.

Material wealth and earthly power are term-limited. And so wealthy, powerful men and women look to trump mortality by all means necessary.

Some invest heavily in psychic research as they seek assurance that, while they can't take it with them, they nonetheless will be going somewhere.

Others take darker measures.

Lauren Johnson
11-10-2012, 09:17 PM
Others take darker measures.

I would imagine that "lighter" measures are being taken, such as intense research into anti and reverse aging technology. Of course, should this technology get worked out, sadly, it would be too expensive to share with everyone. Phsysical immortality requires "population control." Whatsmore, physical immortality leads to the "recognition" that one is god and that one should behave like it.

Jan Klimkowski
11-10-2012, 09:39 PM
OK - they want this scandal shutting down one way or another.

The threat of bankruptcy through libel...

Non-suspicious hangings...

Bait and switch. Oh Jimmy Jimmie...

Burnt alive with all the smoke detectors deactivated....

The BBC either got played, or the Bureau of Investigative Journalism is employing absolute ingenue idiots...

Yes - Auntie Beeb has been ritually castrated...

If things get really difficult, there's always Apartheid-loving intelligence services to help out with a wet job...

Lauren - I see you initially gave a mundane explanation for your posting of the location of Haut de la Garenne, before going all Levendaesque on us...

Lauren Johnson
11-10-2012, 10:06 PM
Lauren - I see you initially gave a mundane explanation for your posting of the location of Haut de la Garenne, before going all Levendaesque...

The mundane explanation is accurate. When you asked your question, I went back and started looking at Google Earth. Then I noticed the strange shape -- a neolithic tomb? WTF? A castle with Nazi observation towers less than 1k from what would be named after hunting little helpless things --"rabbits"-- was occupied as a Nazi communication center -- land owned by the crown. Kinda made me wonder whose land surrounds that tomb.

Yah, I you could say I went All In. Apparently it's a good weekend for it.

Jan Klimkowski
11-10-2012, 10:14 PM
With involvement from investigative reporter Eileen Fairweather, here's a 1997 documentary only ever shown in Wales about one of the North Wales "care communities", Bryn Alyn, which was run by convicted paedophile John Allen.

Fire.

Did someone shout FIRE!!!!!

Too late for the Bryn Alyn kids.

Death by fire. Death by truck. Death by bruised and lacerated overdose.

Nothing to see here. That's why only a few thousand Welsh viewers ever got the chance back in 1997.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9lyMV2zWe3Q


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qnk7h9VxLU&feature=player_embedded


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AIlS8Sizs8&feature=relmfu

There are other deaths by all consuming fire too.....

Jan Klimkowski
11-10-2012, 10:16 PM
Lauren - I see you initially gave a mundane explanation for your posting of the location of Haut de la Garenne, before going all Levendaesque...

The mundane explanation is accurate. When you asked your question, I went back and started looking at Google Earth. Then I noticed the strange shape -- a neolithic tomb? WTF? A castle with Nazi observation towers less than 1k from what would be named after hunting little helpless things --"rabbits"-- was occupied as a Nazi communication center -- land owned by the crown. Kinda made me wonder whose land surrounds that tomb.

Yah, I you could say I went All In. Apparently it's a good weekend for it.

It's only a short boat ride from Belgium, Dutroux Land, too....

Lauren Johnson
11-10-2012, 10:22 PM
Lauren - I see you initially gave a mundane explanation for your posting of the location of Haut de la Garenne, before going all Levendaesque...

The mundane explanation is accurate. When you asked your question, I went back and started looking at Google Earth. Then I noticed the strange shape -- a neolithic tomb? WTF? A castle with Nazi observation towers less than 1k from what would be named after hunting little helpless things --"rabbits"-- was occupied as a Nazi communication center -- land owned by the crown. Kinda made me wonder whose land surrounds that tomb.

Yah, I you could say I went All In. Apparently it's a good weekend for it.

It's only a short boat ride from Belgium, Dutroux Land, too....

One of the troubling things about this is that it is all over the planet, and not just the fact that there is abuse of children. It's that it seems to be almost ubiquitous among the elites.

Also, since the Haut de la Garonne is a goto place for procuring children, which place was it that the perverted ones could get adult victims?

Jan Klimkowski
11-10-2012, 10:59 PM
BBC Director-General resigns.

A fool, perhaps honourable, perhaps not.

Entwhistle was hopelessly out of his depth, and had to go.

More importantly, the paedophiles win this round, as the headlines read "BBC in crisis", rather than "Horror of powerful child rapists".



BBC in crisis as George Entwistle quits over Newsnight fiasco

Television boss leaves job for abuse story lapses in what Trust chairman Chris Patten laments as his 'saddest day'



Lisa O'Carroll

The Observer (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/10/bbc-crisis-george-entwistle-resigns), Saturday 10 November 2012 22.37 GMT

The BBC has been plunged into the deepest crisis in its history with the dramatic resignation of its director general, George Entwistle, after just 54 days in the job.

Entwistle fell on his sword after being engulfed by a crisis that escalated following confirmation on Friday that the BBC had wrongly implicated Lord McAlpine, a former senior Tory politician, in the wake of a second scandal to hit Newsnight.

In an extraordinary scene outside Broadcasting House, in central London, just after 9pm, Entwistle, flanked by the BBC Trust's chairman, Chris Patten, said he felt it was the "honourable" thing to do.

His resignation was accepted by Patten who said it was one of the "saddest evenings of my public life" to see Entwistle end his 23-year career at the BBC in such ignominious circumstances.

Looking composed, but battle-weary, Entwistle read from a prepared statement: "In the light of the fact that the director general is also the editor in chief and ultimately responsible for all content; and in the light of the unacceptable journalistic standards of the Newsnight film broadcast on Friday 2 November, I have decided that the honourable thing to do is to step down from the post of director general," he said.

Tim Davie, currently director of audio and music who was scheduled to take over as head of BBC Worldwide, was named as the acting DG while the hunt for a new boss takes place.

His resignation came less than 12 hours after a catastrophic interview with John Humphrys on Radio 4's Today programme in which Entwistle admitted he was completely unaware that Newsnight was going to make such serious allegations about a senior Tory politician. Critics said he gave the impression of a man completely at sea when he admitted that not only was he unaware of the allegations, but that nobody had brought to his attention an article in Friday's Guardian that the victim of child abuse in the Welsh care home, Steve Messham, who had made the claims, may have mistaken the identity of the perpetrator.

The pressure on Entwistle intensified on Friday morning when McAlpine broke cover after eight days of rumour and innuendo going viral on Twitter, branding the allegation as entirely false and threatening to sue the BBC.

John Whittingdale, the chairman of the influential select committee that grilled Entwistle over the Jimmy Savile scandal, said he thought Entwistle had made the right decision as his "position had become untenable, once he had said he was unaware that the programme was being broadcast". He told BBC News: "It left the impression that the management of the BBC had lost their grip on the organisation and I think the decision is undoubtedly the right one."

This is one of the worst crises the BBC has faced since it was founded in 1927: director generals have resigned in the past, but none has risen and disappeared within such a short space of time.

On Saturday afternoon Jonathan Dimbleby, one of the corporation's most revered broadcasters, said he feared the public now perceived the BBC as "a rudderless ship heading towards the rocks", adding he hoped somebody would "seize the helm quickly".

Entwistle was branded "totally clueless" by one influential Labour politician after admitting on one of the BBC's flagship programmes, Radio 4's Today, that he was completely unaware that Newsnight was to make such serious allegations about a senior Tory politician, albeit unnamed, until the day after the broadcast eight days ago.

Culture secretary Maria Miler said Entwistle had made the right decision. "It's a regrettable situation, but the right decision. It is vital that credibility and public trust in this important national institution is restored. It is now crucial that the BBC puts the systems in place to ensure it can make first class news and current affairs programmes."

Sir Christopher Bland, a former chairman of the BBC board of governors, said: "It's arguable that it's a necessary sacrifice, but it's tragic for George and tragic for the organisation."

Michael Crick, the former Newsnight political editor, who was instrumental in revealing the mistakes made in the recent investigation into false claims concerning Lord McAlpine, tweeted: "George Entwistle's resignation v sad. A good, decent man, badly let down. V few people could have coped with recent rush of awful events." Former Labour culture secretary Ben Bradshaw tweeted his unhappiness that Entwistle had been "forced" out.

Enwistle was appointed as director general this summer and took over from Mark Thompson in September, but within two weeks was hit by the extraordinary revelations that Jimmy Savile, one of the BBC's biggest stars, had been a serial child abuser and had molested under-age girls on BBC premises.

But he was immediately put on the back foot when it emerged that the BBC had squashed a Newsnight investigation into Savile last December, just weeks before three tribute programmes were due to be scheduled.

Entwistle had been warned that it might cause a problem, but had failed to inquire what the subject of the investigation was, leading to criticism that he displayed "an extraordinary lack of curiosity" about his own organisation.

The Humphrys interview in which Entwistle admitted for the second time that he did not know anything about the content of a controversial Newsnight programme compounded the apparent lack of judgment, with politicians lining up on Saturday to question whether he was the right man for the job.

Bland added that the BBC now needed to establish "calmly and accurately what went wrong" to safeguard against future blunders. He said it was extraordinary that the "bog standard checks" had not been made by Newsnight – the programme makers had not contacted McAlpine about the allegations or shown a photograph of McAlpine to Messham, the victim of child abuse who made the accusations.

He said serious questions needed to be asked of other executives. "Where were the lawyers; where was the chain of command?" said Bland.

Senior insiders say the mistakes were made because the Savile scandal had effectively torpedoed the management structure in BBC news and current affairs with senior executives, including the head of news and the editor of Newsnight, standing down from their posts while two internal inquiries took place.

One senior journalist said the chain of command was now "breakable brittle rubber" rather than the rod of iron normally in place which would ensure the highest editorial standards in the world.

Magda Hassan
11-11-2012, 12:41 AM
...Also, since the Haut de la Garonne is a goto place for procuring children, which place was it that the perverted ones could get adult victims?

Not far at all. On the same island if an adult was required - St Saviours Mental Hospital was the venue. This is according to Bill Maloney who made the documentary about Haut de la Garonne posted a few pages before in this thread.

Magda Hassan
11-11-2012, 12:47 AM
BBC Director-General resigns.

A fool, perhaps honourable, perhaps not.

Entwhistle was hopelessly out of his depth, and had to go.

More importantly, the paedophiles win this round, as the headlines read "BBC in crisis", rather than "Horror of powerful child rapists".



BBC in crisis as George Entwistle quits over Newsnight fiasco


Murdoch must be doing a happy dance some where watching all this. And the privateer vultures are probably circling the BBC carcass for rich pickings too. It will be social and alternative media that carries this now. Unless Tom Watson cares to name them in parliament. I think it would be good protection for him to do that.

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2012, 07:58 PM
All twelve copies of the Jillings Report into child abuse North Wales were believed pulped.

It was produced years before the presumed coverup Waterhouse Inquiry, and then buried.

Here's the official Freedom Of Information response:



Mr P John Eich Cyf/Your Ref
Ein Cyf/Our Ref R005428
Dyddiad/Date 08/11/2012
Gofynner am/Ask for Sheila Bickerton
Rhif Union/Direct Dial 01352 702423

Dear Mr John,

I refer to your recent FOI request, and the following statement has been
issued by Flintshire County Council Chief Executive Colin Everett and
Council Leader Aaron Shotton:

"The Jillings report was commissioned by the predecessor Clwyd County
Council which no longer exists. On legal advice, Clwyd County Council did
not publish the report and in March 1996 its full Council noted the report
and agreed to refer it to the Secretary of State for Wales to assist him
in considering whether or not a public inquiry should be instituted.

Flintshire County Council, as one of the six successor councils to Gwynedd
and Clwyd, is establishing whether secured archived copies are held by any
of the six authorities. If so, we will urgently take independent legal
advice about disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, working in
the spirit of the legislation.

“We understand the Jillings report was disclosed to North Wales Police and
the Waterhouse inquiry at the time.

“Flintshire County Council is deeply concerned to hear the claims by abuse
victims that their cases were not fully investigated in the series of
investigations, reports and inquiries which were held in the 1990s.

"The Council supports the calls by victims for any unresolved cases to be
fully and independently investigated.

"We will cooperate fully with the new police inquiry and the investigation
into the terms of the Waterhouse inquiry announced by Home Secretary
Theresa May yesterday (6 November).

"The modern Flintshire has a strong track record in safeguarding of
children in care of which it is proud.

"We will work with partners to ensure that specialist counselling and
support is provided to people who have suffered from sexual abuse."

Yours sincerely

Sheila Bickerton
FOI Contact Officer

A copy of Jillings has turned up with the Independent on Sunday (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/the-jillings-report-how-the-truth-about-north-wales-child-abuse-scandal-was-suppressed-8303903.html), but much of the evidential and subsidiary material is missing.


The Jillings report: How the truth about North Wales child abuse scandal was suppressed

Council insurers demanded that the first full investigation into the care home scandal was pulped.

Roger Dobson – who has one of the few remaining copies – details an astonishing cover-up

Roger Dobson Sunday 11 November 2012

A damning report that laid bare the North Wales child abuse scandal might have aired the issue of sex attacks on children in care nearly half a decade before an official judicial inquiry in 2000.

Instead copies of the report were ordered to be destroyed because the council that commissioned it feared it might be sued, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. Only a handful remain, including one obtained by this newspaper.

The suppressed report, by a panel of experts led by former social services chief John Jillings, outlined the widespread abuse of children in care, some as young as 10, years before the tribunal chaired by High Court judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse reported.

The copy held by The IoS shows:

* The then newly appointed North Wales chief constable, who was uncontactable yesterday, refused to meet them or help with access to the police major-incident database. "We were disappointed at the apparent impossibility of obtaining a breakdown of data. We are unable to identify the overall extent of the allegations received by the police in the many witness statements which they took.''

* Some 130 boxes of material handed over by the council to the police were not made available to the panel.

* The council did not allow the inquiry to place a notice in the local press seeking information. "This was considered to be unacceptable to the insurers,'' says the report.

While the report went unpublished, coverage of the scandal by this newspaper eventually helped to set up the Waterhouse review, which reported in 2000. Mr Jillings, a respected independent social services expert, was succinct yesterday about what he had found out back then: "What we found was horrific and on a significant scale. If the events in children's homes in North Wales were to be translated into a film, Oliver Twist would seem relatively benign." The scale of what happened, and how it was allowed, he said, "are a disgrace, and stain on the history of child care in this country."

Some 300 pages were compiled in the face of fierce opposition and obstruction: Mr Jillings and his team – Professor Jane Tunstall and Gerrilyn Smith – were so frustrated they almost quit. The results were pulped: one of the few remaining copies has now been sent to the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler. According to the report, the insurers – Municipal Mutual – suggested the chair of the council's social services committee, Malcolm King, be sacked if he spoke out: "Draconian as it may seem, you may have to consider with the elected members whether they wish to remove him from office if he insists on having the freedom to speak."

Mr King yesterday described the report's suppression as the destruction of an effective weapon against abuse: "Because it was suppressed, the lessons of the Jillings report were not learned. It was the exchange of financial safety for the safety of real people. It was one of the most shameful parts of recent history."

Mr Jillings's report paints an alarming picture of a system in which physical and sexual violence were common, from beatings and bullying, to indecent assault and rape. Some staff linked to abuse may have been allowed to resign or retire early.

Children's carers were recruited without proper references, without application forms, and, in one case, with a rugby club acting as a contact point for vacancies. Children who complained of abuse were not believed, or worse, punished for making false allegations.

The report also revealed that its members had considered quitting: "As the constraints emerged, the panel considered whether it could continue or abandon its investigations," it said. "We determined to continue despite the very considerable constraints placed upon us.'' From the outset there was difficulty and confusion over access to files.

Despite such obstructions they stuck to their brief to investigate child care in Clwyd in the wake of a number of allegations and court cases involving carers. Most of the allegations covered the period 1980 to 1988, and a four-year police inquiry saw 2,600 statements taken and 300 cases sent to the Crown Prosecution Service. Eventually eight men were charged, and six convicted. The panel was tasked with looking at what had gone wrong, reviewing practices, and making recommendations for change.

After reviewing internal reports and interviewing more than 70 witnesses, the picture that emerged was one of dysfunctional homes where children were abused sexually and physically. "It is the opinion of the panel that extensive and widespread abuse has occurred within Clwyd residential establishments for children and young people," they concluded. How many were abused is not clear, but estimates range up to 200. In the 1990s, around 150 had already sought compensation.

"The most striking fact to emerge is that five men who shared in common their employment as residential care workers at the Bryn Estyn home were convicted of serious offences involving at least 25 young people. Twenty of the victims were boys, five were girls. The age range was 10 to 16. Many of the allegations involving these men consisted of specimen charges; many others were left on the file,'' they reported.

There were allegations of widespread physical abuse, sometimes with care workers inflicting gratuitous violence, others involving other boys being used to attack victims. The report also says it was common practice for staff to take residents home for the weekend.

Staff recruitment was frequently chaotic. "In some cases references were provided which were barely adequate as recommendations for employment. There appears to have been no application forms in a disturbing number of cases. More than one staff member described the recruitment process as taking people off the street.''

There was also a culture of silence. "At Bryn Estyn, professional misgivings were discouraged and complaints viewed as disloyal. As a consequence, abusive and dangerous practices escalated out of control and unchecked.'' The report denounced those who should have stopped the abuse, saying: "Our findings show that time and again, the response to indications that children may have been abused has been too little and too late."

A key issue in North Wales has been whether there was a paedophile ring at work. One internal Clwyd council report from the time – like Jillings, unpublished – said: "There remain worrying current instances of conviction and prosecution for sexual offences of persons who are known to have worked together in child care establishments both in the county [Clwyd] and in other parts of the north-west,'' it said.

"These suggest, that abuse could have been happening unabated for many years and, that there could be operating a league or ring of paedophiles who help one another find sources and situations where abuse can be perpetrated and the addiction fed.''

There were allegations too of abusers outside the care system: "There were numerous claims and suggestions that senior public figures including the police and political figures might have been involved in the abuse of young people,'' the report said.

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2012, 09:02 PM
Here's the documentary about Sidney "Hissing Sid" Cooke and his band of murdering paedophiles.

Their victims, such as 14-year-old Jason Swift, are still to this date called "rentboys".

They weren't.

They were children groomed and then horrifically abused and, in the worst cases, murdered by adult men.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onj7pLrzJIM

The film is stomach churning.

However, Nick Davies' 1998 article (http://www.nickdavies.net/1998/04/01/the-sheer-scale-of-child-sexual-abuse-in-britain/), and evidence hinted at in the film, makes it clear that only a small part of his ring was ever convicted.



The sheer scale of child sexual abuse in Britain

The Guardian
Published April 1998 One comment... »



In November last year, every newspaper in Britain carried the story of how Scotland Yard had worked with police forces around the country to raid the rooms of teachers at private schools in search of evidence of their involvement in a paedophile ring. The more interesting story, however, was the raid which never happened.

In the weeks before the operation, specialist detectives from the Paedophile Unit at Scotland Yard had discussed with Thames Valley the possibility of raiding a teacher at the most prestigious private school in the country – Eton College, whose pupils include the off-spring of some of the most powerful families in Britain, including the heir to the throne, Prince William.

The move started after a teacher who had recently left Eton went to Thames Valley police and claimed that one of his colleagues had been indecently assaulting boys at the school. Detectives investigated and discovered that the suspect teacher had been the target of similar allegations in the past; and that police in Yorkshire had seized a collection of child pornography and found letters from the teacher in which he referred to “sending the happy items”.

Clearly, this did not amount to proof that the teacher was guilty. His former colleague may conceivably have had a grudge against him; the letters in Yorkshire may have had some innocent explanation; other witnesses who also suspected him, may simply have been mistaken. But the whole series of raids was being mounted on similar intelligence which Scotland Yard believed was strong enough to demand that suspects be interviewed and their property searched. Yet when the raids finally took place, Thames Valley held back, arguing that the evidence was too weak to justify action.

The result: the truth about the suspected abuser was never found.

Earlier last year, the Guardian revealed the international police hunt for two unidentified men who had made the “Bjorn tape”, a chilling video which recorded their relentless sexual assault on an adolescent Dutch boy who was carried in front of the camera, limp and hooded, before being strapped into a chair where he was defenceless against the indulgence of his two attackers.

Following the story in the Guardian, which was linked to an ITV documentary, Dutch police traced Bjorn’s accent to an area in the north of Holland, where they combed through files of reported child abuse – and found him. It turned out that he had contacted the authorities a year earlier to complain that a Dutch man, whom he named, had been drugging and raping him since he was only three years old, most recently with the assistance of an English man. The Dutch man had been tried and – in the absence of the video – he had been acquitted. He had then sued Bjorn for making a malicious complaint against him. Bjorn had collapsed into mental illness and been given refuge in an orphanage.

Now, the tape not only proved that the boy had been telling the truth in all its grim detail, but it also confirmed the identity of the English man who had taken part. He is John Peters, a former soldier who went AWOL in the early 1970s after being charged with having sex with a 14-year-old boy in public toilets near his base in Sutton Coldfield. Since then, Peters has been convicted in Denmark of a separate offence of child abuse.

Although Bjorn’s Dutch abuser is now due to be tried again in Holland, Peters remains at liberty. Just as he evaded the police in Sutton Coldfield in the 1970s, so now he has evaded them again in Holland, simply by crossing a border. He is believed to be in Asia, whose population of impoverished and vulnerable children has become a magnet for paedophiles and whose police have no active intelligence link with the British or Dutch. The result: the abuser has escaped.

That same story in the Guardian also disclosed the activities of Warwick Spinks, a British paedophile who was then serving a sentence of five years after Scotland Yard arrested him for abducting and raping two homeless boys from the streets of London. He had sold one of them into a brothel in Amsterdam.

Spinks is a paedophile of grandiose ambition, a man who has commercialised his obsession, first by running an agency in Britain which sold boys to like-minded punters, and then by moving to Amsterdam where, as the Guardian disclosed, he worked in brothels and joined a group of British men who produced videos in which five boys were alleged to have been raped and murdered for the pleasure of viewers.

As he approached the end of his five-year sentence, Spinks was transferred from prison to a probation hostel in south London where, last September, he was asked to fill in a form so that the police could enter his details on the new register of sex offenders. He is precisely the kind of compulsive offender for whom the register was designed so that police can keep an eye on their movements. Spinks, however, refused to fill in the form.

He simply walked away from the hostel and sent his probation officer a postcard with an invitation to come and see him in Amsterdam. Since then, he has travelled to Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Moscow and Prague pursuing his own special interests with never a care for the sex offenders’ register or any other limb of the child protection system. The result: another abuser has escaped.

The sexual abuse of children is a special crime, not simply because of the damage it does to its victims, nor even because of the anger and fear it provokes in communities, but more particularly because it is so easy – easy to commit, easy to get away with.

Recently, it has broken into the headlines, through the communal fear of a handful of child killers like Robert Oliver and Sidney Cooke; in the exhumation of the crimes of Mary Bell; with the reluctant resignation of Grampian’s Chief Constable following his force’s bungled inquiry into a paedophile murder. But the debate that has followed has been fragmentary and confused, discoloured by populist reactions from ministers.

Over the last six months, the Guardian has conducted the most detailed and exhaustive investigation of paedophilia that has ever been undertaken by a British newspaper. We have tracked down abusers and their victims, we have spoken to the social workers and detectives and Customs officers who deal with them, to private agencies and to the most senior officials who lead the defence against child abuse.

We have seen the results of courageous work by thousands of dedicated men and women but also we have seen the results of cover-up and concealment, occasionally of corruption, of whistleblowers who are punished for trying to expose the truth, of local authorities, churches and other organisations who have closed ranks to deny or conceal allegations against their staff.

In an investigation of this, the most secret of crimes, we have found evidence of what is an open secret among many of those who fight it – that after twenty years of scandal and alarm, after numerous inquiries and reports, and despite the best efforts of those who work in it, we have created an elaborate and sophisticated failure, a child protection system which does not protect the children.

The origin of the problem is the easiness of the crime, the violent equivalent of taking candy from babies. It is physically easier for a rapist to overpower a child than an adult, to subdue a victim who has less than half his body-weight. In February of this year, for example, police reported that a paedophile had boarded a train outside Brighton one evening and abducted not one, but three young boys, aged between eight and eleven. Police said that the man forced the three boys to get off in the village of Glynde, where he marched them into the public toilets and indecently assaulted all three of them before threatening to kill them, raping one of them and putting them all back on the train.

Equally, it is easier to confuse a child than an adult. A woman who spent four years from the age of seven being raped regularly by her stepfather, told the Guardian she had never thought to complain: “I thought it was normal, I thought everyone was going home from school and being hurt by their dad.” Children have emerged from abuse to report variously that they were told that there was a bomb inside them which would explode if they disclosed what was happening; that there was no point in telling because no one would believe them and they would be put into care; or, commonly, that the abusive parent would be sent to prison, thus destroying the family and bringing hardship and misery to the other parent.

Children are conned by their abusers in a way that no adult would be. Bruce McLean, for example, who is serving nine years for indecent assaults in Cheshire, was using Manchester United tickets to entrap boys. A man who is now awaiting trial for producing a small orgy of child pornography videos in the north of England bought adolescent girls with Kentucky Fried Chicken and toffees, according to one who has spoken to the Guardian.

The ease of the crime is reflected in its scale. No one knows the exact numbers, but to construct a picture is to watch an arithmetical explosion. Start with a hard fact. At the last count, there were 2,100 child sex abusers behind the bars of British jails. Now think of all those who have previously been convicted but who have been released back into the community. You have to multiply by 50: according to the Home Office Research Department, there are 108,000 convicted paedophiles in the community.

Now, think of all the child victims who are conned and confused and never report their abuse in the first place; and all those cases which are reported but which fall short of the demands of the courts; and all those cases of rape and indecent assault which are convicted but which are not statistically recorded as crimes against children. At the most conservative estimate, the NSPCC and specialist police agree with studies here and in the United States, that the official figures for convictions record no more than ten per cent of the paedophile population. Which means that today in Britain, there are probably 1.1 million paedophiles at large. Other studies suggest that the figure is very much higher.

This vast scale appears to be confirmed by “prevalance studies” which take samples of the population and establish how many were childhood victims of sexual abuse. In the UK, the United States, Germany, Switzerland and Australia, studies consistently find that around 20% of women and around 8% of men suffered sexual abuse as children. In the current population of UK children, that would cover 1.5 million girls and 520,000 boys, a figure that is consistent with the projection of 1.1 million offenders.

Child sex abuse is not only easy to commit, it is also easy to get away with. It is the least reported crime on the planet. Numerous victims say that they were silenced by their own emotions – the same emotions which gag the adult victims of rape, but which are magnified in a child’s mind. Some children simply cannot report it: social workers in East Sussex four years ago found paedophiles deliberately targetting children who were too disabled to give evidence. Others had picked children who were terminally ill and who died before the system could catch up with them.

Those children who do report what has happened to them are uniquely likely to find their stories rejected. Often, like the adult victims of indecent assault, they will have nothing but their own word as evidence. And the word of a child is viewed with suspicion from one end of the criminal justice system to the other. It is for that reason that the tribunal of inquiry into abuse in children’s homes in North Wales is only now attempting to get to the truth of hundreds of complaints which were first made by children up to 20 years ago – to council officials, doctors, social workers and parents who, almost without exception, believed not a word of it.

North Wales is only the beginning. It is now clear that during the last 30 years, children’s homes in Britain suffered an epidemic of rape and violent assault. It was an epidemic that went unnoticed, like a plague that struck dumb its victims or else blinded those around it.

There are now literally thousands of men and women, in North Wales, South Wales, Manchester, Liverpool, Sunderland, Northumbria, Edinburgh – in seventeen different police areas in all – who have come forward to make detailed, credible allegations about their childhoods of abuse in care. The combined force of these different inquiries amounts to the biggest contemporary police operation in the country. And yet, at the time that these people were children, at the time that they were being used as human aids to masturbation, just about all of them were overlooked by just about every agency that was supposed to protect them – the police, social workers, the Social Services Inspectorate, health visitors, doctors.

The passage of time, itself, often allows abusers to escape. In Cardiff, Paul Conibeer, who is now aged 28, is trying to persuade the police to prosecute Alan Williams, Lee Tucker and John Gay for buggering him and passing him around their friends when he was a 13-year-old in care. The three men have since been convicted of paedophile offences and become involved in the abuse of children in Portugal and Amsterdam, where they shared their pleasures with Warwick Spinks. Police in Cardiff, however, say Conibeer’s story is too old to be proved. Conibeer has a grim alternative: “I’m giving it a year. If nothing is done in a year, I’m doing it my own way. If I can take three scum off the street that would be my debt paid back to society, because I have been a bad bastard in my time.”

The fact that the sexual abuse of children is so hidden is not entirely the result of the age its victims. This is also a crime of conspiracy, of the abuse of power and, from time to time, of incidents which suggest that a paedophile with prestige may be more likely to escape justice than a more humble offender.

For example, police now invest relatively little time in the surveillance of public toilets where gay men go cottaging. The one thing that is likely still to trigger such an operation is a complaint that under-aged boys are involved – unless, that is, the toilets in question happen to be those behind the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, in which case, under the terms of a long-standing Metropolitan Police policy, the operation will take place only if it has the approval of an officer of the rank of commander or above. According to experienced London officers, the reason is that those toilets are used by High Court judges and barristers, and the Metropolitan Police have always said they do not want to encounter such a powerful offender without special authority.

Fleet Street routinely nurtures a crop of untold stories about powerful abusers who have evaded justice. One such is Peter Morrison, formerly the MP for Chester and the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. Ten years ago, Chris House, the veteran crime reporter for the Sunday Mirror, twice received tip-offs from police officers who said that Morrison had been caught cottaging in public toilets with underaged boys and had been released with a caution. A less powerful man, the officers complained, would have been charged with gross indecency or an offence against children.

At the time, Chris House confronted Morrison, who used libel laws to block publication of the story. Now, Morrison is dead and cannot sue. Police last week confirmed that he had been picked up twice and never brought to trial. They added that there appeared to be no trace of either incident in any of the official records.

A lot of paedophiles are loners. The NSPCC found that 70% of them were closely related to their victim – and, contrary to popular belief, they were not always men. Dr Michelle Elliott from Kidscape says she has dealt with more than 700 cases of women sexually abusing children and that she takes on one or two new such cases each week. Academics who have analysed the history of sexually abused children on the At Risk register have found that one in three were assaulted by adolescent or pre-adolescent children. The Young Abusers Project in London, has dealt with one abuser who was only seven years old.

Even though most abusers – whatever their age or sex – work alone, there is clear evidence of some conspiracy, of the existence of paedophile rings, sometimes deliberately infiltrating parts of the child protection system, often taking advantage of each other’s political or social power to conceal their activities.

Researchers at Manchester University trawled the records of eight police areas in search of cases of organised abuse and they concluded that nationally they would expect to find 242 cases every year where children were the victims of adults who had colluded together to use them for sex. They noted, in line with other specialist researchers, that these official records probably captured only one tenth of the truth. It is these cases of organised abuse which present some of the most frightening incidents.

Some are never brought to trial – like the group of men who were believed by police to be abducting homeless girls from the streets of London in the early 1990s and holding them in a converted garage with padded walls, where they were being abused and finally killed. The closest they came to being caught was when the man who was said to be disposing of the girls’ bodies, for £2,000 a time, was identified by Number Eight Regional Crime Squad, in Wales, as an ex-convict, a man with a history of spectacular violence who was living in Cardiff. Police investiged him but were unable to identify those who had hired him or to find evidence to charge him.

Others come to trial only partially – like Robert Oliver and Sidney Cooke and their friends who together abducted, drugged, raped and killed Jason Swift, Barry Lewes and Mark Tildesley. They were convicted of manslaughter. Officers from Operation Orchid were frustrated, first because there was insufficient evidence to convict them of murder, and, second, because they were never able to bring any charges at all in relation to six other boys who, they believed, had also died at the hands of the same ring.

Often the links between abusers lie beneath the surface of less horrific conspiracies. Take, for example, the case of Greystone Heath, an approved school for boys in Warrington, which for years enjoyed an unsullied reputation until police finally discovered that it had become a hot spot for paedophiles. This one institution – whose history of abuse is echoed now in scores of others – is a model of everyday paedophile collusion.

It appears to have started in 1965 when a 21-year-old student teacher named Keith Laverack went to work there and embarked on a campaign of buggery and indecent assault. Over the ensuing four years, he raped at least 16 boys, three of whom he shared with his colleague, Brian Percival, the clerk and storeman at the home. Once these two men had established sexual rights over the boys at Greystone, other abusers joined the staff: Alan Langshaw, who raped at least 24 boys; Dennis Grain who raped at least 18; Roy Shuttleworth who raped at least ten; Jack Bennett who indecently assaulted two; and Steve Norris who assaulted an unknown number.

The Greystone abusers then fanned out. Keith Laverack went to childrens’ homes in Cambridgeshire; Alan Langshaw became Principal of St Vincent’s Catholic boys’ home in Formby; Grain and Shuttleworth were both promoted to other homes in the Warrington area; Steve Norris went to North Wales. At their new homes, all of them continued to rape boys who were in their care and wherever they went, they crossed the paths of other paedophiles.

In Cambridgeshire, Keith Laverack worked with numerous colleagues, four of whom are now also suspected of abusing children. Dennis Grain worked in Doncaster for the same group of private schools as Terence Hoskins who went on to become headteacher of St Aiden’s Community Home in Widnes, where he liked to thrash naked boys with a cane, which he then pushed into their backsides, while his housemaster, Colin Dick, indecently assaulted those who caught his eye. Dennis Grain had previously attacked boys in Danesford childrens’ home in Congleton, opening the door to three others, John Clarke, Joseph Smith and Brian Hudson, who set about the boys with relish. Dennis Grain, in the meantime, went off to work at Eton, where he became a housemaster. The web is almost endless.

While he was Principal of St Vincent’s, Alan Langshaw recruited a care worker named Edward Stanton, who joined in Langshaw’s orgy. Stanton appears to have got the job through the good offices of Roy Shuttleworth, who was continuing to abuse the boys at Greystone and who is believed to have known Stanton from their time in Birmingham when they took the same course in residential child care.

That course in Birmingham, in turn, is believed to have been lectured by Peter Righton, a notorious paedophile who attempted to legitimise his obsession in a series of academic studies. Righton, for his part, belonged to the Paedophile Information Exchange, along with Jack Bennett who joined in the abuse at Greystone. Righton had earlier worked in the same childrens’ home in Maidstone, Kent as Peter Howarth, who went on to become a legendary abuser in the homes of North Wales where he shared his indulgence with Steve Norris, formerly of Greystone.

Each of these men claims to have abused alone. Even though their paths connected so frequently, even though the Greystone abusers were assaulting boys in buildings within yards of each other, even though several of them were raping the same boys, they claim never to have colluded with each other. No one who has been involved with investigating Greystone believes them.

The evidence suggests that such abusers not only collude to give each other work and access to children, but also to infiltrate the child protection system. Peter Righton lectured not only in Birmingham but in numerous other colleges. Before he was finally taken to court and convicted, he became a highly regarded consultant in child care and, eventually, the Director of Education at the prestigious National Institute of Social Work in London, a position from which he was able to have some influence on Government policy.

With similar cynicism, Keith Laverack, who opened the catalogue of abuse at Greystone Heath, went on to run the Guardian Ad Litem panel for Cambridgeshire County Council, with the job of representing the interests of children in court cases. This job not only introduced him to the most vulnerable children in the area but also gave him access to files on abused children all over the country. Terence Hoskins, who worked with some of the Greystone abusers, used connections with South Yorkshire police to get access to his own file, from the supposedly secret National Criminal Intelligence Service, NCIS.

Roger Saint who spent years assaulting his foster children in Clwyd secured himself a job on the local adoption panel, from which he could referee complaints about people like himself.

But this is only the beginning. Beyond the inherent difficulty of detecting and preventing this most secret crime, beyond the obstacle course of concealment erected by the collusion of clever paedophiles, the child victims of sexual abuse are betrayed by organisations who repeatedly prefer to avoid embarrassment by concealing awkward allegations and by a system of protection which simply does not work.

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2012, 09:07 PM
The fine piece of journalism below from the non-Murdoch tabloid, the Daily Mirror (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paedophile-scandal-charles-napier-could-1430365), is a part of the paedophile scandal only tangentially linked to North Wales.

I believe this is where Tom Watson MP is going.

The Paedophile Infomation Exchange (PIE), was a British paedophile network before the days of computers, with international links, and involvement from public figures such as Ambassadors, academics and child care practioners.

And political figures.



By Keir Mudie

Abuse scandals probe widens: The man who may hold key to UK's biggest paedophile network ever
11 Nov 2012 09:11


Charles Napier could provide vital evidence for police investigation a child abuse scandal spanning three decades

Inquiry: Charles Napier near his home on Friday
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In the picturesque Dorset town of Sherborne, Charles Napier is an upstanding member of the community.

He is known as a respected retired languages teacher, a playwright and theatre director.

Only last month he gave a lecture on William Shakespeare at the town's literary festival.

But Napier's sordid past threatens to drag him into the heart of new inquiries into a child abuse scandal spanning three decades.

Evidence now being examined by Metropolitan Police detectives links Napier to Peter Righton, one of Britain's most high-profile paedophiles.

Righton is now long dead. But Napier is not. Now 68 and living with his mother in the West Country, he could prove a vital witness to the unfolding police inquiry into child abuse on a massive scale in this country.

Both men were linked to a shadowy organisation called the Paedophile Information Exchange which campaigned in the 70s and 80s for what they called the age of "child love" to be reduced to four.

Righton was a founder of PIE, Napier its one-time treasurer. Righton, incredibly, was also one of Britain's leading child protection specialists.

But when police raided his house in Evesham, Worcs, in 1992 they found not only hard-core child abuse images from Amsterdam but a "quarter-century of correspondence" between paedophiles in Britain and around the world.

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The probe led police to the kitchen of a flat in South London where they found a letter from 'Napier - who had a child assault conviction 20 years before - boasting of his life in Cairo as a"British Council teacher.

He bragged of easy access toyoung boys and how he could sendObscene images back to Britain indiplomatic bags.

The scandal erupted again when Labour MP Tom Watson raised the matter with David Cameron in the House of Commons last month suggesting a network of paedophiles working in the UK had links to high levels of Government.

He believes there was an Establishment cover-up of the Righton files and his claims are now being investigated by a Scotland Yard team.

Since Mr Watson's first dramatic announcement, dozens of victims have come forward with allegations of shocking abuse by paedophiles at care homes across Britain.

SHOCKED: Author Several names of senior politicians have been put in the frame though, it has to be said, without any evidential corroboration. However, what is clear is that there are real concerns that more could and should have been done after Righton's 1992 arrest and subsequent caution for indecent assault of a boy 30 years before.

Even Michael Hames, then head of Scotland Yard's Obscene Publications Squad, who handled the Righton files expressed disappointment more was not done. Writing in 2000 of the Righton inquiry, he called for a national team to be set up to investigate paedophiles, adding: "I remain convinced that we have only touched the tip of a huge national and international problem."

The story of Charles Napier is an extraordinary one that shows how a paedophile was able to operate with impunity while holding down a thoroughly respectable lifestyle.

It illustrates how there was little or no safety net to prevent child abusers from returning to their sick ways. And it begins at Copthorne Preparatory School, West Sussex, in the late 60s.

This week, respected author and journalist Francis Wheen told the Sunday People how he was just 11 when Napier arrived at the school.

He says Napier, then in is 20s, charmed the youngsters with his sports car, dashing good looks and claims that he was a professional actor.

Mr Wheen said: "He recruited a few of us, saying 'spend more time in the gym' and appointed himself gym master. There was a room off the gym and that became his haunt.

"Four or five of us started regularly going down there, vaulting over horses and things like that, in our gym shorts in all our innocence.

"At the end of it he would take us into his room off the gym and give us beer and cigarettes - bottles of Mackeson's and Senior Service untipped.

"We thought this was terrifically exciting. Here we were, 11 years old, being given beer and fags - we were thinking he's on our side not like any of the other masters. cigarettes , nd king ot like asters.

"And of course this was for an ulterior purpose which very soon became clear when he stuck his hand down my gym shorts and I had to sort of fight him off."

Napier then revealed his terrifying technique for grooming the youngsters by trying to humiliate the 11-year-old Francis.

Mr Wheen said: "He said 'Don't be such a baby' and said I wasn't grown-up enough for that sort of thing. He would point to a couple of other boys, saying 'They let me do it. You just won't let me because you're so babyish.'

Francis Wheen "I think he was hoping I'd say 'no I'm as grown up as them' and let him get on with it but I didn't. It meant I was excluded from his 'charmed circle' after that - but by then I knew where he kept his beer and cigarettes so I used to break into his room, steal them and go sit in the woods.

"I could enjoy them without being sexually abused."

Mr Wheen also described the culture of silence that grew up around the assaults, with youngsters reluctant to report the teacher, feeling they wouldn't be believed.

He added: "A year or two after I left, my younger brother - who was still at the school - came back from holidays and told me Mr Napier had been sacked.

"At long last one boy who had been sexually molested had been innocent enough to go to the headmaster and report him.

"There was a very hasty exit made by Napier. He had a flashy sp so up, speed and sports car and as soon as the game was up, he roared off at speed and pranged it on the school gates. I think I got away quite lightly - I can't pretend I've been scarred for life by it. But I'm sure there are children out there who have been badly damaged by Charles Napier."

In 1972, Napier was found to have indecently assaulted pupils at a Surrey school where he was working. After being banned from teaching, he left the country.

In 1978, he was working in Sweden where he taught at a junior school with pupils as young as 11 - and was visited by Righton.

Napier later surfaced in Egypt, where he worked as the assistant head of studies with the British Council in Cairo.

A letter from the time saw him boast to a friend that the city was "full of boys, 98 per cent of them available".

He also helped set up and run a school in Turkey. His picture appears on a website offering English as a Foreign Language, where he boasts: "Most of my posts have been in Europe, North Africa or the Middle East, and for the last eight years I've been in Istanbul, running my own school and writing a series of course books for Turkish students."

Back in England, Napier was jailed for nine months in 1995 for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy he'd lured to his home in the 80s.

He befriended the lad, enticing him with lager and computer games - then abused him.

Prosecutors said: "It wasn't just a stranger grabbing a boy in the park. This was a slow insidious process. The boy was trapped - not forced."

Righton, a founder member of PIE, was at one time the UK's leading authority on the protection of children.

Yet he used his power to not only hide his paedophilia, but to help other child abusers - among them Napier.

The latter's ban on teaching meant he was added to List 99, a precursor of the Sex Offenders' Register.

And Righton - the subject of a 1994 documentary on paedophiles - used his influence to try to have Napier removed from the list so he could be allowed back into schools.

Risk Righton wrote to the Department of Education saying: "Mr Napier is a gifted teacher of both adults and children.

"I believe that during the years since his conviction he has acquired a knowledge and disciplined mastery of himself which would justify the conclusion he no longer constitutes a sexual risk to children in his charge.

"It would give me great pleasure - and cause me no anxiety - to hear the Secretary of State had reviewed his decision of October 24, 1972, in Mr Napier's favour."

In 1981, the ban was relaxed to allow Napier into colleges and universities. In 1990 he applied for the ban to be further relaxed - this time enlisting Dr Malcolm Fraser as his referee.

Dr Fraser was convicted in 1992 for possessing indecent photographs of children. His third conviction saw him struck off - and Napier remained on the banned list.

Mr Wheen thought he'd seen the last of his former teacher but their paths crossed again in 1977, when he was commissioned to write an article about PIE and its desire to lower the age of consent.

A senior group member told Mr Wheen: "You must speak to our treasurer.

He's very good. Very well informed about the issues."

And Mr Wheen was astonished to discover the expert he was being put in touch with was his former teacher - now PIE's treasurer - Charles Napier.

Mr Wheen added: "I didn't really want to speak to him. I couldn't believe what my old teacher had become."

Napier declined to comment yesterday

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2012, 09:11 PM
Here (http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/) is Tom Watson MP's letter of November 11, 2012:


Response to Rob Wilson MP

November 11th, 2012 —


Dear Rob,


Thank you for your recent letter which I read online yesterday.

I appreciate your concern for the heat to be taken out of the public debate around this issue but as you have raised this with me publicly, I feel duty bound to explain that which I had wished to remain private.

Your central point is that any allegations I receive should go to the police. I am not sure why you have assumed that this is not happening. You are wrong, in any case.

It remains the case that the documents seized in the investigation into paedophile Peter Righton provide clear intelligence suggesting a child abuse ring that links to a former aide of a Prime Minister. In fact this was my sole focus when the matter was raised with the PM in the House. My concern was not the shortcomings of the previous inquiry into North Wales and at the time I was not aware of any allegations made about politicians relating to North Wales.

This is also why I believe the terms of reference for the inquiry announced by the Home Secretary are inadequate and at some point in the future will have to be broadened, as I told the Home Secretary on Tuesday.

As you know, I have some history with the Metropolitan police. We now know that during the hacking scandal, the organisation was sitting on a vast amount of intelligence that provided clear evidential leads suggesting much wider criminal wrongdoing.

In raising the matter with the PM I was seeking to ensure that the new team at the Met were aware that there could be clear intelligence held by them that would warrant a second look in this case too. I believe this is now happening.

Since raising the issue with the PM, a number of other allegations have been made of which I have made the police aware.

My concern is that the institutions that are there to protect vulnerable children may have historically failed. I do not know why this is the case but seek to understand it. This will take time and I would welcome your ideas as to how child protection policy can be improved in years to come.

The former child protection specialist who raised his concerns with me did so because after the Murdoch scandal, he felt I was prepared to speak out on a perceived injustice and see it through to the end – no matter where the evidence leads and whoever it affects and regardless of political persuasion. I should point out to you that my few public statements regarding an alleged child abuse ring have taken pains not to identify the political affinity of the suspected perpetrators. Nor have I at any point, publicly identified the time period to which the allegations apply. This is not a fit subject for point scoring.

I hope you now understand that I am fully co-operating with the police and that I will not let this matter drop regardless of what pressure is bought to bear by those that seek to undermine legitimate inquiry.

Jan Klimkowski
11-12-2012, 10:28 PM
OK - the following article claims that Savile was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

The sources are not disclosed. However, I'm sure the membership list is a highly guarded secret.

If it's true that Savile was a member of PIE, then his crimes have been known for decades.

The PIE membership list would have been known to Special Branch and to British intelligence, and presumably also to the BBC's Man in the Mac, the SIS liaison.


Savile member of the Paedophile Information Exchange – an Organisation which campaigned for the abolition of the age of consent in the UK

October 18, 2012


NEWS RELEASE (http://victims-unite.net/2012/10/18/savile-member-of-the-paedophile-information-exchange-an-organisation-which-campaigned-for-the-abolition-of-the-age-of-consent-in-the-uk/)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is embroiled in a child sex scandal centred on Jimmy Savile, its anchorman on many popular entertainment shows for over thirty years. Now new information is surfacing which indicates that Jimmy Savile was a fully paid up member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (P.I.E) - an organisation which campaigned for the abolition of the age of consent in the UK.

The letter below has been sent to Lord Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust. In it I have stated “I am placing this information before you in this open letter as I feel that the BBC should now initiate a full investigation into these reports suggesting that during the 1970’s and early 1980’s the BBC’s editorial policy was influenced in favour of P.I.E. This alleged infiltration of the BBC by P.I.E might also explain how Savile was able to operate as a sexual predator during his extended tenure at the BBC without challenge and/or prosecution.”

I will pursue my objective of securing a full investigation into the alleged membership of Jimmy Savile of the organisation, P.I.E. I will also continue to seek a full and open investigation of the influence, if any, that P.I.E exerted on BBC editorial policy during the 1970′s and 1980′s. I also expect the authorities to investigate whether any BBC employees were members of P.I.E or expressed sympathy and support for the aims and objectives of P.I.E.

Further links are set out at the bottom of this email.

MICHAEL .H. MURRIN

21 GOODWOOD AVENUE. PRESTON. PR2 9TZ

TELE: 0795 – 142 – 6617

murrin@hotmail.co.uk

Lord Patten
Chairman
The British Broadcasting Association Trust
The BBC Trust Unit
180 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 5QZ

12th October 2012.

Dear Lord Patten,

RE: BBC / Jimmy Savile.

This is an open letter, i.e. I do not regard it as confidential and reserve the right to publish it. There are some parts of it in italics, these sections I do regard as confidential and, as such, they will not be published.

During 1982 I initiated an investigation into corruption in public life which resulted in the criminal prosecution of some high profile figures for offences against children, including serial child rape.

PARAGRAPH DELETED.

I turn now to the reason for my writing to you at this point.

My investigation led me to the fringes of the Paedophile Information Exchange (P.I.E), an organisation whose history is a matter of public record. The organisation was founded during October 1974 and officially disbanded during 1984. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paedophile_Information_Exchange

Due to a lack of financial support my investigation into PIE was severely limited although I did secure two names on the membership list of the organisation, one was Jimmy Savile. One of the key aims of the organisation was to secure a reduction of the age of consent in the UK to FIVE and then abolish it altogether. The organisation secured significant support within parliament, the entertainment industry, the media and similar, professional, organisations. It was reported that, when the organisation was finally closed down, the membership list was found to contain the names of nationally known politicians, entertainers and people engaged in professions, including the medical and legal profession. Some teachers were, I believe, also found to be registered members. The quality and influential nature of its membership and the extent of support for the aims of the organisation among ‘opinion formers’ probably explains how it managed to remain in existence in this country for a decade before it was finally closed down. My investigations did clearly indicate that the tentacles of P.I.E extended deep into the establishment including the BBC and Parliament.

This quote from the book Paedophilia – The Radical Case (Chapter 11) gives an indication of just how far the tentacles of P.I.E had spread and how influential the organisation had become.

“One outcome of the MIND conference was the suggestion to Keith that PIE should submit evidence to the Home Office Criminal Law Revision Committee on the age of consent. With amazing despatch Keith did exactly this, preparing and submitting the seventeen-page document discussed in Chapter 6 in a matter of weeks, without the benefit of research time or facilities at his disposal. What’s more, we have it on reliable authority that his work caught the imagination of no less a figure than the Home Secretary of the time, Roy Jenkins.”

The source who notified me that Savile was a fully paid up member of the organisation is extremely reliable. Other sources implied that Savile’s membership of P.I.E was known to others within the BBC who were either sympathetic to its objectives or were members themselves. This might explain why there appeared to be no effective pursuit of the organisation by BBC sponsored current affairs and investigative programmes during that period of P.I.E’s existence.

I am placing this information before you in this open letter (except for the parts in ITALICS) as I feel that the BBC should now initiate a full investigation into theses reports suggesting that during the 1970’s and early 1980’s the BBC’s editorial policy was influenced in favour of P.I.E. This alleged infiltration of the BBC by P.I.E might also explain how Savile was able to operate as a sexual predator during his extended tenure at the BBC without challenge and/or prosecution.

It has been reported that Savile was responsible for the sexual assault of a brain damaged child at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It has been stated “it can get no lower than this.” I beg to differ. My understanding is that the archive at New Scotland Yard hold an image of the youngest child recorded as being sexually abused, the child was female and was still attached to its mother by the umbilical cord. Perhaps there is some way to go before we reach the bottom of this “cesspit?”

I do expect and formal and comprehensive response from you within a reasonable time period. A copy of this letter has been forward to The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Mr Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Yours sincerely,

Michael H. Murrin

Magda Hassan
11-12-2012, 11:27 PM
The PIE membership list would have been known to Special Branch and to British intelligence, and presumably also to the BBC's Man in the Mac, the SIS liaison.

Indeed. And Sir Jimmy obviously posed no threat to the establishment with his abusive predation of minors. If, on the other hand, he had been a paid up member of the Communist Party of Great Britain it would have been quite another matter and totally unacceptable and his career at the BBC would have been a short one.

Jan Klimkowski
11-13-2012, 07:35 PM
Meanwhile, back in more exalted surroundings:



Retired bishop Peter Ball arrested on suspicion of child sex offences

Rt Rev Peter Ball thought to be most senior Church of England figure to be arrested in connection with a sex abuse inquiry

Robert Booth

guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/13/retired-bishop-peter-ball-arrested), Tuesday 13 November 2012 12.24 GMT


Detectives investigating complaints of sexual abuse in the Church of England have arrested a retired bishop on suspicion of eight sexual offences against eight boys and young men ranging in age from 12 to early 20s.

Officers from the Sussex police serious crime directorate involved in a six-month investigation into historic allegations at the diocese of Chichester arrested the Rt Rev Peter Ball, former bishop of Lewes and later bishop of Gloucester, on Tuesday morning at his home address near Landport, Somerset.

Ball is thought to be the most senior figure in the church to be arrested in connection with a sex abuse investigation. The bishop, now 80, has connections to Prince Charles, whom he has described in the past as "a loyal friend".

Police also arrested a 67-year old retired priest at his home address near Haywards Heath on suspicion of two separate sexual offences against two teenage boys in East Sussex between 1981 and 1983.

Detectives carried out a "comprehensive and painstaking" three-month analysis of two reports from Lambeth Palace, "which contain reviews of church files relating to certain child safeguarding issues within the Chichester diocese from between 20 and 25 years ago". They also reviewed internal church files containing details of clergymen's careers in the diocese, including Ball's.

A spokeswoman for a group representing the survivors of abuse by clergy said the arrests were "historic in terms of the seniority of the people being looked at". "This is the first bishop we have seen arrested over abuse allegations," said Ann Lawrence, of the Ministry and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors Group.

Sussex police said: "The investigation, which relates to alleged offences not previously reported to Sussex police, has taken six months so far. This is a very complex inquiry, in the course of which many people, all now adults, have had to be traced, together with other witnesses and records from a wide variety of sources, and there is continuing consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

"There are no allegations of recent or current offending and police emphasise that there is nothing to suggest that any young people are currently at risk. Police also stress that the allegations are being treated separately and do not involve the two men allegedly acting together."

The handling of allegations of abuse in the Chichester diocese was subject to an inquiry this year commissioned by the outgoing archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, thought to be the first such CofE "visitation" in more than 100 years. When he published the interim report in August, which did not identify any of those accused, Williams said the "abiding hurt and damage done to [survivors of abuse] is something that none of us in the church can ignore, and I am deeply sorry that they should have been let down by those they ought to have been able to trust".

In May 2011, Baronness Butler Sloss produced a report, commissioned by the church, reviewing the cases of two separate priests serving in the diocese who between 1996 and 2010 were the subject of allegations of child abuse that took place before 1984. She concluded that across the diocese there was "a lack of understanding of the seriousness of historic child abuse". There was, in the early stages, "a failure to respond appropriately to disclosures of abuse by victims and to give them adequate and timely support", the report said.

Ball was a senior figure in the diocese before he was enthroned as the bishop of Gloucester in 1991, a ceremony attended by Prince Charles. When Ball resigned in 1993 he moved to Manor Lodge, in the Somerset village of Aller. The wisteria-clad property is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate headed by Charles.

At the time, Ball said: "He has been wonderfully kind and allowed me to have a duchy house. The prince is a loyal friend. I have immense admiration for him, he has been through horrific times and is a great person."

In a statement responding to the arrests, the chairman of the Churches National Safeguarding Committee, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, said: "The Church of England takes any allegations of abuse very seriously and is committed to being a safe place for all. To this end we have robust procedures and policies in place.

"But we can never be complacent. We would like to urge any victims or those with information to feel free to come forward knowing that they will be listened to in confidence. We have also put support systems in place for all those involved with today's arrests. Should anyone have further information or need to discuss the personal impact of this news, the church has worked with the NSPCC to set up a confidential helpline number: 0800 389 5344."

Jan Klimkowski
11-13-2012, 09:13 PM
The reality of Power.

Geoffrey Dickens MP was the scourge of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

This is from Hansard, the official transcript of Britain's Parliament


HC Deb 15 November 1982 vol 32 cc18-9W19W

§Mr. Dickens
asked the Prime Minister whether Geoffrey Arthur Prime's membership of the Paedophile Information Exchange organisation was brought to the attention of the police or security agencies.


§The Prime Minister
I understand that stories that the police found documents in Prime's house or garage indicating that he was a member of the paedophile information exchange are without foundation, and that nothing has been discovered to suggest that he was.


So, official denial from Thatcher.

Oops, here's the Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1326330/Traitor-Prime-free-after-19-years-jail.html)....


Traitor Prime free after 19 years' jail

By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor
12:00AM GMT 14 Mar 2001

THE traitor and paedophile Geoffrey Prime was released from prison on parole yesterday after serving half his 38-year sentence for betraying secrets to the KGB.

Prime, 62, who worked for the GCHQ intelligence-gathering centre in Cheltenham, was jailed in 1982. He would have been freed automatically two thirds of the way through his sentence in 2007, but prisoners are entitled to parole after serving half of their sentence if they show remorse.

Prime's freedom was agreed by the Parole Board after consultations between GCHQ and the Home Office. Officials judged that he was no longer a risk to national security. Prime was released from Rochester jail at 7am.

He started working for the KGB in 1968 while on RAF intelligence duties in West Berlin. It is thought that the Soviets learned of his paedophile activities and blackmailed him. He was persuaded to take a posting as a translator at GCHQ, where he had access to top secret codes and military frequencies.

He passed information to the KGB during regular visits to Vienna. The Soviet Union used his material to transmit dummy messages while real secrets were broadcast under different codes or sent by diplomatic bag.

His treachery is believed to have compromised Nato's contingency plans for defending Western Europe in the event of war. Moscow paid him a total of £8,000 before he was unmasked.

Prime was also a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange and had a card index of 2,287 young girls whom he targeted by phone. He will be placed on the sex offenders' register and is expected to live in a Probation Service hostel.

Jan Klimkowski
11-13-2012, 09:48 PM
More from courageous reporter Eileen Fairweather:


I do not doubt men in smart cars preyed on boys – but justice needs detective work, not trial by media

We need cool heads if the hundreds of victims of sex abuse, whose childhoods were corrupted and destroyed, are to receive justice

Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9667935/I-do-not-doubt-men-in-smart-cars-preyed-on-boys-but-justice-needs-detective-work-not-trial-by-media.html)

By Eileen Fairweather
8:55PM GMT 09 Nov 2012

I have known for 20 years the inside story of the inquiry into the paedophile ring that, last month, the MP Tom Watson implied was shut down to protect a No10 aide in the Thatcher administration.

It did not involve Lord McAlpine, the former Tory treasurer, who was subjected to false rumours that linked him to the North Wales care home scandal. They were, Lord McAlpine said yesterday, ''wholly false and seriously defamatory’’. It was, in fact, another aide to Margaret Thatcher. But I don’t believe there is sufficient evidence for it to be legally safe or morally right to point the finger at this person either. Nor was it legally safe or morally right for the TV presenter Phillip Schofield to ambush the Prime Minister with a list of alleged Tory paedophiles pulled off the internet.

I have investigated child protection scandals in councils of all political hues, and I have learnt that child abuse is a cross-party crime. Liberals and socialists, not just Tories, must search their hearts and history if Britain’s child abuse nightmare is to be solved.

I was dismayed this week to see child abuse turn into a party political football, and subjected to a “trial by Twitter”. Our newspapers, too, appear to be dividing along such lines. Yet the scandal that led me to this inquiry, raised by Mr Watson, the Labour MP for West Bromwich East, during Prime Minister’s Questions last month, stemmed not from a Tory cover-up but from the emerging New Labour establishment.

It was in the early 1990s I heard about the inquiry and met some of the police and social workers investigating it. At the time I was researching a paedophile ring that had infiltrated all 12 of the children’s homes run by Islington council — then led by Margaret Hodge — and that appeared to be linked to it. Mr Watson was contacted in October by one of the inquiry’s child protection experts, now retired. The coverage of the Savile scandal had awoken painful memories of how his evidence about Peter Righton, then a child care expert and children’s homes consultant, was destroyed. He told Mr Watson: “My unit was closed down almost overnight and a manager took my files and burned them.”


The investigation that Mr Watson described to a hushed Commons centred on Righton. The inquiry did involve names from the so-called establishment (though the Thatcher aide was linked by circumstances and hearsay). But what this inquiry also uncovered was the shocking attitude to abuse of some on the liberal Left and their involvement in it.

Righton was the former director of education at the National Institute for Social Work, and a consultant for the National Children’s Bureau. Yet he was also a founding member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which wanted the age of consent reduced to four. Righton published essays justifying paedophilia, which he called no more mysterious than “a penchant for redheads”.

PIE did not present themselves as child abusers but “child lovers”, keen to “liberate” children from sexual “repression”. Their literature hijacked the language of liberation to persuade gay men and women, feminists and radicals that they had common interests in challenging “the patriarchy”. Their propaganda was skilful and it still reverberates. Some of Righton’s colleagues fell for this and later admitted that they were scared to challenge his enthusiasm for sex with children lest they seem “anti gay”. Many youngsters made serious allegations against Righton.

It wasn’t until Customs and Excise intercepted child pornography posted to him from Holland, in 1992, that police raided his home and found hundreds of letters between him and other paedophiles, revealing he had abused, prostituted and shared numerous boys.

Righton’s correspondents included an assistant bishop, artists, aristocrats and public school teachers. It then emerged that Righton’s lover ran a school for emotionally disturbed children, and Righton was vice-chairman of governors. New Barns School in Gloucestershire, which was attended by many children from London care homes, was investigated and closed down on child welfare grounds.

A criminal trial followed and all eight staff including Righton’s lover were cleared of charges of conspiring to falsely imprison. Another teacher was jailed for the sexual abuse of girls. But concerns could have been raised years before, if only a far-Left council in London had acted as it should have.

This week I thought of Liam, a boy in one of the Islington homes central to the paedophile ring’s production of pornography. Liam attended New Barns School: the deputy superintendent, Nick Rabet (who committed suicide in 2006 after being arrested for abuse), used to drive him there.

Liam suffered such trauma in care that he had a breakdown at 16, and his memories today are fragmented. He began telling people of the abuse in 1989, three years before the school was closed. His social worker was deeply concerned, and promised action. But on Christmas Eve 1989, he disappeared and Liam’s files disappeared with him.

Many Islington social workers “just” burned out, or were threatened or victimised and gave up. Islington council assured police investigating New Barns it had never sent children there because there was no evidence to the contrary.

And so to renewed allegations about the North Wales care homes. I do not doubt claims that men in smart cars took young boys from these homes in order to abuse them. But exactly who they were is another question, given the unreliable memories and limited knowledge of traumatised and ill-educated victims.

The Daily Telegraph this week rightly expressed weariness with endless inquiries, which achieve little. Old-fashioned detective work is what is needed.

Watson’s whistleblower was told by a detective that the inquiry into Peter Righton’s alleged ring was closed “from on high”. Righton was given a £900 fine for his child porn imports, and a caution for a 30-year-old indecent assault. Many similar investigations into paedophile rings have also hit the buffers. Cover-ups have taken place; events and individuals demanding investigation were ignored.

Yet let us not lose perspective. Talking of paedophile rings that lead to No 10, without definitive proof, could jeopardise the momentum for reform as claims and counter-claims are made and libel actions are threatened or actioned. Following the closure of the Righton investigation, former Det Ch Supt Mike Hames, head of Scotland Yard’s Obscene Publications Squad wrote: “We have only touched the tip of a huge national and international problem.” Like most child protection experts, he wanted national teams to investigate such allegations. We still do not have them.

But trial by media is not the answer. We need cool heads and a non-partisan approach if the hundreds of victims, whose childhoods were corrupted and destroyed, are to receive justice.

Eileen Fairweather is an award-winning journalist whose investigations over 20 years have helped expose several paedophile rings

Jan Klimkowski
11-13-2012, 09:59 PM
The reality of Power. Again.

Historic links between PIE and what is now "Liberty".



Affiliation to the NCCL

By 1978 PIE and Paedophile Action for Liberation had become affiliated to the National Council for Civil Liberties, now known as Liberty, with members attending meetings. The organisation campaigned against newspapers' treatment of the Paedophile activist groups. Whilst affiliated with NCCL, PIE also campaigned to reduce the age of consent and oppose the proposed banning of child pornography. In 1976, in a submission to the Criminal Law Revision Committee, the NCCL asserted that “childhood sexual experiences, willingly engaged in, with an adult result in no identifiable damage” and that the Protection of Children Bill would lead to “damaging and absurd prosecutions”. Whilst PIE was affiliated with it, the organisation argued for incest to be decriminalised and argued that sexually explicit photographs of children should be legal unless it could be proven that the subject had suffered harm or that the an inference to that effect or to the effect that harm might have been caused could reasonably be drawn from the images themselves, with Harriet Harman (later deputy leader of the Labour Party) arguing that it would “increase censorship”.[3] NCCL had excluded PIE by 1983.[4]

PIE and "Henderson" aka Sir Peter Hayman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Peter_Hayman#Legal_action_against_members)



[edit] Legal action against members

In the summer of 1978, the homes of several PIE committee members were raided by the police as part of a full-scale inquiry into PIE's activities; as a result of this inquiry, a substantial report was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the prosecution of PIE activists followed.

In particular, five activists were charged with printing contact advertisements in Magpie which were calculated to promote indecent acts between adults and children.

Others were offered lesser charges of sending indecent material through the mail if they testified against the five. These charges related to letters that the accused exchanged detailing various sexual fantasies. It eventually became clear that one person had corresponded with most of the accused but had not been tried. After the trial, it emerged that there had been a cover-up: Mr "Henderson" had worked for MI6 and been a high commissioner in Canada. Mr "Henderson" was later revealed via Private Eye to be Sir Peter Hayman. In 1981, Geoffrey Dickens MP asked the Attorney-General "if he will prosecute Sir Peter Hayman under the Post Office Acts for sending and receiving pornographic material through the Royal Mail". The Attorney-General, Michael Havers (Baron Havers of St Edmundsbury, who represented the Crown in the trial and appeal of the Guildford Four and also of the Maguire family (known as the Maguire Seven), all of whom were wrongfully convicted) replied, "I am in agreement with the Director of Public Prosecutions' (Sir Thomas Chalmers Hetherington QC) advice not to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman and the other persons with whom he had carried on an obscene correspondence."[5] Dickens asked, "How did such a potential blackmail risk come to hold highliy sensitive posts at the MOD and NATO?" He also asked the Leader of the House (of Commons) to investigate the security implications of diaries found in the diplomat's London flat which contained accounts of sexual exploits"[6] There was much debate and condemnation in the World's press of these events.[7]

Here is some of the Parliamentary nonsense and obfuscation that Geoffrey Dickens MP had to deal with.


HC Deb 19 March 1981 vol 1 cc139-40W139W (http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1981/mar/19/sir-peter-hayman-1)

§Mr. Dickens
asked the Attorney-General if he will prosecute Sir Peter Hayman under the Post Office Acts for sending and receiving pornographic material through the Royal Mail.


§The Attorney-General
In 1978 a packet containing obscene literature and written material was found in a London bus. The subsequent police investigation revealed a correspondence of an obscene nature between Sir Peter Hayman and a number of other persons. Altogether a total of seven men and two women were named as possible defendants in the report submitted by the Metropolitan Police to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Director advised against prosecuting any of the nine persons either under section 11 of the Post Office Act 1953 or for any other offence. Among the considerations he took into account were the factors that the correspondence had been contained in sealed envelopes passing between adult individuals in a non-commercial context and that none of the material was unsolicited.

Subsequently the Metropolitan Police submitted a further report which revealed that one of the nine, not Sir Peter Hayman, was also carrying on a correspondence 140W with a tenth person. The police investigation showed that the two shared an obsession about the systematic killing by sexual torture of young people and children. In view of the extreme nature of the material they had sent each other, the Director of Public Prosecutions decided to prosecute them for conspiring to contravene section 11 of the 1953 Act. There is no evidence that Sir Peter Hayman has ever sent or received material of this kind through the post.

It has been suggested that Sir Peter Hayman was considered as a possible defendant following the police investigation into the conduct of the Paedophile Information Exchange which led to the recent trial at the Central Criminal Court for conspiracy to corrupt public morals. That prosecution was against persons alleged to have been involved in the management or organisation of PIE. Although Sir Peter Hayman had subscribed to PIE, that is not an offence and there is no evidence that he was ever involved in the management. At the recent trial, whilst there were general references to members of PIE, including, though not by name, Sir Peter Hayman, there was no reference to any material produced by him or found in his possession.

I am in agreement with the Director of Public Prosecutions' advice not to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman and the other persons with whom he had carried on an obscene correspondence.

The Director of Public Prosecutions and I remain determined that, where the evidence justifies it, prosecutions will be brought in cases involving sexual acts with children or offences under the Protection of Children Act 1978—indecent photographs of children.




HC Deb 08 April 1981 vol 2 c298W298W (http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1981/apr/08/sir-peter-hayman)

§Mr. Stokes
asked the Attorney-General, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Huddersfield, West (Mr. Dickens) on 19 March, Official Report, col. 139–40, whether the Director of Public Prosecutions gave special treatment to Sir Peter Hayman by taking steps to prevent his indentity being revealed in court.


§The Attorney-General
No special treatment was afforded to Sir Peter Hayman and no steps were authorised or taken to protect his identity in evidence given to the court during the trial of O'Carroll and other members of the executive committee of Paedophile Information Exchange. I made this clear in answers I gave to the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Price) on 6 April—[Vol. 2, c. 682–83.]—to which I refer my hon. Friend.

Furthermore, although the indictment in that case was amended before trial, this was because Treasury Counsel had doubts, following a preliminary hearing, as to whether the wording of the original charges might, as a matter of law, be open to objection. The amendment did not arise from any wish to protect the indentity of any person.

The material of a pornographic nature found in the possession of Sir Peter Hayman was not relied on by the prosecution at the trial. There was, so far as the Director of Public Prosecutions is aware, no evidence whatsoever of Sir Peter Hayman having received or sent by post any obscene photograph of a child or young person or of his having taken such photographs or of his having committed any other act which might have been an offence under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978. The mere possession of obscene material whether relating to children or adults is not in itself a criminal offence.

The Director's decision not to take proceedings under the Post Office Act against Sir Peter Hayman and others was taken in January 1979 before he received any papers relating to the activities of O'Carroll and other members of the executive committee of PIE.

Jan Klimkowski
11-13-2012, 10:04 PM
Link (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19810327&id=aEIwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xqQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5485,2777227) to a 1981 Sunday Times news clipping about "Henderson" aka former UK High Commissioner to Canada Sir Peter Hayman and PIE.

Jan Klimkowski
11-13-2012, 10:12 PM
Geoffrey Dickens MP talking in 1985 in the House of Commons (http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1985/nov/29/child-abuse)about the personal consequences of his campaign against PIE.


10.53 am

§Mr. Geoffrey Dickens(Littleborough and Saddleworth)
I congratulate the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Godman) on tabling this motion and on the delightful, kind and serious way in which he put his case. I am certain that he has added to the national debate on the subject. Back-Bench time is so precious that we are delighted that this subject has been chosen at a time when the nation is so angry.

Children face two great dangers. The first is the danger from adults who have a sexual attraction to children and who want a sexual relationship with them. Sadly, children are often killed as a result of that. The second danger is one that we have explored even more fully today. Youngsters may be injured or killed within their family unit by a parent, step-parent, common-law partner or simply a parent's casual lover.

I should like to think that I am speaking on behalf of 2 million parents who have signed petitions in support of my child protection campaign which has run for many years and for the thousands of parents who have written to me, pledging their support, putting forward ideas and providing a steady trickle of information leading to arrests and convictions.

I speak also for the little children and babies whose cries for mummy have to remain unanswered and for the 1134 little ones who are meant to be unheard by barbaric adults who mask their cries with cotton wool in the mouth, by closing a dark drawer or by wedging a door closed with wood. I speak for them all, so that their cries of anguish will be heard and they will not have died in vain. Out of their lives will come many important lessons.

Let me deal first with the adults who are obsessed with the thought of sexual relationships with children. They are evil and dangerous and, sadly, vast sums are exchanged for child-adult pornography. The noose around my neck grew tighter after I named a former high-flying British diplomat on the Floor of the House. Hon. Members will understand that where big money is involved and as important names came into my possession so the threats began. First, I received threatening telephone calls followed by two burglaries at my London home. Then, more seriously, my name appeared on a multi-killer's hit list. So the threats went on.

Child pornography is evil for two reasons. First, children have to be procured to produce this disgusting material, be it a photograph or a video film, and, secondly, adults can be corrupted with this material into wanting and desiring the real thing. It cannot be right to allow to exist any organisations that interest themselves in adult sex with a child. It is alien to our way of life, our thinking and our family units. I still call for them to be proscribed in my Paedophilia (Protection of Children) Bill. We have smashed the organisation known as PIE, the Paedophile Information Exchange. In its bulletin sent out to members it named my Bill, which has had its First Reading, as the reason for winding up the organisation. Some of its members are now in prison. Others have escaped to Holland, but we shall have them. However, other organisations are springing up and it is important that we should crush those in the same way.

Magda Hassan
11-13-2012, 11:00 PM
Link (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19810327&id=aEIwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xqQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5485,2777227) to a 1981 Sunday Times news clipping about "Henderson" aka former UK High Commissioner to Canada Sir Peter Hayman and PIE.
Just imagine what can come through all those diplomatic pouches that have immunity and never see customs inspections?

Jan Klimkowski
11-17-2012, 08:40 PM
Tears are not enough.

Sometimes only rage will do.

This outstanding piece of investigative journalism by Nick Davies, one of the scourges of the Murdoch empire, was published in 2000.

Note the involvement of members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

I have highlighted in bold the section referring to the extremely violent and sadistic paedophile, Warwick Spinks, although the entire article deserves to be read:


When sex abuse can lead to murder

Award-winning journalist Nick Davies concludes a series looking at the evils of paedophilia by confronting the grim mysteries of snuff movies. Today: The Amsterdam connection

Special report: child protection


Nick Davies (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2000/nov/27/childprotection.uk)
The Guardian, Monday 27 November 2000 01.20 GMT

A year after Bristol detectives finally started to unravel the ring of paedophiles who had been abusing children there for up to 20 years, they found an informant with an alarming story. The man, whom we will call Terry, had a long history of sexually abusing boys. He did not come from Bristol but, by chance, he had come across some of the paedophiles the detectives were investigating - in Amsterdam, where he said they had become involved with a group of exiled British child abusers who had succeeded in commercialising their sexual obsession.

The exiled paedophiles were trafficking boys from other countries; running legitimate gay brothels and selling under-aged boys "under the counter"; they had branched out into the production of child pornography. And they had killed some of them. One boy had simply been shot through the head, Terry said: he had been causing trouble and had been executed in front of several pae dophiles. Another, he believed, had been thrown into one of the canals. But the one about whom he spoke the most was a boy who had been tortured and killed in the most painful fashion in the course of producing a pornographic video.

Terry said he had seen most of the video himself and had vomited before he could reach the end. The few detectives who specialise in the investigation of child abuse invariably say the same thing about "snuff" movies: they have often heard of them, sometimes pursued them but never found one. The videos remain one of the great unsolved mysteries of the burgeoning underworld of international sexual exploitation.

Twice told tale
Terry's account was so hideous as to invite disbelief. It was clearly possible that he was inventing the story in an attempt to curry favour with the detectives as they turned over Bristol's paedophile subculture. And yet the detectives discovered that the allegation had been made before.

Not just once but repeatedly, evidence had come to the attention of police in England and the Netherlands, that, for pleasure and profit, some of the exiled paedophiles in Amsterdam had mur dered boys in front of the camera. Some of the evidence had been pursued. Some of it had been ignored. None of it had led to a murder charge. For a short while, the Bristol detectives thought they might be able to make progress in tracking down the truth; but when two of them flew to Amsterdam in the autumn of 1998 to pass on their information to Dutch officers, they hit a wall.

Terry had described the flat in Amsterdam where he had seen the video; he had named the owner of the flat who was, by implication, also owner of the video; he had provided the name of the man who carried out the killing; he had described events on the video in detail; he had provided the approximate age and the first name of the dead boy.

Dutch police said it was not enough: without the full name of a victim, they would not begin an investigation. Having fought their way through the swamp of inertia which surrounds British policing and prosecution of child abuse, the Bristol detectives had now hit the deeper swamp of virtual paralysis that afflicts its international policing. Within their own jurisdictions, there are now specialist paedophilia detectives - for example, in London and Amsterdam - who will work relentlessly to lock up predatory child abusers.

But when they try to move abroad, the potentially powerful machine starts to misfire. The result is that there is now a flourishing underground trade in boys who are being exported from the economic chaos of eastern Europe, as well as from the streets of London, to be put to work in the sex industry of western Europe. And no effective police operation to deal with it.

Predatory paedophiles cross whatever borders they like in order to pursue their obsessions; the police who might follow them are almost always trapped within their own narrow jurisdictions, partly by differences in law and procedure, partly because they lack the manpower and money to work internationally. There is an exception to this rule of parochialism, in the highly funded war against drugs, but in the perverse world of modern policing, the trafficking, rape and alleged murder of children has a far lower priority.

We have uncovered an international paedophile ring whose roots spring from Amsterdam, where, in the late 1980s, a group of British paedophiles set up a colony, exploiting the freedom of the city's gay community as cover to make a business of their fantasies.

Legal front
One of the first to do so was Alan Williams, the "Welsh Witch", who already had a vicious history of abusing boys in south Wales. Williams arrived in Amsterdam in 1988, aged 21, and soon set himself up as the manager of a gay brothel called Boys Club 21 at 21 Spuistraat, near the central station. Across the road at number 44, another British paedophile, a chubby Londoner named Warwick Spinks, then aged 25, was running a similar club called the Gay Palace. Both clubs had a legal business, running a bar and offering the services of adult male prostitutes.

But Williams and Spinks had much crueller interests. Williams had fled to the Netherlands after being convicted in Britain of indecent assaults on boys. In Amsterdam, he boasted of the day in south Wales when he had seen a 10-year-old boy on his bike, grabbed him, raped him, and, when he cried, strangled him. From Boys Clubs 21, he organised the importing of boys from Cardiff and London, inflicting intense violence on any who defied him.

Spinks had been running a mail order pornography business from Brighton, before he moved to Amsterdam, where he pioneered the trafficking of boys as young as 10 - first, from the streets of London, and, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, from the poverty of eastern Europe. Having brought them to Amsterdam, he used these "chickens" himself, sold them into the brothels or through escort agencies and put them in front of the camera. Some resisted, some ran away, but most were made to comply through the removal of their passports and doses of drugs and violence.

By 1990, these two clubs on Spuistraat, together with Boys for Men, De Boys, the Blue Boy and the Why Not, had become the busiest watering holes in the international paedophile jungle. Dutch police estimated there were 250 paedophiles involved in the production of child pornography in Amsterdam with an unknown floating population of child sex tourists from all over the world - and it was the British who formed the hard core consumers: Stephen Smith, who had helped to found the Paedophile Information Exchange, fled there when police in England prosecuted the organisation; Russell Tricker, now 58, a former private school teacher who was convicted of child sex offences in the UK, used his job as a coach driver to ferry suitable boys from London; John Broomhall opened a porn shop on Spuistraat and was caught with more than 1,000 copies of videos of under-aged boys; Mark Enfield, now 41, sold a video of himself abusing a drugged boy.

Alan Williams introduced two paedophile friends from Wales, John Gay and Lee Tucker, both of whom were to become central targets for Bristol detectives. The two men found they could sell Welsh boys into the clubs on Spuistraat and then make more money by investing in child pornography. They bought video equipment, set up TAG Films, and visited Amsterdam regularly to make films, which they sold through distributors in the US and Germany. At the time, Dutch law punished production of child pornography with a maximum sentence of only three months.

By October 1990, detectives on the old obscene publications squad at Scotland Yard were picking up worrying signals. An informant told them that someone called Alan Williams was trafficking boys into Amsterdam and that Williams had asked him to smuggle a child porn video back into the UK. Another informant told how he had smuggled a dozen tapes in the opposite direction: they had been produced, he believed, in north London, equipped with a bondage room for boys. He had delivered the tapes in Amsterdam to "Alan from Cardiff" at Boys Club 21. The informant said he had visited the Gay Palace across the road, where he watched videos of boys in bondage, aged 11 to 14, being buggered by masked men.

Soon, other informants were offering more detail. One man said he had seen Warwick Spinks selling a special video for £4,000. It showed a boy whom he thought was only eight or nine being sexually abused and tortured by two men. But the most startling allegations came from a gay man, "Frank", who had gone to Amsterdam in July 1990 and found himself caught up in this paedophile underworld. In 1993, he spoke to the same officers at Scotland Yard.

Frank told police that Warwick Spinks had invited him to come on a trip to the Canaries, where he had suggested Frank should help him sell videos and showed him a sample. Frank said he watched in growing horror as the video played out a murder - a boy who seemed to be no older than 12 was beaten and attacked with needles, before being castrated and cut open with a knife. The video seemed to have been shot in a barn, and detectives later learned that Williams and his friends had been talking about making a video in a barn that belonged to a German from one of the Spuistraat clubs.

Scotland Yard was in a difficult position: the informants were British and so was Spinks, who by this time had left Amsterdam and was living in Hastings, East Sussex. But everything else in the story was scattered round Europe. After long negotiations within Scotland Yard and with their counterparts in the Netherlands, the detectives set up Operation Framework, and, as the Guardian reported in 1997, they recruited an undercover officer to pose as a child abuser and befriend Warwick Spinks in England.

In a series of meetings, Spinks described how he picked up boys in Dresden, in Bratislava in the Czech Republic, and in Poland, where, he claimed, they cost only 10p. The undercover officer asked Spinks if he could get him a sado-masochistic video featuring boys as young as 10, and Spinks replied that he knew people in Amsterdam who could: "I know, well I knew, some people who were involved in making snuff movies and how they did it was, they only sold them in limited editions, made 10 copies or something, 10 very rich customers in America, who paid $5,000 each or something like that".

Spinks divulged no more about the video and failed to produce a copy of it. Without more evidence, Scotland Yard could not justify the expense of keeping the undercover officer or of sending officers to Amsterdam, where, in any event, they lacked police powers. They arrested Spinks in Hastings and charged him with adbucting and raping two homeless boys from the streets of London and selling one of them into a Spuistraat brothel. He was jailed for five years. But the allegation of murder would not go away. As the Guardian reported in 1997, another gay man, Edward, claimed to have seen five Amsterdam videos, each featuring the sexual torture and death of a boy. Dutch police investigated and said they could find no evidence.

Now, Terry had offered the Bristol detectives more evidence about life on Spuistraat. He explained how John Gay and Lee Tucker set themselves up as video pornographers, first taking a group of boys to an isolated farmhouse in France, and then making visits to Amsterdam to film with the boys there. And dealing with snuff movies he told how, in 1989, he had been alone in a flat which belonged to one of the key figures in the Amsterdam paedophile scene, whom he named; he had found a video and watched as it played out a murder - a boy was beaten before being castrated and cut open with a knife.

At first sight, Terry might have been describing the video Frank saw but its details differ: Frank described a video shot in a barn; Terry says his was shot in a flat. Frank described the abuse and murder of one boy; Terry says there was a second boy, who was also being abused and who was alive at the point he turned off the tape. And yet, the overlap is striking: the specific nature of the violence is identical; and Terry names the man who actually committed the killing - he is the same German whose barn was allegedly picked as a porn studio by the child porngraphers.

Terry, Frank, Edward and Spinks certainly mixed with the paedophile colony in Amsterdam in 1989/90 and all four separately claim at least one boy was killed on video. Spinks told the undercover officer that a German boy was killed; Frank says Spinks once hinted to him that a German boy named Manny had been murdered; we have confirmed from talking to boys who worked in Spuistraat at the time that a boy of that name and nationality, then 14, did disappear. Terry, however, says he thinks the victim of the video which he saw was Dutch, named Marco and probably 16.


Currying favour
At one end of the scale of possibility, every one of these men may be lying in an attempt to score favours with the police or to cause trouble for others on the Amsterdam scene, and certainly it was not unusual for boys to disappear from Spuistraat simply because they had had enough of being exploited.

At the other end of the scale, the truth is that one or more boys was killed in a snuff movie - and the murderers have got away with it.

The Bristol detectives can get no further. The Dutch say they will not investigate, and Avon and Somerset police have neither the funds nor the legal power to run their own inquiry in the Netherlands.

There have been successful paedophilia operations between British and European police. Scotland Yard detectives recently have twice arrested wanted men and extradited them to the Netherlands for trial on child sex offences. Within their borders, the Dutch paedophilia unit have arrested several of the key British paedophiles, and, since January 1996, the Netherlands has introduced a tougher law, which threatens up to six years for production of child pornography. The clubs on Spuistraat are no longer the paedophile playground they were. But the wider picture is of police trapped within their borders with the result that the European trade in boys for sexual exploitation has been allowed to grow without restraint.

A couple of years ago, I sat in the Blue Boy club on Spuistraat, amid the dry ice and the boys in thongs, and flicked through the catalogue on the bar, offering "truly the best boys in town", and watched a Japanese businessman make his purchase. In search of their origins, I went to Berlin, to the Bahnhof Am Zoo, where the trains arrive from all over eastern Europe, bringing the destitute in search of a dream. A specialist social worker there, Wolfgang Werner, told me there were some 700 east European boys, aged from 11 to 17, who had ended up in the sex industry in Berlin. But, to his knowledge, many hundreds of others had been taken off on a kind of underground railroad which fanned out to Zurich and Hamburg and Frankfurt, and, most of all, to Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Werner told me, for example, about the Romanian boys who had been sold by their parents to a wandering Polish criminal, who had paid cash for some and a bottle of vodka for another, before putting them on to the streets of Berlin.

I followed the trail of two men, Peter Goetjes and Lutz Edelman, identified as traffickers in the Berlin press. Eventually, I spoke to a friend of theirs, who said that, of course, they had been trafficking. They must have sold 150 between them, before Goetjes was caught on the Polish border in the summer of 1992 with a boy in his boot. Goetjes was charged with smuggling, released on bail and then drove away and never came back for his trial. About that time, he and Edelman stopped trafficking, not so much because of Goetjes's arrest but because they had been told some of the boys were being used in snuff movies. Plenty of others carried on.

Unheeded warning
In May 1995, Bjorn Eriksson, then president of Interpol and chief of the Swedish police, told a conference on cross-border crime that organised paedophile networks were operating across European frontiers and as many as 30,000 paedophiles were believed to be linked to organisations or publications throughout Europe. His warning went unheeded.

In the late 1990s, trafficking of boys from Berlin to the Netherlands hit the north European press when police belatedly tried to find out what had happened to a 12-year-old Berliner, Manuel Schadwald, who went missing in July 1993. The Berlin police had simply listed him as a runaway. By 1997, however, Dutch journalists had dug out a history of sightings which suggested he had been put to work in a brothel in Rotterdam, run by a German, Lothar Glandorf, now 36. After ignoring complaints for 18 months, Rotterdam police targeted him and found he had been selling hundreds of boys. Of those they could trace, nearly half were under 16.

The Guardian has obtained an extraordinary report which was produced by Rotterdam police. It captures some of the ruthlessness of life in the city's boy brothels: "Even if Glandorf knew the perversions of a customer, he would still send a boy to a customer who had a preference for sado-masochism."

In the midst of all this, Rotterdam police were looking for Manuel Schadwald. Their report reveals three boys had run away from Glandorf's world and reported sighting the missing Berliner. Police logs leaked to a Dutch TV programme, Netwerk, reveal that one night, three Rotterdam surveillance officers saw Glandorf with a boy all three believed to be Manuel Schadwald but they failed to rescue him: they were reluctant to break cover for fear of jeopardising their operation. With the Dutch and German press baying for action, police in the two countries set about trying to find him - four years after his disappearance. They failed.

The same cross-border weakness persists. Investigating Glandorf, the Rotterdam police found that British paedophiles were routinely using his brothels, but they never sent a copy of their report to Scotland Yard. Glandorf had little fear of international policing. When a senior Dutch civil servant phoned him from Poland to say he was bringing back a boy, police phone taps recorded Glandorf saying: "When you get to the bridge at the border, let him out so he can go on foot so they can't catch you." That was all it took.

Within their borders, the Dutch did finally jail Glandorf for five and a half years, and yet the Amsterdam paedophiles remain relaxed. Some have resettled in Prague, where the law is lax. The trains still pull into the Bahnhof Am Zoo with their consignments of vulnerable children. The international boy business is alive and well, and, quite possibly, getting away with murder.

• Identities of all police informants have been disguised




One would hope that Warwick Spinks was safely locked away in some medieval prison.

Nope this complete scumbag has been managing his sick empire as a free man for the past 15 years.

I wonder why he was arrested, by Czech police, this week?

It has been alleged that Spinks has links to the murderous elite paedophile ring identified in the Dutroux X-Files, and chronicled by ISGP, whose essential work is archived here on DPF.


16 November 2012 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-20355257)Last updated at 12:34

Warwick Spinks arrest: Child sex attacker back in prison
Warwick Spinks Warwick Spinks was convicted in 1995 of offences committed in Hastings

A violent child sex offender who fled the UK and went on the run for 15 years is back in jail after being arrested in the Czech Republic.

Warwick Spinks, 48, was arrested at Heathrow after being flown from Prague on Thursday, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said.

CEOP said Spinks was convicted in 1995 at Lewes Crown Court of numerous sexual offences against boys in Hastings.

He was jailed for seven years, reduced to five years on appeal in 1996.

His offences included serious sexual assault at knifepoint, taking indecent images of children and taking a child without lawful authority.
International investigation

He was released on licence on condition that he was not allowed to leave the UK without permission.

He breached the conditions in 1997 and was recalled to prison, but went missing.

Following extradition from the Czech Republic he will serve the 18 remaining months of his sentence.

His arrest followed an international investigation involving officers from CEOP, the Metropolitan Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

Spinks was arrested by Czech police in August 2012. He had been using numerous aliases , including Willem Van Wijk and William Spinks, CEOP said.

CEOP chief executive Peter Davies said Spinks was a high-risk child sexual offender.

"I hope this arrest sends a clear message to other missing child sexual offenders that however far you travel to avoid facing the consequences of your actions, we will track you down and bring you to justice," he said.

Magda Hassan
11-18-2012, 01:15 PM
The police seem to have no trouble working together and unlimited resources when it comes to the 'War on Drugs'. Property rights always trump human rights.

Peter Lemkin
11-18-2012, 04:53 PM
The police seem to have no trouble working together and unlimited resources when it comes to the 'War on Drugs'. Property rights always trump human rights.

You can say that again!....and pity us who have no property [other than our own personal property - which does NOT count in their minds]....we are afforded NO human nor legal rights when push comes to shove with the police, courts, et al.

Jan Klimkowski
11-20-2012, 10:02 PM
Nothing to see here....


North Yorkshire Police and Jimmy: How much did they know?

Corruption Buster Tim Hicks blows the whistle on the North Yorkshire SAVILE COVER-UP (http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/north-yorkshire-police-and-jimmy-how-much-did-they-know)

In a recent article in the Sunday Express, a senior Officer of the North Yorkshire Police commented that he would be “completely staggered” if the Savile allegations did not spread north.

Inevitably, they have.

Real Whitby has already published three articles on the subject; here – here – and here. In summary, by collating information from open sources and obtaining information from local people, Real Whitby investigative-journalists have identified eight locations in Scarborough and one in Whitby that were associated with Savile and the paedophile-ring of influential people that he operated there for over forty years.

It would appear that four of these locations are unknown to the police. The single location in Whitby still exists and is alleged to have had a whipping-post in it.

Also, a member of the public has used the ‘comments’ section of one Real Whitby article, to provide information on an alleged male rape by Savile, in which he was assisted by others of his circle.

Given the lack of interest or support from North Yorkshire Police, this information has been passed to Operation Yewtree via the NSPCC

On Wednesday the 14th November, two of Savile’s associates were arrested by Greater Manchester Police for rape; thus supporting the allegation made in Real Whitby that Savile and his entourage were involved in rape.

Since North Yorkshire Police are known to monitor Real Whitby, it seems reasonable to conclude that it is aware of our articles and the evidence we have amassed.

One would think that the existence of a room with torture equipment, in a location known to be frequented by a gang of paedophiles, would have been of interest to Whitby Police – particularly as there is reason to believe that some of the people involved in these matters may still be alive and, if so, could be arrested and prosecuted. Yet North Yorkshire Police has not contacted us for assistance.

According to another Sunday Express article, ace Yorkshire investigative-journalist Mark Branagan (who broke the Scarborough Borough Council corrupt procurement fiasco involving the High-Point-Rendel sea-defence contract in 2005), has confirmed that North Yorkshire Police have not even searched Savile’s apartment in Wessex Court, Scarborough.

Yet Strathclyde Police consider his house in Glencoe is a key crime scene in their investigation into offences committed there! Why can’t the good people of Scarborough rely on the same high standards of investigation as those of Strathclyde?

This lack of any North Yorkshire Police investigation or interest in the Savile case is perplexing and deeply concerning, particularly considering the high profile of the case and the local impact.

On the 10th and 11th of October, two victims came forward to report serious sexual abuses by Savile in the late-’60s and late-80s, respectively.

Yet an article in the Daily Express on the 24th of October states:

“Yesterday North Yorkshire Police insisted they had no record of an investigation into the star.”

On the 31st of October, a statement published by North Yorkshire Police on its website read:

“When the allegations surrounding Jimmy Savile were publicised, we carried out extensive searches of force records which did not reveal a local connection. However, following the coverage, two women came forward about alleged offences committed by Savile that occurred in Scarborough in the the late 60s and late 80s.”

Clearly, North Yorkshire Police are denying all knowledge of the paedophile-ring that Savile and his high-profile associates (including his worship the Mayor of Scarborough, Councillor Peter Jaconelli) – collectively known as ‘The Club’ – are alleged to have run for over forty years in Scarborough and Whitby.

Curiously, the link to North Yorkshire Police website on which the statement “we carried out extensive searches of force records which did not reveal a local connection” has been revised and now declares only that two women have now come forward to make allegations.

The denial that North Yorkshire Police were aware of any local connection has been completely removed!

What can be the explanation for this apparent about-face by North Yorkshire Police?

The Real Whitby investigative-journalists have constantly maintained that it must have been impossible for the North Yorkshire Police – in Scarborough or Whitby – to have been ‘unaware’ of Savile’s activities, or those of the other high-profile members of his paedophile-ring.

The Express has arrived at the same conclusion, running not one but two articles alleging that North Yorkshire Police knew that Savile was targetting under-age girls for sex, and stating that during a major paedophile investigation in Scarborough in 2003, members of the public were questioned by Scarborough Police about Jimmy Savile’s involvement in it.

I do not agree with speculation, but it would therefore appear to me that the only conceivable reason the above statement exonerating North Yorkshire Police of any knowledge of the Savile ring (or “club” as it was apparently known in Whitby) has been removed, is because they fear it may no longer be tenable in the light of comments by the Express and Real Whitby, and, in fact, force records did reveal a local connection, which the police ignored.

I have asked North Yorkshire Police for an explanation but they have not responded.

The Daily Mail and The Times have recently run ‘must-read’ articles alleging that Savile had extensive social contacts with the Police and met with them regularly; their social group was also known as a “club”. Savile is also alleged to have routinely bribed Police Officers and to have used a policeman as his bodyguard, a practice strictly prohibited by Police disciplinary rules, but which was nevertheless permitted.

These allegations concern West Yorkshire Police and other forces, not North Yorkshire Police. However, it is clearly a concern that this was obviously part of his modus operandii to evade Police action and it is not impossible that he employed it equally successfully wherever he committed offences.

It certainly seems strange that if indeed “senior police officers investigating a suspected paedophile ring operating around seafront arcades in Scarborough in the 1980s had concerns that Jimmy Savile may have been involved. Although his name was repeatedly mentioned to the 2003 investigation team, Savile was never quizzed over targeting under-age girls for sex between 1982 and 1986”.

It is also strange that no-one from the North Yorkshire Police said anything two years later, in 2005, when the proposal that Savile should receive the accolade of being appointed Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Scarborough proceeded through Council without impediment – particularly as Councillor Tom Fox had been the Acting Chief Inspector running Scarborough Police until his retirement and in fact actually presided over the awarding of this accolade in his new rôle as Councillor and Leader of Scarborough Borough Council.

Why would that be?

I think we should be told.

Magda Hassan
11-22-2012, 01:53 AM
The Death of Satire? The Mail’s David Rose complains about being smeared
Posted by Tom Pride (http://tompride.wordpress.com/author/tompridespurge/) in pettiness (http://tompride.wordpress.com/category/pettiness/)


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(not satire – it’s the Mail!)
Amazingly, Mail on Sunday hack David Rose has written a whining article in the Mail complaining about being accused of spreading disinformation, lies and spin. Here it is (warning – link to the Mail):
MoS reporter is a secret paedophile in the pay of MI5! Just one of the lies peddled about me on the web (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234615/MoS-reporter-secret-paedophile-pay-MI5-Not-really-ludicrous-claims-web-eloquent-argument-state-control-newspapers.html)
This was in response to several articles by various bloggers attacking him after he did a highly-libellous and defamatory hatchet job in the Mail on child abuse victim Steven Messham.
Several bloggers – including me - pointed out Mr Rose’s dodgy past as an establishment ‘fixer’ who has been deeply involved in anti-global warming propaganda as well as government lies about weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq war.
What’s that, you say? A hack – in the Mail – complaining about people spreading defamatory lies about him?
Oh the irony.
Here’s my article he was responding to by the way, if you haven’t already seen it:
Child abuse scandal can of worms – just who is Daily Mail reporter David Rose? (http://tompride.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/child-abuse-scandal-can-of-worms-just-who-is-daily-mail-reporter-david-rose/)
As you can see, in my article I didn’t accuse him of being a lizard or a member of MI5 (more about MI5 later) – but he directly quotes me often in his article and even threatens to sue bloggers like me for libel and defamation.
Now remind me. What’s the definition of a coward and a bully?
Well, let’s see, how about this?
Someone with power and influence who mercilessly attacks defenceless people but then whines loudly about how unfair it is when attacked himself?
Don’t cry after I said that, David, because I can see after reading your article that you’re the sensitive type who doesn’t like people saying horrid things about you.
Which is strange really, considering you yourself like nothing better than to viciously dish it out to other defenceless people who don’t have the means to defend themselves - for example child abuse victim Steven Messham – while you cower beneath the powerful wings of Lord Rothermere, the owner of the Mail.
Lord Rothermere is a rich and powerful man and his family have some very, very powerful friends. Here’s the current Chairman of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc’s grandfather with one of his close friends from a few years ago:
http://tompride.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/rothermere.jpg?w=529 (http://tompride.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/rothermere.jpg)
Don’t worry folks, Rothermere can’t sue me for pointing out that his newspaper and his family supported the fascist Blackshirts and Hitler – because it’s true:
Oops! The Daily Mail accidentally supports a fascist party. Again. (http://tompride.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/%EF%BB%BFoops-the-daily-mail-accidentally-supports-a-fascist-party-again/)
But back to Rose. The other bizarre thing about his strange article is his threat to sue anyone who accuses him of being connected to MI5. It’s bizarre because Rose himself has admitted he was once a conduit for misinformation from MI5.
See his own article in the New Statesman here:
Spies and their lies – by David Rose (http://tompride.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/the-death-of-satire-the-mails-david-rose-complains-about-being-smeared/Spies%20and%20their%20lies)
So Rose is threatening to sue people for saying something about him he has already admitted to?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks that that should make an interesting case.
Oh David – you can’t see this but I promise you I’m actually on my knees right now while I’m writing this.
Please please please sue me.
Because I would just love to see you and the Mail trying desperately to prove in court that you have never engaged in spin, disinformation and downright lies.
Now that would be a sight worth seeing, wouldn’t it?
http://tompride.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/the-death-of-satire-the-mails-david-rose-complains-about-being-smeared/

Jan Klimkowski
11-26-2012, 04:44 PM
More collusion and coverup.

A long article on extensive claims child abuse by the truly gross Liberal MP Cyril Smith can be seen here (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237627/Cyril-Smith-child-abuse-Chilling-claims-Smith-child-abuse-scandal-concealed-avoid-crisis-Westminster.html#ixzz2D7iGrsT2).

The claims were published in a Rochdale newspaper, then the police files were "removed" and lost in so-called public interest by British intelligence.




Chilling claims that Cyril Smith child abuse scandal was concealed to avoid crisis at Westminster

By Andrew Malone and Jaya Narain

PUBLISHED:22:14, 23 November 2012| UPDATED:22:16, 23 November 2012

Nightmare: Victims have been haunted to their graves after suffering alleged abuse at the hands of the deceased Smith

For a monthly newspaper published from a cellar by two idealistic young college lecturers, the scoop on the front page of the tiny Rochdale Alternative Press in May 1979 was truly sensational.

Known as RAP, the newspaper, which cost nine pence and was distributed by volunteers in pubs, devoted its entire cover to a story headlined: Strange Case of Smith the Man. Inside, across two pages, the report detailed — in harrowing, graphic terms — the systematic sexual abuse of young boys at a children’s home set up by local dignitaries and funded by the Lancashire town’s Rotary Club. But what really created a stir was the man identified as the chief paedophile: Cyril Smith.

Elected as the local Liberal MP in 1972, a position he held for the next 20 years, the 29-stone 50-year-old was as famous for his weight as his political views.

A regular on the chat-show circuit of the time, he even appeared with Jimmy Savile, the now disgraced BBC disc jockey, on a celebrity edition of the DJ’s TV programme Clunk Click. Smith died from cancer two years ago but remains, officially, the fattest man ever to be an MP.

Known nationally as ‘Big Cyril’, the unmarried politician had first come to prominence when he bizarrely named his mum as First Lady of Rochdale after he became mayor in 1966, saying he wanted to ‘thank her’ for everything.

He later explained that he was a lifelong bachelor because politics meant ‘he hadn’t had a lot of time for courting women’.

The politician’s predilection for young boys, however, was already the stuff of gossip and jokes in pubs around Rochdale, a close-knit community where secrets did not remain secret for long.

The investigation published in the Rochdale Alternative Press grew out of saloon-bar chat at the Golden Ball, the local pub used for meetings by David Bartlett and John Walker, joint editors of the alternative newspaper, which was printed from a cellar in Bartlett’s home.

With rumours circulating about Smith and young boys for years, and the MP standing for election under the strange banner ‘I am the Man’, the pair had decided to see whether there was credible evidence to back up such allegations. There was.

After interviews with staff and former residents of the children’s home, and senior police officers aware of the allegations, at the end of a six-month investigation the newspaper had discovered nine victims willing to talk, and had four signed affidavits.

With the backing of a prominent lawyer in London, who studied the evidence, the tiny newspaper published its damning conclusions, revealing how the local MP liked to carry out perverted ‘medical examinations’ of young boys in the care home and fondle them inappropriately.

So what was the reaction to this extraordinary allegation? At first, there was mayhem. Other newspapers and television crews descended on Rochdale, buying up copies of the newspaper. Bartlett and Walker were interviewed. Photographs were taken.

But then Smith, a famous, powerful figure, swiftly announced that he was taking out an injunction against RAP and backed up the threat by claiming he was also suing for libel. Private Eye published a follow-up story repeating the allegations — but that was it.

‘It was a gagging action [on Smith’s part] — to prevent anyone else writing about this,’ David Bartlett, now 74 and living in retirement on the Isle of Wight, told me this week.
‘Smith never did sue. He increased his majority at the next election. The whole thing died down and just faded away.’

Now, more than three decades later, the same claims about Big Cyril are finally being made at the highest level. With fresh impetus to uncover sexual abuse following the Savile scandal, police this week revealed that they have launched an investigation into the allegations.

This development came after Simon Danczuk, the Labour MP for Rochdale, raised the matter in the House of Commons after victims contacted him to tell their stories. He described Smith as a ‘29st bully who imposed himself on his victims, leaving them humiliated, terrified and reduced to quivering wrecks’.

If what the MP says is true, why were Smith’s victims ignored for so long? Did someone cover up for Smith, and if so, could he have been protected by figures in the government of the day?

The question we must now consider is this: was Smith’s depravity indeed known about at the very highest levels of the Establishment, including the security services — and the plight of his victims ignored on the grounds of ‘political expediency’ at a time when he was key to a weak Labour government’s relationship with the Liberals?

Raised by his mother, along with a brother and sister, in a two-room house, Cyril Smith had, apart from a brief spell working for the tax office, been involved in local politics for much of his life.

In 1962, aged 34, he began taking a keen interest in youth matters in Rochdale — sitting on committees in charge of the Rochdale Youth Theatre, the Rochdale Youth Orchestra, the Youth Employment Committee, as well as the governorship of 29 local schools.

As well as these duties, Smith also directed his energies into setting up a hostel for boys from deprived families in Rochdale, approaching poor parents and explaining that their child would be better off in care.

Funded with council cash, as well as donations from prominent businessmen and the local Rotary club, Cambridge House opened in 1962. Crucially, Smith kept his own set of keys for the hostel, meaning that he could come and go as he pleased.

Barry Fitton was a 15-year-old resident when he first had the misfortune to encounter Smith. Fitton was placed in the home because he was from a disadvantaged background — the son of a single mother — and had problems at school.

‘Everybody knew Cyril Smith,’ he told me. ‘He was very famous in Rochdale — he was very involved in things concerning young kids, boys’ clubs and things like that.’

Fitton says he was sexually abused a number of times by Smith. ‘I was embarrassed, of course,’ he says. ‘I felt this was not right, but what could I do? He was an authority figure and I had to do what he said. He was such an important guy, and I was 15 and scared to death.’

Once, he was told he was to have a medical examination at Cambridge House. ‘I thought it would be a doctor, but it was Cyril Smith. He told me to take my pants down and he started to fondle me. I thought it was odd and not right, but as far as I was concerned, he was completely powerful.’

Other victims have also come forward, describing almost identical abuse, as well as ‘spanking’ sessions when the gargantuan Smith would arrive to discipline boys accused of breaking rules — and then ‘comfort’ them after physically abusing them. When he discovered that Barry Fitton had gone one day to hang around in Manchester, Smith summoned him to his office at the home for punishment, ordering the teenager to take his trousers down and bend over his knee. He then hit the boy.

‘He was big and heavy. You’ll have seen the size of his hands in pictures. Imagine how that would feel slapping you around,’ added Mr Fitton, now in his mid-60s and living in Amsterdam. ‘I was crying and he said “oh, there, there” and he stroked my bottom and fondled my buttocks.

‘There are still people in Rochdale who don’t believe that Cyril Smith was capable of doing these things. I think it should be brought out into the open, not just for my peace of mind but for other people’s peace of mind.’

So why did this not come out at the time? Our investigation has established that there were at least three separate police investigations into Smith — he became Sir Cyril after being knighted by the Queen in 1988 for public services — during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

We can also reveal that the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions also sought outside opinion from a prominent barrister over whether charges should be brought in the 1970s. The barrister advised that there were sufficient grounds for prosecution. But the DPP still refused to act. Could the Home Office have blocked the charges?

But the biggest issue of all is this: If there was a conspiracy that allowed Smith to evade justice, was it founded on the cynical political calculations of the day?

Scandal: A plaque erected in Smith's honour in Rochdale has been removed in the wake of the allegations due to fears over vandalism

For the fact is that throughout the years that his perversions were investigated by police, from 1974 until 1979, first the Conservatives and then Labour wooed Smith’s Liberal Party.

The first General Election of 1974, in February, saw Labour win the most seats, but no overall majority. The Conservative Prime Minister, Edward Heath, opened negotiations with Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe about forming a coalition government. Thorpe was himself the subject of squalid rumours that would culminate in his trial for the attempted murder of his homosexual lover (he was later acquitted).

When the Heath-Thorpe talks broke down, Labour’s Harold Wilson formed a minority government.
Although Wilson was returned with a slender majority in an election eight months later, that soon collapsed and in 1977 his successor, Jim Callaghan, and Thorpe’s replacement, David Steel, forged a Lib-Lab pact.

Wilson was aware of the scandal around Thorpe long before his trial shortly in 1979, and had asked Special Branch to keep him informed.

Any decision to prosecute Cyril Smith over allegations of homosexual child abuse could have proved just as devastating to Labour as to the Liberals. The question of who ran the country — so finely balanced because of the lack of a large majority — was at stake.

Throughout these years, Smith, popular throughout the land on account of his bluff Northern manner, was even touted as a government minister, and had served as his party’s chief whip.

According to police and legal sources with knowledge of these historic investigations, there was little appetite in Westminster for a high-profile trial.

The source says: ‘With the Jeremy Thorpe scandal hanging over the political scene, it may have been politically expedient to sit on the matter. It appears Sir Cyril’s influence politically was just too great, and the issue was quashed.’

Secrets: Claims are rife that the Cyril Smith abuse scandal was covered up

This would explain one of the murkiest episodes of all in the Smith scandal: the removal by MI5, Britain’s domestic intelligence wing, of police files containing reams of documents and sworn statements from victims of the MP.

In what serving officers of the time believed was part of a sinister cover-up, these police files — ‘thick’ with allegations from boys abused by Smith — were seized by MI5 and have never been seen since.

According to Tony Robinson, an officer with Lancashire Police in the 1970s, the files disappeared after an MI5 agent told him they needed to be sent to intelligence officials in London. After being taken out of the safe at Special Branch headquarters in Preston for despatch to the capital, the files vanished.

‘I looked through Sir Cyril’s file, which was kept in a safe in our office,’ he told a newspaper last week. ‘It was full of statements from young boys alleging abuse. It had been prepared for prosecution. Written across the top of it were the words: “No further action, not in the public interest. DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions].”’

To add to the stench of a cover-up, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), having initially claimed to have ‘no knowledge’ of any police investigation, admitted this week that it had now ‘unearthed’ its own file about allegations against Smith from as long ago as the 1960s.

Simon Danczuk MP told the Mail yesterday: ‘I am absolutely convinced there was a cover-up of Smith’s abuse. The question now is why, and why are ministers refusing to answer questions about police files full of allegations of abuse that were seized by Special Branch and buried?

‘Smith set a tone in Rochdale that made people like him think they could get away with this stuff, and I’ve no doubt that he was emboldened to carry on abusing children, all the time thinking that he was above the law.

‘The daughter of a victim who’s now passed away has told us her father went to his grave angry and ashamed about Smith having abused him.’

Despite persistent inquiries by the Mail over the past fortnight, the CPS has repeatedly refused to say who took the decision not to prosecute the MP, and why. Officials have also refused to answer any questions about specific allegations against the MP, or whether they will be made public.

The truth is that, as in the Savile case, the authorities seem to have been woefully reluctant to prosecute a high-profile figure, despite investigating the steady swirl of allegations against him.

And many of those involved in the case — police, victims, lawyers — believe the orders not to press charges came from the top, with Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan, Labour Prime Ministers during different parts of the police probe, being involved in signing off decisions not to press ahead with charges so as not to upset their Liberal allies.

Recent events prove that such allegations must be treated with all due caution — which is why the contents of those police files take on such great significance.
So where are the police documents now? Nobody knows — yet.

But what is certain is that, if there was an Establishment cover-up on behalf of Big Cyril, it is slowly but surely starting to unravel.

Jan Klimkowski
11-26-2012, 06:14 PM
OK - the following article claims that Savile was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

The sources are not disclosed. However, I'm sure the membership list is a highly guarded secret.

If it's true that Savile was a member of PIE, then his crimes have been known for decades.

The PIE membership list would have been known to Special Branch and to British intelligence, and presumably also to the BBC's Man in the Mac, the SIS liaison.


Savile member of the Paedophile Information Exchange – an Organisation which campaigned for the abolition of the age of consent in the UK

October 18, 2012


NEWS RELEASE (http://victims-unite.net/2012/10/18/savile-member-of-the-paedophile-information-exchange-an-organisation-which-campaigned-for-the-abolition-of-the-age-of-consent-in-the-uk/)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is embroiled in a child sex scandal centred on Jimmy Savile, its anchorman on many popular entertainment shows for over thirty years. Now new information is surfacing which indicates that Jimmy Savile was a fully paid up member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (P.I.E) - an organisation which campaigned for the abolition of the age of consent in the UK.

The letter below has been sent to Lord Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust. In it I have stated “I am placing this information before you in this open letter as I feel that the BBC should now initiate a full investigation into these reports suggesting that during the 1970’s and early 1980’s the BBC’s editorial policy was influenced in favour of P.I.E. This alleged infiltration of the BBC by P.I.E might also explain how Savile was able to operate as a sexual predator during his extended tenure at the BBC without challenge and/or prosecution.”

I will pursue my objective of securing a full investigation into the alleged membership of Jimmy Savile of the organisation, P.I.E. I will also continue to seek a full and open investigation of the influence, if any, that P.I.E exerted on BBC editorial policy during the 1970′s and 1980′s. I also expect the authorities to investigate whether any BBC employees were members of P.I.E or expressed sympathy and support for the aims and objectives of P.I.E.

Further links are set out at the bottom of this email.

MICHAEL .H. MURRIN

21 GOODWOOD AVENUE. PRESTON. PR2 9TZ

TELE: 0795 – 142 – 6617

murrin@hotmail.co.uk

Lord Patten
Chairman
The British Broadcasting Association Trust
The BBC Trust Unit
180 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 5QZ

12th October 2012.

Dear Lord Patten,

RE: BBC / Jimmy Savile.

This is an open letter, i.e. I do not regard it as confidential and reserve the right to publish it. There are some parts of it in italics, these sections I do regard as confidential and, as such, they will not be published.

During 1982 I initiated an investigation into corruption in public life which resulted in the criminal prosecution of some high profile figures for offences against children, including serial child rape.

PARAGRAPH DELETED.

I turn now to the reason for my writing to you at this point.

My investigation led me to the fringes of the Paedophile Information Exchange (P.I.E), an organisation whose history is a matter of public record. The organisation was founded during October 1974 and officially disbanded during 1984. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paedophile_Information_Exchange

Due to a lack of financial support my investigation into PIE was severely limited although I did secure two names on the membership list of the organisation, one was Jimmy Savile. One of the key aims of the organisation was to secure a reduction of the age of consent in the UK to FIVE and then abolish it altogether. The organisation secured significant support within parliament, the entertainment industry, the media and similar, professional, organisations. It was reported that, when the organisation was finally closed down, the membership list was found to contain the names of nationally known politicians, entertainers and people engaged in professions, including the medical and legal profession. Some teachers were, I believe, also found to be registered members. The quality and influential nature of its membership and the extent of support for the aims of the organisation among ‘opinion formers’ probably explains how it managed to remain in existence in this country for a decade before it was finally closed down. My investigations did clearly indicate that the tentacles of P.I.E extended deep into the establishment including the BBC and Parliament.

This quote from the book Paedophilia – The Radical Case (Chapter 11) gives an indication of just how far the tentacles of P.I.E had spread and how influential the organisation had become.

“One outcome of the MIND conference was the suggestion to Keith that PIE should submit evidence to the Home Office Criminal Law Revision Committee on the age of consent. With amazing despatch Keith did exactly this, preparing and submitting the seventeen-page document discussed in Chapter 6 in a matter of weeks, without the benefit of research time or facilities at his disposal. What’s more, we have it on reliable authority that his work caught the imagination of no less a figure than the Home Secretary of the time, Roy Jenkins.”

The source who notified me that Savile was a fully paid up member of the organisation is extremely reliable. Other sources implied that Savile’s membership of P.I.E was known to others within the BBC who were either sympathetic to its objectives or were members themselves. This might explain why there appeared to be no effective pursuit of the organisation by BBC sponsored current affairs and investigative programmes during that period of P.I.E’s existence.

I am placing this information before you in this open letter (except for the parts in ITALICS) as I feel that the BBC should now initiate a full investigation into theses reports suggesting that during the 1970’s and early 1980’s the BBC’s editorial policy was influenced in favour of P.I.E. This alleged infiltration of the BBC by P.I.E might also explain how Savile was able to operate as a sexual predator during his extended tenure at the BBC without challenge and/or prosecution.

It has been reported that Savile was responsible for the sexual assault of a brain damaged child at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It has been stated “it can get no lower than this.” I beg to differ. My understanding is that the archive at New Scotland Yard hold an image of the youngest child recorded as being sexually abused, the child was female and was still attached to its mother by the umbilical cord. Perhaps there is some way to go before we reach the bottom of this “cesspit?”

I do expect and formal and comprehensive response from you within a reasonable time period. A copy of this letter has been forward to The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Mr Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Yours sincerely,

Michael H. Murrin



Michael Murrin turns out to be a very well connected individual with a fascinating past.

See Lobster here (http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/articles/lob34-03.htm).

The most horrible of games is being played with the lives of children.

Savile is not the prime target.

So, who is the target?

The BBC?

A group of politicians?

And who is considered so important that they are being protected at all costs?

Jan Klimkowski
11-27-2012, 07:33 PM
An abuser's charter:


The first file of evidence dates back to March 1970, some 16-years before the Crown Prosecution Service was formed.

The file, from Lancashire Constabulary, contained allegations made by eight men that they had been subjected to indecent assaults by Sir Cyril as teenagers.

The alleged abuses were conducted under the guise of medical examinations or punishment for misbehaviour, the report read.

All the boys were either living at Cambridge House Children's Home in Rochdale or were dependent on Smith for either employment, financial support or 'some sort of guardianship'.

Smith denied the allegations.

Although 80 pages of evidence were submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office, the decision not to prosecute was written in a one page letter.

It read: 'Any charges of indecent assault founded on these allegations, as well as being somewhat stale, would be, in my view, completely without corroboration. Further, the characters of some of these young men would be likely to render their evidence suspect.

'In the circumstances, I do not consider that if proceedings for indecent assault were to be taken against Smith, there would be a reasonable prospect of a conviction. I do not, therefore, advise his prosecution.'

The second file contains evidence dating back to April 1997, when South Wales police began an investigation into sexual and physical abuse within care homes in Wales.

One man rang a helpline which had been appealing for potential victims to come forward, alleging he was abused by Sir Cyril at Cambridge House Children's Home between 1965 and 1968.

The allegation was passed to Greater Manchester Police, who submitted a file of evidence which also included the 1970 file, to the Crown Prosecution Service in May 1998.

A lawyer who reviewed the case said there was enough evidence to charge but that prosecution should not proceed.

The main reason was that Sir Smith had been told he would not be charged for the alleged offences 28 years previously and that charging decisions could only be reversed in 'very limited circumstances', namely 'new evidence coming to light'.




BREAKING NEWS: MP Cyril Smith DID abuse young boys in the 1960s and would face charges if he was still alive, police say (so why wasn’t he prosecuted at the time?)

Sir Cyril allegedly sexually and physically abused teenage boys under the guise of medical examinations or punishment for misbehaviour
Police say former Liberal MP would be prosecuted if accused today
Smith was secretary of boys' hostel where he was accused of abusing vulnerable youngsters by spanking and touching them from the 1970s

By Larisa Brown

PUBLISHED: 18:20, 27 November 2012 | UPDATED: 19:21, 27 November 2012

Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239373/MP-Cyril-Smith-DID-abuse-young-boys-1960s-face-charges-alive-police-say-wasn-t-prosecuted-time.html)


Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith sexually and physically abused young boys in the 1960s, police admitted today

Sir Cyril, who weighed up to 29 stone and who was elected to Parliament in 1972, was dogged by rumours of abuse throughout his career but charges were never brought against him.

Both Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said if Smith had been accused today he would be charged and prosecuted.

A GMP spokesman said: 'The Force is now publicly acknowledging that young boys were victims of physical and sexual abuse committed by Smith.

'Three separate files regarding Sir Cyril Smith’s actions were passed to first the director of public prosecutions (DPP) and the Crown Prosecution Service although on each occasion no prosecution was pursued.'

Smith was secretary of the Rochdale Hostel for Boys Association, where he was accused of abusing vulnerable youngsters by spanking and touching them.

GMP has been looking at cases which date back to 1974 - when the force was created - and any before that were investigated by Lancashire Police, who previously covered Rochdale.

Smith, who died in 2010, served as a politician for 20 years before retiring.


Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said although the police had made a 'bold' decision in saying Smith abused young boys, there was 'overwhelming evidence' against him.

He said: 'This has been a very complex inquiry and I hope people understand why it has taken some time before we were in a position to comment publicly.
Both Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said if Smith, right, had been accused today he would be charged and prosecuted

'It was very important that both ourselves and Lancashire Police examined all our records very carefully so we could be certain what involvement we had in investigating allegations of sexual and physical abuse made against such a high-profile figure as Smith.

'We are now in a position to say that on three separate occasions, files were passed to first the DPP and then the CPS containing details of abuse committed by Smith, but on each occasion no prosecution was pursued.

'Having now reviewed those decisions, we believe that if the same evidence was presented to the CPS today there would have been a very realistic prospect that Smith would have been charged with a number of indecent assaults, and that the case would have been brought to trial.

'Clearly that is a bold statement to make but it is absolutely important for those victims who were abused by Smith that we publicly acknowledge the suffering they endured.

'Although Smith cannot be charged or convicted posthumously, from the overwhelming evidence we have it is right and proper we should publicly recognise that young boys were sexually and physically abused and we will offer them as much support as they need should they wish to speak to us.'

The first file of evidence dates back to March 1970, some 16-years before the Crown Prosecution Service was formed.

The file, from Lancashire Constabulary, contained allegations made by eight men that they had been subjected to indecent assaults by Sir Cyril as teenagers.

The alleged abuses were conducted under the guise of medical examinations or punishment for misbehaviour, the report read.

All the boys were either living at Cambridge House Children's Home in Rochdale or were dependent on Smith for either employment, financial support or 'some sort of guardianship'.

Smith denied the allegations.

Although 80 pages of evidence were submitted to the Director of Public Prosectuions (DPP) office, the decision not to prosecute was written in a one page letter.

It read: 'Any charges of indecent assault founded on these allegations, as well as being somewhat stale, would be, in my view, completely without corroboration. Further, the characters of some of these young men would be likely to render their evidence suspect.

'In the circumstances, I do not consider that if proceedings for indecent assault were to be taken against Smith, there would be a reasonable prospect of a conviction. I do not, therefore, advise his prosecution.'

The second file contains evidence dating back to April 1997, when South Wales police began an investigation into sexual and physical abuse within care homes in Wales.

One man rang a helpline which had been appealing for potential victims to come forward, alleging he was abused by Sir Cyril at Cambridge House Children's Home between 1965 and 1968.

The allegation was passed to Greater Manchester Police, who submitted a file of evidence which also included the 1970 file, to the Crown Prosecution Service in May 1998.

A lawyer who reviewed the case said there was enough evidence to charge but that prosecution should not proceed.

The main reason was that Sir Smith had been told he would not be charged for the alleged offences 28 years previously and that charging decisions could only be reversed in 'very limited circumstances', namely 'new evidence coming to light'.

In 1999 two further complainants came forward who made allegations of indecent assault against Smith.

The same lawyer who provided advice in 1998 concluded that one alleged assault was not a criminal offence and other case had been weakened by the complaint's failure to inform the police earlier and there was insufficient evidence.

The reviewing lawyer also concluded: 'I am satisfied that there is no new evidence which would alter my view as to whether proceedings should be instituted in respect of the eight original complainants.'

The CPS have concluded that the decision made in 1970 would not be made by the CPS today.

Earlier this month Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk told the Commons during a debate that Sir Cyril used to summon boys from the town's Cambridge House hostel and slap their naked bottoms.

'Young boys were humiliated, terrified and reduced to quivering wrecks by a 29st bully imposing himself on them,' he said.

He had seen statements given to Lancashire Police in the late 1960s, which made 'grim reading'.

'For some unknown reason, Cyril Smith had a kind of disciplinarian role at the hostel and was given free rein to administer punishment to the boys,' he added.

He said one of the boys told police: 'He told me to take my trousers and pants down and bend over his knee. He hit me many times with his bare hands and I pleaded with him to stop because he was hurting me.'

Mr Danczuk said he believed the file had been passed to the Director of Public Prosecutions at the time, but no action was taken, and called for a new police investigation.

Jan Klimkowski
12-04-2012, 10:21 PM
Here is a 2002 BBC documentary where reporter Olenka Frenkiel exposes the paedophile networks in Belgium.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fwUonvL7iI

DPF proudly hosts the ISGP Dutroux archive. It is based on the police files compiled by the original detectives investigating the case. These were leaked. Their leaking enabled the coverup and the lies to be exposed.

The film should be watched in its entirety.

It is cautious, meticulous, powerful journalism of integrity.

The story it tells will be sadly, heart-breakingly, familiar to those of us who study deep politics.

Jan Klimkowski
12-10-2012, 06:35 PM
Uber-PR to the celebrities and the powerful, Max Clifford, is both a player (eg thru his Al Fayed links), a suppressor of secrets, and a user of secrets.

I don't believe the Scotland Yard rozzers who've arrested Clifford know quite what they've done.

Special Branch and SIS must be all over this, trying to ensure the "right" secrets come out, and the "wrong" secrets remain in their blackmail dossiers.

Max Clifford once granted me a 30-minute interview. It was when I was making the BBC4 film about Rebekah Wade. Noone would talk to me on camera. Except Max.....

He had lots of nice things to say about Rebekah.

We didn't discuss holidays with Guy Black and Mark Bolland...

Meanwhile, before it disappears, watch the YouTube clip below, where Clifford talks about Tory MP and Thatcher Minister Alan Clark having sex with underage girls and the payoffs involved to keep it quiet:




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8m4sSCEZlU

Jan Klimkowski
12-10-2012, 06:55 PM
Then there's this, ahem, entirely random matter....

All the party machines are very very nervous about where the next bomb will explode.



Menshn co-founder Luke Bozier held over indecent images of children

Former business partner of ex-Tory MP Louise Mensch arrested and bailed on suspicion of viewing or possessing the images

Josh Halliday

guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/10/menshn-luke-bozier-arrested-indecent-images-children), Monday 10 December 2012 11.45 GMT

Luke Bozier, the former business partner of ex-Tory MP Louise Mensch, has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of viewing or possessing indecent images of children.

Bozier, 27, was arrested at 1pm on Friday at a central London police station and released on bail until a date in early February.

He was questioned by Metropolitan police detectives on suspicion of viewing or possessing indecent images of children and released on bail later on Friday.

Reports published last week alleged that Bozier used an online alias to access a number of websites offering explicit photographs.

Bozier helped launch Mensch's social network, Menshn, in June but last week resigned from their company, MenschBozier Ltd.

Mensch said she had reported the allegations to the Met police.

"He resigned from the company and will not have a share in it," she told the Guardian. "It is with police now."

A former e-campaigns manager for Tony Blair, Bozier is a self-described "entrepreneur, politico and social commentator". He is the co-founder of two technology start-up companies, Menshn, and the online PR platform, Municipo.

He had not responded to requests for comment by email or phone at the time of publication.

Magda Hassan
12-13-2012, 11:08 AM
Scotland Yard investigating allegations senior politicians abused children in the 1980s and used 'connections' to escape justice


Metropolitan Police's child abuse investigation team have interviewed several adults who claim that they were sexually assaulted as children by MPs in a paedophile ring

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Scotland Yard detectives are looking into allegations that senior politicians abused children in the 1980s and escaped justice because they were protected by their powerful connections.
During past weeks officers from the Metropolitan Police’s child abuse investigation team have interviewed several adults who claim that they were sexually assaulted as children by MPs in a paedophile ring.
The team was set up following claims by Labour MP Tom Watson in the House Commons that the police should look afresh at claims of a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10”.
Until today when the Metropolitan Police confirmed its existence, the inquiry, Operation Fairbank, had been operating in secret at the headquarters of the Child Abuse Investigation Team at Empress State Building in Earl’s Court, London.
Officers with the team, part of the Specialist Crimes and Operations Directorate, have spoken regularly to Mr Watson.
The Metropolitan Police stressed that Operation Fairbank was a “scoping exercise” aimed at a preliminary assessment of the evidence rather than a formal inquiry.
However, officers are understood to be taking the witnesses’s claims very seriously and are expected to make arrests in coming weeks.
Raising the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions on 24 October, Mr Watson - who alleged widespread phone hacking at the News of the World before police began a new inquiry - urged police to re-open the evidence file on Peter Righton.
Righton, a former consultant to the National Children’s Bureau, was convicted of importing and possessing illegal homosexual pornographic material in 1992.
Saying that the file contained “clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring”, the MP said: “One of its members boasts of a link to a senior aide of a former Prime Minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.
“The leads were not followed up, but if the files still exist, I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10.”
Five officers are working on the inquiry.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers have spoken with MP Tom Watson who has passed on some information which is now being looked into.
“As a result, officers are continuing to collate information. This is being assessed by officers under Operation Fairbank.

“We would continue to appeal to anyone who has concerns to report them to us. Any information is treated with the utmost seriousness and can be given in confidence.”

Updating the public on the investigation into alleged sexual offences in showbusiness, Scotland Yard said that the number of alleged sex abuse victims of the late BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile had reached 450.
Commander Peter Spindler, head of Operation Yewtree, suggested Savile - who escaped detection and died aged 84 last October - had been a serial abuser of children.
Commander Spindler said: "Savile's offending peaked in the 70s and what we can show, or will be showing in the New Year, is how he used his position in society across the country - the crimes relate to 17 different police force areas - how he exploited this position to get his sexual gratification."
In total, 589 alleged victims have come forward to allege abuse by Savile and others.
Over the past two months, detectives have arrested several high-profile names, including the comedian Freddie Starr, the former BBC disc jockey Dave Lee Travis, the former BBC producer Wilfred De'Ath and the publicist Max Clifford. They all deny any wrongdoing. Gary Glitter, who was also arrested, has not yet issued a statement.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/scotland-yard-investigating-allegations-senior-politicians-abused-children-in-the-1980s-and-used-connections-to-escape-justice-8411989.html

Anthony Thorne
12-17-2012, 11:52 AM
From Australia -

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/paedophile-ring-lent-out-boys-20121217-2bjej.html

"BAYSWATER Boys' Home was a paedophiles' paradise, with several unexplained deaths and missing boys, and others lent to outside paedophiles, a leading abuse lawyer said on Monday."

I'm assuming that lifting the lid off this local story would lead to various links being exposed ala the same pattern seen with Jimmy Savile, Pat Sullivan and others - elite groups exploiting children and those who facilitate the exploitation being carefully nurtured and protected for years.

Magda Hassan
12-18-2012, 04:42 AM
Published: 9 November 2012
Author: Angela Sdrinis


Hospitaller abuse allegations rivalled by claims against the Bayswater Boys Home

Allegations published in The Age today (http://www.theage.com.au/national/brothers-pack-raped-boys-20121108-2917p.html) that children in care in orphanages run by the Hospitaller Order of St John's were pack raped and possibly killed are not new.
Nor are they unique.
They are matched by allegations that the Salvation Army Bayswater Boys Home was staffed by a group of paedophiles in the '70's and that boys there suffered serious sexual abuse and also disappeared without trace.
Statements from the victims are contained in the Ryan Carlisle Thomas submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry (http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/fcdc/inquiries/57th/Child_Abuse_Inquiry/Submissions/Ryan_Carlisle_Thomas_Lawyers.pdf), along with other statements from hundreds of former residents of children's homes run by churches and other non-government organisations which include allegations of horrific abuse.
The Salvation Army allegations were the subject of a police investigation several years ago. One wonders how comprehensive that investigation was, in view of the allegations in NSW that investigations into child sex abuse have been hampered by the Catholic Church apparently with the collusion of senior members of the police.
While there are serious problems with the lack of resources at the disposal of the Parliamentary Inquiry, it has created a forum where these allegations can be heard and dealt with in the public arena.
There is no doubt that many more horrific allegations about child sex abuse in children's homes run by religious institutions at the hands of clerics and other religious personnel will come into the public arena over the coming months.
The public is now reeling as a result of national and international child sex abuse scandals which organisations like the Catholic Church have been trying to keep a lid on for decades. The truth however will not be silenced and victims and their families will not be satisfied until the perpetrators and those who shield them within church hierarchies and elsewhere are dealt with.
On this point, there is growing concern that the Victorian Parliamentary Inquire does not have the resources, the powers and the will to deal with these issues comprehensively. The cals for a national Royal Commission are growing.
http://www.rct-law.com.au/sexual-abuse-update/hospitaller-abuse-allegations-rivalled-by-claims-against-bayswater-boys-home.html


BAYSWATER Boys' Home was a paedophiles' paradise, with several unexplained deaths and missing boys, and others lent to outside paedophiles, a leading abuse lawyer said on Monday.Angela Sdrinis - whose firm has represented more than 1000 wards of state, including 137 from Bayswater - said systemic abuse by Salvation Army staff was so severe that in some cases boys were killed or allowed to die from their injuries.
''I believe that children may well have been killed or at least allowed to die. Children as young as eight were allowed to abscond, with no efforts made to find them or report to the police,'' Ms Sdrinis said.
''Many of these children would have had no family and no one to take an interest in their existence. Society regarded these children as worthless, and these attitudes were mirrored by police.'' The deaths of such children may well not have been investigated, she said.
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In other testimony, boys from Victorian orphanages later sent to prison said that was not nearly as bad as the boys' homes, according to the Care Leavers Australia Network.
It was another litany of horror at the inquiry as CLAN told of repeated and systematic rapes over years in many orphanages, physical and psychological abuse amounting to torture, and a callous indifference by police and authorities, whether church or state.
CLAN chief executive Leonie Sheedy said a sample of 18 years showed that 1352 children absconded from religious and non-government homes and 1877 fled state institutions.
''A great number were running way from child rape, and sexual and other criminal assaults. What did the police do? They simply returned them to their abusers. They did not ask why the children were running away or inquire into their wellbeing,'' Ms Sheedy said.
''The boys who ran away from homes and ended up in prison have told me over and over again that prison was much better than the boys' homes.''
Ms Sdrinis said the police searched the former Bayswater Boys' Home in 2009, but no charges were laid. One victim, Rod Braybon, told police in 2009 of reports of two wards of state who died of beatings in the 1950s and were allegedly buried in the Sugarloaf Hill area of the home, while three other boys disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
Ms Sdrinis said there was compelling evidence of the rape of many victims by serial abusers who were allowed to molest children for more than 20 years. ''In the 1970s the Bayswater Boys' Home was staffed by a paedophile ring, and staff not only sexually abused the children in their care but also allowed other paedophiles free access to boys, who were removed from the home and sexually abused at will.''
One such was John Bayer, who was jailed for nine years in 2008 for abusing 12 victims, five of them from the Bayswater home. In 2006, the Salvation Army secretly paid more than $1.5 million in compensation to more than 50 victims who were beaten, raped and tortured from the 1950s to 1970s by Salvation Army officers at the Bayswater home, Box Hill Boys' Home and East Kew Girls' Home, all now closed.
CLAN spokesman Frank Golding said the processes of dealing with child abuse had ''not improved at all'' in the past 100 years.
He said the responses of institutions over thousands of cases followed a similar pattern. This was disbelief (''you can't take the word of a child over the word of an adult''), denial, blaming the victim (''the girl was wicked and used her seductive charms against the priest'') and blaming the parents (''the children come from immoral families, what else could you expect?'').
Law Institute of Victoria president Michael Holcroft told the inquiry that under present Victorian law, there was no obligation to report suspicions of child abuse to police. The mandatory reporting required of some professionals was to the Department of Human Services.
He said failure to report reasonable suspicion to police should be a separate offence under the Crimes Act.


Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/paedophile-ring-lent-out-boys-20121217-2bjej.html#ixzz2FNLIm4Xs

As well as being heavily involved for decades in the trafficking of stolen babies through forced adoptions the Starvation Army is now replacing Serco as the government's multi national of choice to handle the rejected human cargo of the embarrassing refugees who have to temerity to arrive by boat from war torn areas of the world were were are currently making it unliveable for the locals and creating refugees.....

Jan Klimkowski
12-18-2012, 07:54 PM
children in care in orphanages run by the Hospitaller Order of St John's were pack raped and possibly killed are not new

"Pack raped".

Hideous.

Magda Hassan
12-19-2012, 10:13 AM
Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 1
R. J. Stove,
SEX ABUSE IN VICTORIAN CATHOLICISM:
THE RONALD CONWAY CONNECTION
By R. J. Stove,
1. INTRODUCTION 2
2. THE BROKEN RITES FILE ON CONWAY 4
3. THE REMNANT FILE (MINNESOTA) ON CONWAY 13
Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 2
R. J. Stove,
1. INTRODUCTION
1.1.The opportunity to give submissions to the Victorian Parliament’s
enquiry into child abuse by religious, and other, organisations is one
for which all true Catholics – I am myself Catholic – should be
grateful. Most of them, indeed, are grateful.
1.2.At the same time, in studying the truly vile cases of sexual abuse
within Victoria’s Catholic parishes by priests, we must not fall into the
common media error of imagining that they are isolated phenomena.
They are not.
1.3.To appreciate the gravity of the situation, it is insufficient to
concentrate on individual Victorian clergymen’s crimes, however
heinous. The circumstances which enabled them to become clergymen
in the first place, and to commit these crimes in repeated abuses of
public trust, need also to be examined.
1.4.A question therefore has to be asked, and asked aloud. How did men
so obviously unfit for Holy Orders – which the Catholic Church
considers to be nothing less than one of the Seven Sacraments – get to
acquire Holy Orders to begin with?
1.5.In many cases, we shall be able to trace the problem back to faulty
admissions processes within the Melbourne Archdiocese. This
problem proved especially acute between 1967 (the year Archbishop
Justin Simonds prematurely died) and 1996 the year Archbishop
George Pell was installed).
1.6.With those processes, the name of one sinister figure recurs. That
figure is Ronald Conway (1927-2009), who during the relevant period
was employed, on a part-time basis, as archiepiscopal consultant
vetting seminary candidates, and also advising on marriage
annulment procedures. Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 3
R. J. Stove,
1.7.Conway was also a prominent non-fiction author, at the height of his
fame during the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. He contributed regular
articles to Quadrant, The National Times (now defunct), The Advocate
(now defunct), The Weekend Australian, The Age, and elsewhere. Several
of his sociological books – notably Land of the Lost Weekend, The Great
Australian Stupor, and The End of Stupor? - sold very well.
1.8.Unfortunately Conway totally abused his position of trust as
(unqualified) “therapist”, as will be indicated in the pages that follow.
These pages draw largely upon the Broken Rites webpage concerning
Conway (http://brokenrites.alphalink.com.au/
nletter/page196-conway.html), and upon subsequent revelations in a
Catholic magazine called The Remnant, based in Minnesota. Attempts
to get journalistic and diocesan action within Australia have been thus
far totally in vain. Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 4
R. J. Stove,
2. THE BROKEN RITES FILE ON CONWAY
The following remarks are taken, verbatim, from the Broken Rites report on
Conway’s doings. They supply a good deal of biographical information, as
well as other details well attested in print but not otherwise all that easy to
track down online.
++++++++++++++++
Ronald Conway — the hands-on psychologist who
helped the Catholic Church's trainee priests
Broken Rites Australia helps victims of church-related sexual abuse to obtain justice.
By a Broken Rites researcher
For thirty years a prominent Australian Catholic psychologist, Ronald Conway, had a part-time role
in assessing and helping trainee priests in the Melbourne seminary. Conway also worked as a
consulting psychologist in psychiatric hospitals and in private practice, and some of his male
patients say that Conway touched them sexually when they consulted him for professional help.
These former patients say that, during "therapy", they were masturbated by Conway, who
encouraged the patients to touch him sexually in the same way as he touched them.
These disclosures throw new light upon the church's problem of clergy sexual abuse, as Conway was
regarded highly by Australian Catholic leaders.
The seminary was preparing the trainees for their future life of so-called celibacy. In articles that he
wrote for newspapers, Conway pointed out that being "celibate" merely means not being married.
Furthermore, he pointed out, "clerical concubinage and clerical homosexuality have been
commonplace in church history".
Conway himself never married. So, by his own definition, he too was "celibate", even when he was
sexually touching one of his private patients.
We will return to Conway's hands-on therapy later in this article.
Praised by archbishops
Conway died on 16 March 2009, aged in his early eighties. On 26 March 2009, he was
commemorated by a requiem mass in Melbourne's cathedral.Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 5
R. J. Stove,
Cardinal George Pell, of Sydney, sent condolences. Before becoming an auxiliary bishop
in Melbourne in 1987, Pell had been the head of the Melbourne seminary and he is said
to have liked Conway's work in assessing trainee priests.
At the requiem mass, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart gave a homily praising
Conway. Hart acknowledged that Conway had been an adviser to the Melbourne
archdiocese on priestly vocations. He paid tribute to Conway's "immense contribution
to the evaluation of seminarians, the ongoing assistance given to clerical and religious
[people], helping people to discern their vocation."
Hart added: "We shall never know how much following up he did with these people —
in some cases, over many years."
A bachelor advising on marriage
Archbishop Hart said that Conway also helped the Melbourne archdiocesan Marriage
Tribunal — where Catholic couples must reveal their marital (including sexual)
problems when asking the church for an annulment of an unsuccessful marriage.
Hart said that the Melbourne archdiocesan records "contain many psychological
evaluations, especially in our Marriage Tribunal", written by Conway.
In an article in the Weekend Australian on 21 March 2009, federal politician Tony Abbott
(who himself was originally a trainee priest in a Catholic seminary in New South Wales)
wrote about Conway: "He never contemplated joining the priesthood (as might have
been expected of a bright young man of his temperament in that era) and never seems
seriously to have considered marriage. He seems largely to have come to terms with any
demons of his own and, in any event, chose not to make a spectacle of himself."
To what "demons" was Abbott referring? And what did he mean about Conway not
"making a spectacle of himself?
Conway's career
Ronald Victor Conway (born in either 1926 or 1927) came from humble beginnings.
Educated at Catholic parish schools in Melbourne, he left school early but later returned
to studies, eventually working as a secondary teacher. From 1955 to 1961 he taught
English and history at De La Salle College in Malvern, in Melbourne's inner south-east.
In 1988, aged in his early sixties, Conway published an autobiographical book, Conway's
Way, in which he tells some things (but not everything) about his rise to prominence as a
psychotherapist.
He had a Bachelor of Arts degree which included studies in psychology. In the 1950s, Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 6
R. J. Stove,
psychology graduates were not as numerous as in later decades. In 1960 (according to
Conway's autobiography), Melbourne psychiatrist Dr Eric Seal (a fellow Catholic)
needed a psychologist to help provide counselling to patients. Seal invited Ron Conway
to share Seal's consulting rooms in Collins Street in central Melbourne. From about 1960,
with help from Seal, Conway also developed a role for himself as an honorary
consulting psychologist at a large Catholic hospital in Melbourne, St Vincent's. In 1964,
Seal became the head of St Vincent's psychiatric department, giving Conway a further
boost in a psychotherapy career. Seal and Conway also saw patients at the Catholic
Church's Sacred Heart Hospital, Moreland, in Melbourne's north.
Conway developed contacts with the Melbourne Catholic archdiocesan welfare agency.
Through such avenues, various clients were referred to Conway for private counselling,
which provided Conway with an income.
In the 1970s, Conway lived in a house in Torrington Street, Canterbury (in Melbourne's
east), and many therapy clients visited him there for private counselling. In the early
1980s, he moved to a house in Swinburne Avenue, Hawthorn (also in Melbourne's east),
and he continued seeing clients there.
A number of his male clients say that Conway befriended them during therapy. He
continued associating with them socially, in some cases for many years after the original
consultations. Occasionally, Conway would arrange for a former male therapy client to
move into Conway's house as a live-in friend.
Conway and the drug LSD
Beginning in 1963 (according to Conway's autobiography, page 98), he was involved in
experimenting with psychedelic drugs on patients. He says these drugs eventually
included LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, which has sometimes also been known as
"acid") and "the milder psilocybin (derived from the magic mushroom)". He says that
such drugs were "stocked in the special restricted cupboards of the hospital pharmacy".
Conway writes: "[At St Vincent's psychiatric department] we helped many a patient
with LSD when all other resources, counselling, medication, psychotherapy, ECT
[electro-convulsive therapy] and even thoughts of psychosurgery, had been abandoned.
From my own work I concluded that no more appropriate substance for the treatment
of obsessive-compulsive neuroses existed than LSD in resourceful hands.
"Its virtual abandonment due to hippy excesses and irresponsible and ignorant
reporting remains one of the great tragedies of modern psychiatry [pages 98-99]."
Newhaven private hospital
Conway's autobiography says that he began his LSD experiments at St Vincent's
Hospital. And former patients say that Conway also administered LSD to them at Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 7
R. J. Stove,
the Newhaven psychiatric hospital which was situated at 86 Normanby Road, Kew, in
Melbourne's inner east.
In the late 1960s and during the 1970s, Newhaven hospital was owned and managed by
Marion Villimek, a member of a "New Age" sect called the Santiniketan Park
Association, also known as "The Family". A leader of the sect, Anne Hamilton-Byrne,
was also an administrator at the Newhaven. Conway, Eric Seal and other therapists
hired consulting rooms there on a sessional basis, and were not involved with the sect.
Newhaven ceased being a hospital in 1992.
Celibacy and abuse
Ronald Conway became one of Australia's most prominent Catholic intellectuals,
writing books and newspaper articles about Australian society. He also appeared in
radio and television discussion programs as a psychologist and social commentator.
When the church's sexual scandals became news in Australia in the 1990s, Conway
sometimes commented on the issues of celibacy and sexual abuse.
Judging from articles he wrote in the 1990s, Conway evidently believed that the
incidence of actual abuse — that is, church personnel committing a breach of
professional ethics in their pastoral relationship with children or vulnerable adults —
was not as serious as many other people thought.
In July 1996, Christian Brother Robert Charles Best was convicted of indecent assault
(for repeatedly putting his hand inside the pants of an eleven-year-old boy in a
classroom in a Catholic primary school in Ballarat, Victoria). In an article in the
Melbourne Age (25 August 2001), Conway claimed that Brother Robert Best "was seen
by some students as more a nuisance and embarrassment than a threat".
Conway evidently thought that Brother Best's criminal offence and ethical breach were
no big deal.
Conway took a similar elastic view towards the professional ethics of a psychologist by
developing intimate (and sexual) relationships with some of his male patients.
The story of "Bill"
Conway's autobiography says that one of his leisure pastimes was an involvement in
amateur theatre production, during which he met a "sterling young man whom I will
merely name as Bill."
Conway says (page 99): "He [Bill] undertook, with the aid of LSD, a series of
investigative treatments in a private hospital under psychiatric supervision, with myself
as assisting therapist. The treatments were remarkably successful and Bill's gratitude Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 8
R. J. Stove,
knew no bounds."
Conway evidently developed an ongoing friendship with "Bill". It is not clear how long
Bill's LSD treatment continued. After some time, Bill died but Conway says the death
was caused by lymphatic leukaemia, not LSD.
Bill's death caused Conway to "suffer a reactive bout of depression."
In the next paragraph, Conway goes on: "The phenomenon known to practitioners as
transference — a kind of ambivalent, dependent (and fortunately temporary) 'falling in
love' with the mentor — is quite commonplace. The resourceful psychologist does not
wholly discourage it, but uses the growing attachment as a bridge between the neurotic
personality and more normal relationships. The transference can be of an overtly or
latent homosexual kind as well as the more conventional heterosexual infatuation" (pp.
99-100).
The hands-on therapist
Broken Rites has been contacted by several males who received psychological
counselling from Conway in the 1960s and 1970s. Conway developed intimate (and
sexual) relationships with these patients.
1. "James" told Broken Rites on 17 February 1995 that when he was aged 15 to 16 in
the 1960s he was having behavioural troubles, so his mother sent him to see
Catholic psychiatrist Dr Eric Seal, who in turn referred him to Ronald Conway.
James had counselling sessions for several years at Conway's home, which was
then situated in Torrington Street, Canterbury. Conway also took James to
the Newhaven private hospital where he was placed under LSD as part of
Conway's therapy. James says that, on two occasions, Conway masturbated him
— once at Newhaven Hospital while James was under LSD and once at
Conway's home. During these two sessions, Conway also allegedly exposed his
own genitals to James.
2. "Pierre" told Broken Rites: "In my twenties I was having difficulty in forming
relationships, so I sought help from Ron Conway. He treated me for several years
at his house and at the Newhaven Hospital and the Sacred Heart Hospital,
including with LSD. During several of these therapy sessions, he got me to
engage in mutual masturbation with him. Eventually I realised this was not
appropriate and I declined to engage in this, although I continued to associate
with him as a friend. I know that Conway sexualised the relationship he had with
many of his other patients. He justified that behaviour as being part of the
therapy. I know of at least four other men who approached Conway for
assistance and with whom he ended up having a sexual relationship."Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 9
R. J. Stove,
3. "Roger" told Broken Rites: "When I was twenty, I needed a counsellor. I heard
about Conway and started having therapy sessions at his home. He said that I
seemed tense, so he started touching me. At first, it was just holding hands but
later it became more intimate — that is, sexual touching. In the late 1970s,
Conway arranged through Dr Eric Seal for me to have a number of sessions at
the Newhaven hospital, where I was given LSD to facilitate Conway's therapy.
This therapy included Conway touching my body in a sexual manner. He also
displayed his own genitals to me. Later I put a stop to this sexual relationship but
we kept up the friendship."
Another ex-patient
"Damien" (a patient of Conway in the 1960s), wrote to Broken Rites on 11 May 2010 and
authorised us to publish his commments:
"Being alone in country Victoria, aged in my mid-twenties, not accepting of my
sexuality and being in the decade of the 1960s, it was not a happy place to be. The
local Catholic priest recommended that I see Dr Eric Seal which I did.
"I had the impression from Dr Seal that I was not an interesting enough case for him. He
suggested that I saw either Ronald Conway or a certain other psychologist; I chose Conway.
"After several sessions with Conway, it was suggested that I undergo LSD therapy in
Newhaven Private Hospital as an overnight patient. It was explained to me that this therapy
was a way to fast-track psychoanalysis and would be very helpful in accepting my sexuality.
Conway, as a psychologist, had no qualifications to administer drugs. I did not understand
this at the time.
"During the last session I came to believe that I had been in the presence of God who
authorized me to lead the sexual life which had been chosen for me.
"Conway then suggested that I continue to see him without the use of LSD.I explained to him
that my finances were stretched and that it was not possible. He said that it was important
that I continue to see him and that if I were willing he would see me at his home in
Torrington Street, Canterbury, gratis.
"What a shock I got when one night he made advances to me and we ended up on the floor
of his sitting room. The room was decorated as if it were the inside of an Egyptian tomb. He
said this should not have happened but that, as it had, we should do it properly in his
bedroom. It was a Spartan room with the bed covers on a single bed already turned down
and electric bar heaters turned on resting on tables either side.
"I was truly shocked as I had no idea of his sexual proclivities. We masturbated each other.
He knew I was disappointed and confused by his actions and I said I did not wish to see him
again. He then began writing to me. I never responded. I kept his letters for a number of
years but destroyed them after our next encounter. We bumped into each other in Collins Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 10
R. J. Stove,
Street, Melbourne.
"We had dinner and he invited me home to see his house in Swinburne Avenue, Hawthorn,
and it was suggested that I come and live with him. I did not accept the offer and, as far as I
was concerned, I wanted no further contact.
"In the early 1990s, when I was 48 years of age, I was a patient in the Freemason's Hospital
and woke up one afternoon to find Ron Conway sitting on my bed holding my hand. He had
heard from someone that I was in hospital. I made it clear that I was not happy with his
presence .He explained to me that he had been following my life through a work colleague of
mine, another psychologist.
"Ron Conway never appeared again."
Screening trainee priests
Conway was not "religious" in the common sense and was not a "churchgoer". In
politics, he was right-wing and was opposed to political "progressives". He was well
known among the followers of the Catholic political commentator B.A. Santamaria.
These Catholic connections helped him to develop his career as a psychotherapist.
From about 1969, he developed a part-time role at Melbourne's Corpus Christi
College seminary, which trained priests for all dioceses in Victoria and Tasmania. He
says he "screened" or "helped" men who had applied to train for the priesthood. The
church authorities also asked Conway to "help" other Catholic priests or religious
brothers who were having problems, especially sexual problems.
After several Catholic priests and religious brothers had been jailed for sexual crimes,
Conway wrote, in an article in the Melbourne Age on 1 August 1996: "Until about 1970
there was no effective psychological screening for candidates wanting to study for the
priesthood or teaching brotherhood. Today that is not the case."
He referred to his own role in the "screening" process in an interview published in
the Age on 6 April 2002, after the media had been revealing more sexual offences
committed by Catholic clergy.
In his autobiography, Conway has told how he came be to be involved in this seminary
work.
He wrote:
"Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s Eric Seal played a growing role as a
consultant to the Catholic Church in matters of psychological or psychiatric importance.
And so began, by association, my own growing involvement with the assessment or
assistance of Catholic clergy, postulants and members of religious congregations who Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 11
R. J. Stove,
happened to be in difficulty. Later I moved towards the role of consultant psychologist
for religious vocations, assessing applicants for the priesthood and the religious life.
Since 1969 I have been an adviser to the Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese and the
Victorian Province in the matter of screening entrants to Corpus Christi seminary" (page
110).
Conway and the strange case of Father Paul David Ryan
It is unclear how the seminary's "screening" worked and to what extent Conway was
involved in it. Broken Rites has investigated the case of one Melbourne trainee
priest, Paul David Ryan — and Ronald Conway certainly became involved in this case.
Ryan was originally a trainee priest at the Adelaide Catholic seminary but was expelled
half-way through third year. Despite this, Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, of the Ballarat
Diocese in Victoria, accepted Ryan as a candidate for the priesthood in that diocese. In
1972 Mulkearns sponsored Ryan for admission to the Melbourne seminary. Despite his
poor references, Ryan was admitted and he stayed at the seminary for five years.
It is unclear why a reject from the Adelaide seminary was accepted into the Melbourne
seminary. It is not known whether Ryan was one of the applicants who were screened
by Conway at entry but Conway certainly became involved in issues surrounding Ryan
in 1976, as explained below.
Broken Rites possesses copies of church documents, including correspondence between
the rector of the Melbourne seminary (Fr Kevin Mogg) and a Father John Harvey in
Maryland, U.S.A. (who specialized in helping priests with sexual problems). During his
Melbourne seminary training (according to the church documents), Ryan "had been
regularly involved in overt sexual behaviour" with about six other trainee priests. The
acts (the seminary letter stated) included mutual masturbation and also some "more
serious acts".
The church authorities went ahead with Ryan's ordination, which took place in Ballarat
in May 1976, and he was due to be given an on-going appointment to a parish in the
Ballarat diocese for early 1977.
But the news of his ordination alarmed a Ballarat mother, who complained to the
diocesan authorities that Ryan sexually abused her teenage son (with disastrous
consequences for the son) while Ryan was doing work-experience in a Ballarat parish
during in the final year of his course. The church authorities still intended to keep Ryan
as a priest but they realised that this mother would go public if she saw Ryan being
appointed to any Ballarat parish — and this would damage the respectable image of the
Catholic Church.
The church authorities went into damage control. In late 1976 (according to the church Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 12
R. J. Stove,
documents) the seminary asked Ronald Conway to interview Ryan. Conway then wrote
a report on Ryan and referred him to Catholic psychiatrist Dr Eric Seal. On 18
November 1976, Dr Seal wrote to the rector of the Melbourne seminary (Fr Kevin
Mogg), saying that he [Seal] had received a comprehensive report about Ryan
from Ronald Conway. Following the reports by Conway and Seal and after further
discussions, the Ballarat diocese "solved" the problem of the angry Ballarat mother —
the diocese arranged for Ryan to be given a trip to the United States in 1977.
Church documents (in the possession of Broken Rites) state that Ryan was allowed to
work in parishes in the U.S., where he committed sexual crimes against a number of
American schoolboys. And, after returning to Australia, Ryan was also allowed to work
in parishes in western Victoria, where he again committed sexual crimes (consisting of
repeated indecent touching) against more boys, one of whom later committed suicide.
Paul David Ryan was jailed in Australia in 2006 for his sexual crimes.
It is not known what Ronald Conway thought about the abusive behaviour of Father
Paul David Ryan and similar church-offenders. Did he think (as he said in the case of
Christian Brother Robert Best who was convicted in 1996) that Ryan's kind of criminal
offences and ethical breaches were "more a nuisance and embarrassment than a threat"?
FOOTNOTE
For the full story of Father Paul David Ryan, who was interviewed by Ronald Conway
at the Melbourne seminary, see our article entitled "Church kept an abusive priest —
and one victim committed suicide".Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 13
R. J. Stove,
4. THE REMNANT FILE (MINNESOTA) ON CONWAY
Despairing of getting any action from the Australian Catholic hierarchy on
the topic of Conway’s misdeeds – even when Conway was dead and, thus,
no longer protected by our ludicrous defamation laws – I wrote a series of
articles for a Catholic magazine called The Remnant based in St Paul,
Minnesota. Here are links to the articles in question. The first two
concentrate on Conway; the third refers to him only in passing.
Copies of this material have gone to numerous persons in the public eye,
most notably His Eminence George Cardinal Pell, Catholic Archbishop of
Sydney, as well as to the Brisbane-based Weekend Australian journalist Tess
Livingstone. In neither Cardinal Pell’s nor Miss Livingstone’s case was
serious action taken.
4.1 “But What About the Lay Abusers?” – The Remnant, 31 August 2010
http://rjstove.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Stove-Conway.pdf
4.2 “Evil, Be Thou My Good: Homosexuality, Therapy, and the Church” –
The Remnant, 31 March 2011
http://www.rjstove.net/articles/Conway_Evil.pdf
4.3 “No Enemies on the Homintern Left” – The Remnant, 5 November 2011.
(This article is mainly about Archbishop John Hepworth, but it refers to the
whole Conway business briefly.)
http://www.rjstove.net/articles/Hepworth.pdf
I can only hope that the Victorian parliamentary enquiry will succeed in
putting an end to the cycle of denial which has been so obviously exhibited
by the Catholic Church’s hierarchs, not to mention those mass-media
journalists who have been apprised of the situation and who have done
nothing about it.
R. J. Stove,

http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/fcdc/inquiries/57th/Child_Abuse_Inquiry/Submissions/StoveRobert.pdf

Jan Klimkowski
12-19-2012, 07:59 PM
Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 1
R. J. Stove,
SEX ABUSE IN VICTORIAN CATHOLICISM:
THE RONALD CONWAY CONNECTION
By R. J. Stove,

(snip)

Conway's autobiography says that he began his LSD experiments at St Vincent's
Hospital. And former patients say that Conway also administered LSD to them at Stove submission to Victorian parliamentary enquiry – Page 7
R. J. Stove,
the Newhaven psychiatric hospital which was situated at 86 Normanby Road, Kew, in
Melbourne's inner east.
In the late 1960s and during the 1970s, Newhaven hospital was owned and managed by
Marion Villimek, a member of a "New Age" sect called the Santiniketan Park
Association, also known as "The Family". A leader of the sect, Anne Hamilton-Byrne,
was also an administrator at the Newhaven. Conway, Eric Seal and other therapists
hired consulting rooms there on a sessional basis, and were not involved with the sect.
Newhaven ceased being a hospital in 1992.
Celibacy and abuse
Ronald Conway became one of Australia's most prominent Catholic intellectuals,
writing books and newspaper articles about Australian society. He also appeared in
radio and television discussion programs as a psychologist and social commentator.
When the church's sexual scandals became news in Australia in the 1990s, Conway
sometimes commented on the issues of celibacy and sexual abuse.
Judging from articles he wrote in the 1990s, Conway evidently believed that the
incidence of actual abuse — that is, church personnel committing a breach of
professional ethics in their pastoral relationship with children or vulnerable adults —
was not as serious as many other people thought.


See also the DPF thread:

The Family (Santiniketan Lodge and Ann Hamilton Byrne) (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?10616-The-Family-%28Santiniketan-Lodge-and-Ann-Hamilton-Byrne%29)

Which links to Assange.

Jan Klimkowski
12-19-2012, 10:19 PM
Hmmmmm.....


Pollard report: George Entwistle 'did not read emails' about Jimmy Savile

Former BBC director general claims he did not read emails from two senior colleagues hinting at Savile's 'dark side'

Josh Halliday
guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/dec/19/pollard-report-george-entwistle-jimmy-savile), Wednesday 19 December 2012 15.27 GMT

George Entwistle
Former BBC director general George Entwistle. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Josh Halliday

Former BBC director general George Entwistle has claimed he did not read emails from two senior colleagues hinting at Jimmy Savile's "dark side" in a discussion about planned obituaries for the disgraced Jim'll Fix It host.

The emails were revealed in the Pollard report, published on Wednesday, into the BBC's handling of the dropped Newsnight film on Savile in late 2011. Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News who oversaw the review, described the emails as a "missed opportunity" and said they raised questions for Entwistle.

Entwistle, who resigned from the BBC with a £450,000 payoff last month after just 54 days in the job, was told in an email from the corporation's then head of events Nick Vaughan-Barratt in May 2010, nearly 18 months before Savile died, that he had worked with the TV and radio presenter and saw "the real truth" and would feel uneasy about making a tribute to him.

Vaughan-Barratt told Entwistle in the email in May 2010: "We have no obit and I am not sure we would want one ... My first job in TV was on a JS show, I saw the complex and sometimes conflicting nature of the man at first hand ... I'd feel v queasy about an obit. I saw the real truth!!!"

When interviewed by Pollard last month Vaughan-Barratt explained that by "dark side" he meant: "We haven't got an obit for him. I don't think we should make one. The guy is pretty complex and difficult and there is a dark side."

Vaughan-Barratt told Pollard that he was not aware of specific allegations of child sex abuse by Savile until late 2012.

Entwistle said in an email to Vaughan-Barratt in May 2010 that he did not think the BBC needed a pre-prepared obituary for Savile. At the time Entwistle was BBC controller of knowledge commissioning, overseeing all TV factual output. He later became BBC Vision director – ultimately responsible for all TV programmes – before his brief reign as director general began in September.

Another email to Entwistle when he was running BBC Vision from Jan Younghusband, the commissioning editor for BBC music and events, sent on the day after Savile's death in October 2011, said: "I gather we didn't prepare the obit because of the darker side of the story ... There are aspects of this which are hard to tell."

Entwistle maintained in interviews with Pollard that he had never read the emails referring to Savile's "dark side". However, Pollard's report said a forensic examination of two email accounts controlled by Entwistle discovered that the emails from Younghusband appeared as "read", but that it was not possible to establish whether they were read by Entwistle or his personal assistant.

The former director general told Pollard: "It is hard to know what he means by that and what I would have taken from it."

Pollard concluded that there was "knowledge, not just rumour" within BBC Vision about the "unsavoury side of Savile's character at the time the Christmas tribute programmes were planned".

The Pollard review published further emails from Vaughan-Barratt to Younghusband. He told Younghusband in an email on the day after Savile's death that the BBC had decided not to prepare an obituary for Savile in advance.

Vaughan-Barratt added in the email: "We decided that the dark side to Jim (I worked with him for 10 years) would make it impossible to make an honest film that could be shown close to death. But maybe one could be made for later."

In follow-up emails, Entwistle and Danny Cohen, BBC1 controller, said the channel was not the right place for a commemoration of Savile's life, but did not explain why.

Those emails prompted Younghusband to reply to the two executives: "'I gather we didn't prepare the obit because of the darker side of the story. So something celebrating a particular part of his TV career is probably better than the [life] story as there are aspects of this which are hard to tell."

Younghusband said in an interview with Pollard that she believed the "darker side" to refer to claims that Savile mishandled charity money.

In a later submission to Pollard's inquiry, Entwistle said Vaughan-Barratt and Younghusband would have told him if they had "real suspicions of misconduct" about Savile. He pointed out that none of the emails explicitly referred to abuse and said he only became aware of their existence during searches for the Pollard review.

Lord Patten, the BBC Trust chairman, said in a press conference after the publication of the Pollard report that it was taking legal advice about Entwistle's payoff, which has attracted significant criticism.

Entwistle said in a statement following the publication of the Pollard report on Wednesday: "As director general, in October 2012, as soon as I became aware of allegations of sexual abuse against Savile, I took the matter straight to the police and offered the BBC's full co-operation with their investigations."



So, BBC Director General George Entwhistle got a £450k payoff whilst claiming he didn't bother to read emails alerting him to Savile's "dark side".

At one level, Entwhistle adopted the James Murdoch approach. Faced between admitting knowledge of abusive practices and doing nothing about them, and the alternative of claiming he couldn't have been expected to read everything or know what was going on in his organisation, Entwhistle made the Murdoch choice.

He pleaded ignorance and a complete lack of curiosity.

An ignorant and incurious Chief Executive is, at best, an incompetent Chief Executive who deserves to be sacked with zero compensation.

At worst, an ignorant and incurious Chief Executive is simply trying to save his own skin, and is a liar.

Meanwhile, as a onetime BBC hack, let me decode some of the BBC speak.


Vaughan-Barratt told Entwistle in the email in May 2010: "We have no obit and I am not sure we would want one ... My first job in TV was on a JS show, I saw the complex and sometimes conflicting nature of the man at first hand ... I'd feel v queasy about an obit. I saw the real truth!!!"

When interviewed by Pollard last month Vaughan-Barratt explained that by "dark side" he meant: "We haven't got an obit for him. I don't think we should make one. The guy is pretty complex and difficult and there is a dark side."

An "obit" is an obituary film. When famous people are near death, the BBC will prepare obituary films ready for transmission on the day, or within days, of their death. This enables proper research, filming, detailed interviews and editing to take place before the person dies.

Obits are typically prepared for national and international heroes: the Queen, the Pope, a comedian, a beloved celebrity who performed good works.

Vaughan-Barratt is saying BBC staff who'd worked with Savile knew that he was not worthy....

Danny Jarman
12-20-2012, 10:36 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-20785456

Lostprophets rock star Ian Watkins in court on child sex charges

The lead singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets has been charged with conspiracy to rape a one-year-old girl.

Ian Watkins, 35, of Pontypridd, appeared before Cardiff magistrates facing six charges relating to sexual offences against two young children.

He faces a charge of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13 and four offences relating to possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

He was remanded in custody.

The court heard that he had not admitted any of the offences, which date from May to December this year.

A 24-year-old woman has been charged with the same offences as Mr Watkins, while a 20-year-old woman is charged with five of the same offences but not conspiracy to rape.

Bail applications by all three were refused and they are due to appear before Cardiff Crown Court on 31 December.


A one year old girl. :what:

And once again, not exactly the pedophile archetype pushed by the media of someone with a scruffy beard who hangs around local parks after school finishes. But once again, a person with power and wealth.

Jan Klimkowski
12-22-2012, 05:08 PM
Eyes Wide Open if you can bear to watch:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZzgN7efCoE

I feel sick.

Danny Jarman
12-22-2012, 06:28 PM
Great find Jan. I remember when that record came out. The video seems alot more sinister now.

The older comments on this page are a bit disturbing, with allegations of HIV spreading etc - http://www.whosdatedwho.com/tpx_74997/Ian-watkins/comments

Jan Klimkowski
12-22-2012, 06:38 PM
Great find Jan. I remember when that record came out. The video seems alot more sinister now.

The telescope sequence at c1:39 clearly suggests erection directed at prey.

The studio shots with children are frighteningly reminiscent of the now notorious Savile/Glitter scenes.

Without coming over like Mary Whitehouse, the entire video is about sexualisation.

Magda Hassan
12-27-2012, 12:25 PM
Does any one have any information on any child abuse events on the Isle of Mann or on a pathlogist named Richard Shepherd?

Magda Hassan
12-28-2012, 11:37 AM
Censored, Savile's private letters to Mrs Thatcher: Files edited two months ago... AFTER child abuse claims surfaced

Letter from Jimmy Savile to former PM released under 30-year rule
Declares his love for her in gushing 1980 note written following a lunch
Also refers to his 'girl patients' and says 'they all love you'
But other correspondence between the two has been censored
Savile spent 11 consecutive New Year's Eves with Mrs Thatcher
By CLAIRE ELLICOTT (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Claire+Ellicott)
PUBLISHED: 00:04 GMT, 28 December 2012 | UPDATED: 09:13 GMT, 28 December 2012

A letter thought to mark the beginning of the warm relationship between Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Savile has been made public for the first time. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253929/Jimmy-Saviles-private-letters-Margaret-Thatcher-Files-edited-2-months-ago.html#socialLinks)
But other correspondence between the pair has been censored, raising questions over what it contains.
The Top Of The Pops presenter sent an adoring letter to the then prime minister in 1980, singing her praises and declaring his love for her.




Warm relationship: The letter is thought to mark the beginning of a close friendship between Jimmy Savile and Margaret Thatcher. But further correspondence between the pair has been censored because it is 'personal' or 'confidential'





http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/28/article-2253929-16A9D60E000005DC-395_634x890.jpgCorrespondence: A handwritten letter from Jimmy Savile in which he declared his 'love' for Margaret Thatcher after being invited to lunch with her was released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule

She responded by inviting the now-disgraced DJ to lunch at Chequers, spending 11 consecutive New Year’s Eves with him and overseeing his knighthood.
The letter, part of a Savile file released under the 30-year rule by the National Archives at Kew today, reveals how well connected to the establishment he was.
But parts of some exchanges between Savile and Mrs Thatcher were censored in October this year – eight days after claims that he had sexually abused people surfaced in an ITV documentary.
The text of a letter from Savile to Mrs Thatcher and a phone message that he left for her were deleted from the file under the Freedom of Information Act on October 11.




The information is exempt because it is ‘personal’ or ‘confidential’.

But the timing raises the question of whether the information was redacted in light of the negative headlines.
Correspondence remaining in the file includes the gushing letter Savile sent to Mrs Thatcher after a lunch meeting to discuss funding for Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

In it, he also hints at becoming a knight, something arranged during Mrs Thatcher’s tenure and awarded in the New Year’s Honours in 1990, a month after she left office.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/27/article-2253929-16AB802A000005DC-835_634x509.jpgClose: The note, written in February 1980, is signed with kisses and bears Savile¿s distinctive signature, with a smiley face in the J of his name


The letter reads: ‘I waited a week before writing to thank you for my lunch invitation because I had such a superb time I didn’t want to be too effusive.
‘My girl patients pretended to be madly jealous and wanted to know what you wore and what you ate. All the paralysed lads called me “Sir James” all week. They all love you. Me too!!’
The note, written in February 1980, is signed with kisses and bears Savile’s distinctive signature, with a smiley face in the J of his name.
There is no record of Mrs Thatcher’s reply, but a later memo to her from her personal secretary asks in a worried tone whether she has agreed to appear on Jim’ll Fix It.
In the message dated March 9, 1981, after the DJ had lunch with Mrs Thatcher at Chequers, Caroline Stephens wrote: ‘Can you kindly let me know if you made any promises to Jimmy Savile when he lunched with you yesterday, for instance:
‘(i) Did you offer him any money for Stoke Mandeville?
‘(ii) Did you tell him that you would appear on Jim’ll Fix It?’
In felt pen, Mrs Thatcher replies to the first saying: ‘Will tell you in detail. MT.’ To the second, she simply writes: ‘No.’






Censored: The text of a letter from Savile to Mrs Thatcher and a phone message that he left for her were deleted from the file under the Freedom of Information Act on October 11



Pariah: Savile was invited to lunches at Chequers, spending 11 consecutive New Year's Eves with Mrs Thatcher who also oversaw his knighthood


Praised during his life for his charity work, especially at Stoke Mandeville, Savile has now been unmasked as a serial child abuser.

More than 450 people have made allegations of abuse by the DJ, who died last year aged 84.
The papers released by the National Archive today include an entire Savile file devoted to his correspondence with Mrs Thatcher and her aides about his charity work and pleas for Government money for his projects.
There are also a number of redactions made in October – other files released today were edited much earlier in the year.
In the 1981 section of the file, there are discussions about Savile’s suggestion of a Government contribution to Stoke Mandeville during a meeting with Mrs Thatcher.
No 10 private secretary Mike Pattison wrote: ‘The Prime Minister said was he thinking of a million pounds and Mr Savile replied that they would be grateful for any sum.’
In December 1981, the Government announced that it would give £500,000 to the Stoke Mandeville Appeal.


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Jan Klimkowski
12-28-2012, 01:14 PM
But parts of some exchanges between Savile and Mrs Thatcher were censored in October this year – eight days after claims that he had sexually abused people surfaced in an ITV documentary.
The text of a letter from Savile to Mrs Thatcher and a phone message that he left for her were deleted from the file under the Freedom of Information Act on October 11.

What was Jim fixing for Maggie?

Jan Klimkowski
01-07-2013, 10:00 PM
What was Jim fixing for Maggie?

Time for a reprise....



Abuse scandals probe widens: The man who may hold key to UK's biggest paedophile network ever
11 Nov 2012 09:11


Charles Napier could provide vital evidence for police investigating a child abuse scandal spanning three decades


In the picturesque Dorset town of Sherborne, Charles Napier is an upstanding member of the community.

He is known as a respected retired languages teacher, a playwright and theatre director.

Only last month he gave a lecture on William Shakespeare at the town's literary festival.

But Napier's sordid past threatens to drag him into the heart of new inquiries into a child abuse scandal spanning three decades.

Evidence now being examined by Metropolitan Police detectives links Napier to Peter Righton, one of Britain's most high-profile paedophiles.

Righton is now long dead. But Napier is not. Now 68 and living with his mother in the West Country, he could prove a vital witness to the unfolding police inquiry into child abuse on a massive scale in this country.

Both men were linked to a shadowy organisation called the Paedophile Information Exchange which campaigned in the 70s and 80s for what they called the age of "child love" to be reduced to four.

Righton was a founder of PIE, Napier its one-time treasurer. Righton, incredibly, was also one of Britain's leading child protection specialists.

But when police raided his house in Evesham, Worcs, in 1992 they found not only hard-core child abuse images from Amsterdam but a "quarter-century of correspondence" between paedophiles in Britain and around the world.

The probe led police to the kitchen of a flat in South London where they found a letter from 'Napier - who had a child assault conviction 20 years before - boasting of his life in Cairo as a"British Council teacher.

He bragged of easy access toyoung boys and how he could sendObscene images back to Britain indiplomatic bags.

The scandal erupted again when Labour MP Tom Watson raised the matter with David Cameron in the House of Commons last month suggesting a network of paedophiles working in the UK had links to high levels of Government.

He believes there was an Establishment cover-up of the Righton files and his claims are now being investigated by a Scotland Yard team.

Since Mr Watson's first dramatic announcement, dozens of victims have come forward with allegations of shocking abuse by paedophiles at care homes across Britain.

Several names of senior politicians have been put in the frame though, it has to be said, without any evidential corroboration. However, what is clear is that there are real concerns that more could and should have been done after Righton's 1992 arrest and subsequent caution for indecent assault of a boy 30 years before.

Even Michael Hames, then head of Scotland Yard's Obscene Publications Squad, who handled the Righton files expressed disappointment more was not done. Writing in 2000 of the Righton inquiry, he called for a national team to be set up to investigate paedophiles, adding: "I remain convinced that we have only touched the tip of a huge national and international problem."

The story of Charles Napier is an extraordinary one that shows how a paedophile was able to operate with impunity while holding down a thoroughly respectable lifestyle.

It illustrates how there was little or no safety net to prevent child abusers from returning to their sick ways. And it begins at Copthorne Preparatory School, West Sussex, in the late 60s.

This week, respected author and journalist Francis Wheen told the Sunday People how he was just 11 when Napier arrived at the school.

He says Napier, then in is 20s, charmed the youngsters with his sports car, dashing good looks and claims that he was a professional actor.

Mr Wheen said: "He recruited a few of us, saying 'spend more time in the gym' and appointed himself gym master. There was a room off the gym and that became his haunt.

"Four or five of us started regularly going down there, vaulting over horses and things like that, in our gym shorts in all our innocence.

"At the end of it he would take us into his room off the gym and give us beer and cigarettes - bottles of Mackeson's and Senior Service untipped.

"We thought this was terrifically exciting. Here we were, 11 years old, being given beer and fags - we were thinking he's on our side not like any of the other masters. cigarettes , nd king ot like asters.

"And of course this was for an ulterior purpose which very soon became clear when he stuck his hand down my gym shorts and I had to sort of fight him off."

Napier then revealed his terrifying technique for grooming the youngsters by trying to humiliate the 11-year-old Francis.

Mr Wheen said: "He said 'Don't be such a baby' and said I wasn't grown-up enough for that sort of thing. He would point to a couple of other boys, saying 'They let me do it. You just won't let me because you're so babyish.'

"I think he was hoping I'd say 'no I'm as grown up as them' and let him get on with it but I didn't. It meant I was excluded from his 'charmed circle' after that - but by then I knew where he kept his beer and cigarettes so I used to break into his room, steal them and go sit in the woods.

"I could enjoy them without being sexually abused."

Mr Wheen also described the culture of silence that grew up around the assaults, with youngsters reluctant to report the teacher, feeling they wouldn't be believed.

He added: "A year or two after I left, my younger brother - who was still at the school - came back from holidays and told me Mr Napier had been sacked.

"At long last one boy who had been sexually molested had been innocent enough to go to the headmaster and report him.

"There was a very hasty exit made by Napier. He had a flashy sp so up, speed and sports car and as soon as the game was up, he roared off at speed and pranged it on the school gates. I think I got away quite lightly - I can't pretend I've been scarred for life by it. But I'm sure there are children out there who have been badly damaged by Charles Napier."

In 1972, Napier was found to have indecently assaulted pupils at a Surrey school where he was working. After being banned from teaching, he left the country.

In 1978, he was working in Sweden where he taught at a junior school with pupils as young as 11 - and was visited by Righton.

Napier later surfaced in Egypt, where he worked as the assistant head of studies with the British Council in Cairo.

A letter from the time saw him boast to a friend that the city was "full of boys, 98 per cent of them available".

He also helped set up and run a school in Turkey. His picture appears on a website offering English as a Foreign Language, where he boasts: "Most of my posts have been in Europe, North Africa or the Middle East, and for the last eight years I've been in Istanbul, running my own school and writing a series of course books for Turkish students."

Back in England, Napier was jailed for nine months in 1995 for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy he'd lured to his home in the 80s.

He befriended the lad, enticing him with lager and computer games - then abused him.

Prosecutors said: "It wasn't just a stranger grabbing a boy in the park. This was a slow insidious process. The boy was trapped - not forced."

Righton, a founder member of PIE, was at one time the UK's leading authority on the protection of children.

Yet he used his power to not only hide his paedophilia, but to help other child abusers - among them Napier.

The latter's ban on teaching meant he was added to List 99, a precursor of the Sex Offenders' Register.

And Righton - the subject of a 1994 documentary on paedophiles - used his influence to try to have Napier removed from the list so he could be allowed back into schools.

Risk Righton wrote to the Department of Education saying: "Mr Napier is a gifted teacher of both adults and children.

"I believe that during the years since his conviction he has acquired a knowledge and disciplined mastery of himself which would justify the conclusion he no longer constitutes a sexual risk to children in his charge.

"It would give me great pleasure - and cause me no anxiety - to hear the Secretary of State had reviewed his decision of October 24, 1972, in Mr Napier's favour."

In 1981, the ban was relaxed to allow Napier into colleges and universities. In 1990 he applied for the ban to be further relaxed - this time enlisting Dr Malcolm Fraser as his referee.

Dr Fraser was convicted in 1992 for possessing indecent photographs of children. His third conviction saw him struck off - and Napier remained on the banned list.

Mr Wheen thought he'd seen the last of his former teacher but their paths crossed again in 1977, when he was commissioned to write an article about PIE and its desire to lower the age of consent.

A senior group member told Mr Wheen: "You must speak to our treasurer.

He's very good. Very well informed about the issues."

And Mr Wheen was astonished to discover the expert he was being put in touch with was his former teacher - now PIE's treasurer - Charles Napier.

Mr Wheen added: "I didn't really want to speak to him. I couldn't believe what my old teacher had become."

Napier declined to comment yesterday.


This is what Tom Watson MP wrote in November 2012. My emphasis in bold:





Response to Rob Wilson MP

November 11th, 2012 —


Dear Rob,


Thank you for your recent letter which I read online yesterday.

I appreciate your concern for the heat to be taken out of the public debate around this issue but as you have raised this with me publicly, I feel duty bound to explain that which I had wished to remain private.

Your central point is that any allegations I receive should go to the police. I am not sure why you have assumed that this is not happening. You are wrong, in any case.

It remains the case that the documents seized in the investigation into paedophile Peter Righton provide clear intelligence suggesting a child abuse ring that links to a former aide of a Prime Minister. In fact this was my sole focus when the matter was raised with the PM in the House. My concern was not the shortcomings of the previous inquiry into North Wales and at the time I was not aware of any allegations made about politicians relating to North Wales.

This is also why I believe the terms of reference for the inquiry announced by the Home Secretary are inadequate and at some point in the future will have to be broadened, as I told the Home Secretary on Tuesday.

As you know, I have some history with the Metropolitan police. We now know that during the hacking scandal, the organisation was sitting on a vast amount of intelligence that provided clear evidential leads suggesting much wider criminal wrongdoing.

In raising the matter with the PM I was seeking to ensure that the new team at the Met were aware that there could be clear intelligence held by them that would warrant a second look in this case too. I believe this is now happening.

Since raising the issue with the PM, a number of other allegations have been made of which I have made the police aware.

My concern is that the institutions that are there to protect vulnerable children may have historically failed. I do not know why this is the case but seek to understand it. This will take time and I would welcome your ideas as to how child protection policy can be improved in years to come.

The former child protection specialist who raised his concerns with me did so because after the Murdoch scandal, he felt I was prepared to speak out on a perceived injustice and see it through to the end – no matter where the evidence leads and whoever it affects and regardless of political persuasion. I should point out to you that my few public statements regarding an alleged child abuse ring have taken pains not to identify the political affinity of the suspected perpetrators. Nor have I at any point, publicly identified the time period to which the allegations apply. This is not a fit subject for point scoring.

I hope you now understand that I am fully co-operating with the police and that I will not let this matter drop regardless of what pressure is bought to bear by those that seek to undermine legitimate inquiry.

Jan Klimkowski
01-12-2013, 02:53 PM
Where will this investigation lead?



Special report: Police revisit the grim mystery of Elm Guest House

Boys in care were allegedly being groomed for sex at parties at a south-west London house attended by well-known and powerful figures. James Hanning and Paul Cahalan investigate

James Hanning , Paul Cahalan


Sunday 16 December 2012

The Independent on Sunday (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/special-report-police-revisit-the-grim-mystery-of-elm-guest-house-8420435.html)

There is no more ordinary-looking row of suburban Edwardian houses in the country than Rocks Lane, south-west London. But nowhere has given rise to such an outlandish series of allegations than the one formerly known as Elm Guest House. The claims are now being re-investigated by the Metropolitan Police, decades after they were first made. Attempts have been made by care workers to lay bare the secrets of Rocks Lane but to no avail. Whatever the outcome of their investigations in the past, the police seem convinced that a number of serious wrongs need to be righted.

Rocks Lane is a conspiracy theorist's dream, taking in allegations of the grooming of young boys in care for sex, elaborate gay parties involving senior public figures including members of the Conservative Party, charges of a police cover-up and even the suggestion of murder. The police believe that in the context of the Jimmy Savile scandal and renewed claims over the treatment of boys in care in North Wales, there is every reason to look again at an extremely murky saga.

A month ago, in conditions of the utmost secrecy (so much so that nothing was even put on computers), the Metropolitan Police set up Operation Fairbank, to look into, among other things, allegations made by Tom Watson in the House of Commons. The Labour MP had spoken of a "powerful paedophile ring" and its links to a previous prime minister's "senior adviser". Mr Watson has been uncharacteristically diffident about speaking to journalists on the issue since then, saying that he is passing on any information to the police. He said yesterday: "I'm not seeking to add any specific allegations myself, but hope that my comments will help the authorities get to the bottom of this."

What is known is that in the late 1970s, the Elm Guest House on Rocks Lane was a safe, unthreatening meeting place for homosexual men free from the stigma of a sexual orientation legalised barely a decade earlier. According to a former friend of Carole Kasir, the guest house's German-born manager, she initially regarded herself as offering gay men an opportunity to "be themselves" without fear. Rocks Lane, which overlooks a playing field, was known to homosexual men as it is close to Barnes Common, itself popular with gay men for cruising.

But Elm Guest House's willingness to accommodate a small industry ("It became a convenient place for rent boys to take their clients," says one person familiar with the place), began to attract the attentions of the local police force. One neighbour remembers a months-long police stakeout: "They were there all the time. Police hiding behind the trees to look at the property was a running joke with the neighbours."

In 1982, the police learned that one of the guest house's parties was to take place, and the Met's notorious Special Patrol Group, the precursor of the Territorial Support Group, duly raided the property, resulting in a number of charges being brought against Kasir. The fact that two police officers were in the house at the time of the raid has fed the speculation. The IoS has established that, according to an officer closely involved at the time, two officers were embedded as guests in the property for two or three days, one even pretending to have a broken arm, hiding a police radio in a plaster cast to make secret recordings. If there was a cover-up, it appears not to have involved the local police force, who seem to have been assiduous in seeking to have the place closed down.

As many as 12 boys gave evidence to the police to the effect that they had been abused by men at the house, The IoS has established, but the only conviction was the comparatively minor one of running a disorderly house (ie, a brothel). "Abused boys do not always make the most impressive of witnesses once they get into the witness box," someone involved in the case said. "The real unlawful activity was underage sex. The police should have been able to make the other charges stick, but the boys were only ever interviewed with a view to them being witnesses against Carole, not as kids who were abused themselves."

The place continued to attract speculation. Who was at that party has never been established, but as time went on, more and more allegations began to emerge about Rocks Lane. The local police paved the way for the raid, but at some stage Special Branch felt the need to get involved. Why was that, some have asked, unless there was something even murkier going on? Child-protection campaigners alleged that boys had been taken from a local council-run home and abused, a line of investigation that police are now pursuing.

What makes the Rocks Lane story so tantalising for the media is the list of alleged attendees at the parties. One source suggested that Anthony Blunt, former keeper of the Queen's pictures and an exposed Soviet mole, used to go the parties, but then Blunt's notoriety made him a magnet for any number of fanciful theories. Those who knew him say the idea is absurd, and that his sexual tastes were far more conventional. Others have spoken of two High Court judges and a Foreign Office official attending. Chris Fay, a social worker who worked for a small charity, the National Association for Young People in Care (Naypic), has alleged that a terrified Kasir had shown him about 20 photographs of middle-aged men with young boys, taken at what he said were kings and queens fancy-dress parties, attended by a number of powerful and well-known people. One, Mr Fay alleged, featured a well-known public figure wearing nothing but a French maid's apron alongside a young boy nude apart from a tiara.

In 1990, at the age of 47, Kasir was found dead in her flat. The coroner's inquest concluded that, a diabetic, she had suffered an insulin overdose. Two Naypic employees told the coroner they believed that because she seemingly had not had an insulin injection for three days, she had been murdered, the victim of powerful people who feared she knew too much. Nonetheless, she was found to have committed suicide, worn down by an eight-year battle to have her son, who was taken into care after her conviction, returned to her.

So was the story of Rocks Lane (now mercifully restored to blameless respectability) just another one of consenting adults "romping" behind lace curtains? Or was it qualitatively different, involving something much nastier and more exploitative? Since 1990, ineffectual efforts have been made to overturn this vast stone. A reported 2003 "inquiry", which ended up being examined by the IPCC, foundered, frustratingly, on unsupported evidence based on the wrong time frame. But now, with child abuse no longer regarded as unthinkable, the climate seems to be changing.

Tom Watson's Commons statement brought forward a flood of emails from the public. Police have been hindered by the loss of many documents and impassioned but unverifiable testimony, much of which has surfaced on the internet. The allegations deserving of most scrutiny, though, have seemingly eluded the web. The two surviving Naypic employees are reluctant to discuss the case, but it is believed the police are interviewing what, tellingly, they now refer to as "victims", and are encouraging others to come forward.

The alleged presence of household names adds to the intrigue, but in a celeb-obsessed age, there is a danger that, should such names not materialise, Rocks Lane will be seen as "just another" child abuse case. Yet police sources fear that dozens of boys were either taken or on the run from care homes to be abused. By any standards, that should be a big story.

The net widens

The scandal of abuse at care homes in North Wales, including Bryn Estyn, was reawakened following the Jimmy Savile allegations.

Reports of abuse – involving in the region of 300 children, mainly in the 1970s and 1980s – first led Clwyd Council to commission a report into failings. But the Jillings report was never published, and, amid rumours of a botched police investigation, the Waterhouse report was commissioned. It named 200 abusers, or those who failed to protect children, but was seen as a whitewash after no prosecutions resulted.

Victims of child abuse in Northern Ireland are still waiting for an inquiry into abuse at Catholic church and state-run institutions between 1973 and 1989. It followed the Ryan report in the Republic of Ireland, which found that sexual and psychological abuse was "endemic" in Catholic-run schools and orphanages for most of the 20th century.

In 2010, a three-year investigation into child abuse in Jersey led to seven people being convicted for a series of assaults they inflicted on children, mainly at the Haut de la Garenne home, from the 1970s onwards. Police took 1,776 statements from 192 alleged victims during the course of their inquiry.

Many victims there believe more abuse remains uncovered. An investigation into claims that Savile had abused girls in Jersey was launched last month.

Jan Klimkowski
01-12-2013, 03:18 PM
This has been leading news broadcasts in the UK.

Savile was a predatory paedophile, active until his death, operating in security units for the criminally insane, in children's hospitals, in schools, in orphanages, and in BBC TV studios.

He could have been stopped and wasn't.

I note that this report does not address Savile's presumed child abuse in Jersey, nor the networks within which he operated.


Police errors left Jimmy Savile free to 'groom the nation'

Public prosecutor promises to reinvestigate thousands of sexual assault cases after extent of Savile's crimes revealed

Sandra Laville, Esther Addley, Josh Halliday
The Guardian, Friday 11 January 2013 20.18 GMT

Jimmy Savile (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/11/jimmy-savile-police-report)
When Jimmy Savile was interviewed by detectives in 2009 the encounter was "perfunctory", a police review found. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

A litany of failings by police and prosecutors meant the one chance to bring Jimmy Savile to justice while he was alive was lost, the director of public prosecution has admitted as he promised to reinvestigate thousands of sexual assault cases where victims felt they were not believed.
Savile case explained

1 Key findings
2 Full Met and NSPCC report (pdf)
3 Full CPS report (pdf)
4 The report timeline

Three official reports on Friday revealed for the first time the damning details of how the authorities just three years ago failed to build a case against the BBC celebrity, who sexually assaulted children and young people across six decades and used the power of his fame to "groom the nation".

The BBC, hospitals, schools, the police and prosecutors all let down the hundreds of victims, aged as young as eight, allowing the predatory paedophile to continue abusing "in plain sight" throughout his lifetime. Police across the country including the Metropolitan police, Surrey, Sussex and Savile's home force, West Yorkshire, failed to share information, in some cases failed to record allegations against him and in other cases even warned victims off.

When Savile was finally interviewed by detectives in 2009, the encounter was "perfunctory" and he was allowed to control the proceedings, a review by Surrey police found.

Apologising to the victims, Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, said victims of any sexual abuse, no matter how historic, who felt their complaints were mishandled, should come forward, and promised a review of such cases. Panels will be set up across the country by police and prosecutors to re-examine cases. This had to be a "watershed moment" in the way complaints from victims of sexual assault were handled, he said, adding that victims had to be believed.

"The approach of the police and prosecutors to credibility in sexual assault cases has to change," he said. "Testing the complainant's account is only one part of the exercise; equally important is testing the suspect's account and building stronger cases by linking evidence and allegations."

Asked if heads should roll at the CPS because of the failings, David Cameron's spokesman said: "That is a matter for the relevant authorities. The prime minister's view on all of this is that it is absolutely right that every institution involved gets to the bottom of exactly what has gone on."

Starmer spoke as reports by the Met and the NSPCC, the Crown Prosecution Service and Surrey police revealed extraordinary missed opportunities and mistakes which allowed Savile to escape the best chance of being brought to justice three years ago after four women had come forward to Surrey and Sussex police.

The failings included:

• Police forces not recording allegations or sharing information and the women not being informed other victims were making similar allegations.

• The reviewing lawyer for the CPS, a "rape specialist", dismissing the allegations early on as "relatively minor".

• West Yorkshire failing to pursue several allegations against Savile, and Sussex police even scaring a victim off by saying the star's lawyers "would make mincemeat" of her.

• The police treating the women's accounts with too much caution.

Alison Levitt, QC, principle legal adviser for the CPS, who reviewed the failings by police and prosecutors, said: "The case against Jimmy Savile was a strong one, consisting as it did of four apparently independent allegations of sexual behaviour towards young women and girls with whom he came into contact as a result of his fame and his charitable work.

"There was, on the evidence I have seen, a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to each of the three allegations which amounted to offences and thus were capable of being charged."

Carole Wells, a former boarding school pupil who was assaulted by Savile when she was 14, said: "I am pleased police have finally acknowledged that Jimmy Savile was a sexual predator. For so long, there's always doubt when you're not believed. Something good has now got to come out of this watershed day. It's sad that it has got to this but hopefully it means that kids [will] be believed [by police]."

The joint report by the Met and NSPCC, called Giving Victims a Voice, revealed the terrible scale of Savile's offending. Peter Watt of the NSPCC said he was an "evil and manipulative" paedophile and Commander Peter Spindler said he had "groomed the nation".

More than 450 victims have come forward to police and the charity since October, most of whom – 73% – were abused as children.

Thirty four people, including 28 children, were raped by Savile, whose abuse spanned 1955 to 2009 and took place in schools, 13 hospitals and a hospice, and BBC television and radio studios between 1959 and 2006.

Spindler said: "Savile's offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic. He cannot face justice today but we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims ... We must learn from these shocking events."

The peak period of his offending coincided with his peak fame – when he was in his 40s and 50s. The police have recorded 214 sexual crimes against him, but that figure is likely to rise. Twenty eight of his victims were under 10.

But Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said no one should think that Savile was a one-off: "There are people who spend their lifetimes abusing children and we have got to do something about it."

Malcolm Pryce
01-12-2013, 08:27 PM
Yes, it's quite striking, isn't it, how no one in the media is mentioning Haut de la Garenne. It's a case of the elephant not in the room.

Magda Hassan
01-18-2013, 11:05 AM
Sex Abuse Scandal: German Catholic Church Cancels InquiryBy Barbara Hans (http://www.spiegel.de/extra/0,1518,632086,00.html)
An independent inquiry into sex abuse in the German Catholic Church was supposed to restore faith in the embattled institution. But now the Church has called it off, citing a breakdown in trust with the researchers.


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"The relationship of mutual trust between the bishops and the head of the institute has been destroyed," said the Bishop of Trier, Stephan Ackermann.



It was a major promise after a major disaster: In summer 2011, the Catholic Church in Germany pledged full transparency. One year earlier, an abuse scandal had shaken the country's faithful, as an increasing number of cases surfaced in which priests had sexually abused children and then hidden behind a wall of silence.


ANZEIGE





The Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute (KFN) was given the job of investigating the cases in 2011. The personnel files from churches in all 27 dioceses were to be examined for cases of abuse in an attempt to win back some of the Church's depleted credibility.But now the Church has called off the study, citing a breakdown in trust. "The relationship of mutual trust between the bishops and the head of the institute has been destroyed," said the Bishop of Trier, Stephan Ackermann, on Wednesday morning.
The director of the KFN, Christian Pfeiffer, told SPIEGEL ONLINE that the Church had refused to cooperate. At the end of last year, he contacted the dioceses twice in writing. He reminded them of their promised transparency and cooperation. He also asked them whether there was any indication that in some dioceses files had been actively destroyed.
The Bishops' Conference, the country's official body of the Church, was apparently unable to agree on any form of cooperation with the KFN.
The controversy in recent months centered on privacy and data protection: various dioceses have refused to issue documents, allegedly fearing that the anonymity of those affected would not be maintained and that sensitive information could potentially be made public. In response, Pfeiffer asserted in April 2012 that the perpetrator files "never left the church space made available by the Vicar General." A meeting with the indignant clergy around that time was unsuccessful.
Criticism for the Church
German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has defended the KFN's professional credibility and demanded that the issue be cleared up. "The accusation that censorship and the desire to maintain control hindered an independent examination must quickly be resolved by the Bishops' Conference," she told the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday, urging the Church to conduct a thorough investigation of the abuse scandal.
"It is a necessary and overdue step for the Catholic Church to open up its archives to specialists outside the Church for the first time," she said. "The dramatic shock of 2010 must not be allowed to trickle off into a half-hearted inquiry."
Before the inquiry was called off, the spokesman for the German Bishops' Conference, Matthias Kopp, had insisted that the project should continue regardless of the outcome of the conflict: "Should cooperation with the KFN fall through, there would be a continuation of the project with another partner," he said.
Pfeiffer insists that the church did not uphold their end of the agreement, which was signed by the research institute and the Association of German Dioceses (VDD). Debate broke out about whether individual dioceses were contractually bound by the agreement.
The structure of the study was unique in Europe: All 27 dioceses had wanted to grant the KFN access to their complete personnel files from the past ten years. In nine dioceses, the investigation was to have gone back as far as 1945.
Unanswered Questions
The German Bishops' Conference reached the agreement with the KFN on June 20, 2011. Under the supervision of a team of KFN researchers, church officials were to examine the files for indications of sexual assault. Retired prosecutors and judges would carry out much of the work to evaluate files that were found to be suspicious.
The German Bishops' Conference hoped the examination would answer three questions: Under what circumstances was the abuse allowed to happen? How has the Church dealt with these actions? And what can be done to prevent future acts? The research project was scheduled to last three years and was also meant to examine how offender profiles have changed in recent years.

The project was of incalculable importance to the Catholic Church, because the loss of confidence after the abuse scandal was enormous. The cancellation of the inquiry throws into high relief Bishop Ackermann's statement from 2011: "We also want the truth, which may still lie hidden in decades-old files, to be uncovered."Early on there was criticism of the project, though. The conservative Network of Catholic Priests pointed out that "even according to normal labor law, third parties are not entitled to claim personnel files."
The model for the study was a survey in Munich, where an attorney went through personnel files -- and identified nine more cases of abuse than had previously been discovered by the dioceses.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-catholic-church-cancels-sex-abuse-scandal-inquiry-a-876612.html

Danny Jarman
01-21-2013, 06:17 AM
Child abuse cops seize VIP list: Politicians, MI5 agent, Royal aide and pop stars all named
19 Jan 2013 22:00 (http://www.mirror.co.uk/by-date/19-01-2013) First arrests expected soon following dawn raid in connection with suburban guest house that operated as gay brothel


A list of names seized by police probing allegations of child abuse includes ministers, members of the royal household and a world-famous pop star, the Sunday People (http://www.mirror.co.uk/all-about/the%20people) can reveal.


All were recorded as visitors to a suburban guest house that operated as a gay brothel.


Now some could be suspects in an investigation into a network of powerful people who were secret paedophiles for years.


Late last week police ramped up the inquiry – and arrests are believed to be imminent.


Nine officers raided the North London home of former child protection worker Mary Moss after she initially declined to co-operate with the investigation.


Documents and a laptop were seized. Ms Moss later handed over a further 19 files she had hidden in a neighbour’s shed.


The papers include a list of men who went to sex parties in the 80s at the Elm Guest House, Barnes, South West London.


Among the names are two former Conservative Cabinet ministers and four other senior Tories.


There is also a Labour MP, a prominent Irish republican and a leading National Front member.


Others on the handwritten note are two members of the royal household – one a former Buckingham Palace employee – plus the owner of a multinational company and two pop stars.


One of those is a best-selling musician, but like some others on the list he is not suspected of being involved in the child abuse.


The list was taken at meetings in 1988 between the guest house’s manager Carole Kasir and child protection officials.


Other documents seized are believed to identify 16 boys who were allegedly trafficked to the guest house from local care homes. Police have asked Richmond Council for a full list of children in care at the time.


Officers will also be examining copies of cash receipts and *the guest house’s visitor records.


Operation Fernbridge is investigating claims that boys who were in council care were brought to the Elm to be sexually abused by bigwigs and VIPs.


It was launched after Labour MP Tom Watson claimed a paedophile ring used top-level connections to dodge justice.


As well as Richmond, social services records from nearby Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow will be checked by detectives.


The first people to be arrested are not expected to be famous.


But sources close to the investigation are increasingly confident some big names will be caught in the police net.


Renowned figures linked to the scandal so far include the former Liberal MP Cyril Smith and the one-time Keeper of the Queen’s Pictures Anthony Blunt, who was disgraced as a traitor and spy.


The Sunday People was the first to expose the “paedo palace” last month. Its owner Kasir was 47 when she died of a suspected overdose in 1990.


At her inquest, child protection workers told the coroner of her meetings with them two years earlier.


She reported that boys from nearby Grafton Close council home were *brought to her premises and abused.


The claim was never fully investigated by police. Kasir was at the Elm when cops raided a party there in 1982.


Twelve boys then told police they had been abused by men in the house but complaints were not pursued.


The only prosecution in the wake of the raid resulted in Kasir being convicted of keeping a brothel.


Campaigners believe she did not know of the child abuse until shortly before she reported it in 1988.


It appears a 2003 probe into activities at the Elm also fizzled out. Now Operation Fernbridge may be on the verge of bringing offenders to justice.
It was triggered by a speech Tom Watson made in the House of Commons.


He told MPs there was “clear intelligence” of an abuse network of powerful men with influence at the highest level – in Parliament and even in Downing Street.

A lot of it was gathered in the 1992 investigation into paedophile Peter Righton.


The Met launched Operation Fairbank with a staff of five collecting intelligence on long-standing allegations.


After interviewing adult witnesses they started Operation Fernbridge to look solely at the Elm.


Ms Moss said of last week’s police raid: “They were friendly enough but I thought it was heavy handed and a complete violation of my *privacy.”


The Met said on Friday: “The investigation will be led by the Child Abuse Investigation Command.


"The allegations under Operation Fernbridge were initially assessed under Operation Fairbank, which was from information passed to police by Mr Tom Watson.”
The MP said: “I believe a great injustice was done in the 1980s.


"To stop something like this happening again I am asking victims to summon the courage to come forward now.


“Whatever has happened in the past your voices will be heard now.


“You can contact the police. Or if you feel more comfortable you can contact me directly.”




http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-seize-vip-list-in-dawn-1546351

Makes me wonder if the UK will have a full scale dutroux style affair.

Anthony Thorne
01-24-2013, 11:46 AM
On the subject of this thread, has anyone ever heard reference made to a character or figure called 'Brassman'? A friend of mine noted he'd seen the name mentioned by some Franklin Scandal victims in the Conspiracy of Silence documentary - with 'Brassman' being a predatory adult figure that some of the children had reportedly encountered - but when I scanned the documentary I couldn't see the name mentioned. If anyone has encountered the name 'Brassman' being recounted in discussions relating to abuse, please let me know, as it will help me join the dots in some other related areas of research.. Thanks for any help.

Jan Klimkowski
01-26-2013, 06:54 PM
Gordon Thomas has excellent intelligence connections, particularly with Mossad.



Paedophiles, Cheb sex capital of Europe
Captive market: The sexual slave traffic in children
By Gordon Thomas
Sunday, October 8, 2006

It was dusk when the BMWs and Mercedes once more began to enter Cheb on Christmas Eve, 2004. By midnight, the expensive cars cruised its streets. The town is on the Czech-German border, a crossing point on the highway that leads to Prague from Bavaria and Saxony.
Cheb is a mecca for German paedophiles who come to this drab town, with its ugly Stalinist-era apartment blocks and poorly-lit back streets for one purpose.
Every night, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cheb has maintained its reputation as the child sex capital of Europe. These include what are known as "the specials": children so small, so vulnerable, so fragile, that they cannot solicit for themselves. They are offered to the drivers of those cars by their "keepers". This is the shame of Czechoslovakia, a country that now prides itself on having a future in the European Community.
For the equivalent of US $50 a paedophile can take his pick of children often barely out of their diapers.
They are the ultimate degradation for a town of 38,000 people. With over 100 brothels, no one knows exactly how many young prostitutes work in them or on the streets of Cheb.
On New Year's Day, 2004, Europe's newspapers reported the latest child-sex scandal. A former Portuguese cabinet minister tipped to lead his socialist party, Paulo Pedroso, and a former ambassador to South Africa, Jorge Ritto, along with eight others, including a doctor and two television presenters, were all charged with sexually abusing minors.
Outside Portugal most newspapers gave little space to the revelations. They have become all too commonplace.
The allegedly abused children of Portugal represent a fraction of a global industry. Its annual revenues were estimated in 2003 to exceed half a trillion dollars globally. This is twice the value of all United States currency currently in circulation at any given time, more than the annual gross national products of many countries.
To understand the sheer size of profits accruing from such terrible misery, consider this: a million dollars in gold would weigh as much as a Japanese Sumo wrestler. A half trillion dollars would come close to exceeding the entire population weight of a medium sized Australian city.
The profits come from child sexual trafficking in all its forms: white slavery, sex rings, pornography, the sex tourism industry, lap dancing, bogus adoption schemes and procuring the victims -- the untold millions of children globally entrapped in the sex trade industry who are forced to allow their bodies to be used in exchange for food, money, shelter, alcohol and drugs.
Children are bought, sold, traded and misused in underground child sex markets daily. Every state in the United States, and every other nation, contributes in some fashion to the steady flow of children, the customers and exploiters.
It is estimated that the profits from this vast evil empire, when properly invested, would draw an interest exceeding US $2 million an hour. The sexual trafficking in children is not so much an industry but a global empire.
Sovereign and expansionist, it is frequently torn by internal struggle -- fights to the death between the Chinese Triads and the Russian Mafia, between the multi-gangs of the Balkans, are commonplace. But the empire presents a secret front to the world. It is from there it plunders our children, snatches them, never to be seen again.
The predators who control the sexual trafficking in children are well organized. They have thugs who snatch and break the resistance of children; banks who account the empire's profits without asking questions; ships that convey the hapless children from one continent to another and private planes that transport them to clients around the world.
Yet there is little or no cohesive and sustained war against this terrible evil. The United States and Britain try to stamp on the trafficking within its own borders. But as yet there is no universal challenge to the ever-growing sexual trafficking in children.
The shabby streets of Cheb are but one staging post in a necklace of shame that encircles the globe.
To the east of Cheb, a battered Volvo crossed into northern Bosnia. Hidden under filthy blankets were four teenage girls. One, a blonde called Maria, had just celebrated her thirteenth birthday.
To prepare for the long and uncomfortable journey, the girls had each been given an injection by a doctor. They were told it was to alleviate travel sickness. In reality it was a cocktail of drugs to keep them drowsy and unable to try and escape. This is standard procedure for the men operating this segment of the network in sexual trafficking that criss-crosses the Balkans.
The doctor is a man known by his first name only, Goran, in the girl's hometown of Chisinau, the capital of Europe's poorest country, Moldova. It has some of the prettiest children in central Europe. This has made it a magnet for the traffickers.
They moved in soon after the collapse of the Communist system in the country. Since then there is a widely accepted estimate that some 6,000 girls have been trafficked out of Moldova. No one knows how many of them received their drug injections from Dr Goran.
The girls in the Volvo had answered advertisements in a Chisinau newspaper. The ads promised them work in Paris, London and Dublin -- and even in the United States. The posts on offer included maids, nannies, house-keeping and bar work. The ads stressed no previous experience was required. The salaries were far beyond those available in Moldova.
A Moldavian recruiter told the girls their journey would involve them first being secretly driven over the border into Bosnia. There, they would receive passports, for which they had already paid him US $100 -- money borrowed from their families and friends. Then they would go West to earn undreamed of money. So they had been promised.
The break-up of the former Yugoslavia, followed by a vicious war in the region and the establishment of new states under the 1995 Dayton peace accord, had left many Balkan countries with virtually no legislation or border controls to deal with the sexual traffic in young women and children.
By the time Maria and her three young friends had been tricked into making the journey in the Volvo, the profits from sexual trafficking in the Balkans were matching those of the drug trade -- and the penalties for smuggling humans were minimal.
The border guards into Bosnia waved the Volvo through. The car was a familiar sight to them. Each time it crossed, the guards received US $200 for allowing its unhampered passage.
Five hours later the Volvo reached its final destination. "Arizona Market" is on the outskirts of Kosovo. The town resembles the old Wild West rather than Central Europe in the Third Millennium. It is also the UN headquarters in Bosnia.
An area interlaced with muddy tracks lead to establishments with names like Café Marlboro, Café Don, and The Golden Heart. Fronted by heaps of refuse, used condoms and empty liquor bottles, they are brothels. Between them stand wooden huts selling cheap denim clothes, alcohol, perfume, and guns.
Inside the sleazy bars, the scene seldom changes: dimmed red lights, loud music, cheap drinks -- and semi-naked girls. Usually they are draped over the men known as "the internationalists". These are the soldiers of the United Nations multi-national peace keeping force. In 2003, it consisted of 45,000 soldiers drawn from 39 countries. In addition, there were some 7,000 UN staff as well as members of over 200 Western aid agencies.
Many of the girls appear to be drugged -- and not only from the ready supply of cocaine and heroin on open sale.
An American aid agency worker said: "Lookit, the bar owners who bought these girls like to keep them nice and quiet. So they buy drugs from some of the UN medics to do so. When a girl has finished her shift, she is taken to her room by a bar man and given a shot. When she wakes up she is ready for her next shift".
This is Arizona Market. Officially established by the peacekeeping forces to foster trade between Serbs, Croats and Muslims, today its five square miles is the epicenter of Bosnia's booming sex-slaves trade.
This was the destination of the four young girls. They would work here as prostitutes -- and maybe die -- in this forsaken place.
Almost 2,000 miles to the south of Bosnia, in the tropical heat of West Africa, a group of girls, each no more than thirteen years old, made their way to a small square in the suburbs of Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast. They were escorted by hard-faced young men, the gold in their teeth glinting in the searing sunlight.
Dressed in their Sunday best -- colourful print cotton dresses -- with hair washed and combed, the girls were directed to sit on wooden benches in the centre of the square.
Each girl was for sale as a slave. Their prices ranged from US $5 -- the cost of a coffee in what passes for the city's finest hotel -- to the most expensive child, an eleven year old, costing US $15.
The place is known, locally, as Le Marche de Jeunes Filles -- the Market of Young Girls.
Buyers, men carrying fly-whisks, and sharp-eyed women, strolled up and down along the benches, feeling one girl's arm, looking at another's teeth. One was asked to stand and twirl. Another to bend.
Around the edges of the square stood the traders. The moment a prospective buyer stopped, a trader was there to emphasise a girl's good points.
"She is young and disease free. She is strong and will obey your every command. She will do whatever you want..." he would intone.
No one knows today how many sexual slaves there are in the world. The International Organisation for Migration estimated in December, 2003, that from Eastern Europe alone there could be half a million.
Anti-Slavery International believes the global figure may run to "tens of millions". The one certainty, adds the world's oldest human rights organisation, is that there are more sexual slaves than ever before.
The United States State Department announced in June, 2003, that fifteen countries were now deeply involved in trafficking humans. They included Greece and Italy, both members of the European Community. The State Department estimated that through the fifteen countries almost one million adults and children brought and sold annually into the sex slave market. Secretary of State Colin Powell rightly called it a blight on humanity.
There is growing evidence that many of those slaves are traded over the internet; pimps, often catering for extreme sexual demands ranging from unprotected sex to torture, can log on to women and children best suited to their "markets".
In Britain, Scotland Yard believes that over 5,000 girls from former-Communist countries were smuggled into the country in 2003. Each earned their pimps an estimated over US $2,000 a day.
Bill Hughes, Director General of Britain's National Crime Squad, said: "A growing number of girls are barely into their teens. Although the number is small compared to such countries as Greece and Italy, it has had a startling impact on London's indigenous vice trade.
"British teenagers have been moved out by their pimps into the city suburbs as their rates are undercut by sex slaves imported from the Balkans into London's traditional Soho red light district.
"They have come from Romania, the Ukraine and Moldova. The great majority have escaped from dirt-poor villages, with no modern form of communications -- some villages do not even have a single telephone let alone a policeman.
"That makes it easier for a young girl to be lured away or kidnapped from their homes -- and never to be traced again", added Hughes.
The former Soviet Republics are the nexus of the traffic. Serbia and Yugoslavia are key staging posts along this road of unspeakable misery. It is in those countries that the majority of girls are housed, waiting for pimps to conduct an initial inspection. The girls -- and some boys -- are then taken by road to one of the regular "flesh markets".
In 2003, those sales took place in the many apartment block complexes on the outskirts of Belgrade. The girls are handled like livestock and, once one has been bought by a pimp -- prices can be up to US $1,500 for a teenager, double that for a pre-teen -- the victim will usually be beaten, drugged and forced to have sex with scores of men a week. If she tries to escape, she can be subjected to further horrendous sexual abuse -- and warned that if she tries again to escape, her family back home will be killed.
The Belgrade apartments are owned by Semion Yokovich Mogilevich. He is a specialist in every type of major crime. A document by MI5, Britain's internal security service, describes this Ukranian as "one of the most dangerous criminals on earth".
Mogilevich is wanted in the United States for a multitude of crimes including bank frauds, money laundering and other currency offences. He is protected by his own private army -- and, according to CIA sources, he has a liking for young girls. Documents in the agency possession show he is a regular visitor to the apartments to pick out a girl.
One CIA document identifies Mogilevich as the head of the Rising Sun, one of Moscow's major criminal families.
"His business is global prostitution, drug running and traffic in humans. He runs a dark and evil empire. A number of people who have crossed his path have been disposed of. He has his own team of killers never further away than a phone call", said former British intelligence officer Colin Wallace.
Unable to travel to the West for fear of immediate arrest, Mogilevich moves between Moscow and Belgrade with his bodyguards and his latest choice of girl.
The office for the UN High Commission for Human Rights has identified other criminal gangs from Macedonia and Serbia as being involved in sex trafficking. But along with Mogilevich, it is the criminal warlords of Albania who now dominate it.
A report prepared by the Commission states:
"Girls who've shown signs of disobedience have had their feet cemented into washbasins before being dumped in the Aegean Sea. Others have been horrifically tortured. The Albanian gangs have a seemingly endless supply of women, and their power extends way beyond their homeland to the underworlds of Italy and parts of New York. The victims do not officially exist and are powerless to resist."
Most Albanian gangsters are men in their twenties from the backward north of the country. Rather than being based around individual gangland bosses, they are organized in clans bound by an ancient code of honour called kanun. Some of the profits are returned to their homelands.
In 2002, UN administration in Kosovo and Bosnia enacted new laws to prohibit the traffic. But there have been few prosecutions, and such as have occurred have been tainted by charges of corruption. UN teams set up to rescue the girls have often found that when they organise a raid, the brothel-keepers have been tipped off.
A UN report into trafficking claims that some Western officials are undermining attempts to clean up the trade by becoming cronies of Balkan pimps. The same is true of some of the international and local police. In one case, cited by the report, Bulgarian border police took money from girls to secure their safe passage back to Bulgaria, only to hand them back to the traffickers in exchange for yet more money.
The fate of those four young girls who were smuggled over the border into Bosnia to work in Arizona Market was to be hustled from the Volvo into a large wooden building. Standing around its walls were the brothel keepers of Arizona Market. Maria and her companions were ordered to undress. When Maria refused, her dress was ripped from her. Naked, she and the other girls were forced to stand on wooden crates. The brothel keepers physically inspected the women.
Then the bidding began. In minutes Maria had been sold to a brothel keeper for US $1,500. The other girls fetched prices ranging from US $350 to US $1,200.
For US $20 a client could spend thirty minutes with Maria. For US $2.50 he could buy a bottle of beer while he satisfied himself.
Maria would soon discover that there was no escape from a life where she is expected to have unprotected sex. She is owned body and soul by the man who bought her. All she receives are three meals a day, a bed to sleep on and the skimpy clothes her owner insists she must wear to attract clients.
A UN peacekeeper in Kosovo, who asked not to be named, told me: "Often the girls are sold on by other brothel keepers. They are traded like cattle and are routinely beaten and drugged. If a girl tries to escape, she is raped or tortured -- or told that her mother back home will be killed."
Milan Sitilovic, the Bosnian police chief with responsibility for Arizona Market says: "How can we stop it? Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world".
Frederick Larson who headed the office of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Sarajevo identified the problem, "the girls are terrified of testifying against their owners. Those who dare to do so are simply murdered".
In 2001, the naked bodies of several girls were found in a river near Arizona Market. They bore the hallmarks of Russian mafia-style killings; hands had been tied behind their backs and their feet set in concrete. Their breasts had been slashed off.
Arizona Market is situated close to the Bosnian headquarters of the US peacekeeping force. During 2002, six Russian soldiers, members of K-For, gang-raped two girls in the Arizona Market. As they were "owned" by the club owner, the soldiers paid him a small sum in compensation. No other charges were brought against the rapists.
Those who survive such inhumane treatment are often sold on to the international slave market.
Paul Holmes, of London's Metropolitan Police Vice Squad, has estimated that 80% of all women working in the brothels of Britain's capital are from the Balkans. His own investigations concluded that the traffic in women had made their owners at least US $75 million since the start of the Third Millennium.
His facts and figures can be repeated through the Western world. In Paris, Dublin, Rome, New York, Montreal and Los Angeles, police report the same story: when rescued from sexual bondage, the women are too terrified to testify against those who traffic in them.
As of now the penalties against trading in preteen sex slaves is small compared to those handed out against drug runners or arms dealers. Indeed, in Bosnia, the offence is not even on the statute book.
Pino Arlacchi, executive director of the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention said: "the trafficking in people is now the fastest growing transnational criminal activity".
Frederick Larson explained that, apart from his organisation, there is almost nothing to protect sex slaves in Bosnia.
The girls are regarded as illegal immigrants, and are treated as such, rather than the victims of gross human rights violations. All NATO and UN officials who frequent Arizona Market are entitled to immunity from Bosnian prosecution -- although not from legal consequences when they return home.
However, the possibility of any conviction in a US or UK court is non-existent, given that no abused girl is ever likely to be able to give evidence.
Recently an international police team carried out a raid on three bars in Arizona Market. They rescued thirty-four girls, three of whom were aged just fourteen. The raids were carried out without the assistance of the local police.
Afterwards, team members faced disciplinary charges for "exceeding their authority". The charges were not pursued; the officers have quietly left Bosnia.
The IOM has set up safe houses in Sarajevo to protect girls, some as young as eleven, who have escaped from brothels.
"The best we can do is to offer them support and repatriation", said Larson.
But the reality again is that a girl who does go home to a country like Moldova is often cast-out by her family who suspect what happened to her in Bosnia. All too often, she ends up prostituting herself on the streets of the country's capital, Chisnau.
In Bosnia, the international peace-keeping force has failed to control, let alone eradicate, the transport of sexual slaves.
Jaque Grinberg, the UN missions head of civil affairs -- a caring and committed official -- said there was "an urgent need for an effective border force". The office of the High Representative in Bosnia ordered its creation. But there was no money to bring it to reality.
The trafficking business started with the arrival of UN peacekeepers in 1993. Until then Bosnia had no "sex industry". The mission of the peacekeepers was to bring democracy. But too many of their members saw an easy way to make money as well as satisfy their own sexual desires.
"After the peacekeepers arrived, criminal gangs who had smuggled guns during the war began to traffic in women and girls. There was more profit and less risk. And so it goes on", said a member of the international police force, Don Thomas.
"The evils of what is going on are obvious. But the problem is that the victims are horribly exploited, many of them also claim they are not in Bosnia involuntarily. That is the rub. How can you convince some kid who is so terrified that she will not talk? If she opens her mouth she is dead meat", added Thomas.
The worst offenders are the 3,000 Russian peace-keepers. Some girls have described how friends were taken into the Russian camps and never seen again.
Unlike Bosnia, where the UN peacekeepers arrived in a blaze of publicity, no one knows exactly when "the Germans" started to arrive in their big cars for sex with the children of Cheb.
The men who drive into the cheerless town know they no longer have to fly to Thailand to have sex with a child.
Many of the child prostitutes come from Cheb's large Roman refugee population. Their knowledge of German is confined to the sexual words of their trade.
By night, they haunt the park adjoining the town's Evropska Street or stand in darkened doorways in the alleys.
New byelaws have forbidden street prostitution in the centre of Cheb; video cameras have been installed to monitor the area.
Catherin Schauer, a nurse who works for Karo, a child-rescue project supported by the German Red Cross and the European Commission, said the police are largely indifferent to what goes on.
"Those who work as prostitutes are usually homeless and turned on to drugs. They start by sniffing glue and then move on to a substance known as ’Äòpiko", a cheap amphetamine which suppresses feelings of cold and hunger", said Schauer.
Some of the children have been born in Cheb after their families fled from eastern Europe in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union. At an age when their childhood is beginning to expand, they are forced into prostitution.
One girl, her face smeared with make-up who admitted she was thirteen, said "the Germans like us to wear as little as possible. I only wear a short skirt and a t-shirt and my sandals".
She added that in "a good night" she had four or five clients. "They pay me anything from US $20 to US $30 dollars. It's good money for a few hours of work. I always make them use a condom. But some of the younger girls allow unprotected sex. Because they are not menstruating, they believe they won't become pregnant".
Catherine Schauer said that a growing number of these under-age girls had developed HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
She and her colleagues distribute condoms to the children. The rescue centre has a drop-in facility where the children can go for treatment.
"We are a little sensitive about all this. There would not be a problem but for the Germans. We know that the sex tourists are 99 percent from Bavaria and Saxony", said Petr Jaks, Cheb's deputy mayor.
He did admit there had been "a problem to get our police motivated, but we hope this will change soon".
A senior police officer reluctantly agreed to talk on the basis of having his identity concealed.
"My colleagues and I have better things to do than check on every kid who hangs around the streets. As far as we are concerned, they are just out for a night of fun. Look at the way they dress: good quality jeans, Adidas shoes. Sure, they may take a little dope. But so do the kids in Munich."
What about all the Germans who drive into the town every night? The officer shrugged. "They spend good money in our bars. If they pick up a girl, so what. It happens everywhere."
Even small children? He smiled indifferently. "How can you tell if a girl is ten, thirteen or fifteen? These Romanian kids grow up quickly. Anyway, why pick on Cheb? Prostitution is all along the border."
That is true. At every crossing, the child whores are there, alongside the traders selling cheap cigarettes and Becherovka, the Czech national drink.
Catherin Schauer and her small team of dedicated social workers note down the license plate numbers of the German cars entering the town, then send them to the nearest German city of Regensburg.
There is a German law, passed in 1993, under which the Federal Republic can prosecute men who have sex with minors abroad. If found guilty, a culprit can be sentenced up to ten years in jail.
But, as in Bosnia, the reality is very different. Josef Heisl, a police officer with the Regensburg force said "when we get the license plates from Cheb, we do question the car drivers. The men just say they were looking for directions. To make a successful prosecution, we have to catch a man in the act of having sex with a minor -- or get a child to file a complaint. That is purely wishful thinking".
Just as in Cheb, the turnover of girls is high at Le Marche de Jeunes Filles -- the baked earth market place in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast.
The girls come from the country's remote rural areas, lured away from their villages by promise of a better life in the city. Family and friends sew their new clothes and arrange their hair before they leave home. But once they arrive in Abidjan, they find there is no work; instead they are sold-off like cattle in that market place.
Some, the lucky ones, are sent to toil in up-country cocoa plantations. Others are shipped off to Sudan, where slave traders shackle them for the long journey to the Middle East to restock the region's brothels.
Still others end up in a truck stop called Salgaa on the main Kenya-Uganda highway. It is the biggest whorehouse in central Africa. In 2003, it had 24 bars and 500 prostitutes -- an estimated half of them under age.
In a regional economy that is close to collapse elsewhere, Salgaa is booming. It is a cut-price version of Arizona Market. In Salgaa a child can be procured for one US dollar. In Salgaa the life expectancy of a prostitute is put in months rather than years. Their clients are the thousands of truck drivers who travel every week up and down the highway.
The girls work out of seedy bars with names like the Good Times Hotel and New Paradise.
AIDS is a killer by many names here: "mikingo" meaning "slow puncture"; and "kauzi" meaning "slim as a thread", an apt description to describe the body wasting process of the disease.
Sharin Cmemtai, who admitted to being "only fifteen", said that her "worst clients are the Arabs. They can be very violent. I try to charge them more. But it is impossible for me to keep the extra money. He always takes it straight away after sex".
"He" was her pimp, a burly Kenyan who is reputed to have a stable of fifty young girls, a number of them in their pre-teens, working in Salgaa.
His girls live in a small compound. It has one water tap, two showers and three stinking pit latrines. Most weeks a girl is diagnosed as in the final stages of AIDS. Overnight she will be taken from the compound by the pimp. There is a widespread fear she is dumped in the bush to be devoured by the jackals or other wild animals.
Within hours a new girl will arrive as a replacement.
She, too, can expect to be dead within a year. To survive longer in Salgaa is a miracle.
Only none of the girls who work there believe in such divine intervention.
The global traffic in children for commercial sexual exploitation involves torture and their premeditated rape and mutilation. If and when the authorities decide to take action against the child sex trade, it achieves very little.
This terrible human abuse, the prerogative of no one race or colour, continues to occur under all religions, and where there is no religion. The sexual traffic in children is the product of greed and lust which feeds off abject poverty.
There is no solution in sight until that poverty is addressed -- and the traffickers sentenced to long terms. By a collective indifference and silence, the betrayal of children will persist.
Gordon Thomas' work includes the five-times nominated Academy Award winner "Voyage Of The Damned"; "Enola Gay", winner of the Emmy Best Foreign Film prize; "A Bit Of An Experience", winner of the Monte Carlo Film Festival Critics and Jury's prizes. His "Underpass" received the Best Original Screenplay submission at the 1999 Cannes Festival.

Magda Hassan
01-26-2013, 11:10 PM
Thank you America. Not. Women in soviet times would never have to be subjected to any such inhumane treatment. Every one had a home and a job with dignity. Such a system was unacceptable to the US and was not permitted to stand.

Jan Klimkowski
01-27-2013, 05:14 PM
Thank you America. Not. Women in soviet times would never have to be subjected to any such inhumane treatment. Every one had a home and a job with dignity. Such a system was unacceptable to the US and was not permitted to stand.

Yes.

I came across the Arizona Market in free market thinktanks a few years ago. These thinktanks were lauding the Arizona Market as some sort of Fundamental Proof of the Inevitable Victory of Capitalism. Out of Chaos, Dynamic Markets would arise and create Order.

Well, here's the truth about your fucking Arizona Market and Capitalism as Divine Scripture:



The shabby streets of Cheb are but one staging post in a necklace of shame that encircles the globe.
To the east of Cheb, a battered Volvo crossed into northern Bosnia. Hidden under filthy blankets were four teenage girls. One, a blonde called Maria, had just celebrated her thirteenth birthday.
To prepare for the long and uncomfortable journey, the girls had each been given an injection by a doctor. They were told it was to alleviate travel sickness. In reality it was a cocktail of drugs to keep them drowsy and unable to try and escape. This is standard procedure for the men operating this segment of the network in sexual trafficking that criss-crosses the Balkans.
The doctor is a man known by his first name only, Goran, in the girl's hometown of Chisinau, the capital of Europe's poorest country, Moldova. It has some of the prettiest children in central Europe. This has made it a magnet for the traffickers.
They moved in soon after the collapse of the Communist system in the country. Since then there is a widely accepted estimate that some 6,000 girls have been trafficked out of Moldova. No one knows how many of them received their drug injections from Dr Goran.
The girls in the Volvo had answered advertisements in a Chisinau newspaper. The ads promised them work in Paris, London and Dublin -- and even in the United States. The posts on offer included maids, nannies, house-keeping and bar work. The ads stressed no previous experience was required. The salaries were far beyond those available in Moldova.
A Moldavian recruiter told the girls their journey would involve them first being secretly driven over the border into Bosnia. There, they would receive passports, for which they had already paid him US $100 -- money borrowed from their families and friends. Then they would go West to earn undreamed of money. So they had been promised.
The break-up of the former Yugoslavia, followed by a vicious war in the region and the establishment of new states under the 1995 Dayton peace accord, had left many Balkan countries with virtually no legislation or border controls to deal with the sexual traffic in young women and children.
By the time Maria and her three young friends had been tricked into making the journey in the Volvo, the profits from sexual trafficking in the Balkans were matching those of the drug trade -- and the penalties for smuggling humans were minimal.
The border guards into Bosnia waved the Volvo through. The car was a familiar sight to them. Each time it crossed, the guards received US $200 for allowing its unhampered passage.
Five hours later the Volvo reached its final destination. "Arizona Market" is on the outskirts of Kosovo. The town resembles the old Wild West rather than Central Europe in the Third Millennium. It is also the UN headquarters in Bosnia.
An area interlaced with muddy tracks lead to establishments with names like Café Marlboro, Café Don, and The Golden Heart. Fronted by heaps of refuse, used condoms and empty liquor bottles, they are brothels. Between them stand wooden huts selling cheap denim clothes, alcohol, perfume, and guns.
Inside the sleazy bars, the scene seldom changes: dimmed red lights, loud music, cheap drinks -- and semi-naked girls. Usually they are draped over the men known as "the internationalists". These are the soldiers of the United Nations multi-national peace keeping force. In 2003, it consisted of 45,000 soldiers drawn from 39 countries. In addition, there were some 7,000 UN staff as well as members of over 200 Western aid agencies.
Many of the girls appear to be drugged -- and not only from the ready supply of cocaine and heroin on open sale.
An American aid agency worker said: "Lookit, the bar owners who bought these girls like to keep them nice and quiet. So they buy drugs from some of the UN medics to do so. When a girl has finished her shift, she is taken to her room by a bar man and given a shot. When she wakes up she is ready for her next shift".
This is Arizona Market. Officially established by the peacekeeping forces to foster trade between Serbs, Croats and Muslims, today its five square miles is the epicenter of Bosnia's booming sex-slaves trade.
This was the destination of the four young girls. They would work here as prostitutes -- and maybe die -- in this forsaken place.



A UN report into trafficking claims that some Western officials are undermining attempts to clean up the trade by becoming cronies of Balkan pimps. The same is true of some of the international and local police. In one case, cited by the report, Bulgarian border police took money from girls to secure their safe passage back to Bulgaria, only to hand them back to the traffickers in exchange for yet more money.
The fate of those four young girls who were smuggled over the border into Bosnia to work in Arizona Market was to be hustled from the Volvo into a large wooden building. Standing around its walls were the brothel keepers of Arizona Market. Maria and her companions were ordered to undress. When Maria refused, her dress was ripped from her. Naked, she and the other girls were forced to stand on wooden crates. The brothel keepers physically inspected the women.
Then the bidding began. In minutes Maria had been sold to a brothel keeper for US $1,500. The other girls fetched prices ranging from US $350 to US $1,200.
For US $20 a client could spend thirty minutes with Maria. For US $2.50 he could buy a bottle of beer while he satisfied himself.
Maria would soon discover that there was no escape from a life where she is expected to have unprotected sex. She is owned body and soul by the man who bought her. All she receives are three meals a day, a bed to sleep on and the skimpy clothes her owner insists she must wear to attract clients.
A UN peacekeeper in Kosovo, who asked not to be named, told me: "Often the girls are sold on by other brothel keepers. They are traded like cattle and are routinely beaten and drugged. If a girl tries to escape, she is raped or tortured -- or told that her mother back home will be killed."
Milan Sitilovic, the Bosnian police chief with responsibility for Arizona Market says: "How can we stop it? Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world".
Frederick Larson who headed the office of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Sarajevo identified the problem, "the girls are terrified of testifying against their owners. Those who dare to do so are simply murdered".
In 2001, the naked bodies of several girls were found in a river near Arizona Market. They bore the hallmarks of Russian mafia-style killings; hands had been tied behind their backs and their feet set in concrete. Their breasts had been slashed off.
Arizona Market is situated close to the Bosnian headquarters of the US peacekeeping force. During 2002, six Russian soldiers, members of K-For, gang-raped two girls in the Arizona Market. As they were "owned" by the club owner, the soldiers paid him a small sum in compensation. No other charges were brought against the rapists.
Those who survive such inhumane treatment are often sold on to the international slave market.
Paul Holmes, of London's Metropolitan Police Vice Squad, has estimated that 80% of all women working in the brothels of Britain's capital are from the Balkans. His own investigations concluded that the traffic in women had made their owners at least US $75 million since the start of the Third Millennium.
His facts and figures can be repeated through the Western world. In Paris, Dublin, Rome, New York, Montreal and Los Angeles, police report the same story: when rescued from sexual bondage, the women are too terrified to testify against those who traffic in them.




Before the free market thinktanks started mythologising about the Arizona Market, Thomas Pynchon described it in the context of WW2, in his masterwork Gravity's Rainbow (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?1208-Gravity-s-Rainbow-by-Thomas-Pynchon/page3):



“What more do they want? She asks this seriously, as if there's a real conversion factor between information and lives. Well, strange to say, there is. Written down in the Manual, on file at the War Department. Don't forget the real business of the War is buying and selling. The murdering and violence are self-policing, and can be entrusted to non-professionals. The mass nature of wartime death is useful in many ways. It serves as a spectacle, as a diversion from the real movements of the War. It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world. Best of all, mass death's a stimulus to just ordinary folks, little fellows, to try 'n' grab a piece of that Pie while they're still here to gobble it up. The true war is a celebration of markets. Organic markets, carefully styled "black" by the professionals, spring up everywhere. Scrip, Sterling, Reichsmarks, continue to move, severe as classical ballet, inside their antiseptic marble chambers. But out here, down here among the people, the truer currencies come into being. So, Jews are negotiable. Every bit as negotiable as cigarettes, cunt, or Hershey bars.”

Anthony Thorne
01-31-2013, 04:22 AM
I've made a pertinent update to the Core of Corruption thread that (briefly) summarizes the suggested links I noted some pages back between Sullivan and 9/11. There is much more to the story - many pages of links and an entirely separate, ongoing Colorado scandal regarding criminal links to elite prostitution agencies in the State (there are many mainstream news stories on this and I'll post a few links later for others to ponder - Elinoff and one of his radio hosts felt the mainstream prostitution story and the Franklin details covered the same locales, featured many repeat figures, and suggested a darker, organised crime ring at work that used Sullivan for who and what he could get) but I've now noted the key allegations.

https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?10559-Core-of-Corruption-series-cancelled/page2 (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?10559-Core-of-Corruption-series-cancelled/page2)

The 'Brassman' I queried about a few posts back was/is reportedly Sullivan, who Elinoff cited as being a key player in Franklin Scandal activities since the 90's. Sullivan leads to Franklin, which leads to Offutt. Mike Vreeland trod some of the same dark paths as Franklin. Vreeland may have heard things he shouldn't, and used that information for his own purposes. When Elinoff, by chance, ended up chasing leads on both Vreeland and Sullivan, he completed the circle, and that was when the death threats started.

Jan Klimkowski
01-31-2013, 09:31 PM
The Paedophile Information Exchange.

Plenty of material in this thread from posts #169 onwards (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?273-The-Power-of-the-Paedos-another-high-profile-case-hits-the-never-happened-wall/page17).

The inevitable context for the inconvenient, airbrushed, Express story.

PIE's diplomat was a British spy, his identity protected by Thatcher.

Jan Klimkowski
02-03-2013, 11:04 PM
Information about the police investigation into the Elm House paedophile scandal is just beginning to break.

We shall see if it results in the conviction of monsters - celebrities more famous than Savile, politicians more powerful than Hayman and Cyril Smith.

Not forgetting royal bastard and triple agent Anthony Blunt....



Elm guest house scandal: First victim of paedo guest house breaks his silence

2 Feb 2013 21:00


By Keir Mudie, Nick Dorman

Sunday Peopl (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/first-victim-of-elm-guest-house-1572073)e

They forced us to wear fairy costumes, got us drunk on cider, then the abuse started, victim tells Sunday People
Albanpix

A victim of the VIP paedophile guest house has told the Sunday People of the horrors that went on there.

The former care home orphan says he and his 12-year-old brother were sent by staff to the Elm Guest House for “a treat”.

There they were lured into cider and beer-drinking races to get them drunk and ordered to dress in girls’ fairy costumes while their pictures were taken.

Finally they were forced to take part in vile sex acts after phoney games of hide-and-seek.

The victim, now a family man, broke down in tears as he told the Sunday People of his nightmare at the Elm – and how his tormented brother killed himself a decade after leaving care.

He said: “The people responsible have blood on their hands. I shouldn’t think my brother is the only one to have taken his life because of this.

“I’m speaking out now because I want justice done for me and for my brother.

“What went on was absolutely disgusting. When we told the staff at the care home what was happening at Elm they used to say ‘They are friends, they are good people’.

“No one was listening to us. It’s taken 30 years for anyone to listen.”

The former guest house in upmarket Barnes, south-west London, is now the centre of a major police probe into an alleged child sex abuse ring in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

It is said to have involved senior politicians, showbiz celebrities and members of the royal household.

The first victim to speak publicly has waived his legal right to anonymity but the Sunday People has chosen to identify him only as Dave.

Speaking at his smartly-decorated home, surrounded by photos of his own young children, Dave told how he and his one-year-younger brother were taken into care after their widowed mother killed herself following years of depression.

Flats that used to be Elm guest house Flats that used to be Elm guest house


They were sent to Grafton Close children’s home in Hanworth, south-west London, in 1978.

Dave was 13 when minibus outings to the Elm eight miles away began.

He said: “We were told we were going to the ‘good house’ for a party.

“It wouldn’t be more than a handful of us at a time.

“When we got there it was a huge house. It was so big I felt like I was a kid in a doll’s house.”

The children were escorted through reception without signing the guest book and taken to a back room where a warped party was soon in full swing.

Dave said: “There would be easy-listening type music playing, sort of mellow stuff, and loads to drink.

“Sometimes there would be as few as two adults there, other times more.

“They laid on tables with Party Seven beer – a big tin with seven pints in it – and cider.

“We were given plastic cups and would have sort of races to see who could drink it first.

“They used to make us dress up, make us put on outfits like fairy costumes meant for girls, then play games of hide-and-seek with the adults looking for the kids.”

When the children were “found”, they were forced to take part in appalling sex abuse.

Dave said: “There would be flash bulbs going off when someone was going round taking pictures. All this took place during the day, whatever day of the week they fancied.

“I can remember all the adults had posh accents. They used to say things like ‘He’s cute, he’s nice’.

“They would pick out the pretty boys, especially the ones who looked young for their age.”

Dave’s testimony echoes that of former child protection worker Chris Fay, who says he was shown photos of children dressed up at so-called “Kings and Queens” parties at the Elm.

One photograph is said to show a former Tory Cabinet minister in a sauna with a naked 14-year-old boy.

Dave claims one man he met at the guest house arranged for him to visit his flat where he was groomed into performing sex acts, then handed a couple of pounds “pocket money” to keep him coming back.

Dave said: “I can still see the guy’s face now. He was posh and I have since seen him on television.

“He was very fat. He said he didn’t live far away and told me ‘If you’re passing by that way come and see me’.

“He would give me money. We got no - pocket money at the home and I wanted some.

“That makes it sound like I made a choice but it was abuse.”

Elm Guest House advertisement Elm Guest House advertisement


Dave added: “I had lost my mum and dad, and when I went to school I’d had the mickey taken out of me.

“So at the time, to start with, it was like ‘finally someone is taking notice of us’. But we were vulnerable, they were meant to be looking after us.”

Dave said he thought “this is what you have to do to get on in life, if I don’t do this I’m going to end up a misfit”.

Dave’s brother Peter took a fatal drug overdose in 1994 six days after his 28th birthday after years of torment stemming from the abuse he too suffered.

It is believed he himself had become an abuser.

He left a note saying he feared he would be unable to control his violent fantasies against women if he remained alive.

Peter had treatment at Broadmoor secure hospital and his case worker said his mental problems were partly a result of the abuse he had suffered while in local authority care.

One line in his suicide note seemed to refer to this. It read: “I will get those bastards.”

Dave claimed Peter got a pay-off from Richmond council – which oversaw the Grafton home – after he complained about his treatment there.

He believes it is evidence of an official attempt to cover up the abuse.

Dave fled less than two years after being sent to the Grafton.

He said: “In the end it just got too much for me. No one ever came to find me. I was sleeping rough and I ended up in prison.”

Last week Dave was visited by two officers from the Met Police’s Operation Fernbridge.

The unit is investigating claims of a VIP paedophile ring at the Elm, first raised in the Commons by MP Tom Watson. Arrests are expected within weeks.

Dave, one of around a dozen victims who have been interviewed, spent more than half an hour discussing his time in care and later spoke to the officers about the Elm by telephone.

Dave, who lives in a seaside town over 100 miles from the guest house, went on: “When I saw a picture of the place on the internet I nearly jumped out of my chair.

“It was the same house I had been taken all those years ago. It’s brought it all back. It’s turned my world upside down.

“I’m a family man now, I’ve got kids of my own, and I never thought all this would come out again. I’ve not been able to sleep since the police turned up at my house.

“People are telling me to stay strong but it’s not that easy.”

In a final insult Dave says he wrote to Richmond council asking for paperwork about him and his brother but was told he would have to pay £10 to be sent any information.

He said: “I just couldn’t believe it. Even now this is their attitude. It says it all.”

Cyril Smith MP Cyril Smith MP
Mirrorpix


Two VIPs named as regular users of the Elm are MI5 traitor Anthony Blunt who died in 1983 and Cyril Smith, the former Liberal MP for Rochdale who died in 2010.

On Friday, after studying a picture of Smith, Dave said the overweight politician was not the “fat man” who had abused him.

Yesterday Richmond council refused to comment on claims it had paid settlements to abuse victims. It also would not comment on Dave and his brother.

But a spokesman said: “We take any allegations of abuse very seriously. We are offering our full support and cooperation to the police.

“As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The owners of the Elm at the time of the alleged VIP cover-up, Haroon and Carole Kasir, were convicted in 1982 of running a gay brothel.

Jan Klimkowski
02-03-2013, 11:10 PM
More Elm House horror - the European paedophile network known as "Spartacus", with strong Paedophile Information Exchange links.




By David Hencke, David Pallister
Sunday People (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/latest-news/adverts-for-elm-guest-house-included-1571994)

Elm guest house scandal: Coded advert that gave signal to perverts

2 Feb 2013 21:00

A written message is understood to have alerted abusers that young boys were available for sex, Exaro website reveals
Flats that used to be Elm guest house Flats that used to be Elm guest house

Adverts for Elm guest house included a coded invitation to paedophiles, the Exaro investigative website has revealed.

The written message “10% Discount to Spartacus Club Members” is understood to have alerted abusers that young boys were available for sex.

According to Exaro, files seized by police last month also name a man who helped turn Elm guest house into a paedophile brothel allegedly used by MPs and other VIPs.

The key figure who persuaded co-manager Carole Kasir to create a haven for homosexual men to have sex with boys is identified in the papers as Peter G, who was part of an underground paedophile network called ‘Spartacus’.

The evidence raises serious questions for the senior politicians and other VIPs who, according to the files, visited the guest house in Barnes, south-west London.

In a joint investigation last weekend, Exaro and the Sunday People disclosed how a Conservative party campaign group “strongly recommended” the guest house to members in a newsletter.

Papers relating to the guest house including a list of alleged VIP visitors were seized in a police raid last month.

The papers also suggest that two men *persuaded Carole Kasir to change it into a place for homosexual men in 1982.

According to the files, they then introduced her to Peter G, one of whose roles was to create a network of venues for Spartacus members.

Subsequently adverts appeared in the gay press, including Capital Gay magazine, promoting Elm for its sauna and video room and featuring the coded “discount” to Spartacus members message.

Spartacus International, a gay guide, identified Peter G as its commercial manager. It was the mechanism through which the Spartacus Club attracted members.

A German company has since taken over Spartacus International and transformed it into a respectable publisher of gay guides.

But in the early 1980s Spartacus Club and Spartacus International were run from Amsterdam by John Stamford, a former Roman Catholic priest from Lancashire, who moved to Holland after being convicted in England of sending pornographic material through the post. It was reported to have 25,000 British members.

The group was named after the leader of the Roman slave revolt, who has long been a gay icon, especially after the scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 film in which the character of Crassus, a senator, is helped to bathe by his young slave, Antoninus.

Stamford masqueraded as a libertarian gay, but championed the Paedophile Information Exchange, a network that promoted sex with children.

Between 1979 and 1985, Stamford also published PAN, or Paedo Alert News, which described itself as a “magazine about boy-love.”

Spartacus was exposed by The Sunday Times in 1986. Undercover reporters were offered two boys in Manila, aged 8 and 14. Stamford was quoted as saying: “If you are discreet, I can guarantee you will get as many boys as you want in the Philippines.

“Our chaps there will fix it up, and all it will cost you is a meal for the guides, and just the equivalent of a pound or so for the kid per night.”

Stamford died in prison of a heart attack aged 56 in Belgium in 1995 just before he was due to stand trial on child sex charges.

Carole Kasir who died at the age of 47 in 1990 from an overdose in an apparent suicide.

Her husband and co-manager of Elm Guest House, Haroon, or “Harry”, Kasir, works for a disabled charity in south west London.

His home has been raided by officers from Operation Fernbridge. Kasir was not arrested but it is likely that he will be interviewed again by police. He has refused to comment to Exaro and the Sunday People .

Jan Klimkowski
02-03-2013, 11:13 PM
A caring Royal:



By Keir Mudie

'Diana saved my life': Elm guest house victim met princess when he was sleeping rough

2 Feb 2013 21:00

Sunday People (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/elm-guest-house-victim-met-1571940)

Man claims he was subjected to horrific abuse at the Elm from the age of 10
Diana, Princess of Wales Diana, Princess of Wales
PA

Another victim of the Elm guest house scandal believes Princess Diana saved his life, the Sunday People has revealed.

The man, now in his forties, met the princess when he was sleeping rough outside a London church.

He claims he was subjected to horrific abuse at the Elm from the age of 10 while he was in care at Grafton Close children’s home.

Diana gave him food and helped him find a temporary home as he battled to rebuild his life in his twenties after escaping care.

He left a tribute to Diana at Kensington Palace when she died in the Paris car crash of 1997.

The man said: “I have rebuilt my life and I owe it all to Diana.

“She kept in touch with me even after she’d helped my back on my feet. I have lost a real friend.”

The man claims he saw money exchanged with his then carer and his abusers at the Elm guest house before he was taken back to the Grafton Close home.

Jan Klimkowski
02-04-2013, 09:51 PM
Two early Lobster articles on Kincora, with good original material.

The conclusions are inevitably provisional and cautious.

The stench is noxious.

First piece. (http://www.8bitmode.com/rogerdog/lobster/lobster10.pdf)


Kitson, Kincora and counter-insurgency
in Northern Ireland
Robin Ramsay
Part 1
Issue 24 of the Covert Action Information Bulletin (Summer 1985) is chiefly devoted
to recent activities of U.S. government agents and agents provocateurs inside radical
and labour organisations: the 'sanctuary movement', the Native American movement
and one industrial dispute, are analysed as case studies. They are preceded by a long
essay, The New State Repression, by Ken Lawrence, a frequent CAIB contributor and
member of CAIB's Board of Advisors. In his essay, a kind of theoretical framework
for the case studies which follow it, Lawrence seeks to document "striking advances
(which) have emerged in the functioning of the (U.S.) secret police." For Lawrence,
"By the end of the sixties it was clear to the establishment that its
traditional methods of social control were weakening, and that its
repressive apparatus was insufficient as a backup. A new approach was
needed, one that started from scratch and challenged some of its own
most fundamental beliefs about social order. The person who responded
to the needs was ...(British) Brigadier Frank Kitson ." Kitson's book, Low
Intensity Operations (London 1971) is "the basic manual of counterinsurgency
method in Western Europe and North America. "
At this point in his essay Lawrence starts to get things wrong. He begins with Part 1 of
Kitson's three-stage sketch of the typical insurgency, The Preparatory Period.
"Kitson says the police and the army have to take advantage of the first
stage of popular struggle to deploy themselves, to infiltrate the enemy.
That is when people are not on their guard, when the police can get their
spies and provocateurs, 'in place' so that when open rebellion develops,
as he says it must, agents are already there."
This really isn't an accurate sketch of Kitson's Preparatory Period. Kitson writes:
" Looking in retrospect (emphasis added) at any counter-subversion or
counter-insurgency, it is easy to see that the first step should have been
(emphasis added) to prevent the enemy from gaining an ascendancy over
the civil population, and in particular to disrupt his efforts at establishing
his political organisation." (p67)
Kitson is thinking here of British operations in Kenya and Malaya in the 1950s in
which he played a minor part. But, in retrospect the 'Preparatory Period' of each of
these campaigns was certainly not what Lawrence describes as "nothing is happening;
all is calm". In practice, as Kitson notes, his suggestions for the P.P. are "difficult to
achieve because for a long time the government may be unaware that a significant
threats exists." (p67)
The central difficulty for Kitson-type theorisers is distinguishing between the
preparatory stages of insurgency and ordinary political activity: they may look the
same. Precisely because this is so Kitsonesque ideas are dangerous. Unable to
distinguish readily between genuine subversion in embryo and ordinary nonsubversive
political actions, it is rational for the state to treat all critical political
activity as potentially subversive. But it is important to grasp that Kitson doesn't
advocate this: he just doesn't address the problem, assuming that a 'significant threat'
can be readily identified early on.
For Kitson, the Army - and the book was written for and about the Army, not the
police - " should become involved as soon as a threat is detected. " Notice that Kitson
is talking about 'subversion', defined by him as "all illegal measures short of armed
force taken by one section of the people of a country to overthrow those governing the
country at the time, or to force them to do things they do not want to do", and
'insurgency', "the use of armed force by a section of the people against the
government" (pp 3/4, emphases added). This is hardly Lawrence's "the police ...
prepare themselves and start penetrating the opposition" in a period when "nothing is
happening, all is calm." Kitson is much more circumspect than Lawrence's account
suggests.
Lawrence's loose interpretation of Kitson's writing extends to his version of Kitson's
biography:- "the commander of British counter insurgency forces in the North of
Ireland for many years" - actually he was commander of a single battalion in Belfast
for just two years, 1970-72; and to the sources of Kitson's book - "most of his
examples.....are drawn from Britain's war in Ireland and the US war in Indochina" -
which just isn't the case. The examples he uses are from all over the world, particularly
from Britain's post WW2 colonial experience. Northern Ireland hardly gets a mention.
How could it? Kitson wrote his book in 1970 when the British Army had been in
Northern Ireland for a year, a year Kitson had spent at Oxford University reading the
literature on counter insurgency.
Lawrence makes much of Kitson's advocated use of the 'pseudo' or 'counter' gang,
"which he (Kitson) claims to have invented in Kenya." But in the first place this isn't
true. Kitson is very careful in his memoir Bunch of Five (London 1977) not to claim
this:
"There was in fact nothing original about the idea itself, variations of
which have been used in countless wars throughout history." (p49) (1)
And in the second place, although Kitson claims that the 'counter gang' was important
in the war against the Mau Mau in Kenya, it takes up a tiny section of Low Intensity
Operations - half of page 100 as far as I can see, and then in the context of an
insurgency (defined above). This is a very long way from Lawrence's view of 'pseudo
gangs' as an "excellent example of the way repressive forces attempt to criminalise
their political opponents." (emphasis added)
Lawrence's fragmented and inaccurate account of Kitson's complex proposals is
offered as the explanatory framework for some recent U.S. developments - basically
the work of one Louis Guiffrida. Lawrence quotes one section from a manual written
by Guiffrida which, he says, "borrows from Kitson." This is the first section of that
"borrowing".
"Most students of the revolution would agree that "peaceful dissent" is
the first step towards revolution and that this trend signals the opening
phase of the "new revolution". These issues be they social, cultural,
political or economic, snowball and often appear to the casual observer
as being full of truth and at least justified. In short it is fashionable to
direct smears, threats and even open hostility towards the policeman. He
is, symbolically, at least, everything which is wrong with our society.
WHEN THE NECESSARY RESPECT AND REVERENCE ARE
DESTROYED, VIOLENCE, AS WE KNOW IT, WILL BE HEROISM".
"Despite the widespread and continuing application of Kitson's strategy
on both sides of the Atlantic" - for which he offers no evidence - "it has
failed to stem the tide of insurgency where it has been applied most
diligently and for the longest time, Ireland, and has suffered setbacks
elsewhere. " (Where for example?)
At this point in his essay Lawrence introduces another book by an English Army
officer with experience in Northern Ireland: Robin Evelegh's Peace Keeping in a
Democratic Society (C. Hurst and Co., London 1978). This, says Lawrence, is "the
most persuasive critique and proposals to modify Kitson's basic strategy".
Here things begin to get pretty confusing. Evelegh gets Lawrence's 'Kitson treatment'
and his 170 pages are boiled down to three basic proposals: compulsory ID cards,
steps to make it easier for informants to be generated, and soldiers being given the
right to demand the production of driving licenses and vehicle documents.
These fragmented and really quite inaccurate accounts of Kitson's and Evelegh's ideas
are used by Lawrence to present the U.S. as pursuing a "two track strategy" employing
Evelegh's and Kitson's ideas simultaneously. The evidence for these large claims?
"At the same time as apparently benign Evelegh-type policies are being
implemented such as requiring every child on welfare to have a Social
Security number, the more draconian Kitson methods are also advancing
mostly under the banner of counter-terrorism." Viz. "new super-secret
counter-terrorist units in various branches of the military ... new policy ...
of pre-emptive strikes against suspected terrorists...the obliterat(ion) of
any distinction between domestic and international terrorism ... strange
military forces ... every time a militant anti-war protest is held... every
police force worthy of the name has been thoroughly militarised with
SWAT teams, tactical squads, helicopter patrols, infra-red night vision
paraphernalia and the like."
This catalogue's links with Kitson's ideas seem to me to be tenuous in the extreme.
The U S. have had 'special forces' for decades; having an anti-terrorist group tells us
nothing about how many of Kitson's ideas they have adopted; SWAT teams were
developed in the 1960s, weren't they?
Perhaps I have made my point. Perhaps, also, I have laboured the whole business. But
these are important issues and it seems important to me that the details are given. It
should be clear to the reader that the kindest interpretation of Lawrence's use of Kitson
and Evelegh is that he is simply playing the old game of picking out a few bits and
pieces which support the thesis you fancy at the time. Which is not to say the
Lawrence's thesis is wrong - I really don't know - just not proven, and hardly made
more plausible by his cavalier way with his material.
Quite why Lawrence wants to impose this flimsy Kitson/Evelegh structure on recent
U.S. trends is unclear to me. There is little, if anything, in the case studies which
follow Lawrence's piece that can't be found in abundance in the domestic history of
the US. The agent provocateur has been a routine tool of US capital for at least half a
century. (Don't I remember Dashiel Hammet being one for the Pinkertons before
becoming a writer?) There are examples of the U.S. state setting up phoney radical
organisations - 'pseudo gangs' in Lawrence's sense. Think of Lee Harvey Oswald's
bogus branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. And Athan Theoharis' recent paper
on the FBI's use of the American Legion membership as domestic informers is
testimony to an informer network which I'm sure Kitson and his ilk in Northern
Ireland would have given their eye-teeth to have. (2) (Incidentally, Kitson himself
wrote in Low Intensity Operations that "the United States is well ahead in thinking on
the overall direction of counter insurgency and counter subversive operations." (p52)
Lawrence's central problem is the apparent lack of any evidence of the specific
influence of Kitson's ideas outside the UK. But then it is not obvious to me that
Kitson's ideas are anything more than they appear to be: a synthesis of a wide range of
counter-insurgency experience. Kitson happened to do the synthesis but any bright
graduate student could have done the same. (3)
The extent to which Kitson's book was merely a synthesis of previous experience
becomes very clear as soon as you read, say, an account of the Malayan 'emergency'.
A version of this - as seen from the top of the British administration in Malaya - is
contained in the recent Templer:Tiger of Malaya, by John Cloake (London 1985).
Reading this after re-reading Kitson and Evelegh, what struck me most forcibly was
the extraordinary powers that Templer had as combined High Commissioner (civil
administration) and Director of Operations (military administration). Templer was an
absolute dictator, and as dictator was able, eventually, to achieve the kind of
comprehensive and coordinated intelligence, police, military and propaganda
operation which is at the heart of Kitson's thesis, but which was never really achieved
in Northern Ireland.
One of the striking sections of the Templer book is an excerpt from a letter Templer
wrote in 1954:
"In the areas to be skimmed of troops I propose to use special squads of
jungle fighter ... they will really be "killer squads" (though I can promise
you I won't call them that, with a view to the questions you might have to
answer in the House). They will be at the disposal of the Special Branch
... to use on any good information which comes in. We have always set
our face against the use of "killer squads" in infantry battalions or the
police generally, since it has a bad effect on the fighting morale of all
those who are not in the "killer squads" since they never get a proper
crack. This new conception is, however, quite different." (emphasis
added) (p260)
Curious that he thought it a new conception. Very similar things had been done in
Palestine by the British in the late 1940s. (4) In these Palestine operations an 'antiterrorist'
squad was set up under the leadership of one ex SOE and one ex SAS man.
"The squads consisted largely of ex-soldiers rather than experienced
police or intelligence personnel", and their overall commander used them
"to exploit existing intelligence to capture or kill insurgents themselves. "
(5)
In contemporary Northern Ireland the SAS and E4A, the Royal Ulster Constabulary's
Mobile Suppor