Three sisters sue council over alleged child abuse by foster couple branded ‘two of the worst humans’


Three sisters have launched legal action against a council after they were placed with foster parents they accused of abusing them.

The siblings claim they were beaten and sexually abused by John Cassidy and his wife Alma over nearly two decades at their home in Glasgow.

John Cassidy was said to have been ordered to leave the house following abuse claims from three other women, the Daily Record reports.

But council officials allegedly failed to check on him afterwards, allowing him to return home in secret to continue his horrific campaign, it is claimed.

Both of the Cassidys are now dead and were never arrested or charged over the allegations.

The women claim the abuse was carried out in Glasgow over nearly two decades 

In a statement made through their lawyer at Digby Brown Solicitors, the sisters, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said:

“John and Alma Cassidy weren’t just two of the worst fosterers imaginable – they were two of the worst humans.”

The women allege Alma Cassidy physically assaulted them during the day while her husband carried out sickening sex attacks at night.

The siblings have launched legal action against .

They say the authority were at fault for placing them with the couple and for failing to stop John Cassidy having access to them.

It is believed the council could face a potential six-figure payout to the victims.

The sisters say the abuse took place in the 1990s and 2000s. They added:

“They (the Cassidys) are both now deceased so have escaped prosecution. But justice shouldn’t die just because your abuser does.

“We believe Glasgow City Council are at fault as they selected and paid the Cassidys to care for us and are in disbelief at how easy it was for John’s abuse to continue even after they were alerted to the risk he posed to us.

“It makes us wonder how many other abusive fosterers are out there, but also how many survivors have been let down not just in Glasgow but potentially across the country.

“To anyone who is aware of abuse that happened or is happening, please have the courage to step forward and help survivors find justice and rebuild their lives.”

The sisters’ bid for justice became possible after a landmark law change scrapped time limits on historic abuse.

Previously, abuse victims could only make a claim within three years of turning 16 – known as a “time bar”.

Specialist abuse lawyer Kim Leslie is working on behalf of the women

But studies suggested women often don’t talk about abuse until 18 years after it happened. Men may not speak about it until 25 years later.

As a result, the Scottish Government introduced the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act on October 4.

The Supreme Court in London recently ruled council bosses were accountable for abuse carried out by foster carers.

Last month, judges ruled that Nottinghamshire County Council were responsible for the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of a foster child in the 1980s.

They concluded council bosses were responsible because they paid the foster parents public cash to care for children on behalf of the local authority.

This is known as “vicarious liability”, which allows survivors to raise claims against groups including religious bodies, councils and football clubs.

Kim Leslie, partner and specialist abuse lawyer at Digby Brown, said:

“As a foster parent, John Cassidy held one of the most responsible roles in society. We believe he abused his position to repeatedly assault children in his care over a number of years.

“Initial investigations of Glasgow City Council’s own files show they were made aware John Cassidy was a potential risk to minors. But we believe they did not take appropriate protective measures which resulted in the continued sexual abuse of the children.

“We have intimated three claims for vicarious liability in relation to historic childhood abuse.”

A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “A claim has been received and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.” 



10 years later, Sturgeon says they are GENERALLY taking tough action…. #Govanhill

21st NOV 2017


Authorities are conducting a thorough and detailed investigation into allegations of child sexual exploitation in one of Scotland’s most deprived communities, the Justice Secretary has told MSPs.

Michael Matheson said members of Glasgow’s Govanhill community would be invited by Police Scotland to pass on any information around claims that Roma children are being routinely prostituted by parents and relatives.

But he stressed that officers currently have no evidence to substantiate the allegations which came to light in The Times newspaper on Friday.

“Although there is no evidence or intelligence to substantiate the allegations at the present time, these are being thoroughly investigated by Police Scotland and also by Glasgow City Council.”

Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur called for reassurance for local people bringing forward fresh information.

“We’ve obviously seen atrocious abuse in areas such as Rotherham and in that instance there was evidence that concerns were dismissed or ignored,” he said.

“Will the Cabinet Secretary ensure that there are no barriers that might discourage people from coming forward with reports, particularly in the community itself.”

Authorities in Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford came under fire for failing to tackle large scale child sexual exploitation predominantly by Asian men.



So ScotCops, Sturgeon & ScotGov have KNOWN ALL ABOUT IT & DONE NOTHING FOR 10 YEARS?! WHAT THE F*CK??


A child prostitution ring which is sexually exploiting immigrant Roma children as young as nine is operating in Glasgow, the Sunday Herald can reveal. Police have been running undercover surveillance operations in empty homes and unmarked cars in the Govanhill area in the southside of Glasgow for months in the hope of catching those behind the ring and the men paying to have sex with children.

Our investigation has also uncovered: l That high-grade intelligence about the ring led to the mounting of the covert operations; l An eyewitness who saw at first hand the sexual abuse of Roma children on the streets of Govanhill; l The name of the key suspect thought to be the leader of the child prostitution ring – a Roma man from eastern Slovakia now living in Govanhill.

Last night, Superintendent Mike Dean, who is leading the inquiry from Gorbals police station, confirmed that undercover detectives were hunting those behind the child prostitution ring and called on the public to help the investigation.

Jim Miller, from Govanhill, told the Sunday Herald how he stumbled upon a child being forced into prostitution on Allison Street, one of Govanhill’s main thoroughfares. Miller has already given a statement to the police.

“Roughly two months ago,” said Miller, “I was out walking my dog at about 10.15 in the morning. The dog ran into a close which was filled with rubbish, bin bags and old bedding.

“It was dark, and as I walked through the close I saw a man with his trousers around his ankles having full sex with a young Roma girl who was about nine or ten. The man had made the girl stand on a car battery in order to have sex with her.

“The guy just looked at me,” said Miller. “I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The wee lassie looked totally bewildered.”

Miller says he hurriedly left the close in order to get the police and spotted a Roma man waiting outside. At the same time the man he had seen having sex walked out of the close, as did the young girl. The Roma man, waiting outside, took the little girl by the hand and got into a nearby car, with a third man at the steering wheel, and drove away. Miller said he noticed that the girl walked with a limp.


The Sunday Herald knows the identity of the Roma man believed to have been pimping the child. Police sources confirmed that he was known to the police and a possible suspect in the child prostitution ring.

Miller quickly located two police officers, informed them of the events and passed on the car registration number. Miller says that when he returned to the scene there was a used condom and tissues at the site. “I was almost hysterical by this point,” said Miller. “I’d just seen a child being raped in broad daylight.”

Police say they have received various reports of child prostitution in the Govanhill area. The ages of the children allegedly involved ranged from nine to 14.

Police are concerned that allegations could ramp up racial tensions in an area already under inter-ethnic strain. Many locals in Govanhill from the Pakistani and white communities are openly racist about Roma people.

Miller stressed he was speaking out because a crime had been committed against children, not because he was racist. “What I have a problem with is what I saw happening to that little girl in that close. It made me feel sick.”

Another Govanhill resident, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed he saw an incident in which two boys aged between seven and nine – who appeared to be of Roma origin – were engaged in a sex act together in the backyard of his tenement building.


The man said: “I realise that this could be used as a recruiting sergeant by racists and the BNP, but I have to speak out as we are talking about child protection.” The man feared that the children may have been abused.

A senior police source said: “We’ve had directed and targeted surveillance based on intelligence about the abuse of children involved in prostitution. This intelligence specified particular areas in Govanhill and related to the Roma community. At least six separate incidents involving the alleged abuse of children have been reported to us.”

When asked if the allegations could have been exaggerated or made up by racist members of the community, the senior police source said: “In this case, I have to say that I think it’s a matter of no smoke without fire. There have been many allegations by people in the area about child prostitution.”

Undercover police officers involved in the Govanhill operations have been told that they must blow their own cover the moment it appears that a child is about to be abused. “We’re there to save kids, not wait for a child to be abused up a close before making an arrest,” the senior police source added.

There have so far been three separate periods of undercover surveillance in Govanhill – each lasting a week. The senior police source said: “Such action only takes place on the back of good intelligence, or if numerous sources of intelligence are saying the same thing.”


Superintendent Dean said: “We are aware of allegations about child prostitution in the Govanhill area. Certain police operations have taken place but have so far failed to identify the perpetrators. I would appeal to the public to come forward if they have any information about this matter. The abuse of children cannot be tolerated.

“If we find any evidence of child prostitution we will come down with the full force of Strathclyde Police.”

Dean said the allegations should not be seen as a reflection on the Roma community: “The Roma community would be up in arms itself if the people were aware of these allegations.”

He added: “If anyone is offered a child for the purposes of child prostitution I want to hear from them immediately. If they do have information but do not want to come forward I would challenge them to look at their conscience.”

Police sources say that the Roma man suspected of involvement in the ring was linked to agencies in Slovakia who brought Roma people to Scotland with the promise of jobs and housing.

The police say he makes some of his money in Glasgow as a gang boss by getting employment for Roma men in low-skilled labouring jobs or picking fruit and then taking a cut from everything they earn. He recently bought a new home in Slovakia. There is suspicion that he may also be involved in the drugs trade.


CHILDREN as young as primary school age are being sold for sex on the streets of Glasgow, an investigation has revealed.

Community groups in Govanhill, one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, say Roma children are being sold by parents and relatives – and that the practice has been going on for decades.

The community has come under fire in the past for fly tipping and slum conditions

The community has come under fire in the past for fly tipping and slum conditions





The population of Govanhill has MORE THAN DOUBLED IN UNDER A DECADE

But authorities have failed to take action for fear of being branded racist – Govanhill has the highest Roma population in Scotland after a dramatic increase in 2004.

The community has come under fire in the past for fly tipping and slum conditions.

Locals have seen girls and boys propositioning people as they walk through the streets at night, reports The Times.

Cops say child sex exploitation enquiries were carried out ten years ago but residents say the problem has re-emerged.

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A police statement in 2007 confirmed that at least six instances of child abuse had been reported.

And two years ago councillors formally flagged the sickening problem – but residents say kids as young as primary school age are still being abused.

Olive Arens, the chief executive of Up-2-Us, a government-funded charity that works with vulnerable teenagers, was told the abuse was an “urban myth” when she flagged concerns.

She said: “The sexual exploitation of Roma children in Govanhill is a longstanding issue. You could see the activity.

“It was children and adults making deals in huddles. It is very clear what was taking place but nothing ever happened to stop it.”

In 2015 Crosshill and Govanhill community council recorded that “an issue had been raised regarding child prostitution within Govanhill” and that children were seen to be “wandering the streets at night” in its minutes.

Group leader of the time Joe Beaver said the police didn’t seem surprised by the report.

Social work also said parents were “using their own kids”.

A spokesman for the first minister said “these are deeply concerning claims” while a Glasgow City Council spokesperson added they were “fully alert to the risk of child sexual exploitation in Glasgow”.

Detective Superintendent Alwyn Bell, of Police Scotland, said: “Glasgow child protection committee and the numerous statutory and voluntary agencies represented have robust, well-established child protection procedures.

“Child sexual exploitation is a constant threat within our communities and an area all partners are alert to. As a partnership, we constantly review our procedures in an attempt to continuously improve our services and learn from good practice elsewhere.”

He said local communities should report “anything that appears suspicious or gives cause for concern”.

How many Ex Prime Ministers is that now? I know of *SIX* #UKPaedoPMs



When the first discussions about whether to decriminalize gay sex in the UK reached the cabinet, Winston Churchill was Prime Minister.
His words at that meeting set in motion the creation of the Wolfenden Report – a government sanctioned investigation into homosexuality. This would eventually lead to the partial decriminalization of gay sex.
But the Prime Minister did this at a time when LGBTI lives were totally closeted. And while leading the right-wing Conservative party.
So did he simply hold liberal views, or was he leading a secret double life?

‘Gross immorality’

Churchill’s first recorded brush with homosexuality happened when he was 21.
In 1895, as a young cavalry officer, he faced accusations of committing ‘acts of gross immorality of the Oscar Wilde type’ with fellow cadets at Sandhurst.
Sandhurst was as much a British institution then as it is today. It was the training ground for British Army officers who controlled the empire. More recently, modern day Princes William and Harry both trained at Sandhurst.
Churchill successfully sued the accuser for defamation being awarded £400 in damages.
But this story leads historian Micheal Bloch to describe him as ‘far from being straightforwardly heterosexual.’

Makes you proud to be British’

Bloch’s book Closet Queens explores a history of sex and secrecy in the UK’s corridors of power. In it, he details many examples of Churchill’s liberal views.
‘There is a famous story that when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister, he was woken one freezing February morning by a Downing Street aide bearing the shocking news that a male Tory MP had been caught having sex with a naked guardsman in St James’s Park.
‘Noting that it had been the coldest night of the winter, Churchill is said to have remarked: “Makes you proud to be British.”‘
The Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn went on to say about this story that ‘even if this wonderful anecdote isn’t true, it ought to be.’
Churchill often made quick-witted one-liners like this. But even if we can’t be sure this story is true, we do know from the National Archives about his remarks at that all-important cabinet meeting.

How Churchill changed gay rights in the UK forever

After World War II there was an increase in arrests and prosecutions of gay men. Churchill, who had been beaten in an election immediately after the war, was now back in power. But the General Election of 1951 gave him only the slimmest of majorities in parliament.
By the end of 1954, in England and Wales, there were 1,069 men in prison for homosexual acts.
This prompted a UK cabinet discussion of the matter. The meeting considered whether the best way to stop the rise in prosecutions was simply to decriminalize homosexuality.
As Prime Minister, Churchill chaired that meeting. And in it he quite bluntly states, the Tory party would not accept responsibility for making the law more lenient towards gay men. He felt it was simply not the time.


How many Ex Prime Ministers we at now? #VIPaedo
WINSTON boy buggering CHURCHILL ~ see below
TED paedo-satanist HEATH ~ COUNTLESS
DAVID pigboy CAMERON ~ LOVES A GOOD PAEDO. Just ask Pat Rock
GORDON Bug Eyed BROWN ~ PIE & 2 “INCIDENTS” of child rape
TONY miranda BLAIR ~ TWO convictions for cottaging 1974 & 1983 subject to D-notice

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JUST WAIT until people realise that AT LEAST three consecutive Prime Ministers ALL had a child die whilst they were in office

Cause MAYBE then people will see the truth

1. TONY BLAIR ~ His wife/witch miscarried.

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TOT RAPE CHARGES – 1 woman & 3 men accused of forming paedo ring behind rape of TWO BABIES, ONE WEE BOY & ONE WEE GIRL


Prosecutors claimed Mary Anne Hodge, 27, forced the lad of four to have sex with her over 18 months while three other men also face charges

A WOMAN and three men are accused of forming a paedophile ring responsible for raping two babies and a little boy and girl.

Prosecutors claimed Mary Anne Hodge, 27, forced the lad of four to have sex with her over 18 months.

The four appeared in the dock at Perth Sheriff Court

The four appeared in the dock at Perth Sheriff Court

The youngster was allegedly abused by her at locations in Perth and nearby Stanley, between October 2014 and May last year.

Ryan Dunn, 25, is alleged to have repeatedly raped two girls at the addresses over the same period.

It is claimed he sexually attacked one toddler several times after he originally struck shortly before her first birthday.

The second youngster was allegedly raped by Dunn when she was five and was then abused several times between 2014 and 2016.

His brother Aaron Dunn, 22, is said to have raped the younger of the girls when she was just 11-months-old.

Prosecutors also claim Stephen Ferguson, 26, carried out sex attacks on a third girl in Perth between June 2014 and June last year. He is alleged to have first raped the tot when she was just 13-months-old and went on to abuse her several times.

CHILD SEX HORROR Children are being sold for sex by their PARENTS and family members on streets of Glasgow – in Nicola Sturgeon’s constituency

It is understood the four accused, all from Perth, were charged following a massive cop probe.

They appeared in private at the city’s sheriff court yesterday and made no plea. Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown refused bail and all four were remanded in custody.

The case was continued for further examination.


Prosecutors probe multiple claims of child abuse at Dundee school. #Kingspark


Prosecutors have launched a fresh investigation into multiple claims of abuse against children at a Dundee school.

A number of complaints have been made to police in recent years about alleged attacks on children — many of whom cannot communicate verbally — at Kingspark School.

In 2014, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) upheld a complaint that police had failed to properly investigate allegations of an assault on a child by staff.

Following that, a national probe was launched into the allegations, involving officers based in Dundee.

When that investigation was concluded this year, a report was submitted to the procurator fiscal.

However, after criticism that the report lacked detail and balance, area procurator fiscal Catriona Dalrymple became involved and demanded that further evidence — including statements from parents — be taken into consideration.

The evidence will now be looked at and decisions made about whether any criminal action should be taken against individuals.

A spokesman for the Crown Office said: “We are looking into the circumstances of these allegations and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”

Beth Morrison, of Monifieth, is one of those campaigning for a series of alleged assaults against children at Kingspark to be probed further.

Beth Morrison

She told the Tele that parents had faced a long wait for answers about the allegations and felt let down by the way the investigation had been handled.

Beth — who set up a charity aimed at improving communication between carers, teachers and young people with learning disabilities after the Kingspark allegations emerged — said: “This has been going on since 2014 and the families have been left hanging all this time.

“These families have been waiting for answers for a long time. 

“There is medical evidence and photographic evidence about what happened.

“Parents have been told in the past that injuries were caused as a result of children attacking other children — but that’s not the case.”

Kingspark caters for about 175 pupils aged between five and 18 who have additional support needs or disabilities.



Children’s charity say Scottish victims of child sex abuse are being failed

Children suffering sexual abuse in Scotland are going without help because of a lack of specialist recovery services.

More than 900 sexual crimes against children under the age of 13, including rape and sexual assault, were reported to Police Scotland last year.

But research by NSPCC Scotland shows that, despite a greater spotlight on child sexual abuse in the past 10 years and several high-profile abuse cases reaching the courts, access to recovery services remains patchy.

The NSPCC have also found that more than half of the 17 local authority areas included in the latest research have no specialist service for children of primary school age who need help, while 15 of the 17 have no service for children aged under five years.

The new report, which focuses on west central Scotland, where more than half of the nation’s child
population live, will be launched at the Scottish Parliament today at an event chaired by Labour MSP Johann Lamont.

The charity are calling for the adoption of a multi-disciplinary model, where support for children’s psychological and emotional recovery following sexual abuse is available along
with forensic services and facilities to help them give the best evidence to secure justice.

Matt Forde, national head of NSPCC Scotland, said this new report shows children are being failed.

“We’ve seen recently how difficult it is for adults to come forward and report experiences of sexual abuse,” he said. “Think how much harder it is then for children, especially if their abuser is in their own family.

“Only one in eight cases of child sexual abuse is thought to come to the attention of agencies, so these young people we know of are just the tip of the iceberg. Abused children suffer terribly and we must make sure they get the support they need.”

Sandie Barton, Rape Crisis Scotland director of operations, said: “More and more young people are coming forward at our centres and demand is at an
unprecedented level.

“We know from survivors that failing to provide timely access to appropriate support can have far-reaching consequences. Children, young people and their families deserve better.” 


Dennis Nilsen, Abe Jacob, Child Procurement & Murder.

Originally published on Nov 19, 2016 @ 15:05 Last updated Nov 12th @ 5.25pm 

  • Name: Dennis Andrew Nilsen  
  • A.K.A.: The Muswell Hill Murderer – The Kindly Killer
  • Born:  23rd Nov 1945 in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire 
  • Characteristics: Homosexual – Necrophilia – Dismemberment. Although Nilsen admitted to engaging in masturbation as he viewed the nude bodies of several of his victims, and to have engaged in sexual acts with six of his victims’ bodies,[48] he was adamant he had never penetrated any of his victims.[49]
  • Number of victims: Unknown. Found guilty of 6. suspected up to 15.
  • Timespan:  1978 – 1983
  • Addresses: 23D Cranley Gardens  &  195 Melrose Avenue
  • Date of arrest: February 9, 1983 
  • Victims profile: Students or homeless men he picked up in bars
  • Method of murder: His victims would be lured to these addresses through guile and all were murdered by strangulation, sometimes accompanied by drowning. Following the murder, Nilsen would observe a ritual in which he bathed and dressed the victims’ bodies, which he would retain for extended periods of time, before dissecting and disposing of the remains via burning upon a bonfire, or flushing the remains down a lavatory.
  • Status: Sentenced to life imprisonment on 4 November 1983 currently incarcerated at HMP Full Sutton maximum security prison in Full Sutton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.


PART 1 Real Crime
PART 2 Serial Killer Doc
PART 3 Murderers and their mothers.
PART 4 Nilsen Interview Murder In Mind 1993


It is unclear exactly how many men Dennis Nilsen killed. Although convicted for six murders, he told police he was responsible for far more.

At one time he boasted he was the “killer of the century” – and claimed to have murdered more often than Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, who killed 13 women between 1975 and 1980. But he later admitted he had exaggerated the scale of his crimes.

He is believed to have killed about a dozen people. The six men he was found guilty of murdering were:

Kenneth Ockendon

The Canadian tourist was holidaying in London in December 1979 when he met Nilsen in a west end pub. They went back to the killer’s home, where Nilsen murdered him. In the weeks after, there were several newspaper articles about his disappearance.

Martyn Duffey

Hailing from Merseyside it has been reported that Martyn Duffey had a troubled childhood, spending some time in care and on the streets. He met Nilsen as he was trying to turn his life around in May 1980.

Billy Sutherland

Nilsen’s third victim was one of three men he killed from Scotland. He came from Edinburgh and met the murderer in a pub before heading to his flat after reportedly telling him he had nowhere to go.


Stephen Sinclair

The 20-year-old was Nilsen’s final victim and was killed in January 1983. His body was later found by police when they searched Nilsen’s flat a month later.  

 Malcolm Barlow

Malcolm was 24 when Nilsen murdered him. He was an orphan and had spent most of his time in care. In September 1981 he was found in the street by the serial killer and taken back to his flat.

John Howlett

He was the first to be murdered at Nilsen’s new address, 23 Cranley Gardens. He was reportedly never out of trouble with the police and met Nilsen on two occasions, first in 1981 and then again in March 1982 when he was killed.


Serial killer’s would-be victim condemns cash decision 

The man who cheated death at the hands of serial killer Dennis Nilsen has condemned a decision to give the murderer cash for a human rights claim.

Dennis Nilsen, who killed at least 17 men in the 1970s and 1980s has been awarded £55,000 to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights to try to publish his autobiography.

Carl David Stotter, 50, of Brighton, said he was enraged to hear Nilsen, who tried to suffocate and drown him, has been given aid – even though the victim has not received a penny in compensation for his ordeal. READ IN FULL..

Nov 17th 2016  How a childhood trauma put Dennis Nilsen on the path to murder  


It was the autumn of 1951, the tattie holidays had been and gone, and all over the north and north-east youngsters were getting ready for the annual celebration of all things supernatural.

But for one wee boy, Halloween that year represented something far darker in his life than the ghosts and goblins of fables and myths and the evil grins on the carved neep lanterns carried door-to-door by guisers.

Dennis Nilsen’s dad Olav, who was a Norwegian soldier, spent little time at home, and eventually one day upped and left his wife and children for good.

That meant the young Nilsen, along with his mother Betty Whyte and his two siblings, going to live with his grandparents.

His grandad Andrew Whyte became the father figure in his life, and the pair became particularly close.

When he died, Nilsen was aged just five, still a few weeks short of his sixth birthday.

Effectively, it was the second time a “father” had left him, and he is convinced the trauma of his loss had a lasting impact of him and indeed put him on the path to murder.


After his death on October 31, 1951, Mr Whyte’s body was returned to the family home

Nilsen’s mother took him to see his grandfather’s body – although she told him he was sleeping.

Nilsen believes it was this failure to explain death to him which provided the catalyst for his shocking crimes in later life

“My troubles started there,” he is quoted as writing in Brian Masters’s book, Killing for Company.

In the years after his grandfather’s death, Fraserburgh-born Nilsen spent some time in the nearby village of Strichen before joining the Army Catering Corps and serving across the world, as well as closer to home at Fort George near Inverness and Ballater.“It blighted my personality permanently.”

He later moved to London and joined the Metropolitan Police as a cadet, before leaving and embarking on a career at the Job Centre where he was working when his string of gruesome murders was uncovered.

So what was it, more than 20 years after the death of his grandfather, that drove Nilsen to kill for the first time?

Does he still view that childhood bereavement as the genesis of a series of killings which to this day make him one of the most notorious figures in British criminal history?

And does he now – many years after her death – understand his mother’s reluctance to explain the death to a five year old?

I never got an answer to those questions, but in his letters to me Nilsen did speak about his childhood in more general terms, despite telling me that asking about memories from his childhood was a “dangerous invitation”.


He said: “I don’t think your readers are interested in anything abrasive to disturb their peace at the breakfast table of their comforts. So I will keep my reporting moderate and omit the personal and emotional traumas of social and family interactions.”

He told me there was an instance recently when memories of his childhood came flooding back as he watched TV.

“Alex Salmond was being interviewed live and he was standing on the grassy back of the River Ugie in front of one of the two ‘Ald road Brigs’ which were so familiar to me in Strichen in the childhood years I spent there prior to me joining the British Army.”

He then pointed out that he joined the “British Army”, not an independent Scottish Army, as although “born a Scot”, he remains welded to his Britishness.

He also said he has “never been ashamed of my (then) Buchan Doric speech” or his working class origins. He added: “Or the Protestant work ethic which was most naturally drummed into me from the first.”

When asked about specific places where he spent his youth he said:

“Fraserburgh harbour, Kinnaird Head and Waughton Hill. Well, in my formative years, they stood as physical and psychological ‘permanences of uncritical stability in my early boyhood. They stood as strong facts that would outlive and outdistance all we passing and temporary actors on its solid stage of confused human events. Here is a recollection of the summer of 1954 and I am sunbathing on Fraserburgh beach aged nine. There is a sudden summer shower of rain. Luckily, it almost immediately passes. I wander off on my own, through the harbour with its ‘painted’ herring boats, and off towards the point, up along the rugged cliffs. I look out over the vast scale of distantly blue horizons. I’ve never seen the sea so deep blue. I’ve never seen the sun so smilingly and cheaply easy with its free intensity. I’ve never felt such a tingle of joy on my skin. If you have all this, I thought, who would have need of a God?” 

Nov 18th 2016  What happened when extracts from Nilsen’s autobiography leaked online

Dennis Nilsen

When supposed extracts from Nilsen’s autobiography were leaked online, there was an uproar.

Among those voicing their anger were relatives of the men who the Fraserburgh-born killer had murdered.

Seaton Sutherland is the younger brother of Billy, one of three Scots killed by Nilsen.

The Edinburgh man met the murderer in a pub before heading to his flat after reportedly telling him he had nowhere to go.

Mr Sutherland said at the time of the publication: “This man is a monster and he should not be allowed a voice. This is attempting to glorify what he did. It is disgraceful that reputable sites are being used to get round the ban. Gag the monster before it’s too late and before more damage is done.”


FROM afar it looked such an innocent scene. A closer peek exposed real horror.

A boy sat on the rocks by the sea playing on his own. In front of him lay crabs and small fish. With his penknife, he was slowly cutting them up, watching them wriggle.

Torture was the game. It was only fish some locals said, but did they think that way when he hurt their cats and dogs, torturing them to death?

It was the early Fifties in Fraserburgh in the north east of Scotland. A fishing town built on the edge of the wild North Sea. It was a lonely place and little Dennis was a lonely child.

Hard work, marriage, maybe children is what people expected in that area they called the Broch.

Little did the locals suspect that in their midst was a young boy who on November 4, 1983, would emerge as a serial killer.

In London in February 1983, a Dyno Rod worker had been called to deal with some drains from which the most gut-wrenching stench had been wafting for weeks.

As all the tenants of the nearby flat watched, he prised off the lid of the nearest stank and reeled back in horror. The drain was clogged with lumps of rotting flesh.

The drain served the house at Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill in the north of London.

The engineer replaced the stank and left the scene. The cops were going to have be called in, but sooner than he thought.

Late that night, one of the residents heard a noise. Peering past the edge of their curtains they witnessed a spooky sight.

In the dark, someone was at the stank, pulling masses of rotting flesh from the drains, slopping them into black bag after black bag.

It was their neighbour Dennis Nilsen. A civil servant who kept himself to himself.

Why would he be pulling that mess from the drains in the dark? The CID was called.

It took the forensic team little time to confirm the rotting flesh was human. Up in Nilsen’s flat he had a caller – Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jay.

“We want to interview you regarding the flesh in the drains. The human flesh,” he said. “What is that smell?”

“I think you’ll find what you’re looking for in bags in my flat,” Nilsen replied.

Around that Cranford Gardens flat, rubbish bags and packing crates were in every room. As the first bag was sliced open, an arm fell out. In others, two human heads were found.

At the station, Dennis Nilsen confessed. Quietly and politely, as usual, he related terrible accounts in detail.

He hadn’t murdered only two people as the skulls in the bags might suggest, but 15. All young men, all picked up in pubs. Most he had sex with, some he couldn’t remember their names. He had strangled them then slept with the bodies of some. He carved them up, boiled the flesh in a pot or burned them in the garden.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, later he confessed to seven more killings and, incredibly, his part-time flatmate, Martin Hunter Craig, was never aware of Nilsen’s sick murder spree.

Nilsen started killing in 1978. He and a boyfriend had split up and he had taken to boozing, clubbing and casual sex.

The whole scene left him feeling even lonelier. On December 29, 1978, he picked up a young man in a pub who stayed the night. The next morning, Nilsen knew the man would leave and couldn’t take it any more.

Calmly he had strangled the man with a tie then drowned a bucket. That him in a night he slept with the body, keeping loneliness at bay in his own sick way. Eventually, he hid the body under his floor for seven months, spraying his house with air freshener to try and keep the stench at bay.

One night he carried the corpse to his back garden and burned it.

At the time, Nilsen couldn’t recall the man’s name. Years later when shown a picture, it all came back. He was Stephen Holmes, a 14-year-old boy. Once he started Nilsen couldn’t stop. At his then house in Melrose Avenue, others followed. Martyn Duffey, Billy Sutherland, Douglas Stewart, Malcolm Barlow and others he couldn’t name.

They were strangled then drowned. Bathed to clean them up and put to bed.

In Melrose Avenue they were dumped in awardrobe then for months under the floorboards.

They were then cut up and disposed ofwell away from his house or simply put out with the rubbish. The torsos were sometimes burned in a fire at the bottom of the garden. He’d be burning corpses all day, yet still the neighbours didn’t notice.

The house was reeking with the stench no matter how hard he worked.

Nilsen was too prolific and it began to show by frequent complaints from neighbours about the smell. Eventually, in a desperate effort to break his killing habit, he moved to a top floor flat in Cranley Gardens with one crucial aspect – no access to a garden.

If he couldn’t burn bodies, how could he kill? But it didn’t stop him for more than a blink. That’s when he started cutting up the bodies. Boiling them to remove the flesh and stuffing the rotting body parts down the drains.

John Howlett, Graham Allan and Stephen Sinclair – his last victim and a sad reminder of home. Stephen was a young man from Perth, still wearing the blue and white scarf of his local team, St Johnstone.

Listening to Nilsen’s detailed, gory confessions, the cops must have been sickened to their souls. But why had Nilsen killed?

“The killer’s not here,” he said. “The killer’s in Number 10,” meaning Downing Street.

Nilsen was referring to most of his victims being drifters and loners, rejected by society and uncared for by the government. An unusual statement for a serial killer to make? Not for an active trade unionist, ashe was.

As the trial drew closer, the people of Fraserburgh must have been sitting on a knife edge. It wasn’t often that one of their few numbers achieved fame. Now one was about to become infamous. Meantime, Dennis Nilsen was writing all day in Wormwood Scrubs. Notebooks in which he spelled out a great deal, especially the role of that town in turning him into the evil killer he became.

“My troubles started there,” he wrote. “Fraserburgh blighted my personality permanently.”

When a child, Nilsen’s mother and father had a stormy relationship. As a result, he spent most of his time with his maternal grandmother and grandfather and loved the latter dearly.

When his grandfather died at sea, the six-year-old Nilsen was heartbroken but coped in his usual way – silence.

At the old man’s funeral, Nilsen was forced to go and witness the body in its coffin in a darkened room. The event had a severe impact on the boy and it would influence the man he’d become.

“I have spent all my emotional life searching for my grandfather,” he admitted.

Is that why he had killed? To regain a little of his grandfather that his austere upbringing in Fraserburgh never allowed?

Not that there was much sign early on in his adulthood of the man who was to emerge. First, he joined the army, serving in Northern Ireland for six years.

In the gay bars, he preferred to be called Des. During that time he had served as a cook, something some folk would make much of in trying to explain him dissecting bodies and cooking the meat.

Had he got up to his murderous tricks in Ulster, Germany or his other postings?

After 12 years, he left the army after a fall out with his squaddie boyfriend and went to London. There he signed up with the Metropolitan Police. Though intrigued by the visits to the morgues, it didn’t suit him and soon he was working for the Civil Service.

He was a well-liked colleague who, although quiet, still found the motivation to be the shop steward. Fighting the good fight on behalf of his colleagues. All along he was trawling gay bars seeking out his next victim.

On October 24, 1983, Nilsen stood at the Old Bailey charged with six counts of murder and two of attempted murder. He pled not guilty to them all. Not that he denied the killings. He had never denied those. Just that he wasn’t responsible due to mental illness.

Dr James MacKeith and Dr Patrick Gallwey appeared for the defence. They both blamed his childhood and said he had been mentally ill. Trouble was one psychiatrist was forced to retract his diagnosis of diminished responsibility, while the other used such complex technical terms that the court struggled to follow him. Dr Paul Bowden appeared for the prosecution, claiming Nilsen had some mental abnormality, but was still in control of his actions.

Later, the judge would instruct the jury that a mind can be evil without being mad.

But the strongest witnesses were the Nilsen escapees – Paul Nobbs, Douglas Stewart and Carl Stotter. Amazingly, Nilsen had picked up and tried to strangle all three, yet they had escaped to tell the tale. And tell it they did about the closest escapes of their lives.

There were even earlier reports that should have alerted the cops. Like the young man who complained that he had stayed with Nilsen and discovered him taking him pictures of him in his sleep.

All that got was a police warning. On the November 4, 1983, the jury returned with a majority verdict. Guilty on all counts of murder.

At first Nilsen was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in jail but returned to court to have a whole life term imposed. He is a man who will never walk free again.MJail time is neither happy nor trouble free for Nilsen. Now and then another con will try to take the life of the evil killer. But Nilsen also writes and speaks.

A few years back he wrote a book Nilsen: A History of a Drowning Man and had secured a publisher.

The manuscript reveals a great deal of detail about his murders, including many for which he has not been tried. The Home Office thought differently and after legal action, the book was banned.

Nilsen also makes himself available to many researchers and academics, some of whom believe he has killed at least 28 souls. Now it seems clearer that one of his reasons for killing was very simple – he didn’t want to be alone.

One of his former governors, now Professor Wilson, recalls interviewing him for an article on the nature of evil in his cell at top secure HMP Whitemoor.

After a couple of hours, Wilson went to take his leave. Nilsen looked into his eyes, put his hand on his arm and politely asked: “Do you have to go?”

It was the phrase he used with most of his victims. When they said ‘yes’ he killed them.

Of his time in the hell that is Full Sutton jail, Nilsen wrote a great deal.

“Full Sutton is a soap opera with added blood. You don’t serve your sentence, you survive it,” he wrote.

Later he would write: “Dying in prison is not such a great problem as living in prison.”

That is from a man who knows. The wee boy from the Broch grown into a serial killer. A lonely, lethal man who will die in jail. 

The Mirror February 1983


Islington social worker Abraham Jacob procured boys for serial killer Dennis Nilsen

Vice Boys King Touted For Mass Killer (18.05.86) The People, 18th May 1986

See also:

29 May 2014    Lambeth Police Station Paedo Sex Ring Dungeon Scandal 

Boys On Evil Abe’s Rack (18.05.86)  The People, 18th May 1986 



7th Sept 2003  Memoirs of a Serial Killer – the story of the autobiography of Dennis Nilsen – Sunday Times Magazine cover story 

Image1 While serving life, Dennis Nilsen has written a book explaining what drove him to strangle 12 men. But should he be allowed to tell his story? Russ Coffey, who has exclusive access to his letters and autobiography, reports

Late at night in August 1998, the serial killer Dennis Nilsen is writing to me from Whitemoor prison, Cambridgeshire. Fifteen years before, he was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years on six counts of murder. He had previously admitted to luring 12 men back to his north London flat over a four-year period, and strangling them. At the time of the trial only six could be identified.

Nilsen didn’t drive, so without the possibility of removing their bodies from his home, he dismembered the corpses, then buried the remains beneath the floorboards or flushed them away.

As he hammers out his garrulous letter on an antiquated typewriter, Hamish and Tweetles the budgerigars flap freely around his cell, which contains a desk, a toilet and a bed. He won’t be allowed a television for another year, but copies of The Guardian and Private Eye lying on the floor are evidence of his interest in the outside world; a world that, by and large, would prefer never to hear from him again.

Nilsen’s letter discusses an autobiography he has written that, he says, tries to show why he became a killer capable of such depravity. The 400-page manuscript is in four separate parts. It includes an analysis of his stunted emotional and sexual development; a description of life as a prisoner that he has mainly spent in a vulnerable prisoners’ unit (he calls it a “ghetto for nonces”); and an explanation of why he feels it is important that those who have never met him should see beyond the label of “monster”. Though far from complete, it is unique. Nilsen is the only serial killer to have attempted this kind of self-analysis.

“I serve my time as an extreme example of human contradiction in the wide continuum of human nature and its actions,” his letter says. He continues: “I am not contained, mute and immobile in a glass jar as some kind of eternal official specimen of popular ‘evil’. As I am alive I must live as a man.”

To be human, he believes, is to be allowed the freedom to explore the reasons why he became a killer. In another letter sent to me in May 2003, he says: “I seek only to reach out to engage with the human dimension which is anathema to rigid officials of the retribution machine who are content with the official view of men like me as eternally and evilly sub-human and monstrous.”

His letters and essays make it clear he believes in his own humanity, despite his past actions. And though he is not campaigning for release (in 1994 his sentence was changed from a minimum of 25 years to a whole life tariff) he wants to exercise what he sees as his right to be heard. He writes: “I know the Home Office will keep me in for natural life one way or the other. Punishment does not come so much from a prison sentence, but from the knowledge of what one has done, a fact in itself never to be adequately redressed.”

There are three known copies of the full first draft of his autobiography, The History of a Drowning Boy: the original with his friend Mark (who has asked not to be identified), a second 
with the cult gay writer P-P Hartnett, and a third that his solicitor holds pending a decision at a judicial review in the High Court on October 20 on whether he should be allowed to continue working on it. In March 2002, this copy was intercepted by the Home Office when Nilsen’s solicitor, Nick Wells of Tuckers, sent it in for his client to edit. They did so on the grounds that it contravened the regulations that say inmates cannot have material sent in and out of prison if it concerns a book about their crimes.

Since then, Nilsen has said in a letter that his work “is not about the events of 1978-83 alone, but concerning how a man developed over the 58 years of his existence. There are laws governing publications in this country…The Obscene Publications Act… the laws of Libel which anything I write is subject to like anything else”.

“[My work] is written from an overtly moral perspective full in the knowledge of my own faults and failings and criminal culpability, for which I accept full responsibility … No man lives in a vacuum but in tandem with his society… to explain how he develops over the years… for better and for worse.”

At the High Court hearing, counsel for the Home Office will meet Nilsen’s barristers, Flo Krause and Alison Foster QC. The court judgment will not consider future publication or debate whether an analysis of the extremes of human evil is legitimate. It will simply decide whether the Home Office’s interception of the work under the prison rules is legally valid, and if the freedoms of expression and correspondence granted by the Human Rights Act take precedence and the document should be returned to Nilsen.

His plea is that he has the right to tell his own life story, for he writes: “There is nothing in Prison Rules, Standing Orders, or Laws of England which prohibits me (or anyone) writing a book for publication.” But the question remains: have his crimes forfeited this right?

At 4.25pm on Friday the 4th of November 1983 the State through the agency of the Judicial system made its pronouncement on me. The anonymous jury, having gained its thrills and shocks from this theatre of the absurd had finally, by a majority of 10-2, agreed with the judge’s and prosecution’s view of me and my past actions. The media would take up the clarion call of me as ‘Evil beyond belief’. The flashbulbs flashed and the wolves howled and in the universal public consciousness I joined the ranks of the damned alongside Crippen, Haigh, Brady, Hindley, and Sutcliffe.” So says Nilsen in his 2001 essay, Brain Damage, written after he began his autobiography.

Since his conviction, he has been in eight different prisons, spending his free time reading, writing, painting and composing music on a portable keyboard. Although during the 1980s Nilsen wrote in journals and engaged in voluminous correspondence (he still corresponds with “an actor, a teacher, a male ballet dancer, a gay writer, a psychology graduate, and a post office clerk”, as well as his friend Mark), it was his move in 1991 to a vulnerable-prisoner unit at Full Sutton prison in North Yorkshire for his own safety that gave him an incentive to focus his thoughts.

His first bout of written introspection took place while on remand for his murders. Confronted with what he had become and how much he had destroyed, he filled 50 exercise books with his thoughts. These he subsequently gave to the biographer Brian Masters, who used them for the award-winning study Killing for Company: The Case of Dennis Nilsen.

In May 1992, Dr Pawlowski of the Connecticut State Penitentiary asked Nilsen to write a “sexual history” to assist him in his studies on serial killers. Drawing on what he had written in the late 1980s, he started writing it on prison notepaper. That summer he was also approached by Central TV, which wanted to interview him. For its research it asked for anything he had written. To make it easier to read, the producer Mike Morley gave Nilsen a battered old iron-framed typewriter. Stamping through the tattered ribbon, Nilsen started writing: “This is a narrative compilation including what I believe to be the salient features of my sexual history. I have spent almost 9 years in a climate of long and detailed introspection, without counselling or therapy of any positive kind. Therefore it has fallen to me to probe the secret recesses of my personality in the hope that I may understand the engine of my actions and effect solutions to problems in a non-destructive way.” This became the introduction to what are now his draft memoirs.

In 1993, Nilsen was moved to Whitemoor, where he passed the hours with his Casio keyboard and tape recorder, on which he recorded what he called his “symphoniettas” and “opuses”. A year later he was informed that he was to serve a “whole life tariff”. A few years later, he wrote to me of how he felt about those subject to such a sentence: “We are dead men locked in a tomb; the living dead, privileged by selective animation. We are required to be neither seen nor heard.”

An “indeterminate sentence” is something Nilsen seems to accept as the rightful consequence of his actions, although it is clear that in later years he has felt the strain. He wrote in 1999: “Release is not a present aspiration, as I deserve a long period of imprisonment as punishment. That was never a point of contention in my opinions. What I condemn is the poor, negative quality of life for so many long-termers inside.”

A few years earlier, in 1996, the author and former ITN newscaster Gordon Honeycombe had expressed an interest in telling Nilsen’s story. They agreed that Nilsen already had half an autobiography and that he should finish it, so Nilsen typed another 200 pages about his life after his arrest. Honeycombe worked on compiling additional information for two years, during which time the Home Office formally stated that it had no interest in the manuscript in a reply to a prisoner’s request form from Nilsen.

However, two years later, Nilsen’s relationship with Honeycombe came unstuck. Nilsen wanted him to act as an editor and agent for his own words; Honeycombe, whom Nilsen describes as “quite a gentleman”, wanted to combine Nilsen’s words with other views to give what he saw as the “complete picture”. Nilsen now gave the job of editor to the cult gay author P-P Hartnett, with whom he had struck up a friendship. Later, Nilsen felt he couldn’t endorse Hartnett’s version. He told me in a letter in April 1999: “I have not seen the first edit, nor is the Home Office allowing me to see it. However, Mark has described its shape and read extracts from it onto tape. I heard it before it was confiscated by the prison authorities. From what I know about it, it is unsuitable in its present form. Paul [Hartnett] has been on this editing process for about a year. He has stamped his own personality so much onto the text by his additions that the form presented now misrepresents what I had intended. The entire shape of the edition is not what I wanted. If allowed to I could have done the job myself in a month, two at the outside. (It only took me four months to write.)

“He has me projecting thoughts, feelings and a persona which is most definitely not me. This is an autobiography – not a biography

When I first wrote to Nilsen in 1998 after hearing about his project, he told me he was keen to have the book published because Brian Masters’s biography, although the “only serious attempt to understand my situation and its development”, ultimately failed to provide an understanding of the man behind the crimes. He wrote: “He misses insightful clues in the first part of the narrative and in the second part I vanish into a muddled array of psychobabble. The human is never explained, or answered.” He says elsewhere with typical cattiness: “I’m afraid to phone him in case all I get is his answering machine saying, ‘Please speak after the high moral tone.'”

After my initial contact, I’d expected a reply, but not the 16-page dissertation that arrived a week later. Gitta Sereny’s book on the child killer Mary Bell was hot news at the time. His letter began: “The Mary Bell controversy is generated by a fear, on foundations of hypocrisy, by Society which becomes deeply agitated when the spotlight of close examination falls upon itself and own hallowed myths.”

“History had dismissed the traumas of Mary Bell from its consciousness merely by placing her outside the realms of human experience, with the expedient use of the label ‘monster’, and shelving her inside a penal institution. This method spared society from having to acknowledge their association with her name and saved them the bother of having to think too much of her actions as a human in a community. Justice was done and she was gone – out of sight and out of mind. Her voice is always the voice of others.”

Over a seven-month period, Nilsen wrote nearly 30,000 words of autobiography, politics, poetry and chat to me on the understanding that one day they may be published. It was remarkable how confessions like the following soon seemed as commonplace a fixture on the doormat as a bank statement: “Millions of people are alienated and marginalised but not everyone finally reacts extremely to this situation. Millions accept their status, and struggle on the best way they can in the poverty of their limited personal aspirations. That’s how they get by the pressures of industrial society and this experience called normal life.”

“I never lived in dreams of winning the pools as a solution to psychological impoverishment. I was never materialistic. My needs were the needs of a ‘dog’ who had never been cuddled, patted, wanted, praised or rewarded. I was a viable human being forced by early circumstances into the role of ‘lone wolf’. It was my genetic inheritance which decreed that I would possess the difference which would mark me out from ‘the norm’. It was not these differences which spawned destructive behaviour later on in life but an utter repudiation of them by my parents, peers and a conventional repressive society then extant.”

I had never felt particularly uncomfortable writing to Nilsen, because it was in a professional capacity, but I was aware that in having any empathy for his arguments I was in danger of being manipulated, as were his other correspondents. This abstract concern became more specific when I eventually met Nilsen’s friend and sole remaining visitor, Mark, who had agreed to show me the manuscript.

The 12-year relationship between Mark and Nilsen is mystifying. Mark, a businessman, lives with his family in Bedfordshire. As he brought me a cup of tea in his office, Nilsen’s painting Bacardi Sunrise lying by the desk, he said: “You must think I am very, very odd.” He says he is not a “fan” of Nilsen, but that he has become a friend. “I had wanted to find out what had made this apparently ordinary bloke who used to live near me do what he did. I wrote him a letter and one thing just led to another,” says Mark. After his initial letter in 1991 it wasn’t long before Mark visited Nilsen; eventually he would become his only regular visitor other than Lord Longford. Early in their acquaintance, Mark was surprised to find Nilsen asking if he wanted to have all his old belongings, which would otherwise be thrown out under prison rules on storage. These are now part of an archive that is kept in a secure place.

Mark visits Nilsen at Full Sutton prison, North Yorkshire, when he goes to visit family in the northwest, and they write as often as they can. Their letters are mainly chatty, Nilsen inquiring after Mark’s family and business and unloading what has been happening to him that week. In return for his nonjudgmental friendship, Nilsen has placed absolute trust in Mark. For him, Mark and the book project are all that there is.

letters to his one-time editor P-P Hartnett, Nilsen makes it clear he considers the draft manuscript very much a work-in-progress. In one letter he suggests to Hartnett that he may consider putting in another character, provisionally called Sed Nislen (Nilsen always calls himself Des), who would put questions and demand answers from the narrator, to give the book balance. He writes: “My name is Sed Nislen. Pardon the intrusion but somebody needs to introduce a bit of sanity into this narrative. Somebody needs to challenge a life where all these explanations are merely self justifications and barely disguised appeals for understanding in outrageous bouts of self-pity. Poor little you, eh? What about the poor little victims in all this; 12 men murdered and dozens of others damaged for life. Nilsen, who do you think you are? How dare you exult in this putrefaction of infamy.”

Nilsen’s draft autobiography suggests that he can in part “exult” in this way because, as he says in part one, “In crimes of emotional and sexual psychology and other deep-rooted problems there but for the grace of God goes anybody. The sex drive and its attending aberrations are very much part of wider society.”

In 1999 he wrote to me: “In 1978 [when Nilsen started his killing spree] I entered a pit of imbalances which scored 10 out of 10 and this became unbearable to the point of acute desperation. In the past I had had always a couple of points in my favour. Now I had nothing: I drank and became a murderer to begin the cycle. More drinking at the despair I was a murderer and more murders. It was a downward spiral. There was no one I had trust in to turn to but a small dog who could offer no solutions. Man knows not what alienation is until he has experienced the severity of absolute detachment I was feeling on the morning of 30th December 78…”

“The psychological struggles and rages had festered for years. I do not use my own victim past as an excuse for my subsequent actions but as an explanation of how an accumulating set of adverse circumstances assisted towards the impact of aberrant actions. I explain but do not excuse.”

“We are not talking about studious ‘evil’ but human inadequacy. Men will admit to potent criminality or controlling powerful ‘villainy’ but not ‘inadequacy’. My crimes flowed from personal inadequacy developed over a lengthy period.”

The first section of the book, Orientation in Me, deals with Nilsen’s life up until his arrest. The crimes are not dwelt on, but the account of the growth of his inner sexual fantasy life makes for very uncomfortable, potentially pornographic reading. Less controversially, Nilsen talks about his emotional isolation as a child, growing up in a remote and bleak fishing community in Fraserburgh, Scotland, with, he says, little tactile or emotional contact with his family. He suggests that his grandfather may have abused him. He discusses his obsession with movies, and how he would take solace in their fantasy world. As a boy he says: “I didn’t have a father so I invented one on the silver screen.” At 16 he left home to join the army; he was stationed in Arabia, Germany and Cyprus, and death became an intrinsic part of his sexual fantasies.

Throughout his London life in the late 1970s, working at the job centre in Soho’s Denmark Street, drinking heavily at weekends and trying to satisfy himself emotionally with casual gay pick-ups, the world of illusion became all-consuming until eventually he writes in his book: “fantasy exploded into reality by my loss of control over it, all moral restraints loosened by alcohol. Until then my fantasy world had been an unacknowledged problem. After the first death it became ritual, a cruel medicine to sedate encroaching insanity”.

Referring to his teenage life, for example, he confesses to strangling a cat to see “the process and reality of death”. But Nilsen did not seem to be grasping the reality of death, and there are points where the autobiography leaves you questioning if you are reading fact or fantasy. This incident is suspicious, as it was “remembered” long after Nilsen gave the biographer Brian Masters the facts he thought relevant to his condition. Nilsen attributes many of these late memories to inhibitions released through cannabis, which he tried for the first time in prison.

Dr Pat Gallwey, Nilsen’s defence psychologist at the trial, thinks Nilsen was suffering from a rare mental condition that made him intellectually but not emotionally able to understand his actions. He said: “Nilsen was terribly isolated, with a highly developed fantasy life. This, unchecked, led him to become increasingly schizoid. During his period of offending, he was on the brink of total psychosis.”

At the trial he argued that it was, perversely, the killing that stopped Nilsen from descending into all-out madness, and that enabled him to function so seemingly normally – going to work, drinking with colleagues and campaigning for the trade unions – while under his floorboards bodies were rotting.

Sections two to four of the book are concerned with the life of “specimen of evil prisoner B62006”, as Nilsen now describes himself. He defends those the other prisoners denounce as “nonces” as people with terrible psychosexual problems who need help more than anything; certainly if they are ever going to be released back into society. He writes: “The system takes the damaged products of society, and at great cost to the community, damages them a bit more.”

In his various writings he often compares the crimes of sex offenders to those of terrorists, seemingly unable to understand why people find someone such as himself more “monstrous”. Dr Gallwey believes that central to understanding Nilsen is his chronic sense of worthlessness, which reveals itself in his grandiosity, and presumably his constant desire to challenge preconceptions of relative wickedness. Throughout the book, anecdotes are interwoven with meditations on such subjects as the “false public perceptions” of him, censorship, rehabilitation and remorse.

It is difficult to know what form, if any, Nilsen’s remorse takes. Nilsen says in his essay Anatomy of an Official Conclusion (a reply to an official report in which his category-A status was reviewed): “Just because I do not make demonstrative expressions of remorse does not rule out that I can and do feel great personal remorse for the damage my actions have caused. Weeping and pain is a very personal circumstance not open to exhibition at official interviews. Remorse is not just saying it, it is doing it.” He says that his full co-operation and behaviour in prison is all part of his remorse, and remorse for him is deeply personal. He avoids blaming his drinking for his crimes. “I was never addicted to alcohol,” he says in a letter. “My alcoholic consumption was episodic with long gaps between binges. The imbibing was a vital component in the ritual. My addiction was wedded firmly to the ritual.”

Yet the treatment of the bodies of his dead, his “invulnerability” to their “squalor”, was described by Masters as what made him “finally unrecognisable” as a human. Nilsen tries to defend this accusation, saying in part one of his manuscript that he derived no pleasure from the disposal and it made him violently ill. But this is hard to defend, as he repeated the crime 12 times.

In The History of a Drowning Boy, he also denies a confession made after the trial that the whole process “thrilled him intensely”, saying: “I was under constant pressure from almost everyone I spoke to, to admit that I had enjoyed killing. After my trial, in order to give Brian Masters a ‘happy’ ending to his book on me, I wrote to him saying I probably did enjoy it. I was grasping for an explanation, a certainty instead of leaving the whole sorry conundrum hanging diffused in the air.” That “sorry conundrum” is what he is trying to explain with The History of a Drowning Boy.

But with a book that will no doubt cause such offence, what support does he have for offering it to the world? If Nilsen is allowed access to his manuscript, the consequence will be to bring the possibility of publication of the book at some time one step closer.

The human-rights barrister John Cooper says: “It will be up to the court to engage in a balancing exercise of the public interest of upholding the Human Rights Act, and the public interest of not seeing someone benefit from their crime.” Though Nilsen does not seek to profit financially from his book, claiming that any monies would be sent to a victim-support charity, in the eyes of the law, publication of his work would be seen to benefit him in terms of his increased notoriety.

Nancy Collins, a senior solicitor for the Prisoners’ Advice Service, thinks the judge should recognise freedom of expression as being one of the cornerstones of a democracy. Even if a judge were to decide that a portion of the book should be withheld, she doesn’t believe that “an absolute prohibition is a proportional response to the problem”. Ultimately, it may come down to whether the judge deems Nilsen’s writing to be in the public interest or a form of voyeurism.

One victim who got away, Carl Stottor, who even went to the lengths of writing to Nilsen in an effort to understand him, has said in a newspaper interview that the world doesn’t need Nilsen’s own words: “He was a nobody, and he has become a somebody through killing. It is wrong to keep feeding the myth.”

Early in our correspondence, I asked Nilsen how he would justify publication of his book to those who might be offended. “A book is not a publication which is piped, unsolicited, into the living room,” he replied. “It is a medium of choice and ideal for any contentious subject matter. It is entirely by choice that people will read History of a Drowning Boy. It is certainly no whitewash of my life. I have written my past candidly, I can do no other. I make no attempt to “pretty-up” my history. It was what it was. Those who suspect that they might be hurt by its contents will, I trust, decide to stay well clear of it. As for moral justification? Well, I will fall back on the words of the Swiss philosopher/poet Henri Frederic Amiel: “Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be outraged by silence.”

I refuse to take the easy comfortable road of silence. I cannot justify to my conscience my murders, but explaining my life is something I am bound to do.”

But what of his living victims – such as Carl Stottor, Paul Nobbs and Douglas Stewart – who got away? Nilsen’s reply is: “Apologies are on the whole sentiments of the self-seeker when one accepts the enormity of homicide. Victims are misrepresented as the ‘wounded seeking compensation’ when they are ‘the hurt who seek to be healed’. I’ve known some miscreants who have made a science out of the word ‘sorry’. It’s cheap. More importantly, it’s easy.”

It would seem that Nilsen says he is offering the victims some kind of explanation. Dr Gerard Bailes of the East Anglia forensic service, however, believes that this is not the kind of explanation victims are seeking. “The sort of explanation that victims want is more usually some fact that can give them closure, like the location of a body,” he says. “A book such as this could very possibly trigger a traumatic response.”

Aside from his writing, Nilsen enjoys pointing out that he has also composed more than 80 “symphonic suites”, painted and written poetry. He brags in a letter to me in November 1998: “It was never preordained that I would end up killing people. There are 66,000 people in prison. How many of these have tried to write a book? How many can, with no formal training act in a standard play, ‘live’ on the stage for 92 minutes? How many can write, score, direct and play in a 32-minute video? How many can with no musical experience compose perform and record 30 hours of original music in three years? Having a creative ego is not so much a boast as a fact.”

If it is a boast, it is also a lament for what he could have done with his life. Considering what Nilsen did become, it is inevitable that someday some of Nilsen’s writings will fall into the public domain. The control over all his writings rests with Mark, who has no intention of doing anything with the work without Nilsen’s permission. In the event of Nilsen’s death he will treat the archive in accordance with the wishes contained in Nilsen’s will.

In the last letter I received from Nilsen, dated Friday June 13, 2003, he says he is feeling his 58 years, and can no longer write late into the night. He jokes that he has asked to be put on Braille translation so he can tell David Blunkett what he thinks of him. His budgies have passed away, and he says, in a comparison many will find appalling: “The horror comes always from the stark realisation that no life is replaceable, whether it be that of a small bird or person.”

Despite his fatigue, his defiance is still there. He says: “If I just sat amid my ‘creature comforts’ and let the Home Office roll over me, without challenge, without protest, then that would prove my profile of immorality. I “challenge” because I have more to address than is ordinary. One rehabilitates oneself according to time in human proportions, day by day, little by little – the hard long road of penitence.” 

‘We will never be your slaves!’ Italy in crisis as THOUSANDS demand EXIT from ‘EU MAFIA’

Thousands of anti-EU protesters voiced their fury at Brussels yesterday in one of the largest ever demonstrations against the European bloc to take place in Italy.

The scale of the protest shocked police officers, and even prompted the local US embassy to issue a security alert, warning of up to “10,000 people on the streets”.

Among the urgent demands of the young protesters was an immediate Italian exit of the EU as well as a departure from the eurozone.

This follows polls yesterday that will alarm officials in Brussels, as eurosceptism remains on the rise in the country and anti-EU parties resurgent.

The large-scale protest, organised by more than 40 social and political groups, voiced opposition to Brussels as well as the current national government.

Led by the ‘EuroStop’ political movement, the march had to be delayed for an hour yesterday morning following higher than expected turnout

Slogans chanted by the crowd included “Break the European Union and euro cage” and “No to the EU mafia”.

This follows a widespread general strike on Friday in Italy, which was orchestrated by key trade unions. 

One protester, holding a banner against the euro and the EU, told the press: “This is a struggle and there will be more f these on the streets. The country’s economic and social situation is unbearable.”Another said: “We will never be slaves to the banks, to the government and to the EU.”They called for the government to reject the EU’s demand for Italy to cut back on its budget, and also urged politicians to abandon the free trade agreements with the US and Canada.

Highlanders attempting suicide because of Universal Credit…

MP Drew Hendry hosted the Universal Credit Summit in Merkinch Community Centre


PEOPLE in the Highlands are attempting suicide because of the distress universal credit is causing them.

This was just one of many worrying cases heard at crisis talks held in Inverness as campaigners battle to have the controversial benefit system halted.

A summit on universal credit, thought to be the first in Scotland, was held by Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey SNP MP Drew Hendry to bring together people who are trying to help those plunged into poverty through the new system.

As well as complicated online forms, claimants automatically face a minimum six-week benefits freeze when they apply or even report a change of circumstances – but many people have reported waiting much longer for their first payment.

Around 4500 people in the Highlands are on universal credit and this has been blamed for spiralling rent arrears as Highland Council is now owed more than £1.6 million and private landlords have evicted tenants who were unable to pay.

At the summit at Merkinch Community Centre, Susan Lyons from mental health support organisation Hug (Action for Mental Health) said people are so scared of eviction and debt that they are attempting suicide.

“A letter went out recently from one of the housing associations advising people that they were likely to be in rent arrears and on the same day we had four reports of people going into a mental health crisis as a result of receiving that letter,” she said. “When I say mental health crisis I’m talking about people who can no longer function, who are at risk of suicide and self harm, who are absolutely terrified.

“These are the most vulnerable people in our society and they are being made worse, to the point that some of them are actually attempting suicide.”

Universal credit, which replaces six benefits including housing benefit and working tax credits with a single payment, was first trialled in Inverness in 2013. It was then extended to the surrounding area before being rolled out Highland-wide in July.

Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson said 2500 people have been given crisis grants while they wait for universal credit and criticised those who say universal credit claimants should “just get a job”.

“In my time as a councillor I have seen problems with benefits and rent arrears but never as acute as they are now,” she said. “What are we doing as a nation that we are letting people get into this state? We are loading people with debt so by the time they even get universal credit they are already in debt. I’d like to remind people that all of us could go through this.

“We could get a divorce, disability, illness or redundancy. That’s how far you are from universal credit, it could happen to any of us.”

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Maree Todd accused the Westminster government of “using benefits to punish”, while Elaine Donnelly of the Macmillan cancer support and Citizens Advice Bureaux partnership said cancer patients are even dying before their universal credit is paid.

“Not one of the people who have come to us have had a good experience on universal credit,” she said.

“The first person I dealt with on this was recovering from breast cancer. I have been an adviser for 19 years and I couldn’t tell her how to apply. I had no way of supporting that client.

“My staff and I are bereft, we are on our knees and just so frustrated. It’s not right that people who are terminally ill have to use food banks.

“It’s not right that people who are terminally ill are dying before their universal credit claims are fully processed, they are dying thinking they are in rent arrears through no fault of their own.”

Mr Hendry had also invited all UK government ministers, including Prime Minister Theresa May, and representatives from parties outwith the SNP but none were able to attend, although an operations manager from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) did.

Speaking after the event, the MP re-iterated calls for the roll out to be stopped.

“Today was a great opportunity to hear people across the spectrum who are all experiencing the same problems,” he said. “People are facing sheer trauma and distress because they are struggling with a flawed and broken system. It needs to be halted so that these problems can be ironed out before they are forced upon any more people.”

He also thanked the universal credit claimants who agreed to speak out: “I really want to commend the bravery of the people who spoke out about the distress they faced because it’s an incredibly difficult thing to stand up and speak publicly about it.

“It’s hard to imagine when you live relatively comfortably that some people are living on three slices of bread a day.

“This is just a snapshot, there are hundreds more who for different reasons won’t tell you about the hardship they have faced.”

The DWP insists that universal credit helps get people back into work and that most claimants are “comfortably managing” their budgets.

Gordon Brown backs Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader: ‘People want to see change’

Gordon Brown has dramatically backed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, saying his war on rising inequality and stagnant wages is “absolutely right”.

The former Labour prime minister praised his left-wing successor’s policy priorities and growing popularity with the public, adding: “Jeremy is a phenomenon”.

Mr Corbyn was successfully tapping into rising public anger over the unfair effects of globalisation, after centrists appeared to show they had “no answers”, Mr Brown said.


“People feel rightly or wrongly that the problems that they have – stagnant wages, inequality, polarisation between rich and poor, public service not being properly financed – they ascribe that to the failures of governments, centrist governments that have not been able to manage globalisation,” he said.

On Mr Corbyn’s shock rise, Mr Brown said: “He has come through because he expresses people’s anger at what’s happened – the discontent.

“When he attacks universal credit, he is speaking for many people, when he says the health service is underfunded, he is speaking for many people.”

The Labour leader still had to show he had “a plan for the future that is credible and, therefore, a programme that is electable”.

“That’s the challenge for any left-wing or progressive party,” Mr Brown told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

He also expressed confidence in John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor – and bête noire of many moderate Labour MPs – noting he had backed Bank of England independence.

The endorsement is in stark contrast to Tony Blair’s warning that Mr Corbyn’s policies would be a disaster for the country.

Mr Blair has called for a return of centre-ground politics, once warning Mr Corbyn’s “populist policy making” would be a “very dangerous experiment for a major western country”.


In the interview, Mr Brown denied he was moving to the left, but argued Mr Corbyn’s success was because New Labour “did not finish the job” of curbing inequality and bad banking practices.

He had “articulated a view of a fairer society” by pinching the “for the many not the few” slogan first used by the Blair government, he noted.

Mr Brown said the rise of Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron, in France, also flowed from anger over economic failure, adding: “We are in a new world.”

The intervention comes after Nick Boles, a former Conservative minister, broke ranks to call for an end to “austerity” in this month’s Budget.

The David Cameron ally broke ranks by urging the Chancellor to rip up seven years of Tory economic policy, abandoning the flagship target to wipe out the Budget deficit.

Mr Boles also warned Theresa May and Philip Hammond they would be defeated at the next election if – after seven years – they persisted with trying to balance the books, as public support fades.

And he sided with Labour by arguing that higher investment spending was needed to “generate a return to the economy” and end Britain’s productivity crisis 

Paedophile Rolf Harris in new bid to overturn convictions

Nov 7th 2017

  • Rolf Harris, 87, applying to get 12 sex convictions overturned at Court of Appeal
  • Artist was convicted of 12 indecent assaults against four young girls in 2014
  • Also convicted of catalogue of abuse against daughter’s friend over 16 years
  • But Harris hired private investigator who traced witnesses with fresh evidence
  • Father of victim, aged eight, said entertainer couldn’t have groped his daughter as he wouldn’t have allowed her out

Rolf Harris arrives at the Court of Appeal in London today to launch a fresh bid to challenge indecent assault convictions

Rolf Harris arrives at the Court of Appeal in London today to launch a fresh bid to challenge indecent assault convictions

Rolf Harris could have all 12 of his sex convictions quashed after the father of his youngest victim claimed the assault could not have taken place.

The disgraced entertainer, 87 launched a bid at London‘s Court of Appeal on Tuesday as he claims fresh evidence proves he did not have the right to a fair trial.

The entertainer, 87, was jailed for five years and nine months in 2014 for assaulting an eight-year-old and two teenage girls and abusing his daughter’s friend.

But now those convictions could be overturned as three judges will examine the 12 counts and decide how to proceed.

The cartoonist, singer and TV presenter hired private investigators to track down key witnesses including police officers.

The father of the youngest victim told a court due to her age he would not have let her go to a community centre where she said Harris groped her in Portsmouth in 1969.

The victim’s father said he would have known if Harris was there at the time of the offence as it would have been ‘common gossip’ and he simply ‘would not allow her to go’ because of her age.

Harris’s defence barrister Stephen Vullo QC said: ‘Is the reality just blindingly obvious that he just never attended?

‘In my respectful submission this is classic fresh evidence – it is real and an issue that was not raised at trial.’

Harris's renewed application for permission to appeal will be considered by three judges today

Harris’s renewed application for permission to appeal will be considered by three judges today

Mr Vullo called retired detective superintendent Graham Piper and retired detective constable Peter Spencer, who worked at the police station 50 yards from a community centre in Leigh Park, Portsmouth, where Harris was said to have molested a young autograph hunter.

Both repeated their testimonies they gave at trial that they were not aware of Harris ever attending the community centre.

They said they would have known if he had so done because of the celebrity’s draw.


But under further cross examination from prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC they both admitted that Harris could have attended the centre, between 1968 and 1969, without their knowledge.

Mr Vullo said: ‘He has absolutely no motive to undermine this court – he is, in my submission, an honest witness.

‘It is possible, I suppose, that he (Harris) turned up to the centre and then disappeared without anyone knowing – or actually is the reality just blindingly obvious that he just never attended?’

Mr Rees said the submissions put forward by the defence do not add ‘to the weight of the evidence that was before the jury’.

At the end of today’s hearing, Lord Justice Treacy announced the court would not give a ruling immediately after submissions from both sides were completed.

He said the application ‘requires careful consideration and assessment’.

Harris was convicted of 12 indecent assaults at Southwark Crown Court in June 2014 – on the eight-year-old autograph hunter, two teenage girls and abuse against his daughter’s friend over 16 years.

He was then stripped of his hat-trick of honours following those verdicts, including an MBE in 1968, an OBE in 1977 and a CBE in 2006 after he was jailed for five years and nine months.

A few months later he was found guilty he failed in an attempt to bring a challenge to a judge who refused his application for permission to appeal.

In May this year the former Animal Hospital presenter was formally cleared of unconnected historical sex offences which he had denied.

A second jury trying the shamed TV star over claims he molested three young female fans had been discharged after failing to reach verdicts.

He was released from HMP Stafford on 19 May after serving less than half the sentence.

The Australia-born artist insisted his convictions in 2014 left him ‘vulnerable’ to fake claims from liars looking to make a quick buck or a spot in the limelight.

Harris, formerly of Bray, Berkshire, is the highest profile celebrity to be tried under the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree probe, launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The hearing continues

NONCE Soldier FRASER WADDELL downloaded child abuse images at army base

A soldier downloaded child abuse images at his army base before threatening to kill police who seized his computer equipment.

Fraser Waddell, 21, of Macmillan Street, Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, who served as a private in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, was arrested after police searched his room at the Leuchars base in north east Fife.

The officers, who had come to speak to him about another issue, found 21 indecent images of children on his phone in May last year.

Earlier this year, Waddell avoided jail over an incident in which he pulled over two women on a motorway at 2.30am while pretending to be a police officer.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told some of the images found were at the top end of the scale used to measure such pictures.

A month after the raid Waddell phoned Police Scotland’s Dundee headquarters threatening to seek out a specific officer and to kill him and others.

‘Search terms indicated he had actively sought them out.’

Sue Ruta, fiscal depute

Fiscal depute Sue Ruta told the court: “He was asked to provide the PIN for his phone but said it wasn’t his.

“It was found to belong to his ex-partner who said she had given it to him.

“Upon examination it was found to contain 21 indecent images of children in the cache of the Google Chrome browser. Search terms indicated he had actively sought them out.”

Waddell pleaded guilty to a charge of taking or making indecent images of children on May 24 last year. He was on two separate bail orders at the time.

His not guilty plea to possessing extreme pornographic images was accepted by prosecutors.

Defence solicitor Paul Parker Smith said: “He left the army on June 2 this year.”

Sheriff John Rafferty deferred sentence until later in November for social work background reports and released Waddell on bail.

In January 2017, Waddell was sentenced to 120 hours’ unpaid work and a year’s supervision over his threats against police.

Waddell called the Dundee HQ and demanded the return of his computer equipment taken during the search at his army barracks room then shouted he was going to “start killing officers” when they refused.

In March 2016, weeks before his child abuse images arrest, Waddell was fined £1000 over the bogus policeman incident.

He followed two women along the M74 before pulling them over while wearing body armour and a peaked cap.

Waddell gave the driver a “warning” but police were called after she became suspicious of him.

SNP plans to allow under 16s to change sex branded ‘child abuse’ – The Scotsman

Thursday 09 Nov 2017

Plans to make it easier for Scots to change gender have been launched by the Scottish Government including legal recognition for people who regard themselves as ‘non-binary’ – neither male or female. “Non-binary” people would be officially acknowledged under the plans, which include reducing the age at which people can change gender from 18 to 16.

READ MORE: Poll: Should under-16s be able to undergo a sex change?

Ministers believe Scotland should adopt a “self-declaration system” for legal gender recognition, a process that would remove the current need for a medical diagnosis to change from male to female or vice-versa. The consultation outlining the plans to make it “simpler and less intrusive” for people to change gender was welcomed by equality organisations and LGBTI rights campaigners.

READ MORE: Changing gender to be made easier under Scottish Government plans

But suggestion that it could be made easier for children to change gender triggered a furious backlash from religious groups and campaigners for traditional marriage.

READ MORE: MSP quits all male Holyrood body after FM brands it ‘unacceptable’

“State-sponsored child abuse”

Dr Stuart Waiton, a sociologist at Abertay University, Dundee, condemned the proposal as “state-sponsored child abuse”.

Under the current system, the Gender Recognition Act 2004 makes it possible for an individual to apply to a Gender Recognition Panel and obtain a full Gender Recognition Certificate. To do this applicants have to produce two medical reports demonstrating a diagnosis of gender dysphoria – a condition that sees an individual experience discomfort because of a mismatch between their sex at birth and their gender identity.

Applicants also have to show that they have lived in their acquired gender for two years.

Adopting a self-declaration system would remove those barriers to changing gender.

The consultation document published by Equality Secretary Angela Constance said the Scottish Government favoured lowering the age at which people can change gender from 18 to 16.

For under 16s, the document said children aged 12 and over could raise a court action if they wanted to change gender.

Another option would be for their parents to make an application on the child’s behalf.

Lowering the age to 12 was also considered but the Government said it “did not favour” that option.

Dr Waiton said:

“In a liberal society, it is up to individuals to make decisions about their lives for themselves but this does not mean that we should be cheering on this culture of narcissism. Eighteen year olds can do what they like with their bodies. But for a government to suggest that 12-year-olds, immature young people, who don’t have the ‘right’ to go to bed when they want, let alone anything else, can have gender reassignment should be seen as a form of state sponsored child abuse.”

Religous reaction

Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute, added:

“Politicians must stop and ask themselves if jumping on this bandwagon is really helping children. The more trans politics grips our culture, the more young people are being rushed into damaging hormone therapy and mutilating surgery by people motivated more by political posturing than the best interests of children. We are seeing more and more cases of young people experiencing profound regret at the damage done to their bodies and mental health by being placed on a conveyor belt to trans-identity simply for questioning their gender.”

Thomas Pascoe, campaign director of the Coalition for Marriage, said: “These proposals are terrifying. The proposal to allow children as young as 12 to change gender without parental consent is deeply damaging. At 12 a child is too young to understand the long-term effects of such a big decision. Instead, of turning these vulnerable children against their parents, the Scottish Government should be supporting families as the best environment to provide the love and support confused children need.”

“We need to do more to progress equality”

Ms Constance said: “Scotland rightly has a reputation as one of the most progressive countries in relation to LGBTI legal and human rights equality in Europe – but we need to do more to progress equality for trans people. Both our Fairer Scotland Action Plan and this year’s Programme for Government commit to renewing the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. This Act was once considered ahead of its time but it now needs updated so we can ensure we are creating a fairer Scotland for those who are transgender and non-binary. By holding a full and wide ranging consultation we can make sure that our law is fit for purpose and in line with international best practice. This is a vital conversation and one which will ensure transgender and non-binary people in Scotland are treated with dignity, fairness and respect.”

The consultation was welcomed by equality campaigners. LGBTI organisations the Scottish Trans Alliance, Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall Scotland all welcomed the plan.

SHEEN IS A PAEDO SATANIST – Includes ex Denise Richard’s declaration docs


22 Sep 2016 Corey Haim, Corey Feldman & CHARLIE SHEEN!!


Charlie Sheen Satanic Ritual Abuser?
Denise Richards ‘Sick’ Over Leaked Court Letter
Child Predators in Hollywood Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen’s ex Denise Richards


PDF Declaration of Denise Richards


“With a heavy heart I must inform you that I can no longer be Bob and Max’s caregiver. This has been an extremely difficult decision because I have so much love for the boys. I have always cared for them as if they were my own children. Unfortunately, I have seen them get worse with increased contact with their mom and I am unable to obtain for them proper assessments and professional help. I have seen the boys’ continuing violence towards animals, their sisters and adults. This recent decision means the girl’s can’t continue their relationship with their dad. I believe I have no choice coming to this difficult decision for the reasons I explain below.

I know these boys to be very kind and loving. Bob loves to draw and play the drums while Max loves sports. They think of my dad as one of their grandfathers and my youngest daughter Eloise as their sister. They look up to their big sisters and really enjoy Eloise looking up to them.

At the time of placement Bob was very anxious, biting his nails. Max was very emotional and aggressive towards his brother. Nighttime was difficult. Prior to placement they didn’t have a bedtime. It was very inconsistent. They were often up until 4am. They had no boundaries, manners, didn’t know how to share, and weren’t respectful of other children. Shortly after placement Bob stopped biting his nails, they learned to play with my daughters and other children, they did very well with a regular bedtime routine. Their school commented on the noticeable positive change. They were very respectful and had good manners. They seemed very calm and content and happy at our home.

About two months into it, their visits with their mom were increased and I saw changes. They displayed a violent anger that was uncontrollable. As you are aware NAME REDACTED, their therapist, started working with the children about a month after placement. I gave her a history of their behavior over the 10 months prior to placement and the first month after. The boys adjusted very well right after placement. I voiced my concerns to their therapist. I reminded her that they transitioned on and off prior to placement between the both of us. What I started to see in the boys was very different and disturbing at times.

The boys started to have extreme violent mood swings, often times out of nowhere. They would be calm, playing and turn on a dime. The boys would grab anything they could get their hands on as quick as possible. Toys, picture frames, any object within arm’s reach, they can pick up they would throw. They violently threw these things at me, my daughters, anyone near them, as well as at the windows and walls. They have broken iPads, cellphones, flipped small furniture and break it, along with many toys. Bob threw a remote at the tv so hard he cracked the screen. I had to take many things out of their room because they would destroy it. I have had to put things up out of their reach. Things that normally would be appropriate for a 4yr old, have to be put away. After they break things many times they say that I broke them or their sister did. Mine and Charlie’s daughters have been strangled, kicked in the head and stomach, scratched, bit, slapped, punched in the face and head, and spit on. Myself and anyone around them have also experienced this. My daughter Sami had to be taken to the doctor after getting hit in the eye with a toy when Bob came home with from a visit with his mom.

The boys have also been waking up with nightmares. Bob wakes up more often than Max, screaming and crying and it’s usually more than once in a night. The nightmares started about two months ago, then went away. Recently they have returned. Bedtime has become incredibly challenging because of the nightmares and Bob especially is very scared to go to sleep.

Their aggression is very confusing. They have a very gentle sweet side and in an instant it’s as though a switch is flipped in their mind. They can’t help it when these things happen. The boys will play very kindly with my youngest daughter, and for no reason will knock her in the head or push her over, or pinch her hard and won’t stop. One of the boys picked up a small chair to slam on her head. I was able to stop him. I can’t turn my back on them for a second. When they think I’m not looking they’ll kick our old lab in the face or punch one of us in the head. There was a period of them being fascinated playing with their feces and urinating on our walls. One evening I put them to bed, I was getting their sisters ready for bed. The boys snuck in my youngest daughter’s room while she was asleep and locked the door. I was terrified. They wouldn’t make a sound. They wouldn’t answer me. I couldn’t hear them even though I was calling for them. I had to get Charlie’s security. They broke open the door. The boys were in my daughter’s bathroom, one was pooping in her tub, while the other one was on the toilet catching his own feces and throwing it all over her bathroom.

The most concerning behavior is that boys complete detachment from any emotion when they are in the moment inflicting harm on a person or animals. While in these moments they enter a zombie like state. This is their most troublesome behavior myself and others have witnessed. They have expressed their love for our dogs, which are very gentle and kid friendly. They both have repeatedly kicked the dogs in the head, squeezed their heads with both hands while watching the dogs whimper in pain. The boys have choked them, punched them, pressed on their back and head extremely hard. While petting our little dog very sweetly, a second later they had had their hands tight around our dog’s neck and lifted him off the floor while strangling him. While doing this, they showed no remorse or any emotion. Due to their state I can’t get their attention to stop them when they’re inflicting harm. I have to physically pry their hands away. I could wave my hand in front of their face and they won’t flinch. I have repeatedly shared this many, many times to everyone involved in this case. I tell the boys they could kill the dogs strangling them, but have gotten many responses from the boys that they want to hurt them and want them to die. Shortly after they will tell me how much they love the dogs. The examples I have given are a handful of incidences that I have witnessed since having the boys. I realize that the boys have endured a lot and I would imagine the reasons the department removed them from their home have had an effect on them. I am aware that the boys are confused. How could they not be?

On a monthly visit with the department, NAME REDACTED said she knew what I was talking about when I expressed my concern of the boys appearing to have a lack of emotional attachment while causing harm. She said that she saw one of the boys almost smiling while he was being aggressively physical. Prior to placement I never witnessed this behavior. I had seen tantrums and aggression, but this is extremely different. I am very worried that they will do severe harm to our other children, themselves or anyone else. Over the summer I had them enrolled in a gymnastics camp, after several tries they were asked to leave. They were hurting other children, slapped the coaches, and their aggression was disruptive in the camp. When the boys started school in September 2013, the head of the school was concerned. She felt that she didn’t recognize the boys that she saw the end of June 2013. The boys have continued to have trouble at school. Bob especially. He harmed other children as well as punching and slapping teachers in the face. The incidents are not everyday. It goes in waves with many ups and downs. This is true at my home, and my understanding is the same for school. However, it only takes one incident for the boys to do extreme harm to another child.

As things started to escalate with their tumultuous mood swings and volatile behavior, I went to their pediatrician for help. In August their pediatrician wrote me a letter which is attached to this letter. He expressed his concerns over their behavior and urged me to have them go to a doctor he recommended, NAME REDACTED for a complete development and behavioral assessment. Their dad agreed also. I sent their pediatrician’s letter to the boys attorney and the department. I was given permission to move forward with the assessment. I had a two hour appointment with NAME REDACTED without the boys. During the course of the appointment she explained an assessment was important because she questioned whether the boys’ behaviors were attributable to the transitions. The appointment with the boys was two days later. The day before their appointment with the boys, NAME REDACTED from the department called and informed me the boys’ mother did not want them assessed and I could not take the boys to their appointment. After speaking with the boys’ attorney a week or so later it was explained that their mother would consider moving forward with an assessment, but wanted a doctor that I did not suggest. I reminded him the recommendation came from their pediatrician not myself. NAME REDACTED said someone else mentioned to him that I possibly wanted to take them to a doctor to get them medicated. Medication was never mentioned in any conversation that I had in discussing an assessment or anything else. It was also conveyed to me that their mother and her attorney felt that I was trying to find something wrong with the boys so that she can’t get them back. I have had to defend my position in regards to caring for the boys many times. I have been repeatedly accused of having an agenda. I will remind the department that I have genuine care and love for the boys, they are my daughter’s brothers. I do not get additional child support, their mother has continued to get support during placement. I have no agenda other than the boys’ best interests. As a result, the boys have not been assessed. It’s been about two months that I was informed I am not to take them to their pediatrician, and since then I have not received the name of one that I’m allowed to take them to should need be.

With no authority to make decisions on their behalf, I feel my hands are tied in providing them the proper help, support, and care that I feel as a parent they need. Often times their actions create an unsafe environment for themselves, my children, and others around them. There are times I feel that their best interest is being overlooked in this case and as a result I can no longer support this situation. As a parent and person who’s cared for them consistently for the last 7 months since placement and 10 months prior to placement in which they were in my care on and off at their mother’s request, I feel it would be extremely beneficial to get additional professional help for the boys. I have informed everyone involved in this matter that I believe the boys’ current mental health is detrimental to themselves and others around them.

I have spent many hours participating in therapy with the boys. I also did family therapy with their mother as requested by their therapist. I personally take care of all of their needs. I take care of the boys when they’re sick. I bought them all new clothes and shoes because they didn’t have any that fit when they were placed with me. Our daughters gave their room to their brothers which we decorated and surprised them with all the things they love. I truly have taken care and loved the boys as my own. My family has done everything to make them feel this is their home and not just a place they are staying. I have seen them feel loved, secure and benefit from the stability in our home.

The only agenda that I have is to care for them. That is it. I have no other agenda other than their well being. When I have deep concerns, seeing signs and behaviors indicating something is wrong, I would be irresponsible to not do something.

In my opinion I believe there is something deeper going on than difficulties due to transitions. Something in the boys has shifted. It doesn’t happen all the time, there are periods where it can be more often, and times when it’s less often. It’s very up and down. Regardless of how many times it’s happening, when it happens it’s on another level that is actually hard to explain unless witnessing it. I was told it’s normal and to be expected for their situation. I have been regularly told “These things will most likely go away once they’re back full time with their mom. ” I don’t know how this could be expected given her history. I also don’t know how the severity of their behavior can be ignored.

As you know Friday evening I received a call from the department that I can no longer monitor the father’s visits with the boys. The reason I was given was because of recent media. The department has previously been very supportive of the boys’ relationship with their father and also felt it was a good idea when he and I made the decision for the children and me to move close to him. As you have been made aware, it was previously very difficult to impossible for him to have a relationship with his sons while they were in the care of their mother. The last 7 months Charlie has been able to go to their school, while he was previously not allowed by their mom. He attended a Father’s Day event with the boys at school, a field trip. He has spent time with us consistently as you’ve seen on the visitation logs. His parents have been able to have a relationship with the boys as well. Janet and Martin Sheen have been very involved since placement. At the time of placement, the department was supportive of me being the monitor for their father even after their mother and lawyer opposed this in court. What may go on in the “media” has nothing to do with what is in the best interest of the boys.

Charlie has been off work the last few weeks. During that time he’s taken our daughters to school most days and picked them up, brought breakfast for all of the children, helped with homework, and had dinners with us. I’m also including their father’s final visitation log up to date. Because I have to be his monitor he’s not allowed to take his sons to school. While I am working a nanny has had to take the boys to school instead of their father. Charlie and I both respected the boundaries in place, and there has never been an incident where he has been inappropriate in front of the children. My home is very harmonious and nothing negative has ever been said to or around the boys. I can’t control what the boys may share with me or their father, however, nor should anyone try. Charlie has always remained respectful and supportive about their mother in the presence of the children.

I’m now not permitted to have their father in my home while the boys are present, which at this time is almost everyday. I do not believe that is in the best interest of the children.

Like Charlie, I have had to endure the boys’ mom’s accusations. I’m including photos that the department and the therapist have seen. I have a photo of what Bob’s face looked like at the time of myself and the boys’ meeting the monitor. From there the monitor took the boys to their mother for a day visit. I will remind the department that the photo the monitor, NAME REDACTED, or their mother took is indicating that Bob’s face looked very different from the time I gave the boys to the monitor. I was very upset by this, their therapist NAME REDACTED was at the visit at the time of arrival and did confirm Bob’s face did not look like the photo that NAME REDACTED had.

I was committed and willing to care for the boys and do everything I could to provide for them until their mom gets well. However, given I don’t have permission to get them the care and help they need I’m not able to provide the care that I believe is in their best interest. I have made endless requests for additional psychological help for the boys and explained in detail why. Nothing has happened. This is a very difficult decision to make, but necessary under these circumstances. It’s become unsafe in my home at times with their behavior. I can’t risk anything happening to my daughters or anyone else in my home. For that I have to step aside at this time. I’m here to help make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved and hope that my daughters will still maintain their relationship with their brothers as well as myself.

Sincerely, Denise Richards”

NOV 8TH 2017

JSHDFCharlie Sheen is being accused of sodomizing a then 13-year-old Corey Haim on the set of the movie ‘Lucas.’

According to the National Enquirer, a now deceased Haim had told others about how he was allegedly raped as a minor by Sheen, who was 19 at the time, while filming the 1986 movie.

Former actor Dominick Brascia claims Haim disclosed to him what happened between him and Sheen. Brascia went on the record about what he says Haim told him before he died in 2010 at 38-years-old.

‘Haim told me he had sex with Sheen when they filmed ‘Lucas,’ Brascia told the Enquirer. ‘He told me they smoked pot and had sex. He said they had anal sex. Haim said after it happened Sheen became very cold and rejected him. When Corey wanted to fool around again, Charlie was not interested.’

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Sheen emerged from his parents Martin and Janet Sheen’s home looking defiant while smoking a cigarette in the face of the bombshell allegations against him.

By the afternoon Sheen released statement through his representatives to the Hollywood Reporter saying ‘Charlie Sheen categorically denies these allegations’

The former ‘Two and a Half Men’ star worked with Haim on the 1986 film ‘Lucas’.


Charlie Sheen on Wednesday responded to a report that he allegedly sexually assaulted Corey Haim when the late actor was 13 years old and Sheen was 19.

“Charlie Sheen categorically denies these allegations,” a rep for Sheen told The Hollywood Reporter.

Haim’s longtime friend, actor Dominick Brascia, told the National Enquirer that Sheen sexually assaulted Haim during that film’s production. Haim’s name has been in the news recently after his mother pushed back on stories from Corey Feldman about the late actor being abused by a Hollywood pedophile ring, which Feldman claims he also fell victim to. The two Coreys were close friends who worked together on a number of ’80s films.

Los Angeles police on Wednesday confirmed to THR that an investigation had been opened into Feldman’s accusations.

ROBERT GREEN – Attacks by the Mainstream Media

From: Robert Green
Sent: 07 November 2017 18:27
Subject: Attacks by the Mainstream Media


Once again, I would like to thank so many people for offering their support over recent attacks on me by sections of the mainstream media.

It is odd that for almost nine years, the press and broadcasters have largely ignored the Hollie Greig case, despite many blatantly controversial issues, not the least of which was the proven breaches of the law over the case by the Scottish government, as ruled by the Information Commissioner on 26th May 2011.

Accurate and widespread published reporting of the facts at the time may even have brought down the government then led by Alex Salmond, but only one brave editor, Steven Raeburn of The Firm, was prepared to stand up to the bullying of Mr Salmond and his powerful accomplices.

Then suddenly, a few weeks ago, following knowledge that I had relayed an expert witness dossier to Operation Conifer in its investigation of Sir Edward Heath and others, I found my name and that of Hollie thrust into the limelight, although always being attacked. Clearly, the establishment that has so ruthlessly attempted to destroy the said investigation seems to have discovered that Hollie`s case is worth mentioning after all.

Moreover, it may not be entirely coincidental that the three publications that have attacked me, The Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and Private Eye, are precisely the same ones that have had their journalists named.along with Heath, on the dossier.

Are they really so concerned about Sir Edward`s reputation, or are  they more worried about protecting their own skins ?  

With growing evidence of the widespread existence of sexual transgressions at the highest level of the establishment, it is possible that we may be somewhat nearer to the full revelation of the UK`s grimmest secret – the elite`s concealed sexual abuse of children.

Robert Green

Is There a Masonic Paedophile Ring Terrorising Scotland’s Children?

Over the past ten years or so, Britain has been fairly preoccupied with paedophiles; finding out who they are, naming and shaming them, even – in a highly embarrassing set-back for the credibility of vigilantes everywhere – beating up paediatricians because it sounds a bit like paedophile. But, in previous years, it seems like paedophiles were everywhere – running the country, inventing dance music, touring the world in successful rock bands – and no one gave two hoots. In fact, shagging 13-year-old girls was mythologised as something glamorous in itself.

However, times change (the “wandering hand” is now known as a grope) – something you probably noticed after this year’s media witch hunt. A hunt that hit its peak when Phillip Schofield assumed the role of a mum-friendly Guevara – an everyman freedom fighter who handed the Prime Minister a list of names the internet said were paedophiles on live TV, gave the camera a glimpse and ended up getting sued by a Tory peer. Adding weight to the old adage that daytime television presenters probably shouldn’t accuse people of being child molesters.

Although Schofield’s mistake and subsequent suing was high-profile enough, and the subject rich enough that his name was effectively cleared, not everyone branded a paedophile in public has had such a clear-cut opportunity to escape the allegations. Likewise, in such a difficult act to prove, not every victim receives justice.

A perfect example is Scotland’s Hollie Greig, a girl with Down’s Syndrome alleged to have been abused by a Masonic cabal at the very highest levels of Scottish society. As is usually the case with coverage of anything Masonic, you probably won’t have seen the case anywhere other than on the pages of badly formatted Blogspot accounts. Attempts to bring it to the mainstream have always failed, which – of course – strengthen campaigners’ feelings that Masons are involved in covering up the abuse.

In a desperate attempt to provide some kind of justice, Robert Green, a leading campaigner, was jailed for distributing leaflets containing the names of nearly two dozen Aberdeenshire residents Hollie accused of abusing her. Since then, Green has become a martyred Bobby Sands to Schofield’s cack-handed Guevara, drawing the support of the ‘Truth Movement‘, people who believe there weren’t any planes involved in 9/11 and that there are a bunch of shady, hooded men running the world from a cave in Cumbria.

I recently visited the home of Belinda McKenzie – a place the New Statesman called the ‘Highgate Hub’, in reference to its importance to the UK’s Truth Movement. The house is home to a rotating cast of various campaigners, who either stay in one of the five bedrooms or in the bunker buried beneath the garden. Such luminaries as David Shayler and Annie Machon have stayed there in the past, and I was lucky enough to bump into ‘Spacecowboy1954‘, who showed me a lot of photos of “orbs” he had taken the night before. He also showed me this video of a light. I was unclear of what exactly the light was, but, thankfully, the cowboy quickly explained with the certainty of a man 100 percent secure in his thoughts that it could only be one of two things: an alien entity or a spiritual presence.

Belinda has supported the Hollie Greig campaign for years and is readying for a new push (videoed by Spacecowboy1954) in light of the public’s renewed appetite for paedophiles. The case, like the campaign itself, is massively long and complicated. The campaign slogan is “Google Hollie Greig”, and if you do just that, you’ll uncover over half a million pages of claims and counter-claims that broadly fit into two main camps: those who are campaigning on behalf of Hollie, attempting to prosecute her abusers; and those who believe that Hollie is a liar and the entire story is fabricated.

Hollie’s alleged abuse was first brought to light after her parents – Anne Greig and Denis Mackie – had a row. Hollie told her mother that she was scared her father would kill the family’s dogs, and when her mother asked why, Hollie explained that Denis had molested her for the past 14 years, ensuring her silence by threatening her’s and the dogs’ safety. Although it was determined she had lost her virginity, Hollie had no physical evidence of mass abuse, which lead to Denis trying to have Anne sectioned and taking Hollie back into his care. An independent investigation found Anne sane and she fled to England with Hollie to start a new life.

In 1997 – three years prior to this – Anne’s brother Roy had died in an apparent suicide attempt in his burning car. Official records show he died of smoke inhalation, with cracked ribs and head injuries due to resuscitation efforts. Now in England, Hollie told her mother that Roy had caught Denis abusing her and he had told her uncle that he would kill him if he ever exposed the abuse, causing Anne to query if the suicide was in fact a murder and ask for official documents, but her requests were declined.

Hollie began naming more of her abusers, which ultimately totalled 22 people. These names included a Sheriff (Scottish equivalent of a High Court Judge), a forensic policeman, a lawyer and Hollie’s own social worker. Sensing that a powerful Scottish elite had been abusing her daughter, Anne made several attempts to encourage Aberdeen police to investigate. On each occasion, police found no evidence of such a paedophile ring, which only riled her fears of a cover-up.

In the meantime, Hollie’s brother and Denis both moved to Portugal to escape the allegations. When Madeleine McCann went missing, Anne feared Denis and her son could have been involved and advised police they should contact Denis. UK police didn’t act on the advice, nor did they inform Portuguese police, again adding beans to the cover-up pot.

Lacking any concrete evidence of abuse beyond Hollie’s words and considering the police refuse to recognise them as truth, it’s reasonable to question the veracity of the claims. However, the campaign are adamant that, as a sufferer of Down’s Syndrome, Hollie always speaks the truth. That seemed almost laughable to me if it wasn’t so condescending, something confirmed by a spokesman for the Down’s Syndrome Association: “It would be unwise and incorrect to make broad statements like that, and I would disagree with the idea that people with Down’s Syndrome can’t lie.”

Hollie also received a sum of around £4,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which is seen – at best – as an admission of guilt from the government and – at worst – hush money. The problem there is that £4,000 really isn’t much when it comes to buying someone’s silence in a child abuse case, but the CICA works on very different rules of guilt to the law courts. Kind of how the FA work very differently to the courts, as John Terry found out when the law found him not guilty, but the FA gave him a match ban anyway.

It was in 2009 that Robert Green started supporting Hollie’s cause, and in 2010 he ran for a seat as an independent MP in Aberdeen in an attempt to publicise Hollie’s case. It was then that he distributed the leaflets exposing Hollie’s alleged abusers and was arrested under a breach of the peace. At his trial in early 2012, he began each day asking the prosecution if they were Freemasons, suggesting that they were also part of the cover-up. He was found guilty, sentenced to a year in jail and ultimately released three months later.

Two of the accused from the list – Sylvia Major and Wyn Dragon-Smith – have taken it upon themselves to defend their reputations, showing up at Green’s court case (where they were cast as evil incarnate by the Hollie Greig campaign, obviously) and releasing a video protesting their innocence.

The BBC looked into the case in 2009, with investigative journalist Mark Daly getting in touch with the family and uncovering Roy Greig’s official death certificate. Hollie’s campaign insist they helped journalists with their investigation into the late stages of production, before it was suddenly pulled, seemingly under duress from management. However, Mark Daly tells me they didn’t even shoot a single frame of film and that the investigation didn’t get past the first couple of weeks of research. He also spoke on the record with the Sunday Herald this summer, insisting “The truth is that the claims of the paedophile ring were based on a tissue of false assertions.”

Meeting a brick wall every time the campaign has tried to prosecute the abusers through the police, the courts, and the media has only made them more convinced they’ve uncovered some dark conspiracy. The police refuse to prosecute? They must be complicit in the abuse. The media refuse to report it? Oh, they must be complicit in the abuse, too.

The truth here will probably never emerge, which is deeply unsatisfying for everyone involved and will only continue to make the case one giant cluster of headfucks. But so long as stories surface about light entertainers molesting hundreds of girls while spending Christmas with the Prime Minister and receiving honours from royalty, the embers of the conspiracy theory bonfire will carry on burning, ready to be poked into life any time something new transpires.

Follow Chris on Twitter: @chrisoreal

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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is ‘barely scratching the surface’

20171107_150127-11997998392.jpgCAMPAIGNERS have claimed the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is “barely scratching the surface” in investigating historic abuse in care.

Janine Rennie, chief executive of Falkirk-based counselling charity Wellbeing Scotland, said her own organisation’s files contained allegations made by past residents of upwards of 140 children’s homes.

Meanwhile statistics suggest that over the period covered by the inquiry tens of thousands of children in care are likely to have been abused, she said, and claimed Wellbeing Scotland alone was in touch with 1,500 people who had suffered as children in care.

However the child abuse inquiry plans to investigate only 60 homes and is thought to be in touch with around 300 survivors, she claimed.

“The inquiry is saying it will investigate 60 homes but we are dealing with more than double that and that is only sampling a third of our records,” she said. “They are only scratching the surface.”

The claims came as survivors of childhood abuse in state care held an event in Glasgow’s George Square calling for more of those affected by abuse to come forward.

They also follow a week of evidence at the child abuse inquiry in which former Scottish Government Chief Social Work Adviser Professor Angus Skinner told its chair Lady Smith that the scale of abuse had been vastly underestimated, admitting: “We just didn’t believe that there could be so much.”

Ms Rennie said many of those in touch with Wellbeing Scotland (formerly Open Secret) were unwilling to participate in the inquiry. “We are trying to get as many people as possible to come forward, but they lack trust in the Scottish Government, she said. “There is still a perception the inquiry isn’t independent. We have four years to get more people involved, or the opportunity will be lost.”

Dave Sharp, who is alleged to have been physically abused in childhood while living in in the notorious St Ninian’s home run by the Christian Brothers in Fife, said survivors from across the UK had come together to encourage fellow abuse victims to come forward.

“The Scottish Government has not been encouraging people enough. They have been discouraged by negativity around the inquiry. We want to see more investigation into historical sex trafficking and abuse,” he said.

A Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry spokesman said 69 institutions are being examined as part of its initial investigations.

He said: “The Inquiry is undertaking a far-reaching public awareness campaign and is working closely with a number of organisations to encourage those with relevant information to come forward.

“We have been pleased with the response to date but as work of the Inquiry progresses, we continue to actively encourage anyone who has relevant information to get in touch.”


Seven Child Trafficking victims in Scotland ‘vanish’ from council care

Oct 13th 2017

bb7 children rescued from traffickers and placed in council care in Scotland between 2011-16 have gone missing and are feared to have fallen back into the hands of slave masters.

The report in The Times, obtained from a Freedom of Information request, states that many gangs are re-trafficking victims amid failings from local authorities

READ MORE: New map shows Scotland’s human trafficking hotspots

Across the UK, more than 150 Vietnamese minors have disappeared from care and foster homes since 2015 across the UK, with almost 90 others going missing temporarily.

The majority of those that went missing disappeared just two days after entering care. Vietnamese and Albanian children were among the most common vulnerable children to go missing.

More than half of children trafficking in the past five years in Scotland were Vietnamese, with the majority going to ‘work’ in cannabis farms or the sex industry.

Baroness Butler-Sloss told the Times the FOI was ‘very disturbing’ but also stated that there were more at risk.

READ MORE: BBC probe reveals scale of human trafficking in Scotland

An FOI request to 430 authorities showed that 152 Vietnamese children went missing from 2015, with 88 going missing temporarily.

Scotland has become a more lucrative hub for trafficking criminals, with Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance confirming that there has been an increase in the number of cases seen in Scotland.

Carolann Nesbitt said: “When first started in 2004 it was mostly African women and women from the Baltic states that were coming to us. Now the women are predominantly Vietnamese or Albanian. We have examples of women being prostituted at truck stops along the main roads in Scotland. Arrangements are also made for them to be taken to ‘out calls at hotels, saunas and brothels.”

James Simmonds-Read, of the Children’s Society, told the newspaper the children did not feel safe after being rescued. He said: “We are not creating a culture where they feel safe, so children freak out and go missing and back to the people that trafficked and abused them.”

Helen Johnson, head of children’s services at the Refugee Council, added: “If children are treated with hostility, they’ll believe what traffickers tell them: that they won’t be helped or believed and that they are in debt.”

The Home Office said it was developing an independent advocate system to help councils support young trafficking victims, and added that it had placed a duty on councils to flag up cases of children disappearing from care. Rochdale council said there was “no similarity” between the street grooming scandal and the issues surrounding missing Vietnamese children.



4 Oct 2017  Agenda: We should all be vigilant on human trafficking

*BREAKING* DEVIL WORSHIPPING PAEDO claim as court told 4 yr old was with notorious Ayrshire NONCE

5th Nov 2017


convicted paedophile sat outside his home while a naked and vulnerable four-year-old girl ran around him, a court was told.

William Cunningham – one of Scotland’s most dangerous sex offenders – was also practising Devil worship in the garden, neighbours claimed.

Cunningham – who has 35 prior convictions including sex offences, child cruelty and attempted murder – was accused of breaching strict conditions banning him from contact with young people.

However, the charge against him was found not proven by a jury at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week.

One witness, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the court the young girl was a “wee chatterbox” who would speak to anyone.

Charge was found not proven at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Friday

The man said he discovered Cunningham, 50 – known as Billy Bandana – was living locally and he saw him outside his home drinking coffee.

He went on: “I didn’t know who he was at the time but the girl was running about and he would say hello to her.

“She had no clothes on and she’d be running about outside.”

The witness said it happened “three, four, five times” and Cunningham would talk to the girl, adding: “She would speak away to him.

“It went on until the social work said they would look into it.”

Social worker Jamie Turnbull said a family living below the flat Cunningham shared with another man in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, “raised a number of concerns”.

Mr Turnbull, who discussed with his manager how the child could be kept safe, added: “There were loud sexual noises at night and in the early morning.”

Mr Turnbull said there were concerns about social behaviour involving Cunningham and the man in whose flat he was staying.

“Apparently they were practising Devil worship in the garden and the family had concerns about that,” he said.

On Friday a jury found the charge, alleging Cunningham breached his Sexual Offences Prevention Order by being in contact with the girl in May, not proven.

In January, neighbours were up in arms after discovering Cunningham – who has twice been jailed for breaching the control order – had been housed near them in Kilmarnock.

A spokeswoman for East Ayrshire Council said the accommodation issue was an “extremely complex and sensitive area of work”. 



Cunningham – who has 35 prior convictions including sex offences, child cruelty and attempted murder – was accused of breaching strict conditions banning him from contact with young people.

One witness, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said the young girl was a “wee chatterbox” who would speak to anyone.

The man said he discovered Cunningham – known as Billy Bandana – was living locally and he saw him outside his home drinking coffee.

He went on: “I didn’t know who he was at the time but the girl was running about and he would say hello to her. She had no clothes on and she’d be running about outside.”

The witness said it happened “three, four, five times” and Cunningham would talk to the girl, adding: “She would speak away to him. It went on until the social work said they would look into it.”

Social worker Jamie Turnbull said a family living below the flat Cunningham shared with another man in Kilmarnock “raised a number of concerns”.

Mr Turnbull, who discussed with his manager how the child could be kept safe, added: “There were loud sexual noises at night and in the early morning.”

The girl was already on an interim child protection register, Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard.

Mr Turnbull said there were concerns about social behaviour involving Cunningham and the man in whose flat he was staying.

He said: “Apparently they were practising Devil worship in the garden and the family had concerns about that.”  

READ MORE Scots care worker tries to sell kid’s toys online but ‘accidentally includes photo of pals handling drugs’

A jury found the charge, alleging Cunningham breached his Sexual Offences Prevention Order by being in contact with the girl in May, not proven.

In January, neighbours were up in arms after discovering Cunningham – who has twice been jailed for breaching the control order – had been housed near them in Kilmarnock.

A spokeswoman for East Ayrshire Council said the accommodation issue was an “extremely complex and sensitive area of work” 



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