‘Black magic’ story in isle sex trial (03.09.71)

Daily Mail, 3rd September 1971

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  1. Troyhand said:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1301&dat=19711201&id=6nlWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XOUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3177,29823
    The Sydney Morning Herald – Dec 1, 1971
    Justice catches up with the Beast of Jersey

    JERSEY, Channel Islands, Tuesday – A modern-day Bluebeard who practised black magic was convicted yesterday of sex crimes that had brought 11 years of terror to the island.

    An island Court found Edward Paisnel, 46, a father of three, guilty of 13 sex charges dating back to 1960.

    He will be sentenced on Thursday.

    The court was told how at full moon, Paisnel used to go out seeking victims, boys as well as girls. He led them from their beds with a rope tethered round their necks.

    Some of the victims gave evidence years after the actual offence.

    Bluebeard

    An air hostess, now 36, told how she was raped 11 years ago and how she had been so terrified since that she slept with a loaded gun under her pillow.

    The court was told that Paisnel modelled himself on the infamous Gilles de Rais, a fifteenth century Marshal of France known in history as Bluebeard, reviled for his ritual murder, torture and sacrifice to the Devil of children lured to his castle.

    Police said Paisnel, a builder, had constructed a shrine to the Devil inside a large barn.

    Heavy red curtains hid the altar from passers-by. Behind them were magic symbols, including a large knife hanging point down to a brown earthenware dish and a glass toad.

    As a builder, Paisnel knew how to break into houses and had an intimate knowledge of footpaths and lanes.

    For years he led a double life.

    During the day he seemed to lead a blameless life. He and his wife, Joan, took in orphan children at their home in Grouville. After each attack he was one of the first to attack “this brute” in his local public house.

    But at night, Jekyll became Hyde.

    He would worship at his black magic shrine then set off to seek his next victim.

    On July 10 this year his luck ran out. Early that day he stole a car in preparation for an attack that evening.

    He was equipped in his usual, terrifying garb. His coat was studded with inch-long nails around the lapels and shoulders. Around his wrists he wore nail-studded bracelets.

    In his pocket was a woman’s black wig, and in the lining of his coat a hideous rubber mask.

    His downfall that night arose from a murder he did not commit.

    Earlier that day a young woman had been found dead. The police set up road blocks all over the island. Road junctions were watched.

    At a set of traffic lights Paisnel was forced to slow down while driving the stolen car.

    When he saw groups of policemen, he thought the hue and cry was on his account.

    He sped through the lights and was pursued by a police car down country lanes.

    After a struggle, he was arrested.

    Less than an hour later, Paisnel was taken into Detective-Inspector George Shutler’s tiny office on the second floor of the police headquarters in St Helier.

    Inspector Shutler said: “The officer who brought him in told me the prisoner’s name. I said, ‘Hello, Ted,’ I could not help myself. I just knew the man, although we had never met.

    “I had had nightmares about him and I had dreamt about him. He looked exactly like the man I knew I wanted. It was a tremendous relief to know he had been caught.”

    For the past 11 years Inspector Shutler had given up weeks of his time and holidays in an effort to capture the attacker.

    The result of the case has stilled many wagging tongues.

    Hounded

    But to one man, Mr Alphonse le Gasteloise, the news will come as no great comfort.

    Soon after the first attacks, Mr le Gasteloise, now aged 58, and an admitted eccentric, was hounded by local people who believed he was “the beast of Jersey.”

    His home on the island was wrecked and he had to suffer taunts and even assaults. To escape the accusers he sold up and lived as a hermit on one of the tiny islands known as Les Ecrehou, seven miles off the Jersey coast.
    (AAP-Reuter)

  2. Troyhand said:

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    The Miami News – Nov 29, 1971
    Modern ‘Bluebeard’ caught after 11 years of island terror
    Reuters News Service

    JERSEY, English Channel Islands – A modern-day Bluebeard who practiced black magic was convicted today of sex crimes that brought 11 years of terror to this picturesque holiday island.

    An island court found Edward Paisnel, 46-year-old father of three, guilty of 13 sex charges dating back to 1960. The charges against him were rape, sodomy and assault. Sentencing was deferred until Thursday.

    Paisnel was a lonely, sinister figure. Even his wife lived apart from him although they dwelt in the same rambling house.

    The court was told how, at full moon, Paisnel used to go out seeking victims, boys as well as girls. He led them from their beds after tying ropes around their necks.

    Some of the victims gave testimony years after the actual offences. An airline stewardess, 36, told how she was raped 11 years ago and how she had been terrified since then that she slept with a loaded gun under her pillow.

    The court was told that Paisnel modeled himself on the infamous Gilles de Rais, 15th century marshal of France who went down in history under the title Bluebeard for his ritual murder, torture and sacrifice to the devil of children lured to his castle.

    Police said Paisnel, a builder, had constructed a shrine to the devil inside a large barn. Heavy red curtains his the devil’s altar from passers-by. Behind them were magic symbols, including a large knife hanging point down to a brown earthenware dish and a glass toad.

    As a builder, Paisnel knew how to break into houses and had an intimate knowledge of footpaths and lanes. He was captured in a moment of superstitious panic.

    Driving a stolen car, he noticed a Palm Sunday raffia cross on the seat beside him. It upset him to the point that he drove through a red traffic light – and was chased by a policeman.

    [Different story of his capture from previous story about manhunt for murdered girl. Maybe the Detective-Inspector, who dreamed about Paisnel and knew his first name, had the real story.]

  3. Troyhand said:

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    Evening Times – Nov 29, 1971
    Father found guilty of child sex attacks

    Father of three Edward Paisnel was today found guilty of a series of sex offences against children on the holiday island of Jersey.

    Guilty verdicts on all 13 charges came after a three-quarters of an hour retirement at Jersey’s Royal Court.

    Paisnel (46) will be sentenced by the Island’s Full Court on Thursday, if background and psychiatric reports ordered today are ready in time.

    Paisnel, a building contractor, of Maison Du Soleil, Grouville, Jersey, had denied the attacks on boys and girls between 1960 and last year.

    He was convicted of offences including assault, attempted indecency, indecency, and rape on children aged from nine and on a married woman.

    The verdicts came independently from two “jurats,” who had sat through the case with Jersey’s bailiff, Sir Robert Le Mesurier.

    Warning

    Sir Robert had told them that they must not be influenced by the “revolting details” of the case.

    The Court heard that Paisnel was wearing a jacket with one-inch nails protruding from it and nailed wristbands when he was arrested by police after a car chase.

    He said he was “going to an orgy.”

    Detective-Constable Barry Simpson said Paisnel told him that a mask and wig, which he also had, were used at meetings of a secret society to which he belonged.

    The society held the orgies, he said.

    Court officials visited a “secret room” behind a red curtain at Paisnel’s home.

    A detective had told the Court he found a large, wooden-bladed knife hanging over a glass chalice in the room. There was also a china toad.

    “It gave me the impression it was a shrine or altar,” said the detective.

    Scratches

    An 18-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man told how they were taken from their beds seven years ago by a masked intruder, who sexually assaulted them in fields near their home.

    Dr Brian Hicks had said the nails on Paisnel’s coat probably caused scratches on the face of an 11-year-old girl who was attacked.

    Another doctor said scratches on a second girl’s back were consistent with the nailed wristbands.

    Paisnel did not give evidence.

    Nurse Miss Florence Hawkins and Paisnel’s parents claimed Paisnel was with them during two of the attacks – 1970 and 1966.

    The defence claimed more than one man was responsible for the attacks because of varying descriptions of the attacker.

  4. Troyhand said:

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    Evening Times – Sep 3, 1971
    Ex-air hostess tells of rape terror

    A former air hostess relived a 10-year-old night of terror as she told a court today of a nightmare car journey before a masked man dragged her into a field, tied her hands, and raped her.

    Attractive blonde Mrs Jacqueline Mauger trembled as she gave her evidence at St Helier, Jersey, against a man facing 15 sex charges.

    He is 46-year-old father of three, Edward John Louis Paisnel, a building contractor, of Groupville, Jersey, who is accused of serious offences on boys, raping Mrs Mauger and two small girls and indecent assaults between 1960 and last year.

    Mrs Mauger, now a housewife living on the island, told how she waited for a bus close to the airport 10 years ago when she was single.

    A man, alleged by her to be Paisnel, stopped his car and said he was a doctor who had been called out from a party. Having treated his patient he had to pick up his wife from the party and would then be going into town if Mrs Mauger wanted a lift.

    Drove into field

    She accepted and sat in the back seat. Suddenly he turned into a field.

    “I said – ‘what the hell do you think you are doing?’ He got out of his driving seat and tried to grab me. I started to push him off. He was short and very strong and I did not make any impression at all.

    “He pulled me out, tied my hands behind me and a rope around my neck. I was screaming and he told me no one was around. I don’t remember much after that.

    “I thought I was dead. The next thing I knew was when I came round and saw his feet by me – I then knew it was all true.

    “He said he was going to kill me – with a gun or knife. He said this a couple of times. I was in the field about 30 minutes,” she said.

  5. thanks troyhand

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