3,000 names on Yard paedophile register: Snuff films seen as ‘logical progression’ of proliferating child porn industry (28.07.90)

The Guardian, 28th July 1990
by Andrew Culf

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THE revelation that Scotland Yard is investigating the deaths of young boys in pornographic snuff videos is the most disturbing aspect of increasingly widespread child sex abuse.
A special child pornography unit, within the Yard’s obscene publications branch, known as TO13, has compiled a nationwide directory of 3,000 names of known paedophiles and associates.
According to campaigners against child abuse, the directory is ‘just the tip of a horrifying iceberg’.

They say the possibility in Britain of snuff films in which children are murdered for sexual gratification is a gruesomely logical development, when child pornographers can no longer get their kicks from obscene or sado-masochistic material.
According to Tim Tate, author of the book Child Pornography, published this week, rumours about snuff movies began circulating in Hollywood in the 1940s. But the term is thought to originate from an Argentine film made in the late 1970s, called Snuff.
In a sequence at the end of the film, a woman is shown being slowly dismembered while still alive. Film experts believe the sequence is faked, but Mr Tate writes: ‘Snuff is alleged by paedophiles to be the first of a genre of child sex and torture films.’
Detective Superintendent Michael Hames, head of Scotland Yard’s child pornography unit, said no snuff movies had yet been discovered. ‘We don’t know if they are being done here.’ Such films would be expensive to buy and distribution exclusive.
‘In America, the FBI went undercover to a meeting of people invited to watch a snuff movie with a view to buying a copy, and the fee to attend the showing was Dollars 10,000.’
He was concerned that concentration on snuff movies would distract attention from the wider issue. ‘If these movies are made, it is absolutely appalling. But we need to focus on the amount of child sex abuse by paedophiles both inside and outside the family.’
Ray Wyre, of the Gracewell Clinic, Birmingham, which is committed to controlling paedophiliac behaviour, said: ‘When video replaced film, everybody could hire a camera, and the arrival of the snuff movie in Britain became almost inevitable, because there are always people willing to pay.’
Diane Core, director of a national organisation promoting the safety of children, said: ‘We have known for about a couple of years that these films were being imported into the country. The majority were made in America, but now they are being made here.’
Mrs Core accused the authorities of sitting back after the effective disintegration of the Paedophile Information Exchange in 1981. ‘They went underground and have re-emerged, more organised than ever before.’
New technology has meant the development of computer bulletin boards used by paedophiles to exchange information. Lonely hearts columns are also used to pass on messages.
Child pornography became widely available in the 1970s, when Denmark legalised its production. Although laws have since been tightened, there has been an increase in home-made child pornography, involving private recordings, which are then exchanged rather than sold.
Some videos are sold for up to Pounds 400.

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7 comments
  1. Michael Mathews said:

    Australian mainstream media broadcast a television program about 30 years ago which mentioned Snuff movies being made but this matter went silent Why macpc.org.au

  2. Troyhand said:

    Variation of same article, but mentioning “Operation Orchid” and the disappearance of 20 boys, as well as the murder of Jason Swift, Barry Lewis and with two paedophile gangs being responsible, one in London [Sidney Cooke] and one in Kent(?!).

    Spare Rib, Issues 209-219
    Spare Ribs Limited, 1990

    [Page 44-45]
    CHILD PORNOGRAPHY RING UNCOVERED

    Scotland Yard recently decided to reveal information that they have been conducting a long overdue investigation into the deaths of young children in pornographic snuff videos. The inquiry, ‘Operation Orchid’, had been looking at the circumstances surrounding the disappearances of up to 20 boys in six years.

    Nine young boys are thought to have been murdered in these movies. It is understood that some of the boys may have been lured to parties and their deaths recorded on video.

    The investigation Is closely linked to the death, in 1985, of 14-year-old Jason Swift, who was sexually abused and strangled in Hackney, east London. It is alleged that Jason’s murder was filmed, although to date no copies of the video have been found.

    Last year, four men were sentenced to prison terms of between 13 and 19 years for the manslaughter of Jason Swift. Recently, in a separate development, a man was arrested in connection with the 1985 murder of 6-year old Barry Swift[sic. Lewis] from south London. The man is currently serving a prison sentence. It is believed that two paedophile rings in east London and Kent were behind the murders.

    A special child pornography unit within Scotland Yard’s obscene publications branch, known as T013, has compiled a nationwide directory of 3,000 names of known paedophiles and associates. Campaigners against child sexual abuse say the directory ‘is just the tip of a horrifying iceberg’.

    They say the presence in Britain of snuff movies, in which children are murdered for sexual gratification, is a gruesomely logical development when child pomographers can no longer get their sickening kicks from obscene or sado-masochistic material.

    Snuff movies are one of the most chilling aspects of widespread child sexual abuse. They are apparently the first of a genre of child sex and torture films. The sexual abuse of children by paedophiles occurs both inside and outside the family.

    Diane Gore, director of a national organisation which promotes the safety of children, pointed to the government’s attitude around the issue of snuff movies, and accused them of sitting back after the effective disintegration of the Paedophile Information Exchange in 1981:

    ‘We have known for about a couple of years that these films were being imported into the country. The majority were made in America, but now they are being made here. The paedophiles went underground and have emerged more organised than ever before.’

    Child pornography became widely available in the 70s, when Denmark legalised its production of pornography. Although laws have since been tightened, there has been an increase in home-made child pornography, involving private recordings, which are then exchanged rather than sold. Some videos are sold for up to £400. New technology has resulted in the development of computer bulletin boards used by paedophiles to exchange information. Lonely hearts columns are also used to pass on messages.

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  3. Troyhand said:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/caught-before-they-could-claim-another-child-1347705.html
    Independent –
    Friday 17 May 1996

    Caught before they could claim another child

    Sex triangle fostered dangerous fantasies, writes Michael Streeter

    The arrest and conviction of the paedophiles Brett Tyler, 30, and Timothy Morss, 33, who both had criminal records for sexual intercourse with children, probably saved other young boys from suffering the same fate as Daniel.

    Police believe that the violent but emotionally cold Morss, in particular, was likely to strike again. His lover, Tyler, told detectives that Morss was dissatisfied with the brief time they had spent having sex with Daniel. “Tim said it was a waste and he wanted another one.”

    Detective Sergeant Stephen Kavanagh said after the case: “We got them before that nightmare scenario occurred.”

    When Daniel first disappeared on 2 October 1994, police at first suspected that it might be the work of an organised paedophile ring, of the type involved in the killing of the rent boy Jason Swift, 14, and Barry Lewis, 6, crimes solved by the police through Operation Orchid in the late Eighties.

    For a time Daniel’s own mother, Maxine, and her then boyfriend were questioned over his disappearance, but they were later released. The Director of Public Prosecutions later ruled against continuing with separate child abuse charges against the couple.

    The breakthrough in the case, codenamed Operation Gainford, came only after David’s remains were found near a golf course at Bradley Stoke, Bristol, in March last year. This led to a BBC Crimewatch programme the following May which highlighted the continuing hunt for the boy’s killers. Two men who had met Morss inside prison watched the programme, or heard about the details of the case from it.

    Both – a psychiatrist and expert on child sexual abuse identified only as Dr B, and Edward Cook, a prison officer – were struck by the similarities with the detailed sexual fantasies of which Morss had boasted: the abduction, abuse, murder and burial of a young, blond, blue-eyed boy. Morss had been “most specific” about the boy’s appearance, Dr B said. Daniel fitted these characteristics.

    Within hours police were told of the link with Morss and he and his boyfriend, David Guttridge, were quickly arrested. Guttridge had no involvement in the murder but pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by helping Morss fly to the Philippines the month before the arrests.

    Guttridge, Morss and Tyler all met in Wormwood Scrubs. Morss and Tyler came from similar backgrounds: Morss went into care as a child when his mother, Iris, could not cope; Tyler was put in a home after his mother abandoned him. Both were abused while in care, and in turn abused children as they became adults, Tyler receiving four years’ youth custody for a string of offences and Morss seven years for acts of gross indecency.

    Guttridge, 59, also had a criminal history of paedophilia but was determined to reform, and while all were in Wormwood Scrubs he introduced the two younger men to Dr B to help them. But neither pursued treatment with any enthusiasm and the sessions petered out.

    Guttridge later said that the “whole point” of his relationship with Morss, whom he loved, was to rid him of his predilection for boys. They set up home together and Guttridge helped his friend start a florist shop in Bristol.

    But Morss, a former soldier, kept in touch with Tyler, and his desire for young boys was reawakened. While Morss was a cold, remorseless killer with a powerful personality, Tyler was educationally sub-normal, a weak- willed, girlish-looking boy from a Barnardo’s home.

    It was Tyler who introduced Morss to the Philippines, where they buggered young local boys. Tyler featured in a dozen videos of himself with the boys, and in one he is seen haggling over the price of sex and reducing it from the equivalent of 75p to 50p.

    Back in London in 1994, Tyler and Morss, then a minicab driver, took to cruising the streets together, excluding Guttridge, who owned the cab firm, from their trips.

    The older man was jealous of Tyler and worried by his impact on Morss. He said: “I felt [the relationship] was based on their mutual requirement for young boys. It was just a means of winding each other up sexually.”

    On 2 October 1994, Morss and Tyler cruised the streets of east London in the minicab before selecting Daniel as their victim in Beckton.

    Even after Morss confessed to him, Guttridge at first refused to believe that he was guilty. Only later did he accept that Morss, whom he conceded had a “warped and twisted” view of life, had killed Daniel.

    Morss chose his “hunting ground” in part because he was not known there. But also because of its social make-up; parts are 86 per cent white working- class, with a high proportion of dysfunctional families and a large number of children – many blond and blue-eyed like Daniel – playing late on the streets. As a mini-cab driver he would have been aware of these factors.

    The charity Kidscape, which aims to improve children’s safety through direct education, is adamant that, while serious, the abduction and murder of children by strangers is rare in Britain. Over the last recorded decade, 1983 to 1993, the number of such killings averaged just over five a year. “The danger is out there,” Jane Kilpatrick, assistant director of Kidscape, said. “But the number of murders by strangers has decreased since the [Second World War].”

  4. Troyhand said:

    http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/paedophile_jailed_for_string_of_attacks_in_1980s_1_1053853
    Kent News – Tuesday, August 4, 2009
    Paedophile jailed for string of attacks in 1980s

    A paedophile who admitted repeatedly sexually assaulting a young boy over a number of years has been sentenced to six years in prison. Ivor Jones, 46, of Danes Hill, Sittingbourne, pleaded guilty to buggery, assault with intent to commit buggery, indecent assault and three counts of indecency with the child.

    The attacks took place in the early 1980. They started when the boy was aged four and went on for five years.

    The attacks only recently came to light when the victim, now an adult, reported his ordeal at the hands of Jones to police.

    During sentencing on Monday afternoon at Maidstone Crown Court, Judge O’ Mahoney reduced unemployed Jones’ jail term from nine to six years after he pleaded guilty, acknowledging this meant his victim would not have to go through the strain of a full trial.

    The judge: “You exploited a position of trust and took advantage of the victim’s lack of understanding.

    “This abuse has had a terrible impact on his life – he has suffered great effects as a result of your abuse.

    “These were nightmare childhood experiences for which you were responsible.

    “You realised what you were doing and the only real mitigation was your guilty plea.”

    Det Con John Milham of Sittingbourne’s Child Protection Unit, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victim who, after many years, was able to find the courage to approach Child Protection Officers from Kent Police and tell us what he had been subjected to, his main motivation being that other young children be protected from Jones.

    “It was clear that his life had been terribly affected by the abuse he had suffered and was a man living in absolute torment.

    “The victim found the prospect of coming face to face with Ivor Jones too traumatic to attend court on the day Jones was sentenced.

    “However, he has been able to take some comfort from knowing that the man who abused him as a child, will not be able to abuse others for a considerable period of time.

    “I would like to encourage others, who have suffered abuse, even if it was years ago, to approach the police.

    “Every child matters and if the evidence allows us, we will pursue the perpetrators of those crimes to seek justice for their victims, as we have in this case.”

    Jones will be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for 10 years and will have to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

  5. Troyhand said:

    http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/care-home-abuse-claims-at-cranbo-a58712
    Kent Online – 16 November 2012
    Care home abuse claims at Cranbourne Children’s Home in Cheriton

    Police are investigating allegations of abuse at a former children’s home – some going back more than 50 years.

    They centre on the former Cranbourne Children’s Home, in Cheriton High Street, between the 1950s to the 1970s and two alleged victims have spoken out.

    Steven Lee, 64, and 52-year-old Janette Ralph – who have waived their right to anonymity – both say they were beaten and sexually abused by adult carers.

    Mr Lee, who now lives in Wales, contacted Kent Police last week and is expecting officers to visit and interview him this week.

    And he reveals it was the torrent of child abuse allegations from others against disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile that gave him the courage to come forward.

    He said: “I was regularly beaten by care staff, sexually abused and forced to have injections and tablets.

    “I know the main person responsible is now dead, but I don’t want this brushed under the carpet.

    Former Cranbourne House children’s home, Cheriton

    “I would be beaten for anything, for instance if I came back to the home late from school. I would be kicked and beaten with objects such as a massive stick. I was even hit with a big red book and whacked across the ear with a slipper.”

    Ms Ralph (nee Mills) said she and other children at Cranbourne were made to fight for their pocket money.

    She says she was also threatened by her adult tormentors if she told anyone of her treatment.

    Ms Ralph, now a divorcee living in Shaftesbury Avenue, Folkestone, was at the home from 1965 when she was five, until 1977.

    She said: “I was forced to eat my own vomit and sexually abused by a male member of staff.

    Alleged abuse victim Steven Lee

    “They would make us fight each other for our pocket money, even brother had to fight brother and sister had to fight sister.

    “I was constantly beaten and when I was abused I was told not to tell anyone, otherwise I would be put away until I was 18.

    “My mother later tried to get me out and into a council home but the authorities told her I was adequately housed.

    “I am very angry about what happened now. I have a dream that if I won the Lottery I would buy Cranbourne and turn it into a happy place.”

    Mr Lee, who now lives in South Wales, was born in Gravesend and was moved to the home in 1952 – staying there until he ran away in 1960.

    During that time, he attended two schools near the home – Morehall and St Martin’s in Horn Street.

    He had two years away from the home when he was in Great Ormond Street children’s hospital suffering a long-term illness.

    After leaving the home he lived in Ramsgate and Broadstairs before eventually settling in Wales.

    Mr Lee said: “I don’t know why I was ever sent to that home. My parents were still alive at the time. I was back in contact with my mother when I was grown up and she would never tell me why.

    “By the time it looked like she was ready to tell me, about 20 years ago, she died.”

    Mr Lee, a retired MOT tester, is now married with four children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

    Kent Police confirmed they have received allegations about abuse at Cranbourne Children’s Home and they are being investigated.

    The home was a complex of buildings, which are now deserted or occupied by totally unconnected organisations. It had been a Kent County Council home from approximately 1945.

    Andrew Ireland, corporate director for families and social care at Kent County Council, said: “We are concerned to hear of any allegations of child abuse, whether taking place now or in the past, and we will do all we can to support the police with their investigations.”

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19681226&id=Pn9AAAAAIBAJ&sjid=waMMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5065,4339845
    Glasgow Herald – 26 December 1968
    Soldiers “adopt” children’s home

    The Junior Infantrymen’s Battalion at Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, has adopted the Cranbourne Children’s Home at Cheriton, near Folkestone.

    The idea is to impress on the junior soldiers of this unit that they owe a service to the community as a whole and in particular to those who are less fortunate than themselves,” says Lieutenant-Colonel J. C. A. Swynnerton, the commanding officer.

    http://www.sevenoakschronicle.co.uk/Dead-Sevenoaks-teacher-Gerd-Sommerhoff-accused/story-17263435-detail/story.html
    Sevenoaks Chronicle – November 08, 2012
    Dead Sevenoaks teacher Gerd Sommerhoff accused of sexual abuse

    AN EX-Sevenoaks School pupil has accused a former teacher of sexual abuse.

    Eminent scientist Gerd Sommerhoff, who taught at the school for decades until 1984, allegedly molested the student after grooming him for several weeks.

    Stuart Neilson, who attended the school for seven years from autumn 1975 to summer 1982, claims Mr Sommerhoff – who died in 2002 – abused him at the age of 12 in his private living quarters.

    Dr Neilson, now a father of two and living in Ireland, has chosen to come forward and tell his story.

    He says he has been prompted to break his silence following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

    The former DJ, who died last year, is accused of abusing more than 300 youngsters. His victims have been encouraged to come forward following public outrage at the TV presenter’s behaviour.

    Dr Neilson was a boarding pupil in Lambardes House in his first year, followed by a six-year stay in School House.

    He told the Chronicle he found his stay at the school an ordeal. He said: “It was very difficult. I was shy and found the boarding school atmosphere very stressful.

    “Sommerhoff had his private living area round the back of Lambardes House, with an archway overlooking it, and he would chat to me when I walked along the path.

    “He groomed me – he lent me books and chatted to me about my favourite books, too. It made me feel special.”

    Following several months of this, Dr Neilson claims Mr Sommerhoff showed him some homosexual pornography in May 1976 before, days later, inviting him up to his flat, where the teacher allegedly said sexually explicit things to him, pulled the boy on to his lap, rubbed himself against him and fondled him.

    Dr Neilson recalled: “He forcibly held me by the neck and stuck his tongue inside my mouth.

    “I can still taste bacon mixed with cheap cognac and Café Crème cigarillos, and I can still feel his stubble scratching my face.

    “I still have nightmares occasionally, and have had panic attacks when I smell the cigarillos in public places.

    “Although I was frightened by what he did, I also had a terror of losing my only friendship in a hostile school.

    “I cried and he said he did not want to be friends with a cry-baby, and asked me if I wanted to act grown-up and be his friend. I ran away.”

    Two days after the alleged assault, Dr Neilson said Mr Sommerhoff allegedly chased the pupil through part of the school and physically assaulted him, holding him by the throat while threatening to kill him if he ever told anybody about the abuse.

    Dr Neilson claimed Mr Sommerhoff also threatened to tell his schoolmates that the boy was a homosexual.

    A spokesman for Kent Police said: “On October 18, Kent Police received a report of historic sexual abuse, which is reported to have taken place in Sevenoaks between 1975 and 1976.

    “Officers are now making a number of enquiries following the allegation.”

    Accuser confident others suffered

    MR SOMMERHOFF is said to have openly bullied Dr Neilson in front of his peers.

    The former pupil claims Mr Sommerhoff embarrassed him in class by making references to his sexuality.

    He said: “He frequently made references to sex in front of the students and once told us he’d bought a swan from Marrakesh and raped it.

    “There were endless jokes about him. The most popular one was ‘Pass me another first year,’ followed by a crude remark..

    “One of his stories upset me so much I called him a paedophile and he just laughed it off.”

    Dr Neilson claimed he was confident other boys were abused by Mr Sommerhoff.

    He admitted he did not report the allegations during his time at the school, adding : “I just didn’t know who to tell. My parents were working in Ethiopia and I was ashamed to tell any other teachers. Sommerhoff’s remarks about me meant that I was ostracised from my classmates.

    “It has caused me endless amounts of pain through my life. I am in counselling but it is difficult sometimes to deal with what happened.

    “The press coverage with Jimmy Savile has just brought it all flooding back.”

    Scientist’s appointment was ‘a great coup’ for then headmaster

    GERD Sommerhoff was born in Germany but by the onset of the Second World War was living in England.

    A great-grandson of German composer Robert Schumann, Mr Sommerhoff spent two years in an internment camp in Canada as a foreign national before he returned to the UK, where he taught at Oxford’s Dragon School.

    In Brian Scragg’s Sevenoaks School: A History, Mr Sommerhoff’s taking up of a place at Sevenoaks School is described as then-headmaster Kim Taylor’s “greatest coup”.

    Mr Taylor made contact with the scientist in 1960 after hearing about his educational achievements and secured his teaching post by agreeing to build a special scientific Technical Activities Centre on the campus.

    Mr Sommerhoff supervised the building of the technology department in 1963, which was officially opened during a Royal visit from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1966. The centre’s academic prowess resulted in an OBE for Mr Sommerhoff, who retired from teaching in 1984.

    He moved to Trinity College, Cambridge, and died on April 28, 2002. It is believed he has no living family.

  6. Troyhand said:

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/I+didn't+know+human+beings+could+do+such+evil+things+..%3B+IF+YOU+EVER…-a060681507
    The Mirror (London, England) – April 6, 1998
    I didn’t know human beings could do such evil things ..;
    IF YOU EVER DOUBTED SIDNEY COOKE SHOULD STAY IN JAIL FOR EVER, READ THIS
    GILL SWAIN talks to the grieving brother of tragic Jason Swift.

    WHEN Steve Nurcombe thinks about his little brother, he remembers the boy’s passion for his coin collection.

    “Jason definitely had a goal,” he says, “something he wanted to do with his life.

    “Maybe, if he had been allowed to live, he would be running his own specialist coin shop by now.”

    But his half-brother was not allowed to live. For what Steve calls “the crime of being a young boy”, Jason Swift had the life squeezed out of him at a homosexual orgy whose ringleader was Sidney Cooke.

    Lured to a council flat in Hackney, East London, in 1985, 14-year-old Jason was viciously abused by the most notorious paedophile gang in British criminal history.

    Four years were to pass before Cooke, now aged 70, Leslie Bailey and Robert Oliver were brought to justice.

    When they appeared at the Old Bailey, the details of Jason’s terrible last hours were almost too much for the jury to bear.

    Drugged with a muscle relaxant to make him more compliant, the boy was held down while the men forced him into various degrading sexual acts.

    Unable to breathe, he died with a tear running down his face. His tormentors did nothing to help him.

    ONCE they realised he was dead, the gang washed Jason’s body and Bailey and Cooke dumped it in a copse in Essex.

    In court, all the men blamed each other for Jason’s death.

    Cooke, who already had a conviction for indecently assaulting a young boy, was jailed for 19 years for manslaughter, conspiracy to commit buggery and perverting the course of justice by disposing of Jason’s body.

    His sentence was cut to 16 years on appeal.

    Steve is one of the many who fervently believe that Sidney Cooke should not be allowed to live a free man after just nine years in prison.

    He says: “Those people in the Home Office who are letting him out don’t understand how people feel.

    “Their kids go to posh schools and live in posh houses. They don’t go walking around East London housing estates where these paedophiles live.

    “I’d just like to see the look on their faces when Cooke does it again to a kid who lives round the corner.”

    As protesters against Cooke’s release gathered yesterday outside Wandsworth prison, Steve remembered Jason, not as a rent boy or a murder victim, but as his kid brother, the fourth of five children.

    STEVE, 32, was five when Jason was born. Their mum, Joan, had split from his dad and moved from the West Midlands to East London.

    There, she married Sid Swift and had two more boys, Jason and Brian.

    “Jason was the kind who enjoyed his own company and loved collecting things like coins and stamps.

    “He wasn’t into the same things as Robert, Brian and I, like football and fast cars. But I wouldn’t say he was a loner.

    “He was a bit stubborn, so he went to a special school. He made plenty of mates there and he liked to hang around with them.

    “He was just into his own things. Successful people often have one thing they’re particularly into. That’s how it was with Jason and his coins.

    “It really upsets us that he is always referred to as a rent boy. To us, he was never a rent boy and he showed no signs of being gay.”

    Jason first ran away from home when he was 12.

    “We got the police on to it,” Steve remembers, “and he was found hanging around coin shops in Charing Cross.”

    After that, he went to live with his sister, Haley, on the Kingsmead estate in Hackney, East London, where Sidney Cooke also lived.

    He disappeared again when he was 14. “We never understood why,” says Steve, a mini cab driver, of Forest Hill, south east London.

    “He wasn’t unhappy. He had just been given a new Monopoly game.

    “He loved playing Monopoly, either by himself or with us, because he was money-orientated. He kept in touch. He sent mum a birthday card and a postcard saying he was with fairground people.

    “I reckon those paedophiles saw him hanging around the Kingsmead estate and got chatting to him in the local shop.

    “They probably abducted him by promising to show him something. They could have had him in that flat for ages.

    “We didn’t know where to start looking for him. I was only 19 when he disappeared and you don’t know what to do.

    “Now we all wish we’d done more. You keep thinking why didn’t we do this or that.

    “But I’m not one to dwell on things. My instinct is to take action rather than brood.”

    Jason was just the kind of vulnerable child that Cooke and his gang were looking for.

    Leslie Bailey later admitted murdering six-year-old Barry Lewis and Mark Tildesley, seven, in orgies around the same time Jason died.

    He was given additional life sentences for the killings, but was murdered in his prison cell.

    COOKE has always denied any involvement in the killings but is strongly suspected of having played a part.

    In 1991, he was questioned by detectives heading Operation Orchid, an investigation into the possible murder of up to 12 boys by a paedophile gang who filmed their deaths for “snuff movies”.

    Steve’s first inkling of his brother’s fate came over lunch one day, when he read in the paper that the body of a boy had been found. “I kept reading and reading it.

    “It described what the boy looked like and the fact he had two teeth missing.

    “I rang the police and said it could be my brother.

    “They took me to identify him. His face was all shades of blue, black, red and purple. It was as if he had been beaten up, but really it was signs of decomposition.

    “There is no way that my mum or my sister could have borne to identify him.

    “When I told my mum, she kept saying, ‘It can’t be him, it can’t be’. But it was.

    “I still get pictures in my mind of his face like that.

    “I couldn’t believe it when the police told me what had happened to him. I didn’t know human beings did things like that.

    AT THE trial, I wanted to leap into the dock and kill them for what they did to my brother. For a long time afterwards I loathed gays. I couldn’t bear to speak to anyone like that.

    “Then I began to work next door to a gay bar and got to know some of them. I discovered, of course, that they are not all like that.”

    When Steve’s baby daughter was born 20 weeks ago, powerful feelings about Jason came flooding back.

    “It’s that protective instinct. I know that if anyone touched my daughter I would get to them somehow.

    “But if I killed Sidney Cooke, I would be put away for longer than him, even though nearly everyone in the country would be on my side.

    “I wouldn’t risk it because I have to think of my family.

    “But if I ever got him somewhere with no witnesses, you wouldn’t recognise him. I would break every bone in his body.

    “For killing my brother, Cooke was judged the same as somebody who kills someone in a fight in a pub.

    “To my mind, child killers should be judged differently.

    “If they let Sidney Cooke out, why don’t they let out Myra Hindley?

    “At the very least, part of the sentence for men who attack children should be castration.

    “Their pleasure is boys. Take away that pleasure and they have nothing left to live for.

    “I know that people say Cooke has paid his debt to society and therefore should be free to go.

    “But as far as I’m concerned, he can never pay his debt to society. The debt of Jason’s life is too great.”

  7. Troyhand said:

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    https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/nine-killed-in-child-porn-ring-28-7-90/
    The Guardian, 28th July 1990 (ocr)

    ‘Nine killed’ in child porn ring
    Andrew Cult

    SCOTLAND Yard detectives investigating child “snuff movies” and the murder of nine boys were last night hoping to question a number of men whom they suspect belonged to two paedophile rings operating in the Southeast.

    It is understood that some of the youngsters may have been lured to parties and their deaths recorded on video.

    But yesterday Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Hames, head of Scotland Yard’s child pornography unit, said: “To date we have not discovered any ‘snuff movies’. We don’t say they don’t exist but we have not seized any.”

    The inquiry is closely linked to the murder of Jason Swift, aged 14, in Hackney, east London, in 1985. He was sexually abused and strangled during a male orgy.

    Mr Hames said it had been rumoured that Jason’s killing had been filmed but no copies of a video have been found.

    Police were yesterday inundated with calls on a telephone hotline after appealing for information about the deaths of young boys during the making of films.

    The inquiry, Operation Orchid, based at Stepney police station, east London, has been looking at the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of up to 20 boys in six years.

    Last year, four men were sentenced to prison terms of between 13 and 19 years for the Manslaughter of Jason Swift.

    In a separate development, Scotland Yard said a man is due to appear on Monday before a special sitting of Highbury Corner magistrates, north London, charged with the murder of Barry Lewis, aged six, front Walworth, south London, in 1985. The man is currently serving a prison sentence.

    Barry Lewis’s body was discovered in a field at Waltham Abbey, Essex, five days after the discovery of Jason’s body, near Ongar, Essex.

    Operation Orchid, which has been in progress for a year, is being led by Detective Chief Superintendent Roger Stoodley and Detective Chief Inspector David Easy. Yesterday, Mr Stoodley, speaking on BBC television’s news, said: “My information at the moment is that nine boys have been murdered in cases of child sex abuse.”

    He believed two paedophile rings in east London and Kent, were behind the murders.

    The investigation attracted attention two months ago when officers excavated the car park of a Jewish synagogue at Clap-ton, east London, searching for the body of a boy. The site was pointed out by a man serving a prison sentence for sex offences but the bone fragments which were found turned out to be animal remains.

    Police said: “Investigations into the activities of other people are continuing.”

    Police urged anyone with information about the deaths of boys during the making of films dating back to 1989 to ring the hotline, 071488 6570.

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