For every editor who reflects on his or her career, there will always be the frustrating memories of the “ones that got away”.
For me, two of those concern the harrowing subject of child sex abuse, and the haunting spectre of power, celebrity, VIP cover up and the chilling intimidating effect of the Uk’s draconian libel laws.
‘Detectives have discovered how a Catholic priest and teacher who masqueraded as a child psychotherapist was a ” prolific paedophile”.
An investigation by Scotland Yard into the sexual abuse of children at catholic schools run by an order in Great Britain – the Salesians – has exposed the priest’s shocking activity over many years.’
‘Sexual abuse was rampant at a children’s home in Northern Ireland run by a Catholic order of brothers, a former senior policeman has said.
Around a fifth of boys at Rubane House in Co Down were subjected to sexual or physical abuse, according to a public inquiry, equal to if not worse than that at another notorious home, Kincora in east Belfast.
Rubane was the subject of a police investigation in the 1990s, the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry was told.’
‘There was a new curriculum pitched to 50 parents that would overhaul sex education. This new overhaul would include teaching 5 year old kids how to masturbate. #Lovely
Naturally, many parents who attended this pitch were upset with what they were hearing
Keep in mind, this is the 5th largest school district…in the country. This would affect A LOT of kids.’
‘A senior Church of England bishop has criticised delays created by the controversial appointment of a high-profile lawyer to lead the Government’s historic child abuse inquiry.
The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, who is the chairman of the Church’s committee on abuse, said that the long-awaited investigation would not start work until almost five months after it was announced, because of Fiona Woolf’s existing workload.
And he highlighted concerns that until the inquiry begins, officials accused of a cover-up could be shredding important documents.’
‘Vatican detectives analyzing a computer used a by an archbishop arrested earlier this week discovered over 86,000 pornographic photos and 160 sexually explicit video files of children, reports the International Business Times.
According to investigators, another 45,000 pictures had been deleted.
Former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, 66, was arrested at the Vatican earlier this week on charges that he paid to have sex with minors when he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic from 2008 to 2012.’
‘Police chiefs blocked a paedophile probe into a top politician 25 years ago, one of the country’s most senior officers said yesterday.
Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon was serving as a detective sergeant in Leicestershire when allegations surfaced against Labour MP Greville Janner in 1989.
Mr Creedon said he was ordered to limit his inquiries into the MP, now Lord Janner of Braunstone.
He was forbidden from arresting the politician or searching his home, despite ‘credible evidence’ that warranted further investigation.’
‘A few months before he died, Sir Edward Heath invited two old friends, Jeremy Norman and Derek Frost, to pre-Christmas drinks at Arundells — his 14th-century home in the shadow of Salisbury Cathedral.
Despite his reputation for prickliness, the former Prime Minister could be a generous host. And so it proved when he welcomed the two men into the drawing room, which was filled with paintings and sculptures as well as his collection of music and yachting memorabilia.
‘[Sir Edward] was as hospitable as ever,’ Jeremy recalls. ‘His housekeeper provided some excellent canapés and he opened a bottle of champagne.’’
‘Michael Shrimpton, barrister and author of the book Spyhunter names Ted Heath, UK prime minister in the 1970s as a paedophile and child muderer(or at least an accessory). According to Shrimpton, Jimmy Savile procured children from Haute de Gaurenne childrens home in jersey and took them to Heath’s boat, Morning Cloud, where they were abused and murdered and thrown overboard.
This is why no bodies were found at Haute de Gaurenne. Michael Shrimpton was speaking on Bristol Community radio in January 2013.’
‘Victims of child sex abuse who allege a paedophile network at Westminster are calling on Fiona Woolf to declare her links with Leon Brittan.
Woolf was appointed by Theresa May ,Home Secretary, to chair the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse, after Baronness Butler- Sloss was forced to step down.’
‘A former rent boy who claims he was abused by Conservative politicians has spoken to detectives probing the Westminster sex scandal.
The alleged victim – who we are calling David – flew from his home in Northern Ireland to London to meet Metropolitan Police officers.
They took him to locations where he said the abuse happened.’