The Marriage From Hell | Penelope & David Jackson | True Crime

 

(David and Penelope Jackson. Picture credit: This Week)

In the past few posts here on my blog, I seem to have written about a few cases that are all in a similar vein. I didn't plan on doing this, it just happened. I'm always in the middle of researching cases and when this particular story popped up in the UK press recently, it was hard for me to ignore. 

There seems to be this frightening occurrence that some of these couples (who've known each other for decades) just suddenly fly of the handle and kill their partner and it isn't by slipping some arsenic into their tea, it's always up close and personal. Whether it be throwing boiling hot water over an individual as they slept, trap them in a bathroom and strangle them or in this case repeatedly stab your husband even when he's on the phone to the police. 

We have to use the word 'allegedly' in this case because the trial is currently ongoing as we speak, It's supposed to run for 3 weeks. Obviously I will be keeping an eye on things and updating you on the verdict but you don't have to be Albert Einstein to work out how all of this is going to pan out. 

So let's get into some of the background of the case. Penelope and David Jackson looked just like any other older happy couple posing for photographs and taking regular holidays but as we learn with all of these types of cases, all was not as it seemed. Penelope had been married 4 times previously and her husband 3 times, so both of them had been around the block a few times and had seen a bit of life, why their marriages never lasted is a bit of a mystery but sometimes people just grow apart or could it have been something to do with the fact that they were both very headstrong and controlling people?

Penelope (currently 66) was younger than David (78) and were reported to have a fiery relationship. Out of the pair of them, Penelope was the one in control according to people who knew the couple, David seemed to be on edge a lot of the time that he was around her. 

Penelope apparently loved to create negative atmospheres and would enjoy making people feel uncomfortable with her actions and words. 

In December of last year (2020) the police were called to the house where the couple lived after the neighbours complained of some commotion. When the police arrived they found that Penelope and David had been having a shouting match over a remote control for the TV. David had reportedly grabbed Penelope so hard that she had bruises on her arm. 

They were always fighting, it was like they couldn't be in the same room together for 5 minutes without getting at each others throats. One wonders why they stayed together, maybe it was a financial thing or a part of them enjoyed the constant turmoil, who knows?

They had been married for 24 years and lived in a comfortable bungalow in a place in England called Berrow in Somerset. David had been a retired lieutenant colonel and Penelope had been a former accountant for the Ministry of Defence. They were used to the good life and had visited many beautiful locations around the world. There was a very passionate side to their relationship with Penelope having the words 'Property of David Jackson' tattooed just above her bottom. But with the passion they both had for each other there was also a dark side, both were very jealous, particularly Penelope but David had his faults too. 

The arguments were frequent and on many occasions felt like they could get out of hand. Their marriage was a constant cycle of arguments day in, day out when things finally came to head in February of this year (2021). They'd had another one of their arguments after celebrating Penelope's birthday with a dinner of seafood and champagne. Penelope, who was sick to death of it,  stormed off to the bedroom with the intention of taking her own life. As she sat there with those thoughts she suddenly said to herself ''Why should I be the one who has to end my life. It's him! he's the problem, It should be him''.

She picked up a knife and found David in the kitchen and charged at him, stabbing him as hard as she could, trying to aim for his heart, there was blood everywhere and the pair struggled. In the middle of all of this, David was trying to dial 999 and told the cops that his wife was trying to kill him. Penelope wasn't phased by this and continued to attack her husband. As she stabbed him the final time, the police overheard David scream in agony. They tried to talk Penelope into giving David CPR until the ambulance arrived but she refused. 

When the police arrived they found Penelope, still standing in her nightwear covered in blood acting calm and very matter of fact. Without a tear, shock or any sort of emotion she told the police that her husband was in the kitchen and that she hoped that he was dead. She told them straight away that she was trying to stab him and that she hoped that she'd managed to do it properly so he would bleed to death. 

She claimed that it had been a long time coming after years of abuse by David. She said ''I tried to aim for his heart but he hasn't got one''

David was in the kitchen lying lifeless on the floor. The police arrested Penelope and took her to the station where she make flippant remarks, acting as if the whole situation was a joke. She was happy that her husband was dead and she had no remorse, care or feeling about it. She claimed that she was happy to accept anything that was going to come to her for what she had done, to her it was all worth it. She had been talking and joking that much that the police had to advise her to be quiet and wait for her lawyer. Penelope expressed that she wasn't bothered about a lawyer either, she told them she stabbed him and that was that. 

Right now the trial is ongoing at Bristol Crown Court and is set to wrap up in a couple of weeks. I will be updating this post with any new news and the verdict. Penelope is claiming manslaughter. 

Penelope claims that what she did was in self defence after being in an abusive relationship for years with David who she described as a control freak. On the night of the stabbing, the pair were drunk. Penelope had also left a note by the telephone which said:

''Self Defence. To whom it may concern. I have taken so much abuse over the years - look at my records. But he was a good Daddy. However, the mask slipped tonight. That was unforgivable. I accept my punishment, may he rot in hell'' 

People who knew David, such a his daughter from his first marriage and his ex wife, described how he was scared of Penelope and when asked why he did not leave her, he replied that she had threatened to cut off his penis if he did. 

It's unclear what was exactly said that night that they had that argument but it was enough to tip Penelope into full blown anger. 

Penelope had a history according to those close to the couple of being very argumentative and would love to provoke people. David was described as being a bit of a lap dog where Penelope was concerned, he seemed to be on edge and nervous around her. 

As I mentioned before, I will be updating this case over the next few weeks until the outcome is reached. What are your thoughts on this case? Why do people stay in such toxic relationships? You must get out if you are in one, it only leads to more trouble ahead and in some cases it can end in death. You have to get out. 

Updates on this case to follow.....


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Further Reading & Sources:


Penelope Jackson Trial | This Week

Penelope Jackson: Article | The Times

Penelope Jackson: Article | ITV News

Penelope Jackson: Article | Daily Mail

Penelope Jackson: Article | The Mirror


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What's Going On With The Lucy Letby Case? (Nurse Accused Of Baby Deaths) | Update!

 

(Lucy Letby, Picture credit: Daily Mail)

When I wrote about this case back in November 2020, I expected people to be horrified because that is an understandable and normal reaction to hearing that babies had been murdered. All fingers & evidence were pointing towards one person in particular over a long period of time and investigation, but I never expected to have messages, emails and tweets telling me that myself and the police were wrong and that the lady in question, Lucy Letby was and is 100% innocent. 

How these people who claimed her to be innocent and say they know that to be fact, is a complete mystery to me. So the hours that investigators have spent on this case and the fact that she's been arrested more than once doesn't seem to register with some people. We know of miscarriages of justice happening but how do we know for sure that Lucy Letby (as some of these people claim) is completely innocent? 

The police have been like a dog with a bone with this case, no matter how thorough the investigation, all roads kept leading back to Lucy Letby, hence why she is sitting in a cell right now waiting for her trial. She claims to be innocent but like I mentioned in my previous post a lot of this case echos that of Beverley Allitt. 

On the face of it, both women looked like the type who would bake you cakes and be all smiles with you but as we know, evil has many faces. Beverley looked harmless on the surface and when she was accused of murder there was absolute outcry at that and many people to this day cannot believe what she did. we see a similar reaction here. 

All murder cases are extremely difficult to deal with and it's heartbreaking when people of any age are murdered but there's something even more gut wrenching when it's babies who have had their lives taken. You think about the parents and the hell and grief that they must be going through all because they wanted the best for their child and expected their child to be taken care of. Don't we always say to people in hospital when they are sick ''Don't worry, you are in the best place you could possibly be''. 

It's not a common thing (thank goodness) but there are times when the people we trust to take care of us and our wellbeing in a medical capacity, simply have other ideas, they are psychopaths who enjoy having power, they have access to medications, you are vulnerable, they put something in your arm and you are trusting them and having confidence in them to take care of you. When we hear of Nurses and Doctors being involved in these types of crimes it is quite frightening. You may remember my posts about Dr Harold Shipman who also looked nice and friendly, was well liked in the community for years but behind closed doors was an absolute monster.

So I promised to update my readers on the Lucy Letby case, well as you know, she has been charged with the murder of 8 babies and the attempted murder of 10 babies, that is a lot of horrifying charges right there. She appeared in court yesterday just for a hearing via video link and she pleaded ''Not guilty'' 18 times to the charges put before her. 

All of the crimes took place at the same hospital (The Neonatal Unit of The Countess of Chester Hospital) and the murders and attempted murders were said to have taken place between June 2015 to June 2016, like I said before, this has been a lengthy investigation.

Originally the trial (which is estimated to last for about 6 months) was to begin in January of 2022 but is now set to take place in October of 2022 due to all the paperwork, evidence and fine details included. The judge has described this case as of a high ''Magnitude and complexity''.

So none of us will know all of the exact details involved or the outcome of this case until 2023. I'm sure it will go down in the history books as one of the most lengthy and complicated murder investigations in British history. 

Due to the nature of the crimes, the ages of the victims and out of respect for the families it has been reported that the newspapers may not be able to shed any light on what will be taking place during the trial. We may find out the details afterwards if she is found guilty by a jury. 

Years from now, books will be written about this case, documentaries will be made, I could be writing another update on this blog? who knows? I will bring you the news as soon as I hear anything. 

If you haven't had a chance yet to check out my original post on this case, please do so here, it will give you more of an idea of the background. 

Let me just say this, if the investigators are wrong and the evidence they have is wrong, this could be one of the biggest miscarriages of justice the UK has ever seen but going by everything we know so far and how long this has all taken, it doesn't look very good from where she is standing. 

What are your thoughts? 

My heart, as always, goes out to those little babies and their families. I can't imagine the utter nightmare this must be for them. I pray they see justice done. 

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Murdered Over A Bag Of Chips | True Crime

 
(Yvonne McCann. Picture credit: Daily Mail)

This week I am bringing you another case from the UK, a recent one and this time it's not the wife who's responsible for the death of her partner, it is the husband who is at fault this time and what a shocking case this one is. 

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So, let's get into this shocking true crime story which takes place in a town called Brinnington, Stockport (England). Thomas and Yvonne had met each other as kids and became childhood sweethearts. The pair were inseparable and always seemed to be like two peas in a pod. Fast forward 32 years, they had eventually married and spent 24 of those 32 years married and for a long time things were great, they were like soulmates and best friends, they did everything together and had 3 children. 

In recent years however, the kids had grown up and flew the nest which left them both together for the majority of the time that Thomas wasn't at work. Thomas had a job as a truck driver, the hours could be stressful and he could spend long periods of time away from home but they needed the money and Yvonne understood this. Having what she thought was a solid marriage, Yvonne was soon shocked and heartbroken to discover that Thomas had been unfaithful to her. They managed to patch things up but deep down there was a sense that Yvonne never quite forgave him and felt that the trust in their relationship had lowered. 

With the stress of Thomas's job and the thoughts of his affair in the back of Yvonne's mind, it was understandable that things between the pair had been pretty tense. Yvonne's confidence had taken a bit of a knock and it didn't take long until she started enjoying the attention that came from another man. 

The marriage between Thomas and Yvonne had run it's course, possibly years before but they stayed together because it was comfortable for them both and they both had deep insecurities. Yvonne felt that Thomas didn't notice her anymore and no doubt he felt the same way. Yvonne continued to see this man behind Thomas's back and when he found out, all hell broke loose. 

Given that they'd been together for so long and knew each other inside out they somehow managed to keep things together after this crisis but Thomas had changed, he'd become more suspicious, more possessive and more jealous. 

The arguments between the pair got worse and at this point it is a wonder why they were even still married. They both existed in the same house but didn't get on the majority of the time. 

One Saturday morning on the 23rd of May 2020 the couple were snapping at each other over silly things and the neighbours could hear everything that was going on. It was 9am and the pair were screaming so much that the neighbour actually texted Yvonne to see if everything was ok. Yvonne replied back that they were just having a stupid argument over frozen chips. 

It seemed that the fight over the frozen chips was the straw that broke the camel's back for Thomas because he chased after his wife and trapped her in the bathroom where he proceeded to strangle her. 

[Just a warning that I'm about to share some disturbing details]

Once he strangled his wife and there was no pulse, he bundled her body into the bath tub and went in search of a knife and a tree lopper before coming back to the bathroom. There he began cutting up his wife's body, the woman he had known for over 30 years and the mother of his children. In another sickening fact in this case, it was later revealed that Thomas had been texting his children in between dismembering his wife's corpse. He was using Yvonne's phone pretending to be her. 

After he had done cutting up the body, he began placing the remains into black trash bags. He was captured on CCTV footage carrying these bags to a skip, a council tip and a park where he dumped them before returning home empty handed. 

The children and family were led to believe that Yvonne and Thomas just had an argument and she just took off. He told everyone that the last time he had seen her she had been going to see that other man she'd had the affair with. It was common knowledge that the pair had troubles in their marriage so it wasn't too suspicious until the moment one of the children found their mother's rings and phone in their Dad's pocket. 

Some dog walkers had discovered some of Yvonne's remains and went to the police and Thomas was pulled into the station for questioning, he was interviewed at least three times before he gave in and confessed. He said he was like Hannibal Lecter and just could not stop. He pleaded guilty for the murder of his wife. 

Investigators did their best to find all of Yvonne's remains but could only find around 50%. 

Thomas wrote a letter expressing how sorry he was for what he had done and that he hoped his children could one day forgive him. Their daughter spoke on behalf of the other children and said how extremely difficult this had been for them and how they loved their mother so much but that they also loved their father too. 

Thomas was portrayed in court as a man who was of good character up until that point. They believed that there had not been a history of violence (In my personal opinion, I find that hard to believe. A lot of domestic violence incidences go unreported and considering what he did to his wife and the lying he did afterwards says a lot about his character) and seemed to believe that this was a one off, unpremeditated incident. 

Thomas McCann was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 12 years and 182 days. 

It was later revealed that shortly after he began his sentence for the brutal murder of his wife, he wrote a letter to an ex-mistress of his begging her to write to him. He told the woman that he ''put her to sleep'', meaning his wife and said that he couldn't let go of feelings about Yvonne and only killed her because she kept rubbing her affair in his face. 

(Thomas McCann. Picture credit: Daily Mail

This was another shocking case to cover especially in the light of the recent murder of Gabby Petito (the 22 year old woman who had been on a road trip with her fiance who had reportedly assaulted her. She was later found dead and he went on the run) and the R Kelly case (where women were reportedly held against their will, forced into sexual slavery and beaten if they didn't do as he ordered). Gabby had known her partner since high school and obviously felt she could trust him. There are so many cases I could give as examples with both abusive male and female partners but that is for another post that I will be covering in the future. 

Just goes to show (as with my previous case) you could be married to someone for years and still not know them or what they are capable of. I do believe that there is red flags there though, for a man to react so violently like that over chips (sure he had been stewing over the affair and other things but all he had to do was walk out and get a divorce) and he didn't just kill his wife by strangulation (that is very up close and personal to do that, to choke the life out of someone) he cut her body into pieces and threw her remains away like trash and lied about it. 

This man (look who I'm calling a man) had the ability to disrespect the mother of his children, the woman he had known for over 30 years, affair or no affair, where is the humanity? And he went to a barbecue like nothing happened, telling people she just walked out on him. It's sickening. 

What are your thoughts on this case? Please leave them below I would love to hear your thoughts. 

RIP Yvonne (or as her friends and family often called her, ''Von'') 


Further Reading & Sources: 

Thomas McCann: Article | Daily Mail

Thomas McCann Trial | Manchester Evening News

Thomas McCann Article | BBC News

Thomas McCann Article | Mirror

Thomas McCann Article | The Guardian

Thomas McCann | Greater Manchester Police


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The Woman Who Threw Boiling Hot Water Over Her Husband As He Slept | True Crime

(Corrina Smith Baines. Picture credit: mirror)

I was in the middle of researching another true crime case when I stumbled across this shocking story in a newspaper article. I thought I would share it with you as it's a little known case which took place here in the UK not that long ago. 

Before I begin, I just wanted to let you know (if you don't know already) that I have recently posted a new video to my YouTube channel. I know a lot of you have been asking me for quite a while about podcasts and creating videos and I have had in my mind for quite a while that I wanted to do something with the channel.

I'm currently putting plans together and I will be sharing podcasts, audios and videos of cases that I have already covered here on my blog but also fresh new cases too. I will continue to post cases here every Sunday but you will have the option of whether you want to read the stories or listen to me talking about them. 

Obviously since my discovery of yet another YouTube channel ripping off my work (I talk about the whole situation here), I really wanted to leave my mark on YouTube with my content. I've been lucky enough that I have so many readers of my blog that I've been informed of times when my work has been stolen and read out word for word on certain YouTube channels. I have my own style of writing, talking and sayings that when I'm copied it stands out so much, I was annoyed at first but I suppose I should take it as a compliment in a way. These people who have to copy your content to the letter are not going to get very far and seeing the amount of views that I get on my posts compared to the views that they get on their videos, makes me feel so much better. 

You can tell who's serious about making true crime content and who's in it for the views and money. I want to be a true crime author. I want my books to be in the true crime section of the bookstores. I'm not interested in being a famous 'Influencer'. I take my work seriously. 

Anyway, please check out the video if you can, it would mean a lot to me if you did (a like & subscribing to the channel would be fabulous too if that's possible). Saying that line 'it would mean a lot to me if you did', reminds me of Matthew McConaughey's character in Dazed & Confused when he says ''It'd be a lot cooler of you did''. All of my readers are cool anyway but that just randomly popped into my head. 

I'll get on with this story but just a reminder that you can find all of my social media links here. I have to mention that too because lately it seems that if it's not my true crime content that's getting stolen, it's my pictures being used for fake accounts (and that's another story which I previously shared here - on a side note: I have had emails from girls who have said this post really helped them & I'm so glad to have something positive out of that situation) so I have to let people know which accounts I actually own so they don't get scammed. 

That's enough about me lol, let's get into this case....

So I stumbled across a newspaper article about this case and decided to do more research. There's not a whole lot of information about this online and a severe lack of pictures so I will tell you what I did manage to find out. 

Corinna and Michael Baines were a married couple from a place called Neston In Cheshire, England. The pair had been married for 38 years and seemed to have a good relationship according to friends and neighbours of the couple. They had a son and a daughter together and all seemed to be well with the family but like I always say in a lot of my previous posts, you never know what goes on behind closed doors with a relationship and with a family. 

Eyebrows may have been raised at the age gap between Corrina and Michael, she being just 59 and he was 81. Corrina had been her husband's carer. They'd had some trauma in the past when their son took his own life. It was a devastating shock to the whole family. Their son Craig had been troubled for quite a while and had spend some time in prison for an assault on a man he claimed was a child abuser. 

Shortly before he died, Craig tried to open up to his mother about the horrible sexual abuse that he endured but he could never bring himself to reveal the identity of the perpetrator. Corrina didn't push the issue because she knew how difficult it was for him to talk about it as it would be for anyone. She wanted to give him time to talk about it fully when he was ready but unfortunately even though Craig seemed to be getting better from what his family could see, he was struggling and couldn't go on anymore. 

For years, Corrina and the rest of the family struggled to come to terms with the loss of Craig and the unanswered questions. Corrina missed her son and it was very difficult for her to cope with. 

Craig was in his early 20s when he died, he had his whole life ahead of him and somebody out there had hurt him, caused him so much pain that he didn't want to live anymore, it was heartbreaking. Corrina and her daughter had a strong bond and she was able to see her daughter grow up and have a family of her own, Corrina couldn't have been more proud. 

Being 81 and having health issues, Michael mostly stayed at home and Corrina did all of the housework, cooking, shopping etc. Sometimes it would be very stressful and Michael would call her when she was out somewhere demanding to know where she was because he wanted something. It was hard work being a full time carer. To lighten the load, Corrina and her daughter would spend time together going shopping and having lunch. The women would catch-up and talk about whatever was on their minds and it really helped them both have a bit of a break from their everyday lives. 

One day in July of 2020, Corrina and her daughter were relaxing at a cafe when Michael phoned her demanding to know where she was. Corrina's daughter was growing tired of how her mother was being treated and offered her mother the chance to come back to her house for a little bit to relax so she wouldn't have to face Michael. 

At some point Corinna and her daughter started having a heart to heart about Craig and Michael when her daughter dropped a devastating bombshell. Corinna listened in horror as she heard her say that Michael had been sexually abusing her and her brother Craig for years when they were children and she was worried that Michael was going to try something with her children. 

Corinna was beyond anger and in her mind Michael had been the abuser that Craig had been trying to tell her about all those years ago before he took his own life. It made sense to her why he struggled so hard to reveal who the abuser was. Corinna was frantic and didn't know what to do, after further discussion with her daughter and other family members it was decided that they were going to arrange for Michael to take a lie detector test. It sounds crazy but I can imagine at that point Corinna being desperate to know the truth about the man she thought she knew and had been married to for 38 years. She also wanted to get to the bottom of what really happened to Craig. 

The situation must have been going over and over in her mind because she left her daughter's house that night and returned home. She paced the floor wondering what to do and the anger was eating her up inside. Michael was in bed sound asleep and when the clock struck just after midnight, Corinna was hell bent on revenge.

Going out to the garden she grabbed a bucket and went to the kitchen, She poured in as much boiling water ad she could carry and emptied in packets of sugar and headed to the bedroom. There before her was Michael, fast asleep. Without a word, she stood over him and poured the boiling liquid over him as he woke up in shock and screaming in pain. 

She threw the bucket down and walked out of the house, didn't bother to call for an ambulance. She went to a male neighbours house who lived 9 doors away and banged on the door. The man answered and could see she was in a bit of a state, she told him ''I think I've killed him''

The man got on the phone straight away and called for an ambulance and the police who rushed to the scene. When the cops and paramedics arrived they found Michael yelping in pain with his skin peeling off. Through the screams of agony he managed to tell the police ''I'm badly burned, I'm burned all over. She poured boiling water all over me. I just want to die''. 

Michael was rushed to a hospital and placed on a burns unit where he had several operations. He tried to cling onto life for a few weeks but passed away as a result of his horrific injuries. 

Corinna wouldn't plead guilty in the beginning and told the police a different version of events, she claimed that she had lost control and didn't know what she was doing. At her trial which lasted 5 days, the prosecution believed that she was influenced in her actions by the grief, loss and anger about what happened to her son and for the horrible news that she had just learned from her daughter. They believed that she wanted some sort of revenge and that the crime was planned due to the actions of filling the bucket with boiling water and adding sugar which is known to cause more severe damage to the skin. 

They also brought up the fact that Corinna's particular kettle took up to 13 minutes to boil so it was difficult for them to believe that it was a random moment of rage when there was some time that had to be spent putting everything together. Also, her action of not phoning for an ambulance and leaving Michael to carry on suffering was also taken into consideration when a verdict was being decided. 

Corinna was found guilty of her husband's murder and sentenced to life with a minimum of 12 years. The judge expressed that another factor of tragedy in this case is that Corinna's actions had ruined any chance of a further investigation into the allegations that Michael was a child abuser. The answers to the questions that the rest of the family and Corinna herself had, would never be answered. 

One would ask why Corinna's daughter would lie about something as serious as that, especially as her own brother had been a victim and took his own life over it. I know we say innocent until proven guilty but going by this story I believe the daughter to be telling the truth. You can understand why Corinna came to the conclusion that Craig must have been talking about Michael. It's hard enough to talk about who your abuser is but when it's a close family member and in this case, father, it must have been incredibly difficult. 

So, what are your thoughts on this case? I know it's quite a sensitive one but I thought you would find it interesting as it is not a case which is well known. 

It's heartbreaking what happened with this family. When it comes to child abusers, I have no sympathy but I am sad for Craig and his sister. It's just a very difficult story.


RIP Craig.


Further Reading & Sources: 

Corrina Smith Baines: Article | Mirror

Corrina Smith Baines: Article | BBC News

Corrina Smith Baines: Article | Liverpool Echo

Corrina Smith Baines: Article | Daily Mail

Corinna Smith Baines | Court Documents


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If You've Copied My Work, Who Else Have You Copied? Plagiarism In The True Crime Community, Rip Off Merchants & Exciting News About My Youtube Channel

 
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Today is September the 11th, the 20th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks which took place in the US in 2001. Today is always a difficult day for me as it is for a lot of people. My plans were to have a quiet day, to watch the memorial, light a candle and pay my respects in my own way. I still plan to do this but something is weighing heavy on my heart and I need to rant about it so that I can get it off of my chest and move on.

If you've been a reader & friend of mine (I class all of my readers as friends) for a while, you'll possibly remember a post I had written back in 2019 about a well respected true crime podcaster who was constantly having their work copied by Youtubers (you can find the post here) who were basically reaping all the views and financial gain from this man's hard work. 

Well, I was pissed off about the situation, this guy had a full time job and busted his ass researching, editing, writing, organising and putting together videos every week only for lazy chancers to come along and just copy everything he did. He was aware of it and it caused him a considerable amount of stress as it would to anyone who'd seen their hard work stolen. He almost gave up his podcast over it. Luckily his readers and others in the true crime community caught on to this pretty fast but unfortunately I'm sure there's still people out there who copy his work, being online there's always that risk. 

Well darlings, it seems like it's my turn! I've had my blog for a few years now and it's something I am very proud of and worked tirelessly for. I'm always amazed at the amount of views that I get on my posts everyday but it's true what they say, hard work does pay off. I don't do this for fun or to make money (although that would be amazing), I do this because I have a passion for it and you can tell that by all of the hard work, detail and time that I put into it. I want to be a true crime writer, that's my dream, to have my books on the shelves at Waterstones. 

I studied Criminology at university and have had an interest in true crime since I was a child. This is something I am serious about. Unfortunately with the popularity of true crime documentaries now, it seems that a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon trying to make a few dollars. I have friends in the true crime community who work so hard on their content because they are truly passionate about it but there are some of the newer crowd who are trying to create their own channels by using other peoples work (and when I say 'using other people's work', I mean, word for word, even copying layouts, titles etc) and setting up Patreons to make money. 

I have a popular true crime blog so it's inevitable that I was going to be copied at some point, still doesn't mean that I'm not annoyed by it. I have had various Youtube channels who have used me as a source, as much as I don't agree with using blogs as sources (it's lazy, you should do your own research yourself) these people didn't copy me word for word. 

Last night however, a new Youtuber was brought to my attention and to say I was pissed off is an understatement. I sat in shock and utter disbelief (felt like I was in an episode of The Twilight Zone) as I watched this video (I'm not including the link cause she's had enough views from my work as well as other bloggers): The Husband From Hell: Mitchell Quy (this was posted a month ago on this copycat's Youtube channel: Beyond The Pale). You may remember that I posted about this story back in 2020: The Husband From Hell: Mitchell Quy

Well, Beyond The Pale (@beyondxo_pale ) took chunks of my blog together with another blog and read word for word like I had written in my post, basically doing an audio of my blog post then trying to get away with it by including me as a source with another two true crime blogs and a newspaper article (which was also the first newspaper I publicly listed in my sources - oh, what a coincidence) in the links below the video. If this sad woman was such a huge fangirl of me she should have just asked for a collaboration if she's not bright enough to do her own research. Like I mentioned before, I don't agree with using blogs as sources but if you want to ref a quote or at the very least make sure all your words are your own and you have done proper research like others who have referenced my blog. You have to put in the work in order to be taken seriously. The coward behind Beyond The Pale has no public face and sounds like a middle aged woman, straight off the bat, she loses credibility as someone in the true crime community because she's been exposed as a word for word copycat in the early stages of her channel. If she's copied me, you can be damn sure she copied other people.

I confronted this person on Youtube and Twitter and was blocked (says it all really). My readers and friends also left comments on her Youtube channel which were removed and they were also blocked. It seems that when this person gets called out for their actions, they like to remove comments and block people. It makes you wonder how many other people she has done this to and is currently copying right now. 

Anyway, here's some screenshots of me trying to communicate with this fangirl of mine (Single White Female vibes) lol: 


She knew she'd been caught out by myself and my readers and thought she could squirm her way out of it. Plagiarism is Plagiarism, she read word for word of paragraphs from my original post from this case (even in the order I had written them in, the unique sayings I have and the title was also copied) which I published in 2020. Blatantly doing an audio of my work and then listing me as a source is just a bullshit way of trying to get out of it. 


My comments on her Youtube channel were deleted and blocked, my readers were also blocked and comments removed. She did the same thing on Twitter too. 

Now that I've written about this on my blog, I feel better and I'm done with it, let her have her views on her fake Youtube channel, see how long she lasts. There's only so long and far you can go when copying other people's work. The fact that the video she did which copied my original post has gotten just 2k views but my post on this case has gotten 57,000 views (& counting). Thousands of people read my blog everyday and if one of my readers stumbles across her channel they'll know she's full of it. People who read other blogs will notice she's copied others too. Let karma just do it's thing. I'm done with it now.

My blog continues to be a success and I'm very proud of it and thankful for all of my readers/friends who read my posts, send me lovely messages about my work, who've been amazingly supportive over this situation as well as others. 

Moving on (now that we have that out of the way)....

I have some exciting news about my Youtube channel, I know a lot of you enjoy reading my posts and I will continue to bring them to you but I'm currently planning to do some Youtube videos based on cases that I have already covered on this blog plus new ones. My channel will be popping with lots of weekly content soon. I will also be making a video of The Mitchell Quy case based on my original post with my original title and the link from 2020 (when I first published it). So it'll be up to people whether they want to watch & listen to my original work or just watch a video where some faceless middle-aged sounding Irish woman (assuming it's an actual person and not one of those voice machines) has copied everything I've said. I happen to think that people will much prefer seeing me and hearing my sexy Scottish accent (lol). 

Every week I will be publishing both a blog post and a video on my Youtube channel. I'm excited about these plans and I do realise that this is not going to stop some people from copying me. I think those of us who are serious true crime writers, bloggers, podcasters and documentary makers are always at that risk of being plagiarised. 

My videos will be like little documentary episodes and I'm looking forward to going on this other little journey with my amazing readers/friends. 

(Hopefully you'll join me on Youtube for lots more true crime content coming soon: Caledonian Kitty

Before I love you and leave you I just wanted to add something else, please be careful when shopping online, especially if it's jewellery. I made the mistake of buying what was advertised as a 'White Gold' necklace from a company called The Diamond Store UK. They advertised themselves as the UK's number 1 diamond store more like the UK's number 1 cowboys!. I got sent a cheap silver chain that turned black. I've been playing hell with them for weeks, trying to get a proper white gold chain (like I actually paid for) or a refund. I've been like Mary Whitehouse leaving bad reviews on TrustPilot (but it's the only way you get a response as they tend to ignore emails and delete your comments off of Instagram). 

They weren't happy with my reviews about their cheap product and crap customer service but why should I let other potential customers be fooled into spending their hard end money on these crooks. I know they've had some fake reviews posted on their TrustPilot page (you should see my glorious reviews if you fancy a laugh, I don't hold back as you've probably gathered. Never mess with a Scottish girl who's a Scorpio & has Spanish blood) but if you scroll through them you'll find the 1 star reviews about the ''cheap Gold rings that turn black after a couple of weeks'' or the tacky cheap engagement rings that change colour and the stones fall out after a week. 

A lesson has been learned here and I'll no longer buy jewellery online, I'll go into a proper respectable jewellery store on the high street or shopping mall. 

Anyway, I know this was a long post but I'm glad to be done and dusted with this and excited about my upcoming plans for my Youtube channel. Thank you for all of your amazing support as always, I really do appreciate it. I will be back next Sunday with my latest case. I will also update you on my channel plans soon. 

Hope you're all well and looking forward to catching up with you later or on my socials x

The Fake 9/11 Survivor: The shocking & Bizarre Story Of Alicia Esteve Head (Aka Tania Head)

 


(Tania Head. Picture credit: nytimes)

It's hard to believe that we are now at the 20th anniversary mark of the heartbreaking day of September the 11th 2001. I think we all remember where we were that horrific day, some of us may have lost a loved one, some of us may be a survivor. I don't think there's anyone who could say that the events of that day didn't have an effect on them at some level. 

It was a day that began like any other, just people getting ready to start work, sitting down at their desks, collecting their coffee, nothing out of the ordinary. It was a beautiful morning, anyone who was in New York that morning will tell you that before the nightmare began, the sky was beautiful, New York was beautiful and that iconic skyline that so many of us have seen on the movie screens, was just as magnificent as ever. 

Then hell became reality, something none of us could ever have imagined or thought could be possible. New York city was under attack and those of us here in the UK watched our TV screens in utter shock and disbelief. I remember clearly just staring at the TV screen not being able to comprehend what I was seeing, I remember the fear for the people in those towers and the people of New York. I have images in my head that will never go away, because everything was live on the news I saw the heartbreaking moments where people who had been in one of the towers above the impact zone were stood clinging onto the windows, desperate for air and desperate to escape. There was so many people and nothing could be done to help them. I felt powerless and devastated.

Then objects or what we assumed to be objects were falling from the buildings and the horror at realising that some of what we had just seen were people. It was a day that none of us will ever forget and the days and weeks that followed, New York in darkness, the endless search for possible survivors and for people's remains. The way the people of New York all pulled together and over the years they rebuilt their city to what it is today whilst also paying tribute and never forgetting who they lost and who survived. 

The horror of what was happening in New York and the details that were emerging of a highjacking of planes by a terrorist group known as Al-Qaeda, 19 of these monsters who were working on the orders of Osama Bin Laden caused so much death, pain and destruction not only in and around the World Trade Center but the Pentagon and Flight 93 whose brave passengers took on the terrorists costing them their own lives in the process as the plane crashed down into a field in Pennsylvania. 

So much heartbreak and disbelief but some time after the horrible events had happened, stories began to emerge of heroes, volunteers, people who risked their lives to save others and people who by some miracle managed to get to safety that day. One of those people who became a beacon of light and a tower of strength for survivors and the families of victims was a lady by the name of Tania Head. 

Tania, who was originally from Spain claimed to have been working for Merill Lynch on the 78th floor of the South Tower when the plane hit. She went into heartbreaking and raw detail of how she (who was just one of 19 people who survived from those floors above the impact zone) was badly burned and could smell her own flesh burning whilst she tried to crawl to safety over other people whilst trying to help them. 

People were gripped as they heard Tania explain that she was carried out by a brave firefighter (who we know were all heroes that day and heroes for what they do everyday) and rushed to hospital to be treated for horrendous burns to her arm, she recalls not remembering anything after that but the horrible news that her beloved fiance Dave had died. Dave had been working in the North Tower and sadly lost his life, she was utterly heartbroken as anyone was who listened to her story. Tania and Dave were due to be married and they had their whole lives as a married couple just ahead of them before this nightmare happened, Tania even had her wedding dress all arranged. 

(Tania Head. Picture credit: nytimes)

Tania had a strength about her and such confidence, the way she was able to talk about what had happened with such courage warmed people to her. She created a group online to help support other survivors and came across as such a kind woman who just wanted to help other people in her position. She soon teamed up with another survivors group and created The Survivors Network. This Network was an amazing support for people who had lost loved ones or who had survived and felt like they were struggling, Tania was so committed to the group and had shown so much strength that she became the president of the Network. 

As time went on, Tania became like a face for the survivors, she did interviews, public appearances and when it came to something that the members of the Network needed, she would fight for it. She was almost like a mother goose to everyone, always listening, being a shoulder to cry on and she even held workshops to help people try to cope with their post traumatic stress disorder. She also managed to raise a lot of money for the survivors and never took a penny for herself. 

So Tania was amazing wasn't she? She'd come out of this horrific situation with the burns on her arm to prove it and she took what was a horrible and traumatic situation and tried to make something positive out of it by helping other people. If only that had been the case because with all of the attention that Tania was getting, some of the members wondered why her story was always the one that everyone seemed to focus on plus her attitude was starting to change. It was almost as though she was enjoying the cameras being on her and some members felt that she was acting above herself.

Then came the emails and the changes of stories, she couldn't help but talk about herself non-stop and would email the members of the group telling them something one minute and then saying something different the next. There was confusion over her partner Dave, was he her fiance or husband because she kept changing that detail depending on who she spoke to. 

(Tania Head meeting the mayor of New York. Picture credit: nytimes)

Her original story about how she survived that horrific day was changing too and people in the Network became suspicious especially when she was chosen to guide important public figures around the World Trade Center memorial and she seemed to be nervous and rambling. More suspicion began to grow when The New York Times were interviewing survivors of 9/11 especially those that had survived above the point of impact in the towers Tania was supposed to have been in and were surprised to see that Tania Head was not on their list. Questions were raised and inaccuracies in Tania's stories were pointed out by the media and Tania moaned to the other survivors that the press were bullying her. 

Then a shocking expose on Tania was published for all to see and The New York Times called her out on her lies. 

The shocking and unbelievable truth about Tania Head was that she was never a 9/11 survivor, the fiance 'Dave' didn't even exist, She hadn't even set foot in New York until 2003, Everything she said was a lie. Even the burn mark (which obviously helped make her story seem more believable) was caused by something else. 

As soon as everything was out in the open, Tania (or Alicia Esteve Head, which was her real name) fled America and went into hiding, For the members of The Survivors Network is was very traumatic, they'd already been through enough and now this? Someone they believed in, trusted and confided in was a pathological liar. 

So why did she do it? People assume it must have been a money thing but she didn't take any money, she actually raised a lot of money for people. She was obsessed with 9/11 as eerie as that is and wanted to be part of it, she loved the attention and fame that it brought her. When watching interviews she took part in, you can see her almost smiling as she talks about the tragic events in which she struggled to survive and the loss of her fictional fiance Dave. 

During the attacks she'd been in Barcelona at University and had a history of making up lies and stories. Her brother and father had been in prison for fraud too so it ran in the family. 

To this very day nobody knows what became of Alicia Esteve Head, some people have said they spotted her in New York others have claimed to have seen her in Barcelona. There was also a report that she had taken her own life but nobody knows if that is a fact. 

The police were not looking for her because in the eyes of the law she didn't steal anything or cause physical bodily harm. To those who survived 9/11 or lost a loved one, what she did is inexcusable. She took a horrible event in which thousands of people lost their lives or where injured and traumatised for life and tried to turn it all round and make it all about herself for fame and attention. 

She may have helped the survivors in terms of support and raising money but what she did was disgusting. 

My heart goes out to all of those who lost their lives on that day, to the survivors, to all those affected. 

I will be watching the memorial this week and paying tribute. I never have forgotten what happened that day and never will. 

(The Iconic New York skyline as it was. The magnificent twin towers. Picture credit: history)


Further Reading & Sources:

September 11th Attacks | Wikipedia

9/11 | History

9/11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 Investigation | FBI

Alicia Esteve Head | Wikipedia

Tania Head: Article | The Independent

Tania Head: Article | Daily Mail

Tania Head | Documentary

Tania Head Interview

Tania Head: Article | The New York Times

World Trade Centre: Article | History



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The Horrible Truth About Actor Eric Cullen | True Crime

 
(Eric Cullen. Picture credit: historic-hamilton)

If you're a regular reader of my true crime blogs or a friend on social media you'll know that I was originally born and brought up in Scotland and like a lot of Scottish people, I was brought up on classic Scottish comedy, especially repeats of the popular show Rab C. Nesbitt. Rab C was about a working class man and his family who lived in Govan in Glasgow, it hilariously followed the everyday trials and tribulations of Rab, his wife Marydoll & their sons Gash and Wee Burney. 

The show is respected today as a classic and a lot of Scottish people hold it dear in their hearts as well as having a fondness for the actors who played the beloved roles. 

I was inspired to write this post and do my research into one of the most popular actors who took part in the show as I had been watching a few of the classic episodes recently. I knew briefly that there was some drama in the media around the actor but I didn't know the full details. 

Not to sound offensive but it seems that people have forgotten the story of Eric Cullen, the actor who played the role of the popular character, Wee Burney in the show. Either they've forgotten about it, tried to bury it because it's too uncomfortable to talk about or they simply don't know the truth. 

I know a lot of people are going to be sad, angry, confused, a whole mixture of emotions when they read this post (especially those who have fond memories of watching Eric in Rab C or seeing him on other shows) but the truth is the truth and this is a true crime story. 

I originally set out to write about this story expecting to write about an innocent man, a victim, but the more I did my research the more the horrible details were uncovered and what was left was a complicated horrific and disturbing case which was both very difficult for me to write and also heartbreaking. 

Jimmy Savile popped up a few times in my mind during researching this case for many reasons. A calculated and (we were later to find out after his death) prolific paedophile. Jimmy managed to fool quite a lot of people into thinking he was this nice, eccentric, funny DJ and showbiz personality for decades whilst secretly abusing children behind closed doors. Jimmy did a lot of charity work and raised millions, he was given a knighthood by the Queen of England and counted Princess Diana and The Beatles amongst his friends. The more I go into the Eric Cullen story, the more you will understand why I had Jimmy Savile in my mind at certain points. 

As much as I hate to say it, I'm going to be sharing some very difficult details in this case, it's going to be disturbing and unpleasant but I want to give you the truth and it's up to you what your thoughts are in regards to Eric Cullen. Please be aware that I will be talking about child abuse unfortunately in this post. 

So, Eric Robertson Cullen was born on the 12th of July 1965 in Hamilton in Scotland, even at the start his life was not without tragedy. He was born to a single mother who gave him up for adoption and a family took him in. At the age of seven the family noticed that Eric hadn't been growing properly for a while so they took him to the Doctor who diagnosed him with Achondroplasia, which is a form of dwarfism. 

Being raised by this new family should have been like a fresh start for Eric despite his diagnosis but more heartbreak was to follow in the years to come. Not one to let his condition get the better of him, Eric was a bit of a character and loved to be the center of attention and took part in school plays. He had his heart set on being an actor. 

When Eric got to the age of 13, things took a very dark turn in his young life. An uncle, from his foster family who he became very close with, promised to take Eric to church to teach him to play the organ. Eric had become obsessed with everything to do with acting and music so he was excited and couldn't wait to go. The 'Uncle' had other sinister and sickening ideas. It's not known if they even made it to the church but what is known is that this uncle parked his car somewhere in a quiet area and sexually molested Eric. 

From that point on, the uncle brought Eric to the attention of two other men (possibly more were involved but he only mentioned two others) who each took turns in molesting him. This continued regularly for years right up until Eric was in his early 20s. The sick reason that the abuse continued for so long was because of Eric's condition, even in his 20s he still had the look and stature of a child. 

It is a wonder how Eric was able to cope and carry on with this constant hell but he was very good at acting and putting a brave face on things. He was also said to have been terrified of these much older men who constantly threatened him and assaulted him, like a lot of abuse victims he was scared to speak out especially as one of the men was a well respected scout leader. 

With this constant trauma he was having to endure in the background of his life, Eric threw himself more and more into acting and started getting TV roles. His moment of real fame finally came when he landed the role of Wee Burney in Rab C. Nesbitt, suddenly he was a household name. When he walked down the street, people ran over to him and wanted autographs, magazines wanted interviews with him and the money he was paid was not too bad either. 

(Eric Cullen starring as Wee Burney in Rab C. Nesbitt. Picture credit: imdb)

Even people from far beyond Scotland recognised him, he was a much loved actor and always seemed to come across really nice in interviews too. 

So when it came to his career at this point, things could not have been better, despite the bad start and the trauma he had to endure, he was on top with his career and he had tons of fans and able to afford things he couldn't before. The abusers on the other hand reportedly began to put pressure on Eric and this is where the story takes another dark turn. 

From the beginning of this we learn about Eric's upbringing, his mother giving him up for adoption, his condition and the horrific abuse he endured and that was heartbreaking enough but then we see him triumph and become a star and things look like they are taking a more positive turn. In an ideal world, that is where the story would have ended possibly with the abusers locked up and justice served but that isn't what happened.

(Eric Cullen. Picture credit: historic-hamilton)

In 1993, Eric had a knock on his front door out of the blue, it was the police. The cops had been given anonymous information that Eric had a stash of videos which featured child abuse. Eric was calm and collected and took the police upstairs and without a flinch, pointed at a big cardboard box and a suitcase. The box contained 100 video tapes and the suitcase was full of indecent pictures of young boys. Eric was arrested and the news shocked the whole of Scotland. 

Then Eric told the cops that the tapes and pictures were not his and that they belonged to one of his abusers, the scout leader: Francis Currens. He opened up and told investigators about the paedophile ring that had been abusing him for years. He claimed that Francis and the others had been threatening him and forced him to store the horrific material. 

A huge investigation was launched and each tape and photograph was looked through in an attempt to find out who the victims were. It was determined that Francis was the owner of the tapes that were in that cardboard box as he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for that and because he'd been accused of indecent behaviour with other young boys. 

(Notorious Paedophile, Francis Currens. Picture credit: dailyrecord)

The public were confused because this much loved actor (who'd been through hell in his past) was now revealing that for all those years he'd been a victim of a paedophile ring and now he had in his possession,  all of these sickening materials in his house? Eric had enough money and friends in high places at that point to have reported his abusers to the police long before the cops knocked on his door and he would have been protected. Why would he have all of these horrible items in his house and keep quiet whilst these people were continuing to hurt other children? It all made no sense? What did they have on Eric? Why was he protecting them up to that point? 

The confusion was even worse when he went to court and pleaded guilty to all four charges:

1) Being in possession of indecent videos and photographs of children.

2) Actively taking indecent pictures of children.

3) Indecent exposure of himself in front of children.

4) Making an indecent video of young boys. 

So one minute he's a victim of this horrible gang and the next these things are found in his house and he's pleading guilty to everything after the cops had investigated him. The court was able to determine that the videos in the box had belonged to Francis Currens and Eric's fingerprints were not found on them but there was confusion over the photographs and the other stuff. 

Eric claimed to have pleaded guilty because he wanted the whole thing to just go away but that doesn't make sense? There were people who supported him and believed he was a victim who'd been exploited by this gang so why didn't he fight it? Unless he knew there was evidence that would be brought to light which wouldn't paint him so well. 

He was sentenced to 9 months in prison and was placed on suicide watch. He was only in prison for two weeks when an appeal (which had a lot of support from some of the public and the likes of Childline creator Esther Rantzen - no shade but Esther was friends with Jimmy Savile and later admitted that she had heard rumours of his indecent behaviour for years but chose to stay quiet) to free him was successful and he was placed on 3 years probation. One wonders if this appeal was successful due to his fame, the support from well known names or sympathy because of his condition. 

He was out of prison and began telling people that he was going to start working with children's charities, campaigning against child pornography and wanted to be a therapist working with abuse victims. 

Some time later he did an interview and claimed that he wasn't sure if he would return to acting because he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and depression. Eric had seen two of his abusers (Francis Currens - who is now deceased and his 'uncle' Jack Williams) placed behind bars for offences against young boys. An unidentified man who Eric claimed was the leader of the group has never been brought to justice, it's unclear if this person is still alive as no details are available. 

Despite not returning to acting, Eric continued to work with children's charities and was on the Children's Panel (now called Children's Hearings). The Children's Panel at that time in the early 90s took on volunteers who worked with children and families supporting them, helping make decisions on the care of infants etc. It was an important role working with vulnerable children. Eric claimed to be too depressed to do acting but was able to continue on with these roles. 

Some time past and the dust settled and because Eric was not in prison, he was regularly seen doing charity roles and having had this big support campaign behind him, some members of the public took that to mean that he was an innocent man done wrong. A lot of people felt that Eric was just a victim who'd been terrorized all of his life by this gang and that he was just innocent and there was nothing more to it.

On the 16th of August 1996, the shock news came that Eric Cullen had passed away at the age of 31 in hospital due to complications after bowel surgery. Two of Scotland's leading newspapers paid a respectful tribute to him and a lot of people were sad to hear the news. Apparently the writers of Rab C had been trying to get in touch with Eric just days before his death to offer him the chance to return to the show. 

Going over the news articles of that time it's interesting to see the reaction to his death, these were the days before the internet, twitter etc so you didn't get a real full view of what the public's opinions were but there seemed to be a huge amount of sympathy for him. The story of Eric's past had a profound effect on people as it would do (it's just the stuff that came afterwards which diminishes sympathy in my personal opinion). 

So Eric was laid to rest an innocent man or so the public believed at the time. The positive memories of seeing him on re-runs of Rab C. Nesbitt restored until...

A female former investigator by the name of Betty Maxwell Carter (who now works as a Crisis Intervention Counsellor) came forward and spoke out about what happened with Eric. Betty originally had been a supporter of Eric's thinking him to be innocent and feeling genuinely sorry for his past and all that he had been through. 

Betty (who is a mother of two children) worked hard on Eric's case and was determined to prove to everyone once and for all that Eric was 100% innocent. The trouble was, the further she investigated into him the more devastating things she found which included a video tape from the Children's Panel that Eric had taken home with him and copied. He was taking files and video tapes from the panel which featured child abuse cases and according to Francis Currens (speaking from his prison cell), Eric was heavily involved in the gang, he participated and would often do this independently but was able to manipulate everyone into feeling sorry for him and seeing him as this helpless victim. 

Betty saw a harrowing video in which Eric was abusing a 12 year old boy. As the child was in terrible pain she said she would never forget that child's face as long as she lived. There was nobody else in the video, just Eric and the child and Betty was sickened and felt disgusted that she had actually believed that Eric had been innocent when he'd managed to fool everyone for so long. 

Eric found out that Betty knew about the video and hysterically begged her not to say anything, he said that the video would be the end of him and he'd go to prison for years. Betty was in a difficult position but she she didn't know what to do because she no longer had the tape and she couldn't prove it and so many people were campaigning for Eric, she knew the truth would hurt a lot of people.

It turned out that Eric did expose himself to children, he would pay the boys money before carrying out his sickening acts. He also bragged about his victims to the members of the paedophile ring, the same gang that he was supposed to have been afraid of. He'd tell the gang how many boys he had and what he'd done, even showing them a video of when he was on holiday in America and there was two children involved. 

Apparently a lot of this stuff about Eric wasn't revealed at his trial because it was felt that it would reflect badly on the Children's Panel if it was to be revealed that they had a paedophile in the organisation so in other words, they covered it all up. 

A police source confirmed that Eric had taken materials from the Children's Panel which detailed victims of child abuse and copied them to keep in his house and share with the gang for their own sick amusement. 

So, with everything I have just written about it seems the real reason that Eric never bothered to expose his abusers before was because they had something on him. He was a victim of sexual abuse, nobody is denying his traumatic past but he soon became like them. Eric chose to abuse children and then tried to paint himself off as a victim campaigning for other victims whilst secretly abusing children. 

One of his victims was going to tell his story in court but because Eric pleaded guilty he didn't get the chance to. The main reason Eric pleaded guilty to the charges put to him was because he was guilty of half of that stuff (and that was bad enough) and he knew (maybe his lawyer told him) that if he pleaded not guilty then all of this other evidence would be uncovered and it would look even worse for him. 

In some of the pictures I have seen of him he has this pathetic look on his face in order to gain sympathy. I do think that he used his condition also to gain sympathy. He was very manipulative and calculating and it worked, he managed to get away with it to some extent. There are people out there (believe it or not) who still think he's 100% innocent. 

I'm not telling my readers what to think, I'm just giving you the information as it is. Eric Cullen has been dead now for a very long time but some of his victims may still be alive and they've had to go on suffering in silence. 

Not all people who have been sexually abused go on to become sexual abusers. I know there are people who will say ''The gang must have forced him to do these things'' and I would say, in the beginning Eric was a victim but he became part of that gang and later did things on his own. He made a tape of himself abusing a boy on his own, videoed other boys, took pictures and paid children to watch him expose himself and covered up for this gang for years until the police came knocking on his door. 

It's a horrible story and I know a lot of people will be utterly shocked and saddened at all of this but like I always say, we owe it to the real victims to tell the truth about the perpetrators of such horrendous crimes. 

I know this was a difficult post to get through and I thank you for joining me in this case. I hope it doesn't deter you from watching Rab C in the future, the other actors involved with the show were just as shocked at the goings-on with Eric Cullen and probably don't even know the full truth to this day. 


Further Reading & Sources:

Eric Cullen | Wikipedia

Francis Currens: Article | Daily Record

Eric Cullen: Article | AP News

Eric Cullen | IMDb

Eric Cullen: Article | The Herald

Eric Cullen: Article | The Herald

Wee Burney...The Vile Truth | Sunday Mail

Rab C. Nesbitt | Wikipedia


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