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Doncaster Devil Boys: Thatcher’s Mines, Blair’s Iraq And Compensation

by | 26th, January 2010

draw-brothers1 THE Edlington Devil Boys are still making news. Justice has been done and seen to be done the boys will serve at least five years in an institution. But the tabloids and politicos want more:

Daily Star (front page): “Devil kids mum: Give me £100k.”

Devil Kids? That makes them sound like the stars of a new teen film. What of the Devil Kids?

THE Devil Boys’ drug addict mum plans to sue social services for £100,000 for not taking them into care sooner. She claims she complained they were out of control for two years before their brutal sex torture of two pals aged nine and 11.

Last night a pal of the mum-of-seven said: “It’s negligence and one lawyer reckons she could take them for £100,000.”

Pictures: Edlington Devil Boys

Reckons. Could. Which lead to front-page news to make you feel abused.

The Express has more on the “evil” boys:

Social workers finally took the 10 and 11-year-old into care after their mother told them: “I don’t want to be here any more. I feel like doing something to myself. I can’t cope.”

But with local child services at breaking point after the deaths of seven children on the “at risk” register, the brothers were placed with an elderly couple in Edlington, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

They were unable to cope and the pair went on a reign of terror which culminated three weeks later with the victims being put through a sadistic two-hour sex torture ordeal.

So we can blame the parents, and the parents can blame the state. And the boys are evil. So who can we blame?

Yorkshire Post : “‘In these two boys, the building blocks that tell us what is right and wrong just weren’t there'”

David Wilson insists he has never yet met a child who was born evil.

Throughout his long career, which has taken him from governor of Wormwood Scrubs, where some of the country’s most violent prisoners are held, to professor of criminology and one of the leading experts in his field, he has trawled through countless psychiatric reports of those whose offences seem to many incomprehensible.

Pictures: Edlington Devil Boys

But before we get to hear from him, we get to hear the details of the crime one more time:

During the 90 minute ordeal in an isolated spot in Edlington they made them eat nettles, burnt them with cigarettes and repeatedly threatened to kill them, safe in the knowledge no one would hear their victims’ screams


“There is a way back, absolutely there is,” says Prof Wilson. “These two brothers are still relatively young and they can be re-educated. The important thing is that they have now been removed from the toxic environment in which they grew up. They are now somewhere they can learn the proper social models of behaviour.

So what of the victims? Well, our writer knows all about them, too:

THE VICTIMS: Unseen scars take toll on children emerging from a nightmare

So say the experts.

But what say the Tories? The Sun knows:

A FULL report into the “Devil Brothers” scandal WILL be published by a Tory government.

And we need to know the details because..?

The Conservatives last night vowed to reveal the horrific failings that allowed the young thugs to remain free to torture and abuse two boys. They also pledged to lift the lid on the explosive Serious Case Review into the tragic death of Baby Peter.

Baby P and the Devil Boys . How’s that for making the horrific crimes sound less real?

Mr Gove said: “Keeping these reports secret stops people learning from what has gone wrong and endangers other children. If the Conservatives win the election we will publish the Serious Case Reviews into the Baby Peter and Edlington cases.”

Pictures: Edlington Devil Boys

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