London Slaves: Love Letters From Pretty Smiling Zombies Trapped In A Marxist Cult
BRIXTON Slaves: More news on the three women said to have been kept as “slaves” in a South London flat.
The Mirror and Star focus on love.
We hear from Marius Feneck. He says a ‘slave’ woman known as Rose said she loved him.
A neighbour of three women held as “slaves” for 30 years claims one of them became infatuated with him – sending him racy love letters, pictures and poems.
Hold on. The woman is a slave but able to speak freely with her neighbour in the flat upstairs?
Marius Feneck says the woman, believed to have been incarcerated with a cult-like group and calling herself Rose, repeatedly told him she loved him.
How did the incarcerated woman escape? Maurice says the 30-year-old woman communicated with him:
“Rose would take pictures of herself and send them to me. She would also stand outside the flat and talk to me for hours. She wrote about how she loved me and she sent me poems. Sometimes she had copied down other people’s poems but she also wrote her own stuff. She called herself The Poet. She continually told me she loved me. I think she wanted to marry me. Later she told me some things about her situation and wrote it in a letter to me.”
Was she in slavery, then? Was she owned?
“I had to try to ignore her. She would give my girlfriend dirty looks and say things. She did some strange things and began looking at her like she hated her.”
The woman incarcerated in a flat gave the woman who dated the man upstairs dirty looks?
“I would speak to the people inside that flat at least once a week. I didn’t think the three women were imprisoned as I would see them going out to places.”
So. The slaves are not slaves.
“After Rose sent me a letter mentioning some problems she was having, I asked her if she wanted me to call the police for her. She said no. They were outside with her when I asked. I looked the man in his face and he was looking at the floor. Rose said ‘I’m all right.’ She seemed scared of the man.”
So. He never told the police?
And what about the noises?
Sizwe Olusanya-Darby is another neighbour:
“I dropped my washing a number of times and also my toddler threw his toys down to the garden and I went down and knocked on the door,” says she. “It was opened by three women – two white, one oriental. All dressed in long skirts. Dressed in old fashioned clothes. Hair in old fashioned styles. The white woman called Rose spoke politely but was weird… She used to stare out of her window and I thought she was crazy. They all looked crazy. I heard chanting from downstairs late at night. You would hear banging.”
Banging? The Sun had told us:
THE three women allegedly held as slaves by a couple at a suburban flat looked like zombies, neighbours revealed last night… One neighbour said: “The youngest was a very sweet and beautiful girl with the prettiest of smiles. But she she did seem as though she had been drugged up — like methadone or some kind of medication. She was very placid but a bit slow as though she was out of it.”
Crazy with a pretty smile and dirty looks?
So. About that slavery? Tessa Jowell, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, is now an expert: “This case is much more complicated than it seems. One of the alleged suspects had a cult-like domination over them. Their slavery was a result of the psychological coercion rather than physical restraint.”
That’s a fact, is it, Tessa?
The Star tells readers: “Neighbours heard screams in slave flat where three women were kept for 30 years – Police revealed that the trapped London trio had been “brainwashed, beaten and put in ’emotional handcuffs’ by their captors.”
Emotional handcuffs is the new buzzphrase. And we have a witness:
Mum-of-one Val Miottello, 35, said: “I could hear shouting every day, it started two months ago. The woman and the man were both shouting at 8pm to 9pm at night. They were shouting nasty words. I didn’t know them.”
And those headline-making screams? None. There weren’t any.
In the Mirror: “A woman, who gave her name only as Valerie, said the area was ‘nice, quiet and calm.'”
Apart from the screams and the banging, right?
Any more facts?
The Telegraph says the woman were in a “cult?
The Times says the cult was Marxist.
The Observer has other news: The authorities knew:
Social workers were aware for over three decades of the dysfunctional “family” where three women were allegedly kept as slaves.
A family of slaves?
Police on Saturday gave further details about the chain of events that led to the arrests. Commander Steve Rodhouse said that the women had been living in so much fear that they had only left the property on the condition that officers did not arrest their alleged captors…
“The suspects are of Indian and Tanzanian origin and came to the UK in the 1960s. We believe that two of the victims met the male suspect in London through a shared political ideology. The people involved, the nature of the collective and how it operated is all subject to our investigation and we are slowly and painstakingly piecing together more information. Somehow that collective came to an end, and the women ended up continuing to live with the suspects. How this resulted in the women living in this way for over 30 years is what we are seeking to establish, but we believe emotional and physical abuse has been a feature of all the victims’ lives.”
Back in the Mirror we learn:
London ‘slaves’ suspects: There could be similar cases in EVERY London neighbourhood warns Home Office minister James Brokenshire said cases similar to the Lambeth slaves rescue may well be commonplace in the capital.
Can he be bit more vague?
Such are the facts.