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Westminster Paeophiles: John Allen, Dr Myles Bradbury And The Good Paedophiles

by | 1st, December 2014

Dr Myles Bradbury court case Westminster peadophiles: Anorak’s look at reporting on the story of politicians absurd children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Libby Purves in The Times : “Yes, there really are virtuous paedophiles”

Shall we try a calm discussion about paedophiles? Not easy. Last week, a Channel 4 documentary rife with nervous caveats pushed the door ajar and peered bravely round. The film, The Paedophile next door , covered well-trodden ground: crime statistics, awful porn, scarred survivors. “The problem is out of control . . . paedophiles are all around us.” So far, so familiar. But it did one brave thing. It found a distressful man called Eddie, who in full vision admitted sexual attraction to young children. He hated his feelings, had never acted on them: “I don’t feel I’m capable of doing that kind of thing . . . don’t want to.” But the feelings were there. He considered suicide. “But it was my life, I wanted it to mean something.”

There was predictable outrage from one victims’ group, though the NSPCC bravely spoke in favour. The reason Eddie talked is that he is seeking treatment and getting it — abroad. Despite the man’s innocence, the reporter darkly said how “uncomfortable” it was meeting him: “Most of us would never dream of talking to a paedophile.” The impression was that, like another interviewee, Dr Sarah Goode, the journalist was “baffled” that there are men who have such impulses yet are committed to controlling them. Dr Goode says wonderingly: “We didn’t know that before! It’s a hidden population . . . the virtuous paedophile.”

Do we need a celebrity to come out and says ‘Yes, I fancy children’ to make the condition acceptable and more openly treatable? The media loves to talk of taboos, so how about the open peadphile? One paper could create the Peado Power 100 The Top People Who Fancy Kids.

Purves makes a sound point:

It’s not baffling. It’s screamingly obvious. It’s human nature. Everyone fights temptations, whether to cheat on their partner, steal or just rant at a cabby. Why would this particularly awful orientation be different? Nobody knows why it occurs (contrary to cliché, not all abusers were abused children). But it exists, so there must be people fighting it. Out of prudence the documentary repeatedly stressed the horrors, but the pity is that this left little time for the really useful point: that there must be plenty of Eddies out there, struggling to be decent men in a pornified society. If they could be helped, not as criminals but before the offence, prison cell and blighted future, everyone would win.

It might have helped one man. The Mail reports:

Pensioner, 77, stabbed to death in his home ‘by woman who accused him of molesting her son’

A mother was being questioned last night on suspicion of killing a pensioner she accused of molesting her son. Mike Pleasted, 77, was knifed in the chest during a frenzied attack at his home. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him but he died at the scene. The attack – in the early hours of Saturday – followed rumours that a boy who lives in nearby flats was molested by a suspected paedophile.

Paedo! The accusation sticks:

Another neighbour said Mr Pleasted had told her that he had been warned by police not to approach children.
She added: ‘He had an ongoing dispute with a woman from a separate block of flats, apparently about him and little boys. I don’t know if it’s her that’s been arrested. I was told by one of my neighbours he was well known as a bit of a paedophile.

A bit of a paedo?

 

Asked about the allegations that the victim was a suspected paedophile, the Yard spokesman added: ‘We are retaining an open mind.’

 

Call a man a paedophile and open minds soon close. It’s not always the single man in the flats you need to watch.

Take the case of Myles Bradbury.

A perverted children’s doctor has been jailed for 22 years after admitting he abused 18 boys in his care. Warped Dr Myles Bradbury, a consultant paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, was handed the jail term when he appeared at the city’s Crown Court today.

The Cambridge News reports:

The family of one of Bradbury’s young victims are moving 200 miles away so then can start a new life for their son. The youngster was just seven years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia and Bradbury oversaw his regular bouts of chemotherapy.

The doctor was so trusted and admired by the family they saw him as ‘a god’ who would cure their son and even sent him Christmas cards for two years with the boy’s picture.

They were devastated when the young boy, now 10, revealed what Bradbury had

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