When British police arrested Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr (above) during the early hours of Saturday 17 August 2002, on suspicion of the abduction and murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, they did so in the certain knowledge that absolutely no hard evidence existed to incriminate either suspect. The reason for the rapid arrests was very simple; just hours earlier, two small bodies had been found near the perimeter fence at USAF Lakenheath, and the British Government headed by PM, Tony Blair, was terrified of a massive political scandal involving American servicemen based in, or transiting through, the United Kingdom. Why would that be? Bear with me and all will be revealed.
Shortly after the arrests, British and American media organisations demonised Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr so successfully that public attention was diverted away from Lakenheath completely, and focused instead on the young couple from Soham who had earlier willingly spoken to television crews about their concerns for the wellbeing of the two missing 10-year-old girls. Both knew the girls reasonably well. Ian Huntley was the caretaker at their school, and Maxine Carr was a former teaching assistant in their class.
Millions of viewers around the world watched Ian and Maxine being interviewed by the media, and most were impressed by the openness of their statements and their genuine willingness to help if possible. Experts in non-verbal communication also confirmed that Ian and Maxine’s involuntary body and eye movements perfectly matched what they were saying verbally, to the journalists.
In other words, both appeared to be telling the truth both verbally and non-verbally, an almost impossible feat for even a trained liar to fabricate. It is critical to note here also that both came across on television as perfectly normal, sane individuals, a reality later to be inexplicably challenged by police and psychiatrists in Cambridgeshire.
If Huntley and Carr had been involved at all with the abduction and murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, would they have then been stupid enough to run the gauntlet of about 10,000 American servicemen en-route, and dump the two small bodies in a location clearly visible from Lakenheath Control Tower, taxi track, and main runway? A serviceman with detailed knowledge of activities and procedures inside the base might get away with it unseen, but certainly not two civilians. So the perimeter would be an ideal dumping ground for American servicemen eager to return to ‘safe’ territory at USAF Lakenheath, before either entering their barracks on the base, or catching a shuttle bus to USAF Mildenhall.
In an attempt to demonise Ian Huntley still further, police ‘leaked’ the damning information that he had been arrested for rape a number of years earlier. Well, yes, sort-of. Whilst still a teenager himself, Huntley had consensual sex with his girlfriend, who was only 15-years-old at the time, an offence in the United Kingdom known as statutory rape. He was never charged with an offence however, and his former girlfriend confirmed it was a mutual attraction, with enthusiastic sexual consent on both sides.
So for a while at least, the government, police and media managed to deflect attention away from the two massive nearby USAF bases at Lakenheath and Mildenhall, and the political minefield lurking just below the surface if the British public ever found out about the very large numbers of children abused, raped, and sometimes murdered by American servicemen on overseas duty. So let us now consider the ‘American connection,’ before returning shortly to the relentless ongoing psychological abuse of Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr.
The simple fact that Holly and Jessica’s bodies were found at the USAF Lakenheath perimeter fence, should have had British police knocking on Lakenheath’s front door immediately. Unfortunately, any such action would have seriously undermined Tony Blair’s personal slavish dedication to George W Bush’s ‘War on (of) Terror’ and seriously jeopardised any public support for the upcoming, illegal invasion of Iraq in March 2003 (which of course at that time was unknown to the general public.)
Even though earlier in the investigation police declared they would be interviewing 700 known sex offenders of British nationality, there was no mention of interviewing the 10,000+ US servicemen based in close proximity to Soham Village, many of whom were also serious, serial sex offenders, or also determining which other American servicemen had transited through the two bases, and on which flights, since Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman first disappeared.
Obviously not all members of the American military are criminals, but amongst the small number who do fall into that group, more than a few are actually psychopathic savages. It is a matter of public record that many American servicemen have habitually carried out sickening attacks against civilians whilst on overseas duty, happy in the knowledge that the serious assault or murder of women or girls around the world, carries a lesser penalty than at home.
One such case is that of Staff Sergeant Frank Ronghi, who on 24 August 2000 pleaded guilty to sodomising and killing an 11-year-old Kosovar girl in January the same year. A member of his platoon testified that Ronghi disdainfully claimed, “It’s easy to get away with this shit in a third-world country.”
The ‘shit’ that Ronghi referred to is described here by the US Army Pathologist for Europe. “Her right jaw was fractured, practically bisected,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen Ingwersen, “We found evidence of sperm and semen in her vagina, mouth and rectum,” she testified to a hushed hearing. “There was trauma to the neck muscles, the trachea and the carotid artery,” Colonel Ingwersen said, adding she had found evidence of “blunt trauma” as the child was apparently beaten, choked and forced to kneel, face to the ground, as she was sodomised.
But in a perverse way Ronghi was proven right about the overall American perception of the ‘lesser worth’ of women and children, in what he and others continually refer to as ‘the third world.’ At his trial he was sentenced to life imprisonment, despite the fact that an identical offence against an American girl in the USA, would have resulted in his execution in many States.
It would be impossible to list here all such vile attacks against local girls by American servicemen overseas because there have been far too many. However, in order to educate the British police (who mercifully are rarely exposed to similar atrocities in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk) it seems prudent to mention a handful, thereby demonstrating that Ronghi is far from being an isolated case.
In 1955, an American soldier was sentenced to death for the murder of a six-year-old girl in occupied Japan, a sentence that was later commuted to life imprisonment. During 1966 a US soldier confessed to strangling a young waitress. Then in 1972, several US soldiers were sentenced to life imprisonment for strangling local women. Later In 1975, a US soldier was sent to prison for raping two high school students. Local police also arrested two US soldiers during 1985, caught in the act of raping a woman.
During a spate of crimes in 1995, a US soldier was arrested for the brutal murder of a young woman, with a hammer, two children were killed by a drunken soldier, and three US soldiers brutally raped a young schoolgirl. In January 2000 a US sailor was sentenced for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Japanese girl. Remember this is only a small part of the overall list, nor does it include the many more alleged perpetrators who Japanese and other authorities claim were ‘spirited out of the country and back to the USA’ before they could be apprehended and charged.
The last point to consider before returning to the plight of Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr, is the strange fate of four wives at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the former home base of Staff Sergeant Ronghi. All four wives were allegedly killed by their Sergeant husbands when they returned from active duty in Afghanistan, during the same week that Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman went missing. US Army authorities attempted to establish whether or not an anti-malarial drug all were taking contributed to the murders, but the results were ‘inconclusive.’ This drug is acknowledged to have psychotic side-effects, and yet nevertheless is still routinely prescribed to US servicemen.
There were no direct flights out of Afghanistan to the USA at the time, meaning that all American servicemen including those seriously affected by the drug, and also affected by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) were obliged to change aircraft either in Germany or in England, usually at USAF Lakenheath or Mildenhall. No attempt has ever been made to accurately establish how many of these servicemen transited through USAF Mildenhall and USAF Lakenheath during the week that Holly and Jessica vanished. Maybe there should have been? But of course that was not a priority for the British government who to the contrary, wished to deflect blame anywhere but the US armed forces.
Initially on Saturday, 17 August, Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr were arrested ‘on suspicion’ of being involved in the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Each was taken to a different police station in Cambridgeshire for interrogation, which is standard police procedure. However, this is also the point at which standard police procedure was completely disregarded. Obviously Ian and Maxine were determined to protest their innocence, and refused to provide police with a convenient ‘confession,’ no matter how tired they were, and no matter how much extreme pressure was applied by the intimidating tactics of the police. There was also a distinct absence of defence lawyers arguing the suspects’ versions of events.
In an extraordinary move, police then applied to a closed court, for an extension of Huntley and Carr’s detention, although the reasons were not made public. There was actually no need for police to provide a reason, because it was blatantly obvious they still had absolutely nothing to connect the two suspects with the two murders. If at that stage, police had any hard evidence linking Huntley or Carr to the murders, or had managed to coerce a confession out of either, they would have been charged immediately.
Then on Tuesday 20 August, just twenty-four hours before the legally extended detention was due to expire at 6.19 am on Wednesday, a large team of psychiatrists appeared on the scene as if by magic, and deemed that Ian Huntley was unfit to appear in court. He was then duly ‘sectioned’ under the Mental Health Act 1983 and remanded to Rampton high-security psychiatric hospital, at Retford in Nottinghamshire, without being charged with any offence. How convenient.
Now think about this carefully… When Ian Huntley appeared on international television he was entirely coherent and unquestionably sane. But apparently, after a mere three days in police custody, he suddenly became insane. How? Did the police deprive him of sleep and induce a nervous breakdown, or were the all-too-convenient government psychiatrists a pack of liars? You choose.
One thing is certain. There was a gross violation of Ian Huntley’s legal and human rights and absolutely nothing was said or done about it on his behalf. Ask yourself, is it even legal to section a man under arrest in England under the Mental Health Act before he is charged with a crime? In fact, when asked this precise question, Dr. Harris of Rampton Psychiatric Hospital was evasive, replying, “It is not unheard of, but it is very unusual.” In other words, ‘no’.
Once inside the terrifying Rampton, a Victorian hulk originally founded as an asylum in 1912 under the Criminal Lunatic Act of 1860, police charged Ian Huntley with murder. He was now at the mercy of a five-man psychiatric team who assessed his ‘symptoms’ night and day over the next month, and shot him full of God-knows-what medication. These are the tactics of the Soviet Gulags. Stalin would no doubt have wholeheartedly approved.
It would have been no surprise if, after a full month at the hands of these pseudo-scientists in Rampton, that Ian Huntley had chosen to confess to almost anything, including the murder of JFK and the Princess of Wales. Stalin’s enemies frequently confessed in the Gulags, but only after being deprived of sleep for days on end and pumped-full of Reserpine by the ‘psychs.’
But the next problem for the police was Maxine Carr. Clearly no-one would believe that two people had suddenly gone completely insane in police custody at the same time, so senior officers in Cambridgeshire and at the Home Office had to think of something a little more creative. They knew Huntley and Carr were both were innocent of course, but somehow Maxine had to be brought under control. In other words, she had to be so badly frightened that she would be positively eager to ‘co-operate’ with police when the drugged, perhaps electro-shocked and certainly docile Ian Huntley was finally paraded in the courts.
So police formally charged Maxine Carr with ‘attempting to pervert the course of justice,’ ie. lying to police, whether she had or not, and quietly arranged to have her incarcerated in the most brutal and terrifying of Britain’s women’s prisons, at Holloway in London. ‘Attempting to pervert justice’ is not a violent crime requiring a high security establishment of course, and there were certainly prisons closer to Soham, but only Holloway would have the desired devastating effect on Maxine, hopefully bringing her under immediate control.
Although the Victorian-built Holloway was replaced in a phased rebuilding programme between 1975 and 1985, it has managed to retain its brutal reputation. In 1995 Sir David Ramsbotham, then inspector of prisons, walked out in disgust at the conditions he found inside. He noted that 75% of women at the jail were suffering from some form of identifiable mental disorder, while one in 10 was suicidal. Almost half were drug addicts in need of immediate detoxification, while more than half had serious alcohol problems and nearly 95% were on sleeping pills.
Naturally enough, on its own this would be quite enough to send a small-town country girl like Maxine insane in weeks, but the British authorities wanted to make absolutely sure. So before she left for London, police arranged a court hearing for her in the local town of Peterborough, and made sure the media and ‘rent-a-mob’ people knew about its exact timing well in advance.
As the police van approached the court, the commotion directed at the innocent woman not yet convicted of any offence at all, began. Unseen hands banged on the metal van, and several females led an ugly chorus, jeering and shouting at a woman they could not see – a thick grey blanket had been placed over Maxine Carr’s head – for a double murder with which she had not even been charged. “Evil bitch”, screamed one. “Sick cow,” spat another. In the melee, another woman and her two daughters unfurled a home-made banner. “Rot in hell forever”, it said, which is of course, a wonderful example to give to two impressionable, ‘innocent’ young children in how to behave towards others.
‘Rent-a-mob’ out in force outside Peterborough Crown Court
Trial by media had well and truly begun, and the trembling Maxine Carr had not yet even reached that special part of hell called Holloway. But a week or two in there with the deranged and the junkies would quickly have her co-operating with anything and everything the Cambridgeshire Police Service (not to mention the establishment) wanted.
But is that really the point here? The Chief Constable and all of his officers at Cambridgeshire Constabulary should be mortally ashamed of their blatant abuse of police powers, abuse of the judicial process, and abuse of the Mental Health Act. In turn it goes almost without saying that we the public should not have believed a word of any subsequent ‘confession’ that Maxine Carr was coerced into making, either during or after her terrifying ordeal at Holloway.
Nor should we necessarily believe that the relatively tiny Cambridgeshire Constabulary had the overall power to pull off these impressive stunts without some very heavy political assistance. Think about it carefully. The original players in a tight little Cambridgeshire county investigation had now been scattered to the four winds. Ian Huntley was 100 miles away to the north in Rampton, Nottinghamshire, and Maxine Carr was 100 miles away to the south in Holloway, London. The bodies of the girls were actually found in Suffolk, directly involving a third force, the Suffolk Constabulary. And police investigators from the Norfolk Constabulary also did quite a lot of the leg work on this case.
So the Cambridgeshire ‘Holly and Jessica Case,’ was no longer really the Cambridgeshire Holly and Jessica case at all. The only people who knew exactly what was going on in London, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire were the small group of powerful manipulators who set the scene. This is the same small group who had sufficient power to arrange special closed courts, send an army of highly briefed ‘shrinks’ to Cambridgeshire, subvert the Mental Health Act, and personally arrange the twin hells of Rampton and Holloway for the two suspects, Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr. Believe me, only very senior bureaucrats at the Home Office in London have sufficient power and influence to arrange all of this. ie. ministerial level bureaucrats.
There is a final point to consider about the case itself. A newspaper report stated “The bodies of murdered 10-year-old girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were discovered in a severely decomposed and partially skeletonised state, and the pair were almost certainly not killed where they were discovered, a coroner’s inquest was told yesterday. Their remains were found last Saturday in woodlands outside a United States air base at Lakenheath, Suffolk.” Even now, the cause or place of death could not be established, and yet the Coroner had released the bodies to the parents for burial.
The reason for the importance of this statement was obvious to residents in the Lakenheath area, whose local newspapers saturated them for weeks with the information that Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr once lived in a house owned by relatives less than a half-mile away from where the bodies were found. So this information allowing police to ‘point the finger’ at the pair, had long been in the public domain, and was of enormous value to anyone wishing to deflect attention away from the real killers. Adding real substance to this claim is the fact that the path beside which the bodies were located is well-used by walkers, but the bodies were not ‘found’ until the very morning of Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr’s arrests.
Now ask yourself what you would do if you were Ian Huntley and had really been involved in the murder of the two little girls. Would you deliberately move their bodies close to a residence in which you had lived in some years before, thereby implicitly pointing the finger of guilt at yourself, or would you move the bodies well away from any such residence? You choose. Although even a certified insane person in Rampton should be able to select the correct answer to this elementary question.
Taking the opposite view, what would you do if you were a deranged American serviceman who managed to smuggle the two little girls inside USAF Lakenheath, and then murdered them at some remote location inside the very large airfield boundary, with its multitude of convenient empty buildings? Would you leave the bodies where they lay until the smell of putrefaction attracted the attention of the Military Police at the base, or would you toss the pathetic remains over the perimeter fence one dark night, as close as possible to the former Huntley residence you learned about in the local Suffolk newspaper, and then tip-off police? Once again, you choose.
No matter what you choose and no matter what you think, it would probably have made no difference to the final outcome. The atmosphere surrounding the case was so heavily laden with political fog that you could cut it with a knife. At the national level, Blair and his pathetic cronies could not afford to rock the boat because of the ‘special relationship’ with the US, and all this entailed for his personal prestige and the manufactured ‘War on (of) Terror.’
Even at the local level they could not make waves either because, as the local Chamber of Commerce will eagerly explain, those thousands of very nice American servicemen at USAF Lakenheath and USAF Mildenhall spent millions of pounds each year with local businesses in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. You know, those good people at the Chamber of Commerce, Masons, Rotarians, Buffalos and the rest, being entertained for free at the Lakenheath Officer’s Mess, with their USAF ‘pals.’
|After more than a year of stalling, the trial of Huntley and Carr commenced on 5 November 2003, in Court Number One at the famous ‘Old Bailey’ in London. The location itself is the first indication that this trial was of special political significance, because most British murder suspects are tried by perfectly competent Crown Courts scattered far and wide across the land, including the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Without direct political pressure from the British Home Office in London, the two suspects would unquestionably have been tried in a local Crown Court.
The logic behind the selection of the Old Bailey for this trial lies partly in its fearsome reputation over the years, at least since the present building was opened by King Edward VII in 1907. Some of the more notorious trials held at the Old Bailey include Doctor Crippen, the Yorkshire Ripper and the Kray Twins of ‘East End gangster’ infamy. In the absence of any evidence against Huntley and Carr, the Home Office intended to use this fearsome Old Bailey reputation to artificially bolster its case.
This is certainly not in the spirit of a motto above the Old Bailey door that reads, ‘˜Defend the Children of the Poor and Punish The Wrongdoer,’ but the Home Office cares little about such niceties in this new age of synthetic terrorism. Entirely in accord with the spirit of the illegal American concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay, the Home Office was about to reverse the motto to ‘Protect the Wrongdoer and Punish the Children of the Poor.’ Was it ever any different? However, let us now analyse the frightening number of blatant legal deceptions by the Prosecution in Court Number One…
On 5 November 2003, Crown Prosecutor Richard Latham QC, set the tone for the entire trial when he told the jury, “We understand from those representing Huntley it is unlikely to be disputed by Huntley that the girls went into his home shortly after 6.30pm that evening, that Huntley was the only other person there at the time and that they died within a short time of going inside his home. It was Huntley who took their bodies to the place where they were found.”
The defence did not confirm this claim, and Huntley was not even in court to hear it, but the ‘fix’ was already in with a vengeance. Over the two weeks that followed, this unsubstantiated claim by Latham would become the prosecution catechism, constantly repeated on television and printed in full by at least two different newspapers every day, until the British public had been saturated with Huntley’s alleged ‘confession. But it was not a confession at all, it was just a monstrous legal trick designed to bring the media deceivers ‘on side,’ and brainwash the British public.
|“The prosecution case is that these two girls fell into the hands of Huntley shortly after leaving home. For some reason known only to him he chose to murder them both. We allege that he went on to remove the bodies from Soham. Latham then went on to say that for this reason the focus of the trial is likely to centre on whether or not, “…it could be construed that the deaths while he [Huntley] was there with them in his house amounted to murder.”
This was another devastating ‘smoke and mirrors’ legal conjuring trick, because one of the most obvious deficiencies in the bogus prosecution case against Huntley was the total absence of any forensic evidence linking Holly Wells or Jessica Chapman to the inside of Ian Huntley’s house or to Huntley himself. Latham knew this of course, so took a neat short cut, for the written court record, by simplistically stating that they were. The fawning cheerleaders of the complicit media lapped this up, and broadcast the lie far and wide.
Does anyone believe for a single moment that an inexperienced school caretaker (janitor) could simultaneously subdue two violently struggling 10-year-old girls, kill them one after the other in his own home without a sound, then remove every trace of their DNA to the point where police forensic experts could find none at all? This is an absolute fantasy, because British police forensic experts are known worldwide for their skills. If two girls had been attacked, let alone killed in Huntley’s house, police would have found hundreds of microscopic DNA traces. Alas, (for them) they found none. However they were not about to let this mere detail stand in the way of their perversion of justice.
Latham was ready for a little scepticism, so the next morning, 6 November 2003 he said that a female detective who had visited Huntley’s house noted that the ground floor was tidy, and that there was a “strong smell of a lemony cleaning product”. She also found it “strange” that there was washing on the line when it was raining. Though Latham was obviously using this statement to subtly back up his claim that Holly and Jessica were inside Huntley’s house the night before, we still need to examine the female detective’s statement more closely.
Since when has it been a crime to keep your house tidy, use lemon-scented cleaning fluid, and forget you had washing on the line when it was raining? If these events are really cause for suspicion, then all the housewives in Britain should also be investigated for murder. Furthermore, there will likely be a huge queue of criminals wanting to purchase this incredible “lemony cleaning product”, which by implication is allegedly capable of removing all traces of DNA from a major crime scene in less than twelve hours.
According to Richard Latham QC, Ian Huntley also made a “major attempt” to sanitise his car in the days after the disappearance of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, actions which Latham claim show a man “who is thinking calmly and carefully and is calculating his way forward”. These uncorroborated claims include removing an existing boot carpet, changing tyres, and cleaning the Ford Fiesta while others were out searching for the girls, presumably after casually dumping the two small bodies at USAF Lakenheath.