[Edited 06/07/21: due to a further miscarriage of justice in Norwich Family Law Court I am at this time unable to identify to journalists or the public two of the most prominent abusers in this still operating paedophile ring].
THIS POST HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ‘ILLUMINATI’ CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND NONE OF THE FACTS SUPPORT THE NARRATIVE OF CERTAIN ‘VOICES’ CURRENTLY MAKING CAREERS FOR THEMSELVES ALLEGEDLY ‘REPRESENTING’ SURVIVORS. CONSPIRACY THEORISTS CAUSE MORE HARM THAN GOOD – THEY ACT TO SPREAD MISINFORMATION THAT CAUSES SURVIVORS OF ABUSE FURTHER SUFFERING. IT IS ANOTHER FORM OF ABUSE IN ITSELF. WE DESERVE AND DESIRE CREDIBLE SUPPORT.
This post concerns an extremely real and proven to exist sadistic ritualistic paedophile ring that has been operating in the UK for decades, an unsolved ritualistic murder, and the arrogant incompetence of police and social services who have placed those coming forward with disclosures in even more danger as well as traumatising them further. The authors are the son of three perpetrators from this group (their mother, biological father, and stepfather) and the estranged mother of a disabled child, now a vulnerable adult who has been abused by this group since infancy and is quite probably still being abused by them. Our names are Nathaniel J. Harris and Jasmine DeVille, and we have already received limited online attention having been interviewed by Shaun Atwood and Sonia Poulton, both times with the intention of forcing police to recognise their terrible errors and prove public interest and concern. Numerous complaints have been made over the last decade to the IOPC but to no avail. The intention of this work is to inform journalists and researchers – police must be shown this remains in the public interest to investigate.
The following extract is from Cornwall Live, 10th November 2019. It is available in its entirety online: https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/cornwalls-most-mysterious-unsolved-murder-3517641
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CORNWALL’S MOST MYSTERIOUS UNSOLVED MURDER CASES:
Communities were left in shock and the killers have never been brought to justice
PETER SOLHEIM (JUNE 2004)
Margaret James, 58, is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence for conspiracy to murder her paganist lover Peter Solheim. However, her co-plotters have never been caught.
In June 2004, the mutilated body of Mr Solheim, 56, was dragged aboard the vessel the Clairvoyant by two fishermen after they spotted it floating in the sea off Cornwall.
The dead man had been drugged before he was hacked about the body with a blunt machete or axe and hurled into the sea – he did not die from his horrific injuries, but drowned.
Unlike Cornwall’s other unsolved murders, the Solheim case did reach court and a partial conviction.
During the case at Truro Crown Court it was revealed that Mr Solheim of Carnkie, near Helston, West Cornwall, was a parish councillor who dabbled in black magic and dealt in pornography.
The jury believed the prosecution’s case that James, of Porthoustock, on Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula, had acted to murder Mr Solheim after she learned he was poised to leave her in favour of his mistress of nearly 20 years, Jean Knowles, of Par, near St Austell.
In her evidence James told the court that she had last seen Mr Solheim when she dropped him off at Mylor Harbour for a fishing trip with a friend called Charlie on June 16, 2004.
Using Mr Solheim’s mobile phone she then sent a series of fake text messages from him to Mrs Knowles. What James did not realise was that the body had already been found five miles south-east of Black Head, on the Lizard peninsula.
Police never believed that James had acted alone and are still hunting her co-conspirators as she has never revealed who they are.
In 2012 Solheim was accused of child rape in a sensational turn of events at a trial into alleged sex abuse at pagan ceremonies.
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My parents were called as character witnesses at the trial of James. Their names are Ann and Adrian Brynn-Evans, and like Solheim they are ‘pagans’. Their photograph appears at the head of an article printed around the time of the trial. The following report is from The Falmouth Packet, 17th May, 2005. It is available to read online at https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/762337.pagan-peter-liked-talking-sex/
At the time of this trial my parents were living in Wells, Somerset. In 2013 they returned to live in Milton Keynes, where they had previously lived in the 1990s. They organise an event that takes place in Glastonbury called The Wytches’ Market, and their address is available online:
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PAGAN PETER LIKED TALKING ABOUT SEX
Bearded pagan Peter Solheim fancied himself as being “hot stuff” and attractive to women, constantly talking about sex, a jury at Truro Crown Court heard.
Fellow pagans Adrian and Ann Bryn-Evans said that Solheim talked frequently about sex, making his partner Margaret James feel uncomfortable.
James, 57, from Porthoustock, is currently on trial charged with killing Peter Solheim, a former Budock parish councillor. She denies murdering Mr Solheim between June 15 and 19, 2004, and conspiracy to murder with others unknown between June 1 and 19, 2004.
Mr Bryn-Evans, who now lives in Somerset and is the district manager for the Pagan Federation for Wessex, said that Solheim, when trying to make an impression, would also tell people: “I make a very good friend but a very bad enemy,” declared Mrs Ann Bryn-Evans, a pagan priestess for about 20 years, said she first met Solheim and James at a “moot” or meeting in Tehidy Woods, near Camborne, in May 1999. They became friends, but later Solheim became critical of them.
“I felt Margaret came along to keep Peter happy and to keep an eye on him,” she said. “I felt she was not enthusiastic and would rather he wasn’t involved.”
Asked by prosecutor Sarah Munro, QC, about Solheim’s attitude to sex, Mrs Bryn-Evans said he talked about it frequently. “At first it seemed a bit amusing, then I felt there was too much of it. I felt Margaret was uncomfortable when he spoke about other women and how he was very attractive to them. He was boasting, describing himself as hot stuff’ and saying that he never had any trouble attracting women.”
Questioned by defence counsel Paul Dunkels, QC, the witness agreed that Solheim had got himself banned from some of the “moots” because people were worried about his attitude towards women. After a while they began to feel he was “disturbing and unpleasant.”
Solheim, she said, had frightened a mutual friend by going to her home to see her when her husband was out and she was by herself. Solheim had also used his assumed knowledge of the occult to upset people.
Mr Bryn-Evans, wearing black and a pentagon necklace, said that he and his wife lived in Cornwall until February 2004 and he had been the administrator for the Devon and Cornwall practising witches. “We try to live our lives with nature,” he said.
He said they held eight celebrations a year when pagans and witches got together and cast a circle. Asked by Miss Munro to explain further, Mr Bryn-Evans replied: “I can’t tell you that because you are not a witch. There are certain fundamental aspects of paganism which those who do not take part will not be told. We honour the gods and godesses (sic).”
He also assured Miss Munro that it should not involve any violent rituals “we have never practised a violent ritual in our time.”
Solheim, he said, was very keen on women and liked to think of himself as a womaniser.
Mr Bryn-Evans agreed with Mr Dunkels that he had told the police Solheim was “quite dislikeable” as he was always setting friends against each other.
Mrs Carolyn Rogers, James’ next-door neighbour for many years, said that after Solheim had been found dead Margaret seemed to cope quite well her normal, chatty, cheerful self.
The witness told Mr Dunkels that she had not found Solheim a person she could warm to. He came across as a “know it all,” claiming that whatever anyone was talking about he had done it and that he knew the right people to get things done.
He was very proud of his position on the parish council in the sense that he could get things done, but not for the good of the community. The sense of power was important to him.
“I didn’t trust him and thought him sly,” said Mrs Rogers. “He wasn’t someone I would want to have a conversation with, but I did because of Margaret.”
The trial continues.
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Note that Adrian Brynn-Evans was at this time the regional coordinator for an organisation called The Pagan Federation. This is an ‘umbrella’ organisation whose membership is drawn from various ‘paths’ of paganism including Wicca (‘pagan’ witchcraft), Druidry, Thelema (followers of Aleister Crowley), and Chaos Magic, among others. This provided him with a fat address book, and put him into contact with all the leading ‘pagan’ groups in the UK. As such he was an important person in that world, with considerable influence. According to The Pagan Federation‘s own website, https://www.paganfed.org/ ; “Founded in 1971 the PF seeks to support all Pagans to ensure they have the same rights as the followers of other beliefs and religions. It aims to promote a positive profile for Pagans and Paganism and to provide information on Pagan beliefs to the media, official bodies and the greater community. The Pagan Federation regards membership of any organisations that refuse to support freedom of religion and equality of race, gender, and sexual orientation, as incompatible with our aims, objectives and values.”
Ann and Adrian Brynn-Evans moved to Cornwall around 1998, taking a residence close to The Museum of Witchcraft, and New Age artist Peter Pracownick, with whom Adrian had been friends since the 1970s. For many years Ann and Adrian produced the newsletter for the Friends of The Museum of Witchcraft and attended regular ‘society’ meetings there. They also ran various events, such as the meetings of The Pagan Federation, and their own ‘Wytchcraft convention’ which was held at Camelot Castle.
The following report is from Mail Online, 6th July 2006. My parents are quoted again. Also appearing as a character witness alongside them was Wiccan ‘High Priest’ Peter Petrauske, who will shall return to shortly. The report is available to read online at:
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SEX, WITCHCRAFT, AND THE MURDER OF A DRUID
Dressed in a horned helmet, metal breastplate and wielding a double-edged four-foot long sword, Peter Solheim cut a truly extraordinary figure.
“I make a very good friend,” he solemnly informed the gathering of fellow witches and Druids, “and a very bad enemy.”
High drama but never could the 56-year-old parish councillor turned pagan have guessed how those words would one day come back to haunt him.
A few months on, almost exactly two years ago now, Solheim was brutally murdered – dumped in the Channel off the coast of Cornwall and left to drown.
Drugged and with his limbs and head bludgeoned to a bloody pulp with a machete, he had no hope of saving himself. Yesterday, Margaret James, his lover of nine years, was convicted of masterminding the plot to kill him.
In a cruel echo of Solheim’s own words, the best of friends had indeed turned into the worst of enemies. “It was you who wanted him dead and you who masterminded and orchestrated the events which culminated in his death,” Judge Graham Cottle told James, 58, as he jailed her for 20 years at Truro Crown Court. “What you orchestrated was a horrific and slow death.”
The story of James’s bloody betrayal of her boyfriend is in equal measure extraordinary and horrifying, its plotline built around a volatile, unstable mixture of sex, witchcraft, greed and jealousy. Its conclusion also hangs in the air. To this day, James’s accomplice, whoever he or she may be, remains very much at large.
Played out to the ancient backdrop of the Cornish countryside, a land of folklore and myth, the roots of this murder mystery can be traced back to 1995 and an advert placed in the lonely hearts’ column of a local newspaper.
James, a petite vegan with a penchant for nettle tea and a voracious sexual appetite, was looking for companionship and replied.
A mother of two, she had been single since the mid-80s when her first husband Francis James died in a fire at the gravel pit where he was working.
She received a £50,000 insurance settlement following the accident which she used to buy a former coastguard cottage on an exposed bluff of land above the Cornish hamlet of Porthoustock.
To locals, she cut an eccentric, remote figure – swimming naked in the sea and living in near-squalor. She got by on a widow’s pension and made a bit of extra pocket money selling mobile phones and SIM cards.
Like James, Solheim was also divorced and when the two met they quickly discovered they shared an interest in ‘alternative’ lifestyles – or “sex, pills and potions” as the prosecuting barrister in the trial would put it.
“We ended up going to bed and, to coin a phrase, were ‘at it like rabbits’,” was how James described the early days of their relationship to police.
“When it started I would say it was ridiculous, we never seemed to be out of bed. That returned to normality over time but our relationship continued with a high sexual and physical attraction.”
Evidently, theirs’ was a highly-charged relationship from the start. And it was never a particularly easy one. For starters, Solheim was a difficult and unpopular individual. Cornish-born, he was the only child of the chief engineer of a Norwegian whaling ship, a heritage that in later life would lead to a fascination with the Viking gods.
With his father often away at sea, he was raised by his mother Dorothy in the village of Budock Water on the outskirts of Falmouth and as a child was obsessed with knives and guns.
Following a stint as a panel beater, Solheim worked for the printing company Stralfords in Camborne but is understood to have taken early retirement in the mid-nineties suffering from manic depression.
He received incapacity benefit and, with money earned selling pirated hardcore porn DVDs and antique weapons (his collection was worth £30,000) was considered a relatively wealthy man.
By the time he met James he had not only split from his wife, Jean (a dispatch clerk whom he married in 1971) but had also severed contact with his two children, Lisa, 29, and Daniel, 25.
“I last spoke to my father on Christmas Day 1995 and we didn’t leave on the best of terms,” Lisa told the Mail. “He’d just met Margaret and I didn’t get on very well with her – nothing specific but we never hit it off. As I was old enough to move out, I moved out.
“In any case I wasn’t happy with all the guns and knives he kept in the house. He had a fiery temper and I was always afraid that he would lose his cool one day and do something that he would regret. Most of the friends he used to have when I was living with him have drifted away. He completely changed after he divorced my mum.”
The change, in particular, could be seen in two areas of his life: women and witchcraft. And James fell into both camps. At first, it seems, she was happy to accompany him to various solstice and equinox celebrations but it quickly became apparent to onlookers that he was more serious about the occult than she was.
“He became very taken by the gods Oden and Thor and was definitely veering towards the dark side of magic,” Tamsin Parish, a 23-year-old Druid who first met Solheim in the late nineties told the Mail. “Oden and Thor are Nordic gods and are very powerful and we were all worried that he thought he could tap into that power and was somehow being a messenger for those gods. Put it this way, we didn’t get the feeling that he was using that power in a good way.”
Having parted company with the Druids, Solheim joined a local group of Wiccans, devotees of a pre-Christian pagan religion who honour gods and goddesses and hold rituals to mark the changing seasons.
Peter Petrauske, high priest of the Falmouth coven, says that while they would worship in plain white robes Solheim insisted on wearing a horned helmet and breastplate. He would also carry a sword.
“He told us he wanted to be known as Thor’s Hammer,” said Mr Petrauske. “He was following the Norse way and was far more interested in that side of things.”
He was also very interested in sex. Pagan priestess Ann Bryn-Evans recalled how Solheim thought he was irresistible to women.
“He spoke about it very frequently,” said Mrs Bryn-Evans. “At first it was amusing but then there was too much of it. Margaret smiled and smirked as if she felt proud about it. But as time went on she became uncomfortable if he mentioned other women and said he was attracted to them. He was a boaster. He described himself as hot stuff. He felt he was very attractive to women and had no trouble in attracting them.”
An openly flirtatious man, it is clear that James did not trust Solheim in the least.
On one occasion when he was out, she searched his house and later told a friend how she had found a doll with pins in it, a video camera and ladies’ underwear hidden in the attic.
All the time her suspicions were fuelled by the knowledge that Solheim had been having a 20-year on-off relationship with a woman by the name of Jean Knowles. “We had a sexual relationship, except when I was in other sexual relationships, but we stayed in contact, we were there for each other,” thrice-divorced 63-year-old Mrs Knowles would tell the court.
“I knew of Margaret and that there were possibly other women. We each did what we wanted to do.”
James, however, did not share this laissez-faire approach and on one occasion telephoned Mrs Knowles to tell her to stop contacting Solheim.
But they continued to communicate by phone and in the three years before Solheim’s death started to see one another more and more.
“He sometimes stayed overnight,” said Mrs Knowles. “And we had sex three or four times a month. He liked it – that is for sure.”
Indeed, so much did he like ‘it’ that by the end of 2003 he had decided that his future lay with his long-term mistress. He bought her an engagement ring and began to renovate his mother’s vacant home with a view to moving there after they married.
“He asked me not to wear the ring until the time was right,” she told the court. Solheim, it would appear, was nervous about telling James that their relationship was going to end. He told Mrs Knowles that once she knew, “the muck will hit the fan”. On June 15th 2004 Solheim made one last entry in his calendar. It simply read: “Secret’s found out.”
This, police assume, meant that he had told James that they were finished. On the following day his jilted girlfriend wreaked her terrible revenge. Using the powerful sedative Lorazepam, Solheim was first drugged and then set about with a machete or axe. A total of 18 injuries, including four deep cuts to the head that would have left him unconscious but not dead, were inflicted.
He had three broken ribs and bruising to his chest and back, grazing on his buttocks where he had been dragged across rough ground and a deep cut to his left knee that had broken the kneecap. Another ‘targeted’ injury had almost severed his right big toe.
It is accepted that James, who stands at little more than 5ft tall, did not act alone and detectives believe that given Solheim’s abrasive character and illicit dealings in guns and pornography, there would have been no shortage of willing accomplices.
“Don’t be fooled by this diminutive woman. In truth she has a heart of stone,” prosecutor Sarah Munro QC, told the jury at Truro Crown Court. “The injuries were caused by blunt and sharp weapons likely to be a machete or axe. The injuries have been deliberately targeted. You will have to consider whether to make his suffering more severe or to ensure his movement was heavily restricted.”
Notable amongst the injuries was damage to his fingers. A ring given to Solheim by Mrs Knowles had been ripped off and replaced by one of James’s. For two days Solheim was held captive (where, exactly, remains unclear) before being taken out to sea and dumped. He was alive when he entered the water but would have drowned quickly.
Had the plot gone to plan then Solheim’s body would never have been found. Instead, a passing trawler picked it up within a matter of hours.
Clearly, James was not immediately aware of this. She had Solheim’s mobile phone and sent a series of ‘red herring’ texts to her own phone and to that of Mrs Knowles purporting to be from him. In them she wrote that he had met a friend named Charlie, that they were going fishing together and could be heading for France or Spain.
But checks subsequently showed that all the calls had been routed through the St Keverne transmission mast near James’s home and that some were sent up to 36 hours after his body had been recovered.
The texts received by Mrs Knowles aroused instant suspicion. Normally, Solheim never referred to James by her first name, Margaret, but as ‘M’ or ‘It’. But in the texts Mrs Knowles received from the 17th onwards the name Margaret was used in full.
In the days and weeks following the discovery of Solheim’s body James stuck to the story that she had last seen him on June 16th when he had gone off fishing with the mysterious Charlie. But when officers spoke with her they found her vague – unable to say at what time she had last seen him – and unemotional.
Suspicions were heightened when a search of Solheim’s house – named Valhalla in honour of the Viking gods – found just £20. A safe was missing and £24,000 cash was subsequently found at James’s mother’s house. A further £900 was found hidden under a mattress in James’s own home with a note that read: “What goes around, comes around.”
Police also discovered a list in her handwriting of lethal poisons, each annotated with the dose needed for it to be fatal to humans. Arrested the following month, James was not charged until February 2005.
During the trial the three men and nine women of the jury heard evidence from James who attempted to blacken her former lovers name in any way she could. She told the court that Solheim was obsessed with black magic, on one occasion spending three nights stood in a stone circle reciting the Lord’s Prayer backwards.
She also claimed that he was obsessed with pornography and had forced himself on her sexually “a couple of dozen times” during their relationship.
Further, Paul Dunkels QC, her barrister, claimed that Solheim had received hate mail branding him a paedophile which could have provided a motive for whoever it was that wanted him dead.
Originally accused of murder and conspiracy to murder, during the trial the jury was instructed by the judge that there was insufficient evidence to convict James of murder and on his orders they returned a not guilty verdict.
But after nine hours of deliberations, yesterday they found James guilty of the conspiracy charge.
As well as the prison term, James was also ordered to pay £120,000 towards the costs of the prosecution.
Told by Judge Cottle she had shown no remorse for her crime, she shouted: “I can’t feel remorse for something I haven’t done.”
Two years ago, shortly after the killing, James gave a brief interview to the Mail.
Then, she told of Solheim’s interest in the Norse Gods, how she believed he was a Satanist and how she was “coping as well as she might”
Asked if she had any idea about who killed Solheim she paused and then said: “You only know about a person what they choose to tell you.”
Until now James has chosen to reveal nothing about how her boyfriend really died. And yet, as the jury concluded, despite her lies the whole world now knows the truth about her.
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So, James did not commit the murder but was convicted of conspiring with others who did.
We now return to their friend Peter Petrauske. The following report is from BBC News, 14th December, 2012. It is available to read online at:
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JACK KEMP & PETER PETRAUSKE JAILED FOR ‘RITUALISTIC’ SEX ABUSE
Two men have been jailed for carrying out “ritualistic” sex abuse of girls as
part of a witches’ coven.
Peter Petrauske, 72, and Jack Kemp, 69, both of Falmouth, Cornwall, had denied multiple sexual assaults involving children.
Truro Crown Court heard the victims could have been as young as three-years-old.
Petrauske was jailed for 18 years and Kemp for 14 years for the abuse which dated back to the 1970s
Kemp was also found guilty of more recent sexual assaults unconnected to Petrauske, the court heard.
Petrauske was convicted of one count of rape, one count of aiding and abetting an attempt to rape and one count of indecent assault.
Kemp was found guilty of indecent assault and indecency with a child.
He was found not guilty of four other offences.
Judge Graham Cottle said: “The offences range from the extremely serious to the truly horrifying.
“You are two of the surviving members of a paedophile ring, together with others whose names have repeated frequently in this trial who were members of a ring that operated in Falmouth in the 1970s and 1980s.
“I’m satisfied that you have both had a life-long sexual interest in young, female children.”
He added that the trial had featured “ritualistic, sickening abuse of young, young children”.
Petrauske, of no fixed abode, and Kemp, of Grenville Road in Falmouth, were said to have worn ceremonial robes and had pagan paraphernalia when they abused girls in Cornwall during the 1970s.
Petrauske described himself as the high priest of a white witches’ coven in St Ives, west Cornwall.
Female members of the coven backed him and said that while children were occasionally present, nudity never played a part in the ceremonies.
One female friend also described him as “a gentleman”.
Kemp denied any involvement in paganism, saying it “wasn’t his cup of tea”, and said he was the victim of a bizarre conspiracy.
He said the girls were wrong to name him in the case.
The men’s victims gave evidence from behind a screen during the three-week trial.
They said they were abused by their tormentors, before being given money and sweets to keep quiet.
Judge Cottle said: “The scars left [on two victims] are so obvious that it would seem extremely unlikely that either of them have any real prospect of recovery.
“Finally, the truth about your lies and your undoubted propensities has caught up with you.”
Detective Constable Rick Milburn said: “It was truly horrific abuse, the worst my officers and myself have ever seen. It was truly distressing for everyone involved.
“The only way to describe what these victims have been through is that it has destroyed their lives.”
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These were not the only convictions for child abuse within the ‘Pagan’ community. The previous year saw the conviction of Colin Batley, a Thelemite (follower of Crowley), and his wives. This group was in the same ‘jurisdiction’ of The Pagan Federation.
The following report is from The Guardian, 11th March, 2011. It is available online at:
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COLIN BATLEY, LEADER OF SEX CULT PREYING ON CHILDREN,
COULD SPEND LIFE IN JAIL
Judge says ‘evil’ head of paedophile group operating from quiet cul-de-sac at Welsh seaside town must serve at least 11 years
A former security guard who led a cult from a cul-de-sac in a Welsh seaside town was told he might spend life in jail for committing a series of sex attacks on boys and girls.
Colin Batley of Kidwelly, west Wales, presided over a quasi-religious sex cult that preyed on vulnerable youngsters, forced women into prostitution and indulged in occult rites.
Batley was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection with a recommendation that he spend at least 11 years in jail. Sentencing him at Swansea crown court, Judge Paul Thomas QC told him: “You may never be released.”
The judge said Batley, 48, had “besmirched the unsuspecting town of Kidwelly” after moving there from London.
“You formed a community within a community, you were described as evil. That, in my view, is an entirely accurate statement of your character.
“It is likely that you have dedicated your life since you were 12 years old to satisfying your sexual urges by whatever means at your disposal.”
Jacqueline Marling, 42 – described as “Batley’s right-hand woman” – was jailed for 12 years for her part in the group’s crimes.
The cult leader’s estranged wife, Elaine Batley, 47, was jailed for eight years. And Shelly Millar, 35 – described during the trial as Batley’s sex slave – was jailed for five years.
The cult is said to have been inspired by Aleister Crowley, the late mystic and magician nicknamed the Great Beast who in 1904 published a text called the Book of the Law extolling permissive sex.
During the five-week trial the prosecution claimed “the book” formed the basis for Batley’s organisation and he would read from a laminated copy of it while dressed in hooded robes at the start of orgies.
Batley insisted that no cult existed but the jury found him guilty of 35 offences including 11 rapes, three indecent assaults, causing prostitution for personal gain, causing a child to have sex and inciting a child to have sex.
The three women, who got Egyptian Eye of Horus tattoos apparently to show their allegiance to the organisation, were found guilty of sex-related charges.
Young boys and girls were procured by cult members to take part in sex sessions, the trial heard. The group preyed on vulnerable youngsters, impelling them to join with veiled death threats. Batley was accused of forcing a number of his victims into prostitution.
One man told the trial Batley had repeatedly abused him as a child. A woman claimed she joined the cult after Batley told her an assassin would kill her if she did not take part in an initiation ceremony that began with a lecture on the occult and ended with a sexual assault.
Batley bred rottweiler dogs from his home for profit but kept two – named after ancient Egyptian royals – for personal safety. Several of his victims were made to wear upside down crosses, the court heard.
Despite having operated in Kidwelly for years, the cult had seemingly gone unnoticed by the rest of the town.
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Note the Eye of Horus tattoos. My mother also has such a tattoo on the back of her neck, usually hidden beneath her hair. I made this tattoo for her in the year 2002. She told me at that time that she and Adrian were part of a group that required such a tattoo, and that Adrian’s already existing ‘eye in a hawk’ tattoo on his left forearm had been accepted as such a mark so he did not need a new tattoo. She also told me the group was headed by a ‘triad’ (meaning one husband with two wives), and their names were Colin, Elaine, and Jeannette.
It was, on my insistence and against her reticence, caught on camera when we appeared together in the documentary by the National Geographic, Taboo: Witchcraft, in 2002.
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Note that this ‘Church’ was large, with links to London, Bristol, and elsewhere.
The following is from Bristol Post, 27th November, 2018. The article is available online at:
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THE BRISTOL PROSTITUTES AND THE PAEDOPHILE SATANIC SEX CULT
WHICH HORRIFIED A COUNTRY
Colin Batley, top left, forced Jacqueline Marling, top right, and Shelly Millar, bottom right, into prostitution as leader of a Satanic sex cult. His wife, Elaine Batley, is bottom left.
Two Bristol prostitutes were part of a Satanic sex cult which took over a quiet Welsh village as their leader brainwashed and then raped children in sickening rituals.
Shelly Millar and Jacqueline Marling worked in brothels in Bristol – but were forced into prostitution by evil cult leader Colin Batley.
The full story of how the evil former Tesco security guard established the depraved cult in Clos Yr Onnen, Kidwelly, in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, has now been told for the first time, reports Wales Online .
As residents in the Carmarthenshire estate went about their daily lives , they had no idea the horror which was being inflicted in Batley’s home.
One victim, who was raped by leader Colin Batley when she was just 11 said he told her she would “go to the abyss” if she did not have sex with him.
Another said she was passed around to have sex with strangers during Satanic parties where members wore hooded robes and referred to Batley as the High Priest.
His actions saw children and young adults intimidated into having sex in the most horrific circumstances.
The full scale of the abuse perpetrated by the cult came to light when they were jailed for a total of 36 years in 2011 – with “quasi-religious” sect leader Batley warned he may never be freed.
But the roots of what happened in Kidwelly began some two decades before when Londoner Batley moved to Carmarthenshire.
They were followed by Jacqueline Marling and Shelly Millar, who each moved into the same street and were part of the cult.
Inspired by the works of arch-satanist Aleister Crowley, who died in 1947, female members of the sect referred to Batley as “My Lord”.
Women in the cult, which they called “The Church”, filled their homes with ancient Egyptian idolatry and wore Eye of Horus protection symbol tattoos on their arms. This celebrated Crowley’s worship of the Egyptian hawk god Horus – something Batley was interested in.
Cult members would dress in hooded robes during occult rituals which usually took place before group sex.
A number of houses in the same cul-de-sac were used for the regular cult sex sessions as part of their swinging lifestyle.
Scruffy and jobless Batley, who had several missing teeth, would read from the occult bible, The Book of The Law, written more than a century ago by Crowley as well as his other works Equinox of the Gods and The Book of Magick.
He would also order cult members to have sex together and ensure that other members were present to film it.
The recorded material, though, is all believed to have been destroyed before Batley’s arrest.
He was apparently tipped off by friends in London about the impending raid on his home two days before it happened.
Batley, who was 48 when he stood trial over five weeks at Swansea Crown Court in the early part of 2011, was said to have used the cult as a form of brainwashing to justify abuse to his victims.
One schoolboy, by that time an adult, told the trial Batley had repeatedly abused him as a child.
A schoolgirl, also by then an adult, said she was forced into joining the cult through fear for her life. Batley told her a cult assassin would kill her if she did not take part in an elaborate initiation ceremony.
It started with a 10-minute lecture on the occult by him but concluded with sex.
The schoolgirl said she was later ordered to Batley’s home on regular occasions when she would have to have sex with him.
She was also taken to satanic sex parties where she would be passed round to have sex with strangers. The Satanic cultists all had secret Eye of Horus tattoos.
At one an altar was set out with a goblet of red wine, an incense burner, and salted bread and sect members later disrobed – or, in their words, “became skyclad” – and had sex.
Giving evidence against Batley via videolink during the trial one victim claimed all he had to do was “click his fingers” to make a woman strip.
And she claimed that soon after she met Batley, when she was just 11, he told her to have sex with him or she would “go to the abyss”.
“I did not want him to do what he was doing but I did not have a choice because what Colin said was what happened. What Colin said went.”
Batley was also accused of stepping in to try to prevent a young woman from aborting a baby he believed he may have fathered so it could be “a child of the occult”.
During the trial prosecutor Peter Murphy QC told the jury: “The offences were committed against a background of persistent psychological coercion and fear using the vehicle of the occult. The victims were brainwashed, frightened – they felt they had no choice.”
The perverted events described in court took place over several decades in both Kidwelly and addresses in London.
Following the convictions of the cult members one neighbour in Clos yr Onnen recalled of Colin Batley: “The day of his son’s funeral he was sitting outside his house laughing and joking like he didn’t have a care in the world.
“It was the sort of behaviour that no normal person could comprehend.”
Batley – who smirked as the horrific allegations against him were laid bare in court – repeatedly denied the accusations against him as he spoke out in his own defence.
He denied he ran a cult or was in any way a leader. He did admit having an “open” sexual relationship with his wife and enjoying threesomes with co-defendant and “second in command” Jackie Marling, with whom he had a long-standing affair without the knowledge of his wife.
The cult was smashed by police in the summer of 2010 when two courageous victims, a man and a woman, went to them with their stories of abuse at the hands of Batley and the other defendants.
Five complainants, whose identity is protected by law, came to the subsequent trial to describe how they were taken or lured to the homes at Clos yr Onnen and subjected to sex attacks.
Several broke down and sobbed as they recalled what they had been through.
They also said others, who had not come forward, were also made to perform unspeakable acts.
Forced into selling sex
Batley also forced victims into prostitution, with prosecutor Mr Murphy saying the “controlling” and manipulative sect principal took a 25% cut of any cash other members earned.
Millar, then 35, was said to have got through 3,000 clients in a two-year period while acting as a prostitute in massage parlours in Swansea and Bristol.
The trial heard how Batley purchased a £21,000 luxury caravan in February 2010 using a £3,210 cash deposit despite having no obvious income.
Batley, who dismissed his role as a feared high priest of his own religion as “a load of rubbish”, claimed he made £10,000 a year breeding pedigree rottweilers for sale and said he also bred Siamese cats.
And he claimed some of his money came from “gambling on the dogs and horses”.
During the trial it emerged that following their arrests the preceding summer the Batleys had separated.
While giving evidence she accused her husband of laughing at her from the dock as she stood in the witness box.
She said: “I feel embarrassed to be married to him.” And she added: “I’ve changed, you won’t get the better of me now.”
She told the court that while she and Marling had been involved in “threesomes” and had had a fling together she only found out later that her husband and Marling had been having a long-term affair.
The discovery was made when Marling sent him a birthday card with the words “To my husband” on it.
Of her marriage, Elaine Batley said on one occasion he sent a photo of her to the Readers’ Wives section of a pornographic magazine and this led to them meeting “other couples for group activities”.
As the defendants were led down the steps to court cells after being remanded in custody following the guilty verdicts against them Elaine Batley could be heard screaming “I ******* hate you” at her husband. Crying and sobbing was audible from the cell steps.
Barely containing his contempt for the defendants as he jailed them for total of 47 charges, Judge Paul Thomas QC told them: “You besmirched the unsuspecting community of Kidwelly by setting up a community within a community which involved rape, child sex abuse and prostitution.”
The trial was so harrowing that jurors were offered counselling.
Colin and Elaine Batley’s home was also the scene of the death of their son Damian during a sex act gone wrong.
On February 1, 2008, the former Asda cashier filmed himself on his mobile phone as he accidentally hanged himself.
A family member found Mr Batley naked and hanged, an inquest heard.
The police were called and when they arrived at the scene they found video footage on his mobile phone.
Deputy coroner Pauline Mainwaring recorded a verdict of accidental death from hanging.
She added: “There is no evidence to suggest suicide.”
She confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances and no-one else was involved.
The defendants and their sentences
The self-styled ‘high priest’ of the cult grew up in Shoreditch, London, and once worked for Tesco as a night security guard.
He also ran a fruit and vegetable stall. He spent 28 years married to wife and co-defendant Elaine.
Batley claimed his late lorry driver father sexually abused him as a child.
Asked in court about his fascination for Egypt the 48-year-old just said: “Egypt? I don’t mind Egypt.”
He was convicted of 35 offences including 11 rapes and numerous child sex crimes.
Sentencing him to an indeterminate prison term on public protection grounds and ordering him to serve at least 11 years before being eligible for parole, Judge Paul Thomas QC told him: “When this case was opened to the jury you Colin Batley were described as evil.
“That in my view is an accurate statement of your character. You set yourself up as the ruler of a sick little kingdom surrounded by three women who danced as your willing attendants regarding you as their master.
“It’s clear you dedicated your life since the age of 12 or 13 to satisfying your sexual urges by any means at your disposal.
“You left your victims psychologically scarred and treated them as sexual playthings.”
She grew up in East London and had tattoos including the Eye of Horus on her arm, a pentagram above Egyptian script on her leg, Tutankhamun on her back plus another Egyptian script on her back which she claimed she did not understand.
When asked if she had ever been to Egypt during her trial the then 47-year-old said she would like to have gone but had not visited “because of the heat”.
She also told the court she liked the ancient Egyptians because “they were good to their slaves”.
She admitted to an affair with Jackie Marling and “a fumble” with Shelly Millar and told the court she was interested in Aleister Crowley and read his work.
According to one of the victims in the case Batley’s wife was treated “like a slave” but the judge said she became a willing participant in her husband’s “wickedness”.
The jury heard how a young boy was tricked into having sex with her
She was jailed for eight years after being convicted of indecency with children.
She grew up in Poplar, East London, and was 42 at the time she stood trial.
Marling initially denied to police officers that she was a prostitute but her car was spotted making regular trips to brothels in the centre of Swansea and Bristol.
She sported an Eye of Horus tattoo on her arm and had a figurine of a cat goddess in her home plus a drawing of the Mask of Tutankhamun and one of the hawk-headed Egyptian god Horus.
She had affairs with Colin Batley and Elaine Batley.
Described as ringleader Colin Batley’s “second in command”, she was jailed for 12 years for aiding and abetting rape and child sex offences.
Jailing Marling, the judge told her: “After Colin Batley you are the most culpable in this horrific scenario. Your relationship with him brought together two kindred evil spirits.
“You were clearly besotted with him and The Book Of The Law and I view you effectively as his second in command in all this.
“You may or may not take this as a compliment but you have fully lived up to the ideals of your mentor Aleister Crowley.”
He added: “Throughout the trial you have not displayed a flicker of emotion. The tears in your eyes now I take to be tears of self-pity.”
The 35-year-old sobbed as she was found guilty of two counts of indecency with children, one of which involved having sex with a 12-year-old boy.
Having grown up in Kent, Millar had an Eye of Horus tattoo on her arm and admitted to having around 3,000 clients as a prostitute during a two-year period working in Swansea and Bristol.
She was jailed for five years.
In the aftermath of the court case neighbours in Clos yr Onnen described Batley as an “evil bully”.
His rundown home had a torn and ragged England flag pinned outside while two rottweiler dogs – named Sekhet after the Egyptian lion goddess and Toots, short for Tutankhamun – could often be heard leaping at the door.
People nearby described how Batley – who also had a cat called Rameses – used to walk around the estate with his two dogs as if to intimidate people.
“Colin Batley is the most disgusting and vile man you could meet,” one neighbour said at the time.
One woman said: “Batley and one of his friends used to have a van calling regularly, with a consignment of contraband tobacco and, we think, pornography. They used to head off to France on fortnightly trips and sometimes were gone for as long as six weeks. It makes you wonder if part of their cult activity was going on there too.”
Seven years later street resident John Wheatland still remembers being able to hear one of the victims crying at night.
He didn’t know why and says he had “no idea whatsoever” of the awful reality of what was going on.
“She would cry every night, sobbing,” he said.
“I didn’t know why and I never raised suspicions but I should have known something wasn’t right.”
Mr Wheatland also described an extraordinary incident as he worked in the garden of his home and saw a teenage girl “done up to look like a film star” nearby.
He estimated her to be aged 14 or 15.
“She looked at me and said: ‘Do you want sex then?’ I was shocked. I don’t know what I said but I went inside.
“I’d never heard anything like that before.”
The woman who had dressed her, her said, “used to dress up in very short skirts and high heels and walk to Batley’s house”.
Recalling the day the cult members were arrested in the summer of 2010 he said he had been leaving his house at around 8.30am when he saw police cars in the street.
“When I came back they were gone,” he said. “I had no idea what it was about.
“This is a quiet neighbourhood. When all those Londoners came down it was very strange.
“Batley was very arrogant. Apart from that there was nothing suspicious about him. We didn’t speak.”
Speaking in 2014 one of the victims of the cult – who published a book under the pseudonym Annabelle detailing what she had been through over 11 harrowing years of abuse – described how her own mother, Jackie Marling, abused her under Batley’s orders.
“Nothing can hurt me as much as my mum and that man,” she said.
“My mother was an evil woman and I’ll never forgive her.”
By then a mother herself and living happily in another part of the UK, she told how she was just seven years old when first forced to watch her mother perform a sex act on Batley.
At the age of 11 she was raped by him in her own home and three years later she was made to take part in group sex with her mother.
“I went to the sentencing in court because I wanted to see her one last time,” she said. “I wanted her to reach out to me, to say it was all his fault and she was under his spell.
“But she didn’t. She just made a face and asked what I was doing there.
“She went to prison unrepentant and I suppose that made me realise it wasn’t just him. She was evil too. As a mother myself I can hardly believe how she treated me. It was unnatural and cruel.
“But there is no point getting depressed about it, you have to live for the future. But I never want to see her again. Nothing can hurt me as much as they did but that is what makes me stronger.”
She described how the children abused by the cult were cut off from their peers and forced to take part in long church services and obey Batley’s every whim.
“We weren’t even allowed to look in his eyes,” said Annabelle.
“He ruled our little community with an iron will and we were made to do what he ordered for fear of angering the Gods.”
In Batley’s ‘Church’, children were led to believe they were proving themselves to the Gods by passing tests, which usually involved sex with either him or other cult members.
Annabelle recalled the first time he raped her when she was just 11 years old.
“The worst thing about it was the fact that he made me think I was doing it out of choice,” she said.
“It was awful. The most painful and shocking thing that had ever happened – but it was my path, that’s what he told me, and if I didn’t do it I would go to the Abyss, which was our version of hell.
“Colin knew how to manipulate you, to make you believe anything he said.”
But Annabelle’s most horrific experience was when her own mother assaulted her at the age of 14.
“Afterwards, Colin asked me if I enjoyed it and I knew what I had to say – I had to say yes. But inside I felt like dying.”
The tests did not end there – at 14 she was forced into a relationship with another cult member five years her senior and by then she was having regular group sex with Batley and her mother.
“I was a schoolgirl by day and a sex slave at night,” she said. “It got so bad that at one point I tried to take my own life.”
Aged 18, three months after having Batley’s child, she was forced into prostitution.
It was the love of her daughter that saved her and gave her a reason to live – she bravely escaped in the dead of night when her baby was one year old.
By the time of her escape she had slept with over 1,800 men – the proceeds of which had all gone towards ‘the Church’.
After the case another victim described how Batley forced her to put on a satanic symbol and raped her as a teenager.
The woman described how he ruled the cult by fear.
“[Colin] was the boss. He barked orders at everybody including me.
“People just did what they were told. He had Rottweilers that were scared of him but vicious to everyone else.
“At 15 I had to have sex with Colin. He said it was an initiation into the occult.
“He said he did not want to do it but it had to be done. He said if I did not follow orders I would be killed. People ‘higher up’ in the cult would do it, he said.”
Reflecting on his jail term she added: “A hundred years would not be enough for Colin Batley.
“But at least now myself and the other victims can start to rebuild our lives outside of the shadow of that contemptible man.”
She was originally from London but was brought to Wales by Batley where she was abused and “passed round” to other cult members who had sex with her.
She said: “He said the occult was strong in Wales.”
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It has been a decade since Batley and his wives were jailed for these crimes, and no follow up investigation has been made to identify the ‘cult’ that surrounded him. The assumption that all those involved were brainwashed by this one man, and that abusive activities have ceased with his prosecution, is as dangerous as it is illogical. At least one other victim of the cult has come forward, as I shall show, but the police response was tragically inappropriate; just as it had been for at least a decade before when victims had indeed come forward but were met with disbelief and ridicule.
I know this because I am the stepfather, and my partner the estranged mother, of such a victim. Not only did police fail to take their disclosure, they also verbally insulted us and called us liars. We were also met with what can only be called corruption within the social services.
The IPCC report below also shows there was no meaningful police investigation into the allegations against the paedophile ring because the child making the disclosures was ‘vulnerable’ due to their disability – they are diagnosed as borderline autistic, with a learning disability. Although they could in fact make themselves perfectly understood the his mother, myself, and others, Social Worker Rebecca Mumford failed to interview the victim in a suitable manner and the ‘investigation’ then proceeded as if the child had made no disclosures at all. Based on her misinformation Crown Prosecution Service decided they were not suitable as a witness and could not be relied upon to ‘take the stand’ in court.
IPCC COMPLAINT UPHELD
In other words, THE SYSTEM FAILS TO PROTECT THE DISABLED.
This should be of concern to all parents of disabled children – if your child is similarly targetted THE SYSTEM WILL NOT PROTECT YOUR CHILD. Furthermore the authorities will attempt to cover for this failing by demonising you, the parent, if you or your child make allegations of abuse. This is the very definition of vulnerable – to be without protection or support of any kind – and then to be further victimised by the very authorities whose responsibility it is supposed to be to come to the ‘rescue’. THIS IS A BREACH OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND HAS TO CHANGE NOW. Every child, disabled or not, deserves to be heard if they speak out about abuse of any kind. That we are talking here about abuse from a sadistic paedophile ring, where the victim was drugged and raped by many people, re-targetted again and again throughout their entire childhood, makes this particularly disturbing.
The paedophile ring is still operating, unobstructed and uninvestigated, due to this failing of the system. Other vulnerable children are at risk from these scum – one of them even works as a sex educator for vulnerable children, despite having written several books about devil worship and drugs, and so vulnerable victims are in ready supply, not just to them but to the paedophile ring within which they operate.
The brave child who made the disclosures this blog is based upon was returned to their abusive ‘father’ – who had provided them to Colin Batley and others for abuse – as a result of this FAILURE OF THE SYSTEM. We also know of at least one other child that is being similarly abused – so severely this has resulted in brain damage, meaning the system will also fail this child if and when they make disclosures of their own.
THE GUILTY KNOW THEY CANNOT BE PROSECUTED DUE TO THIS FAILURE OF THE SYSTEM IF THEY TARGET THE VULNERABLE AND DISABLED. THEY ARE THE LOWEST SCUM IMAGINABLE AND THE SYSTEM PROTECTS THEM – even those officers who know exactly what they are have no choice in this matter. As C.P.S. officer Carolyn Belafonte said to us, herself in tears as she spoke, “Sometimes you can know damn well they did it, but you just can’t get them for it.”
The IPCC report also shows that police failed to interview the victim in a suitable manner – and let me say something here – this was entirely the fault of incompetent social worker Rebecca Mumford. She and the interviewing officer made a surprise visit to the victim’s school, making no attempt to explain to the victim that they were not in trouble and traumatising them further. The report says that the child victim said several times, quite clearly, “They drugged me and raped me.”
Rebecca Mumford recorded that the child suffers from ‘echolalia’, which appears to be a condition she made up on the spot, claiming they were simply repeating words they had heard without understanding them. Rebecca spent much time with the victim, and if this was a genuine mistake on her part it is one that she most surely recognised but did nothing about. She had many opportunities to ‘u-turn’, having spent more time with the victim than with their mother, or myself. This disgusting woman should be in jail for her incompetence. She forced contact between the victim and their abusive father Peter Pracownick. She denied the existence of the cult, despite Batley and others having been successfully prosecuted, and despite my parent’s appearing in newspaper reports as associating with them, and even said to Jasmine, “It was always about pining this on you, right from the start.” She also said, “Even if there was abuse, he [the victim] must have had some nice times as well.”
We note that Rebecca Mumford had recently transferred to Bristol Social Services and originally came from Wales, where Colin Batley’s cult was operating. It is certainly the case that Rebecca Mumford undermined the investigation in every possible way, and we do not consider it impossible that Mumford did this deliberately. She also – AGAINST THE RULING OF THE MAGISTRATE IN OUR FAMILY LAW CASE – delivered the victim back to their abusive father. It has taken us years to recover from the grief and trauma enough to think clearly on these matters.
Here it is admitted that police failed to take a record the victim’s disclosures. This is nobody’s fault but the police’s, and the – perhaps deliberately – incompetent social worker Rebecca Mumford. The investigation then proceeded as if no victim had made any disclosures, and as if there was no evidence at all for what any of us were saying.
This is most certainly not a conclusion we agree with. When the full tale is told the behaviour of police in regards to this case, and events surrounding it, can only be described as further abuse.
Officer Hewitt shouted “There is no cult!” in Jasmine’s face.
I was literally accused of being deluded and placed under a Section 23 for psychiatric observation. Despite proving my sanity in as little as three days I was continually treated as if deluded, and assumed to be a danger to children. Police failed to take a ‘U Turn’ when they had the chance.
We did indeed make further complaints about Hewitt’s conduct. We were met once again with condescending ridicule.
It is not correct that Social Services took the child making the disclosures into care. This would have been bad enough – but what they did was to return the child to an environment of extreme abuse.
Having admitted failing in taking the disclosures of the child it is then, without explanation, decided there would be no point in trying again, and no point in investigating further.
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There are many things we cannot prove with this simple document, but are easy to confirm with investigation.
The organisation Colin Batley was a part of is the Ordo Templi Orientis (the OTO). There is no other occult organisation whose ‘rituals’ fit the description of those reported, calls its groups Churches, and wears white robes as standard. It is not plausible that Batley could have gathered a group of the size he did without being part of this organisation.
And it is also our personal experience that this is so.
It is also our experience that the membership of different modern Pagan ‘paths’ have considerable crossover. The abuses disclosed to us, and which my stepson would have disclosed to police had they been more empathic, identified every single one of those in the previous newspapers as among his abusers including my parents.
Thanks to the police’s failure the guilty are still revelling in the belief they have ‘got away with it’ 9 years later. They continue to harass us even to this day. https://nathanieljharris.wordpress.com/2021/04/10/vayne-wyrds-stupidity/