Saturday, 24 Oct 2020

How VIP sex ring fantasist Carl Beech's 'crocodile tears' exposed him as a fraud after lies sparked £2.5m witch-hunt

THIS is the astonishing moment a fantasist exposed his guilt using "crocodile tears" as he lied to cops about a VIP paedo ring in Westminster.

Carl Beech, 51, spun an "extraordinary tale" about "three child murders, multiple rapes, kidnapping, false imprisonment and widespread sexual abuse" that sparked a £2.5million witch-hunt.

Among those he accused were prominent figures including a former Prime Minister, a former Army chief, and head of MI5 and MI6.

In 2014, the crook became known as "Nick" when he went to the police with shocking claims he had been raped and abused for nine years by a VIP paedophile gang nicknamed "the Group" during the 1970s.

He claimed the abuse took place at the home of former Prime Minister Ted Heath – as well as in Dolphin Square, the Carlton Club, Stowe School, London Zoo, and military bases.

Over 20 hours of police interviews, Beech also said he held the hand of a dying young boy he claimed was murdered in front of him by ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor.

But in a chilling twist of "breath-taking hypocrisy", Beech was himself was a paedophile with a sadistic interest in pre-teen boys.

Experts on Faking It: Tears of a Crime have revealed how Beech exposed his lies during the interviews as he broke down into fake crying.

Body language expert Cliff Lansley tells the show: "A dry sniff, no tears, he’s drawn a tissue as a prop and he’s not used it.

"In other words, if there were tears, he’d use a tissue. He’s trying to portray a demeanour of being sad about a lost friend, but all this is faked. This is a faked story."

During the mammoth interviews, Beech showed police bizarre sketches to highlight the “horrific abuse” he suffered as a child.

One image showed a child in a pool of blood surrounded by three demons next to the caption: “Please no more.”

The fantasist also sickeningly claimed a schoolboy named Scott was deliberately knocked down and killed and another youth was battered to death by the ring.

He also said that a boy who might have been the missing teenager Martin Allen was raped and strangled in front of him – leading to anguish for his family.

Police at first believed the admissions were "credible and true" but Beech's extraordinary web of lies soon began to unravel.

The experts explored one particular interview where the liar can be seen growing hostile as cops challenge the credibility of his story.

Beech takes a 12-second "pause of anxiety" as it dawns on him his astounding tale may be crumbling down around him.

Professor of Linguistics Dawn Archer tells the show: "“We get a 12-second pause.

"Now, Beech has used pauses throughout, but 12-seconds is another indicator that he’s disengaged. He’s not playing anymore.”

Cliff adds: "Here, we see another form of manipulation, where he’s grooming his leg, he’s self-comforting.

"His head is down, he’s feeling anxious, and the anxiety will be being driven by having no detail that is reliable that he can present to the officers to try and suggest that he’s being abused.”

In tearful police interviews that spanned multiple hours, Beech brazenly told officers how his late stepfather, an Army Major, had raped him.

He sobbed as he claimed he was passed to generals to be tortured at military bases and sexually abused by other Establishment figures in the 1970s and 1980s.

Beech named former prime minister Sir Edward Heath, Mr Proctor, disgraced Jimmy Savile and security chiefs Sir Michael Hanley, the head of MI5, and MI6 boss Sir Maurice Oldfield as being among the gang.

He also named ex-British Army chief Lord Bramall, whose wife of 64 years died during the investigation before his named was cleared.

A multi-million pound investigation codenamed Operation Midland saw cops raiding the homes of 12 elderly and prominent figures.

Labour's Tom Watson first raised the claims in Parliament and later met Beech to discuss the allegations he made.

The MP claimed he'd seen "clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No10".

But Beech's lies were later found to be "totally unfounded, hopelessly compromised, and irredeemably contradicted by other testimony".

Even more chilling, Beech was exposed as a paedophile himself who had been downloading child abuse imagery and covertly filming a teenage boy as the probe into his lies charged on.

Forensic Psychologist Kerry Daynes tells the show: "I think that Beech really enjoyed the attention he got but it’s all got just a bit too big.

"He never could have anticipated that this would have blown up in the way that it has done.

"Looking at this it doesn’t surprise me whatsoever that he was found to have been downloading child abuse imagery.

"Carl Beech is a paedophile, but he’s also a paedophile with a particular interest in sadomasochistic activities.”

Beech was finally exposed as a fantasist but the damage was already done – with some MPs lives left in tatters by his false allegations.

The investigation saw the homes of powerful figures raided – including  91-year-old Normandy veteran Field Marshall Lord Bramall.

The D-Day veteran later said he was "never as badly wounded in all my time in the military" as he was by the claims.

Mr Proctor was also forced to deny "he is a sadistic child killer and that he committed other serious sexual offences".

He said the raid cost his home and the job he loved, working for the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.

Another falsely accused general, 96-year-old Sir Hugh Beach, said the allegations against him were "beyond grotesque".

Daniel Janner QC, whose late dad Greville Janner wasnamed by Beech, told the show: "When I heard about these allegations about my father, I, along with other members of the family, was so upset that it did have a physical reaction, I vomited when I heard the allegation was made.

"I told the judge the horrendous affect that these allegations had on my family, and I was pleased to do it in the presence of the jury and Carl Beech himself. He is a manipulative plainly sad but wicked man."

Beech was jailed for 18 years in July last year for 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, one of fraud, and for several child sexual offences.

Sentencing Beech, Mr Justice James Goss said he had "deliberately, repeatedly and maliciously told lies to the police".

The judge said: "I'm quite satisfied that you are an intelligent, resourceful, manipulative and devious person.

"You accused living persons of the highest integrity and decency of vile acts."

Tomorrow's episode will also examine the tell-tale signs Army veteran Barry Rogers was lying after he murdered his 84-year-old gran.

  • The brand-new series of Faking It: Tears of a Crime airs at 10pm on Saturdays exclusively on Quest Red and available on dplay


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