Excellently horrific cover, but this book is such a product of its time Joan Paisnel is convinced her husband must have been gay, because he was a pedophile as well as a rapist of adult women This belief that homosexuality is the same as pedophilia runs throughout the whole book and becomes and maddening each time it is brought up.The maniac could not be anything like Ted To start with, he would be a blatant homosexual He would not be the sort of man who could be genuinely kind to children and be loved by them Essentially he would be a callous and cruel man.I mean, where do you even begin to unpack that Edward Paisnel, A Predatory Paedophile Nicknamed The Beast Of Jersey, Who Was Convicted In For An Year Reign Of Terror Paisnel Believed Himself To Be The Reincarnation Of Gilles De Rais, And Committed His Crimes In The Bizarre Outfit Depicted On The Cover Of This Biography By His Wife Joan This is an interesting book about the crimes of Edward Paisnel known as Ted, who was imprisoned for thirty years in 1971 for a string of sex offences on the island of Jersey Those of you who visit my blog regularly will know that this is where I live and of course I d heard of The Beast over the years but I hadn t read this book, written by his wife although it was ghost written by two journalists Alan Shadrake and John Lisners The crimes committed by Ted Paisnel pronounced Paynel spanned eleven years and as his later modus operandi was to sneak into the bedrooms of children and take them outside to assault them the islanders were, as you can imagine terrified with some allegedly going to sleep with guns under their pillows As the island is only 9 miles by 5 it seems incredible to believe that it took the police so long to apprehend their culprit and this book is in many ways an explanation why Joan didn t know or suspect what Ted was up to Of course these crimes were committed throughout the 60s and into the early 70s and life was very different then, crucially in the fact that there was no DNA testing available to the officers and at that time, the dual police system that still operates was run by the Honorary Police who are volunteers from each parish and they are the ones who have to charge a suspect with an offence The idea is that these volunteers know all the comings and goings within their parish and are therefore able to provide background information but it appears none of these men suspected Ted of the crimes being committed.In the end Ted was caught by jumping a red light while being followed by a police car when finally apprehended in what sounds like a terrifying car chase, but as a local and knowing the roads mentioned clearly couldn t have lasted that long, he was found to have items on his person that were odd, the main one being the mask that so fetchingly adorns this book cover The book isn t by any stretch of the imagination well written, it is littered with typos and often repeats itself maybe as a consequence of the two journalists writing separate parts in a rush to capitalise on the recent lurid headlines There is a focus on the black arts which Ted was supposedly a member of and apparently there was a big contingent on the island at that time, although no one else was arrested and Ted never gave any names of other members of this supposed coven I believe this aspect came from some of the books he owned and a supposed alter in a hidden cupboard which was probably just a space saving device and a convenient place to keep the clothes he wore on his night time outings, a presence of an ornamental toad was explained by his mistress as a present she d bought him in a gift shop Another interesting element is the insistence of Joan that Ted must have suffered from schizophrenia, something that we now know doesn t only manifest itself in supposedly Jekyll and Hyde behaviour, but probably bought her some comfort and allowed her to live as part of a small community where Ted s name had become synonymous with evil There are other interesting snippets to try to explain why when he was so nice to the children at the children s home that Joan ran with her mother why he committed these awful offences but again unfortunately it is now widely recognised that men that commit these types of crimes don t usually come with monster stamped on their forehead.I m not sure that this book would appeal to many people but I did find it incredibly interesting from a local standpoint I lived in Jersey when Ted was released from prison in the early 90s and remember the controversy caused by his return as a consequence he moved to the Isle of Wight where he died a couple of years later It was also interesting to see how difficult policing was forty years ago, even on a small island, because of the limitations of policing at that time without the tools now available nowadays they simply had a variety of descriptions from his victims to go on That said they gave it a good shot even having detectives seconded to the island from Scotland Yard, ironic really that it was a motoring offence that solved the crime True crime story of a guy who was sentenced for 30yrs for practicing the black arts,molestation murder Picked it up at a market stall thinking it was to be about Jersey history The Channel Islands There was a tv doco made in the 70 s that I remember watching, I can still see in my mind s eye the couple s house a rambling kind of old stone building and thinking it was possible the wife did not always know her husband s comings and goings because of the layout of the house. An interesting read, partly because of his relationship with his wife Joan who wrote this book I first read this book many years ago after being loaned it by a friend who lived in Jersey A 2015 article in the Jersey Evening news, reports on an investigation into child abuse in Jersey which involved allegations about both Joan Ted As Joan had been involved in a childrens home modern allegations have emerged that include allegations about both of them. Read this while I was on Holiday in Jersey this year, Scary to think that he got away with this for such a long time.I am going to see what other books I can find. 1st, my personal library is organized according to fairly conventional categories easy ways of remembering where I ve put bks Subjects like literature crime But such pre existing categories don t really do the most interesting bks justice E.G I have most or all of Timothy Leary s bks under drugs b c Leary s so heavily associated w LSD but there s to Leary than just his use of drugs He cd just as easily, perhaps appropriately, be categorized under philosophy This bk, The Beast of Jersey , that I m reviewing here is the 1st of the bks I m listing under crime But, of course, crime , like everything else, is in the mind of the beholder In my opinion, all political figures ultra rich people are the main criminals in this world but they re not often enuf categorized in that way conventionally From the perspective of the criminal , their crimes might be something else indeed As for The Beast This bk was written by his wife who claimed that she didn t know what he was doing I d like to know what HE thought he was doing Ok, I read this 20 yrs ago, so I can t vouch for the accuracy of my memory of it What I do vaguely recall is the story of a man w a hidden rm in his house for practicing Black Magic How cd his wife have not noticed this , a man who dressed like a scarecrow who went out at night sexually assaulted sometimes killed Actually, I don t remember whether he killed anyone, I think he might not ve women the children of people that he wanted to get revenge on Or something like that A man who got away w this for 11 yrs eventually got convicted to 30 yrs in prison Hardly an ordinary tale even for true crime stories The author, his wife, claims that The Beast , Ted Paisnel, played the part of a concerned father when it was public knowledge that The Beast was at large but NOT public knowledge that it was Paisnel himself SO, he d be very protective of their children, worrying to his wife if their daughter didn t come home on time that sort of thing Assuming that the disingenuity here is NOT on the part of his wife that her telling is the truth , Paisnel was, indeed, a twisted character, a true Jekyll Hyde Joan Paisnel wrote For thirteen years I was married to and lived alongside a man who, unknown to me, not only practiced the Black Arts but created a reign of terror in the lovely island where I live with a series of the most terrible assaults and sex crimes on women and little children, both boys and girls A man who came increasingly to identify himself and his actions with one of the most infamous mass murderers in history, Gilles de Rais Whoever this guy was whatever was going on in his head, he was no simple man Joan Paisnel s telling of the story portrays someone w a labyrinthian incredibly devious mind a pathological liar Even thinking about him from this distance disturbs me b c I have such a strong motivation to organize info about the world into some form of truth at the same time that I don t exactly believe in truth Ted Paisnel is someone who ll probably evade such attempts at clarification for eternity.
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