I had to watch the program on BBC 2 'The Detectives' in order to comment on it. You may wish to do the same
Here we have the SSOU the first 'dedicated rape unit' in the Greater Manchester Police Force (GMP)
Apparently the amount of compalints they've had has 'doubled' in the last two years and we all know why this is don't we ?
We're told that Rod and Carol are two of GMP's 'most experienced detectives'. A little later we find that Rod a Det Constable and this is 'new territory' for him as he's spent 20 years in 'gang crime'.
OK, so part one starts with a current investigation of the alleged rape of a 13 year old girl then moved quickly on to the case of Ray Teret and allegations made against him by two women initially as a direct result of Yewtree.
We hear part of Teret's first Police interview where he is informed of Cathy's claim that he had sex with her ten times when she was 'about 13'
Now, I am only interested in Teret's case insofar as it involves Jimmy Savile. Det Carol tells us that this investigation came about because 'two ladies made contact with that investigation (yewtree) to say that they had been abused by RT but that Savile was involved in some capacity'
We're not told what this 'capacity' was except that Cathy mentions that whenever she sees Savile on the telly, his 'mannerisms' remind her of Teret !
Rod and Carol's boss has already told us that the normal procedure for investigating any crime ( the a,b and c as he calls it) is useless here
A assume nothing
B Believe no one
C check everything
Because, 'if you treat a rape victim like that you've already gone horribly wrong'
After the two ladies are interviewed, Carol describes her next step as being 'looking for corroboration' in the form of more allegations that is. This resulted in three more ladies coming forward and to Teret's arrest on 8th November 2012.
Meanwhile Rod sets off in his car because these historic cases have no 'crime scene' even the buildings might be gone, so he has to get 'out on the ground and do'. Which in this case involves driving to Worthing in Sussex to meet a 'witness' whse dad was a Police officer in the 70's and 80's and heard stories about Savile and Teret. To set the mood, there's a recording of Teret's radio show playing in his car which includes a reference to Savile on his website.
Rod 'So what did he hear' (his dad that is)
Witness 'Pete' 'He knew Savile had been investigated once or twice'
Rod 'Did you ever witness anything'
Pete 'Not personally no, he was a bit sly' and developed a 'cunning plan' to start a disco for teenage girls
Now, this guy says he worked for Teret as a DJ/roadie himself and one time Savile was there and he heard him say 'Who's that' 'Get rid of him'
He then describes the wall of the flat in great detail .
I'm sure Rod could have gotten all this information on the phone.
He did manage to get inside Teret's former flat but this is near the end of the film.
Before that we are treated to Cathy and her friends emotional performances during their Police interviews. Det Carol mentions 'one word against the other' and the need for corroboration. Cathy has provided names and these, says Carole, 'will absolutely corroborate what Cathy is saying and, if we find these ... we may find other victims'
It's clear that Carol believes Cathy and her friend with whom she has not spoken to for 40 years. Her training has taught her how traumatic relating these stories is for complainants. Nothing wrong with that, as long as long as she remains objective, and from what I can see, she does NOT !
Jimmy Savile is brought into the story as much as possible. We're told that these images were found on Teret's computer
Both images are included and just happen to appear in the Daily Mail the day of his 'first interview'
Now, scroll down that article and you will see that the Police at that time were not linking Savile to the case. This strikes me as strange given what was said last night.
But not strange at all when we consider the findings of the criminal trial
Now, let's get back to that wall shall we ? We are treated to Police film of the unveiling of this wall, as the one, maybe two coverings of wallpaper are steamed off. Bear in mind, this is 40 years after the fact !
Before venturing inside the property, Rod watches school girls walk past on their way to, well, er school. The school that is just around the corner just as it was in Ray's time. Rod could at least have bothered to shave that morning !
Anyway, here's what they found after peeling back that roll or two of wallpaper. The plods could hardly contain their excitement when they found messages such as 'if you need me call me, all my love Denise' Then there's this
And this ?
Excuse me for noticing, but isn't that writing a little too clear for something said to have been done 40 years ago ?
Next week will focus on Teret's arrest. So far it all seems a tad one-sided. I'm wondering if Carol and Rod will check Cathy's handwriting to see if it matches up with the above. They won't of course, but it's just one of the things I'd be doing if I was investigating a serious crime. I'm also wondering how our two plods will explain away those ladies story's involving Savile and if their boss will confirm the juries findings and what they mean in terms of the credibility of their ladies ! Next time guys and gals !
Part two is tonight not next week !
Here's a photo of shop as it was in the 70's as depected by GMP