Friday, 29 March 2013

The Case of the Kinky Policeman

This case I came across in a book about Police and dubious incidents.  It started out as a rumour throughout the force that a PC had tied prostitutes to a huge cross in his home and one had died.  After a number of days, the smell caused neighbours to complain and so the body was chopped up and dumped in nearby Epping Forest.  Sounds too fantastic for words, and as a rumour, that is all it stayed as.  Nearby Kings Cross is a notorious haunt for prostitutes and sexual deviants, and it was thought that was where the constable picked up the women.

    Soon after, a constable was arrested and charged with the murder of lesbian prostitute Pat Malone, who hailed from Redcar in the North East.  Pat Malone plied her trade in Kings Cross.  He was also charged with dismembering her, depositing the remains in Epping Forest, and thereby preventing a lawful burial.  The constable, Peter Swindell, admitted that Miss Malone had died in his home, during a sexually deviant session.  Swindell paid well for the women to undergo severe bondage but it involved a mask with restricted breathing capabilities and so it was assumed she was suffocated.  The pathologist was unable to ascertain the cause of death as to the dismemberment and severe decomposition. Swindell was cleared of murder but was jailed for five years for disposing of the body.  It has never been clarified just how Miss Malone died, and Swindell has never said so, or indeed, been asked!