Right now it seems every MSM story mentions Elm Guest House. I’m not in a position to say whether they are correct to do so but I think it’s always a good thing to remain cautious.
Yesterday evening we had a new story regarding Vishal Mehrotra who went missing on July 29 1981, the day that Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. In February 1982, part of Vishal’s skeleton was found in woodland in West Sussex.
The story can be found HERE
So what is new in this story ?
Firstly, that Vishal’s father Mr Mehrotra, is a solicitor who was a JP at Wimbledon magistrates’ court until retiring in 2006 and so we must treat him as an extremely credible witness.
Secondly, that a few months after his son’s disappearance he received an anonymous call. This would be before the Elm Guest House was raided, June 1982.
Thirdly, that a tape of a 15 minute conversation with an anonymous source was passed by Mr Mehrotra to the Police and that the anonymous source had indicated that he had previously passed the same information to the police.
I’ll quote Mr Mehrotri directly excluding the reportage in the article.
“I was contacted by a young man who seemed to be in his 20s. He told me he believed Vishal may have been taken by paedophiles in the Elm Guest House near Barnes Common.
“He said there were very highly placed people there. He talked about judges and politicians who were abusing little boys.” Mr Mehrotra, a solicitor who was a JP at Wimbledon magistrates’ court until retiring in 2006, claims the man said he had already informed police about activities at the guesthouse, but had received no response.
“I recorded the whole 15-minute conversation and took it to police. But instead of investigating it, they just pooh-poohed it and I never heard anything about the tape again. The whole thing went cold.
“At that time I trusted the police. But when nothing happened, I became confused and concerned.
“Now it is clear to me that there has been a huge cover up. There is no doubt in my mind.”
Is it possible that this information was pursued by the police at the time and resulted in the raid on Elm Guest House in June 1982 ? The timings of Vishal’s disappearance, the anonymous call, and the raid would fit. I’ve never been satisfied that the raid which was preceded by a significant police stake-out operation was precipitated by simple child protection concerns. That could and should have been done without such a long observation period and undercover work. The raid resulted in one child being taken into care.
If that was the case it wouldn’t preclude a cover-up. Afterall, no one other than the guesthouse owners went to court.
Now let’s take the cautious approach.
I’m assuming that Mr Mehrotri no longer has the recording. If he did The Telegraph journalist would have quoted directly from it instead he quotes Mr Mehrotri’s recollections of the conversation 33 years after it happened.
The sad fact is that there were other paedophile groups at that time which we know DID abuse and murder children.
Five days after the announcement of Operation Stranger, a national police conference was held in London to discuss child killings and abductions. Three boys in particular attracted the interest of the Stranger team. These were Mark Tildesley, Vishal Mehrotra (who vanished from Putney High Street on Royal Wedding day in 1981 and whose body was discovered in Surrey) and a six year old from Brighton who had been the victim of a vicious homosexual attack in a car in August 1983.
The police conference mentioned above also looked at the murder of 12 children and another four abductions in which bodies were never found. They go back eight years, to 1978, involving children between the ages of five and 16 years. More on that HERE
As well as Mark Tildesley and Vishal Mehrotri mentioned above, we can add Jason Swift, Barry Lewis, and Martin Allen.
Or Kevin Hicks who was 16 when he went missing in 1986.
The book ‘Lambs to the Slaughter’ refers to Michael Maughan a 14 yr old gypsy boy who had been living on a camp site in a British Rail goods yard in North London in 1985. Paul James a 16 yr old epileptic who disappeared in 1984 when he left his home from the West End, and Michael Monaghan a 16 yr old who disappeared from a children’s home in Hayes Middlesex in August 1984.
Two others are also noted in the book – an unknown/unnamed boy and a boy called Hassan.
We must trust that Mr Mehrotri has recalled accurately the conversation he had 33 years ago. If it is correct then it is extremely significant and I’ve said he must be considered a credible witness.
But I do worry that there has been a blurring of different strands and allegations in the media.
I hope we get to the truth for the sake of all the families of the missing children.