Please see edit below- gojam
There was a comment posted this evening on Needle. “anonymous” posted he knew for a “fact” that Stingemore was the officer-in-charge of Grafton Close children’s home. He offered no evidence or facts to support this.
You may ask why is this so important? What does it matter? Actually it matters quite a lot. By changing one small “fact” the history of the abuse in Grafton and at Elm is being revised. If you look at how Stingemore was referred to when this whole matter came to light last year, he was Deputy Officer-in-Charge. For example:
John Stingemore, the 70-year-old former deputy head of Grafton Close Exaro 07/02/13
It is only because Operation Fernbridge have referred to him as the “officer-in-charge” and that has been repeated by BBC News, newspapers, etc. The new view being promoted by those who seek to cover-up these matters goes like this:
Stingemore was the officer-in-charge of Grafton. He and he alone was responsible for the abuse. When the Director of Social Services, Louis Minster found out about this in 1981, he acted promptly to sack Stingemore and put matters right at Grafton Close CH. There was no connection to Elm Guest House.
Mind you, there are still a few “inconvenient truths” in this version of history. Like was Stingemore operating alone? Who knew about what had been going on at Grafton for a long time and had done nothing? Why, as serious criminal offences had been committed , weren’t the police called in?
Stingemore WAS the deputy officer in charge at Grafton until he “resigned” in 1981. I know this for a “fact”, because unlike the BBC or the newspapers I DID check this out, at the time, whilst records still existed! By trying to use Stingemore as a fall guy, they protect those above him and isolate what was happening in Richmond from other events.
It may seem a small issue, but its quite a crucial one if the truth about EGH is ever to be told. Is anyone still surprised that there have been no arrests over any matters connected to Elm Guest House? I won’t be holding my breath waiting for one either. But I can at least ensure that the gospel according to Fernbridge does not go unchallenged. So for the record John Stingemore was the Deputy officer in charge at Grafton Close from 1979 to 1981.
Edit: We took this article down for a short while to check the facts. Stingemore’s official job title seems to have been Deputy Manager (this appears to have been confirmed at the inquest into CK’s death). But there was nobody at Grafton who, on a day-to-day basis, was more senior than Stingemore. So he was in charge on a day-to-day basis. Hence he is probably best described as the ‘officer in charge’.
I hope this clears up any confusion – gojam