When I began writing this story, I believed there would be articles that I would be able to refer back to that would verify Melanie Shaw’s history. Specifically I was hoping to find something in print that would show the timeline of her abuse. After searching for more than a week, I’ve come up empty handed.
It’s stunning to think someone this well known would have no articles written about them in any publication, anywhere. The only information in print refers to her incarceration.
That being the case, I’m using what I’ve been able to cull from videos on YouTube. I am by no means disputing Ms. Shaw’s claims. It appears there has been a concerted effort on the part of persons unknown to erase her entire history. At the very least, one would expect there would be an article stating that her claims had been investigated and there was evidence either corroborating or refuting them. There aren’t.
This makes the circumstances surrounding her imprisonment all the more suspicious. Has intellectual curiousity vanished entirely from the British Press?
The following is what I’ve been able to piece together based on her video testimony and that of others.
According to one, which offers a brief history of her life, she was abused and raped from the age of three by members her own family. Upon discovering this, the Government removed her from her home and placed her in foster care where she was also abused, amazing. Once this was uncovered, she was shipped off to the Beechwood Children’s home. She would be raped and abused there along with the other inhabitants.
Three for three. Could it get any worse? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. She stayed at Beechwood until she was of the age where they had to release her.
She described in detail one incident that occurred when she was sixteen.
She had been assigned to clean the fence in front of the building when a member of staff who had raped her previously approached her. Reluctant to get near him for obvious reasons, he assured her nothing would occur because they were in public. She mistakenly dropped her guard at which point the man took the belt from his pants and put it around her neck.
According to Ms. Shaw he was a large in stature, a body builder, and at the time she was quite thin. He forced her to perform oral sex. When he was finished he cautioned her not to report the incident at which point she made the mistake of asking, “What are you going to do, kill me?” He said “Yes, you won’t be the first.” She then made an even greater error when she said, “Prove it.”
The man replied he’d been wanting to get this off his chest for 10 years. He went on to describe how he’d murdered two boys on separate occasions and how he’d disposed of the bodies. One he burried on the grounds underneath clay. The other he burried shallowly in an area that was going to be used for a new football pitch. The Government effectively finished the job for him.
Realizing he’d made a mistake by confessing to her, he informed her that he would now have to kill her. Just as he was about to proceed, the groundskeeper showed up. Melanie called out to him and her assailant released her. She was explaining to the groundskeeper what had occurred when the other man put a knife to his throat. At the time a staff meeting was in progress and Melanie screamed to attract attention. The Cook came out along with other members of the staff and the Police were called. The man who’d assaulted Melanie later died in Prison after being convicted of raping multiple children at Beechwood, but he was never tried for murder.
After being released Ms. Shaw was given no assistance by the Government and ended up living on the streets. Unsurprisingly, considering her circumstances, she became involved with drugs. Eventually she turned her life around, and had a son.
However she was unable to put what had happened to her and the others out of her mind. She was determined to seek justice for herself and the rest of the victims despite the fact that the easiest course of action would have been to remain silent. That was when the real trouble began.
I’ll dicuss those events in the next installment. Below is a link to the video I used to put this segment together.
To be continued….
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