Try looking for books about Broadmoor Hospital. There are not many that were written by people who WERE THERE in the early 1970's. The above is one of two written by Peter Thompson who knows quite a lot about the place As it Happens, because he was not only SENT there himself, he went on to become a very influential campaigner for the rights of the mentally ill.
Here's a very good article about this inspirational man !
Interested ? Read on !
'Tabloid newspaper' 'played a large part' ? Tell me more Sir ?
Strewth, I came across the following article a while ago but this is I think the first time I have mentioned it, especially given the fact that it refers to a allegations about a CHILD PAEDOPHILE RING operating at Broadmoor !
Thankfully no evidence of such activities were found !
It seems trouble had been brewing at Broadmoor for some years prior to Mr Franey's early retirement. On perusing the following from 1994 one name shot out at me that of Harry Field !
Harry Field said: 'As you can see, it's a very gothic place. Patients experience fear approaching it. They have all seen The Silence of the Lambs. But it's not like that: no chains hanging against the wall and no padded rooms.'
I knew I'd seen Harry Field's name mentioned somewhere this week. Oh yes, it was here !
Strewth things get worse but not for Jimmy ! The interview with Field develops into some heavy gossip about his old boss !
The above is from P57 of 139 pages of the Broadmoor Report
I mentioned Peter Thompson at the start of my post because I hoped that he might have been able to provide some input into Ms Lampards Broadmoor 'investigations' ! Unfortunately the man died in 2003 but his writings remain as some of the very FEW written by the inmates (prisoners/patients) themselves.
I'll be taking a closer look at the Ms Lampards findings over the next few posts. In the meantime, scroll down to P86 if you will because here you will find details of WHOM her team bothered to speak to.
Just 8 ex patients were spoken to ! Thank goodness for folk like the late Mr Thompson who did his best and spoke up for those who could not !