Pat and the police now fear that Took molested another granddaughter, Cathy, a mentally and physically disabled three-year-old whose legs previously had to be pinned back and apart in a brace, meaning she was unable to walk, let alone run away.He certainly bragged about it in several chat rooms.The five-year-old girl cowers naked and crying in a corner. Fantasy it could be, but the fact so many like-minded men laughed and masturbated over a helpless child’s torture, terror and death is chilling and profoundly disturbing. After Took was arrested last April, the police interviewed him in connection with the child’s murder but Took insisted it was mere fantasy and the police passed the case on to Interpol.The police recovered these images from Took’s laptop.There were, apparently, thousands more on his main computer but the hard drive had broken and police experts were unable to retrieve them. Another man picks her up and throws her face down on the bed. In the chat rooms, Took relates how a Dutch man bought the child in Cambodia, kept her for a week and how Took was part of the group who enjoyed ‘splitting her apart’ one night. This is the scenario that the respected art historian and curator, Roger Took, boasted repeatedly about in internet ‘chat rooms’ to fellow paedophiles.
Pat has not seen her husband since he was arrested.
‘I will have to live with the uncertainty surrounding this for the rest of my life,’ wrote Jennifer. My trust and view of the world has changed forever…
I can no longer leave my children in the care of other people without feeling suspicious of them. I feel that under the surface of the world there is evil.’ Indeed, the long-term impact of Took’s abuse cannot begin to be calculated.
I visited Detective Sergeant Kevin Hudson and Detective Constable Steve Dobson, the Child Protection Officers in charge of the case, at their Kensington headquarters.
I wanted to see the transcripts of Took’s chat logs.