It sounds like the original dirty dozen were those convicted in that 1987 case…though there’s one not named and missing. The others the MSM have claimed were dirty dozener’s I’m presuming they’ve maybe done so for effect – any link to Cooke and the murders would be good for morbid effect. Those named as “extra” dirty dozeners however were still cronies of Cooke and some defintely were (and others probably were) in the same gang and just not in the dock in 1987 with the rest of them.
So far I’ve only identified eight of them. These eight have all been described as being in the dirty dozen gang by the MSM.
Definites (or as far as MSM reports on them go..)
Bill Malcolm (murdered- shot in the head on his doorstep)
Leslie Bailey (murdered- strangled in his cell)
Lennie Smith (died of AIDS)
Brian “chickenmaster” Turner
Another possible is Richard Becker (convicted with Roger Gleaves and described as a friend of Cookes)
More candidates just put forward (and thanks) – all convicted together in 1987, along with Cooke, Ballentyne and Smith. This lot could well be the original dirty dozen
Goddard, Alfred (father of Adam Ant unsure emoticon ) http://www.thefreelibrary.com/THE+EV……-a063899413
Morris, Roy Alan http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/ne…fender_jailed/
And more again from sweetcheeks
(it’s turning into the filthy fifty)
“Remember Operation Orchid in the 1980s, when police broke a paedophile ring who had murdered four young boys from the East End of London. At the end of that inquiry, detectives released the names of six other boys who were also missing and who, they feared, might also have been victims. And, unofficially, they admitted that they knew there were up to a dozen members of the ring who had escaped prosecution”.
From the GLO database on the Needle
Hackney Gazette, 12th June 1987 (ocr)
TWELVE homosexuals who preyed on young runaway boys were jailed for a total of 36 years and three months at the Old Bailey.
Judge Michael Underhill told them: “For the protection of the young il must be made absolutely clear that those who seek to abuse them for their own purposes will face heavy sentences.”
The judge said: “Runaway boys have to be protected from their own folly and inexperience. You took .advantage of their weakness to gratify your sexual desires. The shock consequence of that can lead to a victim becoming a male Prostitute or rent boy whose only prospect is one of degradation and misery.”
The twelve men, who included the father of pop singer Adam Ant, pleaded guilty or were convicted of a variety of serious sexual offences against two boys aged 13, one of 11 and one aged 14.
Among the defendants were Leonard William Smith, 31, of Templemead House, Hackney; Sidney Charles Cooke, 59, of Oswalds Mead, Lindisfarne Way, Hackney; Simon Haeems, 35, of Victoria Road, Stoke Newington; Walter Ballantyne, 46, of Hathersage Court, Newington Green, Islington; Colin Byrne, 18, of the same address; Daniel Paine, 33, of Maiden Road, Kentish Town, and Roy Alan Morris, 26, of Crowndale Road, Camden.
Also in the dock were: Alfred Goddard, 58. of Victoria, the father of Adam Ant; John Thornton, 36, of New Addington, Surrey; John Stead, 23, also of New Addington, and Edward Talbot, 47, from Luton.
Ballantyne, with previous convictions for sex offences against hoys, was jailed for six years and three months. Byrne was put on probation for a year.
Smith and Morris were each jailed for 30 months; Turner and Stead for five years; Haeems, Paine and Goddard for two years; Thornton for eight years; Talbot for a year, and Cooke remanded on bail for reports.
Crown prosecutor Mr John Sevan told the court that between January 1984 and January last year the defendants procured and corrupted boys who had run away from home or from council care.
Boys were “hawked about” all over London, staying for a week or two at the homes of different men who passed them on when they got tired of the lads. To keep one step ahead of police, social workers or parents, the men hid the boys.
The victims were plied with drink and drugs including cannabis, amphetamines and LSD to weaken their resistance to sexual demands.
“This group of men had the wickedness to introduce boys to the so-called delights of drugs and unnatural sex,” counsel said.
Ballantyne, a stallholder at Dalston Market, was one of the ringleaders of the network.