Adults are not always very good at remembering the exact details of things that happened when they were children and young teens.
Steve Messham, former resident of the children's home Bryn Estyn, has now offered 'sincere and humble apologies' to Lord McAlpine and his family.
Why might the police have told Steven Messham that the man in 'the photograph' was Lord McAlpine?
Did the police simply say "McAlpine"?
Gerard Elias QC, leading counsel to the Waterhouse tribunal, put the following question to abuse victim Steven Messham: "Does the name McAlpine mean anything to you."
Messham's reply to the question was: "Yes, sir."
Elias: "In what context?"
Messham: "I was also abused by him sexually."
Sir Ronald Waterhouse: "Is the person you referred to alive or dead?"
Messham: "I believe he is dead."
Elias: "Were the acts you speak of while you were at Bryn Estyn or elsewhere?"
Messham: "Bryn Estyn, sir."
Elias: "How many times did you see the man?"
Messham: "Three times."
Elias: "Who told you his name?"
Messham: "I’m not saying, sir, I’m not trying to be awkward. I would like to tell the tribunal the full story to stop it happening again. But I’ve been banging my head against the wall for years. I have made numerous complaints to police."
Lord McAlpine and Margaret Thatcher
The Waterhouse report contains Steven Messham's statement to the police:
The abuser had several cars and a chauffeur.
The abusers would wait for Steven Messham at the bottom of a lane near Bryn Estyn children's home when Steven had a late pass from the home.
He was abused in the car in a lay-by and at the Crest Hotel in Wrexham.
Why did Steven Messham come to claim that the man in the car was a senior figure in the Conservative party?
Steven Messham does he identify the person or persons at Bryn Estyn who 'introduced' him to the abuser.
Brighton flat, site of an arson attack. A number of the abused victims have died in mysterious circumstances.
In 2000, BBC Radio broadcast an interview with an unidentified victim who gave a similar account to Steven Messham.
The unidentified victim believed he had been abused by the same person.
The unidentified victim has since disappeared.
The victim reportedly met the abuser in a car park.
"That is where I was told to meet him," he said.
"We went for something to eat and he pulled over in a lay-by and then hey presto - oral sex took place. He gave me some money. He was probably just trying to keep me quiet."
He says he gave a photograph of his abuser to the police, but they took no action.
Among those stoking the recent rumours about Lord McAlpine were the House of Commons Speaker's wife, Sally Bercow, and Guardian columnist George Monbiot. BBC-apologises
Sir Ronald Waterhouse said: "On this evidence we cannot be satisfied that any member of (Lord McAlpine’s) family was involved in paedophile activity ... and the evidence (of Steven Messham) has been demonstrated to be incorrect in some respects."
In his original police statement, Steven Messham says he was raped on "four or five occasions".
When he appeared before the inquiry, it was "three times".
On the recent BBC Newsnight programme, "more than a dozen times".
Local councillor Keith Gregory said boys from Bryn Estyn would be taken to the homes of two McAlpine family members in the area - Gerwyn Hall and Marchwiel Hall, both a few miles from Wrexham town centre.
Gerwyn Hall was occupied by Jimmie McAlpine, who died in 1991.
One of the children's homes in North Wales where abuse took place.
A comment on a forum:
"There are two individual groups here ...
"One is operating in Worth Wales that we now know about.
(Peter xxxxxxxxxxxx, Jxxxxxxx, Mixxxxxxxxxxxxx, Txxxxxxxxxxxxx etc),
"The second is in London and is 'cash for boys'.
"There is some cross-over between the groups, namely that public official and his lover, the company director....
"The one in London was basically gay men who liked teenagers.
"In London there were parties which featured rent boys in return for political favours.
"The public official procured from North Wales abuse victims and shipped them down to London to take part in the parties.
"The public official is the epicentre of everything in the 80s; there's so much corruption to come out about him and his dealings it isn't true.
"It's important to stress those who were attending the parties in London may never have known the source of some of the boys and just assumed they were standard rent boys...
"The only problem for the Tories is that these MPs were all closeted, some still are, some of them were very overtly Christian, many of them were very publicly homophobic and family values...
"Two of the names I have seen on twitter were never named at North Wales because they were never involved.
"Scallywag even went as far as to say they purposefully kept their distance from such things, gang rape being rather different to buggering a rent boy...
"They were both had relationships with the public official who was going to North Wales though...
"Lord McAlpine was wrongly identified...
"Until that official gets named the entire story won't come out.
"He was identified completely positively by six people and to this day is well known on the London gay S+M scene.
"Medical records show people who shagged him ending up in casualty.
"Several others have come forward from North Wales who didn't testify against him at the inquiry and said his ........ agency was involved... etc etc."
Lord McAlpine tidies his Wikipedia entry
Tapestry at the tap
It is patently clear that Messham would have looked at images of McAlpine prior to yesterday.
Messham has either been threatened or bribed or both. And that would only have been done if McAlpine was guilty.
Events of the past few days represent a highly sophisticated Psyop designed to 1. stop the momentum of the revelations about elite involvement in Savile's activities, 2. create another narrative which can become the media focus, and 3. discredit information on the internet about elite paedophilia.
Schofield was primed to "ambush" Cameron with a list of names and to emphasise that he got them "in three minutes on the internet".
Messham was set up to participate in a Newsnight programme which would specifically not mention names and state that evidence was insufficient to do so.
Look at the company which did the "investigation" for Newsnight. It is dominated by individuals from Common Purpose such as Bell.
The net effect of this has been to create a narrative that McAlpine is innocent, that there should not be an aggressive attempt to uncover elite paedophiles, and to distract attention away from Savile's extensive links with very senior politicians and royalty, the manner in which he was granted control of a secure mental hospital etc.
Carolyn Leckie @carolynleckie
Can we remember the real story, BBC? 30 abusers never questioned, at least 3 very high profile, evidence destroyed.
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