Kiszko case file may be reopened - Murder


20 March 1999
The Times
By Robin Young

A MAN who was interviewed about the murder of a schoolgirl more than 23 years ago, but never charged, could face a private prosecution brought by the girl's family.

The family of Lesley Molseed, who was 11 when she disappeared from her home in Rochdale, Lancashire, on October 5, 1975, have instructed lawyers to demand access to police evidence so that they can consider proceedings against Raymond Hewlett, 54.

Lesley's body was found on Rishworth Moor, near Oldham. She had been sexually assaulted and stabbed. The next day Mr Hewlett left for Ireland with his girlfriend. When he returned a month later he was interviewed by police, but released, and another man, Stefan Kiszko, was eventually convicted of the murder.

Mr Kiszko's conviction was quashed and he was released in 1992, after it had been established that he had been bullied into signing a confession, and that his medical condition made it impossible for him to have committed the crime.

Mr Kiszko's mother, Charlotte, had campaigned ceaselessly for his release. He died of a heart attack a year after being freed and his mother died six months later.

Now Lesley's father, Fred Anderson, her mother, April Garrett, and her sister, Julie, are insisting that the case should be reopened.
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TV-call hope in murder of girl


18 September 1999
Yorkshire Post
Joanne Ginley

The family of murdered schoolgirl Lesley Molseed is hoping an emotional call to a TV programme might help to catch her killer. The caller to ITV's This Morning show from Lancashire claimed to have been sexually abused by her own father more than 20 years ago. She said he had been a suspect in the murder of a schoolgirl. And she gave other information which Lesley's family say fits the description of a man they believe killed the 11-year-old girl they refer to as "Our Lel", whose battered body was found in a lay-by at Ripponden in 1975. Yesterday her sister, Julie Anderson, who has seen a tape of the programme which went out on Tuesday, said: "She said everything that was crucial, everything that pointed to him."
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Mystery woman in TV phone clue to murder


18 September 1999
Manchester Evening News
Neal Snowdon

The family of a girl murdered in 1975 whose killer has never been brought to justice are hoping a call to a TV programme could provide a vital breakthrough. Lesley Molseed, 11, was killed after leaving her home on Rochdale's Turf Hill estate to buy bread for her mother. She was found murdered, stabbed and sexually assaulted at Rishworth Moor, near Oldham. Now a woman calling herself `Julie from Lancashire' has agreed to speak to police after taking part in a phone-in on ITV's This Morning programme and speaking to presenter Judy Finnegan. Lesley's family believe details mentioned by the woman about her father in the two-minute call could lead detectives to the murderer.
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Stefan's aunt hails new move to bring suspect to justice


22 March 1999
Manchester Evening News
Neal Snowdon

The aunt of Stefan Kiszko - jailed for a child-killing he did not commit - has welcomed fresh attempts to bring the chief suspect to justice. The M.E.N. exclusively reported on Friday how relatives of 11-year-old victim Lesley Molseed have asked Manchester lawyers to bring a private prosecution against convicted paedophile Raymond Hewlett over the 1975 murder.
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Innocent victims of a horrible crime


20 March 1999
Yorkshire Post

The murder of Lesley Molseed and the jailing of Stefan Kiszko for a crime he did not commit piled tragedy upon tragedy, while a convicted paedophile suspected of being the real killer went free. Chief Reporter Andrew Vine looks back at a notorious miscarriage of justice.
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Murder quiz 24 years on


20 March 1999
The Sun

A MAN suspected of murdering an 11-year-old girl 24 years ago could face trial after her family launched a private prosecution bid.

Lesley Molseed's relatives asked lawyers to bring the action against convicted paedophile Raymond Hewlett, 54.

The girl's body was found on moors near her home in Rochdale, Lancs. She had been stabbed and sexually assaulted.

Local man Hewlett, now thought to be in Ireland, was named as prime suspect in a book which told how clerk Stefan Kiszko served 16 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of Lesley's murder. Hewlett has been quizzed by cops but maintained his innocence.
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Molseed family tries for private prosecution


20 March 1999
Yorkshire Post
Andrew Vine, Chief Reporter

The family of murdered child Lesley Molseed are to launch a private prosecution against the convicted paedophile they believe killed her - 24 years after her body was found and six years after the man wrongfully jailed for the crime died.

Relatives of Lesley - found stabbed on moors near Halifax in 1975 three days after she disappeared from her Rochdale home - have instructed solicitors to bring an action against Raymond Hewlett, 54, who is now living in Ireland.

Hewlett was living in Rochdale at the time of Lesley's murder and has a string of convictions for violent offences against children. He was questioned about the murder twice, and offered an alibi in which he claimed to have been with a 15-year-old girl at the time Lesley was killed. The girl later said he had been lying. In 1992, the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to bring charges.

Lesley's family are determined that Hewlett faces a court, especially since the death six years ago of Stefan Kiszko, the man wrongfully jailed for the murder, who spent 16 years behind bars.

Lesley's parents, April Garrett and Fred Anderson, her sister Julie Anderson and brother Fred junior have instructed Manchester solicitor Robert Lizar to start a private prosecution.

Mr Lizar, who specialises in miscarriages of justice, is seeking access to West Yorkshire Police files on the murder inquiry.

He said: "I am not sure why the Crown Prosecution never decided to go ahead with the case against Hewlett as we have not yet had access to all the information they had."

Julie Anderson said: "Nobody else is doing anything for us and no one seems likely to bring Hewlett to trial. We thought that something had to be done."

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said the file on Lesley's murder was still open.

A book on the case which named Hewlett as a prime suspect had offered no new evidence, she added.

Hewlett left Rochdale for Ireland the day after Lesley disappeared. When he returned a month later, police questioned him about her murder during a trawl of known child abusers. He said he had been in Todmorden with a 15-year-old girl. Twenty years later, that girl was tracked down by police in Australia, and she told them Hewlett had not been with her.

Three years after Lesley was killed, Hewlett was jailed for four years for forcing a 14-year-old girl to undress at gunpoint in her Todmorden home. He served 16 months of the sentence before he escaped and fled to Ireland. In 1989, after kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her at knifepoint, he was captured and sentenced to six years.

Stefan Kiszko was jailed for the murder of Lesley after confessing to the crime while under arrest. He later withdrew that confession. He died aged 41 just 18 months after being cleared of the murder and freed from jail.
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Agony never ended after little girl was murdered


19 March 1999
Manchester Evening News
Neal Snowdon and Steve Panter
Torment of two tragic families for 24 years

The murder of Lesley Molseed was a tragedy which has devastated the lives of two families for 24 years. Lesley's family has faced unimaginable suffering since her body was found on moorland on October 8, 1975. Their agony has never ended, because they know that Lesley's brutal murderer remains free.

Parallel to the Molseeds' torment was that of Stefan Kiszko and his family. He was innocent, but served 16 years in different jails, while his courageous mother Charlotte fought a tireless campaign to prove he was not a murderer. Stefan always resisted invitations to make a later confession - the only way he could ever get a release date, unless he was proved innocent.
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Too late for Stefan, but lawyers now seek private prosecution


19 March 1999
Manchester Evening News
Neal Snowdon

A man suspected of murdering schoolgirl Lesley Molseed 24 years ago could face a sensational murder trial in a private prosecution brought by her family. Relatives of 11-year-old Lesley have asked Manchester lawyers to bring the action against Raymond Hewlett, a convicted paedophile.
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High priest of evil set free to prey on children


High priest of evil set free to prey on children
14 March 1999
The News of the World
Paul McMullan and Amanda Revell Walton

Satan sex monster abused his own kids..then let sick disciples do the same

A sick 'high priest' of Satan who raped his own kids, then handed them to devil worshippers for more abuse will this week be FREED to prey on other tots.

Michael Horgan hung his naked daughter and stepson on HOOKS and tied them to a CROSS so his 'disciples' could torture and film them.

Yet he only served half his ten-year jail sentence before being transferred to a bail hostel last May.

And on Tuesday the monster- whose youngest victim was only TWO -will be back on the streets unsupervised.

Vile Horgan, 50-who has changed his name to Shaun O'Donnell-would normally have his identity cloaked by the same laws which guarantee his victims anonymity.

But today his daughter Philomena, now 21, and stepson Michael, 26, have taken the amazingly brave decision to reveal themselves.

For they want the world to see the evil that is their father- and every parent to be warned that he is back on the loose. Philomena and Michael even found the courage to tell of the torment they suffered at Horgan's hands as they grew up in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

The Satanist, who literally WORSHIPPED child abuse, began preparing them for his perverted rites when Philomena was a wide-eyed six-year-old and Michael was just 11.

Some of their memomories are so harrowing as to be almost unbelievable-but police and experts have cross-checked all details and are absolutely certain they are the truth.

Philomena choked back tears as she recalled:

The first time it happened was in the middle of the night. I woke up and he was touching me.

The second time was when our electricity went. It was dark and I was scared.

He touched me where he shouldn't. He told me I was the best daughter he'd ever had.

And he said I'd only be beautiful if I let him do whatever he wanted. I'd turn ugly if I tried to stop him. Later he'd tie me and Michael each side of a large wooden cross. When I was eight he tied us up in the lounge. Three men carried us into the back of a van and my father blindfolded us.

We were driven off and later someone removed the blindfold. I saw the cross and some chains and whips. I was frightened. I thought I was going to die.

Through the window I could see the moor (Saddleworth Moor, where Myra Hindley and Ian Brady murdered their young victims 30 years earlier) .

Michael and I were made to swallow a small blue tablet. I passed out.

I WOKE up with a scream. My hands were tied above my head and I was lying naked on the moor. I remember how cold it was.

Michael was next to me and we were in the middle of a big circle with two triangles inside it painted on the grass.

There were grown-ups wearing long white robes with pointed hoods.

I could see my father with another man and woman standing outside the circle.

There were two little girls about my age standing next to them. I know they were the daughters of the man and woman. Next to them there was a black man. We were told his name was Sabu.

I saw a snake being pulled out of a vase. They put it on me and let it crawl along my body.

As soon as Michael and I started screaming a man started videoing us. They all made a humming sound.

After that we were taken to the moors regularly. Sometimes they'd tie us to the cross, sometimes there would be fires around us.

Often they'd make us watch the adults doing things to the other two girls before we had to take our turn.

Sometimes they'd all chant. But I never understood any of the words. My dad said it was voodoo magic.

Once someone's wife had sex with my father. He even tried to make Michael have sex with me-but we couldn't. I was too young. I was screaming and crying-but they seemed to love that even more.

Even at home the nightmare continued for the two children.

For their father built a black magic altar in his attic.

There, five men and a woman would take it in turns to have sex with the whimpering youngsters. Anguished Philomena went on:
"They stripped us, tied our hands and hung us from hooks in the walls.
"My father would stand in front of us naked and do things to Michael and me. Then he'd let others do the same.

"Once we watched him have sex with a woman-then a man.

"In the end it all became 'normal' to us.

"We'd just lay there and let them do what they had to- hoping it would soon be over.

"Once we were locked in a room with a catflap. He put dogfood through it for us.

"I heard a man from our school come to the door-and I heard my dad say we didn't live there any more."

"I thought it was natural for a father to do what he did to us. Michael and I never talked about what happened.
"It's only recently that we've been able to talk about it to each other.

"Now if I see the sign that was on the grass-a pentagram-on a film or TV, it all comes flooding back."

Philomena was robbed of her entire girlhood by her monstrous father. At his trial for serious sexual assault, Manchester Court heard how he had made her wear black leather mini-skirts when she was a mite of eight.

A keen Elvis Presley fan, he beat her with a heavy belt bearing a buckle of 'the king'.

She has tried to wipe out everything about her he found attractive. She has even dyed her beautiful red hair blonde.

Philomena was bought her first doll when she was EIGHTEEN .

She admitted:
"I didn't know what a Sindy Doll was when I was a kid.

"Even now if I babysit for a friend, I'll play with the child's dolls. Sometimes I wish I was a little girl again, so I could start my life all over.

"I feel really sick knowing he's been released and he'll soon be able to come and go as he pleases."

Michael has also been painfully traumatised by his horrific young life.

Like his step-sister he has started afresh in a completely different part of Britain.

"One of the earliest memories I have is of being burnt with a hot poker," he said. "I've still got the scar.

"I still cry now because I can't love anyone. Everyone I've loved in the past has hurt me. Our father has wrecked our lives. Once he tied me and my mate together and made us do things to each other while his friends watched.

"Women also took part. One always dressed as a nurse. She'd give us injections.

"When I got older Horgan and his mates would take me to the park and sell me to men.

"It's outrageous that he'll be back on the streets in days.

"What he did to us is disgusting. And what worries me is that I know he'll do it to other children. None is safe."

DURING his 23-day trial Horgan admitted seriously abusing his two children. He is now registered as a sex offender.

That means he must tell police of any change of address after he leaves his hostel in Lambeth, South London.

Many critics of the system are furious that they only have the power to act AFTER he commits another offence.

A police source said:
"I don't believe there's any way this man's cured.

"He's a twisted evil pervert. But-even worse-he's never accepted the enormity of what he's done.

"The truth is he'll re-offend. It's just a matter of time."
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Lock him up


Lock him up
13 March 1999
The Sun

WHEN will we ever learn?
Michael Horgan gets 10 years for sordid and dangerous sex attacks on children.

Two-thirds through his sentence, he is let out.

Never mind that he is still such a menace that the police have to watch him like hawks.

Horgan is kept in a bail hostel after protests from parents.

But next Tuesday he will be a free man.

The law says he cannot be caged any longer.

What complete and utter madness.

What are we thinking of, letting an evil pervert out on the streets?

The experts say Horgan - who has now changed his name to Shaun O'Donnell - should be locked away for life.

Paedophiles can never be cured. The only way to protect children is to lock up the perverts and throw away the key.

Soon the law will change to put sex offenders away for ever if necessary.

We hope it is backdated so Horgan gets what he deserves.

Or must another innocent child suffer first?
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Fears as child sex monster set free


Fears as child sex monster set free
13 March 1999
The Sun
Ian Hepburn
A CHILD sex monster is feared to be plotting attacks on kids from inside a bail hostel - in time for his release next week.

Depraved Michael Horgan, 50 - who has already changed his name to Shaun O'Donnell - is known to have established links with other sex offenders.

Evil Horgan liked to hang kids from ceiling hooks in a secret attic den before beating and abusing them with paedophile pals.

A police intelligence report branded him: "A dangerous individual with a history of disturbing abuse."

He has been under surveillance while at a bail hostel in South London since his release from prison last May.


But on Tuesday he is completely free to return to the community - and police are powerless to act unless he reoffends.

One cops said: "This man is a timebomb waiting to go off."

Last night one of Horgan's victims told of her horror on hearing he is to roam free. The girl, now 21, said: "I'll spend the rest of my days looking over my shoulder. And I fear he'll do the same to someone else as he did to me."

Horgan, whose youngest victim was TWO, was jailed for ten years in 1992. He was released on licence after two-thirds of his sentence.
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Fugitive child sex monster is back


2 January 1999

A dangerous British paedophile is back on the prowl in Ireland looking for victims. Convicted child abuser Raymond Hewlett, from Scotland, was believed to have left the country, but now he's returned. The 53-year-old pervert has already been jailed for raping a 12-year-old girl and is suspected of murdering another 11-year-old in Britain. He is on a paedophile register in the UK, but can move freely around Ireland in his evil quest to find more victims for his sexual depravity.
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Dragnet for a sex beast


3 January 1999
Sunday Mail
Police hunt switches to Scotland

One of the most evil paedophiles in Britain may be hiding out in Scotland. Raymond Hewlett, 53, is a convicted child abuser who has raped a 12-year old-girl. He was also named in a book recently as the prime suspect for the unsolved rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in England.
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