In Dunblane Tragedy
Letter to William
Burns from Paul Todd
This is something I have
been sending to the English media for weeks and which I spoke to Martin
Short and others about. Martin
Short wrote a piece about my father in his
book but seems motivated mostly by earning a crust.
Your number is ex-directory. I would like a chat with you if
you have the time.
~ Phone number provided.]
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public cries out for someone it can blame for the Massacre
at Dunblane. Perhaps the writer
similarly cries out for someone to blame. The contents merit
consideration by someone impartial from those retained to investigate,
who may have vested interests.
was either a habitual offender interested in young boys or he wasn't. The
Ombudsman exonerated him. His M.P.
suggested that Hamilton publicise the findings
of the Ombudsman. The Scouts
knew something but kept quiet. The police
made numerous enquiries. No action was taken and there was either
no evidence or they decided not to take action.
Despite public disquiet
into his private life and police investigations,
Hamilton was allowed to continue to operate
his boys clubs and to obtain a firearms licence,
the control of which is much stricter than a shot gun
licence and administered by the police.
His final act to slaughter children is the only real public evidence
we have of his general state of mind concerning children.
There is a question. If
there was disquiet over his behaviour and if, as seems apparent by
his dreadful final moments, he did have some fixation involving children,
how is it that the Ombudsman exonerated
him and that, despite repeated police investigations,
no evidence was found such as to proceed with action, or to even highlight
these concerns in their consideration of his application for firearm
the answer lies in an interview with a local woman who complained
to the police about Hamilton
and was then threatened by Hamilton who
told her that he was a Freemason and that
her complaints would go unanswered as his fellows in the local lodge
included the police to whom she had complained.
This was reported in
The Sport newspaper (March 15, 1996), the
same woman whom The Sunday Times referred
to on 17 March 1996, but omitted the Freemasonry
reference (unsurprising for those who know of the impartiality of
that paper where Freemasons and the establishment
are concerned) and the same woman shown photographed in The Mail
on 18 March 1996 with the assertion that "the authorities should
have acted sooner", but, again, failing to mention the Freemasonic
connection, as might be expected from an Associated Newspaper Group
The 25 March 1996 issue
of Newsweek highlights some of the inconsistencies:
had been investigated repeatedly and was cautioned by the police
after he was spotted 'in a compromising position' in a gay red
light district in Edinburgh in 1994,"
was blackballed a month ago when he applied for membership in
another gun club based in the neighbouring
village of Callander ... says Raymond
Reid who was aware of Hamilton's
unsavoury reputation and, as club secretary, turned him down."
crucial question in the wake of last week's tragedy
was why Hamilton had ever been permitted
to own guns at all. Police
had lengthy files on Hamilton
and were well aware he was potentially erratic."
Wilson, a reporter for the Stirling Observer, said
Hamilton tried many times to get her
paper to run favourable stories about his summer camps for boys,
and that she and her editors checked with local police
officials to see what they knew about his bona fides. 'Stay
away from him,' Wilson said, quoting the police."
"A local police
officer was even blunter. 'He was a paedophile,'
the officer said angrily. 'If he had had a criminal
record, he would not have been able to carry a gun.
The court system did not take our evidence on board.'"
not prosecutors could have used the evidence to win a criminal
case against Hamilton, many people wondered
how he could have been granted a firearms licence. Britain's
gun laws are widely regarded as amongst
the toughest in the world. Obtaining a licence requires
more than a spotless criminal record and a character reference
from a respected member of the community. Final approval
comes from the chief
constable of the local police force,
who has the broad discretion to reject any applicant thought to
be 'of intemperate habits or unsound mind, or ... for any reason
unfitted to be entrusted with a firearm'.
Applicants who pass that standard can still be denied a permit
if the chief constable decides they don't 'need' a gun."
difficult to get a licence that I find it hard to believe it happened,'
says the proprietor of a London gun club. There
must have been a communications breakdown'."
An international media
organisation could interview the witness and make further inquiries
into the Ancient and Scottish Rights Freemasonic
Lodge. Surely a decent Scottish Freemason
in Dunblane will break ranks from the directions
of Freemasons' Hall and expose all that
is bad in Freemasonry to enhance all that
a Freemason? If so, what
lodge did he belong to? Is any police
officer who was in any way involved in any investigation into Hamilton,
or who authorised his firearms licences
also a Freemason? Is the Ombudsman
who investigated Hamilton and exonerated
him a Freemason?
walked into Dunblane School carrying two
Browning 9mm automatics and two
.357 magnum revolvers armed with over five hundred rounds
of ammunition. Put into some sort
of perspective Clint Eastwood carries one
.357 magnum revolver, which can stop a car engine when fired at it;
and a full armed soldier going into battle is equipped with only 250
rounds of ammunition. It is fortunate
that Hamilton ceased firing when and where
he did, or the toll of human misery could have been far greater. Who
put this sort of firepower
and ammunition into Hamilton's
hands and why did they do so in the face of all the evidence,
which should have called them to question the appropriateness of Hamilton
even holding a firearms licence.
Is the judge appointed
to investigate [i.e. Lord Cullen
~ ed.], either a Freemason or
someone with links to Freemasonry?
Are we to expect a whitewash with Hamilton
alone blamed? It seems apparent that Hamilton,
by his final act, proves earlier fears about his unhealthy twisted
mind, insofar as children were concerned, were well-founded. His
final dreadful act stands to condemn those who actively promoted his
obtaining lawful authority to buy these awesome weapons of death because
of their poisoned distorted duty to their warped and twisted brother
Let us hope, for the
sake of the memory of the children and the teachers, that those who
put the guns in Hamilton's
hand might not now rely on similar condescension to their wrong-doing
by another brother Mason, and let us try
to ensure that the question of Freemasonic
involvement in the Dunblane tragedy receives
open public consideration.