“O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams”
Hamlet, William Shakespeare
In prison, Ronald Jebson has a recurring dream.
There is a little slim blonde girl, Nicola, laughing and clapping on a swing.
He is beside this ‘precious little China doll’. He puts his arm round her and asks if she wants to come with him. “No” she says.
Next thing he knows, they’re walking down a “lovely floral path”. They come to a house in a paradise.
It is paradise because it is the perfect child in the perfect location.
And when it comes to bedtime, there is no resistance. The child wants the sex.
And so Jebson is able to perform. And afterwards, the child’s face becomes like a galaxy of stars.
The face of the child is his last murder victim, Rosemary Papper.
“...one of the most common things that a predatory paedophile will say to me is that actually the child came onto him, as opposed to the other way around. That the child was interested in sex, not the predatory paedophile. These are called techniques of neutralisation. These are ways in which the paedophile can explain away his sexual interest in a child by actually saying, it wasn’t him that was interested sexually, but the child that was interested.”
David Wilson, Criminologist
It’s May 1996. In Wakefield High Security Prison, 58-year-old Jebson is serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 20 years for the murder of eight-year-old Rosemary Papper.
Jebson, a paedophile killer, confides to a prison officer that he knows the identity of another child killer.
He accuses Robert and Maureen Papper, the parents of the girl Jebson had killed, of being the murderers of the ‘Babes in the Woods’ children, Susan Blatchford and Gary Hanlon.
Jebson had used the Papper family as an alibi for the killings of Susan and Gary; he had killed their Rosemary; and now Jebson hoped to torture them further.
Detective Inspector Declan Donnelly’s assigned to the case.
For the next two and a half years, he’ll investigate the sex crimes of man who calls himself a ‘monster’.
Detectives soon realise Jebson is after his own twisted revenge. Jebson states that Bob and Maureen had used his car to commit the double murder. He says that after 22 years his conscience got the better of him and he needs to tell the truth.
The detectives had to bring in the still grieving father. They had to interview Robert Papper under caution and DNA test him. They then told him the name of his accuser:
“Jebson killed my daughter: Destroyed my first marriage; destroyed my second marriage; accused me of murder of the ‘Babes in the Wood.’ He couldn’t make that stick. So, he went back to allegations about me interfering with my other two daughters...what he’s done to my life, you can’t put words to.”
So the police interview Robert’s family from his first marriage, his friends and old neighbours. Not one person supports Jebson’s accusation of Robert being a child abuser.
The police return to their prime suspect.