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17-02-2013, 07:46 PM

Edward John Louis Paisnel (1925 1994), dubbed the Beast of Jersey, was a notorious sex offender who terrorised the Channel Island of Jersey for a period of eleven years from 1960. He entered homes at night dressed in a rubber mask and nail-studded wristlets, attacking women and children. Reports that he would visit Haut de la Garenne children's home are disputed. His wife, Joan Paisnel, was the founder of another community home in Jersey and it was there, at her request, that he once played Santa Claus.

On 17 July 1971 Edward Paisnel was stopped by the police after jumping a red traffic light and then attempting to evade the police pursuit. In the car, which he had stolen earlier that evening, were discovered elements of his "Beast" costume. In December 1971 he was convicted of 13 counts of assault, rape and sodomy and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Has anyone read this book? Seems to be some confusion as to whether it's fact or fiction.

17-02-2013, 07:56 PM
Haven't read it.

His name has been mentioned in despatches on the Savile thread though.

18-02-2013, 08:33 PM
Yeah I noticed.

Bizarre stuff.

18-02-2013, 09:54 PM
Although it's only a Wiki entry, he himself seems to be The Beast:

Edward Paisnel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But his wife got a literary agent who "ghosted" for her (he would have written the entire thing, in other words) - so, from that point of view, the facts of the book were probably "sexed up" and heavily dramatised beyond the "mundanity" of real life sex crimes, to ensure good sales.

Evil per se is sometimes not enough for those out to make money.

18-02-2013, 10:00 PM
Kiddie fiddlers - definitely a, "no go" area - for me!!

19-02-2013, 10:31 AM
There are two books about this case. Both are exellent. The one his wife wrote is by far one of the best true crime stories ive read. An absolute must for any true crime reader.

Its suprising how little is known about this guy. There has never been a single documentary made and there is zero footage of him anywhere. Very hush hush.

25-03-2013, 06:53 AM
Justice catches up with the Beast of Jersey
The Sydney Morning Herald - Dec 1, 1971


25-03-2013, 07:48 AM
Theres a video called sun,sea,and satan by Bill Maloney all about the island of Jersey in the bill maloney thread.


08-01-2014, 01:46 PM

A GROUP of suspected sex abusers who were allegedly grooming Jersey girls as young as 12 was disrupted by the States police last summer, the JEP can reveal.

In an operation which has remained secret until today, eight men were arrested on charges of grooming and engaging in under-age sexual intercourse in June.

See Tuesday’s JEP for full report