This book is designed to explain. My objective is for the reader to come away from reading it more sober . . . wiser . . . perhaps even a little more circumspect. Yes, I name names. Yes, I accuse the cops to have covered up and talked down their earlier colleagues’ corruption in the 2014 Review. This is obvious, but I do not call all cops crooked all the time! What I do do however is to ask questions and share my opinions. Ruffling a few feathers – sure! Answering all the questions and knowing all the details? Nope! Engaging brain and using it! For sure . . . so let’s get it underway then.
I do believe that many of the commentators have got things right over the years. Pat Booth’s original investigative skills were dogmatic, tenacious, motivating, inspirational – even stunning. Yallop, Birt & Wishart too all contributed hugely to our understanding of these murders. Perhaps there was little to be gained from a murder-suicide theory, or maybe an author had an agenda or got something wrong when they barked up an empty tree but millions of people reading thousands of articles and stories has not made for a reasoned analysis. This I aim to provide.
The Crewe Murders were an internal family affair conducted in the context of a divisive family dispute over money. Len Demler had Autism and combined with the normal human weaknesses, this caused him serious problems within his family. He initiated the murders and those within his direct family “did the deed”. Len’s friends included many influential in the Opuatia, Pukekawa and South Auckland “rugby, racing & beer” community. Maisie controlled substantial inherited wealth. Len got control of it by way of the murders, legal shenanigans and crooked cops assisted in the cover-up. Things got worse; they got out of hand and the crooks eventually got caught, although they were “well protected”. People have learned over the five decades since to (as Luigi put it so eloquently), “Justa for-gedd a-boud it, why don’d you – ah?”
I’m an investigator. I ask questions. I think and then I speak. I obtain truth by the application of logic onto fact. If I speak it out, to you like I do here, then truthseekers around the globe should recognise it and say, “Yeah! That’s right!” Hopefully, if I get things right they (you) will listen up and give me back the credit due. That’s all I ask.
I watch around me as people constantly take credit for what’s not theirs. That’s essentially theft. Claiming that something is ours (even something like an idea, a design, a phrase or a piece of information) when it isn’t, is wrong.
Somebody took Jeannette & Harvey’s life back in 1970. It doesn’t matter who it was nor why they did it. That was wrong too. They will be, if they already haven’t been held accountable for that theft.
But there’s another form of dishonesty that is subtle to understand and it is the deception that we cannot stand up for justice because we are frightened of the consequences. Manipulators prey on people who cower in fear at the power they yield over others. IMHO this is a theft just as bad as murder. In some ways it’s worse, because while Jeannette and Harvey met their Maker way back in 1970, those that have wielded power over others, coercing them and bullying them through bribery, blackmail & brainwashing in some cases for years, even decades still outwork their evil.
This too is wrong . . and that’s with a CAPITAL “R” too! [Fonetik spellink of korss!]
If there’s one thing I would like to extract and highlight from my research it is that many people, over the years many, many people have benefited from the Crewe murders. Immoral and often illegal financial benefit; sexual gratification and immorality; power games exerting pressure on the little people (and more) have all been and are still being held secret, many times to the grave. The South Auckland region has suffered badly as secrets relating to these murders have been held, whispered and kept away from the public eye.
Fear has permeated that community. Sadly, people being people, it still continues. For example, when I find that Rochelle Crewe’s lawyer, Natalie Walker’s legal practice has grown from some three to thirty staff in a few short years, I scratch my head in amazement, asking myself, “How? Why? How is it that she of all people can become a primary South Auckland prosecution outfit, and not others?” Many lawyers I know would consider having three lawyers on the team to be a success story . . . “Is she doing it the way that many other women get ahead in a male dominated world [nuff said] or is there something more?”
Then I find out who else she represents (or has represented, and I get it!) I do not want to sticky-beak any more into that department. “Go away Dennis!”, and I do.
So then I send an email to David Jones QC asking him for a moment to go through his response to the 2014 Police Review. It was his job to monitor the review “for the public“. Yeah right! Lies from his small office, and . . . inaction. “I’m wasting my time going down this rabbit warren!” methinks. The words, “We don’t know the significance of the missing evidence!” cause me to shout at my computer screen, “You fool! Can’t you see that the significance is that it’s missing! Can’t you see that it was the cops who took it you idiot?” Then I calm down and smell the roses . . . ah yes, of course. You drink with the people who engaged you; you are a lawyer and you are paid by the people who want you to rubber-stamp their work! Got it! I’m not welcome there either. People are not allowed to ask questions like that!
But I do ask those questions. It’s not that I’m nosey – sure I may be. It’s not even that I’m a sticky-beak, minding other peoples’ business. I don’t think I do. To me it’s that when people lie, ESPECIALLY if it hurts another person, then that’s wrong. I hate it and will speak up, regardless of the personal cost!
Lastly, the reason I write is not to build myself up. I deserve only the credit I am due.
I do not write to get justice.
I do what I do because I can do it. My thinking is really quite simple, if I don’t do what I believe I am called to do, then I will never hear those magic words of welcome, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Make sure you too get to hear those words. Only you know how you can hear them, so whatever it is you gotta do, how about you tottle off now and DO them?
Genius? Insanity? Sometimes I really don’t know where that fine line is but I think that I walk down the centre of it most of the time!
Enjoy what follows as we walk this fine line together.