In amongst the many differing headlines and ‘think-pieces’ on the ongoing murder investigation of Joanna Yeates, there aren’t many repudiations of the concerted witch-hunt seen immediately after the arrest, questioning and subsequent release of ‘the blue-haired eccentric professor’.
Now neither I not any other thinking person in these isles knows for certain if Chris Jefferies was ever a realistic suspect, nor if his flat held other secrets regarding his private life which were scrutinised by detectives. What I do know for certain is that life will never again be the same for this mild-mannered ex-teacher. He has been subjected to the merciless spotlight of mass media hysteria, and I think that the only person to come out of this event with any credibility is Mr. Jefferies.
Cast your minds back to those days when Ipswich was flooded with media and press covering the murder of those prostitutes. An Ipswich resident, Tom Stephens, was arrested and questioned. His life will never, ever, be the same because of revelations about his private life which were aired in full and lurid detail by both tabloid and TV. His commercial ‘interludes’ with some of these whores was laid out for all the world to gloat over, and he has absolutely no redress whatsoever, because all reporting was considered to be relevant and besides, in the view of Joshua Rozenberg of the BBC “Juries are pretty robust, and they’re always told to forget anything they may have read in the press, and the trial these days is usually up to a year after somebody is arrested.”
Al I would ever say about Chris Jefferies’ life is that I do hope he hasn’t got a copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ on his bookshelf; hasn’t visited the BNP website regularly on his computer, or worst of all been reading the collected speeches of Margaret Thatcher, because he really would be condemned out of hand!