'Beast' just wants to be left alone
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 6:18p.m.
By Emma Jolliff
The serial sex offender who became known as the “Beast of Blenheim” has written to 3 News saying he has paid his penalty and just wants to get on with his life.
But Stewart Murray Wilson, or just plain Murray as he likes to be called, still appears to be in denial about his crimes. His response to our interview request was as follows.
"I feel that fairness, fact and truth are foremost important along with incentive to ensure that no further denigration take place against myself or my alleged victims as we all want to get on with our lives,” Wilson writes.
“I have paid the penalty imposed by society and now ask you to give any queries to my legal team. God bless and thank you."
Calling them "alleged victims" suggests he still denies any wrongdoing, which is consistent with the findings of a recent parole assessment.
The assessment refers to "Mr Wilson’s continued denial of responsibility for his offending and his refusal to engage in any programmes which could assist him in addressing his offending..."
Criminologist Greg Newbold says Wilson doesn't think he's done anything wrong.
“The fact that he's referred to them as his alleged victims suggests to me that in his mind they were going along with him and in his mind they colluded with him and the things that he did,” he says.
That's despite being convicted of sex offences against more than 20 victims over a 20-year period.
Mr Newbold says Wilson’s unlikely to reoffend because of his age, and because he knows if he re-offends he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
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6/09/2012 11:06:32 a.m.
He should have been in psyichiatric care. We must see this as mental illness otherwise all we do is just make the world a worse place. People filled with hatred and vengence only bring it more into society and we improve nothing. We can only improve ourselves but some need help with that. Stop with the media name calling just to stirr up peoples emotions of hate and anger, thus the cycle continues?
5/09/2012 11:38:44 p.m.
Would his victim's say that justice has been served? He should be in jail for life.
5/09/2012 10:52:52 p.m.
Teari Mern wrote:
@David Age has nothing to do with it, the person that offended against me didn't start until he was in his late 70s and finished in his 80s. Sexual offenders do what they do cos they get off on the power, on the sexual gratification, even if it is mental gratification...
To say that he is too old to offend is a load of bollocks!!!
5/09/2012 10:34:06 p.m.
The people of Blenheim never called him the Beast. Why does the media persist with this cliche? Just call him Murray Wilson. We know all about him, we've heard it often enough.
5/09/2012 8:19:15 p.m.
Let's face it, at his age he's not likely to be able to get it up anyway. He's practically harmless.
5/09/2012 8:13:10 p.m.
if you do the crime you do the time, justice has been served. murray as he likes to be called has done his time. let him r.i.p.
5/09/2012 8:08:41 p.m.
@ I AGREE. I bet you wouldnt say that if the beast, had his way with your daughter or granddaughter. I honestly dont think he has paid enough. NZ justice system is too weak. 20 Sex crimes against 20 innocent victims. or do you think they really wanted it, ask for it, or lead him on. This man should be lined up and shot. Then i would only pray that he rot's in hell.
5/09/2012 7:09:53 p.m.
I agree wrote:
I don't know this man and nor do I know alot about his previous crimes but he's right you know. The media, with 3news a major culprit, are absolutely terrible to this man. You vindicate him at every opportunity, yet honestly what is this man going to do now? He's a shade of any man at this age having been locked up for so many years. Let him live the little he has of his life left in peace now hes out of jail. An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind
5/09/2012 7:01:20 p.m.
If he wanted to be,"just left alone" then that is "just too bad". What about his victims, He ruined there lives and now he wants peace and quiet. Na, I say lets stand outside his dwelling and torment him they way his victim's must feel. He can rest and have peace when he dies.
5/09/2012 6:51:14 p.m.
All those in ChCh still waiting for decent housing following the ChCh earthquakes need only go out and commit heinous sex crimes and then go into denial about their acts like "Murray" to get justice! The NZ government will care more about them than others in the community suffering from corporate (insurance company) crime and build them Kit Set houses in secure and safe environments!
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