Mainstream media coverage of the trials of Bill Roache, Dave Lee Travis, and… er… Joanna Dennehy

Our thanks to William Collins for this. After reading our earlier piece on the corrupt mainstream media, he sent a note comparing the media’s exhaustive coverage of the cases of Bill Roache and Dave Lee Travis, suspected of sexual assaults 30-50 years ago, with their treatment of Joanna Dennehy. You could be forgiven for asking, ‘Joanna who?’ A Daily Mail report on this cold-blooded serial killer:

William’s commentary takes up the remainder of this post:

“On Thursday 16th January 2014 several trials started which would be of public interest. One group of trials were of media celebrities accused of sexual assaults in the 1960s-1980s, these prosecutions having arisen as a result of the post-Saville Operation Yewtree. The accused included Bill Roache (the Coronation Street actor) and Dave Lee Travis, the former Radio 1 DJ. Both men totally deny all the charges. The identities of the accusers is, of course, unknown to the public. They gave evidence in court from behind a screen. The accusations are of varying severity. Those against Travis are of ‘groping’, e.g. feeling the accuser’s breasts, or putting his hand up her skirt.

On the same day the trial started of the accomplices of serial killer Joanna Dennehy. This delightful women went on a 10 day spree killing men. The first three men were known to her. She knifed them through the heart and dumped their bodies in ditches in Cambridgeshire. Her blood lust being unsatisfied, she drove to Hereford where she selected another two men at random on the street and knifed them too, leaving them for dead (though both narrowly survived). In addition to being a naturally violent person, Dennehy’s motive appears to involve a deep hatred of men and a wish to denigrate them. Apart from the fact that all five victims were men, evidence of this is provided by the treatment of some of the bodies. Dennehy put one man into a woman’s dress after she had killed him, but with his posterior exposed as if to invite violation.

The point of my regaling you with these trials is this. Both started on the same day. The Yewtree trials of Roache and Travis received widespread coverage on TV and radio news programmes. In contrast, the trials related to the Joanna Dennehy killings weren’t mentioned. I am forced to conclude that in the minds of the people who schedule these things (could they be feminists?) an accusation of having squeezed a woman’s breasts several decades ago, though denied, is a more serious issue than the confessed knifing of five men resulting in three deaths last year. This illustrates the relative value that our society places on men and women.”

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • I think here that it reflects a deep social reluctance to face up to women as possibly violent or abusive. Hence for decades it has been known young children are most at risk from their own mothers (interestingly natural fathers are a very low risk). I suspect deep in our biology we can’t cope with the idea that our mothers could be perpetrators of malevolence. Of course gender feminists have merely appropriated this historical tendency to beatify mothers, to beatify women in general. Of course this has had to be done because proportionately fewer women are mothers, and those that are spend very much less of their lifespan devoted to motherhood. Gosh, that might mean no extra privileges, including absolution from responsibility for malevolence. So let’s hunt out ‘crimes’ from the swinging sixties, rather than face uncomfortable truths about today.

  • Roache has been found Not Guilty of one charge. Yet he has no anonymity. This is at variance with ECHR legislation – the UK deals unfairly with rape trial accused (R v Traviss, R v Santos, R v Davidson).