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  • Pigott the porn peddlar -Anderson"s little helper

    I have discovered that the chap who confessed to having forged the letters published by The Times in 1887 which The Times thought had been written by the Home Rule MP, Charles Parnell, actually had a side line in pornography---from Paris,which was then termed "French Erotica"......!!!
    Hey,and what about this!
    When the Home Secretary Mr Matthews, grew exasperated at Mr Anderson"s lengthy break,which he began almost immediately after his appointment to his new job which started at the beginning of September 1888,the day after Polly Nichols was murdered,and tried to pressure Anderson back to his Whitehall desk to attend to the Jack the Ripper murders,after he had missed four inquests of the five victims attributed to the Ripper, why blow me down, Mr Anderson was dragging his feet and wanted yet another week"to recuperate".Why one wonders?

    How very strange then,to discover that he was in Paris at exactly the same moment as his co- writer of The Times 1887 "anti Parnell Campaign",the forger of the Parnell letters himself .....Richard Pigott.
    Both Robert Anderson and his Times " compatriot in skulduggery " in Paris simultaneously during that last momentous week of September -overlapping into October 1888!
    A "French erotica" Parisian tryst perhaps-guess he needed something light and sleazy and a bit obsceny?

  • #2
    Hi Norma,

    We must never lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with His Slipperiness Sir Robert Anderson, who in 1907 wrote—

    "Pigott, I repeat, had no part in writing the [Parnell] letter, and he believed it to be genuine. The hand that wrote it was that of Arthur O'Keefe, assistant sub-editor of Mr William O'Brien's paper, United Ireland, who was arrested under Forster's Act, on December 15, 1881, and imprisoned with Parnell in Kilmainham."

    I bet Pigott wished he'd never bothered going to Madrid.

    Regards,

    Simon

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    • #3
      Ooh errrr

      Spies lie??????

      Whoever would have thunk it?
      Itsnotrocketsurgery

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      • #4
        I know Simon.Astonishing stuff really ---but then I suppose if half your life was given over to the creation of "disinformation" as a spymaster,the habit dies quite hard .Its possible that its a knock on effect of the daily grind ,similar to the "creativity" of the spin doctor ?It comes as naturally as a duck to water eventually!
        Cheers Simon,
        Norma

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        • #5
          Nats:

          Thanks very much for starting this thread. This is the sort of material that I personally like to see and I think others do as well on Anderson since SPE cranked up that thread about the Parnell Commission.

          I'm going to do some digging on this Pigott character and see what I can locate. Probably nothing folks in Britain haven't already seen before, but I'll give 'er a shot.

          XO

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          Simon...

          Briefly...I recall quite a few articles about a man named Pigott doing the 23 skiddoo out of town in the mid 1880's..didn't he commit suicide ?

          I'm not up to speed on the Parnell material as I should be, but why would a man who had nothing to do with the fabrication of that letter the Times displayed ( the Parnell letter ) take off in the first place ?

          Thanks for mentioning the SRA quote on Pigott. Like I just mentioned to Nats, this is good stuff in regard to SRA and that whole episode. Thanks for mentioning what you did.

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          • #6
            Nats:

            Here's a little something from


            Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland) Tuesday, January 28, 1879



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            • #7
              Seven Years Later....

              Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Friday, June 25, 1886

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              • #8
                One final one for now after he shot himself in Madrid.
                Interesting line about the Times...

                The Pall Mall Gazette
                Monday, March 4, 1889

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                • #9
                  Howard, thankyou very much for posting these old news cuttings.Fascinating.
                  I see one is from Michael Davitt who of his own volition carried out lots of investigations about Pigott"s role and was the main support to Parnell in the Special Commission.
                  Still its easy to forget the totally innocent victims in all this, here the three children of Richard Pigott-I wonder did Anderson help them?

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                  • #10
                    The fact that Pigott had once been a fervent Nationalist and proprietor of nationalist newspaper,"The Irishman" who later sold that paper to Parnell and Egan really intrigues me.He is said to have been hugely disappointed in Parnell"s watered down Parliamentary vision.So presumably chose to hurt him by sidling up to his enemies and helping to bring about the destruction of Home Rule and Parnell----and himself! What a strange hat trick!

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