‘Pedophilia hunters’: Vigilantes expose kiddie-rapists online, eight kill themselves

During 2017, online groups with names such as Dark Justice, Guardians Of The North, Huntz 2 Exposure, The Guardian Angels and Catching Online Predators have been instrumental in aiding London’s Metropolitan Police in the arrests of more than 150 suspected child molesters and/or rapists.

Not exactly unexpectedly, eight men who’ve been identified online as well as video proof of them attempting to lure children unsuspecting children have been found dead, and by all accounts, it appears their deaths were by their own hands.

Nonetheless, individuals who proudly admit to being “online vigilantes” aren’t exactly shedding crocodile tears regarding those who committed suicide after being outed on social media. In fact, England’s Jamie Lee considers himself as a ‘child protection enforcer’ said states what he does performs a public service.

As reported by London’s The Daily Mail;

The daughter of a man who took his own life after being filmed by vigilantes has spoken out about the harrowing moment she saw a Facebook video naming her father as a paedophile.

Michael Duff was one of eight men who committed suicide in the past six years after being shamed on the internet in ‘paedophile hunter stings’.

He was questioned by police after footage allegedly showing him attempting to meet a 15-year-old for sex was posted online by a paedophile vigilante group known as ‘True Justice’.

The 67-year-old was questioned on suspicion of attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming and released on bail.

His body was found two days later in July 2015, at his home in Tyne and Wear.

His daughter Lesley Henderson only found out her father had allegedly messaged a young girl when a friend warned her about a video circulating on social media.

Lesley and her daughter did not speak to Michael again after the allegations were made and she says she will never know the truth behind the claims.

She said she never suspected he ‘had another side which might lead him to contact a child’.

His death has left his family with unanswered questions regarding his alleged actions.

Lesley had not spoken to her father since the allegations were made.
Lesley told the BBC: ‘This could have been a one-off thing where he’s done something stupid.

‘I know people would say, ‘well the thought was there’, but the reality is he may not have actually committed any crime at all.

‘We don’t know, because as soon as he [took his own life] the case was closed.

‘I don’t know what was on my dad’s computer, if anything, and I’m never going to know because somebody deemed to put it all over Facebook rather than letting police deal with it.’

Lesley told the BBC show that vigilante groups are hindering justice and said ‘paedophile hunters’ needed to be made aware of the consequences of uploading such footage.

Lesley and her daughter did not speak to Michael again after the allegations were made and she says she will never know the truth behind the claims.

She said she never suspected he ‘had another side which might lead him to contact a child’.

His death has left his family with unanswered questions regarding his alleged actions.

Vigilante groups command massive support and have formed a volunteer online taskforce, linked by Facebook groups and private mobile phone chat groups.

Possibly a perfect illustration as to why Britain is on a rapid decline in becoming a Third World country;

Craig Kelly, a lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University, told MailOnline it was a ‘matter of time’ before someone is murdered by a vigilante but argued we ‘must not lose sight of the realities of these crimes’.

He also said the sex offence treatment programme to treat offenders in the UK has actually increased the number of sex offences committed, rather than acted as a deterrent.

Mr Kelly said: ‘Poor children are being victimised.

‘This subject is one of the things the public find most abhorrent, it is the biggest taboo in society and rightfully so.

‘But it is a matter of time before somebody is murdered by someone from one of these groups.

‘It is unfortunate that eight men have died, no matter what offence they committed, this should not happen.