Manslaughter (Murder) of Geraldine Beston, October 12th 1968 Oct 11, 2015 1:07:57 GMT njblas and ellenx like this
Post by chalkygo on Oct 11, 2015 1:07:57 GMT
I wish to report inaccuracies of the report on this site of the, what is officially recorded as manslaughter/murder of Geraldine Beston. My name is Bernard 'Chalky' White. On the date of the murder I was a Chatham, Kent Police officer, Police Constable 3882 White. I was the very first Police witness on the scene of the crime at 64 Fort Pitt Street, Chatham. Two ambulance men arrived on the scene first and took the primary murderer, Robert Ballard to hospital following his attempted suicide by slitting his wrists and femoral arteries; he died from those wounds. Just today, I found a government report on the BBC website, discussing increases in witchcraft/black magic killings in Great Britsin; it reminded me of the Beston murder all those years ago. To put the record straight, according to the report on this website, Geraldine Beston was married; not true, she was only 12 years old. Also, from my memory she had been photographed for days as she passed by the flat/apartment and then on the the day of the murder, October 15th 1968 she was lured by Joyce Ballard into the eventual murder scene after being asked by Joyce if she would mail a letter because her husband, Robert Ballard, was ill. He lay in wait behind the front door and as she entered the property Robert Ballard stuffed a handkerchief into Geraldine's mouth to prevent her from being heard to scream. I know the exact details of what took place following that; it is far too gruesome to tell here but it was about as horrific as it gets in relation to murders. Joyce Ballard, given 3 years for manslaughter; what a travesty. The judge, the same one that sentenced the notorious Krays to life should have given her life too and thrown the key away. She was as guilty of murder as her husband was. She should never have been released from prison. I still remember her to this day; when I arrived at the scene at around nine in the morning, sitting in the front room as cool as you like, definitely no tears, she was drinking a glass of scotch whisky. I arrested her on suspicion of murder. As a policeman that served 9 years in the Kent Constabulary, the last 6 of it in London's Metropolitan Police, I have never witnessed or heard of another Policeman witnessing anything worse than the murder of 12 year old Geraldine Beston. My only hope is that she still rests in peace.