One wonders at the delay in Jukes podcast, but episode 2.3 opens with a puzzle. Why steal a valuable Rolex watch merely to bury it? No new evidence is brought forward concerning the suicide of Det Con Alan “Taffy” Holmes, written about here in detail previously. It is stated that Holmes was an alcoholic, but so is Haslam. Haslam went into a longeur over the lack of latent prints on a shotgun, it is odder that police could find no DNA trace of any suspect.
On to the arrest of Ray Gray. Jukes holds that this is central to the story, in fact it was a minor drugs bust. One needs to look at another Ray, Commander Ray Adams and what occurred when Derek Haslam killed a pedestrian drunk driving in a stolen vehicle. Adams was furious and ordered Haslam transferred to uniform desk duties.
The betrayal of Holmes looms large as does the role of Alex Marunchak, the former employer of Jukes close source, computer hacker and debt collector Ian Hurst. Haslam is far from Serpico, he sold out Holmes for his own venal reasons. 19 October 1989 and Dr Thomas Farewell declared Haslam mentally ill and that ends an inglorious career which began on 6 August 1973.
Haslam was then sent by the Metropolitan Police to infiltrate and sabotage the Daniel Morgan murder inquiries. By the end of the podcast Jukes names Dave Wood, but omits that he was a bent copper. Haslam was no “undercover spy” but a shabby con man who was a paid informer and known perjurer.
Haslam quotes that Morgan and Holmes were “both Welsh”. So what? Haslam is half Jamaican. Jukes also omits that Haslam was thrown out of “Manor Of Bensham 7114” lodge after Holmes suicide. Curious if he was innocent. Today Haslam links to “Service and Integrity” same lodge as his son, P.C James A Haslam, and Chief Constable Simon Bailey of Norfolk.
To end, Haslam and Jukes draw inferences from coincidences, Joey Pyle was a London gangland figure. P.C James A Haslam’s wife is a member of the Pyle family. Pass the jellied eels Del boy.