22 July 1975 Ref: Y08870002
JOHNNY GO HOME (THE MURDER OF BILLY TWO-TONE)
BILLY MCPHEE was murdered because he knew the whereabouts of a man whose address was wanted. Three hostel employees brutally tortured him until he gave them the man's Brighton address. Then, on the London-Brighton road near Crawley, they savagely stabbed the 19-year-old Scot to death in a lay-by. Police found 20 stab wounds on the battered body, which the pathologist likened to the victim of a gangland killing. Known as Two-Tone because he dyed half his dark hair blond, Billy had arrived penniless in the capital from his home in Bannockburn. Like scores of youngsters before him, he found a home in one of the wretched hostels run by Roger Gleaves.
Gleaves's facade of being a Bishop of his "Old Catholic Church", well-meaning social worker and organiser of several bogus charitable organisations enabled him to hoodwink those in authority. Some even sent children to his hostels, where violence was an accepted part of life. He talks openly in the film about how he was able to pick up youngsters at the railway stations, why he wore his bizarre uniform, and even how young boys could fall foul of unsavoury characters at the station.
Sussex CID, for whom Detective Superintendent Dudley Pratt led the investigations into Bily's murder, provided unrivalled co-operation in the production of the documentary, allowing the inclusion of unique film they took at the time of the discovery of this appalling murder. Hostel employees and witnesses to Billy's torture also feature readily in the programme.
The three murderers, DAVID JOHNSON, PHILIP HOLLANDand MICHAEL WOODLAND, were given life sentences. ROGER GLEAVES received a total of four years imprisonment for the offences of buggery and causing actual bodily harm. His six hostels spread across London were closed down. But the thousands of kids who flock into the capital each year still have nowhere to go....
Executive Producers - MICHAEL DEAKIN, JOHN FAIRLEY
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