THE ADVOCATE 935 VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 LEGAL ANECDOTES AND MISCELLANEA By D. Michael Bain* THE PROFUMO AFFAIR The story must start with Stephen Ward, aged fifty. The son of a clergyman, by profession he was an osteopath with consulting rooms at 38, Devonshire Street, London, W1. His skill was very considerable and he included among his patients many well known people. He was also an accomplished portrait artist. His sitters included people of much eminence. He had a quick and easy manner of conversation which attracted some but repelled others. It pleased him to meet people in high places, and he was prone to exaggerate the nature of acquaintanceships with them. He would speak of many of them as if they were great friends when, more often than not, he had only treated them as patients or drawn their portraits. Yet he was at the same time utterly immoral. He had a small house or flat in London at 17, Wimpole Mews, W1 and a country cottage on the Cliveden Estate next to the River Thames. He used to pick up pretty girls at the age of sixteen or seventeen, often from night clubs and induce them to come and stay with him at his house in London. He used to take these girls down at weekends to his cottage. He seduced many of these himself. He also procured them to be mistresses for his influential friends. He did not confine his attention to promiscuity. He catered also for those of his friends who had perverted tastes. There is evidence that he was ready to arrange for whipping and other sadistic performances. He kept collections of pornographic photographs. He attended parties where there were sexual orgies of a revolting nature. … Finally, he admired the Soviet regime and sympathised with the communists. He used to advocate their cause in conversation with his patients, so much so that several became suspicious of him. He became very friendly with a Russian, Captain Eugene Ivanov. To him I now turn. —Lord Denning, October 19631 * D. Michael Bain is the editor of the Advocate. He is an enormous fan of 1963.
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