January 27, 2006

Joking master became 'vile, slimy, sexual predator'

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post Today

Mark Branagan
With his Guards officer's dashing good looks, his athlete's energy and smooth flattering manner, no-one really knew what Tory peer's son Piers Grant-Ferris was doing at Ampleforth College.
A highly respected monk and teacher, he was also a celebrated mountaineer who in later life would face near death on the Andes.
The only son of leading public figure Lord Harvington a personal friend of Margaret Thatcher he had a spotless family name.
Commissioned into the Irish Guards, Grant-Ferris seemed poised for the sort of brilliant career carved out his by father, a former Deputy Speaker during Ted Heath's government and a member of a prominent English Roman Catholic family.
So pupils wondered why he suddenly retreated from the world. In a place where the 40-something Abbot Basil Hume was regarded as a youthful figure, the only explanation was a vague rumour that Grant-Ferris had been traumatised by a car crash in which two young women died.

Posted by kshaw at January 27, 2006 09:01 AM