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A textbook predator who groomed his victims - and made them too afraid to tell

Paul Williams

Published 13/06/2016 | 02:30

Serial paedophile Eamon 'Captain' Cooke
Serial paedophile Eamon 'Captain' Cooke

Serial paedophile Eamon 'Captain' Cooke was a textbook sexual predator in the same mould as Jimmy Savile: a devious, manipulative creature whose raison d'être was grooming innocent children for his depraved predilections.

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While he was convicted of abusing four girls between 1974 and 1989, it is estimated that he victimised hundreds of young girls and boys during his lifetime.

Cooke, nicknamed the 'Cookie Monster' by the children he preyed on, took advantage of his minor celebrity status as the boss of the pirate station Radio Dublin. And just like the parasite that was Savile, he sought out and ensnared vulnerable children.

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