The confidential security files kept by the Security Services on this well know murderer have been now examined. He was known as "The Teacup Poisoner".
In 1962, he murdered his step-mother by poisoning her. He also poisoned his father, sister, and school friend but failed to kill them. In 1971, he poisoned Fred Biggs and Bob Egle. He also attempted to kill several others, including Jethro Batt and David Tilson. All these men worked at the same place as him. He poisoned his victims with continued doses of thallium, administered to them through cups of tea, which he kindly made for them at work. For the murder of his step-mother in 1962, he was committed to Broadmoor at the early age of 14. However, he was proclaimed cured after nine years of imprisonment there. In 1971, he was given life imprisonment. Whilst in Broadmoor, Young spent much of his time studying medical books, and any other books that could teach him more about chemicals and poisoning. By the time he was proclaimed cured, he was an expert in the subject.
In spring 1971, at the age of 23, Young started his job at the John Hadland Laboratories in Bovington, Hertfordshire, who manufactured photographic equipment. When he started working there, there was an outbreak of gastro-enteritis going round, so little suspicion was raised when Young's boss, Bob Egle fell ill. He suffered violent vomiting, loss of balance, severe pains in his chest and back, and delirium. Young obtained his thallium from the factory, where it was used to make camera lenses. Young came to the attention of the police when a consultant toxicologist came to the factory to ensure there were no leakages of chemicals there. Young asked him if he thought that the symptoms of the sufferers bore the signs of thallium poisoning. He was suspicious of this as thallium was as rare as a poison that he asked the police to check up on Young. The fatal dose of thallium is 12 grains. Although Egle had been cremated, his ashes when analysed showed 9 milligrams of thallium remaining - the remains of a large dose. When Young was arrested, the police found a detailed diary accounting the doses of thallium he had given all his victims, and detailing their symptoms suffered with each dose.
Most of the above is in essence public domain but what is important is that whilst at HMP Parkhurst he was under the cure of the Chief Medical Officer called Dr. David Cooper. Quite incidentally during Young's stay in the prison Dr. Cooper was found running through the woods on the Isle of Wight naked with his poodle and was sick from work for six months. This of course led many of the prisoners at HMP Parkhurst to question how this doctor was able to certify certain prisoners as insane whilst being probably insane himself.
Whilst at HMP Parkhurst the prison governor allocated Graham Young a job cleaning the landings. He was caught putting 'herbs' and plants that were grown in the garden in the tea urns used by the prisoners and one prisoner broke Young's arm. It was this incident that, according to the files, led the prison authorities to refer the case of ‘what to do with Graham Young’ to the government. The problem with Young according to one memorandum from the prison governor to the Home Office in 1988 was that “Broadmoor do not know what to do with him as neither do we." Since 1984 it was decided that Graham Young had to be sedated to control him. But in 1988 it was decided by the Home Office according to a memorandum to the prison governor "find a medical manner upon which full control can be attained" for Young. This led to an increase in the dosage originally prescribed by Dr David Cooper of Largactil, Tunal, Stelazine, Valium and other drugs to its 'over the limit ‘and intentional over prescription and administration of drugs in order that Graham Young would himself die by the same method as he administered to others. In order that there are no misunderstandings in what I am saying it is this: Graham Young was slowly, gradually and systematically poisoned by the over-prescription and administration of drugs by the medical staff Dr David Cooper and Dr Stewart on the orders of the Home Office. In July 1990 a memorandum was sent to the Home Office "By Hand" asking if the policy of administration of the drugs to Mr Young was to be maintained because it was having "little to no effect other than of a sedentary nature" to which the Home Office replied at the end of July "not to alter the level other than for security purposes" although no explanation was given. What is known is that on the 1st August 1990 Graham Young was found dead in his cell in F2 Landing at Parkhurst Prison. The official cause of death was listed as a myocardial infarction.
No autopsy report has ever been produced and more to the point no toxoligy report requested or disclosed. Graham Young himself was convicted based upon the toxoligy findings of one of his victims notwithstanding the deceased had been cremated. Graham Young did not die a natural death. He was murdered systematically using the same methods that he had used on more than 70 other people and simply could not be permitted, because of his serious mental illness and fascinations with toxins, to live in the normal world or on a normal location. Does that justify murder? It is interesting that whilst in the prison system Graham Young befriended Ian Brady who actually wrote about Young in his book. Ask the question: - why kill Graham Young and not allow Ian Brady to die? There is little in calling for an enquiry into the murder of Graham Young because those that would adjudicate would be part of the system that ordered his death. To allow the judges to judge the judges is frankly a waste of time and money. But this information is given simply for the Government to know that there are those watching what they do and nothing is a secret. Zelko Razjnatovic (Arkan) once said “two people cannot call anything a secret until one is dead...”