Keith Manch and his very own Pandora’s Box

Mr Keith “Chop Chop” Manch, his corrupt colleagues knew not what might transpire a decade later.  That’s always been the problem with history and those that record it Keith!

The immortals know no care, yet the lot they spin for man is full of sorrow; on the floor of Zeus’ palace there stand two urns, the one filled with evil gifts, and the other with good ones. He for whom Zeus the lord of thunder mixes the gifts he sends, will meet now with good and now with evil fortune; but he to whom Zeus sends none but evil gifts will be pointed at by the finger of scorn, the hand of famine will pursue him to the ends of the world, and he will go up and down the face of the earth, respected neither by gods nor men.

The story of Pandora’s box is a complex one, but when boiled down the message is simple enough. Pandora’s box refers to a gift that may appear valuable, however in reality once unwittingly opened the box’s contents will unleash a devastating chaos on the recipient and those around him or her.

Many months ago Lauda Finem posted a piece about the release of some very old archived police documents; files that twenty years earlier corrupt police officers had denied existed. The eventual release of that ancient paperwork was brought about by a combination of circumstances.

Time had moved on, those that had secreted them away had long retired and the new guard had absolutely no idea of their significance. They couldn’t have, as individual pieces of paper they seemed harmless enough, just random files that appeared to be self contained. The key, however, to the power the documents actually held lay in the comprehensive understanding of the entire story, in knowing exactley where each piece of evidence fitted into the entire picture.

A challenge any investigator faces when confronted with mystery is piecing together the evidence so as to understand the whole, not taking one aspect and then sitting back smugly assuming that you have it in the bag.  One can never afford to look at or use evidence in isolation, without understanding its relationship and significance to the whole truth.

Having a complete and accurate understanding of what has occurred is often very helpful in ascertaining where one might find missing evidence, evidential links that may well be critical to proving the chronology and that a sequence of events had occurred in certain order.

In this case the obviously bent ex-cop Mr Manch was handed what he thought was simply a can of worms by his co-conspirators. In our view his mates have handed him something far more dangerous. Mr Manch, whilst corrupt, is clearly not a particularly clever man. He has convinced himself that what he has been given is the complete picture and that he will be safe in dealing with it in the aforementioned isolation for his own nefarious purposes. What Mr Manch hasn’t yet, and may never grasp is that there are many parts to the story, parts that others like himself thought they had successfully sealed and buried.

Unfortunately for Mr Manch’s like-minded corrupt conspirators, all those years ago, there were a few decent men and women, also civil servants, who had recognised the corruption for what it really was and the true value of the concealed documents. When they retired and or left their jobs they had taken copies of that buried material with them. What others thought had been long dead and buried is still very much alive and kicking and safe in a foreign jurisdiction.

For a corrupt civil servant to be confident that those before him had been successful in disposing of evidence, simply because it is nowhere to be found, is extremely short sighted and foolish.

We here at Lauda Finem Mr Manch would like you to imagine the outcome if  just one person had copied the documents you had ordered shredded,  a few years ago, before you had? Well Mr Manch this indeed appears to be one of those situations!

On the evidence we have seen, supplied by two whistle-blowers (now 43 as at 4:05 pm [AEDST] 30/10/2012), which includes documented evidence ordered sealed by High Court judge Peter Salmon, Mr Manch’s can of worms might in fact be a far more sinister container; the proverbial Pandora’s Box; now opened Mr Manch, all the kings men won’t be able to put a lid on it! It only takes one person to tell the truth Mr Manch – just one

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