#TheList producers of gruesome and sadistic animal ‘crush’ videos: Craig John Chapman, born 03/02/1975, of Cresswell Road, Hilderstone, Stone ST15 8RF, Theraza Smallwood, born 10/10/1980, of Parkhead Drive, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 6EW, Christine Louise Besford (now Christine Miller), born 02/05/1976, of Doulton Court, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 7QY and Sarah Cooke, born c. 1980, and from Stoke-on-Trent (possibly now in Burton on Trent)
In the first case of its kind in the UK Craig Chapman, Christine Besford, Sarah Cooke and Theraza Smallwood all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to publish obscene material after making videos of small animals being tortured and killed for the sexual gratification of paying customers, which included Brian Patrick McCann. More on him later.
The gang tortured mice, a guinea pig and a kitten in a “cruelly terrifying” nature in order to make the obscene video tapes.
All four also admitted separate charges relating to the cruelty and torture of small animals.
Peter Cooper, prosecuting, told Stoke on Trent Crown Court how Chapman had told someone he met over the internet that he could supply videos depicting scenes of animal torture.
Describing the horrific scenes on the tape Mr Cooper said: “Throughout the film there are scenes of small animals being stamped on with high heeled shoes.
“There is another scene of an overtly sexual nature involving Chapman and a mouse taped to a wooden board.”
The footage also included a scene in which an eight-week-old kitten was glued to the floor and killed by a woman with her stiletto heels.
An extract from the book Animal Spy: Animal Welfare Behind Enemy Lines by ex RSPCA undercover agent Terry Spamer, who investigated this case reads:
“The man behind the camera tells the girl to stand on the kitten’s head. She did this, but not very well and her heel fell onto the kitten’s neck.
The kitten yelled in its incomparable distress……
the man behind the camera laughed”.
A former business associate of Chapman told us this (obviously treat as allegations for the time being):
Chapman had been going on a Fetish chat room and putting it out there that he could make ‘custom made’ videos of animals being tortured to death and these bastards we’re e-mailing him with their fantasies and he along with the 3 other scumbags would get to work buying mice and guinea pigs from Pets at Home and other animals from a local yellow paper.
There was a scene in the seized video where Chapman lies on the floor naked with a plan of wood across him with a hole drilled in it for his privates to poke through, and a girl crushes a live mouse on it then smears its entrails on Chapman’s bits. Sick beyond belief.
They resin glued a 12 week old tabby kitten to a piece of wood and then tortured it to death. Chapman can be heard complaining on the tape “Oh no, there’s only 15 mins left on the tape, I was hoping to make a THIRTY MINUTE’ show of this…
It turned out that Chapman had been using his secretarial recruitment agency to see if any pretty applicants were particularly hard up for money and were potential “video stars” for his grotty enterprise.
We also received the following contribution via Facebook.
Chapter Four [of Terry Spamer’s book] – simply titled “Look Away Now” is all about how Chapman was caught. What a harrowing read. Just reading the description of the first scene – where they’ve gaffer taped mice to the clutch of a car was enough to give me a mild panic attack.
Safe to say that by the time we get to the part where Chapman has RESIN GLUED the tabby kitten’s right hind leg to the piece of hardboard, I was in tears.
The terrified kitten has tried to escape clockwise, anti clockwise and almost a full circle in it’s desperate attempts to escape, breaking it’s own leg in the process.
Chapman tells the “star” (Besford) to stand on the kitten’s head. She does but her foot slips off and crushes it’s spine. At this point Chapman LAUGHS.
Even after the kitten is dead, Besford, at Chapman’s request, stabs her high heel at the kitten’s head until it rolls completely off.
The guinea pig is hung by picture cord, being lifted off the floor by Smallwood before Chapman tells her not to do it so hard or else she’d strangle it and the video would end too early, as they need to torture the poor creature for as long as possible for more money.
She stabs it through it’s ribcage with her high heels then after 15 mins of this, she breaks it’s spine by standing on it full weight as it tries to run away mortally wounded.
That’s the running theme here – Chapman giving the “stars” the instructions on how to hurt the animals in the worst ways possible to achieve the most pain for the longest time for more money.
He tells the “star” at the beginning not to brake as hard, as he wants the mouse to last longer.
For his “friend” to testify that he was only motivated by money back then in order to do this , then consider the fact that he LAUGHS at the kittens’ agony when it yells in pain.
That to me sounds like enjoyment.
What people are not realising is that there weren’t just three scenes on the tape, there was TWENTY. TWENTY scenes of terrified animals being slaughtered under Craig John Chapman’s instruction in order for him to make money.
He was selling clips for £200 a time so do the math.
Apparently demand for new tapes was so great that he couldn’t keep up .
Chapman paid Besford, Cooke and Smallwood between £100 and £700 each for taking part in the torture.
The defendants got the mice and guinea pigs from a pet store and the kitten had been bought from an advert in a local newspaper.
An RSPCA report, read out in court, said the animals all died from multiple internal injuries caused by the torture and they had all suffered immense cruelty before they died.
Sentencing: Chapman was jailed for two years for conspiracy to publish the video and four months for cruelty animals. Besford, Cooke and Smallwood were each jailed for four months. All four were banned from keeping animals for life.
The Buyer: Brian McCann
In November 2002 father-of-four Brian Patrick McCann, born 24/03/1955, then the owner of Rosie McCann’s bar in York Road, Islington, London, was jailed for his role in producing the twisted videos produced by Chapman and his gang.
In November 2002 McCann, who as at 2019 lives in Longmead Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2TN , pleaded guilty to conspiring to publish obscene material. He faced no animal cruelty charges.
A police search of McCann’s computer revealed 40 files of “squish” or “crush” movies in which small animals such as kittens, guinea pigs, mice and even fish and earthworms were squashed to death, usually by a woman in high heels and wearing a short skirt.
McCann commissioned the video after contacting Chapman via a website specialising in such films.
McCann ordered the video over the internet and asked specifically for images of a kitten being killed.
Judge Nicholas Medowar QC said McCann had directly contributed to the production of at least one of the films, ordering specific scenes to be inserted to satisfy his own desires.
He said McCann had offered “excuses more than explanations” and appeared to be in denial about the gravity of what he had done, and imposed a jail term to be effective immediately.
RSPCA inspector Mr Simon Osborne, who witnessed scenes from the movies, said they were the most sickening he had seen in his six years as an animal protection officer.
“What was very distressing for me was not only watching these animals being trodden on … but it was the sounds of the animals screaming in pain, in obvious terrible agony,” he said.
Mr Osborne said the society was disappointed a tougher sentence had not been imposed and that animal cruelty had been dropped from the charge list.
Sentencing: jailed for nine months.
An article published in a trade magazine and the local paper told how Chapman started the business in 2003 after he
was released from jail “left an office job” and built it up from one man with a van to a nationwide company.
Chapman was named Entrepeneur of the Year at the Sentinel Business Awards in March 2019 – quite astonishing when a simple Google search lays bare the grim details of his twisted past (the case made all of the national newspapers at the time, is mentioned on Wikipedia and even featured in a Channel 5 documentary on extreme porn).
Chapman also retains an interest in Duploy Recruitment, which has supposedly broken away from the Dulogis Group.
Chapman lives in a large house in Stone with partner Michala James, also his company’s Finance Director despite her past as a lapdancer (allegedly) and convicted drug dealer, and their two-year-old son.
Michala James had two dogs until last year – technically not a breach of Chapman’s disqualification order as long as he was never alone with them. The dogs are now, apparently, out of the picture.
Theraza Smallwood, who is shown on the video torturing a guinea pig, has three older children, all with different surnames, and is currently dating someone around half her age. We contacted Smallwood who told us she hadn’t spoken with Chapman for 17 years (strange that since they are first cousins).
Smallwood is employed by ABM Catering at their facility in Bet365’s corporate headquarters in Stoke.
She couldn’t or wouldn’t identify Chapman from the photo we sent her. She told us that her participation in animal snuff videos was “a very long time ago and I’d like to keep it in the past”.
In her spare time Smallwood works as a choreographer with Kaytelles Dance Troupe which is made up of female tweens and teens.