(PRWEB UK) 24 May 2012
In this jubilee year, a sensational new book – The Butler Did It (Mainstream Publishing) - claims that Lord Mountbatten, Viceroy of India and Prince Charles’ great uncle, engaged in gay sex orgies during the war with serial-killing butler Roy Fontaine, who murdered five people including former Cabinet Minister Sir Walter Scott-Elliot. The butler’s other lovers at these orgies included famous playwright Terence Rattigan and Churchill’s son-in-law, radio celebrity Vic Oliver.
‘It was Vic Oliver who introduced the 17 year old Roy to this gay elite, enabling the working-class boy to see how the other half lived – and loved,’ says author Paul Pender, whose own life was threatened by the psycho butler, after he invited screenwriter Pender to write his life story : ‘Roy Fontaine, whose real name was Archie Hall, said that Mountbatten always treated him well. As a mark of respect, he refused to call his Lordship by his gay nickname - “Mountbottom” – though Roy did like to joke that Mountbatten took the title ‘Viceroy’ because he had engaged in so much vice with Roy.'
The Butler Did It is a book full of secrets about the British ruling class. ‘Roy represents the dark side of Downton, says Pender. ‘He liked to say he knew the ruling class genital warts and all. He reveals everything in the book, which is about the glamour and seductive power of evil. Before turning to killing, Fontaine was a loveable rogue, charming, urbane and very funny. He stole a fortune in jewels by passing himself off both as an Arab Sheik and as a Texan billionaire. He stole a briefcase full of government secrets which he tried to sell to the Russians, whose embassy was bugged by MI6. Roy received a lenient sentence by threatening to reveal sex secrets about the Heath government.
Pender continues, ‘Despite the fact that he threatened to kill me when I refused to smuggle cash into him in Full Sutton prison, when Fontaine died in 2002 I felt I had lost a friend. He loved talking about books, in what we christened the Full Sutton book club. With typical wit, Roy, who spent the last 26 years of his life behind bars with no possibility of release, came up with the book club’s motto: “Short sentences preferred.”
‘At our last meeting, he tearfully asked me to write a sparkling account of his life which would be funny as well as shocking. He said it would be his Crown of Diamonds. That’s what I was trying to do in The Butler Did It – write a surprisingly funny, even touching book, about a serial killer in the hope that he would find some kind of redemption. In writing it I came to realise that Roy Fontaine was the most fascinating character in the annals of British crime.'
Paul Pender is available for interview. He can be contacted directly at paulpender(at)mac(dot)com or pauljpender(at)aol(dot)com.
By phone in the USA – (001) 310 866 0345 By phone in the UK – 0208 144 9830
For Mainstream Publishing, contact publicity manager Fiona Atherton 0131 550 7513 or mobile 07973 918443, or Francesca Dymond, publicity assistant, 0131 550 7508