And as the story unfolded (carefully, piece by piece, no doubt watched over by many communications people), it got weirder and weirder.
As Tim Worstall mused, why were the supposed slave-masters granted bail for such a high profile case? Why the delay between discovery and arrest (a very well-publicised arrest)? What of this previously-little known charity that's at the heart of it all?
And why the secrecy? Why no names of the accused? And why the hell are community leaders being briefed?
Local politicians and community leaders briefed on the case compared their ordeal to people trapped in a religious cult.What community? The victims are said to be British, Irish & Malaysian. The nationality of the captors has not been disclosed (unless to those 'community leaders').
Naturally, scapegoats are to be found wherever possible:
The revelations will lead to questions as to why they were in the country in the first place – and whether police missed opportunities to rescue the women, who were frequently beaten.Women who they presumably knew nothing about?
Scotland Yard Commander Steve Rodhouse ...insisted that the case ‘was not as brutally obvious as women being physically restrained inside an address and not being allowed to lead’ (sic).
Instead it was a ‘complicated and disturbing picture of emotional control’, with the couple using cult-like techniques to apply huge psychological pressure on the women, leaving them terrified to try to escape.Odd. If you think it sounds like a religious cult, well, you wouldn't be the only one:
They are checking whether the pair have ever been members of any well-known religious cults.
Sources suggested that a more likely scenario is that they ran their own mini-cult.Maybe the speculation needs to consider other options.
One thing, however, is clear, and is no doubt expressed with a keen eye to ongoing current events:
Asked about those who might doubt the women’s allegations, he said: ‘I think people have no right to be sceptical. It is clearly different, and unique, and hugely troubling.’Got that? NO RIGHT!
Remind me again. Just who are the slaves here?