“… I might as well be 14 instead of 54…” – Dee Coles
To initiate a lie is easy. To perpetuate one is not.
It is the morning of Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 and Dee Coles is about to tie herself in knots.
Approximately 39 hours have passed since first contact between Coles and ITV (we are led to believe) and less than 24 hours have elapsed since Lucy Manning’s “exclusive”.
Mark Williams-Thomas’ “Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile” will be broadcast later that same day.
BBC Radio Jersey interview Dee Coles; her age at the time of the alleged attack – 14 – is mentioned no less than ten times. (She was not 14 when asking Jimmy Savile for a photograph.)
However, what is of interest here is not her age then, but her age now, today, speaking on live radio. She claims to be 54. She was not.
She was 55.
Or as Dee Coles might say, were she speaking truthfully, 55 and a half.
“[B]y definition, telling a lie requires one to intentionally instill a false belief in the mind of another. To do so successfully necessitates an awareness that other people’s knowledge of a situation may vary from one’s own, and, moreover, an awareness that this knowledge can be manipulated through deceit.”
– The Oxford Handbook of Lying
You can read a transcription and listen to the audio here. You will note that she is a confident & convincing liar, her confidence no doubt boosted by the complicit involvement of the UK Editor of ITV: Lucy Manning.
Already too late to stop digging, it’s to the earth’s core she’s headed.