A unapologetic pedophile described as “systematic” and “evil personified” has been found dead in his prison cell after his testicles were removed and his injuries went untreated.
Daniel Davey, a 22-year-old McDonalds employee, was sent to prison in late 2017 after being caught raping a 5-year-old boy. Following a police investigation it emerged that Davey had also raped another child aged six.
On December 1 the pedophile was ordered to serve six-and-a-half years in prison at HMP Bullingdon, in Oxfordshire, UK — a Category B & C prison that has housed some of Britain’s most notorious criminals, including former children’s TV presenter and convicted child abuser Rolf Harris.
Davey’s body was discovered by HMP Bullingdon prison guards after he failed to respond to a routine morning wake up call. According to one guard, Davey appeared to have received “a beating” and there was “blood everywhere” in his cell.
The guard also noted that Davey’s testicles had been “forcibly removed with what appeared to be a blunt instrument” and it appeared he had “slowly bled out until he died.”
Although not a life threatening injury in itself, if left untreated for several hours a person is likely to bleed out and suffer shock from the extreme pain.
A spokesman for HMP Bullingdon refused to speculate on why the convicted pedophile’s injuries went unnoticed for so long, or whether Davey attempted to raise the alarm or seek help during the night while he was bleeding out.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said his death in custody would be investigated by the Prison Service Ombudsman.
Davey sexually abused his young victims while living in Chippenham, UK, and police found his DNA on the children’s underwear after a complaint against him by a young boy and a subsequent investigation.
Speaking at the time of the sentencing, Detective Con Graham Mansell said: ”Davey’s depravity drove him to systematically abuse this very young boy at least six times over an 18-month period.”
A former girlfriend stated in court that she had seen a horrendous image on Davey’s computer of a man raping a child, but he claimed he had been sent it by someone else “as a joke.” According to reports, Davey managed to destroy his computer shortly before his arrest.
Davey was found guilty on two counts of child rape and ordered to serve a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order and register as a sex offender.
Investigators say they are not treating Davey’s death as suspicious and not yet ruled out suicide.
Motorcycle daredevil Travis Pastrana is known for jumping high and far.
Now he’ll try leaping into the past.
In “Evel Live,” airing Sunday (8-11 p.m.) from Las Vegas on History, Pastrana will pay homage to the godfather of action sports, Evel Knievel, by attempting three of Knievel’s iconic jumps. Matt Iseman (“American Ninja Warrior”) will host the live telecast, featuring one jump per hour.
“Growing up, [Knievel] was such a larger-than-life figure, the first daredevil I ever remember,” says Iseman (one of his first toys was an Evel Knievel power-charge motorcyle). “And Travis [Pastrana] … wants to pay homage to the originator and evoke what Evel Knievel meant, that sort of trailblazing style, to recreate these stunts.”
Pastrana is not just looking to recreate Knievel’s iconic jumps — but to surpass them.
Knievel jumped 50 cars, so Pastrana is attempting to hurtle over 52 vehicles. Knievel jumped 14 Greyhound buses, so Pastrana will attempt to jump 16 buses. Those two jumps will take place in a lot located directly behind three hotels: Planet Hollywood, Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s.
The last and most sensational jump is one that Knievel never landed: the fountain at Caesar’s Palace.
“The only reason we’re adding more is in the spirit of Evel Knievel,” says Pastrana. “He never wanted to do the same thing twice. He always wanted to push the boundaries.”
As if trying to outdo the legend isn’t enough, Pastrana has chosen to attempt these record-breaking feats on an Indian Scout FTR-750 motorcyle similar to the bike Knievel used when he famously attempted to jump the Caesar’s Palace fountain on Dec. 31, 1967.
(Knievel crashed and was hospitalized with a crushed pelvis and femur and fractures to his hip, wrist and both ankles. He also had a concussion.)
Pastrana, an 11-time X Games gold medalist — and the first rider to land a double backflip on a motorcycle — will also wear a Knievel-like flowing cape. He’s had limited practice time with the Indian Scout bike, which weighs almost twice as much as the bikes he normally uses.
“My God, how did he get this tank in the air?” says Pastrana about Knievel. “In true Evel fashion, every time I jump it it’s scary. The motorcycle is awesome. It’s got great power and awesome delivery. It’s super, super fast but it’s not meant to fly.
“It’s hard to manipulate in the air and if you take off wrong it’s kind of how you’re going to land,” says Pastrana. “I’ve got three jumps. If I crash the first one and I’m physically able to get up I have to get back up. Not just for me, but for what we’re doing.”
Iseman, a licensed physician, has seen life and death, and says he has a multitude of emotions about hosting this show — and the real possibility that Pastrana could get hurt.
“Honestly, it makes my heart race. Especially because it’s not one jump — it’s three jumps in three hours, live,” he says. “There’s no room for error. As the host, it’s super-exciting because I have the best seat in the house other than Travis’… his seat is clearly a lot better, but I don’t want that seat.
“The reality is this entire show hinges on him nailing it,” he says. “If this guy has a pulse, if he can rev a gas handle, he’ll go and that’s what makes me love him and fear for him at the same time.
“He’s as close to Evel Knievel as we’ve got.”