Black cab rapist John Worboys boasted to stripper pal about using date rape drug on women years before he was caught

The Sun 7 months ago

BLACK cab rapist John Worboys allegedly boasted about using the date rape drug on unsuspecting women years before he was jailed for a string of horrific attacks.

Former pal Dave Hanson claims the rapist confided in him and even urged him to try drugging women with GHB while the pair worked as strippers in the 1990s.

John Worboys is thought to have attacked around 200 women in his black cab

Hanson claims John Worboys boasted about his crimes, saying: “They won’t even know, they’ll do whatever you want. I’m telling you, it works.”

He also recalled the stripper turned cabbie never being short of female company, but swiftly added: “He wanted the ones he couldn’t have.”

In an interview with the Mirror, Hanson admitted feeling guilty that he had not reported Worboys to the police earlier as it could have stopped the rapist in his tracks.

He added: “The way he described things to me I didn’t feel I had enough details.

“But I’ll do all I can now to ensure he doesn’t get out of prison. I’ll tell the police what he told me – it’s not right that he should get away with it.”

Worboys was jailed in 2009 after being convicted of rape, sexual assault and drugging

Hanson, now 50, went by the stage name Omega Man when he and Worboys first worked together as strippers.

They performed together a dozen times, with Worboys – who went by the same Terry the Minder – allegedly boasting about using the date rape drug on at least three occasions.

Hanson told the Mirror: “On two occasions he spoke about using GHB on women, about a year apart. Then he spoke about it again four years later in a phone call.

“I’d never even heard of GHB then, I didn’t know what he was talking about.

“But I’ve had a lot of time since, and I keep thinking how he’s only ever been done for crimes when he was a taxi driver – which was years after this.”

The black cab driven by John Worboys - he drugged, raped and sexually assaulted hundreds of women in the vehicle

Hanson claims the first time Worboys mentioned using GHB was in 1998, when the pair were booked for a function at the Dorchester hotel in London.

The event is believed to have featured both male and female strippers.

Hanson recalled: “We were all being body-painted and John was p***** off at the amount of time waiting for his turn.

“We’d been sitting for hours waiting, and the girls who’d been booked with us were the best, all tall and slim.

“I said to John something along the lines of, ‘If only the girls at our usual shows could look like that’. I then made a joke that you wouldn’t be able to get them, looking like that.

“He laughed and then said, ‘Well, to be honest mate, there’s always ways to change that. There is a way, f****** drop some pills in their drink, they won’t even know, they’ll do whatever you want’.

“I was a bit surprised, but I just brushed it off and said, ‘Yeah, sure’. He said, ‘I’m telling you mate, it works’.

“I laughed it off as a lad but I thought, that was a weird thing to say, even for talk between strippers.

“He was being cocky when he said it, but with a serious side as well. Knowing what I know now, I think Jesus Christ… but I didn’t take it seriously at the time.”

An artist impression of John Worboys surrounded by four custody officers during a High Court hearing

The pair came face to face again a year later in the dressing room of a gay club in West London.

Shortly before they were due to perform, Worboys allegedly brought up the date rape drug conversation again.

Hanson said: “We were sitting having a chat and he said to me, ‘So did you ever try that then, Dave?’

“I said to him ‘What’s that?’ and he said, ‘Putting the s*** in the drinks with these birds? I’ve told you, you can get anyone.’ I said to him, ‘No mate, I don’t need to do that, I get some decent looking girls anyway’. And he said, ‘Yeah, we all do, but the ones you really want, sometimes they don’t want to know’.

“He told me, ‘I’ve done it a few times and they never know’.

“Then he said, ‘Some of the girls at shows, the hoity-toity ones in the West End who think they’re too good looking… I give them that and then I’ve stayed with them the night. They just fall at your feet and will do anything’.

“He said again, ‘It’s always worked for me’, then he told me, ‘Next day they don’t even remember what happened. I’ve never heard back from them so it must be alright. I’ve never had any problems’.

“He was boasting about it. I was just sitting there thinking, ‘He isn’t even drunk. Am I really hearing this?’

“That chat went on for about 15 minutes, minimum, and I’ve never forgotten it. I remember thinking, ‘There’s something not right in that head’.

“When I look back now I think he was testing me out, to see if I’d be interested.”

Hanson last spoke to Worboys around 15 years ago, and the pair have not been in touch since.

In 2009, Worboys was convicted of one rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted assault and 12 charges of drugging.

He is suspected of attacking at least 200 women in his black cab since 2002 until he was caught.

A number of his victims have launched a legal fight to stop the now 60-year-old being released from prison.

A temporary order has now been put in place keeping the rapist behind bars until a review is completed into the Parole Board’s decision to free the predator.

A two-day hearing will take place in March to establish if the decision was “irrational and illegal”.

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