Notables figures, living or dead, who evinced an attraction to people under 16 (with a focus on under 13).

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These figures were celibate with respect to minors.

J. M. Barrie, author (1860 – 1937)


Barrie’s love of young boys, which inspired him to create the timeless Peter Pan, is documented in the biography by Birkin (1979) (republished as Birkin & Goode, 2003).In 1894, Barrie married Mary Ansell, but their relationship soured because he showed little interest in sex. He met the young sons of the Llewelyn-Davies family in 1897, and was soon spending much of his time playing with them. An associate, Dolly Ponsonby, wrote that the boys “fill his life & supply all his human interest” (Birkin & Goode, 2003, p. 168), and he became passionately attached to two of them, George and the openly homosexual Michael. He took many photographs of the boys, some of them nude, but never made any sexual passes, according to the boys themselves. Barrie modeled the characters in The Little White Bird after himself and George; one suggestive passage about a sleepover reads (Barrie, 1902, chapter 19):

“Why, David,” said I, sitting up, “do you want to come into my bed?”

“Mother said I wasn’t to want it unless you wanted it first,” he squeaked.

“It is what I have been wanting the whole time”, said I, and then without more ado the little white figure rose and flung itself at me. For the rest of the night he lay on me and across me, and sometimes his feet were at the bottom of the bed and sometimes on the pillow, but he always retained possession of my finger, and occasionally he woke me to say that he was sleeping with me. I had not a good night. I lay thinking.

Barrie wrote the following to Michael on the eve of his eighth birthday (Birkin & Goode, 2003, p. 166):

My dear Michael,

Paris is looking very excited today, and all the people think it is because there were races yesterday, but I know it is because tomorrow is your birthday. I wish I could be with you and your candles. You can look on me as one of your candles, the one that burns badly — the greasy one that is bent in the middle. But still, hurray, I am Michael’s candle. I wish I could see you putting on the redskin’s clothes for the first time. Won’t your mother be frightened. Nick will hide beneath the bed, and Peter will cry for the police.

Dear Micheal, I am very fond of you, but don’t tell anybody.

Lewis Carroll, author (1832 – 1898)


Pen name of Charles Dodgson, author of Alice in Wonderland, mathematician, and photographer. Carroll devised Wonderland to entertain Alice (10), Lorina (13) and Edith (8) Liddell on a boating trip, wrote it down at Alice’s request, and presented the first manuscript to her less than two years later. Carroll’s attraction to young girls is established in a number of biographies, especially Cohen (1996), and discussed by Bullough (1983).Carroll had hundreds of little girl friends throughout his life — he once remarked “children are three-fourths of my life.” Among them, Alice was the most important. In his diary, Carroll marked “special day[s] which had given him great pleasure” with a metaphorical white stone. Carroll marked all but one of the days he met Alice with a white stone (Dick, 1954):

Referring to Carroll’s diary entry on first meeting Alice, ‘I mark this day with a white stone,’ Mr. Hudson states this was reserved ‘for outstanding occasions,’ which is certainly true, because the diaries show that this curious entry commemorated all the days when Carroll saw Alice, with the one exception of Carroll’s first meeting with Ellen Terry. Carroll’s white-stone days were Alice days—none of his seaside frolics with the Dollies, Aggies and Bessies, tantalising as they were, merited any thanksgiving offering.

In 1863, when Alice was eleven, something occurred that caused a rift between Carroll and the Liddell family. Several pages in his diary, likely detailing these events, were cut out. Carroll would later be informed by Ms. Liddell that he was no longer allowed to take her daughters rowing, and Ms. Liddell destroyed all of his letters to Alice. Cohen argues that the rift was caused by a failed marriage proposal to Alice (Cohen, 1996, p. 101):

The fact that Alice is Charles’ “ideal child friend”, that she sparked his creative energy, that he devoted so much of his time to her and fashioned his two remarkable fantasies with her as heroine is proof enough of a deep attachment, certain affection, even a kind of love. That he might desire a holy union with her is understandable.

Two contemporaries of Carroll are quoted to support this. The first is Margaret Woods, who claimed that “when the Alice of his tale had grown into a lovely girl, he asked, in old-world fashion, her father’s permission to pay his addresses to her.” The second is Lord Salisbury, an “archenemy of gossip” who Cohen considers particularly reliable; he reported “they say that Dodgson has half gone out of his mind in consequence of having been refused by the real Alice (Liddell). It looks like it.” (Cohen, 1996, p. 100-101) Cohen also points to an 1866 diary entry:

On Saturday Uncle Skeffington dined with me, and on Sunday I dined with him at the Randolph, and on each occasion we had a good deal of conversation about Wilfred, and about A. L. — it is a very anxious subject.

At the time, Carroll’s brother Wilfred had fallen in love with 14-year-old Alice Jane Donkin. Cohen believes that Carroll is here comparing the experience of Wilfred to his own with A. L. — Alice Liddell (Cohen, 1996, p. 101).

Lorina Liddell commented on the rift in a 1930 letter to Alice, after being interviewed by a biographer:

I suppose you don’t remember when Mr. Dodgson ceased coming to the Deanery? How old were you? I said his manner became too affectionate to you as you grew older and that mother spoke to him about it, and that offended him so he ceased coming to visit us again, as one had to give some reason for all intercourse ceasing. I don’t think you could have been more than 9 or 10 on account of my age! I must put it a bit differently for Mrs. B’s book. I had no idea my words were to be taken down! Mr. Dodgson used to take you on his knee. I know I did not say that! Horrible being interviewed if your words are taken down.

Lastly, when Carroll asked to meet the youngest daughters of Mrs. Liddell in 1891, he made this telling comment (Cohen, 1996, p. 101): “I am close on 60 years now, and all romantic sentiment has quite died out of my life: so I have become quite hardened to having lady-visitors of any age!” That suggests, of course, that Mrs. Liddell had reason to worry about his romantic sentiments.

Carroll’s diaries record that he was tormented by unwanted thoughts. He wrote his book of puzzles Pillow Problems to distract the reader from “unholy thoughts, which torture, with their hateful presence, the fancy that would fain be pure.” Cohen argues that these unwanted thoughts were about children because the feverish appeals to God for help in his diaries cluster around his visits with the Liddells (Cohen, 1996, p. 207-210).

Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, published in 1871, begins with an acrostic that spells out Alice Liddell’s name. His longing for her is evident: “Still she haunts me, phantomwise, / Alice moving under skies / Never seen by waking eyes.”

Alice_Liddell_with_sistersCarroll was a prolific photographer of children, some of them nude. Carroll instructed that all of his nude photography be destroyed at his death. Only a few pictures survive, the most erotic being prepubescent Evelyn Hatch’s 29 July 1879 photo. (In 2015, it was reported that a full frontal nude of Alice’s pubescent sister was discovered.) Mavor (1996) explores the “obvious sexuality” of Carroll’s photographs from a feminist perspective. Carroll put considerable effort into convincing parents to allow nude photography of their daughters, but always ensured that all involved were comfortable with nudity; one of his letters reads (Cohen, 1979, p. 253-254):

If you should decide on sending over Gertrude and not coming yourself, would you kindly let me know what is the minimum amount of dress in which you are willing to have her taken? With that information, will then be guided by her likings in the matter: children differ very much — with some that I know (Londoners chiefly) I would not venture to propose even taking off their shoes: but with a child like your Gertrude, as simple-minded as Eve in the garden of Eden, I should see no objection (provided she liked it herself) to photographing her in Eve’s original dress. And I think, if you were here and could see the photographs I have done of children in that primitive costume, that you would agree that it is quite possible to make such a picture that you might frame it and hang it up in your drawing-room.

But, much as I should myself like to have such a picture of her, if you at all object, or if she has changed her mind since I saw her (she was quite willing to be taken so, last September), of course I give it up, though I do not, once in a hundred cases, get so well-formed a subject for art.

Some scholars have attempted to deny Carroll’s pedophilia on the specious grounds that:

(a) “Carroll had some attraction to adult women.” Exclusive attraction to children is rare among pedophiles; his passion was still for little girls, and he met his most important adult friends when they were children. And,

(b) “nude photography and appreciation of girls was common in Victoria England.” The problem with this argument is that Victorian culture eroticized child innocence (Kincaid, 1994). Some of the most prominent figures in the Victorian “cult of the child”, like Ruskin and Dowson, did not even hide the romantic nature of their love. Why should we assume that Carroll’s love was chaste just because some contemporaries were equally blatant in their adulation of small girls? All it proves is that pedophiles of the era were free to express themselves through artistic sublimation, if not more: For most of Carroll’s lifetime, the age-of-consent was 12 or 13, a context in which “the pre-pubescent body of the 12-year-old girl was an entirely legitimate object of male sexual desire” (MacLeod, 2008, p. 360). Finally, even during Carroll’s life, rumors circulated about his photography and some parents were suspicious of his requests for nudity (Cohen, 1979, p. 337-343).

The revisionists even deny that Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland for Alice, despite his diary explicitly saying: “on which occasion I told them the fairy-tale . . . which I untook to write out for Alice” (Wakeling, 1997, p. 95). They also ignore evidence of his infatuation with Alice Liddell (see this review).

Mark Twain, author (1835 – 1910)


Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Clemens, known for his Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn novels. When he was 22, Twain met a 13- or 14-year-old girl named Laura Wright whom he declared an “instantly elected sweetheart”. Their fleeting encounter had a profound impact on him, and he dreamt of her throughout his life (Powers, 2010). At the age of 72, Twain began collecting little girl friends in his “Aquarium Club”. Correspondence and meetings with members of the club, girls aged 10 to 16, became his chief joy in life (Cooley, 2009). There is evidence of impropriety with one of the girls, who was 15 at the time.Hill (2010), p. 195, on the Aquarium Club:

Perhaps also somehow associated with his increasing age was his constant and almost compulsive interest in little girls. On his first trip to Bermuda in 1908 he made a close friend of Margaret Blackmer; on the second, he discovered Irene Gerken. As Miss Lyon described him, “his first interest when he goes to a new place is to find little girls” and “off he goes with a flash when he sees a new pair of slim little legs appear; and if the little girl wears butterfly bows of ribbon on the back of her head then his delirium is complete.” He organized this “harem” into the Aquarium Club and gave each member an angel-fish pin. Clara was appointed the “Mother Superior” and Miss Lyon “The Chatelaine” of the group, and the list of M.A.’s (Members of the Aquarium) swelled to a dozen. Clemens transcribed their names into his notebook–Dorothy Butes, Dorothy Quick, Dorothy Harvey, Dorothy Sturgis, Hellen Martin, Helen Allen, Irene Gerken, Margaret Blackmer, Louise Paine, Frances Nunnally, Jean Spurr, and Marjorie Breckenridge–careful to note the girls’ ages, eleven and a half to seventeen years, averaging thirteen years. They visited him in a steady stream throughout 1908, but less frequently than his letters implored them to.

The best measure of his preoccupation was the energy and emotion which he poured into his letters to the angel fish. Of all the letters Clemens is now known to have written in 1908, ninety-four were to Members of the Aquarium–almost half the total correspondence. Almost always they were long, chatty, childlike letters, frequently composed over a number of days. All pleaded for visits.

Hill (2010), p. 260-261, on possible impropriety with a 15-year-old:

On the other hand, there is some slight, provocative evidence that suggests that Allens’ anxiety may have been motivated by their concern for Clemens attachment to their [15-year-old] daughter as well as for his physical deterioration. Letters Clemens was writing in late March betray neither a lack of lucidity nor a faltering penmanship. The dying man’s jealousy of Helen’s interest in another man, named Arthur–whom Clemens described as “a man qualifying as neither a groom nor gentlemen but blending both capacities” but whom Paine discreetly called “a small playmate of Helen’s”–interlaced the pages of his final notebook, on the cover of which Paine circumspectly wrote that it must not be offered for sale or inspection until fifty years after Mark Twain’s death. There was also a manuscript, which Paine sequestered for decorum’s sake, of notes to and about Helen. Portions of it may well have been written after Paine arrived in Bermuda, for one of the notes told Helen, “I would God I had some Paine-killer.” Others occasionally written in his simplified-spelling code, contained endearments somewhat inappropriate from a seventy-five-year-old man to a girl not yet sixteen:

I think you are very pretty and sweet and dear and cute, Helen–in fact I know it.

I wish I could trade places with Teddy [her toy bear?].

Who is saccharine? It will be best to tell you in private, Helen.

And finally, Albert Lee, an employee of Robert Collier who was in Bermuda in March, claimed that he knew

some story . . . which . . . is something very terrible that happened in Bermuda shortly before M. T.’s death. . . . It is something unprintable. . . .

It is difficult to interpret what such scanty evidence implies. But it is at least possible that Clemens’ jealousy erupted into an overt expression that frightened or offended the Allens. Perhaps Helen, the last of the fifteen-year-old surrogates for lifelong sweetheart Laura Wright, was the object of improper comments or even actions.

T. H. White, author (1906 – 1964)


Novelist known for The Once and Future King. At the age of 51, White fell in love with a preteen boy pseudonymously referred to as Zed. They remained friends for four years until the boy drifted away. A letter relates his painful attachment (Warner, 1967, p. 277-282):

I have fallen in love with Zed. On Braye Beach with Killie I waved and waved to the aircraft till it was out of sight – my wild geese all gone and me a lonely old Charlie on the sands who had waddled down to the water’s edge but couldn’t fly. It would be unthinkable to make Zed unhappy with the weight of this impractical, unsuitable love. It would be against his human dignity. Besides, I love him for being happy and innocent, so it would be destroying what I loved. He could not stand the weight of the world against such feelings – not that they are bad in themselves. It is the public opinion which makes them so. In any case, on every score of his happiness, not my safety, the whole situation is an impossible one. All I can do is behave like a gentleman. It has been my hideous fate to be born with an infinite capacity for love and joy with no hope of using them.

‘I do not believe that some sort of sexual relations with Zed would do him harm – he would probably think and call them t’rific. I do not believe I could hurt him spiritually or mentally. I do not believe that perverts are made so by seduction. I do not think that sex is evil, except when it is cruel or degrading, as in rape, sodomy, etc., or that I am evil or that he could be. But the practical facts of life are an impenetrable barrier – the laws of God, the laws of Man. His age, his parents, his self-esteem, his self-reliance, the process of his development in a social system hostile to the heart, the brightness of his being which has made this what a home should be for three whole weeks of utter holiday, the fact that the old exist for the benefit of the young, not vice versa, the factual impossibilities set up by law and custom, the unthinkableness of turning him into a lonely or sad or eclipsed or furtive person – every possible detail of what is expedient, not what is moral, offers the fox to my bosom, and I must let it gnaw.

White never revealed his feelings to the boy: “The love part, the emotional bond, is the agonizing one, and this I have spared him. I never told him I loved him, or worked on his emotions or made any appeals or forced the strain on him.” (Warner, 1967, p. 296)

Benjamin Britten, composer (1913 – 1976)


The most important British composer of the 20th century. Britten was homosexual, and, according to biographer Donald Mitchell, “it was chiefly pre-pubescent boys to whom Britten was attracted” (Mitchell & Reed, 2011). Bridcut (2011) chronicles Britten’s many intense friendships with young boys between the ages of 9 and 14. Although clearly attracted to children, Bridcut (2011) concludes that Britten’s behavior never went beyond bed-sharing, kissing and skinny dipping.David Hemmings, who sang for Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw, writes of Britten’s infatuation with him at the age of eleven (Mitchell & Reed, 2011):

I went on to stay with Britten in this wonderfully claustrophobic atmosphere and he cared for me, he developed my voice and he was a deeply considerate father figure. It was only later that I learnt that he was very much infatuated with me and that caused some problems between himself and his long-time companion, Peter Pears. In all of the time that I spent with him he never abused that trust.


And when I listen to The Turn of the Screw now, I remember that moment, and it is perhaps one of the best gifts that anybody could give anyone, and I thank Benjamin Britten for that because no one else could have given it to me — particularly at eleven years old.

Britten dedicated one of his arrangements to thirteen-year-old Bobby Rothman, with whom he had shared a room (Mitchell & Reed, 2011):

When Britten stayed with the Rothman family, he shared a room with the thirteen-year-old Bobby:

“[…] many an evening we used to spend […] a lot of time just really talking he in the bed next to me […] His fondness for me was something that was beyond my normal social connections, and I was a little overwhelmed that someone should be so fond of me […] I can still remember us talking late at night one time, and finding when it was really time to call it quits and go to sleep […] he said, ‘Bobby, would you mind terribly if, before we fell asleep, I came over and gave you a hug and a kiss?’ It was just one of those touching moments […] And I’ve got to say I really did not know what to do except say, ‘no, no I don’t mind’, and he gently got up and gave me a gentle hug and kiss and said goodnight.”

Thomas Mann, author (1875 – 1955)


Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Mann is best known for The Magic Mountain and Death in Venice. The latter novel was inspired by Mann’s own attraction to a 10-year-old boy, Wladyslaw Moes (Adair, 2003). Mann’s wife explained (Mann, 1975, p. 60-62):

All the details of the story, beginning with the man at the cemetery, are taken from experience … In the dining-room, on the very first day, we saw the Polish family, which looked exactly the way my husband described them: the girls were dressed rather stiffly and severely, and the very charming, beautiful boy of about 13 was wearing a sailor suit with an open collar and very pretty lacings. He caught my husband’s attention immediately. This boy was tremendously attractive, and my husband was always watching him with his companions on the beach. He didn’t pursue him through all of Venice—that he didn’t do—but the boy did fascinate him, and he thought of him often.

Mann’s diary records his attraction to his 13-year-old son, “Eissi” — Klaus Mann (Kurzke, 2002, p. 346-347):

“Klaus to whom recently I feel very drawn. . . .” (June 22). In the background “conversations about man-to-man eroticism take place; a long letter is written to Carl Maria Weber on this topic, while the diary reveals: “In love with Klaus during these days” (June 5). “Eissi, who enchants me right now” (July 11). “Delight over Eissi, who in his bath is terribly handsome. Find it very natural that I am in love with my son. . . . Eissi lay reading in bed with his brown torsoe naked, which disconcerted me” (July 25). […] “I heard noise in the boys’ room and surprised Eissi completely naked in front of Golo’s bed acting foolish. Strong impression of his premasculine, gleaming body. Disquiet” (October 17, 1920).

John Ruskin, writer (1819 – 1900)

John Ruskin, 1863

Victorian writer and art critic, described by Tolstoy as “one of the most remarkable men not only of England and of our generation, but of all countries and times.” Ruskin’s one marriage fell apart after he saw his wife’s nude body, which disgusted him. He met nine-year-old Rose La Touche in 1858, became her tutor, and soon thereafter fell in love. His autobiography suggests that he fell in love by 1860 at the latest, when Rose would have been about eleven (Ruskin, 2012, p. 364; note this passage was omitted from the original publication):

And in the year 1860 the ‘new epoch of life,’ above spoken of, began for me in this wise, that my father and mother could travel with me no more, but Rose, in heart, was with me always, and all I did was for her sake. […] I recollect an American–not friend, but the intimate companion–asking me who Rosie-Posie was,–the words sometimes being said aloud unconsciously. Then in 1860, I could not bear being so far away from her […]

When Rose moved away in 1862, he wrote: “They took the child away from me — . . . and since that day of April 1862, I have never had one happy hour, — all my work has been wrecked — all my usefulness taken from me . . .” (Hilton, 2002, p. 321). He would carry letters from Rose in his breast pocket, the first of which was sent when she was thirteen (Hilton, 2002, p. 312). He also reprinted this first letter in his autobiography, alongside an account of their meeting (Ruskin, 1907):

So presently the drawing-room door opened, and Rosie came in, quietly taking stock of me with her blue eyes as she walked across the room; gave me her hand, as a good dog gives its paw, and then stood a little back. Nine years old, on 3rd January, 1858, thus now rising towards ten ; neither tall nor short for her age; a little stiff in her way of standing. The eyes rather deep blue at that time, and fuller and softer than afterwards. Lips perfectly lovely in profile ; — a little too wide, and hard in edge, seen in front ; the rest of the features what a fair, well-bred Irish girl’s usually are; the hair, perhaps, more graceful in short curl round the forehead, and softer than one sees often, in the close-bound tresses above the neck. […]

Some wise, and prettily mannered, people have told me I shouldn’t say anything about Rosie at all. But I am too old now to take advice, and I won’t have this following letter — the first she ever wrote me — moulder away, when I can read it no more, lost to all loving hearts.

He waited until Rose was around 18 before proposing to her (and was eventually rejected).

Ruskin’s preference was for girls 10 to 16: (Burd, 2007):

But I like my girls from ten to sixteen–allowing of 17 or 18 as long as they’re not in love with anybody but me.–I’ve got some darlings of 8–12–14–just now, and my pigwiggina here–12–who fetches my wood and is learning to play my bells.

In a letter to illustrator Kate Greenaway, Ruskin playfully requested nude drawings of little girls (Engen, 1981, p. 94):

Will you – (it’s all for your own good – !) make her stand up and then draw her for me without a cap – and, without her shoes, – (because of the heels) and without her mittens, and without her – frock and frills? And let me see exactly how tall she is – and – how – round. It will be so good of and for you – And to and for me.

In Italy, 46-year-old Ruskin was moved by the sight of a half-naked ten-year-old girl (Hilton, 2002, p. 253):

One of the finest things I saw at Turin was a group of neglected children at play on a heap of sand — one girl of about ten, with her black hair over her eyes and half naked, bare-limbed to above the knees, and beautifully limbed, lying on the sand like a snake . . .

The image affected him so much that he would still mention it in diaries and lectures decades later. Another somewhat erotic description of the event appears in his The Cestus of Aglaia (Ruskin, 1911, p. 145):

[…] the image of an Italian child, lying, she also, upon a hill of sand, by Eridanus’ side; a vision which has never quite left me since I saw it. A girl of ten or twelve, it might be […] She was lying with her arms thrown back over her head, all languid and lax, on an earth-heap by the river-side, (the softness of the dust being the only softness she had ever known), in the southern suburb of Turin, one golden afternoon in August, years ago. […] The sand was mixed with the draggled locks of her black hair, and some of it sprinkled over her face and body, in an “ashes to ashes” kind of way; a few black rags about her loins, but her limbs nearly bare, and her little breasts, scarce dimpled yet, white, marble-like but, as wasted marble, thin with the scorching and the rains of Time.

Alain Robbe-Grillet, author (1922 – 2008)


French novelist and director, best known in the anglosphere for his screenplay to Last Year at Marienbad. Towards the end of his life, Robbe-Grillet wrote a novel, Un roman sentimental, based on his own dark sexual fantasies about barely pubescent girls. In interviews, Robbe-Grillet stated that he “loved little girls” but had never acted on his fantasies (Shatz, 2014):

Yes, he had ‘loved little girls’ since he was 12, but he had never acted on his fantasies. In fact he had ‘mastered’ them. And he continued in this half-facetious, half-moralising vein: ‘someone who writes about his perversion is someone who has control over it.’ […]

The virile looks, however, were deceptive, as his wife Catherine discovered. She was the daughter of Armenians from Iran; they met in 1951 in the Gare de Lyon, as they were both boarding a train to Istanbul. He was instantly taken by her. Barely out of her teens, not quite five feet tall and only forty kilos, Catherine Rstakian ‘looked so young then that everyone thought she was still a child’. She inspired in him (as he later wrote) ‘desperate feelings of paternal love – incestuous, needless to say’. […] ‘His fantasies turned obsessively around sadistic domination of (very) young women, by default little girls,’ she wrote in her memoir of their life together, Alain. He gave her ‘drawings of little girls, bloodied’. (‘Reassure yourself, he never transgressed the limits of the law,’ she adds.) […]

From then on, she says, he ‘isolated himself in an ivory tower populated with prepubescent fantasies, in the pursuit, in his “retirement”, of the waking dreams in his Roman sentimental – reveries of a solitary sadist.’ […]

In Les Derniers jours de Corinthe, the second of these romanesques, he wrote that while working in Martinique he had become infatuated with a ‘pink and blonde’ girl who had ‘the air of a bonbon’; Marianne, the 12-year-old daughter of a local magistrate, would sit on his knee, ‘conscious without doubt’ of the effect these ‘lascivious demonstrations’ had on him.

Kentaro Miura, mangaka (1966 – )

Author and artist of Berserk, one of Japan’s most acclaimed comic books. Both Berserk and Gigantomakhia feature blatant erotic fan-service of prepubescent girls (see for instance, volume 29, chapter 252 of Berserk). When Tokyo proposed a ban on drawn child pornography, Miura drew a protest comic, complete with references to drawn porn magazine Comic LO and various popular “loli” characters from anime and erotic games.

Augustine, theologian (354 – 430)

The founder of western Christian theology, now considered a saint. Augustine was sexlessly betrothed to a ten-year-old girl who was “pleasing unto him”, until he elected to lead an ascetic lifestyle for religious reasons. Augustine writes in his Confessions, Book VI, Chapter XIII: “Yet the affair was pressed on, and a maiden sued who wanted two years of the marriageable age; and, as she was pleasing, she was waited for.” (Pilkington, 1876, p. 134) Since the Roman age of marriage was 12, this indicates she was ten.Bullough (1990), p. 70-71:

Unable to forego sexual activity, Augustine decided to avoid trying to be an Adept and to regularize his life by marrying. Once this decision was made, he sent his mistress and illegitimate son away and then set out to choose a bride. He selected a young prepubertal girl, and since technically he could not marry her until she came of age (i.e., had her menarche), he was betrothed to her. Unable to give up sex even for this brief period, he took another mistress, and this act, among other things, brought on a personal crisis that led him to convert to Christianity and swear off sex for the rest of his life (Augustine, 1955, IV, ii, VI, xii, vn, i). There is nothing to indicate that marriages to such prepubertal girls were unusual, although custom and law dictated they not be consummated until puberty. Obviously, Augustine was more than twice the age of his bride-to-be (Bullough and Brundage, 1983).

Gabriel García Márquez, author (1927 – 2014)


Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. When Márquez was 18, he proposed marriage to a 13-year-old girl (Hart, 2013, p. 28):

I met Mercedes in Sucre, a town just inland from the Caribbean coast, where both our families lived for several years and where she and I spent our holidays. Her father and mine had been friends since they were boys. One day, at a students’ dance, when she was only thirteen I asked her to marry me. Looking back I think the proposal was a metaphorical way of getting around all the fuss and bother you had to go through in those days to get a girlfriend. She must have understood it this way because we saw each other very sporadically, and always very casually, but I think neither of us had any doubt that sooner or later the metaphor would become fact. It actually became fact some ten years after the fiction, without our ever really having been engaged. We were just two people waiting, unhurriedly and imperturbably, for the inevitable.

Márquez said elsewhere that she was nine when he decided to marry her (Martin, 2012, p. 85, 147). His autobiography also suggests that he still had erotic dreams about a childhood experience with a 13-year-old girl (Márquez, 2003):

Her name was Trinidad, she was the daughter of someone who worked in the house, and one fatal spring she began to blossom. She was thirteen but still used the dresses she had worn when she was nine, and they were so tight to her body that she seemed more naked than if she had been undressed. One night we were alone in the courtyard, band music erupted without warning from the house next door, and Trinidad began to dance with me, and she held me so tight she took my breath away. I do not know what became of her, but even today I still wake up in the middle of the night agitated by the upheaval, and I know I could recognize her in the dark by the touch of every inch of her skin and her animal odor.

Romance between adults and youth is a recurrent theme in Márquez’s fiction. One Hundred Years of Solitude‘s Aureliano Buendía courts a seven-year-old girl, and consummates the relationship when she turns nine. In Love in the Time of Cholera, a man in his 70s has a relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Memories of My Melancholy Whores, written when Márquez was 76, is a love story between a 90-year-old man and a 14-year-old prostitute. Of Love and Other Demons is about a priest who falls in love with a 12-year-old dead girl.

Hayao Miyazaki, director (1941 – ) ?

Founder of Studio Ghibli and director of many of Japan’s best known animated films, including Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Miyazaki’s protagonists are usually young girls. Miyazaki reportedly once shouted “What’s wrong with falling in love with a 12-year-old girl? “(「一二歳の女の子と恋愛してどこが悪い」) at fellow director Mamoru Oshii when drunk:

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Source appears to be the book 「宮崎駿の世界」クリエイターズファイル (バンブームック). Very rough translation:

Those girls are innocent plants for Miya-san. His mind is like a little girl who is standing beyond the mirror. I still don’t get it though. I guess it’s barely different from mine. I have no idea, because I have never been interested in an actual little girl, or child. But he has. When he got terribly drunk, he suddenly shouted “What’s wrong with falling in love with a 12-year-old girl?” That was obviously his true colours.

Various other images are passed around on the Japanese web as evidence of Miyazaki’s tendencies. I cannot verify or translate these myself, but I’ll preserve them here:


André Gide, novelist (1869 – 1951)


Author of The Immoralist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In his journal, Gide distinguishes between adult-attracted “sodomites” and boy-loving “pederasts”, categorizing himself as the latter (Gide, 1948, p. 246-247):

I call a pederast the man who, as the word indicates, falls in love with young boys. I call a sodomite (“The word is sodomite, sir,” said Verlaine to the judge who asked him if it were true that he was a sodomist) the man whose desire is addressed to mature men. […]

The pederasts, of whom I am one (why cannot I say this quite simply, without your immediately claiming to see a brag in my confession?), are much rarer, and the sodomites much more numerous, than I first thought. […]

That such loves can spring up, that such relationships can be formed, it is not enough for me to say that this is natural; I maintain that it is good; each of the two finds exaltation, protection, a challenge in them; and I wonder whether it is for the youth or the elder man that they are more profitable.

Gide was bisexual, although he preferred boys. His journal approvingly describes the bodies of a 12-year-old boy and young girl (Gide, 1948, p. 334):

Both at Saint-Martin and here I have seen, among the guests of the hotel, none but faces exuding stupidity, egotism, and vulgarity. (Except for a Greek boy of twelve with a marvelous face and body,

wonderfully svelte; but excessively aware of his beauty and, consequently, quite stupid with self-satisfaction.) Yet at the next table to the one where I am writing, and turning her back to me, a girl, barely beyond childhood, with great elegance in her outlines, whom M. would like. I do not tire of looking at her; she notices this and, I believe, is amused by it. But already one can foresee just where her features are going to thicken and become heavy.

In the company of Oscar Wilde, he had several sexual encounters with young boys abroad (Gide, 1935, p. 288):

Wilde took a key out of his pocket and showed me into a tiny apartment of two rooms… The youths followed him, each of them wrapped in a burnous that hid his face. Then the guide left us and Wilde sent me into the further room with little Mohammed and shut himself up in the other with the [other boy]. Every time since then that I have sought after pleasure, it is the memory of that night I have pursued. […]

My joy was unbounded, and I cannot imagine it greater, even if love had been added. How should there have been any question of love? How should I have allowed desire to dispose of my heart? No scruple clouded my pleasure and no remorse followed it. But what name then am I to give the rapture I felt as I clasped in my naked arms that perfect little body, so wild, so ardent, so sombrely lascivious?

For a long time after Mohammed had left me, I remained in a state of passionate jubilation, and though I had already achieved pleasure five times with him, I renewed my ecstasy again and again, and when I got back to my room in the hotel, I prolonged its echoes until morning.

Gide’s novel Corydon, which he considered his most important work, erects a defense of pederasty.

Lord Byron, poet (1788 – 1824)


George Gordon Byron was a romantic poet, described by Goethe as “undoubtedly the greatest genius of our century”. Byron was attracted to both young boys and girls. Cromption (1985) covers his relationships with young boys in detail. Bullough (1990), p. 72 summarizes:

George Gordon Byron [1788-1824], or Lord Byron, was attached to Nicolo Giraud, a young French-Greek lad who had been a model for the painter Lusieri before Byron found him. Byron left him 7,000 pounds in his will. When Byron returned to Italy, he became involved with a number of boys in Venice but eventually settled on Loukas Chalandritsanos, age 15, who was with him when he was killed (Crompton, 1985).

Byron’s To Ianthe is an effusive paean to the beauty of an a 11-year-old girl, with whom he was enamored (MacCarthy, 2014):

Charlotte [Harley], at eleven, was at the age of promise which most moved him, the child on the edge of puberty.

He became temporarily obsessed with Charlotte just as, a few months later, he was fleetingly besotted with his ‘petite cousine’, seven-year-old, black-eyed, black-haired Eliza Byron, plotting to buy toys for her and take her to the theatre. Lady Oxford’s daughter Charlotte is the subject of the famous and much anthologised five stanzas ‘To Ianthe’, fragile flower of the narcissus. He addresses her as his ‘Young Peri of the West!’ In these stanzas, published as a preface to the seventh edition of Childe Harold, Byron celebrates the girl’s evasive charm and addresses the painful ambiguities of their relationship:

‘Oh! let that eye, which, wild as the Gazelle’s,

Now brightly bold or beautifully shy,

Wins as it wanders, dazzles where it dwells,

Glance o’er this page; nor to my verse deny

That smile for which my breast might vainly sigh,

Could I to thee be ever more than friend:

This much, dear maid, accord; nor question why

To one so young my strain I would commend,

But bid me with my wreath one matchless lily


Byron arranged for Richard Westall to paint Lady Charlotte’s portrait, suggesting that John Murray, in the new edition, could use an engraving taken from the picture of ‘the pretty little girl’ Murray had seen the other day. In a further act of revenge on Lady Caroline he gave the child as playthings the rings she once gave Byron, including the wedding ring she ordered for herself from a Bond Street jeweller, insisting that Byron should place it on her finger. In reporting this black comedy to Lady Melbourne he confided his tendresse for Lady Charlotte, ‘whom I should love forever if she could always be only eleven years old — & whom I shall probably marry when she is old enough & bad enough to be made into a modern wife’.

At Eywood he acted out the fantasy of educating Charlotte Harley as the future Lady Byron, supplanting her mother as tutor, laughingly imaging himself as poor duped Moody, the middle-aged character in Garrick’s The Country Girl whose designs on his young ward, brought up in rural innocence, misfire when she outwits and abandons him. Byrons concentrated sessions à deux as Lady Charlotte’s tutor evidently went too far. One of Lady Byron’s separation statements reads: ‘He told me that at the time of his connextion with Lady O she detected him one day in an attempt upon her daughter, then a Child of thirteen, & was enraged with him to the greatest degree.’

How seriously should we take this accusation? Lady Byron’s statements, assembled to build up the case against her husband, have a note of hysterical vindictiveness. This particular statement was one of those dictated to Mrs Clermont, her one-time governess and her close ally, whose malevolence towards Byron was not conducive to accuracy. In this statement, for example, Lady Charlotte’s age is given as thirteen when in fact it was eleven. Though there are many signs in Byron’s history of his predilection for young girls there is no evidence of sexual attacks on them. […] Nevertheless, amongst the curious collection of Byron’s trophies and mementoes in the John Murray archive, two small packets contain samples of Lady Charlotte Harley’s nut brown hair.

Byron also fell in love with 12-year-old Teresa Macri, for whom he wrote the poem Maid of Athens (Marchand, 2013, p. 79-80):

There was frequent dancing and much buffoonery at the Macri House, where his increasing interest in the youngest of the “three graces,” Theresa (“12 years old but quite ‘nubila,’” Hobhouse noted), made it possible for him to close the account of the emotional strain of his love for Constance Spencer Smith: “The spell is broke, the charm is flown!” […]

Parting from Theresa gave him a curious pang It may have been on the eve of his departure that he wrote, or at least began, his now famous lines:

Maid of Athens, ere we part,

Give, oh give me back my heart! […]

The line, “By that lip I long to taste,” suggests that his relations with Theresa had been, if not Platonic, at least in the realm of longing rather than of possession.”

Byron considered taking Macri with him, but the mother’s price was too high (Marchand, 1973, p. 46): “I was near bringing away Theresa, but the mother asked 30,000 piastres!”

Muhammad, prophet (c. 570 – 632)

The Sahih al-Bukhari, the most trusted of hadith sources on Muhammad’s life, states: “the Prophet married her [Aisha] when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).” (Sahih al-Bukhari, 7:62:64). Muhammad and Aisha are said to have shared a great mutual affection.

Bullough (1990), p. 71: “A second figure illustrating the same theme is the prophet Muhammed [570-632], who had married his first wife, Khadijah, when she was around 40 years of age and he was 25. At her death, Muhammed seemed inconsolable, and his friends advised him to marry again so that he might more easily overcome his grief. Although reluctant to agree, the prophet eventually married Ayesha, a young prepubertal girl. It was said that just watching her play with her dolls proved to be a consolation to him. Most Islamic authorities agree the marriage was not consummated until Ayesha began to menstruate, the traditionally acceptable time for intercourse, but there was still a marriage to a girl that many say was only 7 (Bullough, 1973).”

Edgar Allan Poe, writer (1809 – 1849)


Author and poet credited with inventing the detective fiction genre. Poe married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, at the age of 27. His letter proposing to Virginia was sent two weeks after her 13th birthday, suggesting that he fell in love even earlier. Poe’s proposal letter is almost desperate with passion for his cousin; he writes: “I cannot express in words the fervent devotion I feel towards my dear little cousin — my own darling.” He asks for her consent and promises to respect it either way: “Ask Virginia. Leave it to her. Let me have, under her own hand, a letter, bidding me good bye — forever — and I may die — my heart will break — but I will say no more.” (Quinn, 1941, p. 219-224)By all accounts, Virginia was equally devoted to her husband. Her only surviving composition is a love poem she wrote for Edward in 1846.

Novalis, poet (1772 – 1801)

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Novalis was the pen name of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, a German poet and philosopher who influenced George MacDonald and Borges, among others. At the age of 22, Novalis fell in love with 12-year-old Sophie von Kühn. Novalis’s friend Ludwig Tieck described his immediate captivation with her (Carlyle, 1829) :

It was not very long after his arrival at Arnstadt, when in a country mansion of the neighbourhood, he became acquainted with Sophie von K—. The first glance of this fair and wonderfully lovely form was decisive for his whole life; nay we may say that the feeling, which now penetrated and inspired him, was the substance and essence of his whole life. Sometimes, in the look and figure of a child, there will stamp itself an expression, which, as it is too angelic and ethereally beautiful, we are forced to call unearthly or celestial; and commonly at sight of such purified and almost transparent faces there comes on us a fear that they are too tender and delicately fashioned for this life; that it is Death, or Immortality, which looks forth so expressively on us from these glancing eyes; and too often a quick decay converts our mournful foreboding into certainty. Still more affecting are such figures, when their first period is happily passed over, and they come before us blooming on the eve of maidhood. All persons that have known this wondrous loved one of our Friend, agree in testifying that no description can express in what grace and celestial harmony the fair being moved, what beauty shone in her, what softness and majesty encircled her. Novalis became a poet every time he chanced to speak of it. She had concluded her thirteenth year when he first saw her: the spring and summer of 1795 were the blooming time of his life; every hour that he could spare from business he spent in Grüningen; and in the fall of that same year, he obtained the wished-for promise from Sophie’s parents.

They were engaged on Sophie’s 13th birthday. When Sophie died at the age of 15, Novalis was shattered: “For three years she has been my hourly thought. She alone bound me to life, to the country, to my occupations. With her I am parted from all; for now I scarcely have myself any more.” (Carlyle, 1829)

Srinivasa Ramanujan, mathematician (1887 – 1920)

Mathematical autodidact who made numerous contributions across several fields. Ramanujan married a nine-year-old girl (Bullough, 1990, p. 71):

The third historical figure is the great Indian mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was born in 1887 and died some 32 years later. At age 22, he married 9-year-old Srimathia Janki, who brought her mother with her when she moved into his household (Kolata, 1987).

Mahatma Gandhi, activist (1869 – 1948)

Bullough (1990), p. 71 recounts Gandhi’s practice of sleeping naked with young girls:

Though he took a vow of sexual abstinence at 37, a vow that he found difficult to observe and that he once described as “walking on the sword’s edge,” this vow did not stop him from later fondling girls, both pubescent and prepubescent. In his later years, Gandhi took to taking such girls to bed with him to overcome his “shivering fits” in the night. His female companions, who came from his inner circle-all certified virgins or young brides-entered his bed naked in order to warm him with their bodies. Some of them also administered enemas to him. Among the young girls, there was rivalry as to who would sleep with him, and one of his girl disciples reported that his bed companions had a difficult time in restraining themselves and repressing their sexual impulses since he often rubbed against them and touched them (Bullough, 1981). Though his disciples were fearful of public reaction if news of these “pedophilic sexual” interactions was publicized, Gandhi continued to engage in them until his death. Here, there was no sexual intercourse, and most girls were postpubertal, but some were younger. In modern Western society, such activity would be a criminal offense.

Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, scientist


Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his groundbreaking research on the first known prion disease, Gajdusek was an undisputed genius who also did important work on measles, polio and malaria, and discovered many previously unknown tribes and languages. He was convicted of oral sex with a teenage boy in 1997 after stating in a recorded phone call that he was a pedophile (Maugh, 2008). Bosse Lindquist’s documentary The Genius and the Boys covers Gajdusek’s sexual attraction and contact with prepubescent boys. Some of the boys felt hurt, while others did not (01:17:21):

During the making of the film, seven men testified in confidentiality about Gajdusek having had sex with them when they were boys. Four say that the sex was untroubling and that they still love Gajdusek. For three of them, the sex was shaming, abusive and a violation. Many of Gajdusek’s foster children approached during the making of the film said they had no sexual contact with him.

A negative account from one victim begins at 01:03:54. Gajdusek defends his actions at 01:05:18:

Gajdusek: I have never once taken a kid to my bed. They have come to my bed, and I know when to kick them out. If they hug me and I find them playing with my cock, I say, good on you, I play with theirs. And I’ll do it now and with great pleasure.

Interviewer: When you grow up with a culture that does not condone this, that–

Gajdusek: No culture condones it.

Interviewer: –surely it must hurt you, when you get subjected to a grown-up forcing sexuality on you.

Gajdusek: Boy, what a brainwashed person you are. With three or four hundred boys, who’ve had sex with me from 8 and 10 and 12, 100% have run into my bed, jumped in without my mentioning it, and asked for sex. I have never asked for it, I’ve never– and most of my friends, don’t you realize that I was jumping in people’s beds hoping they would take me. All boys want a lover, my god.

Gajdusek discusses his own sexual experience as a child at 01:08:28, and defends incest with children at 01:14:46. Gajdusek’s journal discusses his attraction (00:52:04):

Gajdusek writes: “The society in which I live denies me the right to exercise my love, even in sublimated form, if I’m honest enough to admit the force behind the sublimation.”

Gajdusek adopted and mentored many boys and at least one girl throughout his life; positive accounts of his influence in this respect are given throughout the film (00:10:45, 00:11:14, 00:32:50, 00:51:22).

Will Durant, historian (1885 – 1981)

Prolific American writer on history and philosophy. Durant met his future wife when she was 14 (Bullough, 1990, p. 71-72):

Durant’s future wife, Ariel, had just turned 14 when she entered his classroom in the fall of 1912, and she immediately fell in love with him and set plans to marry him. By March of 1913, he had resigned his position because of his growing interest in her, and they were married October 31, 1913; she was just past 15 and he 28 (Durant and Durant, 1977).

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, author (1749 – 1832)?

Writer best known for the play Faust. Bullough (1990), p. 72 lists Goethe as a historical example of minor attraction:

It was not only girls who were involved in such relationships but boys, as well. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote of both boys and girls: “I like boys a lot, but the girls are even nicer. If I tire of her as a girl, she’ll play the boy for me as well” (Goethe, 1884).

Goethe defended pederasty (Goethe, 1950, p. 686; English translation from Howard’s Corydon):

Pederasty is as old as humanity itself, and one can therefore say that it is natural, that it resides in nature, even if it proceeds against nature. What culture has won from nature will not be surrendered or given up at any price. (Die Knabenliebe sei so alt wie die Menschheit, und man könne daher sagen, sie liege in der Natur, ob sie gleich gegen die Natur sei. Was die Kultur der Natur abgewonnen habe, werde man nicht wieder fahren lassen; es um keinen Preis aufgeben.)

M. P. Shiel, author (1865 – 1947)

Author of The Purple Cloud, and one of H.P. Lovecraft’s favorite writers, Shiel was convicted of sex with a 12-year-old girl (MacLeod, 2008). He wrote a letter admitting and defending his actions to his publisher (MacLeod, 2008, p. 358):

I have written letter after letter to the Home Secretary, protesting that my innocence is as snow—supposing, I mean, that I had done all that I am charged with, though it does not even chance to be true that I did just what I was “convicted” of, viz. “carnal knowledge”19—whether knowledge imparted or received I don’t know—were there ever such ponderous people? making mountains out of molehills and crimes out of love-toyings?—the lady in question being—not two days or months—but two years past her puberty, older [^thus] than was Napoleon’s mother when her first-born was born, and Napoleon’s mother was not a Hindoo, as this girl is, but an Italian; nor is was this girl much younger than Warren Hastings’ mother when he was born, Hastings’ mother not being a Hindoo, but an English girl; so that the fathers of those really strong-minded men would have got longer “sentences” for getting them, under the Stead and Booth régime, than I have got: and, of course, as I have been trying to cry out in my weak voice for years, the twentieth century rejects a country whose laws are the outcome of the sudden emotions and enthusiasms of such [raw meal?], since France and Germany are not going to keep company with her.

His taste sometimes leaked into his fiction (MacLeod, 2008, p. 368-370):

At the same time, Shiel’s heroines are often characterized as knowing their mind about their lovers at a young age. Ada of Say au R’voir but Not Goodbye, for example, has loved her older intended since she was twelve, but perhaps the most notable instance of this emotional maturity is represented in Jesse of How the Old Woman Got Home. This novel, in which Metchnikoff’s theory about child-mothers is boldly defended, also daringly characterizes the relationship of its romantic leads—the thirty-year-old Hazlitt and the seventeen-year-old Jesse, who have been sexually active before marriage. Jesse, we are told, has been in love with Hazlitt since she was seven and he with her since he was twenty-three and she ten. […]

In one novel, however, the Biblically themed This Above All (1933; 1943 as Above All Else), Shiel dares to eroticize a much younger girl. Set in contemporary Paris, the novel draws on the resurrection stories of the [twelve-year-old] daughter of Jarius (as told in Mark 5:22–43; Luke 8:41–56; and Matthew 9:18) and Lazarus (from John 11:1–44). In the novel, the heroine Rachel is Jarius’s daughter seeking union with Lazarus (called Surazal), her soul mate. Though nearly two thousand years old, Rachel and Surazal have maintained, in physical terms, the age at which they were resurrected. Rachel, part “child,” part “harlot,” part “saint,” as A. Reynolds Morse has characterized her, is highly sexualized, inspiring lust and devotion in men with her strange beauty and provocative dancing. Her youthful looks, however, pose a danger, even to the immortal Lazarus and he is warned that he is not immune to the earthly punishments that await those who get involved with underage girls: “If Rachel and you co-habit without some marriage-rite, you may see yourself in prison here in Europe, since it cannot be believed that she is as old as fourteen.”

Horatio Alger, author (1832 – 1899)

Author of influential boys’ fiction in the 19th century. Alger was expelled from the Unitarian ministry for pederasty, as discussed in Hoyt (1974).

Samuel de Champlain, explorer (1574 – 1635)

Explorer who mapped the coast of Canada and established the settlements of New France and Quebec City. At the age of about 36, Champlain married a 12-year-old girl. The contract stated that he could not have sex with her until her 14th birthday, but according to Bullough (2002), p. 481, he sought permission from her parents to consummate the marriage before that:

Many of those who entered into such relationships, such as Samuel de Champlain (d. 1635), the first governor of French Canada, agreed that they would not have sex with a 12-year-old bride until she was 14, as Champlain did unless he consulted with her family and received their permission to do so earlier. Apparently, he did.

Their marriage was initially unhappy.

John, King of England, monarch (1166 – 1216)

Married 12-year-old Isabella of Angoulême at the age of 33. Some scholars speculate it was a political move without evidence, but contemporary chroniclers claimed that John had a “mad infatuation” with the blond, blue-eyed Isabella, and married her despite his best political interests (Turner, 2011, p. 98). Powicke (1999, p. 141-142) states that political explanations are superfluous in light of John’s character.

Rabindranath Tagore, poet (1861 – 1941)

Bengali writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature. 21-year-old Tagore married approximately 10-year-old Mrinalini Devi in 1883. The marriage was arranged by his father and he had not met her beforehand (Dutta & Robinson, 1997, p. 13), but they produced their first child, Madhurilata (Bela), in 1886, when Mrinalini was 13 or 14. (Dutta & Robinson, 1997, p. 7)

Giacomo Casanova, adventurer (1725 – 1798)


Casanova is now known as the archetypal womanizer because of the many sexual exploits recorded in his memoirs. Some of these acts involved girls as young as nine (Wolff, 2005, p. 433-434):

In Ancona in 1744 Casanova encountered a traveling theatrical family that included the supposed castrato singer Bellino, who turned out to be a girl in disguise, and became a major romance. Bellino, however, also had two younger sisters, Cecilia age twelve, and Marina age eleven, who both briefly occupied Casanova’s bed. “The two little girls were true living rose buds,” Casanova observed, “and very worthy of being preferred to Bellino, if I had not gotten into my head the idea that Bellino was a girl like them. Despite their extreme youth (grande jeunesse) one saw the signs of their precocious puberty (puberte precoce) on their white bosoms” (II, 4). For these children Casanova had a vocabulary of description that evocatively expressed their barely pubescent appeal. First he had sex with twelve-year-old Cecilia, and then he was approached by eleven-year-old Marina. He hesitated for a moment in response to her juvenile advances:

“You are too much a child. (Tu es trop enfant.)”

“Age means nothing. I am better formed than my sister.”

“And is it also possible that you have had a lover?”

“As for that, no.”

“Very well. We will see tonight.” (II, 8)


Casanova too considered such encounters to be providential, and summed them up accordingly: “Those who say that life is only a collection of misfortunes mean that life itself is a misfortune …. These people have written thus without good health, without a purse full of gold, and without the contentment of the soul that comes from holding in their arms the like of Cecilia and Marina, and being confident of having others of that sort in the future” (II, 11-12). […]

In 1755, when he was thirty, Casanova had sex with thirteen-year-old Helene in Paris, but stopped short of intercourse, because he hesitated over the price: “little Helene, whom I enjoyed, while leaving her intact.” In 1765, when he was forty, he purchased a thirteen-year-old girl in St. Petersburg as a sexual slave, and therefore did not need to deny himself any of her favors. In the memoirs he described the Russian girl as emphatically prepubescent: “Her breasts had still not finished budding. She was in her thirteenth year. She had nowhere the definitive mark of puberty.” (III, 196-7; X, 116-17). In 1774, when he was almost fifty, Casanova encountered in Trieste a former lover, the actress Irene, now accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter. “A few days later she came, with her daughter, who pleased me (qui me plut) and who did not reject my caresses. One fine day, she met with Baron Pittoni, who loved little girls as much as I did (aimant autant que moi les petites filles), and took a liking to Irene’s girl, and asked the mother to do him the same honor some time that she had done to me. I encouraged her to receive the offer, and the baron fell in love. This was lucky for Irene” (XII, 238).

And here are some scraps of history that do not merit their own entry:

  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Rousseau and a friend purchased a little girl of eleven or twelve years, Anzoletta, with the intention of deflowering her when she became nubile (In Rousseau’s translated words, they “were obliged to wait until she became of a riper age”). However, in the mean time he became paternally attached to her and repelled at the idea of any sexual contact (Rousseau, 1903). He would later invent the modern day concept of childhood innocence. Wolff (2005, p. 437) writes: “Indeed, one might conclude that it was partly the erotic contemplation of little Anzoletta in Venice in the 1740s that permitted Rousseau to achieve some of his insights about the innocence of childhood.”
  • Jim Morrison: “In suburban Hawthorne, an already tripping Jimmy saw a beautiful girl on the sidewalk and jumped out of the car to kiss her. A cop car pulled. The girl turned out to be only fourteen. [p. 95] […] The band was evicted from their motel when Jim was caught sneaking a (very) underage girl out his room, where she had spent the night giving Jim a leisurely bath, in which he fell asleep. [p. 170]” (Davis, 2005)


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Famous Pedophiles


Benvenuto Cellini


Aside from his marriage, Cellini was officially accused or charged with the crime of sodomy once with a woman and at least three times with men, illustrating his bisexual tendencies:[10][11]

  • 14 January 1523 he was sentenced to pay 12 staia of flour for relations with a boy named Domenico di ser Giuliano da Ripa.[12]
  • While in Paris, a former model and lover brought charges against him of using her “after the Italian fashion.” (i.e. sodomy)[12]
  • In Florence in 1548, Cellini was accused by a woman named Margherita, for having certain familiarities with her son, Vincenzo.[13]
  • 26 February 1556, his apprentice Fernando di Giovanni di Montepulciano accused his mentor of having sodomised him many times.[14]This time the penalty was a hefty fifty golden scudi fine, and four years of prison, remitted to four years of house arrest thanks to the intercession of the Medicis.[12]

 Robert Baden-Powell


Baden-Powell started the scouting movement. He met a young man named Mclaren and fell in love. McLaren first met Baden-Powell (also a 13th Hussars officer) in 1881. Although McLaren was 20 at the time, Baden-Powell nicknamed him “the Boy”, on account of his appearance.[5][6][11][12][13] The two became fast friends, their relationship being one of the most important friendships in Baden-Powell’s life.[3][13][14]

The author TimJeal then examines Baden-Powell’s views on women, his appreciation of the male form, his military relationships, and his marriage, concluding that, in his personal opinion, Baden-Powell was a repressed homosexual.[10] Although it has been romoured, I have yet to see any hard evidence that Baden-Powell was a pedophile.




The emperor  Hardian had a young boy lover.

“It is possible that Hadrian visited Claudiopolis and there espied the beautiful Antinous, a young boy who was destined to become the emperor’s beloved. Sources say nothing about when Hadrian met Antinous; however, there are depictions of Antinous that show him as a young man of 20 or so. As this was shortly before Antinous’s death in 130 (the earliest date for which we can be sure of Antinous’ being together with Hadrian) Antinous in 123 would most likely have been a youth of 13 or 14.(Anthony Birley, pp. 157–8”


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This artist was known as Balthus. One of his exhibitions at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany was shut down over accusations of pedophilia.[13] The German newspaper Die Zeit called the images, which depict a model named Anna from ages eight to 16, “documents of pedophile greed.”

Chuck Berry



In December 1959, Berry was arrested under the Mann Act after questionable allegations that he had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old Apache waitress, Janice Escalante,[29] whom he had transported over state lines to work as a hat check girl at his club.[30] After an initial two-week trial in March 1960, Berry was convicted, fined $5,000, and sentenced to five years in prison.[31]


Anton Bruckner


Had a very strong interest in young girls. One biographer concluded, “His interest in young girls seems to have been motivated by his fear of sin; he believed that (unlike older women) he could be certain that he was marrying a virgin.” His unsuccessful proposals to teenagers continued when he was past his 70th birthday; one prospect, Berlin hotel chambermaid Ida Buhz, came near to marrying him but broke off the engagement when she refused to convert to Catholicism.[21][22][23]

William Burroughs


His writings often included pedolific elements and he himself admitted to be attracted to young boys. From With William Burroughs: A Report From The Bunker, P62, with him talking to Andy Warhol;
WARHOL: What kind of people do you like?
BURROUGHS: Young boys.
WARHOL: How young do you like them?
BURROUGHS: Oh, say from fourteen to twenty-five.

Hall Caine


“After Rossetti’s death when he was living in rooms in Clement’s Inn Caine came into contact with a girl named Mary Chandler. Following pressure from her stepfather, Mary came to live with Caine. She was aged 13 (which was at that time the age of consent) while Caine was aged 29. Their friends assumed they were married.[30]

Roger Casement


“The Black Diaries are diaries purported to have been written by the Irish revolutionary Roger Casement, which contained accounts of homosexual liaisons with young men. They cover the years 1903, 1910 and 1911 (two) and were handed in to Scotland Yard after his capture in April 1916. Casement was convicted of treason following the Easter Rising. The British government began to circulate photographic page copies, particularly in the US, that showed his “sexual degeneracy”.[1]” Although it is rumored I found no evidence that he was a pedophile.

Charlie Chaplin


One reason people say Charlie Chaplin was a pedophile was because his next major relationship was with 15-year-old actress Lita Grey, whom he met on the set of The Gold Rush. He allegedly told her: “When the time and place are right, we’re going to make love.” This promise came true only weeks later in the steam room of his Beverly Hills home. The rest of the story was almost a re-run of his previous failed relationship, with the young girl becoming pregnant and demanding marriage only to have Chaplin call her a “little whore.” Lita called him a “human sex machine” who had “abnormal, unnatural, perverted and degenerate sexual desires.” source

Arther C Clark


The Sunday Mirror was the first tabloid to make the claim that they recorded an interview with Clarke in which he stated that he had sex with boys at his home in Sri Lanka and that he had no idea how old they where. Clarke was then cleared by the deputy inspector-general of police, MSM Nizam, who said: “We are satisfied that he has not violated any Sri Lankan laws or committed any crime. 1 Eventually the whole story ended up with Interpol critizing The Sunday Mirror for refusing to supply the tape. 2

Ernest Dowson


In 1889, aged 23, Dowson fell in love with the eleven-year-old Adelaide “Missie” Foltinowicz, daughter of a Polish restaurant owner; in 1893 he unsuccessfully proposed to her.[4] His biographer in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography writes cautiously, “Through [Dowson’s] letters and poetry there runs a strong current of paedophilia, which has an erotic strain; but it is tempered by a humane and romantic appreciation of the freshness and generosity of children not yet tainted by the manners of society.” To Dowson’s despair, Adelaide was eventually to marry a tailor.[5]


Tony Duvert


Open pedophile writer. Core themes: the celebration and defence of pedophilia, and criticism of modern child-rearing. In the 1970s attitudes to sexual liberation and child sexuality allowed Duvert to express himself publicly. Here is the plot summary for one of his most famous books, When Jonathan Died:

Jonathan is a 27-year-old artist living in Paris who befriends a single mother and her six-year-old son, Serge. When Serge is eight, his mother asks Jonathan to look after him for a week, which they spend together at Jonathan’s country house in southern France.
Jonathan and Serge become close friends. Jonathan, smitten with the boy, is distraught when Serge returns to Paris. They meet each other again when Serge is age 10, and their sexual relationship continues. While Jonathan and Serge are separated, the sexual side of Jonathan’s desires begins to dominate his behaviour. He eventually seeks out other young boys; he is rejected by some and finds no real satisfaction in sex with the others.
Serge, fatherless and miserable at home with his aloof and demeaning mother, decides to run away to be with Jonathan. He sets off to find him, but becomes overwhelmed by hopelessness, and when confronted with a busy road to cross at night, commitssuicide by throwing himself under a fast-moving car.


Errol Flynn



Flynn live a wild life. His lifestyle caught up with him in 1942 when two under-age girls, Betty Hansen and Peggy Satterlee, accused him of statutory rape[45] Flynn was acquitted.

E.M. Forster

“According to the biography “A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster by Wendy Moffat, Picador, 2011.”

For instance, did anyone knew that Forster had been sexually molested as a child? (In March 1891, the 12 year-old Morgan was walking in the woods near Eastbourne and he was approached by a pedophile. The man exposed himself to Morgan and asked him to have a hand job

While homosexual, I found nothing to support  the rumor of him being a pedophile.


Paul Guaguin



He took three native brides – aged 13, 14 and 14, for those keeping score – infecting them and countless other local girls with syphilis.  1


A.E. Housman


Was a famous poet praising pedophile loves. His poem, “The Shropshire Lad” (1896), was a kind of touchstone for homosexuals during the inter-war period. 1

Howard Hughes


“According to a recent article in the British newspaper The Sun, Howard Hughes had a same sex relationship with rising actor James Dean and on several occasions allowed Dean to sleep with his harem of girls.” Again he was suspected of being a pederast but there seems to be no proof.


Christopher Isherwood


It was only when Isherwood lived abroad after graduating that he fully indulged his taste for pretty youths. He went to Berlin in search of boys and found one called Heinz, who became his first great love. 1

On Valentine’s Day 1953, at the age of 48, he met teenaged Don Bachardy among a group of friends on the beach at Santa Monica. Reports of Bachardy’s age at the time vary, but Bachardy later said, “At the time I was, probably, 16.”[18] In fact, Bachardy was 18. Despite the age difference, this meeting began a partnership that, though interrupted by affairs and separations, continued until the end of Isherwood’s life.[19]

Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson’s affair with slave girl Sally Hemmings still intrigues us over 200 years later.Depending on the account, Sally was described between being 14 and 17 years of age at the beginnings of the affair.


T.E. Lawrence


On his travels he fell in love with a boy. He was a “donkey boy”, a “savage” from the village of Carchemish – a frontier town somewhere between Syria and Turkey.  That’s partly why T.E. Lawrence loved Selim “Dahoum” Ahmed (above).  The legendary Lawrence of Arabia preferred his Arabs “untouched” uneducated and unspoiled by Western influence.  Still, he bought “the dark one” schoolbooks and taught him how to read and write.  Lawrence was known for his infatuation with Arabic culture, and like so many who came before and after him, he was compelled to bring a young colored boy back home to dazzle him with European culture.  Or was that really it?  “He may have believed that it was Dahoum’s mind that interested him, but in fact he was physically attracted to the boy” writes Michael Asher, author of Lawrence: The Uncrowned King of Arabia.  That’s what made the 25 year-old Lawrence act inappropriately and move the 14 year-old youth into his home, strip him of his clothing, carve a nude sculpture of him (in the Greco-Roman style, of course) and then proudly place it on the roof of the house.  “I take no pleasure in women.  I have never thought twice or even once of the shape of a woman: but men’s bodies, in repose or in movement – especially the former – appeal to me directly and very generally.”

Jerry Lee Lewis


Jerry Lee Lewis’s music career was almost eradicated when he married Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old first cousin. His career stalled for nearly a decade. 1

Edward Lear


Lear’s most fervent and painful friendship involved Franklin Lushington. He met the young barrister in Malta in 1849 and then toured southern Greece with him. Lear developed an undoubtedly homosexual passion for him that Lushington did not reciprocate. Although they remained friends for almost forty years, until Lear’s death, the disparity of their feelings for one another constantly tormented Lear. Indeed, none of Lear’s attempts at male companionship were successful; the very intensity of Lear’s affections seemingly doomed the relationships.[11]  The closest he came to marriage was two proposals, both to the same woman 46 years his junior, which were not accepted.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


He had many romances. Most of the women were from poor families. In 1777, he met Maria Stechard, then aged 13, who lived with the professor permanently after 1780. She died in 1782.[4] In the following year, he met Margarethe Kellner (1768–1848). He married her in 1789, to give her a pension, as he thought he was to die soon. She gave him six children, and outlived him by 49 years.

Federico García Lorca


(1898-1936) was a Spanish poet and dramatist who was a hebephile, possibly a pedophile as well, or at least someone who wanted lovers younger than himself (21 when he was 36, for example).

The case of Lorca is especially interesting because:He got killed for it. Direct information from some of his young friends has been available.Ph ilip Cummings (see the Wikipedia article on him).The Stanton boy, from Poet in New York . More vaguely on Rafael Rodríguez Rapún and other Spanish lovers.

source (bias warning)

Andrew Marvell



Rumored pedophile but I found nothing that proved this. He tutored a 12 year old girl when he wrote his most famous poems.
COME, little infant, love me now,
While thine unsuspected years 
Clear thine agèd father’s brow
From cold jealousy and fears.
Pretty surely ’twere to see
By young Love old Time beguiled,
While our sportings are as free
As the nurse’s with the child.
Common beauties stay fifteen;


Gabriel Matzneff


Claimed for himself the qualification of ” pederast “, a “lover of children.” He also denounced the fact that “the erotic charm of the boy” is denied by modern Western society “that rejects homosexual in non-being, kingdom of shadows” . He further adds, “the two most sensual beings I have ever known in my life are a twelve year old boy and a girl of fifteen”


Bernard Montgomery


As early as 1976 – five years after his death – one earlier biographer, Lord Chalfont, noted his “predilection for the company of young men”. Prof Hamilton, who was befriended by the field marshal at age 11 and knew him well for the last 20 years of his life, has no doubt of the nature of Monty’s feelings.

“These were quasi love affairs. He became really passionately involved with these young men – and then, more and more, boys, who he would call ‘my sons’. They were nothing of the kind, of course, but in his own personality he would frame them in this way. I myself have more than 100 very loving letters from him. My relationship with him wasn’t sexual, in the sense that it wasn’t acted upon, but I had been through enough years at British boarding schools to know what kind of enormous affection and feeling he had for me.  And I wasn’t alone, this was a consistent pattern in Monty’s life.” One boy was Lucien Treub, Montgomery’s “little Swiss friend”, who met him at 12, and told Hamilton how the general would bathe him personally and rub him down so he would not catch cold. “I’ve interviewed him several times and he was quite clear he didn’t feel there was any molesting going on, but it’s a tricky area,” Prof Hamilton said.



Graham Ovenden



After years of being accused of child pornography for his art, in April 2013, Ovenden was found guilty of six charges of indecency with a child and one charge of indecent assault against a child, charges relating to girls who had modeled for him.

John Peel


October 2012, Jane Nevin alleged she had had a three-month affair with Peel when she was 15 and he was 30, much of it conducted on BBC premises. She became pregnant aged 16, and had a ‘traumatic abortion’. She said: ‘[Peel] must have known that I was still at school. But he didn’t ask, and I didn’t tell him.’

Marquis de Sade


Sade lived a scandalous libertine existence and repeatedly procured young prostitutes as well as employees of both sexes in his castle in Lacoste….He kept a group of young employees at Lacoste, most of whom complained about sexual mistreatment and quickly left his service….Sade was arrested at his publisher’s office and imprisoned without trial; first in the Sainte-Pélagie Prison and, following allegations that he had tried to seduce young fellow prisoners there, in the harsh fortress of Bicêtre….Sade began a sexual relationship with 14-year-old Madeleine LeClerc, daughter of an employee at Charenton. This affair lasted some 4 years, until his death in 1814.



Was attracted to teenage boys, as is evident in this encounter with Charmides in a palaestra.[29]

[Charmides] gave me such a look that I was helpless…and all those in the palaestra gathered around us in a circle, then indeed, my good man, I saw inside his [Charmides’] cloak and I was on fire and no longer in control of myself.

However, there is no evidence that he ever had a homosexual or pederastic relationship.

Josef Stalin


It was claimed that when he was in his 30s and before he became leader, Stalin had raped or seduced, even fathered a child with, a girl who was just 13 years old – and had been indicted for the under-age seduction by the police. 1

Elvis Presley


Elvis began dating Priscilla at age 14, and while they allegedly did not consummate the relationship until they were married seven years later, there are numerous (albeit conflicting) reports of his attraction to teenage girls. Some writers have referred to Elvis as a pedophile…


Pierre de Ronsard


He was in love with a 15 year old girl. His Amours de Cassandre with the fifth book of Odes, dedicated to the 15-year-old Cassandre Salviati, whom he had met at Blois and followed to her father’s Château de Talcy.



In the Symposium, argues for an army to be comprised of same-sex lovers. In the Laws, Plato applies the idea of a fixed, natural law to sex, and takes a much harsher line than he does in the Symposium or the Phraedrus. In Book One he writes about how opposite-sex sex acts cause pleasure by nature, while same-sex sexuality is “unnatural” (636c). In Book Eight, the Athenian speaker considers how to have legislation banning homosexual acts, masturbation, and illegitimate procreative sex widely accepted. He then states that this law is according to nature (838-839d). Probably the best way of understanding Plato’s discussion here is in the context of his overall concerns with the appetitive part of the soul and how best to control it. Plato clearly sees same-sex passions as especially strong, and hence particularly problematic, although in the Symposium that erotic attraction could be the catalyst for a life of philosophy, rather than base sensuality (Cf. Dover, 1989, 153-170; Nussbaum, 1999, esp. chapter 12). Plato’s writings devalue and finally condemn sexual intercourse with the boys one loved, while valuing the self-disciplined lover who abstained from consummating the relationship.[22]


Anne Sexton


One of the primary themes of her work is incest. Controversy arose with the posthumous public release of the tapes (which had been subject to doctor-patient confidentiality). They are said to reveal Sexton’s inappropriate behavior with her daughter Linda, her physically violent behavior toward both her daughters, and her physical altercations with her husband.[22]


Egon Schiele


“He and his 17yo lover were driven out of the town by the residents, who strongly disapproved of their lifestyle, including his alleged employment of the town’s teenage girls as models. There is also enough evidence to get him charged, if not convicted, as a pedophile by today’s standards.” source (Note: The writer of that NY Time’s article is obviously ignorant of the fact that sex with a 17yo is not pedophilia but rather ephebophilia)

Karol Szymanoski


“a wealthy friend and admirer of his invited him twice to visit Sicily. After his return he raved about Sicily, especially Taormina. ‘There,’ he said, ‘I saw a few young men bathing who could be models for Antinous. I couldn’t take my eyes off them.’ Now he was a confirmed homosexual. He told me all this with burning eyes.”[2] In the spring of 1919, Szymanowski met the fifteen-year-old Boris Kochno, an aspiring poet, and fell in love with him. The love was reciprocated and Kochno became clear about his sexual orientation towards men. The relationship was interrupted in 1920 when Szymanowski moved to Warsaw, and Kochno moved to Paris in order to follow a brilliant career as a ballet dancer.

Szymanowski’s feelings towards boys can be also inferred from his novel Ephebos. Written at the time of the October Revolution in Russia, it remains unpublished as the manuscript was burned following the German invasion of Poland. Nevertheless, a 150-page Russian version of the novel’s central chapter “Symposium”, given as a gift of love to Kochno, survived and is now available in a German translation.

Hugh Walpole


The author of the Jeremy stories, once boasted of canoodling with both a father and son at a steam-bath session in Elephant and Castle in London… source

Walt Whitman


Had intense friendships with many men and boys throughout his life. Some biographers have suggested that he may not have actually engaged in sexual relationships with males,[4]while others cite letters, journal entries, and other sources that they claim as proof of the sexual nature of some of his relationships.[123] …..Another possible lover was Bill Duckett. As a teenager, he lived on the same street in Camden and moved in with Whitman, living with him a number of years and serving him in various roles. Duckett was fifteen when Whitman bought his house at 328 Mickle Street. From at least 1880, Duckett and his grandmother, Lydia Watson, were boarders, subletting space from another family at 334 Mickle Street. Because of this proximity, it is obvious that Duckett and Whitman met as neighbors. Their relationship was close, with the youth sharing Whitman’s money when he had it. Whitman described their friendship as “thick”. Though some biographers describe him as a boarder, others identify him as a lover.[137]

Young boys were also a frequent topic of Whitman’s poetry.


Oscar Wilde



“McKenna’s extensive quotations make quite clear, many were standing up for the righteousness and desirability of sex between men and boys. McKenna exhaustively documents Wilde’s relationships both with young men who were his social equals, and with the teenage working-class boys or “chickens” who were to his taste. One encounter at a hotel in Worthing was with a 15-year-old boy, an event which, if it happened today, would have Wilde castigated as a celebrity pedophile.” source


Jon Savarino Schillaci

Jon Savarino Schillaci (born December 14, 1971) is an American pedophile and a former fugitive who was added to the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on September 7, 2007. Schillaci is the 488th fugitive to be placed on the list. He was captured on June 5, 2008 in San José de Gracia, Michoacán, Mexico after almost nine years on the run.[1] On December 22, 2009 Schillaci was sentenced to 20 to 50 years in prison.[2] He is incarcerated in Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility and will be eligible for parole in December 2039.[3] 

He was the webmaster of BoyChat, under the name “Dylan Thomas” from November 2003 to June 2008, and was a moderator at El Castillo Azul in addition to being a member of the Free Spirits Committee. “Dylan Thomas” also served the community independent of Free Spirits as a talk show host on the Internet boylove radio station Sure Quality Radio.


Sufi Poetry

Sufi is the most important expression of mysticism within Islam. Boylove is central to Sufism. The boy was the most beautiful thing that God ever created, and to contemplate the boy was to meditate on God. “In Sufi poetry the love of boys IS the love of God.” Sufis are also remembered for their dances, in which the swirling of the dance produced an altered state of consciousness. source

Some of the most famous works, both poetry and prose, in Sufi literature are:




Martin Goldberg


Martin Goldberg, a deputy head mathematics teacher at Thorpe Hall School in Essex, England, United Kingdom, committed suicide in 2014 after being questioned by police during a child pornography investigation. Among the accusations was that he secretly photographed boys in the changing room. Goldberg did not have any pictures of sexual activity, only nudes. He had not yet been charged with any crime.[1][2] Goldberg’s name came to the attention of law enforcement because he had bought material from Azov Films.


John Addington Symonds


In 1873, Symonds wrote A Problem in Greek Ethics, a work of what would later be called “gay history.” He was inspired by the poetry ofWalt Whitman, with whom he corresponded.[12] The work, “perhaps the most exhaustive eulogy of Greek love,”[13] remained unpublished for a decade, and then was printed at first only in a limited edition for private distribution.[14] Although the Oxford English Dictionary credits the medical writer C.G. Chaddock for introducing “homosexual” into the English language in 1892, Symonds had already used the word inA Problem in Greek Ethics.[15] Aware of the taboo nature of his subject matter, Symonds referred obliquely to pederasty as “that unmentionable custom” in a letter to a prospective reader of the book,[16] but defined “Greek love” in the essay itself as “a passionate and enthusiastic attachment subsisting between man and youth, recognised by society and protected by opinion, which, though it was not free from sensuality, did not degenerate into mere licentiousness.”[17]


Pope Julius III


Julius’ papacy was marked by scandals, the most notable of which is centered around the pope’s adoptive nephew, Innocenzo Ciocchi Del Monte. Innocenzo del Monte was a teenaged beggar found in the streets of Parma who was hired by the family as a lowly hall boy in their primary residence,[8] the boy’s age being variously given as 14, 15 or 17 years. After the elevation of Julius to the papacy, Innocenzo Del Monte was adopted into the family by the pope’s brother and by Julius was then promptly created cardinal-nephew. Julius showered his favourite with benefices, including the commendatario of the abbeys of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy and Saint Zeno in Verona, and, later, of the abbeys of Saint Saba, Miramondo, Grottaferrata and Frascati, among others. As rumours began to circle about the particular relationship between the pope and his adoptive nephew, Julius refused to take advice. The cardinals Reginald Pole and Giovanni Carafa warned the pope of the “evil suppositions to which the elevation of a fatherless young man would give rise”.[9]

Poet Joachim du Bellay, who lived in Rome through this period in the retinue of his relative, Cardinal Jean du Bellay, expressed his scandalized opinion of Julius in two sonnets in his series Les regrets (1558), hating to see, he wrote, “a Ganymede with the red hat on his head”.[10][11] The courtier and poet Girolamo Muzio in a letter of 1550 to Ferrante Gonzaga, governor of Milan, wrote: “They write many bad things about this new pope; that he is vicious, proud, and odd in the head”,[12] and the Pope’s enemies made capital of the scandal, Thomas Beard, in the Theatre of God’s judgement (1597) saying it was Julius’ “custome … to promote none to ecclesisatical livings, save only his buggerers”. In Italy it was said that Julius showed the impatience of a “lover awaiting a mistress” while awaiting Innocenzo’s arrival in Rome and boasted of the boy’s prowess in bed, while the Venetian ambassador reported that Innocenzo Del Monte shared the pope’s bed “as if he [Innocenzo] were his [Julius’] own son or grandson.”[10] “The charitably-disposed told themselves the boy might after all be simply his bastard son.”[8]

Isabel Khan


34 at the time of her 2015 sentencing, was a science teacher in Melbourne, Florida, who had consensual sex with a then-14-year-old male student “several times” over the course of several months during the 2011-2012 school year. She pled guilty to two counts of “lewd or lascivious battery against a child 12 to 16 years of age”. She was sentenced to two years of community control and ten years sex offender probation. This is intended to prevent her from abusing other 12-16-year-old boys, at least during that time period.[1]

Mary Kay Fualaau


American former schoolteacher who pleaded guilty to two counts of felony second degree rape of a child, her 12-year-old student, Vili Fualaau. Her plea agreement called for six months in jail, with three months suspended, and no contact with Fualaau for life.

One month after her release from jail, she was caught by police with Fualaau. Judge Linda Lau found that she was in violation of the conditions of the plea agreement, vacated it and re-sentenced her to seven years in prison. She was incarcerated from 1998 to 2004.

Before her first arrest, she was impregnated by Fualaau and gave birth to their daughter Audrey while out on bail. She was impregnated by Fualaau a second time shortly after being released from jail in 1998 and gave birth to daughter Georgia while in prison.

After her release in 2004, since he was over 18, Fualaau asked the court for the no-contact order to be revoked, and the court agreed. Letourneau and Fualaau married in 2005, and she took his name.[1][2][3]


Walter H Breen


Breen was initially convicted of child molestation or lewd behavior in Atlantic City in 1954, resulting in a probationary sentence.[6][10] During science fiction fandom’s “Breendoggle” of 1963–1964, Breen was banned from attending Pacificon II and briefly blackballed from the subculture’s main amateur press association after allegations of further pedophilic acts surfaced.[10] Nevertheless, many prominent fans of the era (including John Boardman), perhaps unaware of Breen’s prior conviction, dismissed the allegations as hearsay and “character assassination,” and the scandal blew over.[11] Shortly thereafter, Breen married Bradley, who was cognizant of his behavior.[10] A further molestation conviction may have occurred in 1964.[6]

Breen was again arrested on child molestation charges in 1990. He accepted a plea bargain, which resulted in three years’ probation.[12]

A year later, he was charged with eight felony counts of child molestation involving a 13-year-old boy.[12] Though diagnosed with liver cancer in 1992, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He died in prison in Chino, California on April 27, 1993.[13]

In 2014, Breen’s daughter Moira Greyland said she was one of the people who reported her father for child molestation.[14]


Edward Brongersma


Beginning with his years at the Criminological Institute, he has written extensively in the area of sexology, especially on pornography, ephebophilia, pedophilia and the age of consent. His books on this subjects include: Das Verfehmte Geschlecht (in German, 1970), Sex en Straf (“Sex and Punishment”, 1972), Over pedofielen en kinderlokkers (“On Pedophiles and Child Molesters”, 1975), and his last work is his magnum opus and entitled Loving Boys (two volumes, 1988–1990).

Brongersma’s work and activism regarding pedophilia focused exclusively on homosexual pedophilia between males[1]


Ralph Nicholas Chubb


Was a British poet, printer, and artist. He was born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. He attended St Albans School and Selwyn College Cambridge from 1910 to 1913. He later became an officer in the First World War. From 1919 to 1922 Chubb studied at the Slade School of Art in London.

Heavily influenced by Walt Whitman and William Blake, for more than thirty years he created highly elaborate lithographed books promulgating his sexually revolutionary mystical philosophy and highly intricate personal mythology of “Boy God” and “Divine Androgyne”. The memory of a young chorister at St Albans and a brief sexual relationship with another boy when Chubb was 19 served as the basis for this mythology and philosophy.

His books are full of references (in poetry, prose, woodcuttings) to his love and worship of boys. In The book of God’s madness (1928) he declares his love of boys in a long poem, while Water-cherubs (1937) contains a poem in rhyming couplets about boys bathing, as well as an introduction and postscript on boy-love.


Stefan George

George’s  pederasty [4] is reflected in works such as Algabal and the love poetry he devoted to a gifted adolescent of his acquaintance named Maximilian Kronberger,[5] whom he called “Maximin”, and whom he identified as a manifestation of the divine. The relevance of George’s sexuality to his poetic work has been discussed by contemporary critics, such as Thomas Karlauf and Marita Keilson-Lauritz.[6]

Maximin came to the attention of Stefan George in Munich in 1903 (according to some sources, in March 1902; others cite 1901 as the date of their original meeting); he died unexpectedly of meningitis the following year, on the day after his 16th birthday. He was “idealized [by George] to the point of proclaiming him a god, following his death… the cult of ‘Maximin’ became an integral part of the George circle’s practice…” [1]

Allen Ginsburg


He is argued to be one of the most well-known people to have spoken positively on intergenerational sex, often reflecting on his own experiences as a loved boy and espousing a love for boys himself as an adult. In 1994, Ginsberg rushed to the defense of the North American Man/Boy Love Association when the International Lesbian and Gay Associationattempted to expel decade-old ties to NAMBLA in a political move to gain consultative status in the United Nations. He wrote in NAMBLA Bulletin and said:

“Attacks on NAMBLA stink of politics, witchhunting for profit, humorlessness, vanity, anger and ignorance […] I’m a member of NAMBLA because I love boys too — everybody does, who has a little humanity.” (citation needed)

Among mainstream enthusiasts of Allen Ginsberg and his poetry, his connection to NAMBLA and romanticism with pederasty are often ignored or denied. Today, most readers of Allen Ginsberg take the position that Ginsberg did not support the objectives of NAMBLA and only defended it as a matter of free speech. Ginsberg himself said that he doesn’t like underage boys in one of his last interviews for the New York Times (1). This sounds, however, as an apology to the decade long attacks on him regarding his connection toNAMBLA. In fact much of his poetry, which was influenced by Walt Whitman reveals that, like Whitman, he loved young men and teenage boys (2). This reputed him as the “poet who loved boys”. As Raymond-Jean Frontain observed:

“Although both Shumacher and Barry Miles (Ginsberg’s initial biographer) frankly discuss Ginsberg’s sexual politics, neither refers to his involvement with the controversial North American Man/Boy Love Association […] I reread Collected Poems and Ginsberg’s two subsequent collections, surprised by the pattern of references to anal intercourse and to pederasty that emerged”


Wilhelm von Gloeden


Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (September 16, 1856 – February 16, 1931) was a German photographer who worked mainly in Italy. He is mostly known for his pastoral nude studies of Sicilian boys, which usually featured props such as wreaths or amphorassuggesting a setting in the Greece or Italy of antiquity.


Gaston Goor


Gaston Goor (19021977) was a highly accomplished and controversial painter of boys. His principal patron for more than 30 years was Roger Peyrefitte. Goor illustrated many of Peyrefitte books and also made a number of works on various themes, many of which decorated the walls of Peyrefitte’s Paris apartment. Goor’s illustrations have also appeared in Montherlant’s Diarium Juvenale.

John Henry Mackay


Mackay was clear about his own sexual orientation: he was primarily attracted to boys 14 to 17 years old (as evident from his autobiographical novel Fenny Skaller, published as part of “The Books of Nameless Love”. He rejected Hirschfeld’s development of the “third sex” theory of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs and the campaign of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, to reform German law so as to allow sexual activity between same-sex adults. Mackay’s views were closer to those of Adolf Brand regarding man-boy love.

Mackay begun writing on boylove in 1905 under the pseudonym “Sagitta”. His first boylove poems appeared in 1905 in Der Eigene edited by Adolf Brand. From 1906, the writings and theories of Mackay had a significant influence on Brand’s organisation Gemeinschaft der Eigenen and Mackay became a friend of scientist and organization’s co-founder Benedict Friedlander.

Henry de Monthelant


Although not openly gay, de Montherlant treated homosexual themes in his work, including his play La Ville dont le prince est un enfant (1952) and novel Les Garçons (The Boys), published in 1969 but written four or five decades earlier. He maintained a private correspondence with Roger Peyrefitte—author of Les Amitiés particulières (Special Friendships, 1943), also about relationships between boys at a Roman Catholic boarding school.

John Gambrill Nicholson 120px-nicholson_and_melling


Nicholson’s semi-autobiographical novel Romance of a Choir-Boy was written between 1896 and 1905 but not published until privately printed in 1916. In it his alter egoprotagonist Philip Luard chastely pursues the unresponsive twelve-year-old Teddy Faircloth of the title, despite his friend Gerrard urging him to a more sensual approach. The novel ends with the quotation: “Physical intimacies are but surface emotions, forgotten as soon as they are satisfied; whereas spiritual intimacies live in the heart, they are part of our eternal life, and reach beyond the stars.”

Nicholson was a member of the Order of Chaeronea, a secret society for homosexuals founded in 1897 by George Ives.[8]

Tom O’Carroll


Thomas Victor O’Carroll (born 1945) is an English writer (with dual Irish/British nationality),[1] paedophilia and paederasty advocate, and a convicted distributor of child pornography.[2][3] O’Carroll is a former chairperson of the now disbanded Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and was at one time a prominent member of the International Paedophile and Child Emancipation (now known as Ipce).

A full documentary about Tom O’Carroll is available on YouTube.

A Decent Life: The Dissenting Narrative of Tom O’Carroll



Hajo Ortil

It was in Bremen where he founded in 1949 the Hansische Piraten Seefahrende Kanujugend Bemen e.V. (Hanseatic Pirates), a naturist group of boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18.

Based on Bremen, Ortil accompanied the group when they put their canoes to sea for long adventurous voyages visiting solitary places from the arctic territories of Finland toGreece and shed their clothes whenever possible. Ortil encouraged both boys and girls to be open with their sexual needs. It was not uncommon for boys to masturbate in groups and play with each other during the group’s canoe trips. It was not uncommon for “Big Old Joe” (as the boys called him) to participate in the boy’s games either (Ortil never failed to show his special preference for boys), all with the tacit approval of their children’s parents, who knew about the group’s philosophy.

It is interesting to note that despite the reactionary politics in moral matters of the federal German government, the influence of the German Youth Movement and the memory of war upheaval resulted in a frankness and liberality in this regard that astonishes in retrospect.

According to Ortil’s introduction in Hundert nackte Wilde, the boys urged him to photograph them, and thus he began taking pictures of the group’s naked members regularly. These naked photographs of young boys and girls were regularly used to illustrate various issues of the naturist magazine Helios. The most famous of these was Hundert nackte Wilde (1957) (Hundred naked savages) featuring only naked boys, which caused a controversy in the neighboring Netherlands.

His photographs later appeared in Sun & Health magazine in the UK, as well as several other books, including The Boy: A Photographic Essay (1964) (presented as evidence in the 1993 Michael Jackson trial).

Hajo Ortil donated his sexological library and photographic archive to the Brongersma Foundation in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, the photographic archive was seized from the Foundation and destroyed by the Dutch police in 1999.[1]

Clarence Osborne

Clarence Osborne (1927-1979) was a boylover who may hold the world’s record of having had sexual contacts with boys — more than 2500 of them.

Osborne, was born and raised in the city of Brisbane, Australia. He worked as a professional court reporter, and then moved to the parliamentary reporting bureau. From the mid ’50s to the mid ’70s, he continuously had sexual relations with a very large number of adolescent boys (90% of them were between thirteen and twenty) in his hometown of Brisbane. Most of these were one-time sexual encounters, but some developed into full-fledged relationships which lasted for many years — well into the adulthood of the former “boy”.

Osborne recorded in great detail these sexual encounters, along with the physical characteristics of the over 2500 young males he had met and had had sexual relations (mostly intercrural intercourse or by performing fellatio on the boy). His house became a large repository of sexual information about his contacts with boys, consisting of thousands of photographs, filing cards and over 8 kilometers of tape-recordings containing conversations between himself and the boys.

In 1979, Osborne transferred part of his collection to journalist Paul Wilson fearing that the Commonwealth Police Force would soon arrest him as he was notified that the customs department had confiscated a pornographic movie which he had ordered from abroad.

Much of this information became the basis of Wilson’s book The man they called a monster (1981). The raid on Osborne’s house that ensued gave Osborne much negative publicity in the Australian press. Yet, according to the police, not one of the thousands of boys had ever complained to anyone over the two decades of Osborne’s activities, andnone came forward after Osborne’s death, even when they were reassured that they would see their files destroyed and therefore would not have to worry about the threat of blackmail. More than 25 years later police officials still note that

“The amazing thing is that with all of these documented victims, many of them later confirmed, the police had never received any complaints on Osborne.”[1]

Osborne was never arrested, though he was “interviewed” a number of times by the police. Osborne ultimately frustrated the authorities desire to bring him to trial. He committed suicide by carbon monoxide asphyxiation in his car.

Roger Peyrefitte


Peyrefitte is best known for his controversial novels and literary biographies. One recurring theme in his novels is pederasty. Most of his works have a pederastic undertone, and in some he freely explores that side of his own personality. Even more than André Gide or Henry de Montherlant (with whom he was friends), he used his literary career as a tool for his defence of pederasty.

The most known and probably best of these novels is the semi-autobiographical Les Amitiés particulières (1944, translated as Special friendships) which won him the Renaudot prize in 1945. The novel, based on his experiences, deals with a homoerotic relationship between two boys at a Roman Catholic boarding school and how it is destroyed by a priest’s feelings for the younger boy. However, most of the intertextuality, symbols, names of secondary characters, and also the adult characters, constantly contrast with the ‘young homosexual’ main theme, as they all relate to an ancient, modern and contemporary pederastic culture.

In 1964, the novel was made into a movie by director Jean Delannoy. On the set of the film, Peyrefitte met the 14-year-old Alain-Philippe Malagnac (later Alain-Philippe Malagnac d’Argens de Villele) who had been cast as a choir boy and was a big fan of the book. Not only did Peyrefitte sign Alain-Philippe’s copy of the book but the two also fell in love, pursuing a stormy relationship that Peyreffite chronicled in some of his later novels such as Notre Amour (1967) and L’Enfant de cœur (1978). Peyrefitte remained friends with Malagnac and he would later sell his precious collection of rare books and erotic art to finance Malagnac’s business ventures.

Peyrefitte also wrote about Baron Jacques d’Adelsward-Fersen‘s exile in Capri (L’Exilé de Capri, 1959) and translated Greek pederastic love poetry (La Muse garçonnière, 1973). Other works put him at odds with the Roman Catholic Church (Les Clés de saint Pierre, 1955) while others resulted in libel charges against him (Les Juifs, 1965, Les Américains, 1968)


Tom Reeves


Tom Reeves was a social science professor, and one of the founding members and later a national spokesman for NAMBLA. He is also one of the original signatories on the Reform Sex Offender Laws Campaign petition. He was a hero, humanitarian, gay activist.

On December 2, 1978, Tom Reeves of the Boston-Boise Committee convened a meeting called “Man/Boy Love and the Age of Consent.” Approximately 150 people attended. At the meeting’s conclusion, about thirty men and youths decided to form an organization which they called the North American Man/Boy Love Association, or NAMBLA for short.

He is best known for the role that he played in founding NAMBLA. In the late 1970s, prior to the formation of NAMBLA, Tom Reeves was already referring to himself as a “Boylover” and publicly defending intergenerational sexual relationships. On December 2, 1978, Reeves organized a meeting on the topic of “man-boy love,”; it was at this meeting which NAMBLA was formed. Inside of NAMBLA, Reeves played a prolific role acting as a spokesman for the organization. In the late 90’s, he organized the community, Reform Sex Offender Laws. (RSOL) He was involved with many other (at that time new) gay organizations: Gay Community News, Boston Area Gay & Lesbian Youth (BAGLY), Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the Gay Liberation Front, and much later Act Up. He was also affiliated with the American Friends’ Service Committee

On August 23 1994, he explained that a lot of people aren’t aware of NAMBLA’s mission. “Our purpose is not to get our hands on a bunch of 14-year-old boys,” he says “The primary issue is political — to change laws about age of consent.”

Frederick William Rolfe (aka Baron Corvo)


He was an open homosexual. Towards the end of his life, he made his only explicit reference to his specific sexual age preference, in one of the Venice letters to Charles Masson Fox, in which he declared: ‘My preference was for the 16, 17, 18 and large.’[3]

Kenneth Searight

Searight was a homosexual.[3] There is some reason to believe that Searight was the model for the hero of Forster’s novel Maurice.[1]

Since his school years Searight was also very fond of young boys. This was evident by a manuscript he left. Paidikion, or the book of Hyakinthos and Narkissos (ca 1917) is 570-page manuscript of semi-pornographic poetry and prose, including an 137-page (sexual) autobiography of the author in verse. In another section of the manuscript called Searight gives us a list of his affairs with 129 different boys from 1897 to 1917. The boys’ average age is around 15.

Charles Warren Stoddard


Stoddard fell in love with the painter Frank Millet during the 1870s and lived with him in Venice. But he usually favored youthful companions. Of his several “kids,” as he called them, the most important was Kenneth O’Connor, aged fifteen in 1895, when Stoddard unofficially adopted him and took him home to his Washington “Bungalow.” His experiences with Hawaiian and Tahitian youth provided the backdrop for his stories in South-sea idyls (1874, 1892) and The island of tranquil delights (1904). source


Bill Tilden


He was a very famous tennis player. Tilden was arrested in November 1946 on Sunset Boulevard by the Beverly Hills police and charged with a misdemeanor (“contributing to the delinquency of a minor”) for soliciting an under-age male, a 14-year-old boy with whom he was having sex in a moving vehicle. Tilden did not carry his glasses with him and signed a confession without reading it.[17] He was sentenced to a year in prison, but served 7½ months. His five-year parole conditions were so strict they virtually erased all his income from private lessons.[17] He was arrested again in January 1949, after picking up a 16-year-old hitchhiker who remained anonymous until years later, when he filed a lawsuit claiming he had suffered severe mental, physical, and emotional damage from the encounter. The judge sentenced Tilden to a year on probation violation and let the punishment for the charge run concurrently. Tilden served ten months. In both cases, apparently, he sincerely believed that his celebrity and his longtime friendship with Hollywood names such as Charlie Chaplin were enough to keep him from jail.[17] He therefore defended himself in court in both cases in a far less than vigorous fashion. After his incarceration, he was increasingly shunned by the tennis and Hollywood world.[17] He was unable to give lessons at most clubs, and even on public courts he had fewer clients. At one point, he was invited to play at a prestigious professional tournament being held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel; at the last moment, he was told that he could not participate.[18] Chaplin allowed Tilden to use his private court for lessons to help him after the run of legal and financial problems.[19]


Frank Torey

In Amsterdam, Torey published from 1979 to 1984 Pan: A Magazine about Boy-Love (changed to P.A.N.-Paedo Alert News from 1982). He also edited the first anthology of boylove fiction Panthology (1981), published by John Stamford‘s Spartacus. Pan stopped running in 1981 but Stamfort employed Torey as a general editor of Coltsfoot Press, a division of Spartacus, specializing in boylove fiction. When Coltsfoot Press went bankrupt in the mid 1980s, Torey founded his own publishing house, the Acolyte Press, the most important publisher of boylove fiction and erotic for a decade. Torey was also an author and published many of his short stories under the pen names Peter Zupp, Scott Altman, Wallington Fuger and Jotham Lotring.

Apart from publishing fiction, Torey was interested in the scholarly work on boylove which was becoming important in the 1980s. He translated many scholarly books and articles from Dutch to English including Theo Sandfort‘s The Sexual Aspects of Pedophile Relations (1982) and set up an additional publishing house, Global Academic Publishers, which published scholarly works such as Edward Brongersma‘s two-volume Loving Boys (1987) and Theo Sandfort‘s Boys on their Contacts with Men (1987). In addition, he served in the editorial board of Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia (1987-1995).


Edward Perry Warren


His published works include A Defence of Uranian Love in three volumes, which proposes a type of same-sex relationship similar to that prevalent in Classical Greece, in which an older man would act as guide and lover to a younger man.


Robert M. Wren


Under the pen name Robert Campbell, Wren wrote boylove fiction. Many of his short stories appeared in the collection Singularities (1989) as well as several anthologies published by the Acolyte Press. Several published and unpublished manuscripts of his stories can be found at the archives of Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Wren was particularly fond of boys and tennis and sponsored several young Nigerian tennis players from secondary school through college. He also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Homosexuality and in the late 1980s in the NAMBLA steering committee.

Frits Bernard


Beginning in 1940, and building upon the remnants of the Dutch branch of the Scientific-Humanitarian Comittee Bernard begun organizing the Enclave Kring, the first organization for pedophiles. In 1960 Enclave moved to Rotterdam. It later developed into the “International Enclave Movement” where people from various countries joined. Its objectives were to:

“to break down prejudice about the issues of erotic contacts and relationships between minors and adults […] to provide information and advice as well as to initiate a direct assistance program [and makes steps] toward a revision of the penal code.”

Sebastian Bleisch


Bleisch’s filming career came to an abrupt halt when he was arrested on September 16, 1996 during the filming of five boys being intimate in a hangar in Ludwigslust. Some of the parents of Bleisch’s models had become suspicious about their sons’ activities with the director and the police had initiated a criminal investigation. On May 20, 1997 Sebastian Bleisch was sentenced to two and a half years detention by the regional court in Schwerin for having used adolescents who were still under 16 years old in the 60 or sopornographic films he had directed since 1990. He evaded conviction on more serious charges, however, after the defence showed that the boys had approached Bleisch willingly and no psychological harm had occurred. While Bleisch served his sentence in the Bützow Penal Institution he wrote a trilogy of novels for which a publisher has not yet been found.[3]

Bernard also became active, in the late 1950s, in COC (Netherlands Association for the Integration of Homosexuality) and contributed articles in its magazine, Vriendschap using the pseudonym “Victor Servatius”. In the early 1970s he became active in the Dutch Society for Sexual Reform and was instrumental in establishing the pedophile work groups within the organization. He was also one of the editors of Sex met kinderen (1972), the first attempt in the Netherlands for a public discussion of pedophilia.

Bernard wrote for a great number of magazines set up by boylovers and pedophiles like NIKS (organ of the NVSH pedophile work groups), Magpie, Pan: A Magazine about Boy-Love, O.K., Koinos, Le petit gredin, L’espoir and others.


Michael F. Melsheimer


Michael F. Melsheimer
(August 21, 1942 – July 15, 2010) was a boylove activist who co-founded the organization B4U-ACT The goal of B4U-ACT is to make effective, compassionate mental health services available to this population, while challenging negative cultural assumptions which frequently serve as barriers to treatment, thus increasing the likelihood of minor-attracted people leading productive, meaningful lives.


Roderik Muit


Roderik Muit (b. April 27, 1974) is a successful IT professional from the Netherlands, known for his work in defence of free speech on the internet, and voluntary self-identification as a minor-attracted person (Boylover). In addition to having worked in the IT departments of a number of large companies, Muit has for a long time sought to provide affordable webspace to other persons who seek to publish unpopular ideas. This not-for-profit work has enabled a number of websites which discuss pedophilia openly to exist for far longer than they would have under mainstream hosting arrangements. Muit is also one of the administrators behind the Dutch website, a forum for the open discussion of pedophilia. He cites the positive effects of catharsis for minor-attracted people as one of the reasons he continues to provide assistance to websites that discuss pedophilia.[1]

David L. Riegel


David L. Riegel (b. 1931) is an independent writer and researcher on the topic of sexually expressed boy/older male relationships. After already having retired twice from dissimilar fields, in 1999 he was recruited by a McGraw Hill textbook editor to submit an essay on the Rind controversy. This was accepted by the editor but withheld from publication by the management until 2005. In 2000, he published the first of his four paperback books.

In cooperation with several others, and over an eight year period on the now defunct web board SafeHaven, a Philosophy of Responsible Boylove[1] was developed, which is hosted by the SafeHaven Foundation.[2] Another innovation is Peer Support Exchange[3], and further information is available on his personal website.[4]

July 1, 1998, Riegel created[5] a site which is dedicated to International Boylove Day and is the longest running site devoted to its observance.


Robin Sharpe

John Robin Sharpe1
John Robin Sharpe (ca. 1933- 2015 ) is a Canadian writer, world traveler and boylover. Sharpe is particularly noted for successfully challenging several portions of Canada‘schild pornography laws. He was also the first Canadian citizen to mount a successful constitutional challenge without legal representation.

Sharpe was arrested and charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and two counts of distributing child pornography in 1995 after police raided his apartment and found photographs of adolescents involved in sexual activity and journals and manuscripts depicting fictitious adolescents engaged in sexual activity. In January 1999, he was acquitted of the charge of possession of child pornography by the British Columbia Supreme Court and, in May 1999, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld the ruling by a 2-1 vote. The Court of Appeal stated that current child pornography laws “[are] truly one step removed from criminalizing simply having objectionable thoughts.” Shortly thereafter, British Columbia appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada which, in the landmark ruling of R. v. Sharpe in January 2001, upheld most of the child pornography law but said that people can’t be prosecuted for creating works of their own imagination for their own use.

The case went back to the British Columbia Supreme Court which ruled in March 2002 that Sharpe was not guilty of possession of child pornography related to his sexually-explicit writings but was guilty of two counts of possession of pornographic pictures of children. He was sentenced to four months of house arrest. British Columbia Supreme Court Judge Duncan Shaw condemned Sharpe’s writings as “morally repugnant” but defended them as within Sharpe’s legal rights because they “[did] not actively advocate or counsel the reader to engage in the acts described” and had “artistic merit”. The ruling angered many family and child advocacy groups who claimed the “artistic merit” defense would open the door to wide-spread distribution of child pornography and limit the abilities of police forces to crack down on actual child exploitation, therefore placing children at risk.

Later in 2002, Sharpe was arrested again on the charges of gross indecency and indecent assault stemming from abuses which took place from 1979 to 1982. Pictures of the sexually abused teenager, who was aged 11 through 14 during the assaults, were among the over 500 for which he had been previously charged. In 2004, Sharpe was found guilty of indecent assault and sentenced to two years in prison, which he has promised to appeal. He has maintained that the boy was never harmed and wanted to have sex. During the trial, the victim said, “I like Robin, but if somebody did that to my kids, I’d want to kill him.”

David Thorstad


David Thorstad (born June 6, 1941)[1] is an American political activist engaged with pro-pederast and pro-pedophile activism within the North American Man/Boy Love Association (commonly known as NAMBLA), of which he was a founding member. He was also a former president of New York’s Gay Activists Alliance.[2]

Thorstad describes himself as a bisexual pederast and atheist (former Pentecostal) who has “never been charged with violating any sex laws”.[3]