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A FORMER Tory minister has been implicated im·pli·cate  
tr.v. im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing, im·pli·cates
1. To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly: evidence that implicates others in the plot.

 in the Duchess of Argyll's "headless man" sex scandal of the 1960s.

An inquiry has confirmed screen idol Douglas Fairbanks Jnr was the man seen with the duchess in an infamous series of four, sexually-explicit photos.

But another Polaroid picture showed the duchess performing a similar sex act on a different man- and that man is now thought to have been the former Secretary of State for Defence The Secretary of State for Defence is the senior United Kingdom government minister in charge of the Ministry of Defence. It is a Cabinet position.

The post was created on 1 April 1964 and replaced the previous office of Minister of Defence.
, Duncan Sandys Duncan Edwin Sandys, Baron Duncan-Sandys, CH PC [1] (24 January 1908 – 26 November 1987) was a British politician and a minister in successive Conservative governments. His daughter, Laura Sandys, is the conservative candidate for Thanet South. .

Just before her death in 1993, the duchess was asked by a friend about the identity of the second man and her reply left little room for doubt.

She said: "Of course, sweetie, the only Polaroid camera Noun 1. Polaroid camera - a camera that develops and produces a positive print within seconds
Polaroid Land camera

camera, photographic camera - equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and
 in the country at the time had been lent to the Ministry of Defence."

It is nearly four decades since the Duke of Argyll The title Duke of Argyll was created in the Peerage of Scotland in 1701 and in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1892. The Earls, Marquesses, and Dukes of Argyll were for several centuries among the most powerful, if not the most powerful, noble family in Scotland.  divorced his wife, Margaret, in a case which scandalised British society. The "headless man" photographs started as a private joke, but became a key piece of evidence at the 1963 hearing.

It was perhaps a sign of the times A Sign of the Times was a 1966 single by Petula Clark. Written by Tony Hatch, the uptempo pop number juxtaposed Clark's driving vocals with a powerful brass section. She introduced the tune on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 27, 1966.  that after the photos were shown in court, the judge described what the duchess was doing as "disgusting sexual activities".

The hearing destroyed the duchess's reputation - and sent the then Tory government into turmoil.

The Cabinet were already reeling reel·ing  
n. Maine
Sustained noise, as from hammering: "Hark that reeling, now, you'll wake the baby!" Anonymous.
 from the Profumo scandal.

Now the Tories were facing claims that Sandys, son-in-law of Winston Churchill, was the "headless man".

The Cabinet appointed the judge, Lord Denning, to investigate.

On four of the photographs, there were hand-written captions and Denning guessed, correctly, that by matching the handwriting, he would be able to identify the headless man.

He invited five key suspects, including Sandys and Fairbanks, to the Treasury and, as they arrived, each had to sign the visitor's register. A graphologist gra·phol·o·gy  
The study of handwriting, especially when employed as a means of analyzing character.

[Greek graph
 analysed the handwriting and the results were conclusive - Fairbanks was the man.

Sandys seemed to be in the clear, but there was another picture of an apparently naked duchess with a different man.

She looked set to take the secret of his identity to her grave - until she gave that broad hint to close friend Paul Vaughan.

Details of their conversation - and the background to the Denning inquiry - are revealed in Channel 4' Secret History at 9pm tonight.

Vaughan is in little doubt that Sandys was the second man and he told the programme: "She wanted someone to know."
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Author:Spavin, Vicky
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 10, 2000
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