Man found dead before questioning about webcam girl’s sex roleplay death


Jerome Dangar didn’t call for help as he watched camgirl and caregiver Hope Barden die of asphyxiation during a risky online sex session that he paid her for

Hope Barden died during an online session

A pub owner died in his jail cell before police could question him about the death of a guardian who also worked as a cam girl.

Jerome Dangar was investigated for manslaughter after Hope Barden was suffocated.

The online sex worker attended a bondage session at her Staffordshire home after her death, Stoke Sentinel reported.

Dangar, who paid the 21-year-old for the risky action, did not call for help, although she could see that she was in need.

The 45-year-old died in his jail cell at Dartmoor Prison in April 2019 after being locked up for possession of extreme pornography.

In addition to autoerotic strangulation, Dangar had a keen interest in snuff videos showing people dying, an investigative jury in Exeter said, Devon said.

Jerome Dangar was found dead in his prison cell


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Dangar was storing prescription drugs in his cell, propranolol, a drug used to treat anxiety, before he was found dead, a Home Office pathologist said.

The Exeter Coroner Court jury heard that Dangar was on remand with HMP Exeter before being detained at Truro Crown Court for 15 months in January 2019.

He had conceded nine charges of possession of extreme pornography in acts that threatened a person’s life and endangered their genitals.

Judge Simon Carr said the 47 images and videos contained “the deliberate torture of people who are clearly alive in the beginning and appear to be dead in the end”.

He told Dangar, who ran a pub in Tintagel, Cornwall, “these crimes are, in my opinion, the worst of their kind.”

The judge said a pathologist checked the videos and believed that “at least three of the tortured people ended up dead.”

Prosecutor Philip Lee said the pictures showed “preoccupation with strangulation, knife stabbing, torture, suffocation and death”.

Devon’s chief medical examiner Philip Spinney told jurors that Dangar was relocated to Dartmoor a few days after his detention at Truro Crown Court.

The day before he was found dead, he learned that he was about to be interrogated again by Staffordshire Police for the manslaughter of Hope, who was found dead at her home in Burton-upon-Trent on March 15, 2018.

He was the landlord of King Arthur’s Arms in Tintagel


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The coroner said Dangar was prescribed anti-anxiety medication and was allowed to keep the pills in his cell.

Dangar wrote letters talking about suicide, but told his parents that he “didn’t have the bottle to hang himself”.

Dr. Home Office pathologist Deborah Cook said Dangar had extremely high levels of propranolol in his blood and urine.

He also had sertraline in his system but she said it did not result in his death and was not in a fatal area.

While investigating Hope, a conclusion of the illegal killing was recorded.

A coroner there heard that Dangar was a depraved “snuff movie” fan who let her die after suffocating her in front of a live sex webcam.

It was said that she was paid by Dangar for “degrading and dangerous” acts after meeting her on an adult website where she earned money to supplement her caregiver salary.

Dangar paid £ 2,300 over three months to see her, and police later found abuse videos in his home.

The Exeter Investigative Jury recorded a suicide bomb on Dangar after an eight-day investigation at Exeter Coroner’s Court.

Following Hope’s investigation, her mother Katie made a statement through the Staffordshire Police Department.

She said, “Hope was a beautiful, intelligent young woman. She had completed her undergraduate studies in adolescent mental health and had recently returned from work in Norway.

“Hope had a paid job in the Burton area caring for people with learning disabilities. Hope had made extra money in the online adult film industry.

“Unregulated, this industry does not serve anyone except those who want to use violence against women.

“Hope became the object of interest from a regular user of the site, who paid her to engage in sexual acts over the Internet that escalated into degrading and dangerous situations over three months of contact.

“We are deeply disappointed that this case can no longer bring Hope to legal recourse. Had this gone to court it would be a landmark case, the first of its kind in the UK.

“As it is, we will pass our report and results on to every police force in the UK with the confidence that should a dire situation like this arise again, it will be documented how we approached such a sensitive and difficult subject.

“Anyone with daughters or other relatives involved in this terrible industry must be aware of the potential for harm.

“There is a duty of care in every relationship. If someone is obviously in danger, there is a legal obligation to provide assistance.

“In this tragic case, Hope was left to die. Hope’s family and friends are devastated.”

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