Clarence Osborne

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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, and none 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.


  1. Tom O'Connor and William Carson, "Understanding the Psychology of Child Molesters: A Key to Getting Confessions The Police Chief: The Professional Voice of Law Enforcement (December 2005)

== Further reading == (needs book reviews)

Paul Wilson, The man they called a monster: sexual experiences between men and boys (North Ryde, New South Wales: Cassell, 1981) OR 1980 - NOT SURE