Jeremy Kyle, pictured yesterday night arriving at his luxurious residence in Windsor, Berkshire as his present faces an unsure future following the suicide of considered one of his visitors
Life by no means ran significantly easily for Steven Dymond, however previous to the morning of Thursday Could 2, the 63-year-old development employee was entitled to really feel cautiously optimistic about his future.
A troubled soul, who was born and raised in Devon, ‘Steve’ had for many of his grownup life dabbled in comfortable medicine and struggled to take care of relationships.
He’d clocked up a failed marriage in his early 20s, turning into estranged from each his ex-wife Jane and their grownup son, Carl. He married once more, just for his second marriage to fail. And he managed to fall out with most members of his fast household, together with his mom Rosalind.
After shifting to first Shropshire after which Hampshire, within the late 1990s, he’d additionally fallen into petty crime, clocking up minor convictions associated to automobile theft.
Ever since, he’d been based mostly within the seaside city of Gosport, the place he earned a shilling working diggers on native constructing websites. And it was right here, within the autumn of 2017, that issues lastly took a flip for the higher, when he fell head over heels for Jane Callaghan, a 48-year-old divorcee who shortly turned the love of his life.
Inside weeks, the previously-lonely Dymond had moved right into a terraced Barratt Dwelling within the working class neighbourhood of Rowner that Miss Callaghan shared along with her teenage daughter. That Christmas Day, he received down on one knee and proposed. Miss Callaghan instantly mentioned sure. ‘I used to be crying, the love was actual. He was probably the most beneficiant and loving particular person,’ she recalled this week.
To mark the event, she posted an image of Dymond on Fb. ‘I’m very fortunate to have discovered a person such as you. We are going to develop previous collectively,’ learn her caption. ‘I like you a lot,’ he replied.
At weekends, Steve could possibly be present in overalls on the couple’s entrance drive, tinkering with second-hand vehicles. His fiancee would watch affectionately from the kitchen. Although few relationships are excellent, they struck neighbours as each inch the joyful couple. Sadly, the heady home bliss didn’t final ceaselessly.
For in February this yr, Jane got here throughout a photograph, seemingly on her betrothed’s cellular phone, which confirmed him in an intimate pose with an ex-girlfriend. She additionally found that a number of Viagra tablets had been lacking from a provide the couple used.
Mr Dymond, 63, pictured along with his his fiancee Jane Callaghan, was a visitor on a Jeremy Kyle present which can no longer be broadcast following his tragic dying
Mr Kyle, pictured, has been criticised in court docket by a decide who described his present as ‘human bear baiting’. Nevertheless, roughly 1.5 million individuals a day tune in for a dose of poverty porn
An indignant row ensued, wherein Dymond insisted that the picture had been taken a number of years earlier, earlier than they had been an merchandise, however Callaghan refused to consider him.It ended along with her instructing him to go away the home. He moved into the spare room of a council flat close to Portsmouth harbour, a brief drive away, which had been marketed for hire on the web site Gumtree.
The sudden upheaval left Steve, who had suffered psychological well being issues up to now, struggling a bout of despair. However he continued to take care of his innocence and, over time, his relationship with Jane thawed.
Over the Easter weekend, the couple travelled to Surrey’s Thorpe Park, the place they loved, in keeping with a Fb submit, a ‘day to recollect’. Shortly afterwards, he moved again into her residence.
It was at this level that Dymond took the fateful resolution that might result in his premature dying.
My Dymond, pictured three weeks earlier than he died on an evening out, failed a polygraph check on the present and broke down into tears
Like many a whole bunch of principally working class Britons earlier than him, he determined that the absolute best discussion board wherein to lastly clear the air along with his betrothed (who remained considerably suspicious about his incriminating picture) could be the Jeremy Kyle Present.
He duly organized to journey to the Salford studios the place the present, dubbed ‘poverty porn’ by critics and as soon as likened by a decide to ‘a human type of bear-baiting which fits underneath the guise of leisure,’ is filmed.
It was agreed that the couple would have a full and frank dialogue about their current troubles, mediated by Kyle and watched by a studio viewers.
The fruits of the programme would contain him taking a free lie detector check (traditional value £400) to ascertain whether or not, within the opinion of specialists, he was telling the reality. Dymond and Miss Callaghan’s episode was filmed on Thursday, Could 2.
As we now know, it didn’t finish properly: he not solely failed the polygraph check, however seems to have then been roundly criticised by each Kyle and his baying viewers. ‘He was distraught and devastated,’ recalled Steven’s landlady, Shelley, who spoke to him shortly afterwards. ‘The tears had been rolling down his face. I can see them now. He mentioned when the lie detector outcomes had been revealed it turned very nasty.
‘He mentioned Jane went loopy at him and “she known as me a bastard” and mentioned that “she went for me”. I feel she went to slap him then ran off the stage. He mentioned it was messy.’ She added: ‘He mentioned Jeremy Kyle “ripped” into him and known as him a liar. These had been his phrases.’
Dymond advised Shelley that he’d as soon as extra been kicked out by his fiancee, and requested if he might transfer again into his lodgings. He additionally admitted that he was considering suicide. ‘He advised me he had needed to kill himself when he was being pushed again to Portsmouth in a taxi the present had booked,’ added Shelley. ‘He mentioned he considered overdosing on his treatment and throwing himself out of the shifting automotive. He was only a mess and he was humiliated.’
A couple of days later, suicide was, after all, precisely what occurred: in a state of despair at what gave the impression to be the terminal breakdown of his relationship, Dymond retired to his bed room in Shelley’s property, and took an overdose of morphine, which he’d been prescribed to deal with arthritis. His physique was discovered final Thursday, surrounded by letters. In a last textual content message to Jane, he wrote: ‘I simply needed to apologize earlier than I’m going. I can’t stay with out you. I simply needed to come back and see you. My life is just not price dwelling with out you.’
Mr Dymond’s episode was filmed on Could 2. He failed the polygraph check and was condemned by Jeremy Kyle and the viewers
This terrible tragedy turned public earlier this week. Since then, it has, fairly naturally, sparked a livid public debate over what critics regard because the myriad excesses of a programme that has for years profited from typically extremely weak visitors who’re inspired – some may say provoked – into airing soiled linen in public.
Launched in 2005, within the picture of America’s Jerry Springer present, it has grow to be a highly-lucrative centrepiece of ITV’s daytime schedule, attracting 1.5million viewers with its heady mixture of tawdry revelation and generally explosive confrontation. Typical episodes have such tawdry titles as ‘My husband slept with my daughter’ and ‘My sister’s a teenage prostitute’.
Rows are sometimes settled by way of polygraph or DNA checks, with ensuing punch-ups narrowly averted by burly safety guards in a fashion critics discover deeply exploitative.
Presiding over proceedings – and infrequently making sternly judgmental remarks about visitors – has turned Kyle, a thrice-married former playing addict, right into a multi-millionaire, with a reported annual wage of £2million. As we speak, Kyle’s profession, which as soon as noticed him voted the second most-hated man on the planet (forward of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein however behind Osama Bin Laden) hangs within the steadiness. So too do these of the ITV executives behind him. For Dymond is the third star of an ITV reality-based programme to take his personal life in current months, following the suicides of two former contestants on Love Island.
In consequence, debate in coming days and weeks will deal with the query of whether or not the industrial broadcaster is doing practically sufficient to safeguard the psychological well being of often-vulnerable individuals such reveals place within the firing line.
It’s actually true that Kyle’s visitors are supplied the companies of an ‘aftercare’ staff of counsellors, presided over by a professional psychotherapist known as Graham Stainer, who generally seems on the programme.
Carl Woolley, 39, mentioned his father had been left devastated after the present destroyed his relationship. Mr Woolley had just lately seen his father for the primary time in 36 years
These affected by drug issues are additionally supplied remedy. However whereas the broadcaster insists that it subsequently fulfils its tasks, critics regard this as woefully insufficient. In what some will see for example of protesting an excessive amount of, ITV has for years been fast to hit again at critics of the profitable present.
Certainly, in a staggeringly insensitive inner e mail, which was leaked yesterday, its chief govt Dame Carolyn McCall insisted the choice to take away it from the airwaves was ‘not in any manner a mirrored image on the present, however the easiest way we expect we will shield the present’. In the meantime, a really odd interview given by Miss Callaghan to the Solar newspaper – which seems to have been brokered by the ITV press workplace – bizarrely noticed Kyle’s aforementioned ‘aftercare’ staff singled out for reward.
‘They had been good. They had been there when he wanted assist. They had been actually persistent in providing him assist,’ she mentioned.
Dymond’s landlady Shelley noticed issues otherwise, nevertheless. She mentioned yesterday that Steven ‘genuinely thought he was going to get some counselling and a few remedy; after the present, however in the long run acquired none. She added that the producers solely truly determined to ship workers to Portsmouth after she reported his dying over the weekend. ‘They didn’t come down when he wanted them. The present tipped him over the sting. They humiliated him,’ she mentioned.
Dymond’s son Carl Wooley, in the meantime, with whom he had simply re-established a relationship and was about to satisfy for the primary time in 36 years, advised how his father had been left devastated.
‘I known as him and he was distraught over the break-up of the connection,’ mentioned Mr Wooley. ‘He had gone on the present solely to clear his identify however he mentioned it had gone incorrect due to the lie detector check. He was adamant that he didn’t lie. He was so upset that he wasn’t making a lot sense, however he simply saved repeating: “I haven’t cheated, Carl, I swear I haven’t cheated.”’
Their deliberate assembly by no means came about. Mr Woolley mentioned a notice addressed to him was discovered alongside Mr Dymond’s physique. He mentioned: ‘I’m happy he meant to kill himself. Within the notice, he apologised and requested me to not hate him for what he has completed.’
Mr Woolley mentioned his father had disclosed that Kyle himself had ‘actually ripped in to him’. ‘He mentioned: “Kyle actually laid into me”, presumably that was after they introduced the lie detector end result.’
Mr Dymond, pictured in 1980 aged 21 along with his new child son Carl Woolley, who just lately re-established contact along with his father. He mentioned: ‘He had gone on the present solely to clear his identify however he mentioned it had gone incorrect due to the lie detector check. He was adamant that he didn’t lie. He was so upset that he wasn’t making a lot sense, however he simply saved repeating: “I haven’t cheated, Carl, I swear I haven’t cheated”’
Little marvel, maybe, that critics have lengthy regarded the programme’s therapy of visitors as woefully insufficient, arguing that the complete programme is orchestrated by producers to create battle. In a 2016 interview, one member of workers revealed that Kyle employs two studio helpers to face within the wings and begin ‘ooohing and booing’ at moments when he desires the viewers to be riled. There’s additionally a ground supervisor who tells onlookers when to begin and cease clapping and when to face up and sit down.
‘Within the third row – that’s the place they at all times put the household and mates of the individuals on stage, they usually heckle Jeremy and people on stage,’ mentioned the insider.
Charlotte Scott, an ex-producer on the present, as soon as advised The Guardian how producers performed on the ‘nervous confusion’ of often-vulnerable visitors by ‘enjoying a Machiavellian sport of “he mentioned, she mentioned” to make sure emotions run excessive’.
‘Friends are wound up like a coiled spring earlier than the present,’ she wrote, saying they’d be positioned in separate rooms and selectively briefed about what their partner, girlfriend, or estranged member of the family was saying about them. ‘It’s an integral a part of preparations – a course of, sanctioned by the present’s editors, known as “speaking up”.
The earlier yr, former visitor Gareth Edwards claimed he was requested to vary right into a tracksuit earlier than showing on a ‘paternity check particular’ after producers mentioned the jumper he was carrying was unsuitable as a result of it had a outstanding brand.
Kyle then picked on Edwards’s outfit, calling him ‘scum’.
In the meantime final yr, one other visitor, Mark Sinclair, 46 – who had post-traumatic stress dysfunction – died of a drug overdose three months after showing on the present to be reunited along with his daughter, who he had not seen for eight years.
In mild of those and different incidents – together with a string of assaults, considered one of which led one decide to accuse the present of exploiting the ‘silly and gullible’ – critics have additionally requested awkward questions in regards to the method wherein visitors are booked.
It yesterday emerged ITV employs a staff of researchers, a number of of whom use Fb and different social networks to befriend potential Jeremy Kyle visitors and encourage them to seem on the present. Although they don’t seem to be paid, they’re given a free evening in a resort, with food and drinks thrown in, together with compensation for lack of earnings. One such worker, whose account was seen by the Each day Mail yesterday, posts messages corresponding to ‘We’ve received an area on tomorrow’s present, who desires a DNA check?’
Crucially, Steve Dymond had within the run-up to his look on the programme been befriended by an ITV researcher known as Gareth John Hughes, whose Fb account invited prepared Jeremy Kyle individuals to name him on a Salford phone quantity.
Mr Hughes wiped his account clear yesterday and deleted Dymond as a pal. Some may regard that as proof of a cover- up by a broadcaster that continues to be in denial about its myriad shortcomings. For within the chilly mild of day, many will regard his premature dying as a tragedy that was fairly merely ready to occur.