The Criminal Media Nexus
As the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel promises to report sometime next year I'll be following the evidence in this, the darkest of all the stories related to Fleet Street, corrupt police officers and private detectives.
If you're following the work of Paddy French on this site, or Graham Johnson, you'll see that the uniquely ubiquitous surveillance and intrusion of the British Press almost invariably leads back to Southern Investigations, and the initial suspects in Daniel Morgan's Murder.
A Senior Police officer described Southern Investigations to me as "the maternity ward where the Dark Arts were born." The poison that began with the cover up of Daniel's murder - the most investigated murder in British history - can be seen to have spread to the highest echelons of the press, police force and Home Office.
We're told we have the best press in the world, the most decent police and most transparent government. But the Daniel Morgan murder questions all that, and makes the need for Leveson II - the promised public inquiry into the relationships between police and the press - all the more urgent.
Follow me in helping to unpick this dark strand of modern history which may unravel in surprising directions.