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Carole Kasir’s past: fractious family life and failed relationships

Teenage tearaway who feuded with her mother later abandoned three young daughters

By Mark Conrad and David Pallister | 1 April 2015

Teenage tearaway Carole Kasir fell out spectacularly with her mother. It was the first step on a wayward life that led Carole Kasir to being the madam of a paedophile brothel – the notorious Elm Guest House.

Years later, Carole Kasir would boast to friends about the high-profile visitors to her guest house, which has since 2012 been at the centre of a police investigation into VIP paedophiles. But, when she was still running Elm Guest House, she denied to friends knowing about any sexual abuse of boys there.

Born Carole Linda Jones in London in July 1942, she grew up around Clapham, Streatham and Battersea in south-west London, quite close to where she would later set up Elm Guest House.

“The Press often wrongly reports that Carole was German by origin, but Exaro has uncovered the roots of this mistaken belief”

Her father was a successful jazz musician. But close associates, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Exaro how a 12-year-old Carole moved with her mother to America when her parents split.

Carole loathed life abroad. A feud with her mother developed, and the stroppy teenager returned to London aged 15. She stayed fleetingly with her older sister, another gifted musician.

Relatives tried to coax Carole to study for a secretarial career. But she was a tearaway who often disappeared from home. At the age of 17, she became pregnant and married the father.

He was from a wealthy immigrant family from India. His family had arrived in London during the 1930’s and after World War II bought up cheap, bomb-damaged properties to rent out, making a fortune.

One source said that Carole’s husband, a member of the Royal Air Force, was “obsessed” with her. His parents, however, did not approve of the mixed-race relationship.

Carole, her new husband and their baby daughter moved briefly to an RAF base. But the young couple’s relationship was punctuated with quarrels. Carole often abandoned the family home, although she tried to struggle on with married life.

By the age of 20, she gave birth to two more daughters. But when the youngest child was just a few months old, she finally quit her home and her family for good.

Her girls moved between foster homes, and endured difficult periods living with their father and his new partner. The two eldest children were eventually placed into care.

Meanwhile, following the failure of her first marriage, Carole began to use the surname, “Weichmann”. The Press often wrongly reports that Carole was German by origin, but Exaro has uncovered the roots of this mistaken belief.

Carole became convinced that she was not the daughter of the man who was widely recognised as her father. Instead, she claimed to friends, her mother had an affair with a German man, and she was the result of this liaison.

It is unclear whether Carole identified “Weichmann” as her real father or simply adopted a Germanic name that she liked.

In any event, Carole saw the change in her personal identity as her chance for a fresh start.

Carole “Weichmann” had another daughter with a Chinese man known as “George”. However the relationship between Carole and “George” also failed. Their daughter would stay with Carole, and ended up living at Elm Guest House.

By 1971, Carole met and married Haroon Kasir, known as “Harry”. He was born in India, although he was from the part of the country that later became Pakistan after partition.

Carole and Harry, the year after their wedding, had a son.

Carole concealed a scar on her neck from an accident beneath scarves and roll-neck sweaters. Like much of her life, it was hidden from public view. But Exaro can also today reveal new details of her life with Harry Kasir at Elm Guest House.

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