British Woman Admits Guilt in Global Monkey Torture Network: The Disturbing Details Unveiled

In a chilling revelation, a British woman from Kidderminster, Holly LeGresley, has pleaded guilty to her role in a worldwide network responsible for commissioning gruesome torture videos involving baby monkeys.

Her actions, revealed after a year-long BBC Eye investigation, demonstrate the sinister reach of the internet’s darkest corners.

LeGresley, 37, operated under the alias “The Immolator,” and was a prominent member of a private Telegram group where she uploaded disturbing content involving the torture of baby monkeys. According to prosecutors, she had shared over 150 images and videos depicting acts of horrific cruelty.

Her role extended beyond passive participation; she actively orchestrated the atrocities by conducting polls in the group to determine the methods of torture inflicted on the vulnerable animals.

Members of this sadistic network, including LeGresley, financed and directed people in Indonesia to capture, maim, and even kill infant long-tailed macaques in videos custom-made to their viewers’ requests.

Their sickening creativity knew no bounds, as they would burn the animals, mutilate them with tools, or even subject them to blenders.

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The investigation exposed a web of participants globally. In the United States, Mike Macartney, known as “Torture King,” was identified as the mastermind behind the group. Once a motorcycle gang member and now a convicted criminal, Macartney employed LeGresley as a moderator, leveraging her zeal for cruelty to organize and archive content.

He, along with fellow Americans David Noble and Nicole Devilbiss, faces up to five years in prison.

Authorities were able to identify two additional individuals who orchestrated the suffering: Stacey Storey, known as “Sadistic,” and “Mr. Ape,” whose identity remains hidden for safety concerns.

"The Torture King" Mike Macartney at home in Virginia
“The Torture King” Mike Macartney at home in Virginia | Joel Gunter/BBC

Law Enforcement’s Response

The British courts quickly mobilized after the BBC’s findings. Kevin Lacks-Kelly, head of the UK’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, noted that LeGresley was central to the network’s operations.

He characterized her involvement as more than mere consumption of content, calling her “unequivocally the worst case” he had ever overseen. Her actions weren’t motivated by money alone; she derived genuine pleasure from the pain inflicted.

Sarah Kite, co-founder of Action for Primates, emphasized the perverse nature of the crimes, describing the brutality as “sickening, something I had never seen previously.”

The network, initially formed on YouTube, migrated to encrypted messaging apps, reflecting a systemic issue. Despite the arrests of LeGresley, Macartney, and several other accomplices worldwide, questions remain on how to combat such crimes effectively.

The pervasive nature of encrypted platforms has enabled these individuals to evade detection for years, and LeGresley’s guilty plea only scratches the surface.

LeGresley will be sentenced on June 7th, while her associate, Adriana Orme, 55, chose not to enter a plea. Orme stands accused of disseminating obscene content and contributing to animal abuse by making a small payment to the network. Both women are out on bail under strict conditions preventing unsupervised contact with children or animals.

Meanwhile, authorities continue to work with their international counterparts. In Indonesia, the police detained Asep Yadi Nurul Hikmah, one of the network’s most brutal torturers, and M. Ajis Rasjana, who were both convicted of animal torture.

This investigation has shown the grotesque capabilities of humanity when driven by twisted desires. The global reach of the internet provides unprecedented challenges for law enforcement, who struggle to keep up with evolving technology and cunning perpetrators.

As LeGresley and her accomplices await sentencing, animal rights activists are left questioning what more can be done to protect these creatures from the internet’s worst predators.