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son­ally over­see the child’s ther­apy un­der the aus­pices of the US jus­tice depart­ment, ac­com­mo­date her at the em­bassy com­pound and even reg­is­ter her at a school for chil­dren of the em­bassy staff. There was one pro­viso: he was for­bid­den to have any con­tact with his child. His ex-wife, how­ever, would be al­lowed to visit the child to mon­i­tor her ther­apy.

“I was ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated but I be­lieved her be­cause she’s sit­ting in the booth with her FBI badge; my exwife was also present, as was a po­lice of­fi­cer,” re­calls the child’s fa­ther, who now lives over­seas with his daugh­ter. “I agreed to this crazy ar­range­ment be­cause I thought it would ben­e­fit my daugh­ter and I would do any­thing to spare her fur­ther trauma.”

In re­al­ity, Mor­ri­son im­pris­oned the lit­tle girl in one of the houses she was rent­ing (but pre­tend­ing to own), reg­is­tered her at a lo­cal school as her own daugh­ter and made her call her “mommy”. The cruel ruse lasted for sev­eral months un­til the girl’s fa­ther caught on and forcibly had to re­move his child from Mor­ri­son’s clutches.

The girl’s mother did not re­spond to re­peated re­quests for com­ment.

As with the Cum­mins and PPE scams, she was never ar­rested and she con­tin­ued to im­per­son­ate an FBI of­fi­cer at the Sand­ton po­lice sta­tion.

Mor­ri­son has a crim­i­nal record in the US and had been pre­vi­ously charged with at least eight crimes dat­ing back to 1987. But she man­aged to es­cape ac­count­abil­ity, even us­ing the Sand­ton po­lice sta­tion as her per­sonal crime scene be­cause, it is claimed, she had some po­lice of­fi­cers in her pocket and one in her bed.

They were mem­bers of Sand­ton’s trac­ing task team, which con­ducted a series of sen­sa­tional ar­rests dur­ing the mid-2000s. The cop at the fore­front of this team was In­spec­tor Derek Bruce Mac­in­tosh, oth­er­wise known as Rambo Cop for his takeno-pris­on­ers ap­proach to crime.

In 2016, Mac­in­tosh re­signed as a hero. He and Mor­ri­son were lovers and his col­leagues from the trac­ing task team reg­u­larly vis­ited her lav­ish homes.

Al­though Mac­in­tosh has ac­knowl­edged the re­la­tion­ship, he says he re­grets it as “the big­gest mis­take of my life”. He also de­nies any com­plic­ity in Mor­ri­son’s al­leged scams and says that, when he voiced sus­pi­cions about her lav­ish life­style, she be­came so vi­o­lent that he ended their af­fair.

But sev­eral al­leged vic­tims and wit­nesses an­grily dis­pute his claims and have also iden­ti­fied sev­eral of­fi­cers who they al­lege were Mor­ri­son’s will­ing ac­com­plices.

In 2007, the al­leged vic­tims of the PPE Tech­nolo­gies scam and an­other bo­gus in­ves­ti­ga­tion laid charges of fraud, forgery and theft against Mor­ri­son. They al­lege that she was paid more than R1-mil­lion to con­duct the fake in­ves­ti­ga­tions, but the amounts were paid into a po­lice of­fi­cer’s ac­count, who would then hand the cash to her. The al­leged ac­com­plice (whose name is known to Spe­cial As­sign­ment) sub­se­quently turned state’s wit­ness against Mor­ri­son. But 11 years later, he has yet to tes­tify and the trial at the com­mer­cial crimes court, ap­pears to have been be­set by de­lays.

“The po­lice of­fi­cer ap­peared sev­eral times to tes­tify but there were so many de­lays and, to this day, we don’t know the sta­tus of the case,” says Ce­cily Squire, the sis­ter of the owner of PPE, who tes­ti­fied on be­half of the pros­e­cu­tion.

Spe­cial As­sign­ment con­tacted the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Joel Ngob­eni, for com­ment but he de­clined be­cause he said the case is on­go­ing.

Al­leged vic­tims still ex­press fears about lay­ing charges against Mor­ri­son at the Sand­ton po­lice sta­tion be­cause of her al­leged con­nec­tions.

Af­ter Spe­cial As­sign­ment laid com­plaints of cor­rup­tion against the Sand­ton po­lice sta­tion with the pro­vin­cial po­lice com­mis­sioner, a task team was man­dated to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions.

Headed by Brigadier David Tsot­sotso, who is the sta­tion com­man­der of the Midrand po­lice sta­tion, the task team is in­ves­ti­gat­ing Mor­ri­son’s im­per­son­ation of a po­lice of­fi­cer and her al­leged ac­com­plices, all of whom have since left the force.

Tsot­sotso de­clined to com­ment on the progress of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but has as­sured Mor­ri­son’s al­leged vic­tims that the South African Po­lice Ser­vice is tak­ing the al­le­ga­tions se­ri­ously.

The Sand­ton po­lice sta­tion is now also de­ter­mined to bring Mor­ri­son to jus­tice. In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Con­sta­ble Mpho Mo­lope is com­pil­ing the charges against Mor­ri­son be­fore her next court ap­pear­ance on Novem­ber 9. Since Septem­ber this year, six more al­leged vic­tims have laid charges against her, in­clud­ing of fraud, forgery and theft.

Born in 1961, Mor­ri­son’s maiden name was Bougardt. At the age of 15, she be­came preg­nant, left school, mar­ried her child’s fa­ther and, in Septem­ber 1978, gave birth to Ja­son Lee Mor­ri­son.

Ja­son died be­fore the age of three, a death that Mor­ri­son would later re­script, telling her al­leged vic­tims that her son was shot and killed in the US by her hus­band, who was a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“He sub­se­quently turned the gun on him­self, but didn’t die and is cur­rently in prison,” Bri­ony re­calls Mor­ri­son telling her.

Mor­ri­son also pre­tends that she now has three chil­dren.

“The loss of a child can trig­ger long-term trauma,” says psy­chi­a­trist Dr Dun­can Rod­seth.

“But it can­not jus­tify crim­i­nal­ity. So­ciopaths have no real em­pa­thy or re­morse and there is some­thing ter­ri­bly wrong with the wiring of their brains.”

He adds: “The prob­lem with try­ing to re­ha­bil­i­tate so­ciopaths is that they are far too clever in their ma­nip­u­la­tions and they are ex­tremely adept at pulling the wool over your eyes in or­der to ful­fil their nar­cis­sis­tic fan­tasies.”

Mor­ri­son de­clined to com­ment when con­fronted about all the al­le­ga­tions.

Fan­tasies: Tracy Mor­ri­son fooled the mink-and-ma­nure set with her phoney Amer­i­can ac­cent and claims of links to Hol­ly­wood, but her al­leged scams wounded many peo­ple

Po­lice pro­tec­tion: Tracy Mor­ri­son al­legedly had a close re­la­tion­ship with mem­bers of the Sand­ton trac­ing task team

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