Derek’s Place

They came to stay. King told friends he’d become a kind of social worker, even a de facto foster parent. He rented out the top floor of his townhouse for a couple of years to TV production company Cinco Cine; a friend remembered, “He used to drop blankets and food left over from film shoots to the streetkids over Grafton Bridge at night… We were seriously under the impression that he was being compassionate towards them, with no other motives.”