Thanks for your input, Rod. You bring up some interesting and salient points.
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Here's another couple of snippets from Wilkes' W-TFV.
"[In] 1932...Parry had admitted three charges of stealing money from telephone kiosks in Liverpool cafes, and was fined fifteen pounds...Parry had asked the court to take into consideration...two further offences of stealing money from phone boxes."
In my view, Qualtrough's fumbling with the buttons in the Anfield 1627 kiosk may just have been an attempt to bamboozle the operator into giving him a free phone-call, the sort of thing a relentless, habitual con-artist with a penchant for ripping-off phone-boxes might do without a second thought...
Wilkes' interview with Jimmy Tattersall, Parry's boyhood friend, was illuminating. "Parry said it was very sad that Wallace had been accused of the murder."
The whole of Liverpool was divided over the case, with everyone having an opinion, one way or another as to Wallace's guilt. It's odd that Parry seemed to be the only person without one, and his studied impartiality amd mock-sympathy stick out like a sore-thumb, in my view.
As you may guess, I'm convinced Parry was Qualtrough, but not convinced he murdered Julia Wallace! In other words, he had to have an accomplice, who did the foul deed. That solution fits the facts far better if you think about it closely.
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Regarding the bloodied glove and the statement to the effect of 'Give it back here, that'll get me hanged'
Would it have though, if he were only an accomplice? Maybe, but definitely if he was the murderer.
Would an accomplice trust him to get rid of the gloves and iron bar, why not just dispose of them down the grid (if he did) himself. The glove/s being in his car indicate to me (if that story is true) that he is the murderer.
Just to work out now how he got all that blood off him before getting his alibi?
Well we need something to keep us guessing don't we?
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On the other hand, Parry's "alibi" for the time of the killing rests on Mrs. Olivia Brine (nee Claus), who was aged 39 in 1931. Murphy gallantly praises Mrs. Brine for her bravery in coming forward to provide the alibi, but fails to ask a rather obvious question. "I am a married woman, my husband is away at sea. I have known RG Parry for two years......"
What was the nature of Parry's relationship with Mrs. Brine? Is it possible she was blackmailed into providing the alibi by Parry? As I said, I'm convinced Parry was a psychopath, so anything is possible....
On another topic, my research indicates Lily Lloyd moved to the Isle of Man after her marriage in 1937. Quite ironic that she ended her days (she must be dead now; she'd be 97 if alive) in a place where the name Qualtrough is rather commonplace....
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Yes - a lady I correspond with from the Isle of Man tells me that the area Lily Lloyd moved to has connections with the name Qualtrough. Also the Green Lane area has links with the Isle of Man. Parry lived in Woburn Hill...
Wallace also told PC James Serjeant that name the name he was looking for was Qualthorpe.
In The Killing of Julia Wallace Jonathan Goodman tells a story of how he phoned a friend up (unbeknownst to him) and asked him to call at 25 Belgrave Mews East at 7.30 the following evening regarding a business appointment. Like the Menlove Area it was made up of North, South and West. The next time Goodman phoned the friend was vexed. Goodman apologised and asked whether he went. Yes, the friend replied and stated that he had spent over half an hour looking for it. When Goodman asked whether he had consulted a directory, the friend said 'no'...
Because a street name is not in a directory doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't exist. The Menlove Gardens area had properties that weren't that long built. It happens today that some streets aren't in the directory so I'm sure it could be possible back then.
Yes, I've always thought that Parry had a certain thing with older women...
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