Author Archives: R M Qualtrough

Letter to Goodman from Witness Constable Rothwell

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Letter to Goodman from an Individual Who Attended School with the Wallaces

10, Hertford Street, Barrow-in-Furness. March 25, 1964 Dear Sir, Thanks for letter & News Cuttings returned. Please note: Mrs. Amy Wallace (nee Blackwell), died at ___, __, aug. 1960. I knew her personally as scholars together at the Nelson Street … Continue reading

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Letter to Goodman from Latham House (Where William Went after Successful Appeal)

Latham House Broughton in Furness Lancashire March 13th 1964 Dear Sir, I am sorry I gave you the wrong date of the William Wallace release. He was released on May 21st, 1931. Came here May 23 which was Whit [Whitsun] … Continue reading

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Parry + Accomplice Theory Backup

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Letter to Goodman from Police Officer on Scene

Transcribed as follows in two parts, letter one from the wife and the second from the officer. — Letter #1: GLANRAFON. BROOKHOUSE. DENBIGH North Wales Feb, 8th 1964 Dear Sir, Re your article in the Daily Post today Feb, 8th … Continue reading

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My Sketches, Scrawlings, and Random Notes

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Postcards from Julia Wallace to the Johnstons

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Postcards sent by Julia Wallace to her neighbours the Johnstons.

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Russell Johnston (Grandson of the Johnstons)

Russell Johnston (grandson of John Sharpe and Florence Sarah Johnston) Radio City interview. Continue reading

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Audio Questions to Jonathan Goodman

Audio questions sent on a tape to Jonathan Goodman. Responses from Goodman not included. Continue reading

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Walter James Holme (Neighbour) – Statement

Goodman file statement by Walter James Holme, terraced neighbour of the Wallaces (residing at 27 Wolverton Street). Continue reading

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Richard Gordon Parry – Empire News Article

Full article by Richard Gordon Parry appearing in Empire News, regarding William and Julia Wallace, and various other alleged facts. Transcribed by John Gannon: Empire News Article – 5 November, 1933. WALLACE ACCUSED ME! Unsolved Murder Case Disclosures. “Now let … Continue reading

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Complaint from the Defence Regarding the Prosecution

This empty folder contains a note on the front. It appears to be a complaint from the defence regarding the prosecution’s failure to notify them of a witness they intended to call. The folder is empty inside.

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Mark Russell – “Checkmate” Podcast

Podcast by Mark Russell, author of “Checkmate”, for the series “House of Mystery Radio”. Continue reading

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Modern Forensic Expert Analysis of the Crime Scene #3

Detailed analysis from a highly regarded expert in the field of blood pattern analysis. They have wished to remain anonymous.
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Professor James Edward Dible – Statements and Reports

Click Images to View in Full Size. Courtesy of author and case researcher John Gannon. — Report: — Main Trial: https://www.williamherbertwallace.com/case-files/unabridged-text-of-the-trial-of-william-herbert-wallace/#jedible Transcript (John Gannon): PROFESSOR JAMES EDWARD DIBLE SWORN. EXAMINED BY MR ROLAND OLIVER. 3711. What is your full name? … Continue reading

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Corroborated Events

Here is a list of events which are corroborated (stated by more than one person interviewed). Monday 19th January, 1931 (Chess Night): ~19:15 – A call is placed from telephone box Anfield 1627 requesting the City Café (where the chess … Continue reading

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Olivia Brine and Harold Denison – Full Statements

The statements of Olivia Brine and Harold Denison.

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Lily Lloyd and Josephine Lloyd – Full Statements

The statements of Gordon Parry’s girlfriend, Lily Lloyd, and her mother Josephine Lloyd.

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Richard Gordon Parry – Full Statements

The statements of Richard Gordon Parry.

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Collection for Forensic Research

A hub for important files and photographs which may have forensic significance.

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Dr. Hugh Pearce – Statements and Evidence

Click Images to View in Full Size. Main Trial: https://www.williamherbertwallace.com/case-files/unabridged-text-of-the-trial-of-william-herbert-wallace/#hpearce Transcript (John Gannon): DR HUGH PIERCE SWORN. EXAMINED BY MR WALSH. 2125. Your name is Hugh Pierce an you are a Doctor of Medicine. Yes. 2126. QLRCP and MRCS? Yes. … Continue reading

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Statement RE the trial and Wallace’s demeanour

From Munro’s files. Letter apparently to Goodman: 16 GREAT STUART STREET EDINBURGH 3 ___-___ ____ 1.4.69 Dear Sir, I have read your book on the Wallace case with great interest and I’d like to make a few comments on it. … Continue reading

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Statements Regarding the Mackintosh Theory

The central idea in the conviction of William Herbert Wallace is that he had in fact worn the mackintosh to belabor his wife to death and escape in the alotted time free from any specks of blood. The idea that … Continue reading

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Summary of Wallace’s Collections

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Letters to Munro RE: Police Corruption (from a Police Officer & His Wife)

29/04/1931: The Friar’s Lodge, Sr. Michael’s Road, Liverpool, 28th. April, 1931. Sir, THE WALLACE CASE. Please forgive me the liverty I take in writing you. It is perhaps presumption on my part to make suggestions to you in the Wallace … Continue reading

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Anonymous Tip RE: Richard Gordon Parry

Provided and photographed by John Gannon. … To:- Mr Munro. C/o: Messrs Davis, Berthen & Munro. Solicitors. 36,Dale St.,Liverpool. re :- W.H.Wallace – case. Dear Sir, I trust you will pardon me for not desiring my identity to be known … Continue reading

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Anonymous Tip RE: William Herbert Wallace’s Insanity

Mr Munro Messrs H.I.Davies Bethern Munro 26 Dale St Liverpool Cotton Exchange Liverpool, 6th Feby 1931 Re the man Wallace that you are defending. I am informed & I believe that the West Lanes(?) Mental Board can confirm _ that … Continue reading

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Albert Wood (Prudential Employee) – Statement

Transcribed by Michael Banks: Albert Wood of 25 Ellersley Road Tue Brook Liverpool Assistant Superintendent with the Prudential Insurance Co Ltd:- I was an Agent with the Prudential until September 1929 & in that month I became Assistant Superintendent under … Continue reading

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Amy Margaret Wallace – Statements

Transcription with thanks to Michael Banks. Amy Margaret Wallace of 83 Ullet Road Liverpool Married Woman will say:- I returned to England in June 1929 & I stopped with Mr & Mts Wallace at 29 Wolverton Street Anfield Liverpool for … Continue reading

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Prudential Client Statements (Mostly from the Murder Day)

Transcriptions by Michael Banks: 15:20 – 15:30 (“Definitely here before 3.30pm”): Mrs Letitia Harrison of 11 Pennsylvania Rd Liverpool Will say:- I have known Mr Wallace for about 3 years as an agent. He was always gentlemanly in his manners. … Continue reading

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Tram Conductor Statements

Smithdown Lane Car Conductor (Thomas Phillips): The second tram Wallace boarded after getting off of his initial tram from St. Margaret’s Church. Statement #1: Thomas Charles PHILLIPS says:- “I am a tram conductor No. 3078, employed by the Liverpool Corporation … Continue reading

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Police Tram Test Time Statements

Distance from 29 Wolverton Street to the St. Margaret’s Church stop is 605 yards (William Henry Harrison, surveyor) or 608 yards (P. Julian Maddock, civil and consulting engineer). Both men agree the “request” stop at Castlewood Road on the way … Continue reading

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Harry Hewitt Cooke (Photographer) – Statements

References to photographs: Harry Hewitt COOKE says:– I am the Official Photographer of the C.I.D. Liverpool City Police. On the 21st January last I took photographs of the premises 29, Wolverton Street (produced), and numbered 6, 7 and 9. Later … Continue reading

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Official Police and Munro File Photos

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Official photographs as found in the police file.

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William Henry Harrison (Surveyor) – Statements

13641 _._. TELEPHONE BANK 8720. T/H MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS. LIVERPOOL. 28th January, 1931. ALBERT D. JENKINS, F.S.I. LAND STEWARD & SURVEYOR LIVERPOOL CORPORATION Dear Sir, 29, Wolverton Street In reply to your letter of the 20th instant, Mr. Harrison of my … Continue reading

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James Sarginson Locksmith – Statements

James SARGINSON says:- I am a locksmith carrying on business at 86 and 88 Dale Street. On Monday the 26th January I received the rim latch, produced, from Ch.Inspr.Roberts. I have examined it and found it very dirty and rusty. … Continue reading

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Constable James Rothwell – Statement

Left home at about 15:30. Cycled 0.3 miles from there to Maiden Lane and proceeded down Maiden Lane (ends around 0.4 miles from his home). Saw Wallace 0.3 to 0.4 miles after leaving home, so probably saw him at around … Continue reading

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Constable James Serjeant (Menlove Witness) – Statements

C.I.D. Office. Allerton Station. Weds. 21st January, 1931. JAMES EDWARD SERJEANT says:- I am Constable 220″F” of the Liverpool Police, attached to Allerton Station. At about 7.43 p.m. on Tuesday the 20th January 1931, I was standing at the junction … Continue reading

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Lily Pinches (Menlove Witness) – Statement

Lily PINCHES will say:- I am the manageress of the Newsagents and Tobacconists shop, 130 Allerton Road, and I reside at 56 Micawber Street. At about 8.30 p.m. [inaccurate, too late considering Johnstons’ 8.45 encounter] on Tuesday the 20th instant … Continue reading

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Police Tips & Confessions

Alleged Confession Letter: Letter to Munro Regarding a Confession #1: Letter to Munro Regarding a Confession #2: Tip #1: Apparent attempt to disguise the handwriting. Tip #2:

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Katie Mather (25 Menlove Gardens West Resident) – Statements

Katie MATHER says:- I am a married woman and reside at 25 Menlove Gardens West. On Tuesday the 20th istant, I answered the front door in response to a knock, and saw an exceptionally tall man, about 50 years, slim … Continue reading

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Sidney Hubert Green (Menlove Witness) – Statements

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Dr. Hugh Pierce – Statements

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Dr. Robert Coope – Statements & Reports

Click Images to View in Full Size. 09/04/1931 Letter: 09/04/1931 Report #1: 15/04/1931 Summary: Report #2: Main Trial: https://www.williamherbertwallace.com/case-files/unabridged-text-of-the-trial-of-william-herbert-wallace/#rcoope Transcript (John Gannon): DR ROBERT COOPE SWORN. EXAMINED BY MR ROLAND OLIVER. 3791. Is your name Robert Coope? Yes. 3792. You … Continue reading

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Edwin Herbert Wallace – Statements

Transcribed by Michael Banks. Edwin Herbert Wallace of 83 Ullet Road Liverpool Student will say:- I reside with my mother at the above address & am 19 years of age. I have known my uncle William Herbert Wallace practically all … Continue reading

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William Herbert Wallace – Statements

CLICK THE IMAGES TO VIEW IN FULL SIZE FOR READING. SAVING TO ALLOW FOR EXTRA ZOOM MAY HELP ON THE MUNRO FILES. Statement to Constable Fred Williams: Note that the constable DID NOT write this down at the time, he … Continue reading

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Milk Boy Timing Statements (Includes Elsie Wright, Metcalfe, Wildman, etc.)

Clock Winders: Central Police Offices, Dale Street. 27th Jany. 1931. John Paterson says:- I am a clock winder employed by Mssrs. Condliff & Coy, Clockmakers, 93 Dale Street. It is part of my duty to wind and correct the clock … Continue reading

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Constable Fred Williams Statements

Con.191 “G” WILLIAMS says:- In consequence of what I was told I went to No.29, Wolverton Street at 9.10p.m. 20.1.31, and after knocking at the front door it was opened by Mr.William Wallace who said, “Come inside officer, something terrible … Continue reading

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Sergeant Harry Bailey Statements

Statement #1: Harry Bailey says:- I am Detective Sergeant of the Liverpool City Police Force. At 10-10p.m. on Tuesday 20th January, 1931, I went to the house 29 Wolverton Street. In the parlour I saw the dead body of Julia … Continue reading

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Superintendent Hugh Moore Statements & Police Reports

25/01/1931: C.I.D.Special Branch, 25th January 1931. Hubert MOORE says:- I am a Detective Superintendent in the Liverpool City Police. At about 10p.m. on Tuesday the 20th.January 1931 in consequence of what I was told, I went with Detective Sergeant Fothergill … Continue reading

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Inspector Herbert Gold – Statements

William Herbert Wallace was Inspector Gold’s insurance agent. Therefore in all objective fairness Inspector Gold should not have been allowed to work on or be attached to this case. With that said, it appears that in this instance he was … Continue reading

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Important Sighting Near Wolverton Street ~20:35

Lily Hall reported seeing Wallace speaking to a stockily built man wearing a cap. Below is a statement given to Hector Munro regarding a sighting of a man matching this description (but with a felt hat) at around the same … Continue reading

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Professor James Edward Dible – Full Report

The report of Professor J. E. Dible.

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Anonymous Tip Off #2

Another tip submitted to the police.

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Note From Julia’s Brother Requesting Her Belongings

A note from a surviving brother of Julia Wallace, named George Smith Dennis.

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Anonymous Tip Off #1

One of many tip offs and confessions received by the police. Courtesy of John Gannon.

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Allan Croxton Close (Milk Boy) – Full Statement

The statement of Allan Close, whose sighting of Julia Wallace is critical in this case.

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Joseph Crewe (Prudential Superintendent) – Statements

The full statement of Prudential superintendent Joseph Crewe.

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James Caird – Full Statement

The statement of James Caird, courtesy of John Gannon.

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Sarah Jane Draper – Full Statement

The full statement of charwoman Sarah Jane Draper.

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Telephone Electrician, Operators/Supervisor and Gladys Harley Testimony

Statements by Leslie Heaton and staff at the telephone exchange who received the “Qualtrough” call.

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P. Julian Maddock – Time Tests of Tram Routes

Tests of the routes taken by Wallace by P. Julian Maddock.

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Qualtrough Call Dialogue

A transcript of the Qualtrough call dialogue as given by statements.

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City Cafe Witness (Samuel Beattie and Gladys Harley) Statements

Statements made by Samuel Beattie, captain of the Central Chess Club who spoke to the caller “Qualtrough”. Continue reading

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City Analyst William Henry Roberts – Statements and Reports

Courtesy of author and researcher John Gannon.

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Professor McFall – All Reports and Evidence

All reports made by forensic expert Professor McFall, courtesy of John Gannon. Continue reading

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John Sharpe Johnston & Florence Sarah Johnston Full Statements

Courtesy of author John Gannon, the following are the statements of the Johnstons. He does not have statements from any other family members.

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Modern Forensic Expert Analysis of the Crime Scene #2

Here is my correspondence with another forensic expert I hired. He is a doctor in forensic science and has worked as the chief medical examiner for several police forces. He has testified as the expert witness in hundreds of court … Continue reading

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Alternate Theories

Some possible alternative ways this crime could have taken place.

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Handy List of Case Facts

[WORK IN PROGRESS] A list of facts about the specifics of the case. I have left out the obvious details: Menlove Gardens was a relatively new estate and new homes were being built around the area regularly. The Wallaces used … Continue reading

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Bloodstain, Brain Matter, and Bone: Locations and Description

Bloodstain and human tissue descriptions and locations.

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Persons of Interest: Gallery & Statements

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Julia Wallace: Name: Julia Wallace (née Dennis). Class: Murder Victim. Born: Unknown or 28/04/1861 (some confusion remains over her identity). Died: 20/01/1931. Bio: Julia Wallace was murdered in her own home at 29 Wolverton Street on the 20th of December, … Continue reading

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Distraction Robbery (My Old Solution)

Previously I believed that the forerunner theory was the idea of a two-man job at Wolverton Street, in the form of a distraction robbery. There are some things that led me to this, such as the thought of what Julia … Continue reading

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Modern Forensic Expert Analysis of the Crime Scene #1

Below I will include in full my correspondence with a modern day forensic expert who I commissioned to review this case. She has worked forensics on several live homicide cases for the police.

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Julia Wallace: Biography and Life Timeline



Julia Wallace: Murder victim.

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Lily Hall – Statements & Analysis

Lily Hall’s statements with maps and diagrams.

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Morgue Photos & Post Mortem Report (Graphic)

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The only known morgue photos of Julia Wallace, clearly showing the wounding, including the strike which opened up her skull. In the opinion of a forensic doctor who is the lead forensic advisor for the CSI TV series, the gaping … Continue reading

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Memoir by William Herbert Wallace

An unpublished life story memoir held by Hill Dickinson, courtesy of Antony M. Brown’s book “Move to Murder”.

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A Brief Life Story Extract by William Herbert Wallace

A brief life story by William Herbert Wallace, quoted by Wyndham-Brown.

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The Personal Diary Entries of William Herbert Wallace

Personal diary entries written by Wallace, courtesy of Ronald Bartle, John Gannon and Roger Wilkes.

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TV Reader’s Digest – Britain’s Most Baffling Murder Case (1956)

A 1956 TV recreation of the Wallace case. The movie is rather factually inaccurate and has substituted the names of certain individuals.

Anthony Eustrel plays William Herbert Wallace.

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Richard “Gordon” Parry: Biography and Life Timeline



Richard “Gordon” Parry (often referred to simply as Gordon Parry): Suspect in the murder of Julia Wallace.

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Housebreaker News Clippings & Timeline

Newspaper clippings regarding members of a housebreaking gang which was highly active in Liverpool at the time of the murder.

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Book Reviews

A review of books on the Wallace case as well as their overall theory. — My Top Picks: #1: Murder Casebook No.25: The Perfect Murder (1990) #2: The Killing of Julia Wallace by Jonathan Goodman (1969) #3: The Killing of … Continue reading

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William Herbert Wallace: Biography and Life Timeline



William Herbert Wallace: Husband of Julia Wallace, convicted and then acquitted for her murder.

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A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley – The Wallace Case

In the third episode of Lucy Worsley’s “A Very British Murder”, the Wallace case received coverage.

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My Solution

The Wallace case has remained unsolved for almost a century. Many theories have been posited – from the plausible, to the intriguing, to the downright bizarre. Following is what I personally believe is the solution to this legendary Liverpool cold case.

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Personal Letters of William Herbert Wallace

A collection of correspondence written by William Herbert Wallace himself.

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The One Show, BBC – The Wallace Case (21/01/2020)

The One Show’s retelling of the Wallace case, broadcast on 21/01/2020.

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The Murder of Julia Wallace

The story of “The Wallace Case”, Britain’s most baffling unsolved murder.

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Wallace’s Request for the Return of Books (Includes List of Books)

A prison commission folder containing communication regarding the return of books which William Herbert Wallace had requested be given to him during his stay in prison. It appears his interests did not change while facing down the death penalty.

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Refusal to Grant Compensation Following Successful Appeal

Here is a small set of communication in a rather barren tagged folder where “Leslie Bowker” writes as to why William Herbert Wallace should receive no compensation.

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Radio City – Who Killed Julia Wallace? (1981 Documentary)

A 1981 radio documentary about the Julia Wallace cold case, hosted by author Roger Wilkes. Features interviews with relevant figures who were alive at the time of the murder.

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The Man from the Pru – 1990 Film

This is the full 1990 movie, “The Man from the Pru”, which stars Jonathan Pryce as William Herbert Wallace, and Anna Massey as Julia Wallace.

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Refutation of Rumours Wallace Had Been Hunger Striking

In these exchanges, the writers of these letters and telegrams dispute the claim (which was in newspapers at the time) that Wallace had been on hunger strike.

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Mythbusters

Confirming or dispelling facts commonly attributed to the Julia Wallace murder case.

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Crime Scene & Relevant Locations

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Photos of locations relevant to the Julia Wallace murder case, including crime scene photos. Continue reading

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Full Appeal Trial of William Herbert Wallace

Here is the full text of the appeal trial of William Herbert Wallace. His appeal was successful and his conviction overturned, with the judges unanimously deciding that the evidence did not provide the certainty necessary to justify a verdict of guilty.

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Full Text of the Trial of William Herbert Wallace (Unabridged)

Here is the trial in full, unabridged, with annotations exactly as I found them. This is more complete than Wyndham-Brown’s transcription, which is edited and leaves out various statements.

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