Author Archives: R M Qualtrough

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

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’s Sighting

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. As seems to be the case with everything in the murder of Julia Wallace, everything down to even the photographs … Continue reading

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Memoir by William Herbert Wallace

An unpublished life story memoir held by Hill Dickenson, courtesy of Antony M. Brown’s book “Move to Murder”.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 Johnathan 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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Noteworthy Newspaper Clippings from the National Archives

Here you will find selected newspaper clippings included in the case files at the National Archives.

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Robert Carr Witness Statement

A man named Robert Carr very persistently pressed for his testimony to be taken into account. He claims to have seen William Herbert Wallace with his sister-in-law Amy Wallace at Scotland Road at 8 PM on the night of the murder.

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Correspondence Regarding an Anonymous Confession

The authors of these letters discuss the receipt of an anonymous postcard with a confession. The actual postcard was not inside the case file, so I was unable to photograph that.

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Justice of the Peace and Local Government Review: Entry Following Wallace’s Successful Appeal

Here, in the Justice of the Peace and Local Government Review, issued June 13, 1931, there is a lengthy discussion about the Wallace case and appeal.

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Prosecution Case Points

This appears to be a list of points for the prosecution, which they will attempt to use to convict William Herbert Wallace.

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Report of William Herbert Wallace’s Mental State

A report on the mental state of William Herbert Wallace during his stay in prison. He is deemed fit to stand trial.

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Royal Southern Hospital Report of William Herbert Wallace’s Health

A report of William Herbert Wallace’s stay at the Royal Southern Hospital. Admitted: 9th June 1930, Discharged: 10th July 1930. Renal deficiency suspected.

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William Herbert Wallace’s Application for Appeal

This is the application William sent requesting an appeal for his conviction. It includes his list of reasons as to why he deserves another trial.

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William Herbert Wallace: Character Report

A report containing details of Wallace’s character, including statements from a number of individuals who knew him personally.

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John Bull Articles (Ghostwritten Articles by Wallace About the Murder, Trial, and Release)

These articles which appeared in John Bull were ghostwritten for Wallace. It details his experiences with the murder, trial, and his theories on what happened to Julia.

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Notes Before Wallace’s Appeal

This is what appears to be notes on William Herbert Wallace and the trial, written for the appeal perhaps? A note at the end states that after this was written, the conviction was quashed. Inscriptions may be by his defendent, Roland Oliver.

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Short Notes of the Trial of William Herbert Wallace

Notes on the trial of William Herbert Wallace, written by the judge. For the unabridged transcript of the trial, please see:

https://www.williamherbertwallace.com/national-archives/unabridged-text-of-the-trial-of-william-herbert-wallace/

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