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Official photographs as found in the police file.
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
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
The statements of Olivia Brine and Harold Denison.
The statements of Gordon Parry’s girlfriend, Lily Lloyd, and her mother Josephine Lloyd.
A hub for important files and photographs which may have forensic significance.
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
From Munro’s files.
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
Follow-up by the husband:
15:20 – 15:30 (“Definitely here before 3.30pm”): [Sighting of Wallace crying reported by Rothwell (who cycled by him) a minute or two after 15:30 at Maiden Lane.] ~15:30: ~15:30: 15:30 – 15:40: 15:45: ~16:00: ~16:00: 16:00 – 16:15: 16:00 – … Continue reading
Smithdown Lane Car Conductor: The second tram Wallace boarded after getting off of his initial tram from St. Margaret’s Church. Penny Lane Car Conductor: The third and final tram Wallace boarded after switching from the Smithdown Lane car. This took … Continue reading
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
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:
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
CLICK THE IMAGES TO VIEW IN FULL SIZE FOR READING. SAVING TO ALLOW FOR EXTRA ZOOM MAY HELP ON THE MUNRO FILES. 20/01/1931: 22/01/1931: 29/01/1931: Munro Files (#1): Munro Files (#2):
Clock Winders: Holy Trinity Church clock was accurate on the date of the murder. Alan Close (Eyewitness): After the police time tests had been carried out. According to Radio City interviews, the police were not pleased with Alan’s 18:45 claim … Continue reading
25/01/1931: 28/01/1931: 02/03/1931: 06/03/1931: 04/05/1931: Munro Files:
(Some portions appear to be missing). 03/03/1931: Munro Files:
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
A note from a surviving brother of Julia Wallace, named George Smith Dennis.
One of many tip offs and confessions received by the police. Courtesy of John Gannon.
The statement of Alan Close, whose sighting of Julia Wallace is critical in this case.
The full statement of Prudential superintendent Joseph Crewe.
The statement of James Caird, courtesy of John Gannon.
The full statement of charwoman Sarah Jane Draper.
Statements by Leslie Heaton and staff at the telephone exchange who received the “Qualtrough” call.
Tests of the routes taken by Wallace by John P. Maddock.
A transcript of the Qualtrough call dialogue as given by statements.
Statements made by Samuel Beattie, captain of the Central Chess Club who spoke to the caller “Qualtrough”. Continue reading
Courtesy of author and researcher John Gannon.
All reports made by forensic expert Professor McFall, courtesy of John Gannon. Continue reading
Courtesy of author John Gannon, the following are the statements of the Johnstons. He does not have statements from any other family members.
Although the main solution on my site makes sense of the most aspects of the case, I think I might believe something else. I could justify it with a very long article but probably not convince anyone of why this … Continue reading
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
Some possible alternative ways this crime could have taken place.
[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
Bloodstain and human tissue descriptions and locations.
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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
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
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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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
An unpublished life story memoir held by Hill Dickinson, courtesy of Antony M. Brown’s book “Move to Murder”.
A brief life story by William Herbert Wallace, quoted by Wyndham-Brown.
Personal diary entries written by Wallace, courtesy of Ronald Bartle, John Gannon and Roger Wilkes.
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.
Richard “Gordon” Parry (often referred to simply as Gordon Parry): Suspect in the murder of Julia Wallace.
Newspaper clippings regarding members of a housebreaking gang which was highly active in Liverpool at the time of the murder.
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
William Herbert Wallace: Husband of Julia Wallace, convicted and then acquitted for her murder.
In the third episode of Lucy Worsley’s “A Very British Murder”, the Wallace case received coverage.
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.
A collection of correspondence written by William Herbert Wallace himself.
The One Show’s retelling of the Wallace case, broadcast on 21/01/2020.
The story of “The Wallace Case”, Britain’s most baffling unsolved murder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Confirming or dispelling facts commonly attributed to the Julia Wallace murder case.
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Photos of locations relevant to the Julia Wallace murder case, including crime scene photos. Continue reading
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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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.
Here you will find selected newspaper clippings included in the case files at the National Archives.
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.
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.
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.
This appears to be a list of points for the prosecution, which they will attempt to use to convict William Herbert Wallace.
A report on the mental state of William Herbert Wallace during his stay in prison. He is deemed fit to stand trial.
A report of William Herbert Wallace’s stay at the Royal Southern Hospital. Admitted: 9th June 1930, Discharged: 10th July 1930. Renal deficiency suspected.
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.
A report containing details of Wallace’s character, including statements from a number of individuals who knew him personally.
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.
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.
Notes on the trial of William Herbert Wallace, written by the judge. For the unabridged transcript of the trial, please see: