Category Archives: Case Files

A collection of case files and documents related to the Wallace case.

Many of these files can be found at the National Archives in Kew, London. They are viewable by any member of the public at no cost.

References:

HO 144/17938
HO 144/17939
PCOM 9/293

To arrange a visit to view these files in person, please see:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4166701

Letter to Goodman from Witness Constable Rothwell

Does not appear to contain any relevant information that is not known but worth including. I was not able to locate the book referenced. Dear Sir, As a regular reader of the Liverpool ‘Daily Post’ I had occasion to observe … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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 Lancs Mental Board can confirm _ that … 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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Official Police and Munro File Photos

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Official photographs as found in the police file.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Personal Letters of William Herbert Wallace

A collection of correspondence written by William Herbert Wallace himself.

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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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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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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 – 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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