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 about a fortnight. After I had stayed with them I went to visit relations of mine, & I eventually (September 1929) came to stay in Ullet Road in a flat at No 83, with my son Edwin Herbert ^ Wallace. In the Summer of 1929 I went with Mr & Mrs Wallace for a holiday in Anglesey. I found Mr & Mrs Wallace very happy & comfortable together & I never hear any quarrels between them.

During the past two years Mr Wallace learned the violin, as his wife played the piano very well & he told me that it would be company for her. I am interested in music, but only play to amuse myself. I visited the Wallaces fairly frequently, as they were usually at home together in the evenings. When I went alone I went in the daytime & in that case I would usually find Mrs Wallace alone. If I went in the evening I frequently took my son with me, & very often Mr & Mrs Wallace would play to us for an hour or so. Everything about the household was perfectly normal & seemed very happy. [__]

On the evening of Sunday 18th Jan last I was at Wolverton with my son, & everything passed [?] off in the usual way. As usual, the Wallaces were very comfortable & happy. Except that Mrs Wallace had a cold. Mrs Wallace was telling us about a burglary about two doors down the road!

I called again on Tuesday afternoon & was then alone. I said go with my to the Pantomime on Sunday Friday. She wanted to make tea, but I said I would not stay. Mrs Wallace told me that her husband had been down to Chess the night before & had had a phone message to go to see someone & as far as I can remember it was someone in the Calderstones District. But Mrs. Wallace did not know the name of anyone in that district but she thought it was for business. I left about 4.30 p.m., & never saw Mrs Wallace alive again.

About ten past ten on the same evening I heard people coming upstairs at my flat; & thought it would be Mr Wallace but it was really some people to tell us about the tragedy. Mr Wallace arrived about 4 a.m., & They said Mr Wallace was in great trouble & could we come over to his house. I & my son went there at once & was taken in to the house by the back way, having been directed to do so by the Police. Mr Wallace was sitting by the fire in the back room almost heart broken, very much cut up, & crying. Usually he is rather a calm man, but that night he was very much upset indeed, as was to be epected. He had to go with the Police to make a statement, & we ourselves left a little sometime about twelve.

Before Mr Wallace left I asked him to come to my house, & he arrived about 4. a.m. The Police came with him, & took my statement. Mt Wallace was very deeply upset. He did not take his clothes off at all that night; I made a couch up for him in the lounge. He had ^ had some brandy when he was at home
The day afterwards I think he had to go to the Police. He did not come back to us at all that day. We expected him back that night, but he did not arrive. (We are not on the telephone). He told me afterwards that he had stopped at 29 Wolverton St. After that night he stayed with me continuously until the time of the arrest, continuing extremely grieved & hardly eating at all. He said it he was only eating to keep himself going.

He went to his wife’s funeral on ^ the Saturday morning after the murder. After in conversation with me he said he would miss his wife terribly, & I said “Yes, naturally, because she’s looked after you so well.” He would keep on telling me what Julia used to do, for instance, “Julia used to cook it in this way”, to which I replied “Well, this is my way of cooking it.”

Mr W

Amy M. Wallace

Mr Wallace was however not a strong man, & relied on his wife a great deal to look after him. She did it without [his? Word cut off by paper] bothering, & for example she would change his bed clothes when he had been out collecting. She always said that he should not have anythign damp on.

Mr Wallace normally never never came over to Ullet Road alone, but he & his wife used to come together.

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