"Either Mike was getting everything wrong then, or the affidavit was not even in his words because Alan Gray composed it from what Mike had told him and Mike didn't read it through properly to see how badly Gray had mangled everything. I don't give two hoots which it is, but either way it doesn't help make it any more a reflection of reality."
The implication, apparently, is that if Mike had read through his affidavit "properly" he would have been able to ensure that it was a "reflection of reality". Seriously? This from the person who tells us (in so many words) that Mike had no grasp on reality.
No, the suggestion is that Alan Gray interrogated Mike and, on the basis of his answers, drafted his affidavit which was accurate to the extent that it was based on what Mike had told him but messed up the chronology, either because Mike had not been clear about it or Gray had misunderstood it. This strikes me as perfectly plausible and a perfectly reasonable suggestion but Diary Defenders don't like it because it provides a sensible explanation for why there are be dating errors in the affidavit. The Diary Defenders love the dating errors because they can use them to undermine the basic story being told in that affidavit. Once the dating errors are explained it causes them a real problem.
But the dating errors have not been 'explained', David. How could they be, without Mike or Alan Gray here to explain them? Were you not the one who initially suggested Alan Gray may have drafted the affidavit, and that Mike may have signed it without reading it through carefully enough? Allowing it was Mike's signature on it, isn't that what you are still suggesting? That Mike was not 'clear' about the chronology, or that Gray had misunderstood it? Either Mike read it through and didn't notice the mess Gray had made of it, or he didn't read it through - or worse, from your point of view, he read it through and agreed with it! Which one are you going to plump for?
If your 'Diary Defenders' love those dating errors, are you saying everyone else hates them? If so, it would be enormously helpful to you, and to all those who believe in the 11 day creation, if you could rewrite Mike's affidavit, correcting his dates where appropriate, to what he obviously intended them to be, and what they would have been, if only he had been clearer when talking to Gray, or if only Gray had been paying closer attention. That way, we'll all know exactly what we are meant, or not meant to believe.
The way I see it, the one element which sticks out most like a sore thumb is the little red diary, because Gray most likely had no clue that it was obtained two years too late to have any possible relevance to a forgery supposedly created over 11 days in early 1990 - a date seemingly set in stone in the affidavit for the whole forgery process, including the purchase of all the materials. Had Gray known the enquiry which produced the red diary hadn't even been made until mid-March 1992, he'd surely have advised Mike not to mention it in conjunction with all the forgery related events from two years earlier!
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Okay so here's a challenge to all members of this forum. Please explain to me in plain English the meaning of last two paragraphs of #65 and the meaning of what was said after the word "Naughty" in #68. If no-one can do it then we can safely assume it can't be done.
I see that no-one has managed to do this and I'm perfectly satisfied that it's not humanly possible.
We have a new addition to the canon of incomprehensible posts today as I find #91 impossible to understand. By which I don't mean that I don't understand the words, I just don't understand the purpose other than to simply fill space, giving the appearance of being a response while saying nothing worthwhile. I have already provided a clear and sensible explanation for the dating errors in Mike's affidavit, namely that it was drafted by Alan Gray who was confused by what Mike had told him, and Mike either didn't read it properly or at all before signing it. As I have said, it is "perfectly plausible and a perfectly reasonable suggestion."
Once we take into account that the basic text of the Diary was drafted in 1991 (because 1990 is a fairly obvious typo), possibly with the assistance of Tony Devereux, but was transcribed into the recently acquired scrapbook during an 11 day period in March/April 1992, after the failure of the attempt with the little red Diary, everything makes sense.
My goodness, one only has to spot an error in Inside Story and one of the authors goes into full meltdown!!!
No-one was criticising any of the authors of Inside Story for making a mistake, that would be ridiculous.
The issue was that the mistake, having been identified, was not acknowledged but was being said, in effect, to be irrelevant and utterly inconsequential. Thus we were told sarcastically "I'm sure those ten days would have made all the difference to Voller's opinions."
I pointed out the hypocrisy of this kind of statement allied with a compulsion to correct Director Dave's claim that 30th October 1995 was a bank holiday, as if THAT would have made any difference Voller's opinion.
The issue here is that once a mistake is identified it should be acknowledged and, if possible, corrected whether it is a big mistake or a little one.
For example, only the other day I noticed that I had made a dating error of a letter by Sir Charles Warren in an online article and corrected it, on this forum, from 23 October 1888 to 22 October 1888. Did that single day make any difference to the content or significance of Warren's letter? None at all. But it was a mistake and therefore needed to be corrected (and will also be corrected in the online article) regardless of its importance.
It's perfectly obvious that one person on this forum simply will not admit calmly, openly and without attempting to create distractions that they too sometimes make mistakes. I find it sad that they must be so insecure they just can't do it without at the same time having to point out mistakes in others in a pathetic attempt to justify their own.
I still don't know whether the meeting with Voller was on 20th or 30th October 1995 and no clarification has been provided on this point. If the authors of Inside Story, or any of them, don't know the date of the meeting then perhaps they can simply say so.
I was reading through some archived posts recently and noticed that on 8 June 2005 you posted:
I seem to recall that shortly after Mr. Barrett revealed the existance of a certain blank maroon diary (some three years after the fact) a real-life honest-to-goodness bookseller was traced and did remember a very curious purchaser named Barrett, who made the highly "unusual request" roughly six weeks before anyone laid an eye on the Maybrick diary. This man (the bookseller) was utterly unknown. He never came forward, and never would have come forward except for the fact that he was traced. It still remains one of the only independently verified actions of Barrett before he showed up in London. And a curious one at that.
I'd never heard of this before. Can you tell us any more about it?
To RJ Palmer: I'd never heard of this before. Can you tell us any more about it?
My apologies if I sounded cryptic. I don't there is anything new here.
One argument kicked around in 2005 was that Mike & Anne's purchase of the maroon diary must have been innocent because they went through a bookseller and Anne ultimately paid for the purchase with a personal cheque, thus leaving a "paper trail." Since they didn't try to hide the purchase, it MUST have been innocent. (the argument ran).
In truth, such was not the case. I think all I was pointing out is that despite all the publicity the Maybrick Diary received in 1993-1994, Martin Earl never came forward.
When Shirley Harrison eventually contacted Earl he did remember the request for a Victorian Diary because it was so 'unusual,' but that doesn't mean he ran to the police, or put two and two together when (or if) he saw the name 'Barrett' splashed in the newspapers.
We also kept hearing that maybe this otherwise innocent Liverpool couple merely "wanted to see what a Victorian Diary looked like."
If such were the case, why didn't they simply bring the maroon diary along with them to London in April 1992 and hand it to Doreen Montgomery? "Here's something we very recently purchased, maybe it will help for comparison purposes." After all, one of the first things Shirley Harrison did was bring the Maybrick scrap album around to booksellers, the British Museum, etc., to see if it was a Victorian era album. Yet, neither then, nor in two long years---even when the Diary's paper was being tested---did Mike and Anne ever mention this "innocent" purchase.
The obvious explanation is that they were trying to keep it a secret.
I guess I don't get it. Apparently Keith Skinner, Robert Smith, Caz Morris, Paul Begg, and other people that have met Mike Barrett don't see him as a forger.
But Barrett is the bloke who was standing on the sidewalk when the building exploded, and Barrett was the one who was trying to buy a stick of dynamite 5 weeks earlier. And of course, Barrett is also the one who tried to keep his career as a literary hack a secret by lying about the purchase date of the pc/wp.
Ah right, gotcha, but yes good point about Martin Earl not coming forward despite the publicity. I still can't think why Mike wanted a diary with those specifications other than to forge a Victorian diary.