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Old 02-13-2018, 05:31 AM
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Cheers Spitfire,

Fascinating stuff. If the news article is to be taken at face value then it seems the police were indeed pulling out all the stops to find Alphon. Yet he remained elusive.
The Durrant alias makes a lot of sense, and it also allowed Alphon to retain a French sounding surname as well.
Alphon appears to have been an only child and one fathered relatively late in life. It would be interesting to know more about the life of Mr Alphon senior, who was of an age to be active in both WW1 and WW2.
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By the time that edition of The Daily Mirror hit the streets, Alphon was in police custody, as he had surrendered himself the previous night at 11.30pm at Cannon Row Police Station.

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I noticed several interesting points from that newspaper article.

Firstly, the landlady of Alphon's parents describe Peter as having 'a London accent'.

Secondly, irrelevant to the case but nevertheless interesting, Peter's father is still working at the age of 68. Possibly he did not qualify for very much in the way of a UK state pension?

I am not sure about the comment that Peter 'would make a wonderful husband'. I suspect his preferences were not in that direction? Perhaps that is why he did not stay on in the RAF after his National Service? I would have thought he could have had a very good career in the RAF with his educational background.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:32 AM
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By the time that edition of The Daily Mirror hit the streets, Alphon was in police custody, as he had surrendered himself the previous night at 11.30pm at Cannon Row Police Station.

It looks as if the Daily Mirror article was being used as a means to flush Aphon out. The article portrays the Alphon parents as being distressed by their experience, presumably the better to prick the conscience of their son.

I am assuming Alphon's handing himself in before midnight is connected to the parents being dragged into the enquiry. He would have seen an evening newspaper carrying similar details on the 22nd? Or did someone alert him to the events?
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By the time that edition of The Daily Mirror hit the streets, Alphon was in police custody, as he had surrendered himself the previous night at 11.30pm at Cannon Row Police Station.

It looks as if the Daily Mirror article was being used as a means to flush Aphon out. The article portrays the Alphon parents as being distressed by their experience, presumably the better to prick the conscience of their son.

I am assuming Alphon's handing himself in before midnight is connected to the parents being dragged into the enquiry. He would have seen an evening newspaper carrying similar details on the 22nd? Or did someone alert him to the events?
Before turning himself in, Alphon very shrewdly called both the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror to tell them who he was and what he was about to do. The Mail apparently got the drop on the Mirror by reporting Alphon's surrender in their next-morning edition. There is another possibility why the Mirror was seemingly late, and that was in those days it was technically contempt of court to report on the arrest and naming of a person prior to charges being made. (I'm not 100% sure of this: maybe someone can elaborate?). Anyway, Alphon made it absolutely sure that his surrender would be in the public eye. Whatever else he may or may not have been, he was nobody's fool. He said later that his interviewing by Acott and Oxford was 'terrifying'. As well it might have been.

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The Mirror story also has Mrs Buckman saying she's never heard of Peter Alphon, contradicting Woffinden, who affirms that Alphon did stay in Horsham with her as a child. I assume Bob's right and Mrs B was just trying to avoid the press attention?
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[i]He would have seen an evening newspaper carrying similar details on the 22nd?
Exactly what happened as he settled into a seat on a district line train at Wimbledon station about 10.30pm after a day of selling almanacs.
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There is another possibility why the Mirror was seemingly late, and that was in those days it was technically contempt of court to report on the arrest and naming of a person prior to charges being made.
There were (and still are) restrictions on what you can report after arrest. Woffinden describes how Justice spent a long time tracking down the Daily Mail version with Alphon's details, before they revised the story to report on Alphon's arrest and deleted the background information.

My first reaction was that the Mirror front page posted was their first edition - the equivalent of the Mail first edition that Justice tracked down. However it is marked +++, which I think means it is the third edition.

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There were (and still are) restrictions on what you can report after arrest. Woffinden describes how Justice spent a long time tracking down the Daily Mail version with Alphon's details, before they revised the story to report on Alphon's arrest and deleted the background information.

My first reaction was that the Mirror front page posted was their first edition - the equivalent of the Mail first edition that Justice tracked down. However it is marked +++, which I think means it is the third edition.
28 years according to Woffo, who says Justice found a copy on a vintage newspaper stall in Brighton! Top marks for persistence!

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Exactly what happened as he settled into a seat on a district line train at Wimbledon station about 10.30pm after a day of selling almanacs.

Thanks for the confirmation NickB.

But it only highlights the remarkable situation whereby the most wanted man in Britain was selling almanacs with impunity. The police knew of his connection with the almanacs but seemed powerless to find him for over a week. It does does not make sense. Such a man, believed capable of such a horrific crime, might have struck again.

As I said before, Alphon does not seem a man capable of mixing easily in a crowd. Why was it so hard to find him? 11 days for Britains' most wanted? And even then he handed himself in.
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