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Old 03-06-2018, 03:35 AM
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I've read conflicting accounts of this - some averring that he did successfully sue for wrongful arrest, others that he didn't. Anybody got a definitive answer to this question?
Can't find any report of any proceedings issued by Alphon against the Police for wrongful arrest.

On 15th August 1963 there was a report in the Daily Mirror that Alphon had issued proceedings by writ for defamation against Fenner Brockway for something the latter had said in a TV broadcast of 2nd August 1963. That is the only report of any legal action by Alphon and it does not seem to have gone any further.
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Foot (p. 304) has Alphon taking out a writ against Acott on Nov 6, 1961 alleging defamation of character and wrongful imprisonment, but I'm sure I've read somewhere that the writ was never prosecuted. It strikes me though that if Acott did have such an action hanging over him it might go some way to explaining the circumspection with which the police seemed to treat Alphon afterwards.

On a different tack, Woffinden makes reference to a report dated Nov 10, 1961, written by DS Acott which ran to at least 80 pages (on this page he describes Louise Anderson as "a neurotic woman, and unreliable as regards dates.")

I'm guessing the report was written by Acott for the Committal hearing which began 12 days later. Woffinden makes just four references to it, but I'm sure it would provide a lot more good inside info than he cared to pass on. Anybody know of any secondary sources where I could find out more about it?

Edit: The report actually ran to more than 121 pages, on which page Acott opined that Hanratty's behaviour "should be sufficient grounds for him to gain a writ on diminished responsibility."

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Old 03-06-2018, 04:12 AM
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Can't find any report of any proceedings issued by Alphon against the Police for wrongful arrest.

On 15th August 1963 there was a report in the Daily Mirror that Alphon had issued proceedings by writ for defamation against Fenner Brockway for something the latter had said in a TV broadcast of 2nd August 1963. That is the only report of any legal action by Alphon and it does not seem to have gone any further.
Thanks Spitfire. I remember reading somewhere that he didn't follow up on the Acott suit, but am unable to find it now.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:38 AM
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Suing Acott for defamation and false imprisonment ...
https://news.google.com/newspapers?i...0 71%2C917900

Suing Brockway and ITN for defamation ...
https://news.google.com/newspapers?i... 08%2C1842550

I thought there were more instances but the search function is not very good; I only found these knowing the dates.

Yes I think there is a lot that Woffinden withheld. He refers to the Sunday Times magazine article I have posted extracts from, but does not mention Charlie Jones was shown a photo of Hanratty and said emphatically that was not the man.

He says in the intro to the book that Swanwick gave him an interview (and lunch) but I cannot find any quotes from it, all Woffinden does is criticise him. As Swanwick did not say the 'right things' his comments were not passed on.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:42 AM
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Thanks Nick. Looking up the Brockway suit, I came across this in Foot: "Somehow, however, the writs against Brockway and I.T.N. have gone the same way as the writs Alphon took out against Superintendent Acott, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail – into obsolescence." (p. 336)

So it looks like Alphon never followed through on the actions, which seems a little strange given how confident his solicitor said he was that the action against Acott would succeed. I wonder why he let them lapse?
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:58 AM
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Thanks. While you have Foot to hand, can you see how he reconciles accepting that Alphon arrived at the Vienna in the evening via the Broadway House with his belief in Nudds 2nd statement?
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Thanks. While you have Foot to hand, can you see how he reconciles accepting that Alphon arrived at the Vienna in the evening via the Broadway House with his belief in Nudds 2nd statement?
I can't see that he even attempts to reconcile them. I can only surmise that he's forgotten what he wrote earlier about Alphon being sent on from the Broadway House, or he's hoping that readers won't notice the discrepancy - the Broadway item being mentioned on p. 44 and his commentary on Nudds' second statement coming 24 pages later (pp. 68-71).
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Another little oddity about Nudds' second statement is when he said he had a call from Broadway House that a Mr Bell had cancelled his booking for 22 August at The Vienna. Foot says that in the hotel diary the entry for Mr Bell for one night had been crossed out; but in the hotel register there was Mr Bell's signature! He had spent the night (a 'happy' night, Foot says....) in Room 9. Foot goes on to say that the cancellation by Mr Bell was false, and that if Nudds' second statement was 'essentially true' (Foot's words)it was 'embellished' to connect Alphon with the murder.

I think there is little doubt that Acott was under extreme pressure from the authorities as well as the media, and given the fact that Alphon never denied that he had stayed at The Vienna he was straightaway in pole position, but a few subtle little twists had to be applied to give Acott, the authorities and the public a credible suspect. I wonder if Foot genuinely accepted the meat of Nudds' second statement?

Can anyone tell me, as I can't find my copy (!) if Woffinden mentioned the Mr Bell booking?

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Old 03-06-2018, 01:39 PM
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Woffinden page 259, quoting from Galves 20-Sep-61 statement:
“Somewhere about 9pm, Mr Pischler telephoned and informed us that Mr Bell had cancelled his booking. I crossed out the entry in the diary referring to Mr Bell’s booking and at about 10pm, just before I went to bed, I told the Glickbergs that their guest, who was expected to arrive late, could occupy Room 6.”

At the trial Nudds said the police phoned him that day and asked him about Alphon, which is when he started thinking they wanted him to be framed. He also claimed a woman had changed rooms, and it was on this that he based the false Alphon change of rooms.
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So how did Foot know that Mr Bell had signed the hotel register? This doesn't make much sense to me, unless of course Mrs Galves had fallen under Mr Acott's irresistible influence. I recall reading somewhere that she was, technically, working illegally in the UK which, if true, would have given Acott a very nice lever.

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