Hold on! Two minutes ago you were telling me those diaries didn't have dates in or on them!
Come on, David, you are trying to have it both ways here, surely?
Ha ha. I knew you would misunderstand.
No, I didn't say that at all.
Of course diaries have dates in them. That's the whole point of a diary! What I said was that the blank pages would not necessarily have dates on them (nor the cover).
This was based on Mike ripping out the pages of the diary with the giveaway 1891 dates - i.e. those on which the author of the diary had written the 1891 dates when making diary entries - and/or removing any other signs of it being an 1891 diary before creating his forged Maybrick Diary.
But Caz, as I understand her, is trying to say that Mike Barrett would not have removed any traces of the year 1891 in the diary when he wrote the text in it and took it down to Doreen. That's the baffling part of her theory that I can't understand. Or, rather, one of the baffling parts.
I agree it would have been an utterly futile response if I had written this pile of crap, David, but I didn't. Is this why you only put speech marks at the end, because at the beginning you knew you were misquoting me but got confused as you went along and actually thought I'd written this?
You are the one confused Caz. I explained that I was trying to avoid you saying: because O&L searched their records for 1990, Barrett couldn't have acquired the scrapbook in 1990. That means that I knew you hadn't said it. Otherwise I would have put quotation marks around it.
So of course I wasn't quoting you - but "demonstrable untruth" was your expression which is why that is wrapped in quotation marks.
I don't know if O&L only searched their records for 1990, but I don't recall claiming it was the search that demonstrated an untruth in Mike's statement. I can only repeat that Mike could not have got the guard book in 1990, as he claimed, if he didn't get it until after he acquired the 1891 diary, as he claimed in the same statement. Conversely, he could not have acquired the 1891 diary before the guard book, as he claimed, if he got the guard book in 1990, as he claimed in the same statement.
If you don't know whether O&L only searched their records for 1992 then you can't demonstrate that Barrett didn't acquire the diary in 1992 can you?
And yes, I have no doubt whatsoever that 1990 was just another of Mike's dating errors, while trying to figure out how to make at least one of his various and varied forgery confessions credible when compared to facts that could be established.
Aha! So now we finally have it. You ARE saying that Barrett was telling a lie - because he must have known that he never purchased the diary at any time. It's not a delusion or an error, it's a deliberate falsehood. A statement known by Barrett to be untrue and made in order to deceive. That is precisely what you have not demonstrated.
Buggered if I know, David. Maybe Mike locked himself away until 1992 so nobody could get to know him well enough to comment. Doesn't stop people commenting here today, when they didn't know him from Adam, so I just wondered why we don't hear about his sufficient qualifications from anyone who would have been sufficiently qualified to judge back in 1992.
But it works both ways doesn't it?
Earlier you were asking me why there were no examples of people coming forward to say that Mike had sufficient qualifications to forge the diary. Well, in case I am accused of misunderstanding or misquoting you, let me quote your exact words:
"How many out of all the people who would have known Mike long before, shortly before and after 1992 have ever come forward to express the opinion that he had 'sufficient qualifications' to produce the diary - in any other sense than to hand it over for inspection?
I can't recall a single person, can you? Was he so popular that nobody who knew him was disloyal enough to say he would have been capable? Or did he use his royalties to bribe them to keep it buttoned or pretend he couldn't have forged a sick note?"
But if we don't know of anyone who knew Mike prior to 1992 who has come forward to say that he had no qualifications to forge the diary, then not being able to identify anyone who has said he did have such qualifications gets us nowhere doesn't it?
Absolutely, David. But there's a world of difference between thinking oneself capable of something and actually doing it and getting away with it. Remember, it was Robert Smith who published the diary and Robert Smith who chuckled with me over Mike's various attempts at 'creative' anything but unholy messes.
Wouldn't Robert Smith have wanted to convince himself that Mike was not capable of forging the diary? If so, his opinion doesn't seem to count for much.
I don't think there is a "world of difference" here actually. The fact that Mike thought himself to be a creative person would explain why he thought himself capable of creating the diary in the first place.
I don't want to labour the point but I keep having to repeat that Mike claims to have had the assistance of his wife. A lot of people don't believe that Jeffrey Archer wrote all those novels on his own and that his wife must have helped him. Lots of creative people need really good editors to make their work readable.
The very fact that Mike thought he could write a novel is, I believe, a good clue as to the author of the 'Maybrick' Diary.
She made an unholy mess of spelling the word rendezvous then, for a sensible woman. No dictionaries available in March/April 1992?
How does the word "sensible" translate to "incapable of making a spelling mistake"?
The thing about dictionaries is you only use them if you think you can't spell a certain word. If you think you know how to spell that word then having all the dictionaries in the word isn't going to help you.