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    http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/j...6/HANRATTY.htm

    article 128.

    Counsel acting for the Hanratty family agreed with counsel acting for the Crown that Alphon "could not have been" the A6 murderer: this means that the Hanratty family must now accept this as being true.

    The phrase highlighted above is unequivocal: it wasn't Alphon as even Hanratty's surviving family have accepted through their own counsel.

    So where does this leave the argument that Hanratty was innocent? Is it really credible to conjecture that another individual was responsible, someone who totally escaped Police notice at the time and since? Or is the only rational thing to do to acknowledge that this exoneration of Alphon, combined with all the other factors and evidence which suggest Hanratty's guilt, leave us with one inescapable conclusion...

    Hanratty was guilty.

    Views (expressed politely and without bullying tactics) please.
    babybird

    There is only one happiness in life—to love and be loved.

    George Sand

  • #2
    Hi Jen,

    There are a couple of ways of denying the DNA evidence which can be summarised as:-

    1. Hanratty's DNA is derived from contamination and there wasn't enough of the rapist's DNA to detect, therefore there is no profile and anyone including Alphon could have committed the crime.

    This would be surprising given that the rapists was found to be a type O secretor blood group in 1961, so there was some DNA there contained in semen, and if VS DNA can survive whatever happened to the knicker fragment you need to find a reason why the rapist's wouldn't , and likewise for MG (type AB secretor blood group).

    2. LCN the DNA technique used suffers from the fact that you are looking for such a small sample that some errors can occur, known as allelic drop-in where a peak appears that shouldn't, and drop-out, where a peak doesn't appear but should, so the extremely remote possibility exists that all 13-26 peaks of the rapists (eg. Alphon) profile dropped-out, and those peaks that were detected that matched Hanratty's profile dropped-in in exactly the right place.

    So essentially, if you doubt the DNA then you can accuse whoever you like and Alphon sought every opportunity to involve himself in the case, after being one of a number of hotel and guest house guests to be reported to the police for behaving suspiciously in the days following the crime. Without defining what "suspicously" means.

    KR,
    Vic.
    Truth is female, since truth is beauty rather than handsomeness; this [...] would certainly explain the saying that a lie could run around the world before Truth has got its, correction, her boots on, since she would have to chose which pair - the idea that any woman in a position to choose would have just one pair of boots being beyond rational belief.
    Unseen Academicals - Terry Pratchett.

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    • #3
      hi Vic

      thanks for that, and yes i would agree that it is very unlikely that no sign of the rapist's DNA would have survived, yet VS's and MG's would have.

      But my point really was the fact that counsel acting for Hanratty's family were in agreement with counsel acting for the Crown that Alphon "could not have been" the A6 murderer: the terminology being used is definite. It was not made in terms of "most probably wasn't" or "remote possibilty of being", which leaves room for doubt. It was absolute, definite, "could not have been."

      Terms which were accepted by the Hanratty family's counsel and therefore by the Hanratty family. If they, presumably his biggest supporters, accept now that the A6 murderer could not have been Alphon, where does that leave the investigation, and the claims that it wasn't Hanratty? Is it conceivable that there is someone else out there who it could have been? Seems very unlikely to me.

      I'd love to see the actual DNA report...do you (or does anyone else) know whether it is available anywhere?
      babybird

      There is only one happiness in life—to love and be loved.

      George Sand

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      • #4
        Originally posted by babybird67 View Post
        I'd love to see the actual DNA report...do you (or does anyone else) know whether it is available anywhere?
        Ring Sir Geoffrey Bindman, he is the Hanratty family's solicitor. His phone number is 020 7833 4433. His email address is:
        g.bindman@bindmans.com

        Or you could contact the FSS directly and ask for them to provide you with the actual test results. I would imagine that you would have to pay at least £1500 plus purchase tax for the privilege. That is if you can explain the reasons for wanting the data in the first place.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by babybird67 View Post
          It was not made in terms of "most probably wasn't" or "remote possibilty of being", which leaves room for doubt. It was absolute, definite, "could not have been."
          Hi Jen,

          Equally definite is "the DNA evidence standing alone is certain proof of James Hanratty’s guilt" and if he did then Alphon can't have done.

          Also "By way of postscript we should record that it has been agreed by Mr Sweeney and Mr Mansfield that on the evidence now available Peter Alphon could not have been the murderer. It is understood that this agreement arose out of the DNA evidence."

          I'd love to see the actual DNA report...do you (or does anyone else) know whether it is available anywhere?
          I'd love to see it too, especially the specifics such as how many matches were there between the semen profile, Hanratty's and the less conclusive hanky profile.

          Reg's post suggests to me that Woffinden has a copy of the report too, although I do not think it's completely established that they are deliberately suppressing it to obscure how decisive the match is.

          KR,
          Vic.
          Truth is female, since truth is beauty rather than handsomeness; this [...] would certainly explain the saying that a lie could run around the world before Truth has got its, correction, her boots on, since she would have to chose which pair - the idea that any woman in a position to choose would have just one pair of boots being beyond rational belief.
          Unseen Academicals - Terry Pratchett.

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          • #6
            hi Vic

            Originally posted by Victor View Post
            Hi Jen,

            Equally definite is "the DNA evidence standing alone is certain proof of James Hanratty’s guilt" and if he did then Alphon can't have done.
            Absolutely. I was trying to tease out the following points really.

            The Hanratty family disputes the DNA results which prove as far as is possible to prove Hanratty's guilt, as far as i can establish, citing contamination? I know this was the attitude of Foot who suggests something must be wrong with the science and did not apparently allow those results to sway him from his conviction that Hanratty was innocent.

            However - the Hanratty family have not disputed the fact that it has been established that Alphon "could not have been" (i.e., definitely was not) the A6 murderer, since it is stated specifically in the Appeal Judgement that their counsel accept this to be the case.

            It follows from this, that if they are still disputing the guilt of JH, whilst accepting the innocence of Alphon, somebody completely off the radar must have been responsible...and how likely is that scenario, especially when combined with all the other pieces of evidence suggesting JH's guilt?


            I'd love to see it too, especially the specifics such as how many matches were there between the semen profile, Hanratty's and the less conclusive hanky profile.
            Wouldn't it be enthralling reading? Although the cost quoted by Reg is prohibitive for me sadly. I should think everyone interested in the case would be over the moon to read all the details of that evidence...imagine how much more knowledge we would have specific to the case!

            Reg's post suggests to me that Woffinden has a copy of the report too, although I do not think it's completely established that they are deliberately suppressing it to obscure how decisive the match is.
            I would hope in the interests of truth it would not be being deliberately suppressed, although of course it is possible. The terms expressed in the Judgement of Appeal were exceptionally definite though, weren't they. There was no room for doubt at all in coming to the conclusions that were drawn, even having considered the possibility of contamination.
            babybird

            There is only one happiness in life—to love and be loved.

            George Sand

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            • #7
              I don’t know whether the family ever fingered Alphon, but Foot and other defenders of JH did. I think they were barking up the wrong tree even without the DNA evidence.

              There would have been many things that Valerie had not told the police that only she and the culprit knew. If Alphon were the culprit he could very easily have mentioned these. Even if he had only mentioned a few they would have interested Valerie and she could have asked specific questions to test him further.

              There were probably even things that the culprit could have mentioned that only the police knew. Or things that could have been checked out – like where he drove the car - and upon investigation been validated.

              Valerie and the police knew he was talking rubbish.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Victor View Post
                Reg's post suggests to me that Woffinden has a copy of the report too, although I do not think it's completely established that they are deliberately suppressing it to obscure how decisive the match is.
                Reg's post shouldn't suggest to anyone that Bob Woffinden, or anyone else for that matter, has a copy of the report.

                I posted where it could be obtained.

                What would you gain out of getting it anyway? You would still have to have the results looked at by someone who knows what they are doing.

                If Babybird67 thinks the actual cost of getting the data is prohibitive, just think how much an independent DNA expert would charge to produce a full report. How much did Dr Dan Krane charge to evaluate the LCN DNA evidence in Hoey? I don't know. You tell me.

                Bob Woffinden, if you recall, compiled the 400 odd page report that formed the basis of the CCRC investigation into the case in the 1990's.

                To accuse they which I take to mean Bob and myself of suppressing documents and information that they both regard as dubious is not only stupid but counterproductive to your own arguments; which come solely from your holy script which is the appeal ruling, which you continue to quote as being true.

                Get real man.....I want to see it more than you do...put it that way. That is why I am doing some real work in this case rather than just sitting back and pooh poohing everyone who disagrees with you. I am in contact with people actually involved in the case...which is a darn sight more than you.

                But you are right in one sense. I wouldn't give you any new facts about the case even if I was on my death bed. The only reason being that in my humble opinion you don't deserve any.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NickB View Post
                  I don’t know whether the family ever fingered Alphon, but Foot and other defenders of JH did. I think they were barking up the wrong tree even without the DNA evidence.

                  There would have been many things that Valerie had not told the police that only she and the culprit knew. If Alphon were the culprit he could very easily have mentioned these. Even if he had only mentioned a few they would have interested Valerie and she could have asked specific questions to test him further.

                  There were probably even things that the culprit could have mentioned that only the police knew. Or things that could have been checked out – like where he drove the car - and upon investigation been validated.

                  Valerie and the police knew he was talking rubbish.

                  Hello Nick,

                  I agree with you that there were things only known to the gunman and Valerie about what happened in the car. Obviously Gregston had left us.
                  Peter Alphon said he could prove it was him in the car because only he and Valerie would know of one thing that happened. When you read a certain passage of Valerie’s evidence it does make peculiar reading in respect to that claim.

                  By the way Nick, although I regard both Foot and Woffinden in the highest regard, there are other ways of finding out some obscure ‘facts’ in the case without having to read their publications.

                  Tony

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tony View Post
                    By the way Nick, although I regard both Foot and Woffinden in the highest regard, there are other ways of finding out some obscure ‘facts’ in the case without having to read their publications.

                    Tony
                    Really Tony?

                    I am glad you are of that opinion. Others seems to think posters shouldn't even have an opinion of their own without having read them!
                    babybird

                    There is only one happiness in life—to love and be loved.

                    George Sand

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by reg1965 View Post
                      Reg's post shouldn't suggest to anyone that Bob Woffinden, or anyone else for that matter, has a copy of the report.
                      Of course it does. Woffinden says he had access to all Bindman's documentation, especially when producing the submission for the appeal.

                      What would you gain out of getting it anyway? You would still have to have the results looked at by someone who knows what they are doing.
                      You already know I'm a postgraduate chemist, so I know what I'm doing.

                      Bob Woffinden, if you recall, compiled the 400 odd page report that formed the basis of the CCRC investigation into the case in the 1990's.
                      During which time he had access to Bindman's documentation, I know.

                      To accuse they which I take to mean Bob and myself of suppressing documents and information that they both regard as dubious is not only stupid but counterproductive to your own arguments
                      I clearly stated that "I do not think it's completely established that they are deliberately suppressing it to obscure how decisive the match is"

                      Get real man.....I want to see it more than you do...put it that way. That is why I am doing some real work in this case rather than just sitting back and pooh poohing everyone who disagrees with you. I am in contact with people actually involved in the case...which is a darn sight more than you.
                      You are pooh poohing everyone who disagrees with you, you only have to read your recent uprovoked outburst at Jen (babybird) to show that.

                      But you are right in one sense. I wouldn't give you any new facts about the case even if I was on my death bed. The only reason being that in my humble opinion you don't deserve any.
                      I have no problem with that, it just means that you've got zero chance of proving Hanratty isn't a vicious murderer and rapist.

                      KR,
                      Vic.
                      Truth is female, since truth is beauty rather than handsomeness; this [...] would certainly explain the saying that a lie could run around the world before Truth has got its, correction, her boots on, since she would have to chose which pair - the idea that any woman in a position to choose would have just one pair of boots being beyond rational belief.
                      Unseen Academicals - Terry Pratchett.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by babybird67 View Post
                        Really Tony?

                        I am glad you are of that opinion. Others seems to think posters shouldn't even have an opinion of their own without having read them!
                        Hello Babybird,

                        Nothing to do with the case for a moment but, Babybird, I have just put a baby hedgehog in a cardboard box in my kitchen; it doesn’t look too well but it has just started making a lot of scratching noises. I’ll go and have a look at it in a minute to see how it’s going on.

                        Now then anybody can have an opinion about anything. Well that’s what makes for an interesting life.

                        I have an opinion about lots of things including the A6 case. I believe Hanratty was the victim of a miscarriage of justice just as a bloke who lived not far away from me was and who suffered the same fate. His case was never such a celebrated one as we are discussing right now; but equally disturbing nevertheless.

                        As for the A6 case, and yes I have stood in the waxworks at Blackpool and looked at James Hanratty; he was stood beside Adolf Hitler whose arm had fallen off, he somehow did not look as menacing giving his nazi salute with his uniform sleeve flapping about, people are passionate about it all right.
                        I do think you need to read both Foot and Woffinden, apart from being good reads, they are virtually what we all base our scripts on.

                        If like me you support Hanratty you will continue to do so. Most of my mates believe he was certainly guilty and they say they have nothing to prove; he was tried, found guilty, executed and his 2002 appeal was rejected. They have nothing more to say on the matter but give me a wry smile if I ever bring it up.
                        I would certainly not get carried away and fall out with anybody about it. In fact if that situation were to arise I would exit stage left pronto.

                        I have gone out of my way to find Paul Foot to speak to him about the case (having found him I could not get close enough to him to discuss it). I have been to night classes to research it and I have read every article and seen every documentary I have been able to.

                        I have spent 38 years trying to gain more knowledge and gather as much information as I can. I hope you will do the same.

                        Tony.

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                        • #13
                          hello Tony

                          Originally posted by Tony View Post
                          Hello Babybird,

                          Nothing to do with the case for a moment but, Babybird, I have just put a baby hedgehog in a cardboard box in my kitchen; it doesn’t look too well but it has just started making a lot of scratching noises. I’ll go and have a look at it in a minute to see how it’s going on.

                          Now then anybody can have an opinion about anything. Well that’s what makes for an interesting life.

                          I have an opinion about lots of things including the A6 case. I believe Hanratty was the victim of a miscarriage of justice just as a bloke who lived not far away from me was and who suffered the same fate. His case was never such a celebrated one as we are discussing right now; but equally disturbing nevertheless.

                          As for the A6 case, and yes I have stood in the waxworks at Blackpool and looked at James Hanratty; he was stood beside Adolf Hitler whose arm had fallen off, he somehow did not look as menacing giving his nazi salute with his uniform sleeve flapping about, people are passionate about it all right.
                          I do think you need to read both Foot and Woffinden, apart from being good reads, they are virtually what we all base our scripts on.

                          If like me you support Hanratty you will continue to do so. Most of my mates believe he was certainly guilty and they say they have nothing to prove; he was tried, found guilty, executed and his 2002 appeal was rejected. They have nothing more to say on the matter but give me a wry smile if I ever bring it up.
                          I would certainly not get carried away and fall out with anybody about it. In fact if that situation were to arise I would exit stage left pronto.

                          I have gone out of my way to find Paul Foot to speak to him about the case (having found him I could not get close enough to him to discuss it). I have been to night classes to research it and I have read every article and seen every documentary I have been able to.

                          I have spent 38 years trying to gain more knowledge and gather as much information as I can. I hope you will do the same.

                          Tony.
                          I appreciate your post and your knowledge regarding the case and i will certainly read Foot and Woffinden as soon as Graham posts them to me. I absolutely love to learn and this case has caught my imagination. I'd love to know more about the France family for example and whether Dixie is a possible candidate for having supplied the gun, leading to his subsequent suicide. I'd actually love to read the original trial transcripts but, if i am not mistaken, they are only available in person in Bedford and are incredibly long and that just isn't possible at the moment.

                          You stand out Tony as one of the more rational and courteous posters on the A6 thread, a fact of which you should be proud.

                          I look forward to learning much from you.



                          Jen
                          babybird

                          There is only one happiness in life—to love and be loved.

                          George Sand

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tony View Post
                            Peter Alphon said he could prove it was him in the car ....
                            Yes, so Alphon’s claims were testable. If he had compiled a list of things only the two of them would know, and they were true, that would be compelling.

                            Of course there is also the problem of his voice.

                            I’ve been reading about Steinie Morrison - another house burglar with no history of violence tried for murder. Unfortunately there are only passing references to that case on this forum.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by NickB View Post
                              Yes, so Alphon’s claims were testable. If he had compiled a list of things only the two of them would know, and they were true, that would be compelling.

                              Of course there is also the problem of his voice.

                              I’ve been reading about Steinie Morrison - another house burglar with no history of violence tried for murder. Unfortunately there are only passing references to that case on this forum.
                              Hello again Nick,

                              Mate I do not know how much you know of this case but Peter Alphon said something happened in the car that could only be known to himself and Valerie Storie.
                              I have a lot of her court room evidence and some of the things she says are a bit odd with regards to the Peter Alphon suggestion.

                              If you know what I am on about then that is fair enough if you don’t just ask me on here to send you a PM about it and the significant part of Valerie’s evidence in court.

                              I shall also send it to my good pal Julie Limehouse who is by a country mile the most sensible person on here and I would advise you to look to her for guidance about the case.

                              Tony.

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