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Old 05-08-2017, 10:00 PM
RodCrosby RodCrosby is offline
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Originally Posted by John G View Post
Hi Rod,

Would you mind summarizing your theory?
Sure, John.

Parry was stalking Wallace
Parry unexpectedly appears at the chess club in November 1930, in the very room were the games are being played, shortly after the tournament is announced. "He wasn't playing chess...", notes Wallace.
Wallace 'bumps into' Parry on at least two further occasions around Christmas 1930, once on a bus, and then in Missouri Road in early 1931.

Parry made the phone call on Monday 19th January 1931
Parry had form for making hoax calls (witness Parkes) and stealing from phone boxes (criminal convictions).
But Parry makes a slip and mentions a "21st birthday" to Beattie during the call. He later forgets this, and repeats a story about a "21st birthday" both to Lily Lloyd and to the Police. [He also repeats this tale to Goodman in 1966.]
The box was little over a mile (3 minutes drive) from Lily Lloyd's, and Parry makes an unexpected brief visit there only minutes after the call.
Parry lies completely to the Police about his whereabouts on the Monday night.

Parry followed Wallace to the chess club on Monday 19th January 1931
Parry returns to Lily Lloyd's around 9pm, and makes another slip, saying he has been to "Park Lane". Park Lane is to all intents and purposes a continuation of North John Street, the location of the Chess Club...
Parry lies completely to the Police about his whereabouts on the Monday night.

Parry was in the vicinity of Wolverton Street on Tuesday 20th January 1931, although shortly after the time of the murder
By his own admission, Parry was driving around the area, only a couple of minutes from Wolverton Street, just at the time Wallace would be expected to arrive home from Menlove Gardens. Parry offered no fewer than five 'alibis' for this half-hour period between 8.30pm and 9pm., but the Police only checked the first and the last, which do in fact seem watertight.
His bizarre introduction to his third alibi, however, is suggestive of a man who is mentally fixing the point at which he must begin concealing something from the Police.
In 1966, Parry lied again, this time to Goodman, when he stated 'the Police had verified his innocence when he produced some friends with whom he had been arranging a birthday celebration' on the night of the murder. No such statement from the friends exists, and the birthday 'friend', Williamson, volunteered nothing to that effect when he called the Radio City phone-in in 1981, and revealed that far from being a 'friend', Parry was a con-artist, and a 'vicious character with a dual personality'.

Parry was intimately involved in the crime, but was not the murderer

Parkes noticed no bloodstains on Parry, which in any case Lily Lloyd and her mother would have noticed when he arrived at theirs at 9pm, had he been the killer.
However Parry demanding that Parkes wash the car inside and out, his distressed state, the discovery of the bloodstained mitten and Parry's confession to disposing of the iron bar are all highly incriminating.
Parry's exclamation 'that would hang me!' in reference to the glove is suggestive of a man one step removed from the actual murder.
Parkes' aside that shortly afterwards Parry and a mysterious 'other chap' returned to put the frighteners on him leads inexorably to the solution...

Parry was the brains behind an intended robbery, and the 'other chap' was his accomplice, who panicked and killed Julia when discovered.

Parry knew he could charm himself into the house, but he also knew he could not escape arraignment when a robbery was discovered after he had left... Therefore he must recruit an accomplice, and stay safely in the background himself. He could plan the crime, set it into motion, and arrive afterwards to divide up the spoils - and have a good laugh at Wallace's expense...

But Wallace must be lured far away, and the accomplice granted entry to the house by Julia. The Qualtrough ruse brilliantly served both purposes, and the Chess tournament offered the perfect timetable, too good to ignore. Leave a message on a Monday at the club, to get him out of the way on the Tuesday night, the best night to hit the jackpot takings. Monday 19th January was in fact the last possible date on that timetable. It was now or never...

The phone box was chosen not because it was near Wallace's house, but because it was the closest to the vantage point from which Parry and his accomplice had observed Wallace heading for the tram on the Monday night. The message must arrive at the club before Wallace because Parry was not confident he would not be recognised by Wallace if he spoke to him directly. The accomplice actually hopped on the same tram as Wallace and went all the way to North John St to verify that he did in fact enter the chess club and remain long enough to draw the reasonable inference that he had received the message. That is why Parry later headed towards North John St, after first establishing a brief 'alibi' at Lily Lloyd's. To rendezvous with the accomplice, get an update, and make final preparations for the Tuesday night...

Parry knew Julia well, and knew there was a high chance she would need to use the lavatory after receiving her visitor. That would be the opportunity to strike, with a backup that Qualtrough could ask to use the lavatory himself, if necessary.

The replaced cash-box is almost conclusive evidence that it was rifled while Julia was alive, when her back was turned. But there was a fatal error...
Qualtrough was clumsy, and in his haste spilled loose coins from the box onto the hearth. Why was he clumsy?
'It was a thumb, and all fingers', said Parkes, in reference to the mitten-glove he later discovered in Parry's car.

Upon returning to the kitchen, Julia notices the coins and realises what is going on. She attempts to leave the house, which was why she was carrying the mackintosh. There is some kind of confrontation in the parlour. Qualtrough grabs the first object to hand - the bar - and brains her. Qualtrough takes the bar with him, for protection, in case he encounters a returning Wallace, or anyone else, and makes the short walk to the pre-arranged pickup point, the pitch-black dark recreation ground opposite Richmond Park...

Minutes later, Parry arrives, grinning from ear-to-ear, only to find out that something has gone very, very wrong. Not much time for talking, they must get away. Qualtrough is dropped off at his home, and Parry is left with the bar and the glove to dispose of. The enormity of his situation doesn't fully register until Parry returns home from Lily Lloyd's after 11pm, and learns for certain of the murder. He races round the corner to Atkinson's garage where he knows only simple, pliable John Parkes will be on duty in the early hours. But he has some kind of breakdown in front of Parkes, giving enough concern for Parkes to confide in his boss, and the boss's wife the following morning. But no-one cracks until Wallace is convicted...

The Great Detective once said "There should be no combination of events for which the wit of man cannot conceive an explanation." [The Valley of Fear, 1915]

My theory fits the combination of events, and the available evidence almost perfectly. There is nothing outlandish or improbable about it. Therefore it is the correct solution.
"I make a point of never having any prejudices, and of following docilely where fact may lead me."

Sherlock Holmes, in The Adventure of The Reigate Squires
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