sad news indeed, and thank you for letting us know. She always came across as a very strong-willed person who refused to let her injuries get in the way of having a life, which was changed so dramatically in a manner it is difficult for us even to imagine. God bless.
We are suffering from a plethora of surmise, conjecture and hypothesis. - Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure Of Silver Blaze
Valerie had, latterly, devoted much of her time to advancing the rights of disabled peoples in the community. A good woman for sure.
I have no doubt she gave true and honest evidence at the trial of James Hanratty, for which he was found guilty. I also happen to think she was wrong. I think she made a false identification.
But despite my misgivings about the case I never felt the need to denigrate her evidence. It was given in open court and she never deviated from it. Her evidence is the strongest evidence in this frustrating case, albeit I happen to think it is wrong.
Valerie Storie has died, and one can congratulate her spirit that this terrible event did not destroy her. Her death also kills off (I believe) the last living witness to what happened in that automobile.
R.I.P. Valerie Storie. A brave woman to have spent the last 54 years plus confined to a wheelchair. Nevertheless I believe 100% that she made a wrong identification of James Hanratty which had fatal consequences.
************************************* "A body of men, HOLDING THEMSELVES ACCOUNTABLE TO NOBODY, ought not to be trusted by anybody." --Thomas Paine ["Rights of Man"]
"Justice is an ideal which transcends the expedience of the State, or the sensitivities of Government officials, or private individuals. IT HAS TO BE PURSUED WHATEVER THE COST IN PEACE OF MIND TO THOSE CONCERNED." --'Justice of the Peace' [July 12th 1975]