My apologies for the rather basic question; I'm no expert, nor even a competent amateur, when it comes to the Wallace case (I certainly have a lot of reading to do) but here goes.
The defense theory is that the whole 'Qualtrough' episode was a ploy to get Wallace out of the house on Tuesday night. Fair enough; it is reasonable argument.
However, Wallace was already out of the house on Monday night, and 'Qualtrough' was evidently even aware of this fact, having called down to the chess club.
So why not just bump off Julia or rob the house on Monday night? Did anyone come up with a credible theory as to why Tuesday would have been preferable to Monday for the murder? Was a payment due to be made into the cash box, or something along those lines?
Yes. I did.
Murder was not the objective... Burglary was.
The Qualtrough call served two purposes. To get Wallace out, and get 'Qualtrough' in, which obviously could not have been achieved on the Monday.
Moreover, Tuesday should also have presented jackpot taking for the burglar, and a Monday night chess-game for Wallace presented an opportunity and a motive for the phone call, too good to ignore.
But as often in such cases, something went wrong in the execution, and Julia Wallace lost her life...
Both logic and the evidence indicate the burglar/killer was not Parry, but an accomplice.
__________________ "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
Last edited by RodCrosby : 01-12-2019 at 11:37 AM.