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Old 02-07-2011, 07:45 PM
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Default are you sure Nats?

For one, I don't rely on Nudds for anything, since as you yourself are fond of pointing out, he was a liar and a criminal and therefore not very trustworthy.

I am not sure Hanratty's connection to the case came from Nudds at all. I thought it was more to do with his driving in Ireland? Can someone with the books elucidate here.

And of course Hanratty's connection to the Vienna doesnt come from Nudds but from his own signature in the guest book and his own admission.

If Hanratty did have an Irish inflexion to his accent, surely the objections about his accent prejudicing him because he was clearly a Londoner need to be dropped when discussing his ID parade.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:19 PM
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I have several books Jen and the first time Hanratty is brought into the case is when Nudds refers to him---as Ryan.
Acott and Oxford were only interested in Alphon up until the end of September.This is really ,really bizarre because William Ewer[see his published statement in the Sunday Times of 16th May 1971],had, by his own admission, followed Hanratty into Burtol"s Dry Cleaners---two yards away and directly opposite his antique shop in Swiss Cottage arcade.This was on on September 1st,one week after the murder.He did so because he was having a coffee in the Fal a Fal the cafe nearby and thought he saw a man who looked exactly like the police description of a man with staring blue eyes*.From the Dry Cleaners he rushed in and out of another few shops including the Flower Shop run buy Mrs Dorothy Morrell--who, even in 1971,distinctly remembered the incident of two plain clothes police calling to quizz her about Ryan/ Hanratty in the first week of September 1961.As it happened Hanratty had indeed been into both the Dry Cleaners and the Flower shop in the first week of September using the name Ryan in both shops.William Ewer had called Scotland Yard and Mrs Dorothy Morrell of Cater"s Florists ,did show both men the name of Ryan who had bought roses for a "Mrs Hanratty of Sycamore Gardens, Kingsbury"./So Scotland Yard had been informed of both Ryan"s name and address,one week after the murder.
But all this Jen does not really have anything to do with Hanratty having been thought to have an Irish accent by William Nudds or a Scottish or Welsh accent by Mrs Dinwoody.Suffice is surely to say both people found his accent to have a celtic lilt ?
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*Another very bizarre twist is that up until the 1st September 1961 the police description was of a man with "deep set brown eyes".
Any paper you care to research from that week describes a man with brown hair brushed straight back and deep set brown eyes.So it has to be noted that William Ewer adjusted his internal image of the gunman to both the amazing coincidence of his sighting of Hanratty/Ryan to that very day"s sighting----September Ist.

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Old 02-07-2011, 08:59 PM
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Question Questions Regarding Why The A6 Case Is Important To You

Hello everyone, long time no see!

I would like to ask all of you a few questions.

Being an American, I was unfamiliar with the A6 murders, so a while back I did some reading on them. I understand that the case took many twists and turns, including conflicting testimony, confessions that may be false, and a death sentence that some feel was imposed on an innocent man.
But it's still hard for me as a Yank to understand why this case inspires such passionate interest amongst Brits. There are other bizarre English murders that don't seem to inspire this level of interest and emotion, and I'm trying to understand why this case does.

>> I was wondering if any of you would care to share the answers to a few questions so the rest of us can put the A6 murders in better perspective?

- Why is this case of the A6 murders personally important to you?

- How and when did you become interested in it?

- What aspects of this case particularly fascinate you and inspire you to study the case in detail?

- What aspects of this case do you feel are important for others to understand because they relate to issues of Justice?

- What (if any) lasting effect do you think this case will have on England and her citizens?

Thanks for your help and best regards,
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:17 PM
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Hello everyone, long time no see!
HI welcome to the thread.

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>> I was wondering if any of you would care to share the answers to a few questions so the rest of us can put the A6 murders in better perspective?

- Why is this case of the A6 murders personally important to you?
Because I believe passionately in justice, especially in women's rights and the aspects of rape that come into this case get my passions stirring completely. While there are arguments around which attempt to discredit the victim's testimony either on her reliability or her integrity, I want to be around to defend her. I think that is vitally important to me as a woman and as a human being. As someone once said to me, all it takes for evil to flourish is for a few good men to do nothing.

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- How and when did you become interested in it?
My good friend Victor got me interested in it...probably about a year ago now. We had a long chat in the chat room, i then read the thread, and borrowed Graham's books on the subject.

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- What aspects of this case particularly fascinate you and inspire you to study the case in detail?
The motive is still the most unknown thing for me. However, i see the motive as something inexplicable. In that this really was an accidental murder. Of course the rape and attempted murder were deliberate acts of evil, which followed on from the accidental shooting of Gregsten. So really it is a mistake to look for a motive. There really wasn't one. But it is Hanratty's psychology I think there is more learning to be done about, perhaps to progress the understanding of criminal psychology.


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Well it is like banging one's head on a brick wall sometimes. But the issues about women's rights, the protection and validation of a rape victim's experience. The fact that the DNA results really are inarguable because those things that could undermine them there really is no evidence for, eg contamination. I feel constantly asking the same questions over the past four decades undermines justice. The fact that once a defendant has had his due recourse to the law in terms of a trial and its related appeals that it is really time to accept that justice has been done and to move on. Innocent until proven guilty. Guilt has been proven. Get over it is my attitude to be honest. I can't understand those that seem to want a justice system predicated on the principle of innocent always, even after due process of law. That's what keeps me posting here.



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Not sure there will be any really long-lasting effects. Thankfully capital punishment is no more. I doubt there will be any more legal undertaking on the behalf of the Hanratty representatives to undermine the DNA any longer, it is just a few fringe believers who seem to appear to romanticise Hanratty as some kind of good-hearted wide boy that find it difficult to accept the facts in the case, which are that Hanratty was guilty, so says his surviving victim, the original jury, the appeal judges and the DNA evidence.
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:13 PM
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- Why is this case of the A6 murders personally important to you?
It isn't, Newcastle employing Philip Dowd to award them 2 penalties and not sending off Nolan is very personal, believe me.

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- How and when did you become interested in it?
A long time ago.

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- What aspects of this case particularly fascinate you and inspire you to study the case in detail?
Because Hanratty was fitted up like a kipper and it aint on John, know what I mean?

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- What aspects of this case do you feel are important for others to understand because they relate to issues of Justice?
Dont trust a copper or a lawyer, they are the same beast.

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- What (if any) lasting effect do you think this case will have on England and her citizens?
That DNA evidence will be made inadmissable in courts of law.

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Old 02-08-2011, 06:45 AM
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Hello Archaic - and welcome to the thread.

Why is this case of the A6 murders personally important to you?

I don't think justice was done for any of the victims in this case.

How and when did you become interested in it?

Since childhood - overhearing the conversations of adults but I started to investigate it furthe in my teens.

What aspects of this case particularly fascinate you and inspire you to study the case in detail?

The finality - the inhumanity of capital punishment - the motive for the crime and the truth behind the lies and confusion.

What aspects of this case do you feel are important for others to understand because they relate to issues of Justice?

That if you hang the wrong person - justice is not achieved for the victims.

What (if any) lasting effect do you think this case will have on England and her citizens?

Almost no effect at all. Most people have forgotten the events or are unaware that they even took place. It's a bit like JtR - the discussions and arguments will rage and probably no solution will satisfy everyone.

I must say - they are brilliant questions to ask Archaic. Some of us could learn a lot from you.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:59 AM
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Hi Limehouse,

But I imagine the problems that can be caused would relate more to results that are clearly ambiguous, or less than conclusive, or difficult to interpret with total accuracy, or where the rest of the case evidence, or the original conviction, points in another direction.

When they looked at those results in the context of the rape victim's testimony and stated certainty, when confronted with the man who couldn't prove he was elsewhere and went on to be convicted, there was little to be called into question. It all fitted. Had anything not fitted, Hanratty might still not have been proved innocent, but we can be sure the appeal would have had a very different ending.

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Hi Caz - nice to see you back posting.

Good points. For me - the DNA evidence is troublesome scientifically because we cannjot know how much handling the garments were subjected to before they were stored away and we do not know how much contact they had with each other. Additionally - the amount of deposit the scientists were able to extract was very minimal and the quality was poor. That meant that LCN testing had to be carried out and it is far less realiable than other more straightforward methods.

It is true that DNA is always considered in context with other evidence. That's a problem for me too. It is the quality of the other evidence that worried me to start with. Valerie's testimony is very important and I would not question it so easily if I could be sure that Acott was not leading her strongly. But there are many other aspects to the evidence that do bother me and I am always going to have grave doubts about Hanratty's guilt.
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For me - the DNA evidence is troublesome scientifically because we cannjot know how much handling the garments were subjected to before they were stored away and we do not know how much contact they had with each other.
Hi Limehouse,

Couldn't have been much, surely, or there would have been a mixed profile on the hanky to sort out, and the (totally expected) mixed profile obtained from the knickers would have had other, unexplained elements, not just the one that matched perfectly with the hanky and JH, the one that matched with VS and the one attributed to MG.

For me, Derrick has thrown my own old spanner in the works: you can't have it both ways and need to decide which potentially innocent explanation you are going with. How can it be claimed that the evidence was contaminated with innocent JH DNA (and only with JH DNA) if Derrick is right about the impossibility of identifying any of it reliably, either as JH's, VS's or MG's? It's a problem that I personally don't have, which means I don't need to figure out the solution.

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It is true that DNA is always considered in context with other evidence. That's a problem for me too. It is the quality of the other evidence that worried me to start with. Valerie's testimony is very important and I would not question it so easily if I could be sure that Acott was not leading her strongly. But there are many other aspects to the evidence that do bother me and I am always going to have grave doubts about Hanratty's guilt.
Valerie is, and was, an intelligent woman as far as I can make out. She wanted the right man to pay for what happened, not just anyone, so she must have been devastated after that first id parade when she realised she had picked out a volunteer and her rapist was not even there. I doubt very much that Acott had the power to lead her strongly after that. She wasn't going to screw up a second time.

Having said all that, I do find you a heck of a lot more balanced and objective than most of the posters who still have sore misgivings about JH's guilt, despite everything we now know.

If anyone would like to explain the JH as patsy theory again, and how it could have worked so well in practice, I'm all ears (as Prince Charles would say).

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Old 02-08-2011, 10:04 AM
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I would like to ask all of you a few questions.
Welcome Archaic, those were a good set of questions...

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Why is this case of the A6 murders personally important to you?
Originally I thought it was a clear miscarriage of justice - the prosecution had not clearly shown he was guilty - there was plenty of reasonable doubt. What made this case a significant worry was the fact that Hanratty was executed and barring certain cases (such as mass murderers like Peter Sutcliffe) I'm definitely anti-death penalty.

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My mum was a huge Beatles fan and from the film John Lennon promoted got the Foot book - which I read many years ago.

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Lack of motive.

The escalation after the rape - as Valerie's evidence ultimately did convict Hanratty it shows he should have made sure he finished her off, and he would have probably got away with it had she not survived. The fact she has battled on for the last 40 years is highly admirable.

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What aspects of this case do you feel are important for others to understand because they relate to issues of Justice?
The fact that even when a case is not conclusively proven, the suspect can still be guilty. I have similar feelings about Sion Jenkins, but I feel he literally got away with murder.

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I think the most lasting effect it has had is the abolition of capital punishment in the UK (or a significant contribution to it) - although I agree with others that most people now are unaware of the details of this case.

I have seen the case used in recent years as a justification for capital punishment in that "the wrong man was not hanged".

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Old 02-08-2011, 10:27 AM
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On the morning of Tuesday 26 September the police went to 72 Wood Lane, Kingsbury, which was the address 'Ryan' had placed in the Vienna's visitor-book. There they met Mr George Pratt who showed them a letter he'd received, addressed to a Mr Ryan. The letter was from a car-hire firm in Dublin. Later that same day Acott went to Hanratty's parents' house, so the link had obviously been made between then and their visit to Mr Pratt.

There is a strong suggestion that on the same day Dixie France went to Scotland Yard with a postcard he'd received from Hanratty in Ireland - which also suggests that Dixie must have had some kind of suspicion that his mate was linked with the A6.

Nudds did not make the link - he only pointed out to the police Ryan's name in the visitor-book. That alerted the police to begin searching for a man called Ryan.

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