Searching for the Truth about Ruth Ellis By Monica Weller – All details and photographs on my blog are Copyright

January 3, 2016

Happy New Year

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…wishing all followers of my blog, all over the world, a happy, peaceful, and healthy new year.

I will continue in my search for the truth about Ruth Ellis and will present my latest findings here on my blog.

In return I trust that my followers will show respect for my copyright research.

If you want to comment on my blog please also give your proper name and email address. Your email address will not be shown.

Thank You.

Monica Weller

 

December 20, 2015

Leatherhead Advertiser 17 December 2015

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December 13, 2015

Ruth Ellis’s Letters – The Set Up

Part Four

One thing comes to mind at this point….a day in 2002 when I was interviewing Muriel Jakubait, Ruth Ellis’s elder sister. She told me how she’d had a phone call from Ruth; she thought it must have been some weeks before Blakely’s murder and while she was living in Egerton Gardens in London. Muriel said Ruth was in a state and told her that she was being “set up”. Muriel didn’t understand what Ruth meant and couldn’t remember any more about the conversation. As I was unable to uncover any more detail to back up this circumstantial evidence I felt I could not include the reference to the conversation in the manuscript of our book. But I did promise myself that if the occasion arose I would mention it. Thirteen years after that conversation with Muriel, and with my additional research, I believe the time is right.

~

Ruth Ellis was observed in Holloway prison around the clock from the day she entered Holloway Prison Hospital on 11th April 1955 to the moment she stepped out of the condemned cell to be hanged on 13 July 1955.

 

Evelyn Galilee was Ruth’s wardress who guarded Ruth while she was in the condemned cell and was with her from very early on the morning of her execution. Evelyn (217x300) (2) (145x200)

Evelyn spoke to me following the publication of RUTH ELLIS, MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE. One of the facts challenged by Evelyn’s eyewitness account is the authenticity of letters that Ruth Ellis apparently wrote and sent from the condemned cell.

Ruth Ellis letter3

Firstly, all the letters allegedly written by Ruth, were written in pen. Evelyn told me categorically that “No prisoner in the condemned cell was allowed to use a pen, everything had to be written in pencil and was strictly supervised.”

Also, the “Letter officer” at Holloway prison would have blanked out names on letters that Ruth sent from prison, yet names are clearly mentioned in Ruth’s correspondence.

Finally, in Ruth’s letter dated 12th July 1955, to Mr Simmons, her original solicitor, she refers to remarks made by David Blakely’s brother in a newspaper article following her trial. Evelyn informed me that, “No prisoner in the condemned cell was allowed access to a newspaper or its contents.”

In 2007 I managed to trace a relation of Mr Simmons, who with Mr Mishcon had visited Ruth Ellis in the condemned cell at Holloway prison at midday on 12 July 1955 the day before she was executed. The relation told me on the phone that Mr Simmons had received “the most extraordinary letter” from Ruth Ellis written just before she was hanged. “He kept it preciously. But it disappeared sometime in the 1970s”. Mr Simmons never saw it again.

Were these letters (not accounted for in the Hospital Case Papers) allegedly written by Ruth Ellis to her solicitors Mr Mishcon and Mr Simmons on 12th/13th July 1955, produced by someone who had received training in the technique of faking handwriting? If so, it’s unthinkable. And who was that someone?

Monica Weller

 

December 11, 2015

The Hospital Case Papers

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Part Three

In Part One of Ruth Ellis’s Letters and the Hospital Case Papers I mentioned that Ruth Ellis was under strict observation day and night in the prison hospital, from 11th April 1955 until 21 June 1955. Everything about Ruth was recorded in the Hospital Case Papers ledger, for example: what she ate and how well she ate it; if she took supper; what she drank; if she had cocoa at night time; how she slept; whether she was talkative or quiet; how she read most of the time; how she rested in bed most of the day; how she arranged a bunch of flowers; that she was calm and pleasant; how she played patience in bed; and how she seemed after seeing her solicitors. On 11 April 1955 it was also stated in the ledger that “the police have taken possession of her spectacles”.

Ten years separate my investigations into the Hospital Case Papers. I originally looked at them when they were newly released at The National Archives. This week I decided to look at those papers again with fresh eyes!

This week at The National Archives, while sitting in the Invigilation Room, it suddenly struck me, by its absence, that there is no mention in the file containing the Hospital Case Papers, of Ruth Ellis writing a letter to Mrs Cook, Blakely’s mother on 12 April 1955. In fact there is no mention of any writing being done by Ruth Ellis until 25 April 1955 when the Evening Report in the ledger stated:

“Has been writing and reading most of the evening. No complaints”.

Nor is there any mention in the ledger of Ruth writing letters three months later to her solicitors Mr Mishcon and Mr Simmons on 12/13th July 1955 – shown on my Blog Post dated 3 December 2015.

It wasn’t until 13 June 1955 that her letter writing was referred to in the Hospital Case Papers. I read:

…”writes letters poorly spelt but business like and ?(word illegible) to her friends and relatives”.

When I visited The National Archives ten years ago on Saturday 12 November 2005 I listed fourteen new pieces of evidence that I managed to find in the newly released files. One new item refers to page 49 of a police statement made by Detective Chief Inspector L Davies of Golders Green police station in which he is referring to the letter apparently written by Ruth Ellis on 12 April 1955. It was addressed to Mrs Cook and had been returned to the police. The statement read:

“No enquiry has yet been made to ascertain particulars of the person who can speak of receiving this letter. It is addressed to Mrs Cook but this lady is old and is very ill following the death of her son”.

The entry in The Hospital Case Paper for 11th July 1955:

“Weight 103lbs. To be no reprieve”

And for the 13th July 1955:

“Executed 9am”

more to follow

 

 

 

December 10, 2015

Ruth Ellis Writes to Mrs Cook on 12 April 1955. Or Does She?

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Part Two

In Robert Hancock’s 1963 book, “Ruth Ellis the last woman to be hanged” Hancock wrote:

Robert hancock ruth ellis letter2

Robert Hancock ruth ellis letter1

 

 

The following is from Laurence Marks and Tony Van Den Bergh’s 1977 book “Ruth Ellis, A case of diminished responsibility?”

Ruth Ellis Letter Van Den B 1

Ruth Ellis Letter Van Den B 2

Georgina Ellis in her 1995 book “Ruth Ellis, My Mother” wrote:

Ruth Ellis Letter Georgina1

Ruth Ellis Letter Georgina2Carol Ann Lee in her 2012 book “A fine day for a hanging, The Real Ruth Ellis Story” makes reference to the Hospital Case Papers. On numerous occasions she quotes specifically from various ledger entries. However, on the subject of Ruth Ellis’s letter to Mrs Cook dated 12.5.1955, instead of quoting from the Hospital Case Paper she wrote the following:

Ruth Ellis Letter Carol Ann Lee1

Ruth Ellis Letter Carol Ann Lee2

 

From reading these excerpts from the four books it would be easy to assume Ruth Ellis did sit down and compose a letter on 12 April 1955.

However things were not as simple as they may have appeared from the typed and signed copy of Ruth Ellis’s letter almost on its own at the very back of the Hospital Case Paper file, and from which all four authors in question have quoted. Was there another interpretation?

to be continued

Monica Weller

December 9, 2015

Ruth Ellis’s Letters and the Hospital Case Papers

Part One

Yesterday, Tuesday 8th December, I returned to The National Archives in Kew. I ordered various Ruth Ellis files including a file containing the Hospital Case Papers that I originally looked through when it was first released into the Archives sometime in 2005 after our book RUTH ELLIS MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE was published.

When I scanned my Reader’s Card to check on the progress of my order I found that two files had to be read in what’s called the Invigilation Room at the Archives. I would have to be checked in and out and while I was in there would be watched over by a CCTV camera. These files contained, amongst other things, documents that could only be seen under supervision. One file contained photographs of David Blakely’s dead body; according to a member of TNA staff they could upset other researchers in the main reading room. But I didn’t understand why the Hospital Case Papers would have to be viewed in secret. This must be a new rule as I looked through them originally in the main reading room.

The Hospital Case Papers are a complete record in ledger form of Ruth Ellis from the day she was admitted to Holloway Prison Hospital on 11.4.1955 until she is discharged from the hospital on 21.6.1955. She was under strict observation day and night in the prison hospital.

In 2006 I wrote a series of six articles for True Detective magazine that were published between April and September that year. I uploaded the articles on to this blog and to view them you’ll need to scroll down to my blog Post dated 19.9.2012. The National Archives emailed me as soon as the Hospital Case Papers were released there inviting me to view the newly released file. It was in these papers I discovered Ruth Ellis, on admission to Holloway Prison Hospital on 11 April 1955, had admitted to the hospital doctor, sometime between 5.10 pm and 5.43 pm that she had actually had an abortion not long before the shooting; not a miscarriage as she had previously stated to the police which she claimed had been caused by Blakely punching her in the stomach.

Next, I must briefly turn to Robert Hancock, Laurence Marks and Tony Van Den Bergh, Georgina Ellis and Carol Ann Lee’s accounts in their respective books on Ruth Ellis, as to how Ellis came to write a letter to David Blakely’s mother on 12 April 1955.

…more to follow shortly

Part Two

In Robert Hancock’s 1963 book, “Ruth Ellis the last woman to be hanged” Hancock wrote:

Robert hancock ruth ellis letter2

Robert Hancock ruth ellis letter1

 

 

The following is from Laurence Marks and Tony Van Den Bergh’s 1977 book “Ruth Ellis, A case of diminished responsibility?”

Ruth Ellis Letter Van Den B 1

Ruth Ellis Letter Van Den B 2

Georgina Ellis in her 1995 book “Ruth Ellis, My Mother” wrote:

Ruth Ellis Letter Georgina1

Ruth Ellis Letter Georgina2Carol Ann Lee in her 2012 book “A fine day for a hanging, The Real Ruth Ellis Story” makes reference to the Hospital Case Papers. On numerous occasions she quotes specifically from various ledger entries. However, on the subject of Ruth Ellis’s letter to Mrs Cook dated 12.5.1955, instead of quoting from the Hospital Case Paper she wrote the following:

Ruth Ellis Letter Carol Ann Lee1

Ruth Ellis Letter Carol Ann Lee2

 

From reading these excerpts from the four books it would be easy to assume Ruth Ellis did sit down and compose a letter on 12 April 1955.

However things were not as simple as they may have appeared from the typed and signed copy of Ruth Ellis’s letter almost on its own at the very back of the Hospital Case Paper file, and from which all four authors in question have quoted. Was there another interpretation?

to be continued

Monica Weller

 

Part Three

In Part One of Ruth Ellis’s Letters and the Hospital Case Papers I mentioned that Ruth Ellis was under strict observation day and night in the prison hospital, from 11th April 1955 until 21 June 1955. Everything about Ruth was recorded in the Hospital Case Papers ledger, for example: what she ate and how well she ate it; if she took supper; what she drank; if she had cocoa at night time; how she slept; whether she was talkative or quiet; how she read most of the time; how she rested in bed most of the day; how she arranged a bunch of flowers; that she was calm and pleasant; how she played patience in bed; and how she seemed after seeing her solicitors. On 11 April 1955 it was also stated in the ledger that “the police have taken possession of her spectacles”.

Ten years separate my investigations into the Hospital Case Papers. I originally looked at them when they were newly released at The National Archives. This week I decided to look at those papers again with fresh eyes!

This week at The National Archives, while sitting in the Invigilation Room, it suddenly struck me, by its absence, that there is no mention in the file containing the Hospital Case Papers, of Ruth Ellis writing a letter to Mrs Cook, Blakely’s mother on 12 April 1955. In fact there is no mention of any writing being done by Ruth Ellis until 25 April 1955 when the Evening Report in the ledger stated:

“Has been writing and reading most of the evening. No complaints”.

Nor is there any mention in the ledger of Ruth writing letters three months later to her solicitors Mr Mishcon and Mr Simmons on 12/13th July 1955 – shown on my Blog Post dated 3 December 2015.

It wasn’t until 13 June 1955 that her letter writing was referred to in the Hospital Case Papers. I read:

…”writes letters poorly spelt but business like and ?(word illegible) to her friends and relatives”.

When I visited The National Archives ten years ago on Saturday 12 November 2005 I listed fourteen new pieces of evidence that I managed to find in the newly released files. One new item refers to page 49 of a police statement made by Detective Chief Inspector L Davies of Golders Green police station in which he is referring to the letter apparently written by Ruth Ellis on 12 April 1955. It was addressed to Mrs Cook and had been returned to the police. The statement read:

“No enquiry has yet been made to ascertain particulars of the person who can speak of receiving this letter. It is addressed to Mrs Cook but this lady is old and is very ill following the death of her son”.

The entry in The Hospital Case Paper for 11th July 1955:

“Weight 103lbs. To be no reprieve”

And for the 13th July 1955:

“Executed 9am”

more to follow

Part Four

One thing comes to mind at this point….a day in 2002 when I was interviewing Muriel Jakubait, Ruth Ellis’s elder sister. She told me how she’d had a phone call from Ruth; she thought it must have been some weeks before Blakely’s murder and while she was living in Egerton Gardens in London. Muriel said Ruth was in a state and told her that she was being “set up”. Muriel didn’t understand what Ruth meant and couldn’t remember any more about the conversation. As I was unable to uncover any more detail to back up this circumstantial evidence I felt I could not include the reference to the conversation in the manuscript of our book. But I did promise myself that if the occasion arose I would mention it. Thirteen years after that conversation with Muriel, and with my additional research, I believe the time is right.

~

Ruth Ellis was observed in Holloway prison around the clock from the day she entered Holloway Prison Hospital on 11th April 1955 to the moment she stepped out of the condemned cell to be hanged on 13 July 1955.

Evelyn Galilee was Ruth’s wardress who guarded Ruth while she was in the condemned cell and was with her from very early on the morning of her execution. Evelyn spoke to me following the publication of RUTH ELLIS, MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE. One of the facts challenged by Evelyn’s eyewitness account is the authenticity of letters that Ruth Ellis apparently wrote and sent from the condemned cell.

Ruth Ellis letter3

Firstly, all the letters allegedly written by Ruth, were written in pen. Evelyn told me categorically that “No prisoner in the condemned cell was allowed to use a pen, everything had to be written in pencil and was strictly supervised.”

Also, the “Letter officer” at Holloway prison would have blanked out names on letters that Ruth sent from prison, yet names are clearly mentioned in Ruth’s correspondence.

Finally, in Ruth’s letter dated 12th July 1955, to Mr Simmons, her original solicitor, she refers to remarks made by David Blakely’s brother in a newspaper article following her trial. Evelyn informed me that, “No prisoner in the condemned cell was allowed access to a newspaper or its contents.”

In 2007 I managed to trace a relation of Mr Simmons, who with Mr Mishcon had visited Ruth Ellis in the condemned cell at Holloway prison at midday on 12 July 1955 the day before she was executed. The relation told me on the phone that Mr Simmons had received “the most extraordinary letter” from Ruth Ellis written just before she was hanged. “He kept it preciously. But it disappeared sometime in the 1970s”. Mr Simmons never saw it again.

Were these letters (not accounted for in the Hospital Case Papers) allegedly written by Ruth Ellis to her solicitors Mr Mishcon and Mr Simmons on 12th/13th July 1955, produced by someone who had received training in the technique of faking handwriting? If so, it’s unthinkable. And who was that someone?

Monica Weller

 

 

 

December 3, 2015

Ruth Ellis’s ‘letters’

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Above is a letter allegedly written by Ruth Ellis on 12 April 1955 to David Blakely’s mother.

Below is a letter allegedly written by Ruth Ellis to her solicitor Mr Simmons (Mr Mishcon’s clerk) on 12 July 1955.

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Further comments to follow.

November 26, 2015

My Ruth Ellis talk last night at Westminster Archives

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For three years, on and off, between 2002 and 2005 I used to traipse up to London by train and Tube to the City of Westminster Archives Centre in St Ann’s St where I’d do research for my Ruth Ellis book. https://www.westminster.gov.uk/archives

There I’d delve into electoral registers, Rate books and all sorts of ancient stuff in the hope I’d uncover information about people and places in the story about the last woman to be hanged in the UK.

Last night things came full circle… I was invited to give my talk about Ruth Ellis at Westminster Archives by Joanna Moncrieff. She is a qualified City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads walks around Westminster. Thank you Jo for getting me the gig!

And there’s another huge thank you to Raymond Coggin. He’s a London taxi cab driver and a qualified Taxi Guide with London and UK Taxi Tours. http://londonanduktaxitours.london/. Not only did he pick me up in his taxi at Victoria railway station with all my gear for the talk, and drive me to St Ann’s St – he also drove me all the way back to Bookham in his taxi afterwards. That was pretty special and very kind. And…on the way back he stopped off in Wandsworth where I had my first ever takeaway chips from McDonald’s! Wa’hay. Thank you so much Ray.

November 15, 2015

My talk this week for Leatherhead and District Local History Society

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Leatherhead and District Local History Society

Friday 20th November, 7.30pm for 8.00pm, at Leatherhead Institute at the top of the High Street, Leatherhead. £2 admission. RUTH ELLIS – THE LAST WOMAN TO BE HANGED IN ENGLAND – a talk by Monica Weller. With details of Ellis’s secret life and her intriguing Leatherhead connection.

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November 12, 2015

NEW! The Paddock Club at the Hut in Ashtead, Surrey

Anyone who has read RUTH ELLIS MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE may remember Chapter 20 in which I mention The Paddock Club in Ashtead. I discovered that it was at this club in rural Surrey in the very early 1950s (and well before Ruth Ellis  ‘officially’ met David Blakely and Desmond Cussen at London clubs in 1953) that the three characters were actually first congregating.

Yesterday I received more evidence about Ruth Ellis, David Blakely and Desmond Cussen’s attendance at this club prior to 1953.

I thought readers would be interested in this latest find.

As soon as I have more information I will post it here.

Below: Excerpt from Chapter 20

RUTH ELLIS MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE

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