Reliable Sources How do I begin?
I’m writing this with four days to go until the 60th anniversary of the shooting of David Blakely. I have followers on my blog from the UK (including Guernsey) Denmark, USA, Canada, France, Australia, Switzerland, Russia, Germany and many other countries. I have viewers following links via Twitter and Facebook. I have people who have supported me since ghost writing RUTH ELLIS MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE in 2005.
Many commentators have brushed aside my research on Ruth Ellis calling me a conspiracy theorist. How do I respond to that insult, and how do I transmit a suitable message in reply? There’s no quick answer. It can’t be made in one sound byte. I decided that somehow I would need to explain the patttern of lies that have been published – for example I recently blogged about the lies in connection with George Ellis and also the Newquay Connection – then attempt to show how the wool has been pulled over our eyes, and how the lies began with Robert Hancock’s book ‘Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged’ published in 1963. It was this book that helped create the myth about Ruth Ellis. And in my opinion it was this book, regarded by many as a reliable source, that has deliberately and convincingly distorted the truth.
In its Foreword, Hancock (I now know wrote under the name Duggie Howell) refers to the Ruth Ellis life story he also wrote for the Woman’s Sunday Mirror: “Like all newspaper stories of this kind it was an occasionally obscure and sometimes misleading account; unlike some newspaper life stories it also contained enough truth to make it interesting”. He went on to justify the reason that the magazine’s editor Jim Eilbeck could not have printed all the truth even if he had been willing; Ruth Ellis and the legal halters that restrain, often unfairly, British journalism, would have stopped that”.
I have previously asked on my blog why this writer of ONE serialised article in 1955 (for the Woman’s Sunday Mirror) was given access in 1962 to the Transcript of Ruth Ellis’s trial for his book to be published the following year, when other writers’ requests for the Transcript were refused.
Despite extensive searches (at the time of writing this blog post) I found no other published work by Robert Hancock/Duggie Howell. One serialised article and one book about Ruth Ellis seemed to be this gentleman’s literary career in a nutshell. I ask: Who was this man friends with? Hancock describes his story as an ‘obscure and sometimes misleading account’. Is this the art of the misinformation programme that has been fed to the masses, thereby creating its own version of historical events around the story about the last woman to be hanged in the UK?
His story included a small amount of truth to make the story believable (in the process promoting it to reliable-source-status for the benefit of future writers) while fabricating huge chunks of the story. Take another glance at two Posts below: ‘The Newquay Connection – another big lie and George Ellis – reply to my letter to British Dental Journal. This is the main reason I have had difficulty promoting my new findings. I am up against this reliable-source-syndrome, this brick wall of secrecy; one that the British people would never realise was mainly cock and bull!
“There is no record of this elsewhere” writes Carol Ann Lee in Note 13 for Chapter 10 of her 2012 book ‘A fine day for a hanging‘, about information we published in RUTH ELLIS MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE casually brushing it aside, calling into question its accuracy and needless to say not regarding my finding as a reliable source. She is referring to our findings in our book about the Paddock Club in Ashtead, Surrey. During my research I uncovered reliable information about Desmond Cussen’s long term friendship with David Blakely, and thereby busting the myth that the pair only became acquainted in 1953.
And in Note 10 for Chapter 8 Lee writes “Muriel is keen to dispute the accepted version of how Ruth and David met. She spoke to Sylvia Smith, who worked at the now defunct House at Home pub in Westerham in the early 1950s; Smith told Muriel that Ruth Ellis and David Blakely frequented the pub between 1951 and 1953 and may even have rented a cottage in the area. This seems highly unlikely given all the evidence to the contrary, including Ruth’s own recollections, and her statement to the police”.
In response to this I say, firstly, Muriel did not speak to Sylvia Smith. I did. I made contact with Sylvia Smith AFTER our book was published in 2005, and published my findings later on my personal blog. But it’s the ‘this seems highly unlikely’ stated with such authority with which I take issue.
Another example of Lee’s implied superiority as a researcher can be seen again in Appendix 1: “…apart from the hotel’s chef, no one is able to confirm a friendship between Kerr [the actress Deborah Kerr] and Ruth….nor is she [Ruth Ellis] mentioned in any of the voluminous writings about Deborah Kerr….or regarding an affair between Ruth and Ward, [Stephen Ward] again no one is able to corroborate this idea apart from the former White Hart chef”.
I, unlike Lee, have had the nerve to question what was actually happening in 1955, no matter how uncomfortable the process. When I began ghost writing RUTH ELLIS MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE in 2002, finding lies within the first month of my research, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. As regular readers of my blog will have seen, especially over the last few weeks, I have uploaded many more findings that explode the Ruth Ellis myth.
In my opinion, and coupled with my findings, 1955 was a dangerous year. Ruth Ellis was used as a pawn in a dangerous game to deflect suspicion away from the dirty tricks department of the British security services and government departments that were embroiled in the biggest spying scandal the UK had ever been involved in.
By systematically dissecting what has been previously written (and continues to be written) I have started to expose the literary masterpieces that discredited Ruth Ellis in their well-orchestrated ruse. Books about Ruth Ellis written by other authors have one thing in common: secrecy. They have kept our nation, intentionally maybe, sometimes unintentionally, in the dark about what was really going on. Other writers have claimed to know the true story about Ruth Ellis. They may have presented a story. They have not presented the facts.
This Post today is dedicated to the memory of Muriel Jakubait, Ruth Ellis’s sister, who passed away in November 2013. RIP Muriel.