'Searching for the Truth about Ruth Ellis' by Monica Weller MY BLOG IS COPYRIGHT. IT MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT MY PERMISSION

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9 January 2011

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  1. Hi Monica,
    I;ve only recently stumbled on to Ruth’s story and read and studied it with great sympathy for both her and her family. After the uncuccesful appeal of December 2003 has there been any further developments and how is Muriel and her family? Is there any way of contacting her or any other surviving member of the family? Hope to hear from you soon!
    Yours.

    Comment by Khalid — February 5, 2009 @ 11:53 am | Reply

    • Hello Khalid

      Thank you for your message.I will pass on your good wishes to Muriel in due course. As you may appreciate I am not in a position to give out her contact details. I have taken on the fight to clear Ruth’s name and appreciate support from anyone. Thank you for your interest.

      Monica Weller

      Comment by copperknob — February 5, 2009 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  2. Dear Mrs Weller,

    I have recently read the book you and Mrs Jakubait penned, and could not put it down. As a student of criminology, I have always had an interest in Ruth’s case, but was utterly blown away by some of the revelations you were able to make. I would also like to add that prior to reading your book, I had my nose stuck in Christine Keeler’s book The Truth At Last; the similarities in Ruth and Christine’s backgrounds and characters are hard to ignore – as are the annecdotes regarding Stephen Ward.
    There was one part in particular which interested me – and that was the mention of tapes which Ruth had recorded and which were subsequently aired on radio in the 70s. I was wondering if you could tell me some of what was said on these tapes or if there is anyway one could find out what they revealed.
    I applaud the work you and Mrs Jakubait have done to clear Ruth’s name and hope that the details uncovered in the book will come to replace the typical story which has been put about for the past 53 years. Please pass on my best wishes to Mrs Jakubait and let her know that there are still people out there, who, although born well after Ruth’s death, are keen to see her named cleared.
    Yours Sincerely

    Lynsey

    Comment by Lynsey — March 11, 2009 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  3. Please could you let me know if you give talks for organisations.
    We run a small WI group in Great Hampden which is quite close to Amersham and have always
    had an interest in the Ruth Ellis Story.
    Please let me know if you would be prepared to visit us.

    Many thanks.

    Brenda

    Comment by Brenda — April 8, 2009 @ 10:36 pm | Reply

  4. HI MONICA

    I HAVE BEEN ADMIRING YOUR EFFORT TO CLEAN RUTH’S NAME BECAUSE I ALSO STRONGLY BELIEVE IN HER INNOCENCE.HER CASE SHOCKED AND MOVED ME A LOT,AS LONG AS MOVED ME THE BENTLEY CASE.I ALSO BELIEVE THESE TWO STORIES MUST BE FILMED AGAIN WITH NEW VERSION AND NEW ELEMENTS.
    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU IF YOUR BOOK HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED IN GREEK LANGUAGE,BECAUSE IM GREEK AND I DO NOT FIND ANY BOOK HERE ABOUT RUTH.
    ONE MORE QUESTION PLEASE.WHY RUTH DID NOTHING TO SAVE HER LIFE?EVEN IN THE LAST MOMENT TO REVEAL THE CONSPIRACY?EVEN TO FIND WAY TO DELAY THE EXECUTION?WHY DID SHE GIVE UP?

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HOSPITALITY

    MARIA

    Comment by maria — May 3, 2009 @ 10:36 pm | Reply

    • Hello Maria
      I appreciate your thoughts about Ruth Ellis’s innocence. It’s very important to receive feedback from people like you about my campaign to clear Ruth’s name, so thank you for that. The more people talk about the injustice, the more the word will spread.
      I am not sure if our book has been published in Greek but will ask our publisher.
      Is Ruth Ellis’s name widely known in your country?
      “Why Ruth did nothing to save her life….etc?” I can only answer your questions when my audience is big enough and ready to receive them – not before.
      Best wishes
      Monica Weller

      Comment by copperknob — May 4, 2009 @ 10:00 am | Reply

  5. HELLO MONICA

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR DIRECT AND QUICK ANSWER.ACTUALLY,I AM TEACHER AND I HAVE SPOKEN OCCASIONALLY TO MY STUDENTS,ABOUT RUTH AND BENTLEY AND THE FORMER BRITISH LAW SYSTEM.IT IS AMAZING HOW EASILY AND THOUGHTLESSLY,IN 50’S PROSECUTION WAS SENDING PEOPLE,SOMETIMES COMPLETELY INNOCENT,TO THE GALLOWS.I REMEMBER ONCE,SOME OF MY STUDENTS BROKE IN TEARS AND THEY COULD NOT STOP,WHILE I WAS TELLING THEM THAT RUTH LEFT BEHIND TWO SMALL CHILDREN….
    YES,HERE ELLIS’S NAME IS WIDELY KNOWN AND PERSONALLY I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE,FRIENDS,FAMILIARS KNOWING ELLIS CASE,EXPRESSING SPECIAL INTERESTING,
    BUT HERE UNFORTUNATELLY THERE IS NOT, I THINK, BOOKS ABOUT THESE STORIES.
    HOWEVER,I WOULD APRECIATE MUCH IF WOULD INFORM ME,EVEN THROW MY EMAIL,ABOUT THE QUESTIONS I ASKED FOR.
    PLEASE, FORGIVE ME FOR MY ENGLISH.

    YOURS SINCERELY

    MARIA

    Comment by maria — May 4, 2009 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Monica

    I am presently presenting a series of lectures on the history of british ( perceived )crime, and have found that Ruths case is proving to be the most involving in regards to audience interest. It came to me as a test case some years ago when I first began my degree in criminology with the OPEN UNIVERSITY. At first I feel that I fell into the vein of the open and shut case and as such left it at that. But being subsequently involved in the Saville inquirey into the events of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Derry in 1972 ( my wifes father was murdered that day ) I have since revisited Ruths case and have felt it nessesary to get in contact to possibly discuss some aspects of Ruths case.

    Best regards

    Martin

    Comment by Martin — May 5, 2009 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

  7. HELLO MONICA
    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU,IF THERE IS POSSIBILITY TO HAVE ACCESS INTO NEWSPAPERS BY THAT TIME OF RUTH’S TRIAL,CONVICTION AND EXECUTION TO SEE PHOTOS AND READ ARTICLES.PLEASE, IF YOU KNOW THE WAY,LET ME KNOW.
    HAVE YOU ASKED YOUR PUBLISHER ABOUT THE TRANSLATION OF YOUR BOOK? PLEASE LET ME KNOW ALSO.

    MY BEST WISHES TO YOU

    MARIA

    Comment by maria — May 8, 2009 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

  8. Hi Monica,

    the book is testament to Muriel’s work and your fearless researching – its convincing because of the endless mistakes and mysteries made by our Justice System, surrounding the affair. WHAT IF ENOUGH OF US BELIEVE YOURS AND MURIELS’ VERSION…….

    well done, Lindsey

    Comment by Lindsey — June 2, 2009 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

    • Hi Lindsey.
      Some while ago I was given this advice: that to get justice for Ruth Ellis I must first win in the court of public opinion.
      Your comment is much appreciated.
      Please spread the word.
      Monica Weller

      Comment by copperknob — June 2, 2009 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  9. HI MS. WELLER,
    COULD YOU PLEASE HELP ME. WOULD YOU KNOW AFTER ALL YOUR RESEARCH INTO RUTH ELLIS IF SHE WAS CONFIRMED AS A 13 YEAR OLD IN RHYL? I HAVE COME ACROSS A COMMUNION BOOK THAT HAS INSCRIBED TO RUTH ELLIS IN MEMORY OF HER CONFIRMATION. THE BOOK IS DATED 1939.
    I HOPE YOU MAYBE ABLE TO HELP,
    YOURS,
    DAVID

    Comment by david — July 15, 2009 @ 10:58 am | Reply

    • Hello Mr Tompkins
      I really couldn’t say. Ruth and her family had left Rhyl years earlier; they moved to the Basingstoke area when Ruth was still very young, roamed around there from village to village until wartime when the family eventually moved to south-east London. As far as I know they didn’t return to Rhyl. You may find, with your own research, that it was a totally different Ruth Ellis.
      Sorry I can’t be of more help.
      Monica Weller

      Comment by copperknob — July 15, 2009 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  10. […] Most puzzling info: I sat in on some of the talks and one of the most interesting was about the tortured and doomed life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to hang in Britain in 1955. Why, I wonder, has an 80 year silence (according to the speaker Mike Harvey) been put on the publication of some of the Public Record files surrounding her case? What will they reveal in  the 2030s when published? Who are they protecting? Monica Weller has written extensively about this with Ruth’s sister Muriel Jakubait, but mentions a 50 year cloak of secrecy. However, the questions remain the same. Why is such a lengthy period of secrecy necessary over the case of Ruth Ellis? […]

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  11. People may well ask why, after over half a century some details are still kept closed. My own thoughts are and always have been that there was more to this case than was actually put forward at The Old Bailey in 1955. In my opininon this was more of a political case than anything else.

    One has to also consider the perceived “Moral” and “class” structure of the post war Tory government – which also extended to the QCs and judges of that era (Melford Stevenson did not appear to have a great deal of empathy for his client if most of what I have read is factual).

    In 1955 Appearances were everything.

    Comment by Steve R — September 11, 2009 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Steve for your carefully considered comments.
      Monica Weller

      Comment by copperknob — September 12, 2009 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  12. Will you sign my copy of your book when it comes through to me Monica ? Can’t wait to read it. I have already read Georgie Ellis and Robert Hancock’s account.
    I didn’t know until recently that Georgie had died – may Georgie, her brother Andre and all the other Ellis relations who tragically died since Ruth’s sad end, also RIP !!!

    Comment by IAN PAYNE — September 29, 2010 @ 10:26 am | Reply

    • Ian
      You have asked me many questions about: the media; Christmas Humphreys; David Blakely;Carol Findlater and Desmond Cussen. And have made comments about Ruth Ellis’s family being the bravest of brave;about Profumo; Lady Godiva and my definite views on the subject of Ruth Ellis.

      When you have read RUTH ELLIS MY SISTER’S SECRET LIFE you will be able to work out some answers for yourself.

      By all means mail your copy of the book to our publisher Constable and Robinson in London – address on the internet – and ask them to kindly forward it to me for signing, making sure you include postage.

      Monica Weller

      Comment by copperknob — September 29, 2010 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

  13. Dear Monica

    I am an English teacher working in …. and through one of my student’s interest in the name, Travers Christmas Humphreys, I found the summary of your book on, https://copperknob.wordpress.com/category/melford-stevenson/. Unfortunately, the book is not available here, but your website summary was fascinatingly engaging. I have to admit, now rather shamefacedly, that I had never previously given much thought to the case, but now I am as convinced as yourself and many others that the trial was a sham to save the blushes of the so-called ‘Establishment’. Your tireless, exhaustive, unstinting efforts and the ensuing results are to be sincerely and heartily congratulated; an excellent peace of investigative writing. Furthermore, I have always been suspicious of Ward’s suicide just prior to sentencing, and would now conclude that it was also done to silence another, possibly incriminating, voice.

    If there are doubtful minds concerning the case of Ruth Ellis and the depths of duplicity to which the powers-at-be will stoop, then I would recommend a viewing of ‘The Bank Job’ (2008). The film is another testament to the deep seated belief that the image of ‘Britannia’ be upheld and protected, at any cost, no matter who suffers by paying the ultimate price.

    Again, many thanks for your fortitude,

    Sincerely

    Graham

    Comment by Graham — January 11, 2011 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

    • Hello Graham

      Thank you for your comments.

      My policy now, as you may notice, is to omit the surname of people who leave a message on my blog.

      Best Wishes

      Monica Weller

      Comment by copperknob — January 13, 2011 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  14. Hi – you may find this interesting also, especially comments below the Pathe Newsreel :

    Comment by IAN — January 14, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  15. Hi Monica I have read Muriels book “My Sisters Secret Life” and have passed on to others to read – all of us are appalled at the underhandedness of high society and using an innocent woman as a scapegoat. I trust Muriel is still fighting Ruth’s corner? I am passing on the truth as best I can

    Comment by Paula — June 6, 2011 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  16. Dear Monica,
    I have just seen something in an auction catalogue that may be of interest to you. In researching the lot I have come across your blog and read it thoroughly and intend now to read the book!
    The item in question is a pair of watercolours by a certain Stephen Ward! They are of an auburn haired young lady by the name of Ruth Ellis. The best bit is that they are signed and and dated 1941. If these are genuine (I intend to enquire with the action house with regards to provenance), they surely prove that Ward knew Ellis in the forties.
    They are for sale at Ewbank Clarke Gammon Wellers Auctioneers in Surrey http://www.ewbankauctions.co.uk lot 1212 on 29th June – 1st July. Should I find any other information of use I will be in touch.
    best wishes,
    David.

    Comment by David — June 23, 2011 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

    • Thank you David for this. It’s a good lot number isn’t it – 1212? Think about it.
      Maybe my message of putting the story straight will be heard by a few more people.
      Monica

      Comment by copperknob — June 23, 2011 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

    • Surely Ruth would have been still been with her family in 1941 aged 15 or 16 yrs old, and her name would have been Ruth Hornby or Neilson. I thought she only married George Ellis in 1950, so why is she called Ruth Ellis on these drawings by Ward from 1941 ?

      I thought that Stephen Ward started to get to know Ruth when she was on the set of Lady Godiva Rides Again [1951] – am I correct ?

      Just a thought !!!!

      Comment by IAN — November 15, 2011 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

      • Ruth was NEVER a Hornby; she was Neilson. I really don’t want to comment on the sketches other than the fact someone emailed them to me several years ago.

        Ruth married George Ellis towards the end of 1950. From my research she already knew Stephen Ward – and visited the White Hart hotel in Brasted with him. Ruth also knew George before she ‘officially’ met him in a London club in 1950 – he was a regular customer at the White Hart in Brasted. I think we make both these points in our book.

        However I am prepared to share this with you: I have uncovered evidence that Ruth was in Stephen Ward’s circle immediately after the 2nd World War.

        Monica Weller

        Comment by copperknob — November 15, 2011 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  17. All extreemly interesting and a sorry tale. I wonder if to speculate on what might have happened in a fictional novel, which no doubt would be sucessful, could shake the tree as it were. Even taking the period in time in question, this level of coruption and cover up and her willingness to go along with it all You must speculate

    Graham S

    Comment by Graham — August 4, 2011 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  18. Hi Monica,

    I’m currently reading My Sisters Secret Life and its been very interesting so far, although heart-breaking at times. The horror of the “elites” of society preying on and driving a woman into vulnerability to protect Their interests and secrets is sickening. Do you think this kind of thing could still be happening in the UK? And if so, perhaps more prevalent, within the political and business circles, creating scapegoats of vulnerable or individual thinking people to protect their hold on power?

    I would be interested to hear what you think and I’ll continue reading, and also other versions to get a view of the (often very) different perspectives.

    Good luck,

    Stuart R

    Comment by Stuart — September 12, 2011 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the message – Carry on with your own research.
      Monica

      Comment by copperknob — September 13, 2011 @ 9:30 am | Reply

    • Thanks for your comments.
      Monica Weller

      Comment by copperknob — September 15, 2011 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  19. I read your book about Ruth Ellis with a great deal of pity…
    Elaine B

    Comment by Elaine — September 14, 2011 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your interest Elaine.Everything in our book is based on a huge bank of first-hand evidence.
      Monica Weller

      Comment by copperknob — September 15, 2011 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  20. David – I didn’t think Ruth married George Ellis until 1950, so therefore would still be Ruth Hornby in 1941. Am I correct Monica ? Just a thought !!!

    Comment by IAN — November 15, 2011 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

    • Ruth was Ruth Neilson in 1941.
      MW

      Comment by copperknob — November 15, 2011 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

      • But still not Ruth Ellis.

        Comment by IAN — November 17, 2011 @ 6:19 am | Reply

        • I cannot speculate about what Ruth Ellis might or might not have called herself in 1941 other than she was Ruth Neilson in 1941.

          Comment by copperknob — November 17, 2011 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  21. Thanks Monica but surey logic speaks volumes here, if she was Ruth Neilson in 1941 then surely we can speculate she wasn’t Ruth Ellis because she was Ruth Neilson [and more importantly hadn’t yet married George Ellis]. Its not rocket science yet, anyway.

    Comment by IAN — November 18, 2011 @ 8:11 pm | Reply

    • I have to be very careful about things I say to the whole world on my blog. I am not in a position to go any further on this one. As I said she was Ruth Neilson in ’41.

      Comment by copperknob — November 18, 2011 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

      • OK – understood !

        Comment by IAN — November 18, 2011 @ 9:42 pm | Reply

  22. Hi Monica, your research has at last exposed the truth. which i knew was out there somewhere,i never felt the story held water. My late mother always insisted Ruth was innocent – although she only met her a few times. So As a person who has followed this story from a certain personal connection… I would like to personally thank you for revealing that this lady as not the cold blooded killer we are supposed to believe,but in truth a vulnerable, and abused young woman,who in the end showed a courage that most, do not have. We all feel a great sadness for the lost life of someone who,was most without doubt the victim of a conspiracy. The Film,”Dance with a stranger” being just commercial rubbish,did not promote or seek the truth… Perhaps when they make the REAL documentary or film, i will compose the music.-it would be my pleasure.
    Thank you again for your amazing detective work,and enlightenment.
    Gypsy Re Bethe

    Comment by G R Bethe — August 26, 2012 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  23. Hiya Monica, For My A Level History Coursework I have created the question of, ‘Assess the short term significance of the case of Ruth Ellis for bringing about a change in the law of capital punishment.’ I would love to use this as a source but would need the Home Office’s origional statement as this is not a contemporary source of the time- is there anyway I could find this?
    Thank you,
    Victoria.

    Comment by Victoria — March 21, 2014 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

    • Victoria…I can only suggest you go to The National Archives and trawl through the files. Good Luck. Monica

      Comment by copperknob — June 20, 2014 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

      • Victoria…I should imagine the only photographs you’ll find are those that have been published in the various books and articles about Ruth Ellis. Good Luck. Monica Weller

        Comment by copperknob — June 20, 2014 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  24. Hi Monica, I was the soldier that found Dr Davidsons body all those years ago.
    Chris

    Comment by Chris D — June 9, 2016 @ 10:34 am | Reply


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