15,008. In 1921 Harold Jones murdered two young girls ... He was just a fifteen year old boy himself ... Did Harold Jones go on to become the man who become known as Jack the Stripper? (Murder: Jones & Hammersmith Murders) Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook: The Welsh Child Killer
15,009. After almost ninety minutes of deliberation, the jury returned their verdict: they found fifteen year old Harold Jones not guilty. (Murder: Jones & Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
15,010. He received a hero’s welcome. (Murder: Jones & Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
15,011. Back on the streets, and some believe would kill again ... I want to know what happened when he was released from prison, and how Jones may be linked to a series of killings that were committed by a man known to police as Jack the Stripper. (Murder: Jones & Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
15,012. After twenty years of imprisonment the authorities believed the boy who had killed two young girls was fit for release. (Murder: Jones & Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
15,013. In 1947 Jones eventually surfaced in London. (Murder: Jones & Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
15,014. He moved to Fulham where he got married and had a daughter. Almost fifteen years after his release from prison a series of killings took place in London not far from Jones’s home. They became known as the Hammersmith Nudes Murders, and the press nicknamed the killer as Jack The Stripper. (Murder: Jones & Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
15,015. Harold Jones was never questioned. (Murder: Jones & Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
15,016. In today’s society a child murdering another child for pleasure still shocks us. (Murder: Jones & Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
124,717. One case continues to intrigue me: a series of murders known as the Hammersmith nude murders. This is the biggest unsolved serial murder case in British criminal history. The killer is even more prolific than Jack the Ripper … He sadistically murdered six women: the killer abducted his victims from what was then the red light district around Shepherd’s Bush in west London; he then proceeded to strangle them, strip them and remove their teeth. (Murder: Jones & Murder: Hammersmith Murders) Professor David Wilson, Dark Son: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, BBC 2019
124,718. A genuine prime suspect … A man who went unnoticed by detectives, a man who as a boy had killed two young girls in the quiet Welsh town of Abertillery; their deaths have eerie parallels with the Jack the Stripper killings … and that man’s name is Harold Jones. (Murder: Jones & Murder: Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
124,719. After leaving prison, Harold Jones moved to London and lived at the heart of Jack the Stripper’s hunting grounds. (Murder: Jones & Murder: Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
124,720. Jones’ psychiatric report reveals him to be an unreformed sexual sadist … With no treatment for the sexual sadism, Harold Jones left prison … He was lost in the fog of war. (Murder: Jones & Murder: Hammersmith Murders) ibid.
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14,733. They didn’t see a man come up to their Morris Minor. The first they knew was when he tapped on the driver’s window. A gun was thrust in. ‘This is a hold-up,’ he said and got into the back seat. He said that his name was Jim and he was on the run. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) Great Crimes & Trials: The A-6 Murder
14,734. He tied Valerie up, and told Gregsten to pass over a bag from the front. Gregsten may have tried to throw it at him, and the man fired two shots in the side and back of Gregsten’s head killing him instantly. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) ibid.
14,735. He assaulted her and she had the one glimpse at his face in the lights of a passing car ... He fired two volleys of shot at her which knocked her to the ground. She pretended to be dead, and heard him get in the car and drive off. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) ibid.
14,736. On 31st August she gave the police a new description of her attacker. Now she said he had staring icy-blue eyes. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) ibid.
14,737. She picked out Hanratty, and he was immediately arrested. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) ibid.
14,738. She impressed the court with her certainty in identifying Hanratty although she had seen for rapist’s face for only a moment. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) ibid.
14,739. Hanratty was sentenced to death. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) ibid.
14,740. 90,000 people signed the petition reflecting a widespread feeling that identifications based on identity parades were unsafe, and that hanging was horrifically final. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) ibid.
14,741. The material that provided the foundation for the conviction and led to the execution was in fact fatally flawed ... in the sense that there was extensive and inexcusable non-disclosure. What happened was a distortion of the trial process, which was in large measure due to the actions of the senior police officer in the case.
Detective Superintendent Acott personally failed to disclose highly relevant documentation in key areas and, in addition, he misled the court and jury in his evidence relating to these key areas. Finally ... he fabricated evidence relating to [Hanratty’s] interviews. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) Michael Mansfield QC, Court of Appeal
14,742. Vital evidence which could have led to the acquittal of James Hanratty, executed for the A6 murder in 1962, was suppressed at the time of his trial, it emerged yesterday.
One of the most celebrated alleged miscarriage of justice cases was yesterday referred back to the Court of Appeal as the dead man’s lawyers, family and campaign supporters expressed astonishment at the extent of evidence which has only now been disclosed.
The dead man's brother, Michael Hanratty, described as disgraceful the suppression of material which would have saved his brother’s life. His wife, Maureen Hanratty, said the family had been ‘put through hell’ because of the behaviour of the authorities.
The Criminal Cases Review Commission announced yesterday that the case of Hanratty, who was hanged for the murder of Michael Gregsten, has been referred back to the Court of Appeal. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) Duncan Campbell, Guardian Unlimited 30th March 1999
14,743. The family of James Hanratty – controversially hanged for the A6 murder 38 years ago – last night dismissed reports that new DNA evidence proved he was guilty.
Hanratty’s brother Michael, 61, said his family were unconcerned about the latest forensic results and added: 'The new evidence stinks.'
Hanratty, 25, was found guilty in 1962 of shooting dead scientist Michael Gregsten in a layby on the A6 in Bedford.
He was then said to have raped Mr Gregsten’s mistress Valerie Storie and shot her five times, leaving her for dead.
She miraculously survived and Hanratty was hanged largely on the basis of her evidence. But his death has become one of Britain's most notorious alleged miscarriages of justice ...
As part of its evidence for that appeal, the prosecution took advantage of the latest breakthroughs in DNA profiling to re-test exhibits which have been stored in Home Office vaults since Hanratty’s trial.
It was reported yesterday that the DNA profiles obtained earlier this year from fluid samples on a handkerchief wrapped around the murder weapon and on Miss Storie’s underwear match a sample taken from Michael Hanratty.
According to one report, a source close to the forensic tests said: ‘The DNA system narrows it to a one-in-a-billion match. In other words, there is now a one-in-a-billion chance that Hanratty was not the A6 killer.’ (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) Greg Swift, Daily Express 20th July 2000
14,744. The criminal cases review commission referred the Hanratty case to the court of appeal last year with staggering new evidence that the case against Hanratty had been rigged. The commission was well aware of DNA evidence linking Hanratty to the crime and did not discount it. Nor did it rule out the possibility that exhibits on which the DNA tests were based – fragments of knickers and a handkerchief – could have been stored with material taken from Hanratty, and could have been contaminated. The commission concluded: ‘It is impossible to draw any firm conclusion as to the current evidential integrity of the exhibits of the cloth examples in this case. The known (and unknown) aspects of the history of those items must be weighed in the balance.’
The new evidence brought to us by the Sun – that the DNA odds are a billion to one that Hanratty was guilty – does not alter the basic point, that if the exhibits tested were contaminated with items connected with Hanratty, the results are meaningless. Indeed, the greater the sensitivity of the tests, the greater the likelihood of their picking up a contaminant ...
In the late 60s I interviewed 14 witnesses who, with varying degrees of certainty, supported Hanratty’s story, including Margaret Walker, a landlady in a neighbouring guest house, who was certain of the date a young man looking like Hanratty came to her house looking for lodgings. It was the night of the A6 murder. The more the inquiries went on, the firmer became Hanratty’s alibi.
It was, in the light of all this, impossible to believe that Hanratty had not been to Ingledene. Did he go there at some other time? I went through his known movements for every week after his first visit to Rhyl in July 1961. All the subsequent weeks could be accounted for. None of the various (secret) police inquiries since, nor the (secret) Hawser inquiry in 1974, nor the criminal cases review commission has come up with a single substantial piece of evidence to refute the Rhyl alibi.