I am absolutely convinced of William Wallace's innocence because of the business of the Qualthrough phone call. Everybody agrees that whoever made the phone call, asking Wallace to visit the non-existing Menlove Gardens East, must have been the killer.
There are only two possibilities here. The first is that Wallace himself phoned his friend, the Captain of the Chess Club, using an assumed voice, asking him to tell Wallace (himself) to go to Menlove Gardens East the following night for an Insurance job. That would set-up an alibi of sorts for Wallace, allowing him to get away with murder on that night.
The other possibility is that someone ELSE phoned the Captain of the Chess Club and left him the rather complex instructions for Wallace to go and meet a fictitious Mr. Qualthrough in the non-existent Menlove Gardens East. That person, the actual killer, wanted Wallace to be well out of the way the following night allowing him to rob and kill Julia Wallace.
Here is the problem - and the clincher. It is virtually impossible for someone well known to a second person to carry on a long conversation, in an assumed voice, for any length of time without being rumbled. In this case for Wallace to try changing his voice to his friend, the Captain of the Chess Club, would have been virtually impossible, particularly as they were due to meet anyway within the hour.
Myself and a few friends tried this out one day. We each in turn phoned a friend with a list of instructions while trying to assume a strange voice. We even tried putting slices of apple in our cheeks, but to no avail. Each one of us was rumbled, identified, by the friend sometimes within a few seconds of the phone call starting! Wallace could not have made the phone call and anyone else would have had no need to change his voice. Gordon Parry fits the bill here and remember he 'borrowed' a set of coverall fisherman's oilskins for some reason a while before. He never returned them to the owner. QED by Tim in Dublin.
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