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William H Wallace

William H Wallace

William Herbert Wallace – The Man from the Pru (Murderer or wrongly accused?)
William was a member of Liverpool Central Chess club which later incorporated into Liverpool Chess Club from 1922 and was labelled a “poor but keen chess player”
He was accused of murdering his wife Julia Wallace in 1931 in one of the most famous unresolved murder mystery cases ever known in Britain which is still the subject of many books and films today He was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged but his conviction was overturned by the Court of Criminal appeal which was unprecedented and he was allowed to walk free
The key to his alibi was that on the night of Monday 19th January 1931 a phone call was made to Liverpool Chess Club for Wallace, 30 minutes before he arrived from a phone box close to Wallace’s home and a message taken from a mystery Mr RM Qualtrough asking for Mr Wallace to visit him the following evening at 7.30pm at 25 Menlove Gardens East to discuss Insurance. Mr Wallace did attempt to find the fictitious address but failed and when he returned home that evening his wife had been bludgeoned to death in their front room

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