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Christopher T George
Username: Chrisg

Post Number: 179
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 12:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi all:

This case has less to do with the Ripper murders and more to do with the possible miscarriage of justice that occurred when Florence Maybrick was convicted for the alleged murder of latterday Ripper suspect James Maybrick in 1889. In fact, the two men accused of the double homicide by gunshot of a cinema manager and his assistant manager at the Cameo Cinema, Smithdown Road, Liverpool, namely George Kelly and Charles Connolly, were tried in their first, joint, trial in St. George's Hall in 1950, the same place where Florie was tried 61 years earlier. Kelly, who was accused of being the gunman in the crime, was hung for the murders, and Connolly served a prison sentence for his alleged role as lookout.

Now, in a landmark judicial decision, the convictions of both men have been quashed by a British appeals court, the court ruling that the convictions were "unsafe." See--

Hanged man's conviction quashed

Man hanged 53 years ago has murder conviction overturned

Cinema murders that gripped the nation

Instrumental in bringing about this decision is a book by a visitor to this site, Liverpudlian Mr. George Skelly, son of a friend of the executed man, Kelly. Mr. Skelly has written a book on the case, The Cameo Conspiracy and I have arranged to meet him during the Liverpool convention. It is Mr. Skelly's contention that the case was a frame-up by the man in charge of the case, Detective Chief Inspector Herbert Balmer. The Liverpool police were anxious to stamp out American gangland style violence, and the murder of the cinema manager and his assistant had shocked the city. By the way, interesting for attendees at the upcoming Liverpool convention, according to the police theory, the Beehive pub in Mount Pleasant was one of the locations where Kelly and Connolly are alleged to have plotted the crime. St. George's Hall is also nearby in Lime Street as well as other locales of significance in the Maybrick and Cameo Case stories.

Best regards

Chris George

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