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Jack the Ripper case looked into

It is an old chestnut of a case with no real new evidence introduced since 1888 between August and November of that said year. Some 50 suspects gathered by Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of London Met Police and his team of detectives. White chapel area of the city of London in 1888 was a slum housing area of so many different communities including seaman rest homes and butchers shops with a large population of prostitute and pimps.It was jack the lad land and gangsters on the prowl. The poor lived there and close was the human bond in most circles. It was near the London Docks and so had a vast collection of foreign visitors many sailors from all over the world.

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In this case we look only at the top 5 suspects as to go through police files it becomes very clear that they just did not have a single clue to base a case on someone. Anybody.
I was before modern technology began and so only witness work was the way to progress save that no witness lived. Who ever Jack the Ripper was he was quick able and darkly covered to vanish. It indicates an athletic man with basic knowledge at least of surgery.
First in the frame of really could be Jack is Doctor Francis Tumblety. An American Irish no body as he invented his medical rank. A seller of cheap medicine at as a cure for all ailments.He dealt in New York as a herbalist. In 1888 he was in London and lived in Whitechapel area. in his New York home he did have jars of female uterus stored in spirits as part of his organ collection. We have proof he added to this over time first shown in November 1888 outside his stall selling potions.
Police had him on a gross indecency charge but it was not enough to have him sent back for trail when he jumped bail and ran back to New York. He was a lover of young men in time when it was illegal and we know he hated women as they stole his love from him. His love a 19 year old male.
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Next came a Polish hairdresser in Whitechapel. One Aaron Kosminski 11th September 1865- march 24th 1919. he went raving mad and eventually was placed in a hospital for mental patients. Police thought he was Jack the Ripper on these grounds alone. yet they say now that a shawl belonging to one of the victims under DNA proved kosminshi was her killer. I say after 131 years no.  Corruption took place. The wool shoulder cloth called a shawl in the hands of many over this time in police care may have been contaminated easily. Saying this it shoves to dagger nearer to this Polish mad barber.

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Third in the line up is Walter Sickert who really could have been the serial killer but no real evidence could be brought to prove he was. For the police this man was the top suspect for years. Yet again no proof came to light.

Then a German seaman called Carl Feigenbaum He had been in the area of the murders in Whitechapel in London and covers all points. He was convicted of murder of a woman and sentenced in Sing Sing prison New York to the electric chair in 1894 to death. His own lawyer William Lawton believed firmly that his client was jack the Ripper.

Lastly we arrive at a Royal physician one Sir William Withy Gull 31st December 1816-29th January 1890. He served Queen Victoria but police found him wandering in white chapel and made it an investigation. Local gossip fast to talk and out it came as the Queens doctor is Jack the Ripper. No real proof in this case as Sir William may well have been seeing a sex worker and shamed in the act.

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in the murders on that year only that of Elizabeth Stride is different and now it is thought she was killed not by jack the Ripper. She may have been victim to her husbands drunken temper finding her on the game.

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Not one of the many suspects had enough motive or facts to arrest even one of them. They could not solve this case with whole of the London Police department after this killer in 1888 so now it beyond solving it is history only. A mystery forever.

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I read of a man who claimed that one of the Rippers victims one Mary Kelly Jacks last victim was in fact AKA Elizabeth Weston- Davies grandmother to Doctor Wynn Weston-Davies who had been brutally murdered by her own husband as she had betrayed the family and his reputation in law. The man is Francis Craig his book 2015 is a real jump to prove that his facts add up.

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Jack was the signed name on the letter sent to the police inviting them to find him. It is I think a petty stupid thing to do as a member of the public sent that in.
Then it was a reporter on the local newspaper that called him Jack the Ripper and so a legend was born from an evil serial murderer long dead and judged by his betters elsewhere.

mary_jane_kelly_mutilated_faceWhat was left of Mary Kelly after Jack the Ripper carved her up. The last victim and the worse crime ever. The cases saw he took heart liver and uterus out of all women that he murdered but here with his last victim he removed not just her organs but her face.
in a letter to a journalist George R Sims Police Chief Inspector Littlechild admitted in 1913 as a retied member of the London police force that Francis Tumbelty was the police top suspect after many interviews with him after capture for Gross indecency the police had enough on him try his case but he did a runner when he jumped bail and no way could they bring him back as he was changed at that stage with the lesser crime.
So we are left with two real suspects one as shown died by electric chair that other got way to New York. it is anybodies guess and this story will run on forever without any proof or conviction. I did hear that DNA may be found on a shawl that belonged to Mary Kelly that last victim but how sure are they that it was hers as all clothing covered in blood was burned later to prevent illness or rats.

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Whitechapel lane 2019 London, United Kingdom.

One name we can prove he was not Jack the Ripper was in fact Prince Albert Victor who was not in London but Scotland at Balmoral for two of the murders and on Crown duties for the rest of time in the frame outside of murders.

if this case could have been closed long ago I am sure it would have been so, it will go on and on without end, or result. a true mystery folks. Go with care for its still a jungle out there.

Yours Sir Kevin
copyright Kevin James Parr Bt 2019

The sad case of saleable children

In 1989 an American woman wanted to know her real parents as she suspected she had been adopted.  Nothing wrong with that. Not until Lynn Heinz recalled her childhood and the mother she knew and lost.

In 1989 all that came to light involved one of the most astounding cases of child farming ever brought to light. What is child farming. Well! here you will learn all about the cruelty of one evil woman. She who lived under the shadows selling of captured babies and young toddlers off the street. Aided by her friendship with the richest tycoon in California who was acting as mayor she hid from detection for over 23 years.

No one knew who she was as head of this children help society and no one bothered to look. In this way the guilty Georgia Tann from Philadelphia Mississippi was covered from sight or blame. She would grow to see human children as commodity and profit in selling.

What she did was to drive into the poorest areas of New York and California looking for the right child she had orders for to sell to adoption parents as legal. Babies from prams 3 year olds at play in the street. Sweets they call candies offered to the children and in to the car never to see home again. Lots of cash changed hands as Tann knew the ropes she claimed from State for care of lost children. She then sold to the family who paid the most .Some as normal it seems paid 5000 dollars which in todays money is a fortune.

Then she lost some in death? 500 in fact died in her care which suggests she was cruel to her stolen money makers.

We looked deep into the files and it seems she even sold her own baby brother when her father told her her chosen career of lawyer was too masculine for his only daughter and forbade her to study law. Was it revenge that brought her into this evil trade?

From 1921-1940 some 5000 children she sold by her own figures and hidden accounts. She was making it rich on sin. Cruel Vixon she was, died in 1950, just 3 days before the new mayor Gordon Browning ordered a full investigation of her and the childrens home society she ran.

Georgia Tann knew she was caught but also she had been told she was dying of uterine cancer.So she took her self back home and died faster than was guessed. In came the city police, many whom had known as they had profited from her. The whole thing ended up on the table in court but only those who had gained by pay from Tann ended up jailed. Tann had run the whole thing herself.

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Georgia Tann.

Some 5000 people on this day had been sold as small children by this evil woman and many have come forward to know who they really are.

How sad this tale is has no ending as it still goes on now with others of Tanns ilk in far flung corners of the world? No maybe even in your own area someone is watching your child. Be ever vigilant and allow this story of a real case teach you that sadly, nothing is sacred.

Thank you for your time,Sir Kevin

 

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Ba Ba Black Sheep

I was sat watching television quite minding my own business when some chap piped up about racism and quoted this old pearl of childhood bliss.

Here do I place the record straight for all to enjoy.

Black sheep are rare creatures even today but in the time of King Edward Longshanks the great war leader and faithful husband to wife Eleanor , black sheep were even rarer.

Yet from Edwards time of 13th century London does this chant come from.

Edward needed cash flow to build Windsor Castle and gardens. His dear wife a business woman of wealth talked tax and Edward took her up on it. Wool tax was brought to the farmers and black wool was paid a slightly higher price so tax was more.

The poor people searched the walls for sheep wool to sell as sheep have a habit of itching themselves up against stone walls and fences. The Black wool sold well hence the peoples song became folk music to be sung at fairs in summertime.

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King Edward First as perhaps taken from the stone image of him.

It has nothing to do with racism nor sinister meanings unless tax is an issue of course.

Edward was in fact a good King and built a strongly defended England with scowling castles over shadowing the countryside. Not one to slow down he died on the march back from war with Scotland .On the sands on English side of the Solway river he fell ill and died among his army. They erected a massive stone stack on the place he left this life and its remains today near Port Carlisle, Cumbria now. His body brought back to London and entombed on 27th October 1307.  Westminster Abbey.

He never met William Wallace either. So most of that Movie Brave heart is wrong as that title belongs to Robert the Bruce. so much other nonsense to in that film . Showing the enemy your bum was a good target for the long bow then so it never happened.  If out of range of that lethal bow than too far by half for anyone to witness. The fact is Wallace dared not attack King Edward Longshakes army but his son Edward the weak was an easy war to fight .Ambush is not war but somehow this rabble is honoured in history as a Scottish win. Ambushing a rat is easy rather than stand and fight.  Songs about it last forever as Scotlands great victory over King Edwards army but it was not that great King but his puffy son in charge. Edward the second was a misfit a sad young fool of a man who may even have been homosexual.

Today we have breeds of sheep with black fleeces of rare farm breeds but wool is no longer profitable only for arts and craft weavers and such. Once wool is my bread was the crest above wool sheds and Kendal town hall in Cumbria England bore it as a badge.

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So ba ba Black sheep relates to  a period in history when back wool was premium and taxed as pure profit. For the poor country folk finding wool was income and many bed pillow were stuffed with what was left. The monks made candles from tallow from fleeces of wool.

I hope this shows you how our children songs began from what was topical at the time and are far older than we think.

Thank you for reading. Sir Kevin

 

copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2019

The Devils Whore she was not.

Edward Sexby was fiction set in a TV film of the story of a lady robber.. The TV drama was way off true base. Entitled The Devils Whore , may have brought in the viewers not not one word was fact.

Poor Katherine, Lady Ferras ,was blackened by many who used her name as a witch . a highwayman , a sex fiend a robber and a Devil worshiper. In fact many movies over years have seen Kathrine as a Highwayman shot to death in the Margaret Lockwood Hollywood epic of 1940s. In many British Tv drama stories she appears as a crafty woman trying to get all she lost back by devil worship. In one tv series she is a hero on a stolen horse. Another a lover of two men and rescued from hanging by a rough soldier named for the series Edward Sexby.  None of any of it is true.

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Her name was Lady Katherine Ferras married into the famous Fanshawe family .She was from a rich landowners family and died aged 26 in agony delivering a dead child from her womb. She was never a highwayman or thief nor anything thrown at her name but a good living wife to her husband and a God loving lady.

What started all of this legend off was another Ferrras but no relation, who as Lord Ferras was hanged for robbery long before lady Katherine lived. He being Lord and her lady Ferras joined by tale tellers as one brought about the lie that she rode to save her starving in the English Civil wars as highway woman.

The period 1642-1649 was one nightmare for those living in England as  King and his Parliament brought us war that nation that divided us  by the sword and no person safe from harm.  It is one of the worse periods in our history and from which many legends came out of war. King was executed and master Cromwell gave us years of peace and good trade .He was bible and sword but in rule he gave us a navy a stable nation and he died in service to his England. In fact he gave us the start of a trading empire.

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Lady Katherine was a kind heart in a good minded body. Not a good horse rider and no lover of nights out of her abode as wife she excelled but on death of husband in the war she , terror haunted, gave birth to their dead child that killed her also in delivery.

Story now set straight after that lies told in movies and TV films that belittle such a good woman.

Thank you all for allowing me to defend a ladies reputation. I feel she has been tortured in her story by wasters and villains who only wished to be rich using her name in vain

Copyright Kevin Parr. Baronet.

 

The facts related to the Pied Piper of Hamlin town.

Long ago as a boy I read many tales of yore.I loved poetry and by reading Robert Browning I came across the famous story in verse of the tale of the loss of 240 children owing to the Councils lies. The man in a coat from neck to feet half red half yellow. The Pied piper legend of 1284 that Browning had penned went viral and now almost all children know something of the story.

The poet had license to add what he needed to make words fit it is true but in fact this is not a fiction it is heavily based on real fact. 240 children did vanish in Hamlin town in said year. All at once and witness told at that time of  a thin tall man in red and yellow coat that almost touched the street level piped a long thin flute and children flew from all directions to him. Never to be seen again.

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Robert Browning.

That date is before the advent of the Black Death so what could have happened to those children?   The fact that rats do not belong to this tale at all may be Browning once again but records only show that this said piper lead the towns children up the street, that still exists, and they all vanished from that same main town area.

Record fails to explain the true cause of the loss. Yes the pied piper was seen by many playing the notes so sweet and children came to him happily to follow.

Then that is all we do know. It could relate to the poor who sold their children for cash for food to be able to survive. it is not unknown even today in some parts of our sad world. So 240 kids is a bit of a stretch of mind unless it was a pact and the piper a head of  a pedophile ring.

Seems not really a case for that with so many children. So what could have happened . The witchcraft stuff could be real. In 1248 many strange believes existed .  A magical piper is as much as a joke as possible but he could have enticed as starving kids may well have followed hoping for feed.

A stain glass window in Hamlin church depicted the event but even though it is recorded as being fitted in 1300 and is the earliest mention I think it burned down in 1660 so only the mention of it exists in records.

What I see is the symbol of death being the pied piper the children could have all died of some first runner of what is called the  black death. All perished of a sort of child related infection with no medicine to cure it then may have claimed the lives of the young. The shadow of the Angel of Death is an ancient bible story so was it seen that a lone piper seen in such a loud outfit got the blame and he became for the parents the Angle of Death without him ever knowing. This to me is how stories spread .The dead children piled up in roughly made boxes waiting burial may have been in the said street of no noise that is really their shrine today.

Red and yellow robes common for street performers related to the colours of Knights attire so nothing would have been associated I feel at that time if he had dressed more soberly. Then the legend would not have grown as Angel of Death as blamed for the many deaths of that generation. Then no one would have even recalled the event perhaps.Though 240 children is too many to forget .

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The brothers Grimm also wrote this  tale up in all it gore and blood . Though not much help for research in their recant of the old story. Rats and all they tell of. Though this was not the case. Rats added later for better effect.

Hamelin today is spelt this way and is in Brunswick and not far from Hanover with the vastness of the river Weser .The said famous street is still banned by law from any music or noises and in English translates to the street of no drums.

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They later added figure of the piper set in the main street of Hamelin Saxony Germany.Though he seems to have lost his pied look.

Thank you for your loyalty in reading my work.

Yours Sir Kevin.

Copyright kevin Parr Bt2019

Rudolf Hess the real story untold.

In the gray dawn of overcast Britain a German Flugzeug plane Messerschmitt was out of control as its pilot had bailed out over Scotland. It was 1941 and Britain was at war alone with Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler. The pilot had hit the ground hard and his shoot was now a problem as he had broken an ankle landing awkwardly on the rocky ground. This pilot was Hitlers number 3 in command his name Rudolf Hess. just why he had flown the English Channel alone to be in Scotland only someone on the ground knew the real reason. The Duke of Hammond lived nearby and in fact Hess was headed for him.

Many top men in Europe and Britain thought it possible to stop the war and Hess had the plan to do just that. Hammond may well have said as much to friends just weeks before hand over drinks in his London club. The wall have ears, as the many advert sheets,on walls suggested .

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Hitler did not want to fight Britain he was always careful not to bring in a world Empire against him.  He wanted Britain to turn a blind eye as he took over Europe and he would leave Britain out of it. Then he did not know the English ways as Europe was our friend in trade and so no way would they not fight to stop Hitler in his tracks. Alone this was hard work to try but we went in head first while America watched as they had done during the first world war. Having promised not to drag America into any war that did not affect them was now holding President Trueman back and his America clearly unable to help us.

Hess was captured and detained and he knew his plot had failed so he said nothing. He really wanted to impress Hitler whom for almost a year  had ignored him. If he could convince Hammond and peers that he could stop the war if Britain who agree not to try to stop him taking over Europe then all would be well and Hitler would praise him for his boldness. It is likely that Hitler did not know Hess had done this until next day at breakfast he was so informed. He let out a roar of a wild injured lion we are told on hearing what his number 3 was up to. He issued a statement that Hess was mad to stop anything bouncing back to him. Hess now was in fact trapped, his plan in tatters, as MI5 had known of his lone plane before it crossed the channel and that solves the mystery as to why no akak guns shot him down at the coastal artillery blockades around British coastlines.

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At the Nuremberg  trails Hess acted as if deranged. It was a guise to receive a lesser sentence as all had said he was mad this was easy to convey and so was given life imprisonment instead of the death sentence he so richly deserved. Always a killer a hater of Jews and a true loyal Nazi and admirer of Hitler. Hess had murdered Jews and although had landed in Britain before the deaths of millions in gas ovens happened he still knew it was on the plans and said, nothing.

 

He was handed over to be housed in a house of   fame       In Monmouthshire South Wales. Here he was allowed to walk around Abergavenny market town unhindered by guards but observed by agents at every step.

Spandau Prison a 600 cell Prussian Prison in Berlin, Germany was being made ready for just 7 Nazi prisoners including Hess. The allies  had the Russians at the door and they had it that Hess was as much a Russia captive as Englands.  It was the British intelligence who had picked this place for that exact reason as   Russia would do the job for them and divide Germany into two halves as a house divided against itself cannot stand. It therefore cannot rise to arms so easily. Russia took the bait like willing children seeing chocolate and set about building a wall across Berlin. It was more than was wanted but Britain kept clear of it. It was enough to stop a nation that had caused two world wars in just 20 years apart. Russia now had control of the situation.

The second wall went up to stop any doubt that the wall was to stay and so Britain maned the wall with an area known as no mans land full of barbed wire and lances upright in between those two walls. The Germans that had relative each side of border wall had no chance of ever seeing loved ones unless Check point Charlie the Russian gate would allow passage?  This was felt by all to be  a small price to pay for what horrors had gone on and war to be avoided by the worlds most war like peoples.Not that in fact this was the case as Prussia was the cause of World War One

 

For many years this wall set up was the Eastern block against the European nations. It became a dragon as one by one the prisoners died. Only Hess who had tried twice to kill himself now existed in that prison. He had a little garden that he would attend. Hess a thin tall figure between two armed guards weeded his plot of flowers for half hour each morning. This could be seen by both sides of the wall by those who served as guards.

It was now that Hess was old and cramped and sad to see that his son tried hard to get him freedom.The British Government was pestered by those who thought Hess had served his sentence. Then one has to recall that as a cruel killer and Nazi top man next to Hitler he had show no mercy for those he did away with and he could have , should have received the death sentence at court. Then suddenly Hess died by rope around his neck. The British did the autopsy and claimed it as suicide. This was not good enough for the son of Hess as he said his father had been murdered.

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Obviously he and the lawyer Mister Hess had, blamed the British as talks had been in progress at that time of death for release. It seemed to be an open and shut case for young Hess but why would the British want Hess dead he had but a year or two left and all would be over in any event. Yes Hess had now become a mascot for young NAZI youth in Germany rising fast in support to release Hess as a hero of the people which had to be stopped. The finger moving passed on to a German Government who wanted no part of Hess or the rising block of Nazism showing its evil face again. So it was in German best interest to kill Hess  this not only stopped the rage of youth desperate for any worldly glory  and also with no Hess ,no Russians halving Berlin. That wall was now obsolete and would eventually be the focus point of the world as an act of freedom with a united Germany. This later information was not the agenda of the allies wishes so if Rudolf Hess was murdered, which I doubt, who killed him do you think?

Hess will be judged by above where he escaped the earthly judgement .He was a true evil Nazi officer who had fought both world wars and followed the path of revenge as he had been born of German parents in Alexandria Egypt and in the First World war we took control of all properties including Hess fathers house and buildings. Hess went to Germany to enlist in revenge and so advanced into Socialism and into backing Hitler but he lost Hitlers favour to Goring and others more political players than Hess could ever be. In this mad brained plan Hess had thrown his hat into as to win Hitler back to him. It seemed a master plan at the time. He must have had years of regret to study his mistakes let us hope he begged for forgiveness and salvation over those 40 years  in prayer but being a loyal Hitler supporter until the bitter end one can not be sure.

Hess was no more than a gambler who lost his all. An evil shadow of Hitler himself and all those who stayed with Hitler even when knowing he was mad himself.

I hope Mister Hess can now shut the book and not harbor that same revenge as his father did all his life. If Hess had been tried in France instead of in Germany no doubt he would have been found guilty and hanged without regret by Charles De Gaul. If he had been taken by Russia he would have been shot without trial but as it was he existed long enough as captive to ask God for forgiveness. Question is did he?

Thank you as always for being with me.

Yours Sir Kevin.

Copyright 2019 Kevin Parr Bt.

The war criminal who was Queen Victoria Nephew who escaped justice in 1919.

In June 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm 11 decided that his Grandmother was dead as Queen and Empress in England and the shooting of his brother and newly married wife on honeymoon in Sarajevo gave him revenge on the world. He could now please himself about the size of his empire. Prussia was strong and able to build a larger European empire after all India belonged to England, he told himself.

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He with withered arm was never photographed to expose his withered helpless arm. His mother, Victoria daughter, hated her sons deformity and set about trying methods ,often painful to rectify the dead arm. She had no concern for her son and showed her son no love at all and disliked him often. He wore such wonderful expensive uniforms designed to shield his defect and so he, after all deaths in family, decided on world domination .

 

So his march into Belgium was no more than occupation and rape and murder of some 5600 Belgium peoples.Babies stabbed in their dead mothers arms. A free for all and blood lust from troops encouraged by officers under Wilhelm who saw them as rabble accused them of snipping at his men and all sins forgiven for rape and butchery. It was here that France and Britain took action .It was September 1914 and war was declared on Prussia.

The war cost 6.7 million casualties and over 8 million dead.  a war fought in deep mud and trenches. A line of stones marks one trench near Paris. it states on the stones ,”Here fought the men of the Dragoon Guards ,they lay here still. ”

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My grandfather came home with out a lung and two shell holes in his arm. Gas and conditions caused him to be in pain for the rest of his days and I was born six days after his death.

We all know of what went on but not many know that this evil  king of the Prussians and Queen Victoria nephew one Wilhelm was a war criminal for sure. In 1919 he was accused of this but he manged to escape into exile into Netherlands into the care of Queen Wilhelmina who gave him a castle and all his belongings carried into it. Lap of luxury but no more a King just an escaped war criminal at large. The Queen had ensured her county would remain neutral and so refused to hand her guest over to the victorious allies .

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Time wore on and in 1927 the trial of war criminals took place in liepiz but so bad was the German judge that only a few real offenders were executed. As Wilhelm was not attending it was not possible for the Germans to judge. Or so they insisted.That mystery must be the reason the British could not insist this man took the stand. Queen or no Queen she harbored a known criminal and that is illegal is in all nations law. No ruling Royal can be above that law , or any other for that matter.

In 1941 Wilhelm died in Holland but his grand Prussia was no more, now a part of it was just Germany, who  soon they would start war again.

Wilhelm was in my mind an evil leader, a war criminal certainly, as what was dumped on the poor Belgians by his troops before that outbreak of first World War and owing in part to this vile murder of so many innocents it is clear that he was a war criminal in more ways than just one. 8 million dead men on both sides of the field of war could stand up and accuse him I am sure. if asked.

You see going back in time to that day when he told Victoria he wanted Poland and she as his grandmother, reprimanded him, all was clear what Wilhelm was in truth a villain, but no one took enough notice at the time .He was told he had enough land and titles.

May be that ugly arm gave the boy a complex I can see that but to do what he did was criminal and his actions had an affect on every family in Europe, Canada ,India and England her self. The generation that was butchered and damned, lost us all we valued at that time. It went on to start a second World War and still the legacy on one War Criminal in the form of one Prussian King continues even today to haunt the face of Europe.  Wilhelm was a selfish monster, the Devils own minister. A man who threw his subjects into a war so vile and cruel it shook the very fabric of the world that came out of the abbess a very changed world.

Thank you for reading ,Sir Kevin.

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2019

 

The ballad of a Highwayman.

A youth once gave thought to a romantic image of a Highwayman. In his enabled mind he saw him sat high in the saddle on a black and shiny horse and away,over the fields they would race the wind.

This is the tale of such a boy. Born in Wolverhampton,  England, on 16th September 1880.

By the age of four years old his father a teacher of Latin and Greek was offered a job at a college in Aberysthwyth in South Wales. The boys name Alfred Noyes and he grew to write some of the best poetry ever thought up. What he gave to us in 1906 was a ballad in two parts of a true story but he held back on a name for his Highwayman.

in this account I attempt to find out just who he based this work upon. Most of it he invented himself to build the plot further.

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Noyes was able to read his work for a BBC recording in 1950 and to me his expressive way of delivering his poem entitled the Highwayman brought to me a small child a love of poems that would last my whole life. It perhaps was the thrilling tale of a man with no name who risked his life to keep his promise to return to his love that inspired all that is fine and noble in mankind within my tiny mind. That fact that this man was a robber a murderous road user thief and often on a stolen horse fascinated me until later in life one comes to see that killer on the road just a thug and scoundrel who stole for his way of life in drink and love of women in his arms. A few had been robbed by Crown of their lands during Civil War and could not find honest work. This gave another level to the dress code of a Highwayman robber. It was a wide spread curse of honest people but as with all folk lore it is seen almost as a hero on a stolen horse.

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Margaret Lockwood as a female Highwayman in the movie from 1945 Wicked Lady.

 

That singular evil fact should not distract from the beauty of Alfred Noyes great tale in any shape or form as what this poem is is a great masterpiece within the English language.

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The last refrain tells of the ghosts of both lovers and is the haunting line that is remembered.

And still of a winters night, they say,when the wind is in the trees,

When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas ,

When the road is ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,

A highwayman comes riding.

A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn door.

Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn -yard

And taps with his whip at the on the shutters,but all is locked and barred;

He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there

But Bess, the landlords black eyed daughter,

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Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

It is my hope that reading this  will bring you to search for the reading in full on line or in poetry books. In it I find not just a poem but the base history of England and the very moving tale of love and danger. Two sides of the fence unite in love forever in the immortal words of a a craftsman in poetry.

The man who was in the mind of the youthful Noyes I discovered was in fact Dick Turpin a real nasty man not worth mention . Born on 21st September in that year of grace 1706 in Hempstead Essex. But it was his ride to York on Black Bess that must have given the writer the inspiration to give us this poem. Then Turpin never made that ride Nevison another earlier Highwayman rode to York in fast time changing horses 3 times in order to escape capture. Then Alfred Noyes never claimed to be a historian but he was a genius with words.

Yours with regards Sir Kevin.

 

Copyright Kevin James Parr Bt 2019