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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, March 30. If LETHBHIOQE Flash past Toronto A CF5 Armed Forces fighter plane from 433 the squadron will make during the Canadian National squadron, based at Bagotville, Que., zooms by the Exhibition in August Top speed of the CF5 is more Toronto skyline in a preview of high-speed passes than an hour. Mr. X puts whole new light on Ruth Ellis9 murder trial LONDON (CP) In the fall of 1945, a young French- Canadian soldier sailed for home to rejoin his wife and family, leaving behind five years of war, his tearful English mistress and their illegitimate son. A decade later, the name of this discarded, unwilling mother became one of the best known in Britain when she was hanged outside Holloway prison, the 15th and last woman of the century to be executed before the United Kingdom outlawed capital punishment Ruth Ellis died shortly after dawn July 13, 1955, for murdering a racing driver named David Blakely, maintaining to the end that CFCN TELEVISION APPOINTMENT MIKE SCOTT Mr Ted Chapman. Presi- dent of CFCN Communications Limited is pleased to an- nounce the appointment of Mr Mike Scott as Operations Supervisor of CFCN Television Lelhbndge effective immediately Mr Scott during the past nine years has received exten- sive experience in all phases of both radio and television Mr Scott joined CFCN in 1970 as staff announcer and has since con- tributed greatly to local pro- gramming Mr Scott is featured daily reporting sports on the CFCN Evening News and on his weekly sports show On The Line Mr Scott is the Leth- bridge Media Representative on the public relations com- mittee of the 1975 Canada Winter Games Society As Operations Supervisor Mr Scott will be responsible for all she technical functions of CFCN Television Lelhbndge although she loved him, "he got what he deserved." Her trial and death have been the subject of a series of legal studies, films and publications of all kinds ever since. But a, book just published here throws new light on an aspect of the case which, had it been discovered before the hanging, would almost certainly have provided strong grounds for clemency or a new trial. PRESENT NEW EVIDENCE In The Trial of Ruth Ellis, published by David and Charles, authors Jonathan Goodman and Patrick Pringle argue that evidence they have discovered indicates decisively that there was an accessory to the murder, a fact never presented to the jury. They also outline the extraordinary difficulties which lawyers and others had in presenting the case for a reprieve to the Conservative home secretary, Gwilym Lloyd George, son of the famous Liberal prime minister Ruth Elbs was born Oct. 9, 1926, in North Wales, as Ruth Neilson Her father was a professional cellist, with little money, and her mother, a Belgian refugee from the First World War By the time she was 16, she was posing for a photographic agency in London and singing with a dance band It was at this time that she met and apparently fell in love with a Canadian soldier, referred to in official records only as Clare PARENTS APPROVED Her parents approved of the young man who was Roman Catholic like the Neilsons, and when Ruth became pregnant he proposed an immediate wedding. But Ruth's mother was told by his commanding officer that Clare already had a wife in Canada. Mrs. Neilson, a devout Catholic, would not condone a divorce for him and the problems that were to lead Ruth to the gallows began. At the end of the war, Clare sailed for home leaving a bunch of roses for Ruth and their son. Clare Andria Neilson By that time she was broke. She turned to nude modelling and began working as a hostess in a Mayfair nightclub to scrape together enough money to support herself and her son. She was doing well until she met George Ellis, an alcoholic dentist Ruth married him after a brief courtship but instead of a honeymoon, she insisted he enter a mental home for treatment Within two months he was released and during the several weeks he stayed sober, Ruth Ellis later said, she enjoyed one of her Tare glimpses of contentment. BEATEN BY HUSBAND But her husband soon started drinking again and beating her. A daughter, Georgina, was born and a day after their first wedding anniversary, George Ellis applied for and eventually got a divorce A few months later, attractive, platinum blonde Ruth met the two men who were to be her last lovers. They were Desmond Cussen, a rich, respectable, 30-year-old company most eligible suitor she ever had and David Mpffett Blakely, a childish, irresponsible, daredevil racing driver. Cussen became instantly infatuated but Ruth preferred Blakely, setting up house with him shortly afterwards and trying, without much success, to make herself acceptable to his fast moving crowd. The next several years were sparked with blistering fights between Blakety and his mistress. She later moved in with Cussens but continued her affair with Blakely at the same time, spying on him, creating wild scenes when she found him with another woman and eventually eliciting a promise of marriage. ADMITTED GUILT Finally, however, their relationship broke down completely and after she had been locked out of Blakely's house. Ruth Ellis took a six- shot revolver and waited for him in the dark outside the Magdala pub in Hampstead on Easter Sunday night, 1955. When he stepped out, she fired five times before walking up to his prostrate body and emptying the last bullet into his back at a distance of three inches. She then gave a full statement to police, admitting her guilt, refusing to ask for mercy refusing to allow her lawyer to plead temporary insanity. She told friends she knew exactly what she was doing and that she felt she must be punished by hanging. But she insisted throughout the trial, that she had obtained the gun from a friend three months before the shooting and that she had taken a taxi from her Kensington flat to Magdala No check was made by police to discover whether the taxi story was true and although they knew the gun was well-oiled and extremely well-kept which would not have been the case if, as Ruth Ellis saia, it had been lying in a drawer unused they made no mention of the discrepancy in court. JURY ACTED FAST The jury took 23 minutes to find her guilty of murder and the judge pronounced the mandatory death sentence. No clemency was asked for and none was recommended. It was only on the day before her death that she told the full story to her lawyers and a transcript of her remarks is printed by Goodman and Pringle. It shows that she was helped in the preparations for the shooting by a man known only asX "I had been drinking Pernod in X's the transcript reads in part "X had been drinking too. I had been telling X about Blakely's treatment of me. I was in a terribly depressed state. All I remember is that X gave me a loaded gun. EXHIBITION OPENING WATER COLORS and DRAWINGS by SUSAN ROBBINS PHOTOGRAPHS by BILL PRATT Bowman Arts Centre GALLERY Sunday, March 31st, 2-5 p.m. April 12th) GALLERY HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. LI. K. plans to boost foreigners9 income tax LONDON (CP) The Labor government is proposing changes in income- tax regulations to ensure that foreigners working here for overseas firms will in future be taxed on at least half their salaries. Provisions which in the past have allowed foreigners based here temporarily to pay tax only on that part of their sala- ries actually brought into Britain trill disappear. But it is still unclear whether any amount greater than 50 per cent which is brought-in will also be taxable The treasury seems undecided about this and it will likely remain vague until a detailed bill is presented to Parliament The new provisions are ex- pected to take effect in the 1974-73 tax year. In 1976. the treasury will examine the cases of foreigners posted here and anyone who has spent five of the last six years in Britain will then likely be taxed on their total income in the same way as British citizens Capital brought into Britain will also be consid- ered part of taxable income under the new proposals Pre- viously it was tax exempt .1oel Barnett. chief secretary to the treasury, told the Commons late this week that the present "tax privilege for foreigners is to go." "Too often." he said, "we have found that (this privilege1) has the result that he pays very little tax here, sometimes none at alt" ARE YOU Tired of Large Centres? Take a LOOK at me VAUXHALL ALBERTA "Next Boom Area in Southern Alberta" STATISTICS: Population 1007 Potato Capital of the West Bow River Irrigation Project Centre Seven Established Industries Centrally Located to 3 Major Centres Providing All Facilities VAUXHALL is a small-town, located in Southern Alberta, looking to stretch its wings, and we offer many benefits to anyone inter- ested in helping us grow. HERE'S WHAT WE'VE GOT! 52 businesses comprised of industrial plants, motel-hotel accommodation, trucking and rail service, stores, service stations, dealerships, trailer park, banks, car wash, food services, etc. Medical facilities Schools high school and elementary 754 children enrolled Paved roads to all centres Year round recreational facilities A town park An air strip Service clubs and organizations HERE'S WHAT WE LOOK FORWARD TO! DEVELOPMENT IN INDUSTRY, TRADE RECREATION We have room for additional development in fields of agriculture, oil and gas, petro-chemical, machinery and equipment, building, sales, services, private enter- prise, sports and entertainment. IMPROVEMENT IN RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENT, IN STREETS AND WALKS, IN UNDERGROUND SERVICES, IN ALL FACILITIES We have room for interested parties to come in and contract for the above improve- ments suggest additional ones. HERE'S WHAT WE WILL OFFER! Unlimited opportunity to developers builders Unlimited opportunity to businesses trades Low cost serviced industrial parcels Low cost residential development areas Low cost serviced residential lots and real estate Low taxes Plenty of space, sunshine and clean air Come and see us We think we're worth looking at! Sponsored by The Town of Vauxhall and the following Advertised Businesses: VAUXHALL DRUGS FTMllMf M rMHf MMS Ph. 654-2515 SUNRISE MOTEL KASWttLEMTB TV-nWKS-MTHS Ph. 654-2523 VAUXHALL TRADING CO. Fttiy CMktaf Ph. 654-2126 VAUXHALL AUTO BODY Ph. BANK OF COMMERCE KAMI Ph. 654-2242 LONGS PERMARI Ph. 654-2324 ARCH THEATRE Ph.6S4-2426 LOEWENS FOODS Ph. 654-2441 D. 6 R. SERVICE CENTRE Ph. 654-2266 VAUXHALL CO-OP Ph. 654-2552 ERSKINE'S HARDWARE IMKALBB Ph. 654-2212 VAUXHALL MEAT PROCESSING LTD. XHIHIir A SHIK Ph. WILFORD Ph. 654-2221 JIMKEW IMOHKSTM Ph. 654-2353 W.AS. GROCETERIA Ph. 654-2323 CORONA HOTEL TOTMlN Ph. OF NOVA SCOTIA Ph. 654-2435 ADACHI'S SHELL HRKMBIT Ph. 654-2434 PAK-WEU PRODUCE LTD. Ph. 654-2244 VAUXHALL FOODS LIMITED Ph. 654-2116 TOWN OF VAUXHALL Itafirll JUMET Saeratary MM. A. WEMTAD Phont 654-2466 VAUXHALL TEXACO SERVICE J.SVMTZ Ph. 654-2555 ;