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Below is the list of notes taken by Tony Batters during his interview with Christine Holohan. He identifies the date as "..on or about Thursday 17.2.1983" (confirmed by Holohan). The body of Jacqueline Poole had been discovered the previous Sunday. The notes have been numbered by Tony Batters for reference and this version is reproduced here but I have removed these intially to improve clarity of reading.

Tony Batters marked certain sensitive comments 'Not for Publication' and I have indicated where comments have been removed. It should not be inferred from this that I regard these pieces of text as being highly accurate. Indeed I think most of the comments could easily been inferred from the nature of the crime. Holohan did not give details about the sexual assault and also missed out various other pieces of information. She doesn't mention that Ruark used a "light cord" - something that wasn't disclosed at the time. However since the publication of her book she claims she did mention the light cord. If she did then is surprising that Tony Batters didn't record the fact in his notes.

 

Since Sun “Jacqui Hunt”. Saying shouldn’t have been there. Wasn’t well. Prescription. Murdered. Late Sat night. Knows socially. Not X- boyfriend. Friend of friend. Early 20’s. She’s going thro divorce. Person responsible.

Not a proper job. Dk skin. Known about 6 mths, part of group of friends. Not a friend. Friend of friend. Tattoo. Snake on arm + Rose. Not sure about letting him in. She’s showing me a chain. Door chain. Hallway. Side cupboard. Seemed know what looking for.. After spent 10 mins looking around. Dk skinned. Coloured. Envelope - letter. Bathroom. Happened Bathroom. 3 pubs. Back to bathroom. [TEXT REMOVED] Keeps asking Terry.Personal life. Wanted keep quiet. Friend in nick. Guy who used to visit. Not nick - bird. She would’ve visited 2 wks before. She was expecting message that’s why let him in.Expecting message to go work. Back to nick. It’s a local man. He’s visited her at work. Chap responsible working recently. Tattoo - sword? She knew lot people. Keeps saying Terry.

Bar work. Now. that’s where she lives. Car park. He parked on corner. 2 lots of flats. She wasn’t supposed to be there. Plans changed. Afro-wavey hair - Someone you’ve had in. Not tall. He’s looking at clock. Name Stone. Barbara Stone. Barbara. Person who came in. She knew. thro someone in nick. Someone knows about jewellery. She had some stolen.Some left. He has a nickname. Not a proper name. Can’t understand saying. Grease monkey she calls it. Car, tools. Link with nick. Terry again. Name of road starts with L. I get 8 o’clock. Had experience about 9. I changed my clothes twice. Back to bathroom. Now living room. Nice. Compact. Settee. Come in a bit. You found it different. Furniture re-arranged. The cushions moved.

They knew where they were. Newspapers. Not read. He was cool. [TEXT REMOVED] Not much more than 5’8. Age 22. [TEXT REMOVED] She’s sending out pictures. 5’8 ish. Dark. Early 20’s. He’s got girlfriend. Knew Jackie. Dk haired small pretty. When you find him, his friends will be surprised. He’s still around. drinking with friends. April May Bday. He’s Taurus. Likes to drink. Police have seen him. Girlfriend alibi. A Name Tony. She’s got C in initial. She knew Jackie. Drinking with group of friends night before. Keeps mentioning Terry. Sylvia. She’s afraid to say something. Now, something about Ins. Claim.

After murder - v cool type. Looking at window ledge. 2 cups in kitchen . 1 washed up. She made cup of coffee. Robbery she’s talking about. Jewellery. Showing me a St Christopher. Her granny gave her something. Her mother gave her something for Xmas. v nice. Says Hillingdon. She was with wrong people in past. Thinking about her husband. Blk addess book. small. Mirror.

2 men called earlier. Didn’t want to go. Terry. She keeps saying. [TEXT REMOVED]. Now into hallway. Lounge. Phone. Couldn’t get to phone. I get feeling she was being pestered. Told him she would tell someone else. [TEXT REMOVED] Hung about for 10 mins. Is he still about? Jealousy was a lot of it. Did anyone see him leave? Lady across the road might. Lady with dog. Now someone called Betty. Her mum’s friend? Going for another job. Interview.

She going to break with past. He was clever with cars. Cool. Crafty. Got into places before. Done something a job for her in past. Got a funny name. Decorating. he was painter - decorator. Not called by a proper name. The name of a thing. He’s sly. You are close. The guy lives on an estate - council house or flat. She never liked this bloke. She thought he had a message. She had pills. A prescription. Fits of depression. She was drinking more than should. [TEXT REMOVED]. No feelings when walked away. Try his alibi. Friends not believe he could. Keeps on about Terry. This bloke would’ve done jobs on a friends car. There’s someone living in a flat over a shop, this friend. Newspaper shop? [TEXT REMOVED]. Was there another ring apart from these 2 ? Chunky bracelet. [TEXT REMOVED]. He did most damage. [TEXT REMOVED]. She’s wearing jeans. A jumper. She’s still ...?... from what happened. [TEXT REMOVED]. Keep in direction you’re going. You have got the right group.

At some point Holohan wrote down the name "Pokie" and "Garden" and other information.


Here is the numbered version compiled by Tony Batters. I'm still updating this - a very laborious job.
serif">72. I changed my clothes twice.
Holohan as quoted by Tony Batters
How Tony Batters links it to the crime
My comments
1. Since Sun “Jacqui Hunt” Maiden name of victim. Found Sun.13.2.83 The name 'Hunt' could have been mentioned by others.
2. Saying shouldn’t have been Was due to do bar work that evening at ‘Whispers’.  
3. there. Wasn’t well. Prescription. Complained same day re effects of heavy period.  
4. Murdered. Late Sat night. No. Friday 11th Feb. ’83 Holohan admits this was a mistake but now says Jacqui made the mistake.
5. Knows socially. Not X- Correct.  
6. boyfriend. Friend of friend. Friend of her boyfriend 'G'.  
7. Early 20’s. 22 correct.  
8. She’s going thro divorce Divorce pending from estranged husband Malcolm Mentioned in the paper.
9. Person responsible. Not a proper Mixed parentage. Dark side of half-caste. If Ruark had been known to be a suspect any description on him is really not that surprising.
10. job. Dk skin
11. Known about 6 mths Since Aug.’82 (to Feb.’83)  
12. part of group of friends.    
13. Not a friend. Friend of friend.    
14. Tattoo. Snake on arm + Rose   See 9.
15. Not sure about letting him in    
16. She’s showing me a chain    
17. Door chain    
18. Hallway. Side cupboard.    
19. Seemed know what looking for. Jewellery also taken from bedroom.  
20. After spent 10 mins looking around.    
21. Dk skinned. Coloured.   See 9.
22. Envelope - letter.    
23. Bathroom. Happened Bathroom    
24. 3 pubs.    
25. [TEXT REMOVED]  
26. [TEXT REMOVED]    
27. [TEXT REMOVED]    
28.[TEXT REMOVED]    
29. [TEXT REMOVED]    
30. Keeps asking Terry.    
31. Personal life. Wanted keep quiet. Batters does mention some very personal facts for this [TY]  
32. Friend in nick. Guy who    
33. used to visit. Not nick    
34. - bird. She would’ve    
35. visited 2 wks. before    
36. She was expecting message    
37. that’s why let him in.    
38. Expecting message to go work.    
39. Back to nick.    
40. It’s a local man. He’s   See 9.
41. visited her at work.    
42. Chap responsible working    
43. recently.    
44. Tattoo - sword?   See 9.
45. She knew lot people.    
46. Keeps saying Terry   Impossible to verify. The only information required is to know her brother was called Terry
47. Bar work. On regular basis.  
48. Now. that’s where she lives    
49. car park. He parked on corner   Impossible to verify.
50. 2 lots of flats.    
51. She wasn’t supposed to be    
52. there. Plans changed    
53. Afro-wavey hair - Someone you’ve had in.   See 9.
54. Not tall.   See 9.
55. He’s looking at clock   Impossible to verify.
56. Name Stone. Barbara Stone    
57. Barbara.    
58. Person who came in. She knew    
59. thro someone in nick.    
60. Someone knows about jewellery.   Of course.
61. She had some stolen.Some left.   Mentioned in newpaper.
62. He has a nickname. Not a   See 9.
63. proper name.   See 9.
64. Can’t understand saying.    
65. Grease monkey she calls it.    
66. Car, tools.
   
67. Link with nick.    
68. Terry again.   See 46.    
73. Back to bathroom.   Impossible to verify.
74. Now living room. Nice   Impossible to verify.
75. Compact.    
76. settee. Come in a bit    
77. You found it different.   From what? Ambiguous.
78. Furniture re-arranged.   Can be guessed.
79. The cushions moved.   Can be guessed.
80. They knew where they were.    
81. Newspapers. Not read.    
82. He was cool. [TEXT REMOVED]    
83. [TEXT REMOVED]    
84. [TEXT REMOVED]    
85.[TEXT REMOVED]    
86. Not much more than 5’8   See 9.
87. Age 22.   See 9.
88. [TEXT REMOVED]    
89. [TEXT REMOVED]    
90. [TEXT REMOVED]    
91. [TEXT REMOVED]    
92. “What a bloody way to go”   Impossible to verify.
93. She’s sending out pictures. 5’8 ish   See 9.
94. Dark. Early 20’s   See 9.
95. He’s got girlfriend. Knew   See 9.
96. Jackie. Dk haired small pretty   See 9.
97. When you find him, his friends    
98. will be surprised.    
99. He’s still around. drinking with   See 9.
100. friends.  
See 9.
101. April May Bday. He’s Taurus   See 9.
102. Likes to drink.   See 9.
103. Police have seen him.   See 9. Probably common knowledge.
104. Girlfriend alibi.    
105. A Name Tony. She’s got    
106. C in initial.    
107. She knew Jackie.    
108. Drinking with group of friends    
109. night before.    
110. Keeps mentioning Terry.   See 46.
111. Sylvia. She’s afraid to    
112. say something.    
113. Now, something about Ins. Claim.    
114. After murder - v cool type.    
115. Looking at window ledge   Impossible to verify.
116. 2 cups in kitchen . 1 washed    
117. up.    
118. She made cup of coffee.    
119. Robbery she’s talking about   In local newspaper.
120. Jewellery. Showing me a St Christopher   In local newspaper.
121. Her granny gave her something.    
122. Her mother gave her something   Obviously.
123. for Xmas. v nice.  
124. Says Hillingdon.    
125. She was with wrong people in past.    
126. Thinking about her husband.   Impossible to verify.
127. Blk addess book. small.    
128. mirror.    
129. 2 men called earlier.    
130. Didn’t want to go.    
131. Terry. She keeps saying.   See 46.
132. Back to bathroom.   Impossible to verify. Not really a statement that tells us very much.
133. [TEXT REMOVED]    
134. She keeps drawing me in there   Impossible to verify.
135. Now into hallway.   Impossible to verify.
136. Lounge. Phone. Couldn’t   Impossible to verify.
137. get to phone.  
138. I get feeling she was being    
139. pestered. Told him she    
140. would tell someone else.    
141. [TEXT REMOVED]    
142. [TEXT REMOVED].    
143. Hung about for 10 mins.   Impossible to verify.
144. Is he still about?   Question.
145. Jealousy was a lot of it.   Motive has not been verified.
146. Did anyone see him leave?   Question.
147. lady across the road might.    
148. Lady with dog.    
149. Now someone called Betty.    
150. Her mum’s friend?    
151. Going for another job. Interview.    
152. She going to break with past.    
153. He was clever with cars.    
154. Cool. Crafty. Got into    
 
157. her in past.    
158. Got a funny name.    See 9.
159. Decorating. he was painter - decorator.   See 9.
160. Not called by a proper   See 9.
161. name. The name of a thing.    
162. He’s sly.    
163. You are close.    
164. The guy lives on an estate    
165. -council house or flat.    
166. She never liked this bloke.   Quite possibly but not known.
167. She thought he had a message.   Impossible to verify.
168. She had pills.
A prescription.
Re menstruation pains and depression.
In handbag. Obtained from GP same week.
 
169. Fits of depression. She was She stated re rent arrears & boyfriend in custody.  
170. drinking more than should. N/K. Certainly regular social drinker  
171. [TEXT REMOVED]    
172. [TEXT REMOVED]. No feelings   Impossible to verify.
173. when walked away.   Of course.
174. Try his alibi. Friends    
175. not believe he could .    
176. Keeps on about Terry.   See 46.
177. This bloke would’ve done     
178. jobs on a friends car.    
179. There’s someone living in a    
180. flat over a shop, this friend.  Both would apply to Gloria R., victim’s closest friend .  
181. Newspaper shop?  
182. [TEXT REMOVED    
183. [TEXT REMOVED    
184. [TEXT REMOVED    
185. [TEXT REMOVED]    
186. [TEXT REMOVED]    
187. Was there another ring   A little ambiguous and also a question not a statement.
188. apart from these 2 ?  
189. Chunky bracelet.    
190. [TEXT REMOVED]    
191. He did most damage.    
192. [TEXT REMOVED]    
193. [TEXT REMOVED]    
194. She’s wearing jeans.    
195. A jumper.    
196. She’s still ...?... from what    
197. happened. Horrible fight.   Could be inferred from information in public domain.
198. Keep in direction you’re going.   What direction is that? I thought they sprang into action on Holohan's information.
199. You have got the right group.
Enquiries were then being focused on her social group. Why not "you've got the right man?
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