I refer to
the article on Page 17 of March 5-11 edition, part 1 Supernatural.
of Jacqueline Poole was not solved by a psychic called Christine
You state that, "police at the time had no leads as to who her killer
was and had almost given up any hope of solving the murder!"
was never a Detective. He was a beat constable and was the officer
who attended the scene when the murder was discovered. Because
of his local knowledge and keeness to help, I seconded him to
the investigation team. He went to interview Christine Holohan
with a Detective Constable and became somewhat obsessed with
her views, and remains so!
was a local criminal and an associate of the victim and he was
a suspect within a day of the murder. He was interviewed and
kept in custody on more than one occasion and did not become
a suspect because of Holohan.
It was an extremely
difficult and complex investigation because of the background
of the victim and her numerous criminal associates. The victim
had been strangled, beaten, robbed of jewellery and sexually
assaulted. There was therefore some forensic evidence available
but in those days it was not conclusive evidence. It was possible to
eliminate many suspects by blood grouping but not possible to
prosecute someone because they were the same blood group as semen found
at the scene. This was the case with Ruark. He was always a prime
suspect but there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him, much
to my disappointmenton behalf of the victim's family.
gave information without doubt. I have an open mind as to how she
obtained this information, but she did not supply anything that
advanced the investigation. At the time I used to say to the officers
dealing with her: "If she is so in touch with the case could she
please tell us where the missing jewellery is." Of course, she
could not do so.
we never discovered the whereabouts of the missing items and eventually
I had to close down the investigation for the lack of evidence
at that time. The file would never be closed.
In my closing
report I stated that Ruark was the most likely person to have murdered
Jacqueline Poole. I always hoped that advanced forensic testing
would lead to the prosecution of Ruark and fortunately this happened.
He had many convictions but it was not until the year 2000 that
a legal DNA sample from him was available to be used in evidence.
During the intial
investigation Ruark had denied visiting the victim and having any contact
with her. Of course, faced with the DNA evidence he had to change
his tune and tried a different defence.
I attended the
Old Bailey with DCI McKinley and his team. The defence lawyers tried
to suggest that Ruark was never a major suspect, but were shocked
to discover what had been said in my reports many years ago.
It was very satisfying
to convict Ruark after all those years; particularly for the victim's
family. Also from a personal point of view, as it was the only
major investigation I had not solved in my career
had become obsessed with Christine Holohan. He even travelled to
Ireland to appear on television with her and was fully aware of
my thoughts on the subject.
She did not supply
anything significant which advanced or assisted the investigation!!
That fact is beyond dispute. I could refer you to numerous officers
- including Norman McKinley who could confirm what I have said!