Alfred Moore; first impressions

As you know, Pam alerted me to the Alfred Moore campaign to have this case, a wrongful conviction, examined again. I have done some checking on the web, found the eBook by Steve Lawson, and have started mulling this case over. Those familiar with my blog know that my first take on a case usually involves a mindmap.

Alfred Moore case, first impressions

Alfred Moore case: first impressions by AdS









Here it is. My first impressions from reading about Alfred Moore, the murders, and the trial. It is not complete and does not explain the case in full detail. But that is not why I made this mindmap. It just reflects areas I would dig into if I were to study the case.

From Steve’s book: “Two police officers were gunned down in cold blood whilst carrying out their duties in the early hours of Sunday 15th July 1951. The shootings took place in the rural setting of Kirkheaton, a small village situated some three miles from the town centre of Huddersfield. The town being part of the county of Yorkshire.

A local man, Alfred Moore aged 36yrs was subsequently arrested,charged and convicted of those murders. He was executed at Leeds Prison on the 6th February 1952.

The main body of evidence against Moore was by way of a deposition obtained from one of the shot policemen, Constable Arthur Gordon Jagger, in that deposition he gave an account as to the events leading up to the shootings and also that he had picked out Moore at an identity parade which was held around his bedside at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Some fourteen hours after making this deposition, Constable Jagger died.”

If you have read the book or are familiar with the case, leave your thoughts below in the comment box.


  1. As the author of The Wrong Neck In the Noose, which is the Alfred Moore story, I feel that the book adequately reflects the facts of the case.

    This book is the result of a three year investigation and I feel that I do not have to tell the reader whether Alfred Moore was guilty or not. The facts of the case, I suggest , speak for themselves and those who have read the book, have come to the conclusion that an innocent man was sent to the gallows. There has not as yet, been a dissenting voice.

    The worst aspect for me about these tragic events, is that evidence that could have cleared Alfred Moore was available in 1951, but the prosecution cleverly cropped and edited the evidence to such extent that the trial jury were not in possession of the true facts.

  2. Hi Steve,

    Your eBook gives the reader a good overview of the case. Keep me posted about the campaign!

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. Edward Sleczkowski says:

    Through genealogy research, I believe that I am a distand relative of Alfred Moore. My grandfather Moroni Moore immigrated to the US from Huddersfield long before the event.

    I have read Mr. Lawson’s book and another book on the subject: No Smoking Gun by retired Judge Patrick Robertshaw. But what really sticks out in my mind is that Alfred Moore was arrested on July 15, 1951 and executed less than seven months later on February 6, 1952. Why the rush? It appears to me that the police were out to get Alfred and it didn’t matter for what crime.

  4. Stephen Pogson says:

    Alfred Moore was my uncle, my mother’s older brother. Steve Lawson’s tireless pursuit of the truth in the case of the 1951 Kirkheaton police murders, has given the lie to the police version of events on the night of July the fifteenth. Ineptitude saw the real murderer get away and incompetence saw my uncle Alfred Moore charged and hanged as a consequence.

    Mr. Lawson has unearthed the bones of this case, but the matter will not be abandoned until the bones of my uncle Alfred are retrieved from the prison grave and given the proper burial they deserve; until he is pronounced innocent of the crime for which he was hanged.

    The ugly conspiracy that was hatched and grew in the hours and days following the terrible police shootings, now stands naked. Naked, exposed and embarrassed; embarrassing and saddening for any open minded, thinking person to contemplate.

    The very recent actions of the West Yorkshire Police, in their inept, bumbling and heavy handed attempt to shut down a legitimate line of enquiry into this case, exposes to further scrutiny the raw nerve that they must still have about the actions of their predecessors.

    One could be forgiven for questioning, why it is that the West Yorkshire Police are wasting their time making themselves look foolish, if not complicit in a conspiracy? They could be collecting brownie points by starting an enquiry into this sordid affair. What is needed from the West Yorkshire Police, is not hindrance, but an enquiry into the perjury and the perversion in the course of justice that, for sixty-two years has been screaming for recognition and justice.

  5. Bronwyne Moore says:

    Hi Alice

    Thank you for taking time to look into my father’s miscarriage of justice. Reading about the trial and studying the evidence raises lots of questions regarding the conviction.

    I have several questions myself, not about my father but about the people who have dedicated years investigating and writing about the case. These people have no connection to my father other than their belief in his innocence but the ex-policemen and the High Court Judge have always worked on the side of the law. It makes me wonder why they doubt the integrity of the Huddersfield police force who carried out the investigation into the murders in 1951.

    If there wasn’t cause for concern over the trial and conviction of Alfred Moore why has the case never gone away in Huddersfield? Over the years several books have been written about the case. The first one I read was ‘Scales of Justice’ by Fenton Bresler published in 1973.

    Why would two ex-policemen, Steve Lawson and his friend Colin Van Bellen (deceased), dedicate several years to investigating the case? Steve has written a book ‘The Wrong Neck in the Noose’ giving accurate and very detailed descriptions of events that lead to the trial and conviction of Alfred. He has uncovered evidence that throws doubt on the identity parade and the deposition of PC Jagger. He has also donated royalties towards the campaign to clear Alfred’s name.

    Why would a High Court Judge, Patrick Robertshaw, take an interest in the case and spend years researching to write his book ‘No Smoking Gun’ which highlights the injustice of the police investigation, trial and incompetency of Alfred’s own Council?

    Why would a psychiatric nurse, Jim Morris, living in Ireland be so intrigued by the case that he took time out of his busy life to come over and investigate Alfred’s case? His investigation has also spanned years and he has written a book on the subject which he hopes will be published next year. He has also pledged royalties towards the campaign.

    Why do perfect strangers join the campaign ‘JUSTICE for ALFRED MOORE’ on Facebook in ever increasing numbers? They have all read about the case in detail and are actively campaigning to clear Alfred’s name.

    Many of my cousins in Australia and New Zealand actively give their support even though the reason for their migration was to get away from the stigma of Alfred’s conviction.

    The reason is very simple. Alfred Moore was innocent. When you read the books about his case there is only one conclusion. The conviction of Alfred Moore was unsafe and should be re-examined by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

    In my opinion justice was not done when they hanged my father, the blinkered investigation by the Huddersfield police allowed the real murderer to go free living his life to the full while Alfred died, their incompetence to investigate the crime without prejudice and haste to convict him also ruined the lives of Alfred’s four innocent young daughters and his wife Alice.

    Your study of the case would help inform the public of this tragic miscarriage of justice.

    After 62 years have lapsed since the trial it is hard to find fresh evidence that will be accepted by the CCRC. I would very much welcome your investigation into this cold case.

    Kind regards
    Alfred’s youngest daughter.

  6. Hi Edward,

    Thanks for commenting and by doing so, keep the discussion going. I agree there was no smoking gun. The dry raincoat bothers me as well as the absence of GSR and gun oil stains. But there is so much more. I have not decided (yet) that I will dig more into this case so the mindmap is really a first impression. It is however, extremely troubling and I am not convinced by what little I read, that the right man was arrested/convicted/sentenced to death.

    My best, Alice

  7. Stephen,

    Thank you for commenting. As you can see in the comment box, you are in good company. Family is responding to just this one very short post with one mindmaps. That tells you that people still frequently check the Internet to research the case.

    There are many examples in history where any review of a cold case would be an embarrassment for police. The Crewe Murders in New Zealand come to mind. Their case is in my cases list as well.

    I hope that we get some final answers soon so your uncle’s name may be cleared.

    My best, Alice

  8. Thank you, Bronwyne, for checking in. Some of us will always keep looking for alternative explanations for the facts because for us, it didn’t add up. It is that simple. We care about justice and NOT about closing a file. That is what happened here. The file is closed and now it should all calm down. The majority may accept that but some skeptics will wonder what really happened. And one day we will prevail.

    Hang in there, Alice

  9. george skelly says:

    Am currently reading Mr Lawson’s book. I am the author of Murderers Or Martyrs (Waterside Press 2012) about the double hanging in April of 1952 of Alfred Burns & Edward Devlin for the murder of Liverpool widow Beatrice Rimmer. They too were innocent. I spent 12 years researching the case, uncovering masses of suppressed evidence, yet the CCRC likewise rejected my application. Mr Lawson is right when he states in his book, the CCRC is no longer interested in redressing miscarriages of justice but in maintaining the status-quo. The senior detective who framed D&B also framed George Kelly for the Liverpool Cameo cinema murders, who was hanged in 1950. Following publication of my book on that case (The Cameo Conspiracy- 1998, 2001 & 2011) he was exonerated by the Court of Appeal ion 2003. Yet, aware of the detective’s corruption in that case, the CCRC still would not refer the later case!!

  10. Thank you for commenting, Mr. Skelly. I will be looking for your books!

  11. @ george skelly: It appears that there are many reasons to examine the CCRC. Perhaps a barage of requests by those elected to high office, the media and others may help.

  12. Jim Morris says:

    My book on the case is to be published by the Waterside Press next year and I’m waiting to go over to Huddersfield to photograph the site of the crime. What I discovered was that the jury were lied to, and that doesn’t serve justice. And as (not if) the real killer got away then he was free to kill again. Whether he did or not was academic – he posed a danger to anything that breathed. Steve Lawson has his views on the culprit and I have avoided the discussion.
    It was through George Skelly that I discovered Waterside Press so there are publishers interested, its not the volume we shout at, its the unshakable belief that Alfred was innocent. And this came about because of long sessions staring at the documents. I think that if you look at something for long enough it starts to talk to you; you can see how the facts all fit in together, how they sit together.

    It was a terrible time in the history of England.

    Modern technology could undoubtedly check the raincoat, if it still exists. There is no forensic evidence against Alfred – and that just isn’t possible unless he didn’t fire the gun.


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