Cold Blooded Murder - When Pearl Gamble Rejected Robert McGladdery, Lust Turned to Rage. This is the True Story of Her Cruel, Vicious Murder

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Cold Blooded Murder - When Pearl Gamble Rejected Robert McGladdery, Lust Turned to Rage. This is the True Story of Her Cruel, Vicious Murder

Cold Blooded Murder - When Pearl Gamble Rejected Robert McGladdery, Lust Turned to Rage. This is the True Story of Her Cruel, Vicious Murder

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Sergeant Gibson gave evidence of several timed journeys by bicycle and on foot from the Orange Hall (on Downshire Road) to both McGladdery’s home (Damolly Terrace) and Upper Damolly crossroads (these destinations being about a kilometre apart as the crow flies but further via the Belfast Road and the Rathfriland Roads respectively).

dancehall at 1.50 am. and was wearing a dark suit. Witnesses said he left at 1.30 am. and according to P.C. Adams, who had looked in to see that She had left home for a dance in the Henry Thompson Memorial Orange Hall in Downshire Road, in the company of two friends, Rae Boyd and Evelyn Gamble – who was a friend but no relation.

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He saw him stand for a minute or two and look around him. He then walked into the river which was swollen at the time and crossed to the other side. The water came up to his chest and he had both arms extended above him while crossing. When he reached the far bank the Constable saw him walk across some more fields until he reached the canal which he crossed by means of a footbridge. He went into a partly-demolished house, stayed there about five minutes and when he came out, the witness saw him begin to walk along the towpath towards Newry. Witness’s view was then obstructed by the Damolly factory. Witness then saw Special Constable Crawford’s car coming from the Newry direction. Pearl Gamble was a pretty young shop girl. She lived at home in Upper Damolly with her parents and three sisters and would often go to dances with her friends. McGladdery dragged her lifeless body across three fields, where he left her lying face down in a clump of bushes. Five days before Christmas, he was hanged in Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast, the last person in these islands to die by capital punishment. He was mourned by few.

a href=" McGladdery’s companion was William James Copeland (22) of Talbot Street Newry employed in Damolly Spinning Company. He said that on Friday 27 January he was in Hollywood‘s public house in Hill Street when Robbie McGladdery came in. He knew McGladdery and had gone to school with him. McGladdery joined him drinking and playing darts. They left the pub at 5.15 and they had discussed going to the dance that night together. They went to McGladdery’s house so he could change. McGladdery had no key to the door: he just pushed it and it opened. McGladdery showed him a chest expander and demonstrated how to draw it. He put his foot in one handle and pulled the other up and down about five or six times. From the BBC's blurb: "In 1961 Newry man Robert McGladdery was convicted and executed for the brutal murder of local girl Pearl Gamble. His trial caused a media storm and proved a landmark in the debate on capital punishment in the United Kingdom. mother was able to identify the clothes. The body was finally found at 4.50 pm. that afternoon, naked except forThe vast resources of the United States power, raw materials, industrial production all had to be mobilized to meet the demands of total war. The probable answer was that he stole a bicycle and sped to the interception point as fast as he could. It could be cycled in about fifteen minutes. A search party was organised after a man out walking discovered some of Pearl’s ripped clothes scattered around a field. His aunt Maud McGladdery lived beside us. I was more often away from home for I worked abroad at the time, at the steel-erecting. In Utah, firing squads are a reminder of the Mormon belief in blood atonement. Officials in the western state wish for a more modern image, and a move is afoot to ban firing squads. But it is the method, not the practice, that is being questioned. Utah does not like embarrassing publicity.

Then Mr McVitty of the Forensic Science Laboratory gave evidence from his examination of items recovered from the scene (and from the septic tank in a field on the Clougherammer Road close to Damolly village, yet to be referred to here). Robert’s older brother Sam would go hunting with me and my dogs. Robert would come too or come round to my house to stay. I liked him. He was an unfortunate lad. No appeal was granted and finally, just days before Christmas 1961, he was hanged in Crumlin Road gaol. The gallows have never been used since.McGladdery’s case was the OJ Simpson trial of its day. Early on the morning of January 29 1961, a girl’s personal items were found strewn around a country crossroads, close to her home. One hundred policemen scoured the area. After 12 hours they made a grim discovery: the body of Pearl Gamble and within days Robert McGladdery was arrested. Chicago style: The Free Library. S.v. Strolling home from the local dance, Pearl was stabbed, beaten and strangled in a savage frenzy; Casual chat with friend was to expose a horrific murder.." Retrieved Nov 29 2023 from There was silence in the courtroom as McGladdery uttered his final words to the court, “But I would say one thing. There is no man in the court that can say I killed Pearl Gamble because I didn’t. I am innocent of that crime. That is all I have to say.”

I was obsessed with the new pop music, now universally transmitted to working class homes, for even in our penury we could afford to buy wireless sets. These tunes lend a common bond to teenagers everywhere. Our tiny world became global. After a long search the police found the light-coloured waistcoat and overcoat inside a pillowcase hidden in a septic tank not far from the murder scene.

It was never meant to be a trilogy. Each book stands on its own. Nor does it set out to name the killer. In the end you find yourself deeper in the mystery. In the end the whole thing becomes about that photograph of Patricia, those eyes. The sombre, violated gaze. Haunted and haunting. Blue Is the Night was supposed to be about this case. How the idealist is confronted with a corrupt system and destroyed by it. How desire consumes men. The thoughts that ran through Lance Curran’s mind as he found himself in a Roman basilica at his son’s ordination. He had played his hand and now collected his bitter winnings – his daughter murdered, his wife in an asylum, his son a papish priest. A man trapped in his own deceit and folly.

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