The Case of the Missing Bloodstain
The “Detective Story”
A Sensational Book
The revelations of The Case of the Missing Bloodstain are truly sensational. It is the first project since the failed trials of the 1970s and the 1980 Royal Commission to address all the questions of the Crewe Murders. But the book does more than address the questions. It provides answers to all of them, from the identity of the murderer to the progress of the corrupt police inquiry on a day-to-day basis. It identifies to the minute the inquiry's change from pursuing the man its leader knew was the killer to a man he knew was not. It adopts the detective story structure of an Agatha Christie novel in laying out all the key evidence first and then, by providing detailed analyses of the evidence, demonstrating that there is only one possible only answer to each of the issues. The reader has the opportunity to analyse the evidence him-or herself before the book's answers are supplied at the end. The answers enhance the case's mystique as the crime of the century by revealing that the police inquiry was the inquiry of the century - more corrupt than Christie would ever have invented
.Most of the central questions in the Crewe case are familiar to all New Zealanders of an age to recall the case. They are the reason for the case’s reputation not just as unfinished business but as our best known, unsolved murder mystery. They include:
- A sensible interpretation of the blood-soaked lounge of the Crewes’ farmhouse;
- A realistic scenario for what happened there on 17 June 1970;
- An explanation for the sighting of a mystery woman outside the Crewe house two days after the murders, and the sighting of a baby there a day later;
- An answer as to whether the baby had been fed between the time of the murders and the discovery of the bloodied house five days later;
- The truth about the discovery in the Waikato River beneath the body of Harvey Crewe of a car axle later identified as belonging to the family of Arthur Allan Thomas,
- The truth about the .22 rifle used against the Crewes;
- A motive for the murders;
- Most importantly, the story behind the police enquiry’s abrupt change of direction away from the man who had been the sole suspect from the beginning towards a man who had never been a suspect at all, an innocent man who was later convicted of the two murders.
Some of these questions have never been addressed. Few have been addressed conclusively. In many ways The Case of the Missing Bloodstain is a conventional detective story which addresses them all and claims to do so conclusively.
The recipe is the standard for all detective stories. It involves murder and intrigue, policemen and suspects, investigation and false trails, planted evidence, the traditional three criteria in murder cases of motive, means and opportunity, and an innocent man pursued and accused by crooked cops and convicted by a succession of misled courts.
It goes further than this. New Zealanders have known for thirty years that the police planted some of the evidence, a cartridge case, against the innocent man. This project reveals that there was a whole catalogue of planted evidence well beyond the cartridge case. It exposes for the first time when and why two crooked cops went about planting the other evidence and the ingenious methods they used.
The story is a murder mystery. The only difference between this murder mystery and most other ones is that this one is true. It solves New Zealand’s crime of the century - on the page.
A feature of the story is the impact supplied by a single 42 year old photograph that not a single lawyer, judge, expert witness or scientist noticed during any of the eight High Court, Court of Appeal or Royal Commission hearings noticed was the photograph of a fake. One enlightened glance at this photograph condemns the guilty policemen and clears Arthur Allan Thomas for all time.
The Case of The Missing Bloodstain was published on Monday 16 April 2012.