Annie Davies"IT IS IMPORTANT TO BEAR IN MIND SOMETHING WHICH IS UNDERVALUED IN AUTOPSY AND THE INTERCONNECTIONS THAT AUTOPSY HAS WITH OUR SOCIETY. WE TEND TO BE FOCUSED ON WHAT IS REQUIRED IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM. OFTEN WE FIND THAT THE POOR RELATIVE IS DOWN THE LINE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE THE PRIMARY CONSIDERATION. BROADLY IN THE CASE OF UNNATURAL DEATH WHERE THERE IS ANYONE CONNECTED WITH THE DEATH, IT IS THE DUTY OF THE PATHOLOGIST TO EXPLAIN TO THE RELATIVES WHAT HAPPENED."
These words were spoken by the Regis Professor, University of Glasgow Department of Forensic Medicine and Science at a conference hosted by Amnesty International, at Durban, South Africa in July 1998. Pathologists employed in the Professor's department at the University of Glasgow performed Annie's autopsy. They refused to explain how Annie met her death. In an attempt to get answers, Bryan, Annie's son wrote to the Professor in 1998. He also refused to comment or enter into any discussion to help the Davies family understand what happened to Annie. This attitude reflected throughout the Scottish Executive, including, Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal's Service, and Strathclyde Police. As a result Bryan, Annie's son has spent the last eight years investigating his mother's death.
ANNIE BRUCE GORDON DAVIES 1914 - 1998
84yr old Annie was found lying on her back at the foot of a flight of stairs that led to her upstairs flat. A neighbour alerted by Annie's glasses which were jamming the front door open discovered Annie's body. The police in attendance concluded that Annie had fallen down the stairs. Before an autopsy had taken place to determine the exact cause of Annie's death Strathclyde Police returned possession of the flat to her family. Annie's two sons on visiting the flat discovered Annie's handbag, purse, and her set of house keys had vanished. This was reported to Strathclyde Police. The subsequent autopsy report concluded:
AUTOPSY REPORT CONCLUSIONS
CAUSE OF DEATH
1a. CHOKING ON A DENTURE
b. BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO FACE
SO, WHAT KILLED ANNIE DAVIES?
Annie was NOT wearing her glasses as the autopsy report suggests. They were undamaged, in a folded configuration, and jamming open the front door. Annie did not fall down the stairs as Strathclyde Police claim. There were no injuries consistent with a fall down a steep flight of stairs. Her first right incisor had been knocked out of her mouth. She was lying ON TOP of the tooth. There was blood staining down the front of her clothes from her neck to her waist. The bruising on her back was certainly consistent with contact with the stairs. The pattern of the stair steps were lined up to indicate she fell backwards from on erect position. Subject to Isaac Newton's laws on the effect of gravity being wrong, Annie was standing upright when she was struck.
THE AUTOPSY REVEALS THAT THE FORCE OF ONE OR POSSIBLY MORE BLOWS DISLODGED A PARTIAL DENTURE LOCATED IN THE LOWER JAW AND BECAME LODGED IN THE LOWER THROAT AND THIS CAUSED A FATAL DEGREE OF ASPHYXIA.
THIS IS WHAT KILLED ANNIE DAVIES.
The medicolegal profession places the providence of the phrase "the force of a blow" with intent. Annie's death was no accident. Does the image on the right taken by a Strathclyde Police photographer at the scene of her death look like she struck the left side of her face on the carpeted edge of the stairs?
Criminal Injuries Review
Despite the fact that there was no crime report number attached to Annie's death, Bryan, who by this time had amassed a considerable dossier of evidence pointing toward a murder took advice from a legal expert and applied for Criminal Injuries Compensation in 2005.
One of the pathologists who conducted Annie's autopsy was persuaded to present his findings at the hearing. In the interest of fairness a representative from Strathclyde Police accepted the invitation to offer up the police scenario that Annie's death was nothing more that a tragic accident. After hearing all the evidence the Panel Chairman delivered the following.
Regarding the death of Annie Bruce Gordon Davies known as Annie Davies the appeal had been successful in that they were satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the death of Annie Davies was directly attributable to a crime of violence.....more....
Conspiracy Theory A Cop Out?
Every schoolchild and indeed adult in this country has been conditioned to associate the word conspiracy with theory. We have all heard it. I certainly have. It's been addressed at me many times by police officers. "Oh Davies! he's a conspiracy theorist. He's talking rubbish, don't listen to him." Yes, by definition a theory is supposition, a concept. e.g. Police Publications regularly state If one drinks and then drives you will face a hefty fine, possible imprisonment, and a statutory minimum year long ban. However, If you are not caught, punishment is only a theory. Does this mean they are talking rubbish? Of course not. Are you with me? As long as there is no evidence there is only theory. A tiny scrap of evidence, however circumstantial it may be, a theory then becomes a possibility. The more evidence garnered the more probable the commission of a crime becomes. If evidence is misused or ignored by a group of people it becomes a conspiracy. It is no longer a theory. Confused?
Check this out. You be the judge.
In the eight years since Annie's death, Bryan and others involved in his campaign to get justice for his mother have vowed to continue to keep Annie's case as high profile as is possible. We must not forget that the most shameful aspect of this disturbing case is that the evidence uncovered by Bryan and his friends at A Search For Justice were known or could have been easily uncovered by police at the time. Instead, they consigned Annie's case to a file "case closed" despite so many questions going unanswered. In November 2005 in the wake of the Criminal Injuries Panel findings Annie's case has been subject to "review" by Strathclyde Police Cold Case Squad. That is not enough. Every person in Scotland deserves to see Annie's killer brought to justice and to know why Strathclyde Police have stubbornly stood by the initial bungled investigation for so long.
Editorials about this case
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- WERE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION OFFICERS MANIPULATED BY STRATHCLYDE POLICE ?