“Do you believe these men will try and carry out these threats Gerry?’
“Yes I will be dead in 24 hours if Tommy is sentenced to death.’
“They wouldn’t do that surely.’
“You do not know Tommy Richards he is an evil man and will stop at nothing.’
Muriel thought for a long time then blurted out I will do it.’
“I will say I was with him that night.’
“Do you realise that this is perjury it carried a maximum sentence of ten years in prison Muriel.
“Cannot stand and do nothing Gerry they will kill you.’ didn’t you say that you may need my help one day? Well that time has come.’
Are really sure that you want to do this?’
“Come with me now to my house then and I will fill you in on the case and get your story right.’ Gerry drove frantically back to his cottage.
“The police will want to know why you didn’t come forward until now.’
“I will say that I didn’t want my boyfriend to know that I was seeing another man.’
“Right where did you meet him?
“I will say that met him in the Jack of Clubs at ten past nine on the night of the murder and he bought me a drink and asked me if I wanted to come back to his house. What time did you leave?
How did you know it was around ten?’
I saw the time on the clock in the club; there it is in the photo over there.’
Then what I went back with him and we spent the night playing cards with his friends. Then he drove me home. They will ask if you saw him again what are you going to tell them?’
“I will say no because I found out who he really was and that my aunt would have killed me for knocking around with a known gangster.’
“Can you play poker?’
“Good because they will ask you how you play the game. Now they are going to ask if you had sex with this man or kissed him or let him touch you. what are you going to say?’
I will say that my boyfriend had just broken up with me; I wanted to make him Jealous so I went to the Jack of Clubs.’ Tommy approached me and I thought I would make Edward jealous.’
“I will say that he tried to kiss me a couple of times but we never had sex.’
“Good not lets go over it all again because when you go to the station they are going to question you for a long time Muriel. Are you sure you want to do this?’
“Yes I want to help you Gerry.’
“Now tell them that you will not make a formal statement until you have spoken with me. Here is the phone number you will have to ring.’
Muriel you have saved my life and I won’t forget what you have done for me ever.’
I will drive you near the station then you can walk in on your own.
“Look at Tommy’s photo and memorise it, he has a scar on his left cheek given to him in a knife fight over some gambling debt. His eyes are blue and his hair blonde. He weighs about twelve stone and is six feet two inches tall. He was wearing a black