Robert (Bobby) McGladdery was on a pub crawl with his friend William Copeland that fateful evening of Pearl Gamble’s death.
In fact they had spent most of the day together drinking, after first meeting in
They separated temporarily but met again in
Towards the end of the evening
McGladdery was dressed in a light blue suit. He approached the band and requested that they play Elvis’s current release, ‘It’s Now or Never’.
It was suggested by the prosecution that this was significant. It was testified that he stood at the door, ‘wringing his hands’. He left the hall shortly afterwards, not waiting for the dance to finish.
In his absence,
It was the last time she was seen alive, by any one but her killer.
Copeland, it emerged from evidence and on the trial’s completion, was entirely innocent of any involvement in this heinous crime.
….. more on Gamble murder to follow here …..