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Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« on: November 06, 2018, 01:11:00 PM »
30 year old Carol Park went missing in July of 1976. Twenty one years later, on 13th August 1997, her body was discovered in Coniston Water in the Lake District. At the time she went missing, her husband Gordon was told by police investigating her disappearance, that, were she to be found murdered, he would be the prime suspect.

Gordon Park was arrested and charged with Carol's murder after her body was discovered, but a few months later, the charges against him were dropped.

However, in 2004, Gordon Park was re-arrested, and in early 2005, he stood trial  for his wife's murder. He was found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Gordon Park committed suicide in prison in early 2010, on his 66th birthday. He never confessed to the crime.

Both Sandra Lean (Chapter 4 "No Smoke") and Bob Woffinden (Chapter 6, "The Nicholas Cases") believed Gordon Park to be a victim of a MOJ.

It has recently been announced that the case is to go back to the Court of Appeal, in the hope that Gordon's conviction will be posthumously quashed.

This was a case that was very well publicised in the media, and nicknamed "The Lady in the Lake" murder.

So, what do people think?  Was he innocent?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_in_the_Lake_trial

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-45995970

www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16759455.former-prosecutor-publishes-book-backing-lady-in-the-lake-murder-conviction/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/husband-is-convicted-of-lady-in-the-lake-murder-488727.html

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2018, 01:28:01 PM »
30 year old Carol Park went missing in July of 1976. Twenty one years later, on 13th August 1997, her body was discovered in Coniston Water in the Lake District. At the time she went missing, her husband Gordon was told by police investigating her disappearance, that, were she to be found murdered, he would be the prime suspect.

Gordon Park was arrested and charged with Carol's murder after her body was discovered, but a few months later, the charges against him were dropped.

However, in 2004, Gordon Park was re-arrested, and in early 2005, he stood trial  for his wife's murder. He was found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Gordon Park committed suicide in prison in early 2010, on his 66th birthday. He never confessed to the crime.

Both Sandra Lean (Chapter 4 "No Smoke") and Bob Woffinden (Chapter 6, "The Nicholas Cases") believed Gordon Park to be a victim of a MOJ.

It has recently been announced that the case is to go back to the Court of Appeal, in the hope that Gordon's conviction will be posthumously quashed.

This was a case that was very well publicised in the media, and nicknamed "The Lady in the Lake" murder.

So, what do people think?  Was he innocent?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_in_the_Lake_trial

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-45995970

www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16759455.former-prosecutor-publishes-book-backing-lady-in-the-lake-murder-conviction/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/husband-is-convicted-of-lady-in-the-lake-murder-488727.html

"He also produced, for Channel 4, the 1992 film Hanratty: The Mystery of Deadmanís Hill, about the case of James Hanratty, who was executed in 1962 for the murder of Michael Gregsten in what was known as the A6 murder. He later wrote Hanratty: The Final Verdict (1997) and his work led to the retesting of exhibits for DNA and an unsuccessful appeal in 2002 as the results indicated that Hanratty was indeed guilty; Bob continued to believe in his innocence, arguing that, after so many years, the DNA could have been contaminated.
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/may/11/bob-woffinden-obituary

"I was wrong about Bambi Killer
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/may/11/bob-woffinden-obituary

http://jeremybamberforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,825.0.html

https://jeremybamber.blogspot.com/2011/05/what-bob-woffinden-didnt-consider.html

http://www.jeremybambertestimony.co.uk/sarah-hanover

"for Years, Crime Writer BOB WOFFINDEN Argued Jeremy Bamber Was Innocent. Now He's Unearthed New Evidence ... and Is Utterly Convinced of Bamber's Guilt
https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-256441481.html

"THE LOST CLUES THAT COULD CLEAR THE BAMBI KILLER ...
It was one of Britainís most horrific murders. Here, in a major investigation, we reveal the unseen evidence that could finally clear JeremyBamber of gunning down his wealthy family

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/daily-mail/20080112/281754149996959

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has failed
".......six cases are yet to be heard, including the Simon Hall case, which goes to appeal in a couple of weeks. During this time, there have been referrals of 10 other cases that have failed at appeal. They include the cases of Michael Attwooll and John Roden; Robert Kennedy; and David Shale. These are all meritorious cases and so the injustice remains unaddressed

"....The government did look at the CCRC in the comprehensive spending review, but it survived. After all, it has become a highly expedient mechanism. It allows ministers to deflect all questions about, and accordingly blame for, miscarriages of justice and the malfunctioning of the judicial system. Probably that's its main residual function: as a fig leaf.
 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/nov/30/criminal-cases-review-commission-failed
« Last Edit: November 06, 2018, 02:44:31 PM by Stephanie »

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2018, 01:38:34 PM »
30 year old Carol Park went missing in July of 1976. Twenty one years later, on 13th August 1997, her body was discovered in Coniston Water in the Lake District. At the time she went missing, her husband Gordon was told by police investigating her disappearance, that, were she to be found murdered, he would be the prime suspect.

Gordon Park was arrested and charged with Carol's murder after her body was discovered, but a few months later, the charges against him were dropped.

However, in 2004, Gordon Park was re-arrested, and in early 2005, he stood trial  for his wife's murder. He was found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Gordon Park committed suicide in prison in early 2010, on his 66th birthday. He never confessed to the crime.

Both Sandra Lean (Chapter 4 "No Smoke") and Bob Woffinden (Chapter 6, "The Nicholas Cases") believed Gordon Park to be a victim of a MOJ.

It has recently been announced that the case is to go back to the Court of Appeal, in the hope that Gordon's conviction will be posthumously quashed.

This was a case that was very well publicised in the media, and nicknamed "The Lady in the Lake" murder.

So, what do people think?  Was he innocent?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_in_the_Lake_trial

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-45995970

www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16759455.former-prosecutor-publishes-book-backing-lady-in-the-lake-murder-conviction/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/husband-is-convicted-of-lady-in-the-lake-murder-488727.html

Refer to chapter 5

"Body in the bath killer
https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/8971434.life-for-body-in-the-bath-killer/

http://miscarriageofjustice.co/index.php?topic=9318.msg498402#msg498402

http://miscarriageofjustice.co/index.php?topic=442.0
« Last Edit: November 06, 2018, 01:50:06 PM by Stephanie »


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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2018, 01:59:47 PM »
30 year old Carol Park went missing in July of 1976. Twenty one years later, on 13th August 1997, her body was discovered in Coniston Water in the Lake District. At the time she went missing, her husband Gordon was told by police investigating her disappearance, that, were she to be found murdered, he would be the prime suspect.

Gordon Park was arrested and charged with Carol's murder after her body was discovered, but a few months later, the charges against him were dropped.

However, in 2004, Gordon Park was re-arrested, and in early 2005, he stood trial  for his wife's murder. He was found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Gordon Park committed suicide in prison in early 2010, on his 66th birthday. He never confessed to the crime.

Both Sandra Lean (Chapter 4 "No Smoke") and Bob Woffinden (Chapter 6, "The Nicholas Cases") believed Gordon Park to be a victim of a MOJ.

It has recently been announced that the case is to go back to the Court of Appeal, in the hope that Gordon's conviction will be posthumously quashed.

This was a case that was very well publicised in the media, and nicknamed "The Lady in the Lake" murder.

So, what do people think?  Was he innocent?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_in_the_Lake_trial

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-45995970

www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16759455.former-prosecutor-publishes-book-backing-lady-in-the-lake-murder-conviction/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/husband-is-convicted-of-lady-in-the-lake-murder-488727.html

Why did he ask his wife to send him the prison and probation ombudsman report into Shipmans suicide?

According to reports prison security flagged this up as a risk factor?

Did the prison authorities or anyone else, following his conviction, consider Gordon Park to be a psychopath?
« Last Edit: November 06, 2018, 02:03:09 PM by Stephanie »

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2018, 02:42:54 PM »
30 year old Carol Park went missing in July of 1976. Twenty one years later, on 13th August 1997, her body was discovered in Coniston Water in the Lake District. At the time she went missing, her husband Gordon was told by police investigating her disappearance, that, were she to be found murdered, he would be the prime suspect.

Gordon Park was arrested and charged with Carol's murder after her body was discovered, but a few months later, the charges against him were dropped.

However, in 2004, Gordon Park was re-arrested, and in early 2005, he stood trial  for his wife's murder. He was found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Gordon Park committed suicide in prison in early 2010, on his 66th birthday. He never confessed to the crime.

Both Sandra Lean (Chapter 4 "No Smoke") and Bob Woffinden (Chapter 6, "The Nicholas Cases") believed Gordon Park to be a victim of a MOJ.

It has recently been announced that the case is to go back to the Court of Appeal, in the hope that Gordon's conviction will be posthumously quashed.

This was a case that was very well publicised in the media, and nicknamed "The Lady in the Lake" murder.

So, what do people think?  Was he innocent?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_in_the_Lake_trial

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-45995970

www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16759455.former-prosecutor-publishes-book-backing-lady-in-the-lake-murder-conviction/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/husband-is-convicted-of-lady-in-the-lake-murder-488727.html

Interesting thread mrswah. It will be interesting to learn more
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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 03:10:24 PM »
Interesting thread mrswah. It will be interesting to learn more

Yes.  Me too.

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2018, 04:45:04 AM »
Thanks.   The knots alone were a giveaway.
A control freak whose anger eventually got the better of him?... or someone else with a similar knot-tying ability but different DNA, if the latest CCRC submission holds any weight...

https://ccrc.gov.uk/commission-refers-the-murder-conviction-of-gordon-park/

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2018, 07:04:49 AM »
A control freak whose anger eventually got the better of him?... or someone else with a similar knot-tying ability but different DNA, if the latest CCRC submission holds any weight...

https://ccrc.gov.uk/commission-refers-the-murder-conviction-of-gordon-park/

Oh Dear.  This can only get more interesting.  Except for Mr. Parks, of course.

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2018, 10:23:57 AM »
A control freak whose anger eventually got the better of him?... or someone else with a similar knot-tying ability but different DNA, if the latest CCRC submission holds any weight...

https://ccrc.gov.uk/commission-refers-the-murder-conviction-of-gordon-park/

I would imagine a number of people in Cumbria go sailing, hiking and climbing, and would also have knowledge of specialist knot tying.

Carol Park's sister was murdered by her boyfriend. Two sisters murdered by their partners?  Possible, I suppose, but ------well-----hm.

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2018, 10:27:37 AM »
I would imagine a number of people in Cumbria go sailing, hiking and climbing, and would also have knowledge of specialist knot tying.

Carol Park's sister was murdered by her boyfriend. Two sisters murdered by their partners?  Possible, I suppose, but ------well-----hm.

Have you followed this case for long mrswah or just looking more into based on the new developments?
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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2018, 10:34:50 AM »
Have you followed this case for long mrswah or just looking more into based on the new developments?

Not that long, although I do remember reading about the body being discovered, and Gordon Park's trial and conviction.  I assumed he was guilty at the time.

My current interest in the case was "sparked" by the fact that both Sandra Lean and Bob Woffinden believe GP was wrongly convicted, so I have looked into it further. I decided to start a thread on this forum, when I recently read that the case is going to the Court of Appeal.

I can't say whether he was innocent or guilty, but I do agree that the case should be looked at again.

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2018, 10:41:40 AM »
Thanks for explaining . its good sometimes to know what made someone take an interest in a case. I have read bits over time and have wondered about the case

Like you I havent made any firm decisions about his guilt or innocence but will read on to learn more
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