Michael Eddowes

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Michael H. B. Eddowes (1903–1992) was a British lawyer, author and investigator.

Eddowes came from a family of barristers and built a large law practice specializing in divorce.

Timothy Evans[edit]

Eddowes' first famous case involved Timothy Evans, who was hanged in 1950 for the murder of his daughter. Eddowes wrote a book on this case called The Man On Your Conscience in which he argued that the real culprit was serial killer John Christie. It was because of Eddowes' efforts and those of others such as Ludovic Kennedy and Sydney Silverman that the case was reinvestigated and Evans was issued a posthumous pardon. The outcry over this case helped to lead to the abolition of the death penalty in the United Kingdom. Many years later his son John published a book which argued against his father's claims that Evans had been innocent.[1] Eddowes also involved himself in the Jack Profumo scandal of 1963.[2]

John F. Kennedy conspiracy allegations[edit]

Eddowes is the author of The Oswald File in which he argues that a Soviet imposter took the place of Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald was in Russia, came to the United States where he assassinated United States President John F. Kennedy, and was subsequently buried in Oswald's grave.[3] Eddowes asserted there were differences between Oswald and the autopsy of the assassin performed by Earl Rose.[4] He pointed out that Oswald was 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) in height according to his U.S. Marine Corps records, and that the Dallas pathologists said the assassin they autopsied was 5 ft 9 in (175 cm). In his book Eddowes cites several times after Oswald's return from the Soviet Union when he gave his height as 5 ft 11 in if asked but when he was actually measured he was inches shorter. The corpse also had a large scar on the wrist; Eddowes claimed that Oswald had no such scar. Eddowes pointed out that, as a child, Oswald had a mastoid operation that left him with a depression in the flesh behind one of his ears as well as a dime sized hole in his skull; he claimed that the corpse of the man Jack Ruby killed had no such depression or hole in the skull. Eddowes sought action in Texas courts and the body was exhumed in 1981. The body, in an advanced state of decomposition, proved to be Oswald.[5] The exhumation was reported to have cost Eddowes between $8,000 and $15,000.[6]

Eddowes died of a burst aneurysm in 1992.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Eddowes, John (1995). The Two Killers of Rillington Place. London: Warner Books. ISBN 0-7515-1285-0.
  2. ^ Richard Davenport-Hines, An English Affair: sex, class and power in the Age of Profumo, HarperPress, 2013, p. 276
  3. ^ "Medical Officials Say Corpse May Not Be Lee Harvey Oswald". St. Petersburg Independent. 72 (301). St. Petersburg, Florida. AP. October 19, 1979. p. 3-A. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "Body Was Oswald's, Medical Man Says". Observer–Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. AP. November 12, 1979. p. C-8. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  5. ^ W. Tracy Parnell, "The Exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald and the Norton Report", 2003
  6. ^ "Exhumed body Oswald — 'beyond doubt'". Chicago Tribune. October 5, 1981. Section 1, page 18. Retrieved June 5, 2017.

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