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Jestyn: man, woman or myth

Interviews such as the one between Alf Boxall and Stuart Littlemore aren’t done off the bat. An agreed time has to be arranged, camera crew and equipment allocated to the job, the interviewer’s questions researched then prepared.

And given Alf’s well-known record of reticence in giving out information with regard to his active military service, he probably had a preliminary gander at the questions Littlemore intended to ask him, just as a precaution.

Makes sense?


Go to 4:57 – “Inside the front cover, she’d written him an inscription.”

Littlemore didn’t ask Boxall who wrote the inscription. Didn’t happen. He only asked if it was written as the result of a ‘heavy night.’ His comment that it was written by Jessica was dubbed onto the tape later on.

Littlemore didn’t ask Boxall if he knew Jessica as Jestyn either. Didn’t happen.

So what we have always accepted as fact is only hearsay courtesy of the lawyer Stuart Littlemore – hearsay that can be defined as follows:

(1) Information received from other people which cannot be substantiated; rumour.

(2) The report of another person’s words by a witness, which is usually disallowed as evidence in a court of law.


The following sentence has been taken from Derek Abbott’s ‘List of facts on the Tamam Shud Case that are often misrepresented.’

  • 7. Although ‘Jestyn’ is not her actual first name, it was some sort of nickname. She signed herself ‘Jestyn’ in Alf Boxall’s copy of The Rubaiyat.

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