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The Monday Club
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:37:08 PM »
In the spring of 1969 Ruthís widowed mother, Berta Neilson, was found unconscious in a gas-filled room in her flat in Hemel Hempstead; she never fully recovered and did not speak coherently again.

Ruthís sister Muriel Jakubait found her motherís handbag, tucked away in a chest of drawers. In it was a small, tatty notebook-cum-address book (now kept safe in a bank vault). Muriel had wondered for years about the names in it.

The notebook tells a revealing story of its own.

Phone numbers and addresses of Berta and Arthur Neilsonís friends, also notable journalists of the time Peter Grisewood, Jimmy Reid and Duncan Webb and other contacts that sheíd scribbled in fifty years ago, became important clues.

One London address in Kensington stood out.

After months of research and trawling through electoral registers and directories I realised I hadnít just found a safe house, Iíd found a safe street! Iíd uncovered a treasure-trove of spiesí addresses Ė all in the same Kensington street - some dating back to 1932. As far as I am aware, they have not previously been made public.

All the big names in spying were there: Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Menzies, Cowgill, Sinclair, Footman, Burke Trend ÖÖ

It strikes me as strange, that Ruth Ellisís mother had this address in her notebook 50 years ago. Had she discovered the shady world in which Ruth was involved?Or was this interesting evidence just another coincidence?

An early draft of RUTH ELLIS, MY SISTERíS SECRET LIFE contained this information, but our publishers felt it was complicated and the whole section was dropped.

When I began ghost writing Muriel Jakubaitís autobiography I intended to find the truth about her sister Ruth. I hope in these articles and in our book I have at least begun to set the record straight.

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