“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
Charles Baudelaire — “Le Joueur Généreux” (1864)
June 21 2019 — According to the information disclosed in the SCCRC Report, GOLFER is a former Strathclyde Detective Sergeant who was on the witness list at the Zeist trial. In my last post, I explained how I had managed to ‘read’ a redacted sentence which indicates that, during his first interview, GOLFER told the SCCRC investigators that he had worked in Germany. The list of all police officers who worked in the Liaison Office in Germany is known. Therefore, one would think that the identification of Golfer would be an easy task. One could be wrong. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
After making a list of the police officers who had worked in the BKA Liaison office — set up in Meckenheim, West Germany — I checked every one of them against the known profile of the GOLFER.
With a bit of research, it was straightforward to eliminate all of them but one: former DS John McGowan from the Strathclyde police force.
Not only was John McGowan the ‘last man standing’, specific information singles him out.
Indeed the GOLFER claims that he drew up the profile of Khaled Jaafar. And I know that John McGowan was in charge of that task! End of the story? Not so fast…
Intel Today managed to collect a few pieces of information regarding John McGowan and the conclusion was as surprising as it was puzzling: John McGowan is not the GOLFER.
How can that be? There is no one left on the list. Every suspect has been ruled out.
Logically, there can be only two explanations.
The first possibility is that I have guessed incorrectly the word “GERMANY” in my previous post.
The alternative is that GOLFER lied to the SCCRC investigators when he claimed that he had worked in “the former West Germany”.
First thing first. Was I wrong when I guessed “GERMANY’ in my previous post?
It is possible even if several people told me that they really believe that I am right. I decided to look for a similar clue. There is one in paragraph 5.29.
Again, it seems that the redacted country is “the former West Germany”. And it is not obvious to suggest anything else.
He said that during the police investigation he had carried out enquiries in the UK and the US as well as the former West Germany. Part of his role in the latter, he said, involved creating a “profile” of …
We thus come to the second branch of the alternative. The GOLFER lied to the SCCRC when he claimed that he had worked in Germany. And now, that possibility rings a bell.
On 29 October, 1989, David Leppard started a long series of articles on Lockerbie published in the Sunday Times.
In May 1991, Leppard published a book titled: “On the trail of terror”. Much of the book was based on the series published in the Sunday Times.
I have always been intrigued by the many inconsistencies of Leppard’s work.
There are inconsistencies between his articles, inconsistencies between his articles and his book, and inconsistencies between various chapters of his book.
Let us focus on one important issue: the story of the suspicious white plastic residues.
In the last article of his series published on December 24 1989, Leppard reports an extraordinary development.
The title tells it all: “Plastic links terror team with Lockerbie bombing”. Explanation.
“Ministry of Defence officials now believe a white plastic residue recovered from the crash site is the same material as that in alarm clocks bought by the group at the shop in Neuss, near Dusseldorf, two months before the bombing.”
Lockerbie forensic scientists suspected that some white plastic residues associated with the primary suitcase were parts of the bomb trigger mechanism.
Therefore they conducted a chemical comparison of these items with alarm clocks that had been used by members of a terrorist cell recently arrested in Germany during operation Autumn Leaves.
According to the article, there was a positive match between one of these alarm clocks and the plastic residues.
And yet, Leppard writes in his book [page 97]:
“Hayes conducted a chemical experiment , comparing the plastic on the circuit boards of these clocks with the mysterious white plastic recovered from the bomb debris. Unfortunately, these inquiries would prove inconclusive.”
And if you think that this example is quite bad enough, get ready for much worse.
Near the end of his book, Leppard describes accurately a memorandum (dated 19 December 1989) titled: “Items of interest at RARDE – Circuit board”.
This memo identifies who — and when — was tasked with the job of obtaining the alarm clocks in Germany.
“On 18 December 1989 a message was passed to DI McAteer in Germany highlighting the interest in the three digital alarm clocks and requesting that he attempts to obtain three identical clocks or controlled samples for RARDE.”
There is no doubt that this information is correct. The memo is factual evidence.
As you learned from my last post, McAteer was indeed a member of Pat Connor’s team in Germany. The test were conducted at RARDE the same month.
And yet, much earlier in his book [page 97], Leppard writes that:
“Detective Sergeant Ian Hazelton, from LICC, was sent to Germany to buy clocks similar to those found in the PFLP-GC flat in Neuss.”
This statement is a transparent lie. The source of this idiotic and anachronistic ‘information’ can only be Detective Sergeant Ian Hazelton himself.
Concerned by the leaks published by the Sunday Times, Detective Chief Superintendent John Orr — the Senior Investigating Officer — dispatched two officers to interview Leppard in order to discover his source.
As a result, Detective Sergeant Ian Hazelton was removed from the Lockerbie investigation.
Ian Hazelton (born August 13 1947) retired [as a Detective Sergeant] from the Strathclyde police in 1995 after 30 years of service.
Hazelton was on the witness list [n° 517] but he did not testified. His name does not appear once in the trial’s transcripts.
Ian Hazelton was the source of Leppard’s article and he is the GOLFER.
After Megrahi’s lost appeal, Hazelton contacted Eddie MacKechnie and, amazingly, he managed to “sell” him the old story of the alarm clocks he claimed to have bought in Germany. When interviewed by the SCCRC, he had to pretend that he had worked in Germany.
Policing Lockerbie, A Bella Caledonia Special Investigation (September 7 2011)
NEWS RELEASE: ABDELBASET ALI MOHMED AL MEGRAHI (28 June 2007)
Lockerbie — Who Is The Mysterious GOLFER? [Part III : Unmasking the Devil]