Did Bill threaten to ‘get rid of’ Haden to Latin American Airline president J F Russell?
1. Russell told the court that, after he revealed to Bill that Chubbie and Haden were having an affair, Bill said, ‘Do you think I have been double-crossed? What do you think?’
2. Russell then said that Bill had paced the floor and bitten his lip and said, “I’ll get rid of him.”
3. Russell then said that Bill checked himself, as if he hadn’t realised that Russell was there and said, ‘That sure is good of you, old man, to tell me this.’
4. Bill did indeed use the phrase ‘old man’ in his speech.
5. However, the last thing Bill would have said to Russell was, ‘That sure is good of you to tell me this.’ He was initially shocked at the revelation of the affair then was disbelieving. He knew that Russell was attempting to use this information to manipulate him into agreeing to join their smuggling operation. He is more likely to have said, ‘You are such a bastard!’
6. Bill had liked and trusted Haden and wasn’t going to instantly think the worst of him because of something said by a man like Russell, as Bill indicated in his diary.
7. Bill was not quick-tempered or aggressive so he wasn’t the type of man to instantly threaten another person.
8. Russell claimed that he had nothing against Bill even though Bill was largely responsible for his capture and conviction. This beggars belief.
9. Since Russell was almost certainly lying in Russell’s third claim (see point 3 above), he was probably also lying in points 1 and 2.
Bill is highly unlikely to have told Russell that he would ‘get rid of’ Haden.