Smokescreen - Ken Matthews' quest for the truth
SMOKESCREEN
Smokescreen - one man's fight for justice

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Ken Matthews of Swansea is fighting to prove he is the son of
John Theodore Talbot Fletcher, of Copped Hall, Epping [see also Ken's story]


21st December 2005: Linked below are some of the stories in the press about this extraordinary case - however there have been many subsequent developments which we are not yet able to disclose. Bookmark this page for further news!



Western Mail 30th August 2001
RESUME ENQUIRY, MP TELLS POLICE

" ... because Mr Talbot Fletcher's remains were cremated, DNA testing was initially ruled out ..... "
(read more by clicking the Western Mail link above)


West Essex Guardian 21st June 2001
WOULD-BE HEIR FIGHTS ON

"It was a most superficial examination with potentially serious results
for Mr Matthews. Clearly, without an investigation by
an officer from another force, justice will not be seen to be done."
(read more by clicking the West Essex Guardian link above)


West Essex Guardian 3rd May 2001
LEGACY BID CONTINUES

"Mr Talbot Fletcher's nephew, Andrew Fletcher ..... would disclose
no information about the whereabouts of his late uncle's ashes ....."
(read more by clicking the West Essex Guardian link above)


West Essex Guardian 5th April 2001
Would-be Copped Hall heir appeals for an answer

"THE wife of ... Ken Matthews has written to Enfield Crematorium
asking what action would have been taken if it knew
someone had declared an interest in a body. ....."
(read more by clicking the West Essex Guardian link above)


Western Mail 16th March 2001
ARISTOCRAT CASE TO BE REVIEWED
"A police force is to review the investigation it made into
the handling of the cremation of an elderly aristocrat
at the centre of a row over his inheritance ....."
(read more by clicking the Western Mail link above)


West Essex Guardian 22nd February 2001
FRESH MOVES TO SOLVE COPPED HALL MYSTERY
Police agree to MP's request for case review
"Mr Talbot Fletcher's cremation consent form was signed by his carer instead of an
executor and the body was burnt within 72 hours of his death just a few months
after Mr Matthews had requested DNA testing to prove or disprove his claim ....."
(read more by clicking the West Essex Guardian link above)


West Essex Guardian 31st January 2001
COPPED HALL HEIR CLAIM BACKED
"SWANSEA MP Donald Anderson has slammed Essex Police for not re-opening
an investigation into the alleged bodging of a cremation consent form which
may have prevented would-be heir Ken Matthews proving his right to a fortune ......"
(read more by clicking the West Essex Guardian link above)


West Essex Guardian 24th January 2001


Western Mail 23rd December 2000
PEER'S CREMATION TO BE RE-EXAMINED
"THE POLICE Complaints Authority has ordered an investigation into the cremation
of a wealthy peer which prevented an heir apparent proving his bloodline ....."
(read more by clicking the Western Mail link above)


West Essex Guardian 11th December 2000


West Essex Guardian 19th October 2000


Western Mail 22nd September 2000
MAN CLAIMS HE IS RIGHTFUL HEIR TO TALBOT ESTATE
"A RETIRED factory worker who says he is the rightful heir to a multi- million-pound fortune
is to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights ....."
(read more by clicking the Western Mail link above)


There have been many other press articles -
examples of a few of these for which we have not yet
located an Internet web page version include:

29th August 1998 * The Scotsman
14th July 1996 * The Sunday Times (Scotland)
9th April 1996 * The Times
16th February 1996 * Edinburgh Evening News
31st January 1996 * Western Mail
31st January 1996 * Daily Mail
31st January 1996 * The Herald (Scotland)
30th January 1996 * The Independent


For background info please see also:
Magic Dragon Media


This link gives some idea of the
Talbot Fletcher family background:
The Fletchers and Margam Abbey


John Theodore Talbot Fletcher, whom Ken believes to be his father,
is documented as having been present at his own father's funeral:
East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) Courier, ca. 1950


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Click here to read Ken's story or select from the table below to
discover more of the background to
one man's fight for justice .......

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There are many pages of research and proofs to be added to this website - Ken Matthews and his wife Penny have discovered so many "coincidences" that it makes disturbing reading. These are the main areas of enquiry that will be covered [some are still under construction but we're adding new info regularly] - click on any of the boxes below to reach the relevant area.

Ken's story the "adoption" the 1926 adoption act
John Fletcher the love affair Ivy Pinn
Copped Hall Margam Saltoun
John Fletcher's will the death the cremation
the medical records the death certificate the ashes
the E.C. Talbot trust the family tree the photos
newspaper articles the curious "divorce papers" ........... now on line guestbook


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