‘The story of Lynsey Quy’s murder is in town’s DNA’

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHRISTY BYRNE [email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @ByrneChristy

ONE of the most hor­rific murders in South­port’s his­tory is ex­am­ined in greater depth than ever be­fore in a new book by Wil­liam Ruby.

A Murderer’s Game: The Death Of Lynsey Quy draws on ma­te­rial from those clos­est to the case, in­clud­ing the chief in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer and a film maker who made a doc­u­men­tary on the search for Lynsey.

Au­thor Wil­liam says that the high pro­file na­ture of the search, where her hus­band and murderer, Mitchell Quy, made high pro­file de­nials, makes the murder the big­gest case ever to take place in the town.

He said: “There’s clearly a lot of lo­cal feel­ing about the case, it’s in the town’s DNA, while there’s been some sin­is­ter things hap­pen in the town I think this stands out as a par­tic­u­larly un­pleas­ant state of af­fairs.”

He added: “It was a huge event at the time, not least be­cause of the na­tional cov­er­age re­ceived.

“Ini­tially it was a typ­i­cal case of do­mes­tic abuse over a pe­riod of time, a couple that got to­gether and broke up on many oc­ca­sions and Lynsey was be­ing looked af­ter by the women’s support or­gan­i­sa­tion of the po­lice.

“She in­vited her hus­band, Mitchell, back into her home in the au­tumn of 1998 and then dis­ap­peared.

“The po­lice knew from the word go, given the his­tory of the two to­gether, that she was al­most cer­tainly dead and that Mitchell was likely to have killed her, as is of­ten the case in these si­t­u­a­tions. “But there was no trace. “Be­cause Lynsey’s fam­ily, the Wil­sons, were a frac­tured fam­ily, there was very lit­tle con­tact be­tween her and her sib­lings and her mother and fa­ther, so a long time elapsed be­fore she was re­ported miss­ing, and not by her own hus­band.”

Mersey­side film maker Chris Malone was a cen­tral fig­ure in the case, as he filmed Mitchell Quy in great depth while he feigned in­no­cence and looked for the body of his wife.

Wil­liam said: “What Chris Malone did wouldn’t be allowed now be­cause of changes to the law, so it’s quite a unique doc­u­ment that I was able to use, as well as talk­ing to Chris and get­ting back­ground in­for­ma­tion and spend­ing a lot of time with Ge­off Sloan, the chief in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer of the case, who’s given me a lot of in­sight into the things that were never pre­vi­ously pub­lished.

He be­lieved that the no­to­ri­ety that Malone’s work and other TV ap­pear­ances gave Quy led to his down­fall.

He said: “When it be­came ap­par­ent that he was the prime sus­pect although no ev­i­dence could be found, Chris Malone turned up at Mitchell Quy’s door and said ‘I’m do­ing a doc­u­men­tary about Lynsey, you say you’re an in­no­cent man, can I fol­low you round with a cam­era and make a doc­u­men­tary out of it for a length of time?’

“Mitchell, apart from this, was con­stantly on re­gional news say­ing he was an in­no­cent man be­ing per­se­cuted by the po­lice, he de­vel­oped this kind of leg­endary sta­tus of some­one who wouldn’t shy away or hide away, rather he would pro­mote that he was an in­no­cent man.

“Af­ter about six or seven months of Malone fol­low­ing Mitchell around, doc­u­ment­ing his ev­ery move and ev­ery ut­ter­ance, as well as film­ing some of the Wil­sons as they searched for their daugh­ter, it was then that the po­lice fi­nally ar­rested and af­ter a se­ries of days of ques­tion­ing he fi­nally ad­mit­ted what he’d done, and ob­vi­ously then all the ter­ri­ble de­tails of the crime came out.”

Wil­liam’s in­ter­est in the story stems not just from his back­ground as a Sand­grounder, but hav­ing taught Mitchell Quy’s brother, El­liot, at Birk­dale High School.

El­liot helped his brother com­mit the murder by dis­mem­ber­ing the body in the bath, and served four years of a seven-year prison sen­tence.

Wil­liam said: “The big­gest sur­prise to the po­lice and to many of us was that El­liot was ac­tu­ally in­volved with the crime. Once Mitchell had killed his wife he got El­liot to help dis­mem­ber her in the bath at home, and dis­trib­ute parts of Lynsey around the town that were even­tu­ally dis­cov­ered 18 months later, apart from her head and hands, which were never dis­cov­ered.

“Ap­par­ently it was El­liot, the younger brother, who was ac­tu­ally given the job of dis­pos­ing of her head and hands which would have been the eas­i­est way of iden­ti­fy­ing her.

“The claim was that he put her head and hands in a wheelie bin some­where in Birk­dale be­fore go­ing back to his flat.”

Wil­liam said there were “lots of sin­is­ter un­der­tones” to his book, with the­o­ries about what hap­pened to Lynsey’s body parts and who was re­spon­si­ble for dis­pos­ing of them just one area that is ex­plored.

A dis­turb­ing meet­ing on a train spurred him into ac­tion when it came to writ­ing the book.

He said: “I bumped into El­liot Quy when he got out of prison, af­ter he had served his time for dis­pos­ing of Lynsey, I met him on a train go­ing out to Wi­gan from South­port.”

He added: “He was talk­ing to a young woman and it was clear they’d just met, they were flirt­ing.

“I thought that this girl doesn’t have a clue who this man is, and it wasn’t my right and duty to tell her.”

Mitchell Quy is serv­ing a life sen­tence, but Wil­liam sug­gested he could be re­leased next year should he be suc­cess­ful in front of the pa­role board.

He said: “I’ve learned from the pa­role board that his next hear­ing will be this sum­mer.

“It’s not be­yond the bounds of pos­si­bil­ity that he could be re­leased this time next year if suc­cess­ful, and that’s a big if.

A Murderer’s Game: The Death Of Lynsey Quy was sched­uled for re­lease

Mitchell Quy ar­rives at South­port Mag­is­trates’ Court in 1999

Lynsey Quy, left, and Wil­liam Ruby’s book about her murder, above

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