Hmm... did someone edit out some posts in this thread? Seems to me earlier tonight there were 27 pages, now there are 26. Curious.
Anyway, after a longer-than-expected hiatus, I'm back to continue with more unpublished-or-better-quality images associated with Jackie's case from the London Free Press archives. Most of these have likely remained unseen for over four decades.
Moving forward from the search for Jackie and the aftermath, followed by the attack on Betty Harrison, we now focus on the trial of Glen Fryer in 1970.
Those who have been along the ride for this ever-growing thread may remember this was the first image I could find of Mr. Fryer in the LFP (reply #68, on page 5):
My first response on seeing this photo was how sinister and smirking he appeared, with beady eyes glaring from deep-set sockets, as he almost appears to do an arrogant, Trudeau-like jig for the camera. Higher-quality reproduction certainly allows much more to be gleaned from this image than it's microfiched and poorly printed cousin.
The published July 30, 1970 picture of Fryer as he entered his preliminary hearing is actually the third in a series of three. While I didn't get a copy of the first (and now I wish I had), the second shows that Fryer is not alone at the entrance, off Talbot Street (as the street sign is clearly visible behind them). He is accompanied by his wife Ruth and an unidentified bailiff (I presume).
Glen is dressed in his green suit, that later became a point of contention at the trial: in December, he claimed he bought the suit in November, but the Crown reminded him that he was actually wearing it on this date back in July. Oops! Ruth Fryer looks younger and is dressed far more stylishly than what the later published photos on December 23rd/70 would have had one believe, where she appears much more matronly. At any rate, they seem to be walking at a brisk pace. Glen seems annoyed at the photographer, Ernie Lee, and Ruth seems shocked. The bailiff just wants to get to his coffee break. Perhaps there are more reporters and cameramen present than just Mr. Lee. It's possible they were calling out questions.
The third photo:(Both above images reproduced courtesy of the London Free Press Collection of Photographic Negatives, the University of Western Ontario Archives, July 30, 1970. Thanks again.)
In this image, Ruth now seems to have recovered and become standoffish, and the bailiff is trying to usher them through the door (note his right hand). Glen is not doing a jig as it first seemed to me, but is actually stepping upward; the 'smirk' is actually an open mouth as he says something, which, along with the shrug now appears to be more of a "I don't know what you're doing here, guys, this isn't a big deal". Perhaps there is an attempt to turn on the charm for the reporters? Regardless, he felt he had to give some kind of response at that moment before entering. Contrast that with the rushing and stern expression in the previous photo, taken a second or two earlier. Much can be seen with the increased clarity of the eyes and facial expression.
Also interesting how Ruth is left completely out of the published picture.
Anyway, just goes to show how much is lost when working with terrible photocopies and scratched microfiche. Like any investigation, whether police detective, reporter, or those just searching for truth, the larger, brighter, and fuller a picture that can be found, the better.