More Memorigrams (1948) by ETC Werner
- After his return to Peking from Japanese internment during WW2, Werner published his last book, More Memorigrams(1948), a sequel to Memorigrams (1940). As with the earlier book of China anecdotes and magazine articles, Werner concluded with an entirely unrelated chapter on Pamela's murder, including an account detailing how he believed it occurred (see accompanying images). Prentice and the Italian doctor, Capuzzo, appear as his chief suspects, whom he labels “A” and “B” respectively.
- He has replaced his earlier certainty that Prentice handed Pamela a note at the Wagons Lits hotel (letter 1/12/41 F 714/714/10) with the "fact" that the dentist had paid a coolie to deliver it on his own letter-headed paper.
- From inside the brothel a box of surgical instruments are discovered, complete with the initials of its owner and a helpful blood-stained thumbprint (Werner does not specify the current location of this new exhibit, or how he came by it).
- We also learn that the severely injured Pamela wrote a note to her father when held prisoner at the brothel, but she wasn't allowed to send it.
- The Italian marines make a cameo appearance and have to subsequently be paid off by "A".
- It isn't explained by Werner, who professed to know extraordinary detail, why "A" and "B" felt the need to take a disfigured Pamela from the blood-stained "Love Club" flat to the brothel and then to the city wall where she was hit over the head with a flat brick and finally killed. This trip to the No. 28 brothel, in torn clothes, does allow the ricksha coolie to be mentioned and praised for his evidence which, again, miraculously, coincides with any theory Werner chooses to put forward.
- Pamela's bicycle suddenly reappears by the city wall, despite its earlier reported absence.
- Werner teases the reader with the promise of three further pieces of evidence which will convict “A” and “B” immediately. This is a promise with which any reader of Werner’s letters will be familiar.
Miraculously, in 1948, despite the devastation of war and a decade since the murder, Werner claimed to have found new evidence:
Excerpts from More Memorigrams
p188 "A" is Prentice and his flat is called the "Love Club"...
p190 'there is proof in writing...'
p192 'She [Pamela] then wrote a note...'
p189 Pamela is attacked in Prentice's flat by Doctor "B"
p191 'a foreign lady'...mutilations unnoticed?
p193 ricksha coolie
p195 blood-stained thumb mark on an initialled box of surgical instruments found in the brothel...
p197 mutilated Pamela is taken from the flat, to the brothel, then to the city wall where she is killed with a brick to the head.
p199 Werner accuses Prentice and Dr "B" of other murders
p201 Werner accuses others of murder
p203 Werner and his new evidence
p224 Werner names "A" as the American dentist