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Anthony John ANGEL aka Anthony John ALLEN
1934 - June - Torbay, Devon - Anthony John Angel is born.
1950s - Anthony John Angel marries Monica.
1966 - THEFT - Anthony Angel steals from wage packets (payroll) where he works and is caught.
FAKING A SUICIDE
In order to avoid the consequences of his actions, Anthony Angel drives to Beachy Head,
He leaves a note and his clothing on the shore. Angel swims along the coast to an area
where he's hidden clothing.
Anthony John Angel begins calling himself Anthony John Allen & moves to Northern England.
(Later on, by deed poll, Anthony Angel changes his name legally to Anthony Allen.)
1967 - Anthony Allen meets Patricia (Blacker) Walker and marries her in a bigamous marriage.
1968 - Anthony Allen is charged and sentenced to 2 years, suspended for 3 years, after admitting
larceny and asking for 116 other offences to be considered.
1972 - Anthony Allen (allegedly) marries Patricia Black in a legal ceremony.
Anthony Allen is charged & convicted for stealing mail and burning it during a postal strike.
Allen is jailed for 3 years.
Patricia (Black) Allen's former boyfriend, a former U.S. serviceman, John Simone, suffers a stroke in the U.S.
1973 - Anthony Allen is imprisoned for 13 months over charges having to do with a mail delivery
A CHANCE ENCOUNTER
1974 - Manchester - Anthony Allen has a chance encounter with an old friend who knows him as
Anthony Angel, and knows his first wife and family. Allen is reported to the authorities.
Anthony John Angel Allen is convicted of bigamy, theft and obtaining money
by false pretences. His wife Patricia makes a tearful plea and the Judge sentences
Allen to a suspended sentence.
Anthony Allen is charged and convicted of setting fire to 3 bags of mail
he is supposed to deliver. Allen is sentenced to 3 years. He serves 1 year.
1975 - Salcombe - Anthony Allen moves his family to Salcombe. Allen is employed as a manager
of a restaurant. The family reside in a flat in Powderham Villa (a large victorian
house made into apartments)
Patricia (Black) Allen's former boyfriend in the U.S. (former U.S. servicman) John Simone becomes incapacitated due to health issues.
Anthony Allen begins an affair with a widow. Mrs. Eunice Chapman Yabley
manages"The Galley" (trendy restaurant).
1975 - 26 May - Salcombe, South Devon - After attending a local fete with his family,
Anthony Allen seems to have more on his mind than a mere affair.
He asks Mrs. Yabley a question. "Would she be prepared to look after his
children if his separates from his wife?"
Mrs. Eunice Champman Yabley refuses.
1975 - 27 May - That afternoon, there is a witness who sees Allen's family car parked near another
village in the area with his children standing in the back and his wife in a
distressed state in the front passenger seat being attended by Anthony Allen. It is
the last known sighting of Patricia Allen.
Patricia Allen (39) disappears.
She is never heard from again by friends or family. Anthony Allen does not report her missing.
27 May - Allen visits Mrs. Eunice Chapman Yabley. With him are his two children, Jonathan
Mrs. Yabley "He said flatly,"Pat's gone'. The hand that took the cigarette back to
his mouth was shaking, but he was otherwise perfectly in control. As his cuff slipped
back, I saw that there were deep scratches running down his forearm. I asked him
what happened? "He said, 'We had a row first thing this morning. She's packed and
gone to meet her boyfriend. She's taken her car."
Later I asked him "How did you get those scratches on your arm?" He told me "I told
her I wanted to finish it. She flew at me. I put my arms up to protect my face."
Anthony Allen arranges for someone else to take over his evening shift. Mrs. Yabley
goes to work but later in the evening goes to Allen's flat. Mrs. Yabley sees Allen and
5 year old Victoria, who has an earache. Victoria is put back to bed.
Allen then asks if he may borrow Mrs. Yabley's vehicle so he can pick up his mother
from the train station.
1975 - 28 May - Anthony Allen's mother, Mrs. Angel, arrives by car the next morning and leaves in
Jonathan and Victoria are seen a few times during the day. At one sighting of them, they are with Anthony Allen some distance away from their flat.
On this date, Mrs. Yabley does not see Anthony Allen or have a visit from him.
1975 - 29 May - Jonathan Allen (7), & Victoria Allen (5) disappear. They are never heard from
Anthony John Allen does not report them missing.
Allen tells Mrs. Yabley Patricia had returned in the middle of the night & had gone with the children, perhaps to go and live with a former boyfriend (John Simone) in North America.
Patricia and the children's clothes, toys and other belongings remain in the flat. Patricia Allen's bank account of Â£28 lies dormant.
July - Anthony Allen moves in with Mrs Yabley. He offers Mrs. Yabley his wife Patricia's
Mrs. Eunice Chapman Yabley "He certainly knows how to charm a woman. His manners
were always perfect, just the sort of man a woman could dream about."
August - An officer begins hearing rumors. Allen has given away Patricia and the children's
belongings. He's also given away the family dog.
Anthony Allen is questioned about his wife's and children's whereabouts.
Allen tells police during an interview: "I'd had been imprisoned for 13 months in 1973
over a mail delivery business and my wife "did not want me from the time I came out."
"Patricia and I had an argument after going to a carnival with the children and that day
or the next, I found her packing her bags and leaving in her Volkswagen car. She
reappeared the next day, saying she could not live without the children, and that she
was considering emigrating.
The children were then woken up, clothes and toys were packed, and they were told
they were going on a "little holiday. I signed a piece of paper, written by Patricia,
agreeing to hand the children into her custody and she could take them anywhere she
liked. I never saw or heard from them again after she drove off in her Volkswagen
car. She had said she would leave it at Totnes railway staion, but it was not there
when I went later to pick it up, and I was told four or five weeks later it was in a
Salcombe car park."
APPEALS & DISCOVERY
Police find that Patricia Allen and her children do not own passports and have never applied
for passports. Their names are not on any social security or medical records. The children
are not enrolled in school. They are not located in any U.S. databases.
Massive publicity is engendered to no avail. Neither Patricia nor the children come forward, nor has
anyone spotted them.
The car is later found in the family car in a car park in Salcombe, not in the train station car
park. It is unlocked and has two dinghy oars sticking out from a window.
1975 - October - Anthony Allen makes another statement to police. "
"When I moved to Salcombe earlier that year as restaurant manager of the Marine
Hotel, my marriage was "under strain." We were trying to make a new start, but
were "drifting apart."
Allen claims that his mother had stayed overnight and that at some stage he and Mrs. Yabley
had gone out in his boat in search of his dog.
Allen had previously stated that the children were with his mother. During this police interview he admits that they were not with his mother and never had been. He repeats his claim that Patricia had taken the children.
However, with other investigators, Allen gives various versions of the event, including that his wife had left the U.K. with a boyfriend from the US forces (John Simone) and gone to New Hampshire.
*This was impossible due to John Simone's incapacitation.
1976 - Only after police have begun enquiring into his family's disappearance does Allen make any
inquiries as to their whereabouts.
Anthony Allen is arrested
1977 - A Police Inquiry is held. The Director of Public Prosecutions rules there is insufficient
evidence for a prosecution. Anthony Allen is set free.
1982 - Anthony Allen and Mrs. Eunice Chapman Yabley move to London.
1987 - Mrs. Eunice Chapman Yabley and Anthony Allen end their relationship.
1990 - May - Anthony Allen is charged, convicted and sentenced to 3 years for swindling
£165,000 from house buyers.
A LOVER'S TALE
1992 - Mrs. Eunice Chapman Yabley pens a book "Presumed Dead (published 1992).
The book tells of her relationship with Anthony Allen and the disappearance of his wife
and children. Her book contains a reference to the scratch marks she had seen upon
2000 - Police again reinvestigate the case of the missing Patricia Allen and her children Jonathan
2000 -May - Anthony Allen is charged and convicted of 13 offences of theft from his employer and
one of deception.
2001 - Anthony Allen moves in with his girlfriend. She's a Council Officer in Poole.
2001 - October - Anthony Allen is again arrested.
EXETER CROWN COURT - TESTIMONY
Neighbours living in the flats below the Allens testified to hearing a child screaming "Daddy, daddy, you are hurting mummy", at the time Patricia Allen disappeared.
Witness testifies to "seeing Mrs. Allen "in distress" in their car with Allen and the children.
Margaret Scott testifies: "She remembered Mrs Allen having a relationship with an American airman, John Simone, and that she had gone to the United States with him with the idea of them setting up home together. But when she got there she had found out that he was married and the relationship had ended in failure. Mrs Scott said she understood that Mrs Allen had had her passport confiscated and she was forced to leave the country and leave some of her clothing behind."
Ross McCoysh (Special investigator Passport office) testifies that searches in the name of Patricia Allen showed that in 1975 Patricia Allen did not have a passport and had not applied for one. Searches under the names of Blacker, Walker (Patricia's first married name), Angel and Simone and for the children, Victoria and Jonathan, also showed no results.
Kenneth Hassell (a former employee of the Marine Hotel (waiter) testifies "he'd gotten to
know John Allen quite well and he remembered an occasion when Allen turned up at the hotel looking less than his usual confident self. Allen looked dishevelled and he had scratches on his neck and the bottom of his chin. There were three marks there and he also had a bandage on his left wrist. Allen told him that he had had an accident in the garden. At the time of the disappearances there was a lot of gossip in the hotel about how Allen might have murdered his wife and children."
Mark Evans, QC, Prosecution "The clear motive is that he was involved with Mrs.Yabley and he might have perceived her successful business as a route to a new life. Patricia was clearly an obstacle and as it turned out the children also became an obstacle."
Mr. Justice Steel "Only you know what truly happened in May over 25 years ago. There is no possible explanation for their disappearance other than you murdered them."
2002- 16 December - EXETER CROWN COURT - Anthony John Allen is sentenced. He is 72 years old.
Mr. Justice Steel "The motive for the killing of his wife appears to have been simply the desire to move on to a new life with a woman running a promising business. He had disposed of his previous family in the opposite manner - by faking his own suicide.
The (subsequent) killing of his two young children may have been promoted by the same callous
motive: it is also possible that they presented a threat to him having seen or heard matters
relating to the death and disposal of his wife.
The Defendant is now 72 and in poor health. Nonetheless the only factor that might have resulted
in a reduction of the tariff would have been disclosure of the whereabouts of the bodies.
In my judgment, the appropriate tariff period is 18 years (less the time spent in custody on remand of 10 months 9 days).
Mrs. Eunice Chapman Yabley "I think he is a psychopath. That is an unqualified opinion but I think he is."