Myths

In this compelling series, Mark dispels ten of the most prevalently reported myths about his case.

10 things the Daily Mail got wrong about the trial of Mark Alexander

This article could just as easily have been called ’Ten ways the Daily Mail were misled by the crown prosecution service’, because in many ways the press isn’t to blame for the inaccuracies and calculated falsehoods recited in the prosecution’s opening speech – which they perhaps naturally, albeit uncritically, relied on as an authoritative and reliable source. Over the next ...

Mistake #1

“Gifted son gets life for butchering pushy father”. “He is accused of attempting to dismember him with a saw”. “He… tried to cut it up with an electric saw”. “A blade from a saw was found with the corpse… An electric saw was found in the house” – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al On 26 October 2018, The Times published the following ...

Mistake #2

Mark “battered his father to death”. Police discovered Samuel’s “dismembered body and battered skull”. Samuel died “having suffered blows to the head”. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al We simply don’t know how my father died. The Home Office Pathologist was “unable to formally ascribe a cause of death. I give a cause 1a. unascertained”. There were signs of bruising and fractures ...

Mistake #3

“Weeks after the disappearance… neighbours noticed there was a smell of ‘rotting sheep’ from the property”. SP “could not help but notice the strange smell that appeared to be emanating from Samuel’s home”. “At much the same time, a foul smell was noticed in the cul-de-sac”. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al This just simply wasn’t the case. One resident did complain ...

Mistake #4

“Forensic studies of the body indicated that Samuel had probably been murdered in early September”. “Traces found in the garage suggested that the body had been stored there for 2 months before being buried”. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al The Home Office Pathologist was unable to determine either the cause of my father’s death, or the date of his death. ...

Mistake #5

“The nozzle from a petrol can, heavy-duty black gloves, and a roll of black plastic sheeting” were found in the house. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al What sensible household doesn’t have assorted sundries like these? Of course, we are supposed to insinuate some sinister purpose behind this arbitrary list of everyday items, but it is a redundant ploy. You ...

Mistake #9

“Mark maintained that Sami was living with him in London”. “Mark said he was living in a close Egyptian community in London with friends”. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al The semantics are important here because one could be forgiven for thinking that “living with him in London” quite literally means living under the same roof, when in fact it means ...

Mistake #10

Samuel was “barely mobile”, “increasingly frail”, and “walked with a stoop”. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al This is plainly not true. As the Honourable Judge Reddihough remarked in sentencing: “There is clear evidence before the court that by the time of this offence Sami had made a reasonably good recovery from the illness he had suffered”. Dad had been seen driving, ...

Mistake #6

“Girlfriends were not permitted. Samuel Alexander would have seen them as a distraction”. Samuel “saw no room for girlfriends”. “Girlfriends were not welcome”. Samuel “disapproved of Mark having a girlfriend”. Samuel “barred him from having girlfriends”. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al These rather glib remarks were – like so many others – only heard in the prosecution’s opening speech. Meeting the parents tends ...

Mistake #7

Mark “resented his father’s meddling, according to his girlfriend” Mark “had had enough of being bossed around”. Mark was “driven by the knowledge that only with his father out of the way could he live the life he wanted to lead”. Samuel “made him live with him at his home in Buckinghamshire, even while he was studying in London”. – Excerpts from the ...