Raymond O’Reilly was born at Cork in 1900 into a working class family. He was a bright boy and religiously obsessed as an adolescent. He also knew how to butter up the priests. He went to Maynooth at 16. Although not too hot at Latin he was a stellar student at the other Humanities. He was awarded a BA at the age of 20. There was a little theatre in Maynooth College. The undergraduates sometimes performed plays. Raymond like to tread the boards. He garnered a reputation as a wag and as an accomplished actor.
He also found celibacy was not viable for him. He had to serve mass. He found being an altar boy tedious. With a few shillings pilfered from the offering plate he went to frequent the wrens of the Curragh. His first experience was a chubby pale skinned and raven haired 30 year old from Donegal called Sile.
The wrens were harlots who plied their trade outside the army barracks.
The First World War was over and guns were ten a penny. He got himself a revolver that did not work. It only cost a fiver. As it did not fire it was going cheap. He had not wish for it to fire. Killing someone was the last thing he wanted. Armed with this he would go to the Curragh at night. He knew a lane where a wren was known to loiter. She assumed he was after business. He brandished his revolver and had her money off her – ten pounds. This was her night’s takings. He forced her to strip. He took her shoes and clothes and threw them all in the canal. he had no wish to possess women’s clothes plus these garments would be evidence against him. He reasoned she would not go far in the nude so he would not be reported for some time. He was cunning enough not to strike for another month.
He sometimes went to Dublin to a bordello known as the Casbah. He also robbed hookers on Kippure Street using the same modus operandi as he employed by the Curragh. A good time with a whore cost about 3 pounds and a robbery netted about 10 – it was 20 if he was fortunate. He always stashed his gun away from his college.
After a few months the principal of the seminary discovered Raymond’s jaunts to the Curragh. It was not the robbing but the whoring they discovered. The seminarian was promptly sent down.
Armed with his BA he applied to Catholic schools in England. He landed a job as a lay master at a school in London. He began teaching there in January 1921. He found his work enjoyable and the pay was decent.
Using his revolver he effected the same robbery trick on hookers in Soho. With the money he gained he was able to afford visits to brothels.
He wanted something more emotional. He went to Lyons Corner House. He met an Irish chambermaid named Jade. She was two years older than him but not a virgin. Soon he seduced her. They checked into a doss house as a married couple and he had it away with her. But she was unstable and had panic attacks. The relationship did not last.
STEALING AN IDENTITY. 1921
Raymond hit upon a better way to make money. One day he was perusing the newspaper. He came across an article about a certain Edmund Martlet who had just been promoted in the Treasury. Martlet, a scholar at Winchester and then at Trinity College, Cambridge had been awarded a double first in the Mathematics Tripos. This Marlet was bound for great things. He was in the civil service fast stream. From the photo Raymond realised that he bore a passing resemblance to Martlet. Both were about 5’11”’ and had sandy coloured hair with blue eyes. Marlet was like Raymond a man of medium build.
Why rob whores at gunpoint? He never realised more than 20 pounds in an outing? Every time he sallied forth to Soho he risked several years in the clink. There was an smarter way to make much more money.
Raymond was paid 2 000 per annum. He was living as a lodger. He obtained a loan from Barclay’s bank to buy a property in Ireland. In fact with his money he went down to Saville Row. An hour later he merged with a well cut suit and a pair of Church’s handmade shoes. He sported an Old Wykehamist tie.
He went to Chelesea. He had seen an ad where the widow of any army officer had advertised rooms to let in her house on the King’s Road. He knocked on her door. Raymond affected a pukka accent and claimed to be one Edmund Marlet. The widow almost swooned when she saw him. Raymond explained he was a Treasury civil servant. They agreed her could rent the room for 6 months there and then. He paid her 3 months in cash. No document was signed it was agreed on a handshake and the word of gentleman. Raymond explained that he was being posted to Edinburgh for a few months to investigate the Royal Bank of Scotland but he needed a pied a terre in London.
A few days later he moved some possessions into his room. He spent the occasional night there.
Soon mail for Raymond began arriving at his Chelsea address.
Armed with a tailormade Saville Row suit, his handmade shoes, rolled umbrella, bowler hat and Wykehamist tie he looked every in the mandarin. His Chelsea address would also come in handy. He walked into Lloyd;s Bank one Saturday morning. He told them he wished to open an account. Raymond explained that Barclays were mistreating him. He knew that Lloyd;s considered Barclays a swear word so this explanation went down well. The bank clerk was so impressed by this gent he decided that this customer had better meet the manager.
In a side room the manager met Raymond and was bowled over. Raymond did an utterly convincing upper class English accent. He never overdid it. He offered the manager silk cut cigarettes to smoke and the manager gratefully accepted. Raymond explained how Barclays were mistreating him. The account was open that day. Raymond knew that if the bank checked up on him there was Edmund Martlet at the Treasury.
Raymond was nothing if not meticulous. If he was going to claim to be a Wykehamist than he had better know about it. He read up on it. He went down and visited the school claiming to be job hunting. On another occasion he applied for a lowly job at the Treasury. He had no intention of taking the job of a clerk even if offered it – which he was not – but it was a chance to get inside the building. He had to be able to describe it. He read on it extensively.
Raymond also visited Trinity College, Cambridge as a prospective undergraduate. He boned up on the college so he could convincingly claim to have been there.
For February half term Raymond went to Edinburgh. He had never been to Scotland. He greatly enjoyed seeing the sights.
A month after he opened his Lloyd’s account he went to see the manager. He asked for a loan to buy a car. The manager readily agreed. The money was in his account by the end of the day. The loan was not to be repaid for a year and the interest was 20%
Raymond went to Lyon’s Cornerhouse again. Girls congregated there who were not common prostitutes. He met Lizzy – an English factory worker. She was a little older than him. He formed a relationship with him. It took him two weeks to seduce her. The Cockney knew how to avoid maternity and then fornicated regularly.
Raymond withdrew cash the next week. He then went to Barclays to open an account. He told them the same story only Lloyd;s was treating him badly. Once again he was brought to see the manager. He made a large cash deposit which gave the bank confidence in him. He withdrew it only sparingly.
The next week he went to Trust Saving’s Bank. He told them Lloyd’s were treating him badly. COuld he a high flying civil servant who had been to Winchester and Cambridge open an account. The manager said yes. Raymond made a hefty deposit.
Soon enough he obtained a loan from Barclays and then For an Easter Holiday Raymond went to Paris for a fortnight. It was his first trip to France. He was entranced by it.
From TSB to buy a car. He never bought that car. He bought a new suit instead. He had suits that were navy blue, grey and charcoal grey. Never black. In each colour he had one pinstriped and one plain. He wore black laceup shoes – never brown and never slip on. He wore braces and no belt. He knew people paid attention to these minutiae. He had a Cambridge tie and a Trinity tie.
He then had 12 000 in cash. With this he opened an account with Halifax Bank. He told them his previous bank treated him abominably. They were impressed by his suit, his address, education and occupation. His huge deposit made them have faith in him.
He then got a loan from Halifax to buy a Rolls Royce – she’s a beaut. He then opened an account with Yorkshire Bank.
Then he opened an account with Child and Co. Same story. Then he opened an account with Hoare’s. Then he had an account with Bank of Scotland. Then with Royal Bank of Scotland. Then with Clydesdale Bank. Then he went to Northern Rock.
Finally he had 20 000 in cash. He went for the last of them.
He opened an account with Coutt’s. He was wise enough not to bring it all as cash but to have money sent over from other banks. Not from all of them. Too many accounts would arouse suspicion.
In summer half term he went to Belgium. It was a delight to go to Bruges and Brussels for a week.
He persuaded Lizzy to jack in her job. She came with him.
Every Saturday had been devoted to research or opening an account. It was the summer of 1921. He could not keep this up forever. Soon they would want their loans back.
He resigned from his job at the school but kept his room in West London.
He had been sending money to his impoverished fmaily in Ireland by postal order.
RETURN TO EIRE IN TRIUMPH. 1921
He travelled first class on the Irish Mail. He carried 1 000 in cash – as much as he could without arousing suspicion is searched – an unlikely scenario. He book himself a cabin on the boat to Ireland. There he deposited most of the money in Allied Irish Bank under his real name. The manager was pleased to learn that Raymond was thriving in London. Raymond told him he worked at a small stock brokerage firm called Lane Foot. Such a firm actually existed but was so obscure that anyone would have difficulty contacting it to establish the veracity of the story. The firm was in difficulty and he was banking on it soon going under. That way no one would be able to contact it.
Raymond then bought a flat for 400 pounds. He let his poverty stricken sister live there. Her husband was out of work. They had three children with a fourth on the way.
Raymond read the Irish Times. There was an obituary of the headmaster of the Royal Military School Dublin. The school had closed two years previously. It was a Church of Ireland school. That gave him an idea.
Ray returned to London. He then called the Public Schools Club. Was R M S D an acceptable school to join as a member? Yes, it was. A letter of introduction was needed from the headmaster. Ray explained that his headmaster had died and the school had since been dissolved. The club said that would accept his word. Raymond gave an address in Cork. This meant he lived more than 50 miles from Marble Arch. Raymond went there for a few bibulous evenings. He got to know the layout and the names of some of the staff. He did not want to be seen there too frequently. It would be useful for an alias to claim to be a member and to know something about the place.
Raymond realised he had scammed as much money as he could from the Martlet identity. He decided to retire the alias. He told his landlady he had been given a mortgage and was moving to Mayfair. He paid his rent. He also paid off his bank loan in his real name. He did not want people to come looking for him.
Raymond then went on holiday with his cheque books. It was July 1921. He took a first class boat train to Paris. He stayed at a decent hotel. There was no need to waste money. He paid by cheque and never spent more than one night in a place at a time. He realised he had one month maximum to get as much money from his banks as he could.
His relationship with Lizzy had broken up.
In Lyon’s Cornerhouse he met Carla. She sat on her own silently weeping. He asked her what was the matter. Carla came from Yorkshire. She was an orphan. She had been in domestic service but that day she had been sacked. She had nowhere to go.
Raymond suggested she come with him. They booked into a hotel as a married couple. He had it away with her. She was not a maiden. She was plump and had D cup boobs.
Then he took her on holiday
They spent a few days in the French capital. He had been decent at French in Maynooth. He was in Paris for Bastille Day as he had long wished. Thereafter he took the train to Rheims to see the cathedral. He and Carla travelled to Verdun to see the battlefield. He then entrained and went to Lyons and finally to Marseilles. He and Carlastayed in Nice briefly. He then went to Toulouse and Bordeaux. He caught the boat home. He had spent two weeks in France.
It was time to get to work. He had resigned from teaching. Thieving would not be a full time occupation.
He came back to London with Carla. Carla soon discovered she was pregnant. He told her he did not wish to marry her. She wept copiously. After a few weeks she had a miscarriage. She decided not to see him again.
GEOFFREY CRAPPER. 1922
Crapper had been born 5 years before Raymond. But Ray had been drinking too much bear and smoking too much. It had aged him a little. He could easily pass himself off as older.
Crapper was a successful civil servant at the Home Office. He had been to Harrow and then Magdalen College, Oxford where he had taken a Second in Greats.
Raymond assumed his identity.
Ray realised the real Crapper might have a bank account. Raymond frequented a pub in Ealing. He saw a morose young man sitting on his own. He knew the type. Raymond spoke to the dweeb. He was named Simon. Sure enough he was a bank clerk at Barclay’s. Simon was miserable because the girl he fancied rejected him for being too poor to take her to dinner. Raymond cheered Simon up. He bought Simon a few pints. They drank together and Raymond always bought. He drank one for Simon’s two. Simon was soon sloshed. Raymond got a lot of info out of him about how bank’s work. Raymond said he was a stockbroker and needed to check on his clients but it was shady. Simon agreed to help for a bribe. Ray being larger and a hardened drinker could handle his liquor much better.
Ray found out that Crapper did not have an account with Barclays.
Raymond then rented a room from a landlady in Belgravia. The very chi chi address would be useful. He explained that he was Geoffrey Crapper – civil servant. His dress said it all. Once again he told the landlady that he was seconded to an office in Manchester and would be away mostly.
The next day Ray opened an account with Barclays in the name of Crapper. He deposited. 5 000 pounds in cash. Raymond explained that he was weak for the gee gees.
Raymond needed to know where else the real Geoff Crapper might have an account. Did the clerk have pals who were clerks in other banks? Yes, he did. Simon put him in touch with a friend who worked at Lloyd’s. For a pound the man told him that no Crapper did not have an account with them.
Raymond met Samantha at Lyon’s Cornerhouse. She was Scottish and a primary schoolteacher. He started a relationship with her. She had advanced left wing opinions which he pretended to agree with. She was 21. It took a week to get her into bed. She was no virgin. They had a torrid relationship. She used a rubber contraceptive device.
Raymond needed to know about Harrow. He applied for a job there but was rejected. He read about the school and went there as a tourist. Then he had a brainwave. His cousin lived in London. He asked her to pose as his wife and come with him and her 9 year old son. They would be inquiring about the boy going to Harrow. A tour of the school was arranged. His cousin was bemused but happy to be paid 5 pounds for the ruse.
Ray bought himself an Old Harrovian tie. It worked a treat as he opened his next bank account at Lloyd’s. A few days later he deposited 4 000 pounds therein which mostly came from his Barclay’s account.
Another bank clerk at Halifax was told to find out if G Crapper had an account there. There was a Geoffrey Crapper with an account there but in Manchester. That was good enough.
Geoffrey realised if questioned he needed to know something about Magdalen College, Oxford. He went to Oxford for a weekend. Later he arranged a tour of the college as a prospective undergraduate.
Raymond set up another account.
Once Raymond had 20 accounts he began asking for loans for cars. The money was rolling in.
Geoffrey used branches in Belgravia lest he be recognised on his old stomping ground. He amassed 20 000. It was December 1921. Time to make himself scarce.
Geoffrey told his landlady he had accepted a job in Egypt and would be off. He paid what he owed and was gone.
He returned to Ireland for Christmas.
He bought a house for 5 000 and had his mother live there. He returned to London after a week.
HENRY WALKER 1922
Raymond then decided to go on holiday before his next ruse. He sailed to Morocco. He enjoyed a good time in Tangier. He took the train to Rabat, Casablanca, Sidi Meknes, Chefchaout and Marrakesh. He passed into Spanish Morocco. From Ceuta he sailed to Malaga. He went to Madrid. Then to Barcelone. Finally he went to San Sebastian. There he got a ferry to Southampton.
He was tanned after a month in the sun.
Raymond found out about a district commissioner in the Punjab. This was Henry Walker. His identity was stolen.
Walker was home on six months leave. He had been to Ampleforth and then the University of Birmingham.
Raymond rented a room in Mayfair. This gave him a good address. His tan was explained by service in India.
Raymond did a week as a postulant at Ampleforth to find out about the school.
Then he began opening bank accounts in Walker’s name..
First Barclays, then Lloyds, then TSB, then CHild’s, the Hoare and Co, the Yorkshire Bank, then Royal Bank of Scotland, then Bank of Scotland, then Clydesdale Bank, then Bank of Ireland, then National Westminster Bank, then Midland Bank, then Northern Rock and lastly Coutt’s.
Ray went to the University of Birmingham and inquired about studying there.
Ray was careful never to go to his old bailiwick in case he was seen.
He then went on holiday to bury that alias. A read a Colonial directory. He read about a district commissioner in Nigeria.
Raymond booked himself a cabin on a ship to Nigeria. He took Samantha with him. They said they were planning to found a school there.
They voyage took 2 weeks and they stopped at numerous ports en route. Samantha was critical of colonialism.
They reached Lagos. Raymond contacted the authorities. He said he and his wife had come into some money in a bequest. They wished to set up and run a school. They met some educational officials including Mr Stoneley. After 2 weeks they sailed back.
MARK STONELEY. 1922
Raymond then adopted this identity.
Stoneley had been to Oundle and he had done a one year Colonial Office course at Balliol College, Oxford.
Raymond rented a room in Marylebone. He and Samantha posed as married.
He opened an account in the name of Stoneley whom he said was home on leave for six months.
Raymond decided to learn about Oundle. He applied for a one term job at Oundle under his real name. He was summoned for interview. To his overwhelming surprise he was offered the post. He accepted. After two weeks he garnered all he needed to know and resigned.
He found out Balliol offered a summer French course. He needed to improve his French so enrolled. His month there told him a lot.
By his usual method he opened 20 bank accounts. He made a killing.
He wished to split from Samantha. He was worried she might shop him. He told her she had accepted stolen goods. He ended the relationship and gave her 2 000 pounds to keep quiet. She insisted on 1 000 for the Labour Party. He reluctantly donated it himself.
He returned to Ireland and bought a four bedroom house for 5 000 pounds. His brother and two sisters lived in it.
Raymond then went on holiday to Portugal. The voyage was three days. He spent a week in Lisboa and also visited Albufeira. Then he sailed to Southampton.
VINCENT POSTGATE. 1923
Raymond found out about a civil servant named Postgate. Ray was 24 years old and his target was 30.
Ray decided to impersonate the said V Postgate who was a Home Office civil servant. Nothing could be more cloyingly respectable than the Home Office.
Raymond took a room at a good lodging house in Westminster. Postgate had attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Lancaster. He had then attended the University of Durham.
O’Reilly then opened a bank account with Nat West and all the others. He told the landlady that he was spending most of his time with the civil service in Bristol but needed to be in London occasionally.
Ray visisted QEGS and Durham.
At Lyons Corner House Ray picked up a stray. named Laura. She was a Scouser. She had raven locks. She was a factory worker and had sometimes been on the game. Soon he rented a cheap room for them in Ealing and shacked up with her.
This time Ray was smart enough not to let Laura in on his plot.
Raymond went to Eire without Laura. There he bought a house for 10 000 pounds. He moved his family in there as it had 8 rooms. The other properties were let.
he was smart enough not to open an account with Coutt’s since there were only 3 branches and he would be recognised.
When he was not with Laura he drank. When he was with her he did not because then he could do her.
In the daytime he wrote. He published novels under his own name. He had money to pay for them to be printed. Soon enough publishing houses were willing to publish his work. He took exercises playing football for a pub side and cycling.
He took Laura on holiday. He went to the Netherlands. They stayed at the Hague and then Rotterdam. Then they went to Amsterdam. After a week they sailed back from the Hook of Holland.
Later on he took a holiday to Germany. They sailed to Hamburg. Then the took the train to Berlin. They entrained and travelled to Cologne, Aachen, Frankfurt and Munich. They went to the opera at Bayreuth. Then the returned by way of Paris. It was a wonderful 5 week journey.
Laura discovered she was pregnant. She was 18. She asked if she should terminate the baby as she had done before. That was the baby of another of her boyfriends. O’Reilly spoke against it. He refused to wed her. She said she was leaving him. He paid for her to stay in a boarding house. They pretended to be married – he was a low grade civil servant who had been posted to India. She would join him later. A month after she moved in she told her landlady she was pregnant. She pretended to be 2 months gone not 3 and not to have known when she moved in.
ALEXANDER YARMOUTH 1923
O’Reilly found out about a civil servant in India. The best to impersonate him was to go to India to meet him. O’Reilly would also know more about the Indian Civil Service by spending time in India.
Raymond picked up another stray in Lyon’s Corner House. She was a Slovak waitress named Mila. She was 6’2” and slightly plump. She was a cheery sort. She avoided pregnancy by getting him to do her up the bum when she was fertile.
Raymond bought them tickets to India. They cruised there over 4 weeks. En route they took in Gibraltar, Malta, Athens, Port Said and Aden.
They arrived in Bombay. They spent three days there. They made a side trip to Aurangabad for three days. Thence they went to Ahmedabad for three days. Thence to Udaipur for three days. They passed three days in Ajman. Lastly they came to Delhi where they stayed a fortnight. In Delhi O’Reilly met Mr Yarmouth. He was 2 years older than Raymond and had been schooled at the Booth School in York and was then a non collegiate undergraduate at Oxford. He did not have much money which is why he had not been at a college.
Yarmouth had taken First in Modern Greats. Raymond posted as a Canadian journalist who was fascinated by the Indian political system.
Raymond felt he had garnered all the information he needed.
He and Mila took the train to Benares and passed four days there. Then they went to Allahabad for three days. They journeyed on to Calcutta and planned to spend a week there.
Raymond fell ill. He had the Calcutta splutters. He even had to go to hospital. He lost a lot of weight. They ended up spending a month there. Then they took the boat home. They stopped at Colombo and Alexandria on the way home as well as Marseilles.
Raymond set up his new identity. He did not resemble his mark but risked it anyway as Yarmouth was so far away. He had lost so much weight in India it did him a power of good. He also looked younger.
In no time he had bank accounts. He drew loans.
Raymond returned to Ireland and purchased a house for 10 000 pounds. This has 8 bedrooms. His family was therein accommodated. There was a good income from the other properties that were let.
Ray treated himself as his girlfriend to a holiday to Denmark and Sweden. They spent two weeks there.
Raymond was living it up. He did not go to clubs and restaurants were people who might know Yarmouth went.
Raymond published another novel. He was a regular contributor of articles to various publications.
O Reilly wanted to impersonate a man who had been to Cambridge. It struck him that the best way to do this was to actually matriculate at Cambridge. Why not use his ill gotten gains to better himself? If he ever had to give up his life as a con man he should have qualifications in his own name.
O’Reilly applied to Cambridge. He looked at admissions papers for History and realised his Latin was not up to it. He therefore applied to read English. He set his heart on Trinity but did not get in. He was accepted by King’s.
In the October of 1925 he went up to Cambridge. He had a jolly time. He played rugger for the college but was touch judge mostly. He joined the Union. He stood for Standing Committee but was not elected. Just as well. He did not want too many people recognising him later.
He rented a room for Mila and himself somewhere else and said they were married.
He was not too taken by English as a subject but pootled along.
GREGORY MASTER 1924
Raymond stole the identity of Gregory Master. He had been to King’s and achieved a double First in Jurisprudence. He was then a star of Lincoln’s Inn.
As an undergraduate Raymond joined Lincoln;s Inn. He dined there a few times and did a mini pupillage. He knew enough to pass himself off as a barrister.
Raymond then rented a room in Holborn – near the bar. He did so in the name of Master.
On weekends or in vacations he was going to London to set up bank accounts for Master. Soon he was drawing loans.
Raymond knew it was all about presentation. He dressed the part. He walked the walk and talked the talk. He wore the right tie.
He went back to Cork and bought another property for 10 000 pounds – a 10 bedroom manse.
After six months he had drawn all the money he could through Master’s name. He then went around the country writing bad cheques. then the cheque books and all correspondence relating to Master was burnt.
HORATIO HARKER 1924
Raymond joined the OTC at Cambridge. He did not much like it and resigned after a term. He knew enough about the army.
He then stole the identity of a captain in the King’s Royal Irish Hussars. He rented a room in the man’s name in Fulham. The regiment was in Pirbright so not so far.
In no time at all he had bank accounts for Harker and was taking out loans. He wrote all the cheques he could to cash.
He went back to Cork and bought more property. This time it was a 4 bedroom house on a terrace and a 3 bedroom flat on the Grand Parade. He had no wish to purchase a farm.
Raymond took a cruise to the United States. He sailed to New York. He spent a week taking in the sights. Thereafter he travelled by railroad to Boston and spent a week there. He met his cousin Rita whom he had not seen in 20 years. Then he took the train to Washington DC. He spent a further week there. He went to Richmond, Virginia for three days. The he took the train to Baltimore and a spent three days there. He visited his cousin Seamus. He also spent a week in Philadelphia. Then he took the train to New York. He returned across the ocean by ship.
For the rest of the long vac he had himself taken on as a temporary stockbroker. The work was tedious and stressful. He had no head for figures. As anticipated he was sacked after two weeks. Yet he had gathered enough information to assume another identity.
1928. LEOFWINE SIDDERS
Raymond took the name of Sidders. Sidders was a stock broker of his age whom Raymond had known. Leofwine S looked not unlike Raymond. This man had also attended Oundle and not gone to university. He had gone straight into the city.
Using his usual method he opened accounts in the name of Sidders. A large amount of money was deposited. Confidence was assured. Then a loan was solicited. Some of The money was then put into a property in Ireland.
After a few months he vanished. He wrote cheques for cash.
1925 PETER MOON
It was the summer term of 1925. Raymond assumed a new identity of a real person. He pretended to be a real accountant – Mr Moon.
Raymond adopted the persona of a very banal and conventional accountant. He was playing against type. He rented a room in Holborn – near where Moon worked. He had found at Moon’s real address and was not too close either.
Raymond would go down from Cambridge at weekends to establish bank accounts.
Hefty loans were obtained and Raymond disappeared with the cash. He took a cruise up the coast of Norway for a fortnight. He disembarked as on the way back down the coast at Trondheim. He then took a berth on a cargo ship and sailed to Iceland. He spent a week there. From there he sailed to Wick in Scotland. He went to the Orkneys and Shetlands for a fortnight. Then he sailed to Aberdeen. He then took the train to Glasgow, Edinburgh. Perth, Dundee and St Andrews and Dunfermline. From there he returned to London.
1925 MICHAEL CORBY
In the autumn of 1925 he adopted a new persona. It was that of a diplomat posted to Iceland. He was Corby. Using his well tried and tested strategy he established and address and then opened bank accounts.
He could not open too many because he could not be on leave for too long. Raymond already had an income of 10 000 pounds per annum from rental property in the Irish Free State.
He soon retired the alias. Before Christmas that year he took a cruise through the Med. He stopped at Algiers and visited Annaba, Oran and Tunis. Then he sailed to Marseilles. He took the train to Paris and then to London for Christmas.
Raymond adopted the identity of a solicitor named Whitefield. He then got an address and opened bank accounts. With the proceeds he bought a whole street of rundown houses. They were easy to rent out cheaply.
That January he took a boat and train to Milan. He visited Genoa, Verona, Sienna and Rome.
In the Easter Vac Raymond went to Russia. He sailed to Leningrad. He spent 4 days there. He took an overnight train to Moscow. Intourist accommodated him there for a week. He saw the rights before travelling by train back to Leningrad. He spent a further three days there before sailing to London.
After three years he graduated with a Third.
It was 1927