Baz, the author of The Masonic Verses blog (and a frequent commentator on this blog) has written a long review of Dr Morag Kerr’s Adequately Explained by Stupidity? Lockerbie, Luggage and Lies. The whole review merits close study. What follows is the first six paragraphs:]
1. Chapter 1 of Doctor Morag Kerr's splendid new book on the Lockerbie disaster Adequately Explained by Stupidity? is titled "A Case About Cases". True enough but it is essentially a Tale of Two Cases, to be precise two identical brown (or "antique bronze") hard-sided Samsonite suitcases one of which contained the Improvised Explosive Device that destroyed flight PA103 over Scotland on the evening of the 21st December 1989 twenty-five years ago.
2. One of these suitcases was very real. The second did not exist at all outside the collective imaginations of the Police investigators notably Chief Superintendent John Orr, relevant lawyers at the Crown Office, perhaps even amongst members of the defence team and the three (or four) trial judges at all.
3. The real one was placed within container AVE4041 in the Interline baggage shed at Heathrow before the feeder flight PA103A arrived from Frankfurt. It was placed at the bottom front left close to or in the actual position the bomb exploded. Three witnesses saw it. Who put it there? Well nobody ever put there hand up.
4. And the second imaginary suitcase? Well Mr Megrahi was seen on Malta with a brown Samsonite but the evidence of that "witness" Majid Giaka was almost entirely discounted by the Trial Judges (or so they said.) This imaginary suitcase was smuggled on board flight KM180 at Luqa Airport on the morning on the 21st December 1988 where by coincidence (or not) Megrahi was taking a flight home to Tripoli. Security at Luqa was tight. How was it smuggled onto the flight? Nobody knows. it was the Crown case that security was circumvented but they didn't even have a theory.
5. At Frankfurt this imaginary bag was supposedly transferred to the feeder flight PA103A all the while it's timer ticking away. How was this done? Well all computerised records were lost but some sort of printout was retrieved which supposedly proved with a lot of mumbo jumbo about baggage trays coding stations and x-ray machines and the bag arrived in Heathrow where with a number of other bags from the feeder flight were placed in AVE4041 on the tarmac on top of several bags that were already within the container (including the real Samsonite.) The loader then decided to rearrange the bags positioning this new brown Samsonite with another and moving the original brown Samsonite to "some far corner of the container." Although the loader never actually said he did this.
6. Doctor Kerr's fascinating book tells the quite remarkable story of how these two brown samsonites became switched. The imaginary one became real blowing up in exactly the same position the real bag had occupied and the real bag became a phantom disappearing in a puff of smoke or a wormhole! While there are similarities in the story to other great miscarriage of justice cases (a comparison with Ludovic Kennedy's classic on the Lindbergh case The Airman and the Carpenter springs to mind it's closest parallel is oddly with the Hans Christian Anderson fable The [Emperor’s] New Clothes.