Ooops - just posted re shipping the kids North on a different thread.
I would guess he can't talk about the intimidation as it could prejudice the outcome of the trial - if it was widely known in the community then it could give the defence the argument 'people knowing about that will make them assume they're guilty'?
I was so cross with Ruth's "please don't testify" speech. If David doesn't they will be more in danger than even, and have shown they can be walked all over. I'd probably pack the younger two kids off the the NE relatives for safety, and demand more police protection (why aren't the monitoring the phone anyway?).
She has been around but it's very normal that you hear some people more than others. Atm it's all Ruth and David and Usha and Alan. I haven't heard Kathy or Pat for ages. Or Caroline and Oliver come to that. They'll be back - unless they go not speaking like John Tregorran. He was there for years MUTE.
That's it really. The only time I have really missed any is in Christmas and Easter hols (I listen at work and can usually catch up after 1/2 terms!). Has just occured to me, I haven't heard much from Elizabeth recently (not that I'm mourning her loss!!!).