The story of the Lockerbie “Primary Suitcase” is a good example of how the very same evidence was transformed to point the finger away from the initial suspects to the final ones.
Initially, Dr Hayes concluded that the “Primary luggage” had been sitting directly on the floor of the container. However, the final report concluded that the “Primary Luggage” was actually on the second layer, as possibly indicated in the following picture.
This is not without consequence as the new location probably rules out the infamous “John Bedford luggage” seen about one hour prior to the arrival of the plane from Frankfurt. This fact was known — and debated — at the trial.
But there is more. On the very first page of his forensic notes (December 27 1988), Dr Hayes concluded from the location of the “pitting” that the locus of the explosion was well above and on the “right side” of the outboard pallet frame. (He estimated the angle was about 45°.)
In the final analysis, the locus had moved to the “left side” of the same pallet frame and 25 cm above the floor level!
Is this not AMAZING? And — just in case you wonder — no other parts of the container show any “pitting”, not even the inclined wall. Really AMAZING. Remind me again: who is the genius who found this crucial evidence “sticking out from the ground”?