03-05-2012, 01:53 AM #1
UK - Jill Dando, 37, Fulham, London, 26 April 1999
This was a huge story, both in the UK and internationally, in 1999 - Jill Dando (Wiki), a journalist, television presenter and newsreader for 14 years employed by BBC, was shot dead on her doorstep, aged 37. Subsequently, a neighborhood "character" was arrested for, charged with, and convicted of her murder - for many, based on the facts of what happened, that just didn't seen likely. Indeed, he was granted a retrial and found not guilty after serving eight years. The 'Yugoslav connection" theory - more of it can be read at the Jill Dando Wiki link above - is back in the news, and it seems quite plausible. An interesting story for those who believe that assassinations are not entirely the province of "lone nuts." An interesting look below at what makes sense about the Serbian hitman theory:
Jill Dando 'murdered by Serbian hitman' (Telegraph)
The widow of a Serbian journalist, murdered in almost identical circumstances, has come forward to say she is convinced Miss Dando was shot by a hitman acting on orders from the Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic.
Mrs Prpa was with her husband, Slavko Curuvija when he was shot dead outside their home in Belgrade on April 11, 1999 – just 15 days before Miss Dando, 37, was killed in Fulham, west London.
She said: “I think there is a link between Dando and Curuvija. I think they were both executed.”
Both victims were high profile journalists who had upset the Serbian regime. Both were returning home when they were approached from behind, forced to the ground and shot in the head at close range.
Furthermore, both killings bore the hallmark of professional assassinations, with both victims dying instantly and the shootings over in a matter of seconds.
The story from the Mirror, the basis for several UK news reports this weekend about the Dando crime:
'This wasn't the work of a loner, this was a professional hit': Lawyer backs Jill Dando assassination claim
Daily Mail has a go at it, written by Dando's agent:
Why I believe Jill Dando was killed by a Serbian hitman,
with an interesting sidebar about the man originally charged with and convicted of the crime:
The police, however, had other theories and, in time, they turned their attention to Barry George, a local loner with an IQ of 75 who had previously exhibited an unhealthy interest in celebrities, including Jill.
It’s entirely understandable that he might be a suspect yet, from the moment he was arrested, I felt uneasy. Could a man of such limited intelligence have carried out a clinical execution and never have mentioned it to a soul?
A year after he was charged and after several delays to the beginning of his trial, a jury convicted him of her murder at the Old Bailey in July 2001.
His barrister, William Clegg QC, said a microscopic speck of firearms residue found in the pocket-lining of George's coat had been found 'inconclusive' as evidence.George was sensationally acquitted of Ms Dando's murder after an Old Bailey retrial in 2008.
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03-05-2012, 09:39 AM #2
I remember this happening watching it on the news. I never believed Barry George did it I donít know why but something about the case against him didnít add up to me. I know he was a creepy guy and had a history of stalking women, sexual offending and other anti-social and attention-seeking behaviour.
But her shooting was so quick and clean cut, to me it seemed more like a profession hit then a crazy fan or stalker. Thatís why this story seems to make a lot more sense to me.
Maybe Iím wrong but thatís just myStaffies They're Softer Than You Think
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04-26-2016, 03:33 AM #3
Today marks the 17th anniversary of the murder of Jill Dando...
Last year, files obtained by investigative reporter Mark Williams-Thomas and the Sunday Mirror revealed a number of leads which appear to have been pushed to one side as Scotland Yard pursued its case against Barry George.
The investigation has never been officially closed but despite calls for a fresh probe it is understood little or no police time has been devoted to the case since December 2013.
09-06-2016, 10:07 PM #4Registered User
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Is this the only thread for this murder?
I have recently been watching some 'real crime' documentaries focusing on UK murders and this case is one that has kind of stuck in my consciousness. I think if I could go back in time to when it happened and be on the investigating team that this would be one of the crimes on my list.
It definitely seems like a 'hit' or a punishment crime, not a stalker. I wonder if Jill was the intended target...who else lived in that street, who lived at the same number in the next street? I wonder about Jill's boyfriend, not that he committed the crime but punishment attacks aren't always on the person being punished or warned, sometimes they'll go for a person they love. I'd also be interested in a list of men who left the UK at that time, and any similar style murders around the globe, especially places like the US, Canada and Australia, but not limited to those countries.
Sometimes the best way to find a murderer isn't by focusing on the victim, it's by focusing on the murderer, his style and any other convictions or other attacks he (or she) may have involvement in.
Surely someone who was so cold and capable, who had access to a gun and could plan this kind of attack has been involved in other crimes, either before or after.
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