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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    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 rest at Telegraph link above

    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.
    And thus, here's WS's first Jill Dando thread - interesting stuff. A search showed mention of her name on five of the Joanna Yeates threads from 2011 - another UK killing of an attractive blonde which for awhile had many theories in play (and also included the initial arrest of a man later released from custody in the killing).
    Last edited by wfgodot; 03-05-2012 at 02:21 AM.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2012
    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 my
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  3. #3
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    Apr 2013

    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.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2015
    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.

  5. #5
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    Jan 2016
    There are calls to reopen this case:

    Ex-Flying Squad boss calls for a new probe into Jill Dando's murder amid claims Met Police detectives ignored 'excellent leads'

    A former Scotland Yard Flying Squad boss says his former colleagues ignored 'excellent leads' into the unsolved murder of television presenter Jill Dando.

    The former Crimewatch presenter was shot dead outside her flat in Fulham, West London, in 1999 and no culprit has yet been found.

    It has long been suspected that the 38-year-old died at the hands of a professional assassin, but now John O'Connor has revealed that she may have been killed in a state-sponsored attack, but this theory was ignored by officers.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2016
    If it were a state-sposored killer, I do wonder if her murder was aimed towards her employer rather than her personally.

    Edit: She was more tv presenter than any sort of journalist.

  7. #7
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    The thing that I wonder about is if it was aimed at her employer, or because of Crimewatch, then why was she the only person from the programme targeted? Why her and not anyone else associated with the programme? I don't recall there being anything about other people working for the show being targeted or threatened by anything.

    Also, really, did she actually work on solving the crimes? She presented the programme yes but most of the work would be done by the police.

  8. #8
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    May 2017

    Jill Dando Mystery

    I have been concerned about the Jill Dando case from day one. Without wanting to sound wierd, I had a powerful psychic feeling while watching her interviewing a man on what was to be her last but one Crimewatch programme. A feeling of hatred and danger towards her. As soon as her death was on the news I linked this to the feeling I had. Shortly afterwards I contacted the BBC to request they show the episode again so he could be identified but had no reply and decided they would have thought me to be a crank. I did no more but this has continued to bother me since it became clear that Barry George was not the killer. I cannot trace the March 1999 episode of Crimewatch on youtube, while all preceding and subsequent episodes are there for 1998 and 1999. This is very odd. I don't have a clear memory of who this man in the interview was or why Jill was interviewing him, but I do remember he was a criminal and had possibly finished his sentence. I have only just joined this site and I am no sleuth, so I hope some of you experienced websleuths may be able to follow this up.

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    Dec 2013
    North of the Equator
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