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Death of British spy found in locked gym bag ruled 'accident'
The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 13, 2013 | Carol J. Williams

Posted on 11/13/2013 5:10:15 PM PST by Bratch

Scotland Yard on Wednesday reversed a coroner's finding of foul play in the 2010 death of British spy Gareth Williams, concluding that an accident was likely responsible for the death of the code-breaker whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag.

London Metropolitan Police investigators had undertaken a review of evidence in the case 16 months ago, after initial restrictions on homicide detectives' access to details of Williams' intelligence work were lifted by the British secret service, MI6.

Deputy Asst. Commissioner Martin Hewitt told journalists in London that investigators only had access to Williams' work files and colleagues after the coroner's conclusion in April 2012 that his death was likely "criminally mediated."

"On balance, it is a more probable conclusion that there was no other person present when Gareth died," Hewitt said, according to the Daily Telegraph.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: espionage; foreignintrigue; mi6

Bonnie and Clyde - obvious suicides


1 posted on 11/13/2013 5:10:15 PM PST by Bratch
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To: Bratch

He will be missed by his wife ... Morgan Fairchild.

2 posted on 11/13/2013 5:13:17 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Bratch

You got to be kidding me. An accident? Wonder what they are protecting?


3 posted on 11/13/2013 5:14:13 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

And he’s the mayor there!!


4 posted on 11/13/2013 5:14:39 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Bratch

WTF? Accident?


5 posted on 11/13/2013 5:14:46 PM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Bratch

Give s whole new meaning to the saw “That’s why they call them ‘accidents’!”...


6 posted on 11/13/2013 5:15:59 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Bratch

Beyond bizarre.


7 posted on 11/13/2013 5:16:35 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Bratch

Saw that car, supposedly, at a small museum when I was a kid.

I recall there were several large caliber or shotgun holes in the doors.

Bonnie’s not looking too good there.


8 posted on 11/13/2013 5:16:46 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Bratch
...whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag.

Why, obviously it was a suicide.

9 posted on 11/13/2013 5:18:06 PM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Bratch

Most would go for the suicide/accident theory until reading that the body was in a PADLOCKED gym bag. Those Brits are so stupid when it comes to the obvious.


10 posted on 11/13/2013 5:22:26 PM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: Bratch

Their national murder rate just went down then. A fellow freeper posted an article comparing the actual murder rates of the US to those of England (it was a “do guns cause crime” article). The analysis in the article said that Britain does not count unsolved murders as murders (in their murder statistic) and only counts solved crimes (someone is accused in court) and went on to show if you compared the deaths in Britain similar in criteria to murders in the US, then Britain’s murder rate was slightly higher than the US.


11 posted on 11/13/2013 5:24:05 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: Bratch
I read another article on this that has lots of details this article left out, probably for family-friendly reasons. This guy was seriously, deeply into kinky auto-sexual and S&M practices. And as a contortionist demonstrated, it was possible for him to zip himself in there.

Still, there is no way LE can conclude for sure what happened absent more evidence.

12 posted on 11/13/2013 5:27:52 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Bratch
"the code-breaker whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag."

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

13 posted on 11/13/2013 5:31:48 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Bratch
an accident was likely responsible for the death of the code-breaker whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag.

"On balance, it is a more probable conclusion that there was no other person present when Gareth died," Hewitt said, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Methinks that Scotland Yard would do well to take closer look at this fellow, "Deputy Asst. Commissioner Martin Hewitt".

Did he change his name from "Clouseau?"

14 posted on 11/13/2013 5:32:47 PM PST by publius911 (At least Nixon had the good grace to resign!)
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To: Bratch

Was the bag locked from the inside or the outside? Just curious.


15 posted on 11/13/2013 5:32:51 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine
He climbed in, he zipped it shut, then he padlocked the outside of the bag, and the last thing he did was to wipe his fingerprints off the padlock.

Pretty typical suicide, I suppose ...

16 posted on 11/13/2013 5:34:21 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Bratch

I suppose that it is possible that he took off all his clothes and climbed in and locked himself inside and then put it in the bathtub. /s


17 posted on 11/13/2013 5:35:47 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: Bratch

lolz


19 posted on 11/13/2013 5:39:12 PM PST by GeronL
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To: Bratch

The plan was to throw the bag in the ocean.

It got overlooked by accident.


20 posted on 11/13/2013 5:40:05 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: colorado tanker

“Sky News reported that two contortion experts working on the earlier inquest tried 400 times to lock themselves into a similar bag and failed. Shortly after the earlier probe ended, though, an army sergeant was able to demonstrate that it was possible to zip oneself into such a bag from the inside in the cramped position in which Williams’ body was found, Sky reported.”

“For Queen and country.”

Freegards


21 posted on 11/13/2013 5:40:43 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: colorado tanker

But could he zip himself into the bag (yes) and lock the padlock? (show me how) And, are the Brits that kinky?


22 posted on 11/13/2013 5:41:20 PM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: Bratch

Inspector Lestrade did not return our phone calls...


23 posted on 11/13/2013 5:47:09 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Bratch

That was an accident.


24 posted on 11/13/2013 5:47:23 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: BatGuano

And then he embalmed himself and carved his own tombstone.


25 posted on 11/13/2013 5:48:46 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: BatGuano
"are the Brits that kinky?"

It's really just that they practice more.

26 posted on 11/13/2013 5:49:00 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Bratch

I suppose the spy read one too many Houdini books...


27 posted on 11/13/2013 5:49:37 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: BatGuano; All
The world is mad ... that's the only answer.

I don't mean it's crazy mad, just no longer on earth mad.

OK ... we can't tell 'em the truth so ... we'll say it's an accident. Yeah, I know ... zipped up and locked from the outside ... just say it, OK ?

And so some idiot says it

And if questioned ... dumb, dumber and obfuscate.


I've said it so many times before ... and more frequently lately ... I wish I had a magic wand ...

zap .. you're no longer here ... zap ... you too ... zap .. yup, you're gone ...

28 posted on 11/13/2013 5:50:04 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Bratch

As for the Brit, that was either one small man or one huge gym bag.


29 posted on 11/13/2013 5:50:59 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: Bratch

This guy was actually a great magician. The was the only man to ever pull off the amazing trick of padlocking himself in a bag.

He was also the first man not to be able to extricate himself from the bag.

He will not be repeating the trick due to the high risk involved.


30 posted on 11/13/2013 5:58:11 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What happened to my tagline??)
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To: Nuc 1.1

Reminds me of how “The Bowler’s” Dad was said to have died in the (hilarious) movie “Mystery Men” ... “He fell down an elevator shaft onto a bunch of bullets”.


31 posted on 11/13/2013 5:59:47 PM PST by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: Bratch

I like the way the bag zipped itself up and the lock falling off the table managed to get into the zipper pull and lock itself.


32 posted on 11/13/2013 6:08:23 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Bratch

Now where have we heard similar deaths that always wind up as accidents or suicides yet the way they died was strange. I remember one person during the Clinton years I believe that winded up decapitated and was ruled a natural death. Ok move on along folks nothing to see here =)


33 posted on 11/13/2013 6:12:04 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: publius911

“more probable conclusion that there was no other person present when Gareth died,” Hewitt said,”

So, whoever stuffed Gareth in the bag and padlocked it left Gareth in it to slowly die of dehydration. The Clinton-ness of Hewitt’s statement tells us he is in on the dodge.


34 posted on 11/13/2013 6:19:30 PM PST by Chewbarkah
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To: BatGuano
I'm currently reading a collection of stories about unsolved crimes.

Since the beginning of the golden age of British rail in the 1830s, there have been bodies/pieces thereof turning up in unclaimed luggage at railway stations.

The British referred to them as "trunk-murders".

During one such spate in the 1930s, a popular seaside holiday destination earned the moniker "Torso City" for hosting three of five unclaimed luggage-containing-remains incidents.

Apparently, Bill Clinton's Arkansas ME has emigrated to the UK to continue his work avoiding whenever possible, ruling suspicious deaths and obvious professional hits, murder.

If it really was an accident, the British would have used the "Death by Misadventure" term as the cause.

35 posted on 11/13/2013 6:23:02 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: publius911

Houdini would be jealous.


36 posted on 11/13/2013 6:27:09 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Obadiah

“...whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag.”


gives a whole new meaning to “Go Stuff Yourself!”


37 posted on 11/13/2013 6:47:48 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Hardraade

Odd the same thing happened to jimmy Hoffa,
he climbed naked into an oil drum, filled it with
cement, then when it had set rolled himself off a
pier.


38 posted on 11/13/2013 6:56:02 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Bratch

39 posted on 11/13/2013 6:56:36 PM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Calvin Locke

A term that I like! “Death by Misadventure”...happens often in the USA too. Good one.


40 posted on 11/13/2013 8:38:13 PM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: BatGuano
One of my favs too.

However, it's too un-PC to be applied to stupid, ill- and mis-educated "victims" of their own actions, so it cannot really be used in the US any more.

That, and lawyers wouldn't be able to sue any deep pockets.

41 posted on 11/13/2013 8:49:35 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: F15Eagle

Bonnie’s not looking too good there.
___________________________________________

Wasn’t wearing her seatbelt.


42 posted on 11/13/2013 9:17:12 PM PST by o-n-money
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