Thursday, September 2, 2010

Body of MI6 employee was 'padlocked shut' in a bag. Was he murdered or did he do this to himself?

Do you ever feel that certain news items are not news at all and that you don't care who did what to whom (and when or why) and that you don't actually want to know?

The current prolonged drama concerning the discovery of the body of an MI6 codebreaker called Gareth Williams is a perfect example.

Naturally, I feel bad that Gareth is dead, and I also feel bad for his family; but I didn't know him personally and I honestly don't understand why he's getting so much news time.

After all, he wasn't a Hollywood movie star or the lead singer in a world-famous rock band, was he? He was a government employee who, had he not ended up dead in his bath inside a holdall, would never have hit the headlines.

You see, I think it was the holdall and the padlocks that clinched it. If he'd simply been found dead in his bath, no one would have given it a second thought (except for his family, of course).

But because his body was found padlocked inside a bag in his bath in his flat in Pimlico only half a mile from the MI6 headquarters in Vauxhall, the press decided that they would squeeze this one for all its worth, even if no one really cared (except for his family and friends, of course ... who have my deepest sympathies).

But what I find really bizarre is that despite two post-mortems and the fact that his decomposing body was found locked inside a bag in his bath, the cause of death has not yet been established and the police refuse to categorise it as a murder. Very odd indeed, don't you think?

According to the pathologist, Mr Williams had not been stabbed or shot and there were no obvious signs of strangulation.

Basically, he was just a normal guy who was only days away from completing a one-year secondment to the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service - also known as MI6 - when he died.

Normal guy, eh?


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