Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Improbable Death of MI6 Agent Gareth Williams

I highly recommend reading today's BBC news article about the improbable death of MI6 spy and codebreaker, Gareth Williams.  The police announced earlier today that they are closing the case, having concluded that Williams' unusual death was "probably an accident."  Here's an excerpt from the BBC's 11-13-13 reportage:
"Mr Williams's body was found naked at his flat in Pimlico on 23 August 2010 after colleagues raised concerns for his welfare.

"He had been on a secondment with MI6 from his job as a communications officer at the GCHQ 'listening post' in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

"Police discovered his body inside a zipped-up red sports holdall, in the empty bath of his bathroom.
It had taken a week for MI6 to investigate the code-breaker's disappearance, and a post-mortem examination carried out by a Home Office pathologist failed to determine the cause of death.

"During a seven-day inquest in May 2012, the question of whether Mr Williams could have padlocked himself into a bag in a bath was central.

"Pathologists said he would have suffocated within three minutes if he had been alive when he got inside it.

"None of his DNA was found on the lock attached to the bag and his palm prints were not found on the rim of the bath.

"Coroner Fiona Wilcox concluded that 'most of the fundamental questions in relation to how Gareth died remain unanswered'.

"But she said he was, 'on the balance of probabilities', unlawfully killed.

"At a briefing on Wednesday, the Met Police announced the conclusion of its three-year investigation into the incident.

"Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said he was satisfied it was 'theoretically possible' Mr Williams could have padlocked the bag from the inside, although 'many questions remain unanswered' as to the circumstances of his death.

"But he said there was no evidence that the MI6 officer had intended to take his own life or that his death was connected to his work"

To read the entire BBC article, click HERE.

1 comment:

  1. Hello, just sent you this on your email. Given the article that reference it was 7 years old, i paste here the questio. Thanks for your time.


    hello mr.Guffey,

    just came across your article con Burroughs on New Dawn magazine. As I read it, it gives the impression that Burroughs' child hallucinations actually involved grey little men. But, whe i checked the source, it doesn't give that exact description:

    "I was subject to hallucinations as a child. Once I woke up in the early-morning light and saw little men playing in a blockhouse I had made. I felt no fear, only a feeling of stillness and wonder. Another recurrent hallucination or nightmare concerned 'animals in the wall,' and started with the delirium of a strange undiagnosed fever that I had at the age of four or five.

    So I'm curious if you have another source to state that the "little men" where actually grey or how could be they related to the grey alien archetype.

    Thanks in advance