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Gemma McCluskie’s death is a tabloid soap opera

GEMMA McCluskie appeared in 34 episodes os EastEnders between 2000 and 2001. She’s dead. Well, so police believe. A body has been dragged form the Regent’s Canal in Hackney, London. It has no head. It has no limbs.

Miss McCluskie’s brother Tony has been arrested. He had been living in Bethnal Green, east London, with his sister.

That’s all we know. Police have released no more facts.

It’s a grim tale. A woman appears to have been murdered and dismembered. We know what the order of her ordeal. But the media see a dead star.

Daily Star (front page): “EastEnders murder girl in noisy row”

EastEnders… Noisy row… The Star seems to be blurring fact with fiction. What is EastEnders but a series of noisy rows?

Channel 5 Celebrity Big Brother star Natalie [Cassidy] said: “She’s a lovely girl.”

The Daily Star is owned by Richard Desmond, who also owns Big Brother on Channel 5. Best not to let the BBC and EastEnders get all the free plugs, eh?

The Sun: “Murdered Gemma McCluskie was  ‘in fear of a man’ – EastEnders girl told pals of terror”

Another life-long friend said Gemma, 29, would have “fought for her life” against an attacker. The woman pal said: “She was feisty and bubbly, like her character on EastEnders. Gemma is not the sort of girl who would have wandered off.”

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Posted: 9th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (7)