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Jill Dando murder: the ‘lost’ Robin Williams angle



The Daily Mirror’s font-page news that”blunder cops” failed to “quiz 100 suspects” in the murder of BBC Crimewatch presenter Jill Dando contains an interesting element.

Jill Dando was murdered with a single bullet in 1999. She was stood on her doorstep in Fulham, London, when the killer struck.

The Met’s Operation Oxborough fingered Barry George, who was convicted of the crime. After eight years in prison, George was freed on appeal. Now his legal team have made their files public. These files include the news that the Met compiled a “possible suspect” list of 100 names who were not fully investigated. Another list mentions 11 men seen in the area at the time of Dando’s murder who were never identified.




So much for the unknowns. But the Mirror’s story – that interesting bit – comes at the end. We’re told that police spoke with Jeremy Paxman, Dando’s BBC colleague, and her friend Sir Cliff Richard. And then the Mirror shows readers a picture of the late actor Robin Williams looking sinister.

“Pop legend Sir Cliff, 74, said he had known Jill for around five years before the murder. He said they spent time together alongside showbiz pals including the late Hollywood state Robin Williams and TV host Gloria Hunniford.”


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To which we can only wonder: was Williams lost? On a trip to the BBC’s offices did the great comic actor wonder into the wrong dressing room? Or did Williams, a keen fan of BBC Radio 2, Crimewatch and middle-of-the-road pop, seek his heroes out?

Or is it that the Mirror is simply adhering to the 3rd Rule of Tabloid Journalism: any story can be improved with a celebrity name?


Posted: 31st, March 2015 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann Is Number One In The Top Ten Unsolved Crimes Hit Parade

billie-jo-jenkinsMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Our Maddie Tops the Top Ten Missing Unsolve Crimes.

Hats off to the Daily Telegraph for dreaming up The Top Ten Unsolved Crimes and putting Madeleine McCann front-page centre.  The web loves Top Tens and with this one the Tabloidgraph should get loadsa traffic.

Beneath a picture of a grinning Madeleine McCann, Telegraph readers learn:

Richard Edwards: The question I get asked most: What happened to Madeleine McCann?

Edwards is the paper’s crime correspondent. Greetings, ghoul pickers. Here’s the official Top Ten of Crimes Unsolved:

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Posted: 24th, July 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (44)

Madeleine McCann: Rachel Nickell, Adam Walsh And Tabloid Bingo

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann; introducing the murder of Rachel Nickell and Adam Walsh

THE GUARDIAN: Pressure on police to find Wimbledon killer put the wrong man in the frame

Robert Napper killed Rachel Nickell. Colin Stagg did not kill Rachel Nickell. Napper murdered Nickell, stabbing her to death in front of her son on Wimbledon Common in July 1992.

The story is now added to that game we all love so much: Tabloid Bingo:

“…it had all the ingredients of the classic media murder story: the beautiful blonde victim, the lyrical summer setting, the child witness, the murderous stranger at large – and all taking place in Greater London. Inevitably, the police were under enormous and immediate pressure to capture the killer of someone whose face smiled out of the front pages of every newspaper.

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Posted: 19th, December 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (38)

Jill Dando Murder: Supporting Barry George’s Fight For Compensation

IN “Stalking telephone numbers.. – Barry George demands £4m compensation” the New of the World focuses on Barry George.

George is famous for being the one man we know for certain (it’s been established in a court of law) did not kill BBC presenter Jill Dando.

George served eight years in choky for a crime he did not commit. And now he is in line for compensation, as is his right. How much? Well, that’s up to the judiciary.

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Posted: 30th, November 2008 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)

Stalking Barry George’s Bottom

BARRY George has been cleared of killing Jill Dando. But the News of the World is keeping tabs on the man, stalking him, even.

In “Barry George in sex-pest clash on woman’s doorstep”, readers look on and see George asking a woman out; having his advances rejected; dodging a headbutt from the aforesaid woman’s son.

And just last week we revealed how he tried to get into a TV studio to see Sky News presenter Kay Burley, 46— who was then offered extra security.

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Posted: 12th, October 2008 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comments (5)

Daily Express To Be Edited By Robots

THE Daily Express and Sunday Express move one step closer to being written and edited by monkeys.

News is that subs are being sacked in favour of a new editorial system called Woodwing.

In a letter to the downtrodden, group managing editor Ian Parrott (all his own words) says the system will allow the paper to “revolutionise the way pages are written and edited and therefore reduce costs”.

(Image: Beau Bo D’Or Website)

He goes on to blame that ever-present excuse: my dog ate it, Miss. No, it’s the credit crunch, dummy:

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Posted: 11th, September 2008 | In: Money, Photojournalism, Tabloids | Comments (4)