The Unsolved Murder Of Jill Dando (1999) - Shreya Sachdev
DISCLAIMER: No disrespect is intended towards anyone that I talk about on this blog post. This blog post is for educational purposes and is being posted on this website in order to raise awareness about this case and to truly hope that the grieving families and friends of these victims find closure and finally find out what happened to their loved one(s). I have gathered all this information on the internet, but unfortunately I do not know how accurate or inaccurate it is. If I have made a mistake somewhere, then I apologize. It is not my intention to spread false information.
Jill Dando was an English journalist and news presenter and at the time of her death she was a TV presenter on the famous show “Crime Watch.” Unfortunately, on April 26th in 1999, Jill at 37 years old was shot at the back of her head outside of her home in Fulham, London.
On the morning of her murder, Jill was staying at her fiancee’s home in Chiswick, but then decided to check out her house in Fulham as she was in the process of selling it. Thus, she decided to go home and make sure that everything in her house was okay and that it was ready to sell. She arrived at this house at around 11:30am when she was about to open the front door, when all of a sudden somebody grabbed her, pressed her to the ground, and shot her in the left temple with a nine millimeter automatic pistol killing her immediately. 14 minutes later, Jill’s neighbor named Helen noticed her body and called the police immediately at 11:47am. Jill was declared dead at 13:07pm.
One of Jill’s neighbors stated that he heard Jill exclaim in a way that one would exclaim when they haven’t seen a loved one in a long time, but that he did not hear a gunshot. The neighbor also says that he saw a man who he thinks could be the killer, but who he didn’t think to be the killer until later since he didn’t know what had happened to Jill. Later, he said that he saw a man leaving the scene who was around 6 feet tall, 40 years old, and white.
Despite the fact that Jill Dando was such a public figure and had conducted over 3000 interviews, the police still had no new leads and came up with nothing. There were many places to look as Jill had millions of fans who knew who she was, and thus had many interactions with the outside world. It was also ironic how she was the host of the show CrimeWatch, and thus it is possible that some people were mad about the show. There was also no DNA or any evidence left at the crime scene.
As months went by, police still had no new leads and didn’t know what to do. They thus started focusing their time and energy on a man named Barry George, because he lived in Fulham and had a history of sexually assaulting women. It became clear that police were only going after Barry because they had no other leads and that Barry was an easy target. He had an IQ level below 75 and everyone described him as being quite slow. The police were so desperate to get a confession out of Barry that they decided to use an attractive female officer to honey trap Barry despite the fact that honey trapping had been discredited in a case in 1992. The conversation between Barry and the female officer lasted an hour, and in this conversation, Barry admitted to the fact that police had been investigating him for the murders and that he was being questioned for no reason. Barry also told the female officer that he was trying to help the police in their investigation and had nothing to do with Jill’s murder. This conversation gave the police no new leads about Jill’s murder, but it did help them identify Barry as anti-social and a loner. All qualities that would be useful when Barry would go in front of a jury.
Barry was arrested on the 25th of May and on the 28th of May, he was charged with Jill’s murder. During the trial, Barry’s lawyer argued that the crime was so well planned out and so thorough that Barry wouldn’t actually be capable of committing such a crime as it would require intensive detail and careful planning. Yet, on the 2nd of July, Barry was sentenced to life for the murder of Jill Dando. After more than 8 years, Barry was released from jail after another trial took place.
Jill was shot by a professional hitman. Firstly, Jill was shot in broad daylight by a professional gun and no one saw anything. On top of that, the killer managed to leave without a single trace of DNA or any sort of evidence. A report stated that Jill was most likely being targeted for her role of presenting crime and unsolved cases to the public. To further this theory, the ex boss from the flying squad (a form of the police force that are able to reach crime scenes quickly) states that he definitely believes this was a state sponsored murder by a hitman.
The Serbian mafia were involved in the murder of Jill. Police actually got a lead that stated that somebody was sitting in a bar where the Serbian mafia was and were discussing how Jill was murdered.
A crazy fan committed the murder. Apparently, a year before Jill’s murder, she was being harassed by a fan who had just been stalking her. It has been said that a few months before Jill’s murder, a provocative photo of Jill was on the cover of a magazine and some believe that it was this photo that prompted the fan to commit the crime.
Jill was murdered for trying to expose a pedophile ring. In 2014, it was noted that Jill tried to talk to the BBC about concerns that she had regarding a pedophile ring that she had heard. She passed a file about this pedophile ring to senior management but not many people took notice of it.
Which theory do I believe?
Personally, I think it’s too much of a coincidence how Jill Dando was the presenter and host of a crime show, and was murdered outside of her home. I think that she must’ve pissed off the murderer of a case that had recently been on the show, and the murderer decided to take matters into his own hands and kill Jill. This was definitely a planned murder, and was carried out by a professional hitman who was angry about Jill’s role on the show CrimeWatch.
Bibliography & Credit: Fiori, Bella, director. WHAT HAPPENED TO JILL DANDO?! YouTube, YouTube, 11 June 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5VN7eRIMoY.