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This week we are sharing a case that rocked Britain.  It was a daytime murder of a major U.K. celebrity.  On April 26th, 1999 someone shot and killed TV presenter Jill Dando on the stoop of her home in London.  Jill was beloved by millions.  Her girl next door looks, Princess Di hair cut, and her charm took her to the heights of British broadcasting.  So who would want to harm the woman that so many adored?  That is the mystery that has riddled the Kensington police for over two decades now.  The Netflix doc-series “Who Killed Jill Dando?” came out in 2023 and has brought worldwide attention to this still unsolved murder case. 


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Of a major UK celebrity. This is a case that should be solved. Police had all modern investigative resources and technologies available to them. And the killer was in plain sight. Yet the identity of the killer was not the only one. A killer who pulled off an execution-style shooting on a quiet residential street remains a mystery. Or does it? This is the still unsolved homicide case of Jill Dando. And this is True Crime Garage. Jill Dando was born in Weston in Somerset, England.
On November 9th, 1961, she was raised there along with her nine-year-old brother, Nigel, by parents Jack and Jean. As a toddler, Jill was diagnosed with a faulty heart and had to have a surgery to repair a hole. But that didn't hold her back. She attended Whirl Comprehensive School. The kind of rigorous lower school that requires a uniform and rote memorization. In college at Broad Oak, the equivalent of high school, in the U.S., she was head girl, a privileged appointment reserved for the most experienced. Exemplary kids. She also acted in a local theater group. Her father and brother Worked for a local paper, the Westin Mercury. And at age 17, Jill-- applied for and landed a job there as a cub reporter. She also studied at the South.
Morgan Institute of Higher Education in Wales. Then it was on to radio and the popular news show Spotlight where she became a presenter. And then the Pinnacle. She went to work for the BBC in London. She hosted the 6 o'clock news and breakfast news for the BBC. Then Jill hosted Crimewatch UK for years. She had a real passion for hosting Crimewatch. She was also the host of the Upbeat a travel show which took her all over the world. Jill's success was largely due to her girl-next-door looks and friendly manner. Hard-driving newswoman. She was a sunny and engaging face that audiences related to and many adored. She has been called the golden girl of British TV, sort of a Jane Pauly type. Jill was so popular...
She was named BBC Personality of the Year in 1997. And it wasn't just onward and upward with her career, but her personal life was taken off as well. She was recently engaged to be married. Engaged to be married at the time of her death. So the 37 year old was engaged to gynecologist Alan Farthing. The two met about 50 years later. Months earlier after Jill ended a seven-year relationship with Bob Wheaton who was he who was a TV executive She was by all accounts super excited about her upcoming wedding, and her future was looking great. Then, in an instant, it all came to an end on April 26, 1999. Jill's death was immediately big news. It received worldwide coverage with morning news shows in the U.S. and around the world.
The globe expressing their shock and disbelief at the cold-blooded murder of a popular news anchor. It was a massive deal. The Queen and Prime Minister Tony Blair led the nation in tributes to Jill all the UK It's blared the shooting on their front pages with headlines like assassinated, executed and killed by a hitman. Jill's fiancee Dr. Alan Farthing told the BBC I am totally devastated and unable to comprehend what has happened. Jill was respected for her professional ability, admired by all who met her and adored by anyone who got to know her. End quote.
Senseless loss. So let's dive into the known events of the day of the murder. At this time, Captain, Jill owned a home. In the Fulham neighborhood of London. This is a residential area with street after street of stately brick row houses. This was and is considered to be a clean and safe neighborhood with upper middle Class residents. On the morning of Monday April 26 1999 Jill's neighbor, this is Helen was walking down Gowan Avenue at 1147 a.m. when she saw Jill's BMW convertible parked on the street. Now Jill was not typically at her flat at this time of day. In fact she was
Typically not at this flat very much at all. She had essentially moved in with Alan. Remember they're engaged at this point. And Jill, if she wasn't at Alan's place, she was always at work. She's on two different TV shows and traveling the globe for one of them. So her place sat empty most of the time. Helen noted the vehicle and immediately hoped to see Jill as they often would chat about random things and exchange niceties. They would chat just outside Door. But the occasions where they would bump into one another became… increasingly rare, as Jill was not usually there. Helen looked at the front door. Of number 29 Gowan Avenue and spotted Jill lying on her stoop with her keys in her hand. Helen said it took her a beat or two to realize it was Jill because of
looked. There was a massive pool of blood under her head and body. Helen called the police and Looks like Jill Dando. She doesn't look like she's breathing. There's blood almost- God, no, I don't think she's alive. Somehow Helen's call came across as a stabbing. It's unclear whether she thought that's what actually happened or somehow the signals just got mixed up. But her call to police drew attention immediately as... as... Violence in the Fullham neighborhood was extremely unusual. Detective Chief Inspector Hamish Campbell was dispatched to the scene of a
stabbing on Gowan Avenue. Remember that was the call that came in. While in route, he received a call that the victim was confirmed to be Jill Dando, the TV news presenter whose face was familiar all across the UK. It'd be different than a lot of murder cases because normally we find the victim inside. This victim is outside. So when the EMTs and the police officers arrive, they see her like
In there on her stoop. - And this is the middle of the day too, broad daylight captain. They arrive on scene, they find Jill lying in a massive pool of blood. She has no pulse, but they do try to resuscitate her. Unfortunately, the result, she passes away. By the time the inspector, again, his name Hamish Campbell arrives on the scene, the scene is somewhat disturbed because they're trying to save her life. But there's people kind of milling about, people that should be there. So blood patterns. Disrupted, fingerprints are disrupted, and so on. This is outside as you pointed out, Captain, and that creates an issue for investigators as it limits the amount of control that you have of your crime scene.
Joe was taken to nearby Charing Cross Hospital, where she was confirmed to be dead on arrival at 1.03 p.m. on that day. Monday. Now the news could not be contained. Investigators had no time to try to control what got out to the public and what did not. BBC presenter Jenny Bond interrupted the broadcast of that day with obvious shock and dismay in her voice informing the public that one of their own, her friend, Of it, Jill Dando had been attacked and stabbed to death in front of her home. No, it was a gun that was used to kill her. However, the reports at the time, the early reports, was that it was a stabbing. Jill's brother, Nigel, he's working at the Bristol Evening Post that very day, and of course, he sees the news right.
Away as the reports are coming in about his sister. He said later that his first priority became getting to their elderly father so that he could tell his father rather than hearing it on the news. When Inspector Campbell Arrived at the scene on Goan Avenue. Officers on the scene directed his. To something on the ground. This was a 9mm shell casing lying near where Jill's body had been. She hadn't been stabbed as we said. Her autopsy would later confirm it. She had died from... From a close contact gunshot wound to the left side of her head.
May have seen here, Captain, it appears the way that the scene is described, that Jill was arriving at her flat, to go inside the flat, rather than leaving that day. - Yeah, and it doesn't seem to me that this is a robbery attempt. Almost comes across in the simplest forms as an assassination. Investigators closed. The entire block, a massive white tent was set up over Jill's entire house front to preserve evidence and provide privacy, and the investigation began. We do get an eyewitness, at least one eyewitness here, in fact there's several, but I want to hone in on one. In particular. And this is a neighbor of Jill Dando's. His name is Richard Hughes. And I'm
to go through two different reports and I'm doing this in fairness to the listeners because I cannot decide captain which I feel is the better And they're varying to some very small degrees here. So one report straight from the newspaper says after Suffering a single gunshot wound to the head, detectives launched a murder inquiry concentrating on tracking down a smartly dressed man. Carrying a mobile telephone who was spotted fleeing the blood-stained scene in Fulham, South West London. Police were still searching a stretch of the River Thames in London near the Putney Bridge. This was a short distance from Jill's home. Residents huddled in a small group at
Quiet Leafy Street, which was cornered off by police. And this is neighbor Richard Hughes. He's aged 32. He told police, he described to police, hearing a scream during the attack. He says, quote, I was. Upstairs in the house and I heard her car alarm go off briefly. It was the kind of time Jill usually arrived home on Mondays. Mr. Hughes said, Then between 30 and 40 seconds later, I heard her scream. It was a very disgusting thing. To be seen. Wearing a barber style jacket and at first I thought it must have been a friend of Jill's. I went to the door and I saw her lying on the doorstep. She was completely unconscious and covered in blood.
Describing the man's demeanor, Mr. Hughes said, He walked very calmly away from the scene at that time, and I didn't really think anything of it. He was walking briskly, he had dark hair, and he was white, and he didn't look at all flustered. Now from the other report and you'll hear similarities here captain states police heavily canvassed the neighborhood for witnesses and witnesses also the investigators since everyone knew about the crime. No one seemed to have heard the gunshot, but one man heard something else. Richard Hughes, who lived next door to Jill, was at home that morning. He heard a scream that clearly came from a woman, but he chalked it up to someone screaming with surprise or delight. He later said that he had heard the scream. He looked out the shutters of his eyes.
Bedroom window. All he saw was a man moving briskly toward Fulham Palace Road. He could see only The side of the man's face. But just 14 minutes later, woman and loudly exclaiming outside his home This was Helen the other neighbor that we talked about that was walking down the street, right? So Helen having found Jill calling emergency services Told the BBC, quote, I went to the door and I saw her lying on the doorstep. She was unconscious and covered in blood. I was obviously shocked. I took a look at her and she wasn't breathing. Now Hughes, just like in the first report, didn't put together until later that the man he had seen might have been Jill's killer.
Seen him interact with Jill or anything like that, right? He doesn't see the man talking with Jill. All he sees is this man moving swiftly away from the scene around the time that he hears the scream. Richard provided a description of the man that he saw. And he says that the official description of this man issued by the police to the public was a Caucasian male, five foot nine inches to six foot tall, short dark hair, clean shaven, smartly dressed in a dark suit or jacket and trousers and an overcoat. Richard told the BBC, quote, he was well-dressed, wearing a barber style jacket. And at first I thought it must have been a friend of Jill's as he looked very respectable. So people in the neighborhood and neighbors obviously know Jill. Everybody's gonna know Jill, she's on TV.
She's also a friendly individual who's engaging in conversation regularly when she's around with her neighbors. And we get this sighting. We have the two witnesses, Helen, who stumbles upon. Jill, she's hoping to chat with her friend, but sees her lying on the stoop after she's And then we have Richard Hughes who has kind of two different sightings right two different situations all in a very short period of time. He sees this man leaving after he heard some kind of scream and then he later sees Jill on her stoop and says she's covered in blood and she's unconscious. - Again, the demeanor of this suspect, the drag. Of the suspect doesn't make a lot of sense with the random act. - It doesn't.
That we need to kind of hone in on here, as important as this eyewitness account may be, technically there's no proof that the man that was spotted was the one that shot Jill. Right. You know, he could have been a businessman walking on the block. He could have heard the scream himself He could have not heard the scream himself But we don't have anybody coming forward to law enforcement saying hey, I was the smartly dressed man exactly exactly and that's What makes you go, okay, well, maybe this guy is involved. It would seem to make sense. Understandable that he's not going to come forward and place himself there if he were to be involved I like the English here captain. I think I'm going to start using the Phrase smartly dressed man as well. Yeah, every girl's crazy for a smartly dressed man neighbor Jeffrey up filled
Around. To a normal pace when and he believes this is because the man noticed him seeing him right i'm looking at this guy he's moving pretty fast from the He sees me looking at him and he kind of calms down and starts moving at a normal pace. Right. I like having this Jeffrey Upfield Brown account and it being similar to Richard Hughes's account. The reason why I didn't mean to drag it out any longer than necessary, but I went through the two different reports of Hughes's account because I had a lot of questions with it. I don't like when people are giving a statement to police and they're like, I saw her!
from this distance up in my window and she was unconscious and she was not breathing. You're ma- you're ma- Assumptions that are making it into the report. Which makes me wonder and question, does this person know more or did he have a different vantage point than the window from his place? And so we get this other account that is backing up and kind of confirming Richard Hughes's account of this man fleeing. The scene, the smartly dressed man. The other thing here too, Captain, we get this... We'll see you next time. CCTV speeding from the area around the time of the incident. The documentary, Who Can?
Phil Dando on Netflix reported that the blue Range Rover was parked on Gowan Avenue that morning at 10.15 and a traffic cop approached the vehicle to give it a ticket. The traffic cop she backed. Off when the driver kind of waves her away. But of course with the... Events of Jill Dando being shot and killed nearby, that's going to trigger the traffic cops memory. Right? And go, this might... Be something here, this blue Range Rover. Right. And again, this could be very important because right after the time of the shooting or approximately shortly after the time of the shooting. A blue Range Rover was captured on that CCTV heading over the Putney Bridge,
from Jill's house at a high speed, running several red lights and vanishing. To me, it's like, did this individual know her? Is this a personal attack? We need to look at her inner circle. Track down this individual, find out if he's a witness, potential witness, or a suspect. Four days after the murder, this is going to take us to April 30th, Inspector Campbell released the CCTV footage showing a metallic blue Range Rover speeding south on Foulham Palace Road. Police tried to get the car back to the road. Their very best to run down all of the blue range rovers registered in London.
Surrounding areas, but that was like Almost like trying to find yellow cabs in New York City. It's it's a more common vehicle Here and in fact I tell you what in the last two years I'm seeing Range Rovers all over the place. Police followed this lead for months. Hamish Campbell, the inspector, has said he thinks there was something to that lead, but the driver was never found. Found. And you are hitting on something here that I think is very interesting and very important to the case here, Captain. You have to wonder, is this a peer of Jill's, right? Maybe not somebody that she knew, maybe not somebody that she interacted with that day or ever, but the description of the clothing, the description of the vehicle, I gotta
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There. Right. So this is a very short distance from Jill's house. For some reason, it doesn't seem that police thought that this was just a commuter who was stressed out about maybe running late for the bus. That it was possible that maybe more than one person could be involved in the murder. Of Jill Dando. Here's a scenario for you. Perhaps there could have been two people who came to Foulham in the Range Rover, but the shooter or the accomplice didn't quite make it back to the vehicle before the parking patrol officer scared off the vehicle and driver. - That makes some sense. - That's a scenario for you, right? Because it would make sense that then that person would flee the area and--
maybe even flee to the nearest bus stop. Because we know that according to the traffic officer, Range Rover peeled out and maybe the actual shooter the person who gets out of the Range Rover to go up and do the deed is stuck With no choice but to take the bus Well, it seems strange to me if you're tracking her, why wouldn't you just wait for her to get inside her house? Push her inside. Push her inside, commit the crime. You could leave through the back or you could leave through the front. But then, again, it'll take... Time because the body is not just laying on the front porch Yeah, and this is from from the way that it's described and from the pictures that I've seen captain. This is while it's a very public area
People walking down the street people driving up and down the street The front porch I wouldn't the stoop there Wouldn't say that it was on display for all to see. - Okay. - Right? It's sorta tucked away. I wouldn't say that it's concealed. I wouldn't say that it would be hard to spot, Jill, on the stoop, but I also wanna point out-- that in my opinion, I don't think it would be blatantly obvious. I think that there's a chance that if no gun is fired, that there's a chance that if no Shot goes off if there's no scream that maybe somebody could walk down that street and not notice her on the street. We know that her friend and neighbor Helen spots Jill there, but Remember she got excited at seeing the BMW, Jill's BMW parked out front of her flat and going, Oh, Jill must be here. So she's kind of looking for her.
When she spots her. And keep in mind, the neighbor sees her because he's upstairs. He's looking down, which would make it easier for him to see. Jill. Now what we do know though, Captain, is that police did put a lot of stock into the sweaty man lead. So some witnesses they found said that they... He had seen the sweaty man standing at the number 74 bus stop. So they tried to access the bus company surveillance footage. But it had already been erased. But they learned from witnesses that the sweaty man had gotten on the bus, talked on a mobile phone, and disembarked at Putney Bridge. This is where the Range Rover had gone as well. - Okay, so they could be connected. - They could be connected. Man, sweaty man flees on foot toward the Putney Bridge, towards the bus stop there.
And we also have the Range Rover who is speeding out of the area to the point of. Running several red lights last seen going over that Putney Bridge. - So just to be clear, we have surveillance footage from the bus, but we don't have it because it took them too long to connect the dots, and so by the time they get to where they could get them. Surveillance footage, it's gone. - Right, by the time they were asking for it, it had been erased and likely they had erased it to record the next day's activities or two days later's activities. So it would have just been a couple of days that they would have figured out this is a great lead and where does it take us? The breadcrumb trail takes us to the bus, let's get surveillance footage, shit, it's too late, it's been erased. - Well and here's some questions, right? So is this blue Range Rover connected to the sweaty man?
Okay, do we figure out who the guy driving the Range Rover is? And do we figure out who the sweaty man is? Well, and what is not clear from several of these statements is the smartly dressed man. And the same as the driver of the Range Rover. So in reality to me here, Captain, what I see is three really good leads. The smartly dressed man and the Range Rover. Now are they all connected? They could be. Or all... Are they all independent of one another and two of them are bad leads and one of them's a great lead that remains yet to be seen right So let's go to this information. This is great information here. Again, and you'll see how important the...
Three leads really are. Based on witness descriptions, so four days after the murder, we're still on April 30th here, keep in mind this is the same date that the police choose to release the Range Rover footage to the public. On that same day, Captain, they also released a computer-generated image of the sweaty man, saying and telling the public He is a prime suspect and could have had an accomplice. So that kind of paints a picture for us of what the police believe. At the time, four days after the murder. Here's a computer-generated image of our suspect. He could have had an accomplice. Oh, and we're releasing footage of a blue Range Rover and are we? that are telling us that the sweaty man was not in the blue Range Rover. So that tells...
That police at least thought at that time that if this sweaty man was the prime suspect like they said and he had an accomplice that accomplice was likely all through. Up and connected to that blue Range Rover. People rightfully assume that the police would only issue this image if the guy was an actual suspect and they're calling him prime suspect. This can be good and bad for your investigation. You're asking, begging the public for help. Information about this person, this computer generated image that you have. Right. But at the same time, it could potentially quash other leads that might be useful in the case.
We end up with captain is eventually a man calls in and he identifies himself as the sweaty man at the bus stop. His name is James Shackleton. He admitted that he looked just like the sketch that had been. Released. Shackleton was an odd duck. He drove around in an old ambulance and worked as an undertaker. He told police that. On the day of the murder, he was in the park collecting wood to make coffins. He was quote, this is his words, chased out of the park by a man. So, he tells police after he's chased out of the park by a man, he went to the bus stop. Do we have a reason why he was chased out of the park? - I'm sure there's probably some further detail here that just has not reached our eyeballs.
Police arrested James Shackleton so they could question him and so they could search his house. Inside of his home they found a coffin and some photos of the Folham neighborhood. Police interrogated Shackleton and accused him of being obsessed with Jill, but he denied that. He said he's not obsessed with her. In fact, he says that he is homosexual. Police decided that it was likely indeed Shackleton in the sketch of the sweaty man, and they referred to him as a quote Nutter and the time they wasted on him set back the real investigation. Hamish Campbell, the inspector, later said that releasing...
Sketch of someone who might not have been involved in the crime, he considered that to be a mistake. Then there was this report by the Guardian newspaper that said detectives revealed today, this is we're going to go back in time to April 27th, this is the day after the murder. Detectives revealed today that the killer of Crimewatch presenter Jill Dando probably staked out her home in West London for at least an hour before she shooting her in the head at very close range with a 9mm semi-automatic gun. They detailed several sightings of a prime suspect. Remember, we're back to the smartly dressed man carrying a mobile phone who may have donned heavy black frame spectacles in an attempt to disguise the is himself. A window cleaner was the one who had seen a man watching Jill's house. Now we're back to the same questions.
We've been circling around before. Was the man he saw the same as the Range Rover driver? Where had we... Witnesses seen this guy standing. Was he walking up and down the street or just standing in a particular spot? So they're releasing information but only little bits of it, which is just going to leave the rest of us with more questions answers. So in this investigation we're trying to track down these possible suspects. Police are going to be learning about some of the evidence at the scene and they're going to dive into the evidence of the gun. That's exactly right. Captain, police immediately started to analyze the two pieces of solid physical evidence that they had. The nine millimeter semi-automatic brass shell casing that was found at the scene. And unfortunately we have the bullet as well under a microscope, ballistics experts noted.
That the casing bore six indentations or crimps intended to hold it in the cartridge case. These crimps were irregular and inconsistent. So this is indicating to police, or at least it's their expert opinion, that these crimps indentations were done by hand. They concluded that the crimps were intended to keep the bullet in the casing and someone had rigged up the whole thing. Picture John Malkovich in that that assassination movie making his own gun and ammunition at home. There's somebody here that's putting this thing together and really kind of creating something here. So it's going to be one of a kind is what I'm getting at.
And police opinion that this was something that was done by hand. So as for the bullet, there were no evident rifling marks. This led to the conclusion... That the gun that shot Jill was possibly, we gotta, we gotta, I want to underline that, possibly an altered starting pistol or a low muzzle velocity weapon, not what one typically sees in execution style shootings. Like more of a weapon that someone happened to have on hand, that they made do with. Now we do need to point out, and we need to keep in mind as we go through this case here, Captain, that guns are much harder to obtain. In the UK than they are here in the US. Absolutely. From The Guardian, quote, Gun experts say the casing could have been tampered with.
Possibly to reduce the amount of powder to deaden the sound of the gunshot, indicating someone with knowledge of firearms. In fact, that's the reason why somebody tampered with the casing. Knew that that could potentially dampen or deaden, sorry, the sound of the gunshot. That's somebody with a good amount of knowledge of firearms. That's not your average bear. UK gun control a little bit here for persons that are not familiar. In the United Kingdom access by the general public to firearms is subject to some of the strictest control measures in the world. Subject to licensing, members of the public may own rifles. And shotguns. However, most handguns have been banned in Great Britain since the Dunblane
massacre in 1996. That was in Scotland. Keep in mind though here, Captain, the dates that we've just discussed. So we've discussed 1999. And this strict gun control doesn't seem to come into effect after this massacre in 1996. 1996 I Didn't have time to go through all of the fine print that's probably involved here You have to wonder where some people grandfather Did people have firearms from before? This, the strict control... It just went into place. - Right. - It's only a short period of time between the two events. There were a couple of.
Indications that the shooter perhaps was not a professional not a hired hitman or trained assassin for one thing he left the bullet casing there for the police to find that's something that somebody who does this would know that you probably shouldn't do given the opportunity Collect the bullet casing before you flee the scene. And for another, they knew from the muzzle mark on Jill's head... And the bruising on her forearm that someone had grabbed her and then forced her toward the ground. And then shot her while she was crouched down. So this was close range, close contact. It was not a sniper from across the street. It wasn't somebody that's just lying in wait hiding in a corner or behind the bush and she walks up and and Here she shoots her from
Two, three, four, five feet away. This was somebody that came up to her, grabbed her, forced her to the ground for some reason, and then while she is near the ground, she's kind of crouching down. That is when the gun was put close to her and then. Is shot. So whether this was intended or not, in just the way that it happened to play out, you have to wonder. But even if it's just in the moment... Here captain, this was somebody who wanted to be very close to Jill when she was killed. - Well and just because there were some mistakes made doesn't mean it wasn't a professional. - Exactly. That's exactly right. Until we know, we don't know.
There was a terrific piece on the timeline of Jill's last day. This was found in the Independent. Many of Jill's movements that day, the day in question, were captured on CCTV. The rest of the timeline was compiled from witness statements. So we're going to get a pretty detailed timeline for Jill of that day. And like we said before, Jill was engaged so she woke up at her fiance's house. The morning of the murder. - In the reports that we've reviewed, it sounds like she was there most of the time. She's practically just living at Allen's place. So she wakes up at about 6.45 that morning. This is while Allen, her fiance, is preparing to go to work.
So he is in the shower and according to the information he gives to police he says Jill made me a cup of tea and got a bowl of cereal to go for. Me and then she goes back to bed so he takes the shower he's gonna drink the tea eat the cereal and then he's gonna run off to work she sets him up with a with breakfast While he's getting ready nice woman trying to help him start his day off nice Alan leaves for work. So he works at the Queen Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London. He's a consultant there. And he left for work according to Alan. 7 25 a.m. again this is Monday 20 this is Monday April 26 1999 that the previous
She had spent the entire weekend with Alan. This is after having been away for several days while filming in Dublin. Dressed in A beige raincoat, red button-up jacket, black trousers and boots. Jill Dando leaves Alan's house in Bedford Close, Chiswick, West London. This is shortly after 1030 a.m. and she's traveling in her convertible blue BMW. Her intent is to do some everyday chores. So the first stop was the BP Garage on the Great Western Road to buy pet food. And milk. She then drove the short distance to the Kings Mall shopping center in Hammersmith. She bought some fax paper at
And then went to Dixon's in search of an ink printer cartridge. She failed to purchase the correct one before or going into a nearby store, The Link. She then returned to her car and drove off. 1104 a.m. So this is great detailed information that's time stamped from CCTV Minutes later a passerby, this is Sarah Paulsy, recognized Ms. Dando as she sat in her car in traffic at Foulham Palace Road. Well Dando sees this woman looking at her, she smiles back at her. And Sarah distinctively remembers this. Because she's excited about seeing the celebrity who smiles back at her and in fact she picks up her mobile phone. And calls a friend right away to say, Hey, I just saw Jill Dando in traffic.
And she saw me and she smiled at me around 1120 AM. Jill went to the Cope's fish mall. On Fulham Road, where the assistant remembered that she was in a happy mood but seemed to be in a bit of a rush and remarked that her car was parked right around the corner. So Jill goes there to pick up two Dover Soul for supper. While there, she received a call on her cell phone from Prince Edward Theatre. This is confirming that Jill had tickets for the West End show Mamma Mia! She appeared excited and bubbly and took a nap. And told the booking clerk the tickets were present for her fiance Allen. To avoid a bottleneck in traffic at the Fulham Palace Road she took a back route to get to her home on Goen. Avenue. Ms. Dando had then planned to head back to her house, drop off the fish before
going to a charity lunch at 1230 p.m. with her friend. So this is all very tight timeframes here, short windows of time. - With a detailed, or with such a detailed time of events, you'd think this would help long-term. Yes, I absolutely do think and I do think that it did help right it should help and I do think that it did help. But the problem here with this case to me is a fool. A full understanding of the motive here in my opinion right which I think would also or could at least dictate how one chooses to carry out this if this was in fact planned from from start to finish and down as planned or close to that plan. So by now in our timeline captain we have her arriving in her BMW
You just outside of her home. She walked to the front door of her house. This is about 1130 a.m. on that Monday. And again, please note Jill parked on the street right outside. Of her house. Now, how do we know this? That's where it gets a little murky. Because it's unclear Clear whether there was actually CCTV footage, surveillance footage, street footage of her on her block. In fact, we've never heard police mention it. It's a very safe exclusive. Residential neighborhood so my guess here is that there was no need for cameras on every single street but we do know that they followed her movements, or at least most of her movements that morning on different CCTV's that were spread out through the area.
What happened here, according to the Guardian, as Dando was about to put her keys in the lock to open the front door of her home, she was grabbed from hide. And we have Britain's leading pathologist who says that he can confirm this... Because there was a bruise. She was recently bruised on her right forearm shortly before her death. If she was grabbed from behind, what the police are telling us is they believe she approaches the door, she's going to put her key in the door. She's parked right in front of her house, so likely she's gonna open up the door, maybe even return to the vehicle that's nearby, grab some things and head inside. There is a gate that is between her and her vehicle at this point. - Right. - The gate that leads to her house. The police experts are telling us the assailant.
Up from behind her and grabbed and bruised her right forearm so they're saying with his the with his right arm, grabs her right arm, forcing her toward the ground, and then with his left hand, holding the gun, shoots Jill Dando. She's so close to the ground, they believe at this point, that her face was almost touching the tiled step of the... Porch. This was a single shot at her left temple, which would have killed her instantly. The bullet entered her head just above her ear, parallel to the ground, and then came out the right side of her head. Into the door leaving a mark that was a mere 22 centimeters above the doorstep it was very close to 1130 a.m. So as everyone just heard, Jill didn't stay at her own place the night before her murder. One thing that's important to understand is--
Jill wasn't really living at her expensive Goan Avenue townhome at all. She had pretty much moved in with her fiancé. Her house was in fact for sale at the time. And she rarely stayed at her house her own house overnight and really just stopped Then at random times, they say to grab clothing, mail, and personal items. CCTV footage captain here is so important because we get a detective who will go on record saying, quote, Conclusion is that the victim was not being followed at any stage in any of the footage saying we tracked Jill's movements on CCTV and talked to everyone she talked to, no one saw anyone following her from shop to shop. So now we have to wonder if she's hardly ever there. And when she is there, it seems like...
He's there at random times. I will point out though the reason for reading again those two statements the two reports about Richard Hughes's Account of what he saw that day and one of those accounts. What was one of the details? It wasn't in the second account. It was I thought it could be Jill because That's the time that she's usually here on a Monday. So that's very different, right? We're told by all these other people that this is such. Rare and random happenstance when she chooses to show up at her townhouse. Yet we have a neighbor who is saying, I thought it could be Jill because that's the time that she's usually here on a Monday. I don't take from that statement that Richard Hughes means every Monday. But I take it to mean that when he happens to see Joe on a Monday, it happens to be around this time. So yeah. All that answers some questions but then raises other ones. I mean, if she wasn't being followed, would somebody...
Lying away and waiting for her. It's weird, man, because a lot of this stuff... The CCTV footage and talking to all of the persons that engaged with her or saw her, interacted with her that day is very helpful to our timeline. And as police -- I gotta believe what the police are saying. They tell us we've reviewed everything. Is that nobody was following her that day. Okay, well that answers one question, but it also provides additional questions. - Right. - Right? So does that mean that if somebody wanted to target, if that's the key here, again, I think it goes to motive. Because if you can confirm 100% that Jill Danvers Was the target and the target wasn't just some random person in an upper-class neighborhood or a
Well, to do woman walking down the street. Well, then that means that if this person. Wasn't following her and killed her at a place that she rarely is or may only drop in for Time to time. Could this person have just been permanently watching her house or keeping an eye on her house? Waiting for... Her to pop up and then do the deed then. Other thing that you wonder about, right? We talk about that it may not have been a professional hit man because of the mistake. Leaving the shell casing there at the scene and maybe that's just oh I got spooked and I fled the scene And I messed up people mess up To me, I feel that if we have a seasoned individual that's carrying this out, that they're collecting that shell casing because that's one of the very few pieces
evidence that they ended up having in this case. But then... But then it makes you wonder... Did they leave it behind on purpose to throw you off some kind of trail? The other thing too that I wonder about here, Captain, is the forcing her to the ground before shooting her. Because I think that one could argue that this is suggestive of two very different things. One could argue and have a sound argument for that shows that this is more of a personal crime But I think somebody else could argue that Maybe Hitman or somebody that's trying to thinks that it would be better to force her toward the ground to conceal The crime to give me an extra a few seconds to blend back in Because as we said, we know that there, we went through a brief description of the scene. This investigation was huge.
In this case in the Jill Dando homicide case was massive. OK, bye. According to the Independent UK, it was the Metro Police's largest murder investigation and the largest criminal Investigation since the hunt for Jack the Ripper. Detective Chief Inspector Hamish Campbell led this investigation, which reviewed 2,400 statements from witnesses. Interviewees. This would later grow to over 4,000 over the years. They looked 2000 plus named potential suspects tracked down 1200 vehicles and reviewed thousands of hours of CCTV footage. Tips and leads were called in from all over the world. The price tag at the six month mark of this investigation was a whopping
1,247,000 pounds. From Delphi a massive scale investigation can sometimes be too big. Well, and you have to wonder, maybe, did police lose sight of the forest? for the trees. I want to thank everybody for joining us here in the garage today. Until tomorrow. Be good, be kind, and don't litter.
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