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She was one of Britain’s most high profile television presenters at the pinnacle of her career when she was mercilessly gunned down outside her house in London. Crimes that Shook Britain s2e2: Jill Dando, CI 2011
Two years later, during a controversial court case, local resident Barry George was found guilty of the murder. ibid.
She was best known as the face of the hit shows Holiday and Crimewatch. ibid.
Operation Oxborough – the largest criminal investigation since the Yorkshire Ripper. ibid.
In a sad twist of fate Scotland Yard turned to the programme Jill Dando presented before her death – Crimewatch. ibid.
The months rolled by but no significant leads emerged. ibid.
Barry George had a history of following and photographing women. ibid.
Barry George pleaded not guilty ... The prosecution presented George as a lone gunman with stalker tendencies. ibid.
Barry George always protested his innocence. ibid.
After an appeal and eight years in jail vital new forensic research cast doubt on the gunpowder traces. ibid.
Barry George was finally cleared of the murder of Jill Dando. ibid.
So who did kill Jill Dando? ibid.
A young woman who was going to be the face of Britain at the millennium. Michael Mansfield QC
Yes, there was an obsessive side to this man ... Obsessed with Jill Dando? Absolutely not. Michael Mansfield
No firearms residue was found in his flat, or found in anything else to do with him. Michael Mansfield
I was very upset. I was very angry. Michael Mansfield
It had to have been carried out by a professional. Michael Mansfield
As Dando was about to put her keys in the lock to open the front door of her home in Fulham, she was grabbed from behind. With his right arm, the assailant held her and forced her to the ground, so that her face was almost touching the tiled step of the porch. Then, with his left hand, he fired a single shot at her left temple, killing her instantly. The bullet entered her head just above her ear, parallel to the ground, and came out the right side of her head. The Guardian article July 2002 Bob Woffinden
Jill Dando had been one of the nation’s favourite TV personalities since the late 1980s, and presented the BBC’s Crimewatch programme trying to find justice for innocent victims ... She became the biggest crime story of the decade. Kennedy Killing: The CIA Conspiracy s/a Conspiracy: Killing Kennedy: The CIA Conspiracy
Many people think this was a revenge attack [by the Milosevic] regime ... A TV appeal for funds ... Modified ammunition ... The speed of the killing itself ... Almost identical to a hit in Belgrave almost two weeks before. ibid.
This is Jill Dando who was a prominent 37-year-old UK television presenter in the 1990s and was assassinated with a single bullet to the head on 26th April 1999 on the doorstep of her London home in broad daylight. The case is still unsolved. Richard D Hall, Kill Jill: The Dando Assassination Explained I II III IV, 2018
The Jill Dando case never was meant to be solved … The case is a cover up. ibid.
Copeland: MI5 were interfering, for some reason, with the police investigation and had been watching Copeland for some time … It took 12 days to get an image of Copeland out to the public … Crimewatch appeal: 20 April 1999 … The Crimewatch TV programme is linked to the motive … Dando was privy to sensative information within the Brixton bombing investigation which was not aired on television … ibid.
She started at Crimewatch in 1995. ibid.
Approached from behind, forced down to the ground so that her head nearly touched the tiled step before a 9mm calibre pistol was pressed against her temple and fired, the bullet having been crimped to reduce the noise of the blast … The killer was seen by two of her neighbours leaving the scene. ibid.
17th: Bomb 1; 20th Crimewatch appeal; 24th Bomb 2; 26th Dando murder; 29th Copeland photograph in press; 30th Bomb 3; 1st Copeland arrested. ibid.
She still maintained that girl-next-door persona. The Murder of Jill Dando, Judith Dando, sister, BBC 2019
A senseless murder that leaves this newsroom in which she worked a darker place and makes a lot poorer the medium she graced. ibid. BBC News tribute
This was one of the highest risk murders you could probably do. ibid. rozzer
Contrived and convenient. ibid. Judith Dando, re arrest of Barry George
Jill Dando was one of the biggest names in British television. A prime time presenter known to millions for her warmth and charm. At just 37 she was shot dead on her doorstep. Barry George, a local man with learning difficulties, was wrongly convicted for her murder. Since his release, the police have failed to identify her killer. Jill Dando: The 20 Year Mystery, ITV 2019
At first officers were struck by the apparent efficiency of the murder. Jill Dando was murdered in thirty seconds from the moment she left her car. ibid.
Doubts were soon raised about the safety of the conviction; in particular, whether someone with Barry George’s disabilities could have pulled off such an efficient murder. ibid.
Serbia had a reputation for assassinating journalists. ibid.
It [NCIS report] also highlighted a possible connection between the bullet used to kill Jill Dando and bullets used in assassinations in Germany. ibid.
Arkan was named as a suspect in a cold case review of the investigation in 2014. By this time he was dead. ibid.
Events at the BBC: some senior managers and presenters received letters and calls citing the murder as revenge for the NATO bombing campaign. ibid.
Was national treasure Jill Dando the victim of a revenge attack? … ‘Jill Dando was shot in the back of the head on a quiet London street.’ Conspiracy s1e8: Assassinations, Frank Fisher, journalist, History 2019
April 26th 1999: It only took thirty seconds for him to shoot one of Britain’s most recognisable faces dead in broad daylight then walk away … Beloved BBC presenter Jill Dando stepped up to her front door, she was suddenly and brutally murdered leaving behind a mystery. True Crime Recaps: The Murder of Jill Dando, Youtube 10.26, 2023
One theory was that Jill’s murder was connected to her work on the BBC show Crimewatch. ibid.
On 26th April 1999 Jill Dando, at the time one of the biggest names in British television, was shot dead in broad daylight outside her London home. The Dando Files: The Murder of Jill Dando, Mark Williams-Thomas reporting, Youtube 43.29, 2023
I’ve uncovered evidence of a series of police failings that mean the real killer of Jill Dando may never be caught. ibid.
Police failed to properly follow up a threat to kidnap Jill sent just weeks before she was murdered. ibid.
A series of death threats in the wake of Jill’s murder. ibid.
‘The Serbian factor is important because it provides an alternative … This could have been a Serbian hit.’ ibid. Michael Mansfield KC
‘Jill Dando’s murder has all the hallmarks of a professional hit.’ ibid. Professor David Wilson