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We’re in the same boat now, Zoe.  Take care not to tip it over.  I can only save one of us from drowning.  House of Cards US s1e1: Chapter 1, Frank, Netflix 2013

 

 

Nobody heard him, the dead man,   

But still he lay moaning:

I was much further out than you thought   

And not waving but drowning.

 

Poor chap, he always loved larking 

And now he’s dead

It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,   

They said.

 

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always   

(Still the dead one lay moaning)   

I was much too far out all my life   

And not waving but drowning.  Stevie Smith, Not Waving But Drowning 1957

 

 

A drowning man will clutch at a straw.  Mid-16th century proverb

 

 

A former cheerleader’s body is found and the crime scene is underwater.  Crime Stories: Troubled Waters

 

On May 18th 1998 the quiet calm of the country is shattered.  ibid.

 

Heather’s injuries are only surface abrasions.  ibid.

 

Underwater detectives search the river for a former state trooper’s son ... Divers mark the body’s location.  ibid.

 

 

If thou needs damn thyself, do it a more delicate way than drowning.  Othello, Iago, Globe Theatre production, Sky Arts 2012

 

 

Drown in a cold vat of whiskey?  Death, where is thy sting?  W C Fields 

 

 

31st March 2001 Roydon Essex: 05:48am: ‘A geezer’s drowned in the pool … There’s a party going on and someone’s just gone out and found him … fucking hell.  You don’t expect it, do ya?’  Barrymore: The Body in the Pool, 999 call, Channel 4 2020

 

‘31-year-old Stuart Lubbock was found floating in the swimming pool at Mr Barrymore’s home in Essex; he died soon after.’  ibid.  TV news    

 

‘Just another night that went terribly wrong.’  ibid.  Barrymore

 

‘I don’t think we really had him down as being gay.’  ibid.  ex-Sun reporter

 

At 2:47 a party starts at Michael Barrymore’s house: there are nine people present.  At 5:08 emergency services are called.  ibid.  caption

 

The immediate assumption for everybody was that the victim was gay.  Because who the hell would go home with Michael Barrymore and a group of young men?  It certainly seemed to be a pretty nasty gay poolside party.  ibid.  reporter

 

‘There was no third party involved in the death … This was a case of immersion, as I call it, or drowning … I would describe the injuries to the anus as horrific.’  ibid.  pathologist

 

‘This may not be drowning and you should be aware of that.’  ibid.  pathologist #2 to rozzers      

 

The Essex Police investigation into Stuart Lubbock’s death concludes with no criminal charges.  A coroner’s inquest is held to determine the cause of death.  ibid.  captions   

 

‘The entertainer Michael Barrymore has refused to answer questions about alleged drug taking at his home on the night a man was found dead in his swimming pool.’  ibid.  BBC news

 

‘Stuart had been the victim of a serious sexual assault.’  ibid.  pathologist   

 

Do you ever want to see Michael Barrymore on television again?  Yes 090 190 44 41  No 090 190 44 42.  ibid.  Richard & Judy Show phone-in    

 

Essex Police launch an investigation into Michael Barrymore’s public claims that Stuart Lubbock’s anal injuries were inflicted at the hospital after his death.  ibid.  caption

 

‘Stuart was assaulted quite possibly in the jacuzzi … To make it look like a drowning thrown in the swimming pool.  I believe very much that Stuart Lubbock was raped and murdered that night.  ibid.          

 

 

She was a once in a generation talent.  But at age 43 Hollywood icon Natalie Wood mysteriously drowned ... A bombshell 30 years in the making.  An American Murder Mystery: Natalie Wood, Discovery 2020        

 

Natalie Wood is now missing off the coast of Catalina … The dinghy had also disappeared.  ibid.  

 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department opens an investigation into Wood’s death.  ibid.    

 

Dr Noguchi also said that Natalie had a lot of bruises on her body including on her face … She was legally drunk.  ibid.  expert

 

Just weeks after her death, an unnamed source makes a scandalous claim: [Christopher] Walken and Natalie were having an affair.  ibid.

 

 

Dean Reed lives in East Berlin because he likes it better over there.  An entertainer who has become the Soviet version of a superstar: he sings, he acts, and he speaks with what seem to be genuine conviction the Soviet line.  Red Elvis: The Cold War Cowboy ***** 60 Minutes, Sky Documentaries 2022

 

Six weeks after the 60 Minutes interview is broadcast he disappears.  ibid.  historian      

 

From that point on there is no way back; he is an enemy of the government of the United States.  ibid.

 

By the late 1960s Dean Read is a fully fledged political radical.  ibid.      

 

He is rebelling against the government [East German] he previously cooperated with.  ibid.