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April 8, 1987 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
When 38-year-old computer scientist David Sands' car crashed into a derelict restaurant not long ago in the south of England, the police reported his death as a routine traffic fatality. Others are skeptical. For Sands was the third scientist working for the defense contractor Marconi Ltd. to die in violent, mysterious circumstances in the last six months. All three were involved in sensitive, defense-related projects; all were apparent suicides, and there were no witnesses to any of the deaths.
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November 30, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
In another macabre twist to the "House of Horrors" murder case, the body of John West, the 54-year-old brother of confessed serial killer Fred West, was found hanging from a beam in the garage of his home in western England. John West was awaiting a verdict on rape charges. He had pleaded not guilty, but his niece testified that he had raped her 300 times, starting when she was 10.
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January 4, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Frederick West, the suspected serial killer at the center of Britain's "House of Horrors" case, hanged himself, a police autopsy confirmed. West, 53, accused of murdering 12 women and girls, was found dead in his prison cell Sunday. His widow, Rosemary West, 41, is charged in nine of the deaths. British newspapers reported Frederick West's death under such headlines as "Death of a Monster."
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January 4, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Frederick West, the suspected serial killer at the center of Britain's "House of Horrors" case, hanged himself, a police autopsy confirmed. West, 53, accused of murdering 12 women and girls, was found dead in his prison cell Sunday. His widow, Rosemary West, 41, is charged in nine of the deaths. British newspapers reported Frederick West's death under such headlines as "Death of a Monster."
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November 30, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Buster Edwards, one of the gang that committed Britain's Great Train Robbery of 1963, in what was then called "the crime of the century," was found dead after apparently hanging himself in a London garage. Police stressed that there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of the 62-year-old flower seller. The 15 thieves who took part in the robbery of the Glasgow-to-London mail train became instant celebrities after netting 2.
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March 29, 1988
Britain's Defense Ministry rejected a parliamentary request for an investigation into the apparent suicide of the eighth scientist involved in defense work to die since 1986. Member of Parliament Doug Hoyle had called for the probe, asking, "Is it simply overwork or something more sinister?" His request came after Trevor Knight, an engineer at Marconi Defense Systems Ltd., a contractor for President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, was found dead in his car in his garage Friday.
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January 2, 1995 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frederick West, the 53-year-old builder accused in the murder of 12 women and girls in the grisly "House of Horrors" case, was found hanged in his prison cell Sunday. West and his wife, Rosemary, 41, had been scheduled to go on trial next month for the series of killings that shocked the nation, with body after body found in and around the Wests' home in Gloucester.
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December 9, 1987 | Associated Press
An Oxford University theologian who apparently committed suicide was identified by church officials Tuesday night as the author of an unprecedented attack on the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert A. K. Runcie, that created a furor in the Church of England. Gareth Bennett, 58, an Anglican canon and fellow in modern history at Oxford's New College, was found dead Monday night in a car in the garage of his home in an Oxford suburb, with a hose leading from the exhaust pipe.
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March 27, 1988
A member of Britain's Parliament called for a government inquiry after the body of a guided-missile engineer was found inside a car filled with exhaust fumes, the latest in a mysterious string of deaths of British scientists. Trevor Knight, 52, an employee of the Marconi electronics firm, was the eighth British scientist involved in defense-related work to die in unusual circumstances since August, 1986.
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November 30, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
In another macabre twist to the "House of Horrors" murder case, the body of John West, the 54-year-old brother of confessed serial killer Fred West, was found hanging from a beam in the garage of his home in western England. John West was awaiting a verdict on rape charges. He had pleaded not guilty, but his niece testified that he had raped her 300 times, starting when she was 10.
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January 2, 1995 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frederick West, the 53-year-old builder accused in the murder of 12 women and girls in the grisly "House of Horrors" case, was found hanged in his prison cell Sunday. West and his wife, Rosemary, 41, had been scheduled to go on trial next month for the series of killings that shocked the nation, with body after body found in and around the Wests' home in Gloucester.
NEWS
November 30, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Buster Edwards, one of the gang that committed Britain's Great Train Robbery of 1963, in what was then called "the crime of the century," was found dead after apparently hanging himself in a London garage. Police stressed that there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of the 62-year-old flower seller. The 15 thieves who took part in the robbery of the Glasgow-to-London mail train became instant celebrities after netting 2.
NEWS
October 11, 1988
The Pentagon denied that it is officially asking Britain to determine if any of 22 British defense experts who have died mysteriously since 1982 worked on the U.S. "Star Wars" project. "We are not aware of any such official requests or initiatives," spokeswoman Jan Bodanyi said. The Sunday Times of London had quoted an unidentified U.S.
NEWS
March 27, 1988
A member of Britain's Parliament called for a government inquiry after the body of a guided-missile engineer was found inside a car filled with exhaust fumes, the latest in a mysterious string of deaths of British scientists. Trevor Knight, 52, an employee of the Marconi electronics firm, was the eighth British scientist involved in defense-related work to die in unusual circumstances since August, 1986.
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December 9, 1987 | Associated Press
An Oxford University theologian who apparently committed suicide was identified by church officials Tuesday night as the author of an unprecedented attack on the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert A. K. Runcie, that created a furor in the Church of England. Gareth Bennett, 58, an Anglican canon and fellow in modern history at Oxford's New College, was found dead Monday night in a car in the garage of his home in an Oxford suburb, with a hose leading from the exhaust pipe.
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April 8, 1987 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
When 38-year-old computer scientist David Sands' car crashed into a derelict restaurant not long ago in the south of England, the police reported his death as a routine traffic fatality. Others are skeptical. For Sands was the third scientist working for the defense contractor Marconi Ltd. to die in violent, mysterious circumstances in the last six months. All three were involved in sensitive, defense-related projects; all were apparent suicides, and there were no witnesses to any of the deaths.
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