Among the things Diana, Princess of Wales lost in her divorce from Prince Charles was her peace of mind. In the months immediately preceding her death, although she was attempting to live her life as normally as she could, she expressed fears that she’d be murdered, most likely by a staged vehicular crash. The end came in a way similar to how she’d predicted it, but what we may never know is whether the crash was an accident, as subsequent investigations determined, or staged, as she’d feared.
The murder of noted British journalist Jill Dando, who was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head on April 26, 1999, may well be the UK’s most famous unsolved murder. A convicted sex offender, Barry George, was tried for Dando’s murder but acquitted because the forensic evidence (gun residue on his person) used against him was discredited. If it wasn’t George, who was it? Theories include a political assassination, a gangland hit, and an obsessive stalker. The case remains unsolved.
Actress Brittany Murphy died in 2009 at the age of 32 after battling flu-like symptoms for several days. Initially, her death was ruled an accident, but when her husband, Simon Monjack, died six months later under virtually the same circumstances, family members became suspicious. Was it a murder? A murder followed by a suicide? Murphy’s dad claims an independent toxicologist found evidence that Murphy had been poisoned (with arsenic), and yet the police have never re-opened the case, which continues to confound many who doubt this healthy young woman died of natural causes.