A junior defense minister's missing husband turns up dead. Highly placed people push for immediate investigation of the case, as growing evidence indicates a suspicious cause of death. ... See full summary »

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A junior defense minister's missing husband turns up dead. Highly placed people push for immediate investigation of the case, as growing evidence indicates a suspicious cause of death. Special Branch must learn if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. Written by Anonymous

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16 May 1973 (UK)  »

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Everyday Police work
28 September 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Special Branch – Death By Drowning- 1973 The body of a man, Bruce Montague, is pulled from the Thames. The police notice a rather large 'dent" in his skull. It seems that the dead man was the husband of a junior member of the Defense ministry.

Since it involves the Government, Special Branch is called in to handle the case. Any possible security leak must be checked.

The dead man's wife, Gwen Watford, says she has not seen her husband for a week. She had reported him missing.

Inspector's George Sewell, Patrick Mower and Bill Rowland try to backtrack the man's movements.

Mower and Sewell interview Montague's secretary, Doreen Mantle, and his former business partner, Artro Morris. All they find out is that Montague had an over fondness for the bottle, and that his marriage was not going well.

Sewell interviews Watford who admits to the unhappy marriage. But she had nothing to do with his death.

Detective Rowland, checking pubs, bars and restaurants etc along the river, finds a bar that Montague frequented. He was a regular patron who always showed up with a woman. And it was not his wife. It turns out the man has been stepping out with his secretary, Mantle.

In comes Mantle for another chat. The woman breaks down and tells all. Montague and herself had been out drinking. When they left the waterfront bar in a somewhat "over-served" state, Montague had stumbled, bashed his head, and slipped into the Thames.

Mantle, not wanting a scene, had simply went off home. Sewell just shakes his head, all these man-hours for an accident.

Not much action here, but it does show the often boring but necessary work that is needed to solve a case. (color)


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