Secrets of the Dead: Season 5, Episode 5

Umbrella Assassin (2006)

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The mysteries behind the apparent cold war murder of a vocal, anti-communist, Bulgarian defector in London are revealed.

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Episode credited cast:
Dimitar Botschev ...
Himself - Georgi Markov's Editor, Radio Free Europe
Rufus Crompton ...
Himself - U.K. Home Office Pathologist
Ole Damkjær ...
Himself - Journalist
Christopher Green ...
Himself - Senior Division Analyst, CIA (as Dr. Christopher Green)
John Hamilton ...
Himself - Journalist (as Jack Hamilton)
Bogdan Karayotov ...
Himself - Bulgarian State Investigator
Robin Keeley ...
Himself - Forensics Scientist, Metropolitan Police Service
Vladimir Kostov ...
Himself - Poison Pellet Victim
Annabel Markov ...
Herself (archive footage)
Georgi Markov ...
Himself - Assassination Victim (voice) (archive footage)
Lyuben Markov ...
Himself - Georgi Markov's Cousin
Keith Melton ...
Himself - Espionage Historian
David Phillips ...
Himself - Friend of Georgi Markov
Bernard Riley ...
Himself (as Dr. Bernard Riley)
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Himself - Narrator
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The mysteries behind the apparent cold war murder of a vocal, anti-communist, Bulgarian defector in London are revealed.

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Narrator: On September 7, 1978, Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian ex-patriot living in London was traveling to work. Following his usual routine, he parked his car and crossed Waterloo Bridge to wait for a bus. He had no idea that on this day, he was being watched. As Markov waited at the bus stop, he felt something sting his leg. He turned to see a man picking up an umbrella and running away. What seemed like a curious accident, soon turned into an extraordinary mystery because three days later, ...
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One of the best shows of the series.
21 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Years ago, I read about the assassination of Georgi Markov. I also remember seeing an episode of "Quincy, M.E." where a man was murdered the same way Markov was--an episode obviously inspired by this amazing real-life murder. So, what I saw in this "Secrets of the Dead" show was not a huge surprise--but it did give an exceptionally detailed and high quality explanation of this strange case.

In 1978, the defector and outspoken dissident, Georgi Markov, came into a British emergency room. He told staff that he thought he'd been poisoned but the staff didn't take it seriously at first. After all, the idea of assassins doing high tech poisonings is more something of James Bond movies than anything else, right? Well, it turns out Markov was not exaggerating and a couple days later, he was dead. This film discusses the investigations which have been going on for nearly 30 years--trying to determine HOW he died, who ordered it and who actually was the killer. It's all VERY interesting, but what I was more impressed with was how much trouble the PBS folks went to to make this particular episode. They traveled many places around the world and did a masterful job on the story--and I can just about guarantee that you, too, will be fascinated by the show--it's THAT good.


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