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'Third Party Must Have Locked Spy In Bag'
An expert has said he believes a third party was present when Gareth Williams died because theories that the MI6 spy got inside a bag by himself were "unbelievable scenarios".
Mr Williams' body was found curled up naked in the padlocked holdall in the bath of his flat in Pimlico, central London, in August 2010.
Former Parachute Regiment reservist Peter Faulding told an inquest even escapologist Harry Houdini "would have struggled" to squeeze himself into the bag and lock it from the inside.
Mr Faulding, who specialises in rescuing people from confined spaces, made 300 unsuccessful attempts to lock himself inside an identical bag measuring 81cm by 48cm.
"My conclusion is that Mr Williams was either placed in the bag unconscious, or he was dead before he was in the bag," Mr Faulding said.
He suggested it would have been "very easy" to fold the dead spy's arms and place him in the holdall as long as rigor mortis had not set in.
During the forensic investigation no fingerprints were found at the scene but tiny DNA samples were discovered on the bag, their owner has never been identified.
But a second expert, William MacKay, told the inquest it was not impossible that the fitness-loving maths prodigy died without a third party present.
Mr MacKay's assistant, a yoga specialist who is of similar build to Mr Williams, carried out another reconstruction and was able to curl his body into an identical red North Face bag.
But despite more than 100 attempts, he was not able to pull the zip into position within the space, and could not lock it from the inside.
Mr MacKay told Westminster Coroner's Court: "I would not like to say that it could not be done.
"There are people around who can do amazing things and Mr Williams may well have been one of those persons."
Mr MacKay, an expert who has worked with the Army, suggested Mr Williams would have needed extensive training to have pulled off the act in pitch darkness.
Mr Williams' mountain climbing experience would have given him an advantage as it would have strengthened his fingers.
But Mr MacKay added: "It was very painful to do it. You tend to move the zip with your fingernails, straggling about. It was very frustrating, fiddly, you just can't get the thing together."
The inquest also heard how Mr Williams occasionally looked at bondage and fetish websites.
A police officer described to the coroner the findings of his work investigating Mr Williams' electronic devices.
Around half of his web browsing surrounded female fashion but he had also stored electronic images of several drag queens.
Records showed that he had researched bondage on Wikipedia and had visited bondage and fetish websites.
There was very little evidence of Mr Williams researching suffocation or experiencing confined spaces.
The inquest continues on Monday.
what do you think?
Why is it so hard for them to believe that it could have been murder rather than suicide?
Hahaha what utter rubbish!! Is this how desperate they are to try and show it wasn't murder?
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Surely the rules of physics prove he couldn't do it himself?
"But despite more than 100 attempts, he was not able to pull the zip into position within the 81cm x 48cm space, and could not lock it from the inside. However William MacKay, whose assistant carried out the reconstruction, said it was not impossible that the fitness-loving maths prodigy died without a third party present." Ummm, so how exactly DO they explain the zip being completely done up and then padlocked... keeping in mind that to padlock a pair of zippers they have to be VERY close together, much closer than the width of a human arm and/or hand/s. You also must concider WHY he would do that. Suicidal or not, there are FAR easier ways to kill yourself and make it look like murder... why go for something so elaborate just to die and frame someone?
Of course it was murder
oh come on if the person could not do it in 100 trys etc...why are they saying he could have locked it.....is this another gov cover up in progress
Murder by a person or persons unknown. MI6 or a bondage associate, I doubt we will ever know. If it's MI6 then the cover up will ensure the truth will never emerge that's for sure.
I think George has hit the nail on the head, WHY would he commit suicide in this way? if you want to suffocate then just stick a bag over your head! if, as some of the more salubrious reports have said, if was a kinky game, surely he would have given up when his fingers started hurting and if he could not last more than 30 minutes in the bag before death, then why did he wait in the (unlocked) bag until he ran out of air? the more you read of this story, the more questions it throws up. The Police and Security are doing themselves no favours with this silly insistance on suicide, the more they deny a third party was involved in the face of blatently obvious information, they just will make people think they had something to do with it, even if they did n't.
Even the gormless leader of the tory party can work out that the 'spy in the bag' was not suicide. Trouble with the police today is since the discovery of DNA they have gotten very lazy, in this instance they assumed he'd locked himself in the bag because there wasn't any DNA at the scene when, had they used a little logic, it would have told them he could not have padlocked himself in the bag. Pathetic!
your having a giraffe,MI6 are involved the truth will never come out . dont forget Diana !!
He rolled around the bath until he heard the lock set I do it ONCE A WEEK.:))))
Who do they think they are kidding? Watch my lips guys ..."it,s MURDER"