Jill Dando was a BBC journalist and an advocate for Albanian Kosovar refugees in the war-torn region of Yugoslavia. Shortly before her death she was making enquiries about a pedophile ring at the BBC.
It is thought she murdered by a professional assassin. She was investigating BBC pedophilia at the time.
Investigation into BBC pedophile ring
It has been reported she was investigating a BBC pedophile ring prior to her murder. Indeed, in later years, an enquiry found the BBC—then led by Mark Thompson—had tried to cover it up.
From a 2004 news article:
The friend and retired BBC worker said the late Crimewatch host was told DJs, celebrities and other staff were involved in organised abuse.
But the anonymous source says “no one wanted to know” when Miss Dando raised concerns about the alleged ring and other sexual abuse claims at the BBC.
She is said to have passed a file to senior management in the mid-1990s, but they never carried out an investigation.
The source said: “I don’t recall the names of all the stars now and don’t want to implicate anyone, but Jill said they were surprisingly big names.”
“I think she was quite shocked when told about images of children and that information on how to join this horrible paedophile ring was freely available.”
“Jill said others had complained to her about sexual matters and that some female workmates also claimed they had been groped or assaulted.”
“Nothing had been done and there seemed to be a policy of turning a blind eye.”
Wrong Conviction of Barry George
Barry George was originally convicted with the murder of Jill Dando on July 2, 2001. He had a history of stalking women, sexual offending and other anti-social and attention seeking behavior. He was an easy fall guy.
He was eventually acquitted on appeal after questions were raised about the forensic evidence.
It has been suggested the police & forensic scientists worked together to create false evidence. The investigation was led by the following:
- Hamish Campbell – Head of investigation into the Dando murder. He would later lead Operation Grange to investigate the disappearance of Madeline McCann. His involvement was widely criticized.
- Clarence Mitchell—later PR representative to the McCanns—was one of the first reporters at the scene of the murder.