Microbiologists' Deaths And Murders Echo Bizarre Marconi
By Ian Gurney
- In light of yet another death of a microbiologist, this time
Doctor David Wynn-Williams, killed when he was struck by a
vehicle whilst out jogging this week (http://www.t
hetimes.co.uk/article/0,,60-248720,00.html) it is
interesting to take a look at a similar set of circumstances
that occurred fourteen years ago in the United Kingdom and was
not widely reported in the United States press. Once again it
involves the deaths of a number of scientists, some in "unusual"
circumstances. The report below was taken from The Independent
newspaper of August 26, 1988..
- "The police said it was suicide, and no doubt they were
right. Ex-Brigadier Peter Ferry, a marketing manager at
Marconi's Command and Control Systems centre at Frimley, Surrey,
had apparently killed himself by inserting power main electric
wires into his mouth and then turning on the power.
- The method chosen was perhaps marginally more grisly than in
the case of several other Marconi employees. In 1986, for
example, Ashad Sharif, a computer analyst who worked for Marconi
Defence Systems in Stanmore, Middlesex, tied one end of a rope
around his neck, another to a tree, and put his car into gear.
Two months earlier, the body of Vimal Dajibhai, a software
engineer responsible for checking the guidance systems of
Tigerfish torpedos for Marconi Underwater Systems, was found
under Clifton suspension bridge at Bristol.
- In March 1987, David Sands, a project manager working on
secret satellite radar at Marconi's sister company Easams, in
Camberley, drove up a slip road on his way to work and into a
cafe at an estimated 80 mph. A year later, Trevor Knight, a
computer engineer at Marconi's space and defence base in
Stanmore, died in his fume-filled car at his home in
Hertfordshire. Earlier, two other Marconi employees, Victor
Moore, a design engineer, and Roger Hill, a draughtsman, had
killed themselves, both seemingly as a result of work pressures.
- There have been at least half a dozen more untoward deaths
among defence scientists and others working in the defence
field. Marconi is not alone, but it is well in the lead. The
best efforts of investigative journalists have failed to
establish a link either between the various deaths or between
the deaths of the Marconi staff and the Ministry of Defence
inquiry, now two years old, into some £3billion worth of defence
contracts awarded to GEC-Marconi. "
- Interestingly, Marconi was recently declared virtually
bankrupt after it's shares fell below "junk" status on the UK
stock exchange. Both the chairman and C.E.O. resigned and a
great many employees have lost their jobs as the share price
fell from a twelve month high of £4:45 ($6:60) to only 5 pence.
Marconi had, over the last few years, moved into the Telecoms
sector and suffered when the downturn in TMT stocks came along
last year. A company once worth billions is now worthless,
somewhat like Enron. What is surprising in the light of this
scandal is that so far it appears nobody connected with company
has been found dead, although there are some disgruntle
shareholders who must wish the company's ex-chairman, Lord
Simpson of Duckenfield, would do the honourable thing.
- Ian Gurney is the author of The Cassandra Prophecy