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Police Rule Death of British Spy Found in Padlocked Gym Bag an…Accident?

British police raised some eyebrows on Tuesday, when they ruled the death of spy whose body was found in a padlocked gym bag was “most probably” an accident, a verdict that contradicts a previous coroner’s report that concluded the death had been a “criminally meditated act.”

The nude body of Gareth Williams, a spy with England’s GCHQ (their NSA), was found decomposing in a bathtub in his apartment in 2010, inside of a secured gym bag.

But Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said that “on balance, it is a more probable conclusion that there was no other person present when Gareth died.”

Williams was reported to have visited bondage and sadomasochism sites, with an especial interest in claustrophilia—an enjoyment of enclosed spaces. Some suspect Gareth’s death was an act of auto-eroticism gone wrong.

British police said it was possible for him to have gotten inside the bag and to have secured the lock by himself, though his DNA was not found on the lock nor his fingerprints on the tub. They also maintain that his apartment showed no sign of struggle, forced entry, or effort to remove evidence or prints.

Authorities ruled out any involvement of British intelligence in a coverup.

[h/t AP]

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