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Gangland boss John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer shot dead outside his Essex home had 16,000 reasons to die

Gangland boss John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer shot dead outside his Essex home had 16,000 reasons to die

GANGLAND boss John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer had 16,000 reasons to die when he was shot dead outside his Essex home, in accordance to cops.

The underworld kingpin’s lifetime of violence and crime ended three years in the past when he was killed in his backyard by a thriller murderer who has by no means been discovered.

 Marnie with 'gangster' husband John 'Goldfinger' Palmer in Tenerife

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Marnie with ‘gangster’ husband John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer in Tenerife

Police have stated there might have been 16,000 fraud victims of his who would have had a motive to kill him.

Palmer went from market dealer to multi-millionaire by way of fraud, racketeering and cash laundering – most notoriously from melting down gold bars from the £26million Brink’s-Mat theft in 1983.

Now Palmer’s estranged spouse Marnie, who lives within the West Nation, has written the superb story of her life with Britain’s No1 criminal.

In an unique extract she informed of her fury on the bungled police investigation into her husband’s homicide.

She stated: “Detectives refer to it because the “golden hour” — the time instantly after the invention of a physique in a homicide investigation when they’re almost definitely to discover the most effective clues.

“In my husband’s case they didn’t just lose an hour, they lost a week.”

 John Palmer caught on CCTV pottering around his garden just hours before his body was found

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John Palmer caught on CCTV pottering round his backyard simply hours earlier than his physique was discovered

She added: “It was some of the hopeless begins to a homicide investigation in police historical past.

“I’m no skilled in detective work and I’m definitely no authority on forensics, however you’d think about any name to HQ that began: ‘Physique believed to be John Palmer discovered at Sandpit Lane, South Weald’ would arouse no less than a flicker of curiosity from any officer.

“Police had been monitoring the place for more than a decade. And for 30 years John had been a top target after he was cleared of melting down gold bars from the Brink’s-Mat robbery when he said he didn’t know they were stolen.”

Very long time legal Palmer was jailed on the Previous Bailey for eight years for swindling 16,000 timeshare vacation clients out of £33m.

The gang boss was additionally suspected of promoting proceeds from the £10m Hatton Backyard jewelry heist.

And years beforehand he had been arrested over the £26m gold bullion theft at Heathrow airport in 1983.

He was suspected of smelting a few of the stolen gold, which led to his nickname ‘Goldfinger’.

 Police had been monitoring Palmer's home for more than a decade yet officers who attended his death were all too willing to assume there was nothing overly suspicious about this notorious criminal lying dead in a pool of blood

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Police had been monitoring Palmer’s home for greater than a decade but officers who attended his dying have been all too prepared to assume there was nothing overly suspicious about this infamous felony mendacity dead in a pool of blood

In June, 2018, police revealed that Palmer’s hitman spied on him by means of a gap in his fence.

Cops stated the contract killer leapt over the 5ft fence and opened hearth with a .32 revolver fitted with a silencer.

An officer current on the Chelmsford inquest into his demise stated police had adopted up 700 leads and brought 200 witness statements.

 After John Palmer's body was found slumped in a secluded area of his garden, the police launched what his wife Marnie has described as 'one of the most hopeless starts to a murder investigation in police history'

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After John Palmer’s physique was discovered slumped in a secluded space of his backyard, the police launched what his spouse Marnie has described as ‘one of the hopeless begins to a homicide investigation in police historical past’


IT was months after the November 1983 Brink’s-Mat heist that John received concerned, writes Marnie.

The robbers had turned to crime boss Kenneth Noye and his right-hand man Brian Reader – later jailed for the 2015  Hatton Backyard raid – to fence the loot.

It was  by way of their Hatton Backyard contacts that our little gold smelting enterprise within the West Nation was recognized.

Noye and Reader knew the Brink’s-Mat gold ingots had to be melted down to eliminate their traceable serial numbers, and that promoting pure  gold afterwards can be simply as suspicious. Solely a  totally different grade of bullion would put investigators off the path. Noye began off sending a couple of ingots, earlier than steadily growing the quantities over a matter of weeks.

Quickly it was coming down the M4 thick and quick. Reader was additionally at one level stated to have taken briefcases filled with gold bars on the practice from London to Bristol.

It might sound naive, however I genuinely consider John didn’t initially realise he was dealing with Brink’s-Mat gold. By the point he twigged, it was too late to pull out.

Like every thing else, the gold was simply put in with all of the scrap – undesirable rings, damaged gold tooth, broken necklaces.

John simply carried on doing what he all the time had carried out – mixing every little thing along with the undesirable jewelry.

After the gold left our property, I actually do not know the place it went. As a lot as  70 per cent of the haul has by no means been traced and continues to be stated to be sloshing round London’s legal underworld and property market in the present day.

However Marnie added: “John and I had been married since 1975 however he was now dwelling full-time with his lover Christina Ketley and their son James, 21. Our relationship had deteriorated to the purpose the place I used to be hopeful of divorce by Christmas.

“The information reached me and my older daughter, Janie, in Tub at 6.30pm, an hour after his physique was discovered.

“However it was 5 agonising days earlier than Essex Police confirmed up. They apologised as a result of they had failed to realise that I used to be John’s widow.

 Marnie Palmer - pictured as she is now - tells of her fury at the bungled police investigation into her husband’s murder

Marnie Palmer – pictured as she is now – tells of her fury on the bungled police investigation into her husband’s homicide

“The detective stated John might have died due to problems after his gallbladder surgical procedure, which left 4 holes in his abdomen from the keyhole operation.

“The medical staff were told of the recent op when they arrived and had apparently concluded he had suffered heart failure. But the following weekend another police officer visited and announced: ‘I’m sorry to tell you, John was murdered. He was shot.'”

 John Palmer's body had been left in a hospital morgue over the weekend before a pathologist revealed he'd not died from complications after gallbladder surgery as cops concluded, but from being shot six times at close range

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John Palmer’s physique had been left in a hospital morgue over the weekend earlier than a pathologist revealed he’d not died from problems after gallbladder surgical procedure as cops concluded, however from being shot six occasions at shut vary

 Palmer’s former home near Bath where he smelted gold

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Palmer’s former home close to Tub the place he smelted gold

 John Palmer preferred to portray himself as 'the poor, working-class lad who grew richer than the Queen and went from selling scrap to buying Learjets'

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John Palmer most popular to painting himself as ‘the poor, working-class lad who grew richer than the Queen and went from promoting scrap to shopping for Learjets’

Marnie stated John’s demise “sparked the biggest breakdown” of her life.

She added: “John and I have been collectively for 4 many years and I knew him higher than anybody. He got here from nothing and was a passionate and loving man.

“However I had additionally seen him at his absolute worst. He might be violent, paranoid, ruthless and merciless, in addition to a womaniser and a drug abuser.

“By 1983 we have been doing properly due to John’s enterprise melting down gold from respectable jewellers in a home-made smelter on the backside of the backyard.

“But the Brink’s-Mat raid changed everything for John and me. I’ve heard it said that if you have bought a gold necklace made since then, the chances are that a significant percentage of it comes from that raid, and was melted down in our back garden. I’m not proud of that.”

 Marnie uses her book to talk about her husband's womanising and drug abuse

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Marnie makes use of her e-book to speak about her husband’s womanising and drug abuse


SO who killed John Palmer? Among the many many theories are his Hatton Backyard raid hyperlinks. Palmer knew Hatton criminal Brian Reader and was killed two months after the raid. Palmer additionally advised pals he needed to expose police corruption and he was stated to be beneath surveillance.

Russian gangsters have been additionally stated to be shifting in on Palmer’s Canary Isles timeshare rip-off – with which he had already created a possible 16,000 enemies who had been ripped off.

Palmer was thought to be getting ready to flip supergrass towards former associates. A member of his workforce had shut hyperlinks with the Lebanese underworld.

 Police finally launched a murder hunt several days after the notorious gangster was found dead in the garden of his Essex home

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Police lastly launched a homicide hunt a number of days after the infamous gangster was discovered dead within the backyard of his Essex home

 The hole in the fence where it is thought the 'assassin' watched Palmer before gunning him down

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The opening within the fence the place it’s thought the ‘murderer’ watched Palmer earlier than gunning him down

Marnie stated John’s ” drug-taking, violence and womanising” ultimately destroyed them.

She added: “I now know he was having affairs till the day he died.

“I’ve given up hope that the case can be solved. A lot of what I’ve been informed by Essex Police is hogwash.

“Will they find John’s  assassin? There’s more chance of Lord Lucan showing up.”

©Marnie Palmer. Extracted from Gold- finger And Me: Bullets, Bullion And Betrayal, by Marnie Palmer and Tom Morgan (Historical past Press, £9.99). Additionally on Kindle.

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