Queen-Obsessed American's Body Lay Near Palace for 3 Years

Skeleton found on island 100 yards from Buckingham Palace
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2011 1:15 AM CDT
Moore's body was found on West Island, left, a tree-covered piece of land located in London's St. James Park,.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – The body of an American man obsessed with Queen Elizabeth II lay undiscovered for three years on an island in sight of Buckingham Palace, an inquest has determined. Robert Moore, who was in his late 60s, arrived in Britain in 2007 and appears to have lived in the undergrowth on a small island in St James' Park, just 100 yards from the palace, until his death sometime in 2008, the Daily Mail reports.

The island, accessible only by boat or by swimming or wading across the shallow lake, had a clear view of the palace. Moore sent hundreds of "strange and offensive" packages to the Queen over the years, including obscene photographs, boxes falsely warning that they contained dangerous substances, and letters up to 600 pages long, the inquest was told. His US passport and a pile of empty vodka bottles were found close to his skeletal remains, which were found earlier this year by a palace gardener. Officials don't know what caused his death.

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