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He Was Looking for His Keys When the Footrest Came Down—Fatally

Electronics failure caused brain injuries, cardiac arrest

(Newser) - A 24-year-old man was killed while searching for his cellphone and keys under his seat in a movie theater in England when an electronic footrest lowered itself onto him, an inquest was told Thursday. Ateeq Rafiq died in a hospital a week after the incident last year, the BBC reports.... More »

Dead Spy Locked Himself in Sports Bag: Police

Scotland Yard investigation concludes what inquest rejected

(Newser) - Scotland Yard has concluded that MI6 Codebreaker Gareth Williams probably locked himself inside the duffel bag he was found dead in, sources close to the inquiry tell the Telegraph . Police re-opened the case after the coroner ruled that a third party had likely been involved —possibly even one of... More »

UK Spy's Death Likely Unsolvable: Coroner

She speculates that MI6 itself may have killed Gareth Williams

(Newser) - A UK coroner has concluded that Gareth Williams probably didn't lock himself in the sports bag his body was found in, meaning his death was "on the balance of probabilities" unlawful, but says she's otherwise stumped as to how the MI6 code-breaker died. Dr. Fiona Wilcox issued... More »

DNA Found on Bag Spy's Body Was Stuffed In

Inquest reveals new evidence in spy's seemingly kinky death

(Newser) - Police investigators found tiny traces of another person's DNA on the zipper and lock of the sports bag that MI6 spy Gareth Williams was found dead in , a detective told the inquest investigating Williams' death today. "My thought or opinion since I went into the scene is that... More »

Girl's Death Hastened by Fear of Dentists

(Newser) - A British girl who died in 2005 from dehydration and starvation suffered from a severe fear of dentists that kept her from eating, the BBC reports. Sophie Waller was in and out of the hospital after she refused to eat when teeth came lose, but medical professionals mislaid her case.... More »

Smith Son's OD Accidental: Jury

Bahamas panel rules out criminal charges in 20-year-old's 2006 death

(Newser) - The drug overdose that killed Anna Nicole Smith’s 20-year-old son was accidental, a Bahamas jury ruled today, recommending no criminal charges in Daniel Smith's 2006 death. The inquest, which began in November, had already determined there was no evidence of homicide; an autopsy indicated the model's son probably died... More »

Diana Inquest Headed to Jury

Jurors to decide whether lovers' deaths were accidental or part of a plot

(Newser) - Was Diana, Princess of Wales, pregnant? About to marry Dodi? Murdered by the royal family? The inquest into her death, alternately official investigation and media spectacle, is nearing its conclusion this week after six months and more than 250 witnesses, reports Reuters. The presiding judge will make his summary tomorrow,... More »

Fayed: 'Nazi' Philip Killed Diana

Dodi's dad decries royals, details conspiracy theory in inquest rant

(Newser) - Prince Phillip—a “Nazi” who should be sent “back to Germany from where he comes”—headed a royal family plot to murder Princess Diana and his son, Dodi Al Fayed's father told the Diana inquest today. “You want to know his original name—It ends with... More »

Di's Guard: Inquest a 'Spectacle'

Claims daily headlines coming out of inquest the same old news

(Newser) - The "latest" developments in the Princess Diana inquest are the same old news, and the monthslong proceeding has "degenerated" into a "theatrical, occasionally tawdry, spectacle," writes her former bodyguard in the Guardian. Most of the recent testimonies—including his own—were first made public years ago,... More »

Passerby Held Diana's Hand

'My God, my God,' she said in last moments

(Newser) - A good Samaritan dramatically described holding the hand of Princess Diana and comforting her as she lay dying in the tangled wreckage of a Mercedes in a Paris tunnel. “She repeated words, ‘My God, My God,'” he said in a statement read yesterday at the London inquest... More »

Chilling Last Diana Pix Bared as Inquest Begins

Jury will probe assassination theory

(Newser) - Chilling photos of Princess Diana peering at paparazzi pursuers minutes before her fatal car wreck were released to the public for the first time yesterday as an inquest into her death began. The London hearing will determine "once and for all" whether the crash was an accident or part... More »

Fayed Rips Bishop Over Diana Plea

Dodi's dad rejects call to give up conspiracy theories about crash

(Newser) - Insisting “the truth is still being covered up,” Mohamed Al-Fayed slammed the Bishop of London for urging congregants at Diana’s memorial service to end the bickering over the circumstances of her death. “Let it end here,” Richard Chartres advised, but Al-Fayed branded him a “... More »

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