Maybe The Suicide Of Dr. David Kelly Should Face More Scrutiny

Marcus Lowth
Published Date
May 2, 2017
Last Updated
September 26, 2021
Estimated Reading Time
8 min read
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Conspiracy Theory Analysis, Historical

The death of Dr. David Kelly is officially the result of a suicide. However, there are many – including medical professionals – who simply do not accept that ruling. The microbiologist would face accusations of leaking information to BBC journalist, Andrew Gilligan, that the UK government had “sexed up” claims of Saddam Hussein’s possession Weapons of Mass Destruction – and perhaps more to key, their capabilities. This was to make a stronger case for joining the United States in the eventual invasion of Iraq in 2003.

A close-up of Dr. David Kelly.

Dr. David Kelly.

Following his appearance in front of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, whose findings would state he was unlikely to be the source of the leaks, the discovery of Kelly’s dead body in woods near his home raised an eyebrow or two in the conspiracy community. It quickly came to light he had taken his own life. Some, however, firmly believe it was murder – of a “professional” kind.

Before we look deeper into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding Dr. Kelly’s death, check out the video below. It features former intelligence agent, Annie Machon.  She is speaking mainly about the death of Princess Diana here. However, it is a good peek into how dark life in the intelligence community must be.

The Infamous 45-Minute Claim, And The Indirect Naming Of David Kelly

Leaked information to the BBC strongly suggesting that the case for war in Iraq had been “sexed up” – in other the threat was greatly exaggerated to say the very least. While the BBC refused to name their source, they strangely refused to deny it was Kelly. In doing so, they had basically ousted him as the person responsible. Many people, however, believe he was, in fact, the scapegoat. Kelly admitted to having met Gilligan but didn’t believe he was the source he mentioned.

Kelly would eventually receive orders to attend a hearing in front of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee so that the matter could face investigation. On 15th July, in front of the world’s media no less, Dr. Kelly would defend himself against being the source of information to the BBC.

His demeanor was one of great nervousness. He spoke quietly and was clearly uncomfortable in these surroundings.

The committee would ultimately find that he had “unlikely” been the source, and he was free to go. He returned home. Two days after first attending the hearing, he was dead. Official reports would state he had cut his own wrists and ingested large amounts of painkillers. As you might imagine – and it is hard to blame them – some refused to accept these explanations for the microbiologist’s death.

The Discovery Of David Kelly

When paramedics, Vanessa Hunt and Paul Bartlett, [1] who attended to the body of David Kelly, read the official verdict of his death, they each took exception to the findings. So much so, that in December 2004, they spoke openly about their doubts in an interview with The Observer newspaper.

On top of an apparent overdose of painkillers (which we will look at in a moment), the report stated that the microbiologist had died as a result of a self-inflicted wound to the ulnar artery, and had bled to death. Hunt and Bartlett both stated hardly any evidence of major bleeding at the scene existed. Hunt elaborated that whenever an artery is cut “blood pumps out everywhere!” While Hunt states there was a wound to Kelly’s wrist, she also asserts it was “incredibly unlikely” that Kelly died as a result of it.

Their doubts would receive support from other medical professionals, in particular, trauma surgeon, David Halpin. In an open letter (signed by several doctors) Halpin stated that the ulnar artery would simply not have released enough blood to cause death before the body’s own defenses closed the wound. On top of this, the ulnar artery is deep in the wrist, under other ligaments. Halpin suggests it is unlikely that Kelly would have even managed to cut the artery in question.

The short video clip below shows the two paramedics, Vanessa Hunt and Paul Bartlett, who would make their concerns public.

Differing Accounts And “Sloppy” Investigation

Contributing to his death, at least according to initial reports, had been the ingestion of twenty-nine co-proxamol tablets. However, official toxicology results clearly showed Kelly had hardly any of the painkillers in his system. Not only that, only one-fifth of one individual co-proxamol tablet [2] would show in his stomach during the autopsy. On top of this, close friends of Kelly’s all spoke of how he had an “absolute aversion” to swallowing tablets. He would always use liquid or dissolvable medication if possible.

Volunteer searchers came across the body of Dr. David Kelly first, who then notified the police. However, with reports to the public, differences began to show themselves. Not least perhaps were differing accounts as to the positioning of Kelly’s body when found.

According to the volunteers, Kelly was “slumped” against a tree, and perhaps more importantly, there was nothing around him. However, when speaking to the media, DC Coe stated Kelly to be lying flat on his back upon discovery. Furthermore, around his person lay a knife, a wristwatch, and an opened bottle of water. He even went on to name the brand as Evian.

Obviously one of those two accounts, for whatever reason, is incorrect. Was the volunteer simply mistaken when he located the body? Or had someone re-arranged the scene so it appeared more in line with a predetermined scenario?

Lack of Finger Prints, Forensics And Basic Follow-Up Investigating

Another strange aspect concerning the official records of the case, despite the array of items found around and on his person, were that no fingerprints [3] were present on any of them. If Kelly had cut his own wrist and opened the bottle to take the tablets, then full or partial fingerprints should have been on all of them. None came to light if indeed testing had taken place.

Further to this, there appeared to be very little forensic activity at the scene or presented later as evidence. No testing seemed to take place for “foreign DNA” samples. And the surrounding area – essentially a crime scene until proven otherwise – was surprisingly open. Liberal Democrat MP, Norman Baker, even went as far as to call into question “irregularities and actions of the coroner”, as well as why the investigation that followed was not subject to usual rules and processes.

Interestingly enough, there were no fingerprints on the watch or his mobile phone either. In fact, his mobile phone is at the center of another interesting point.

The use of Kelly’s mobile phone by police during the investigation also came into question. The studying of phone records had helped incriminate those responsible for the Soham Murders the previous summer. In fact, mobile phone records [4] were the “new fingerprints” of the modern world, according to the police!

Strange then that there appeared to have been no attempt to use Kelly’s phone records to try and piece together his last movements. When taking into account the level of information Kelly would have been privy to, it is unlikely that these records would have gone overlooked.

The video below features Norman Baker lecturing about his theories.

Operation Mason

Perhaps one of the strangest aspects to the suicide of David Kelly was the fact that the search for him – codenamed Operation Mason [5] – began at 2:30 pm, thirty minutes before he had even left his home on that fateful last walk.

Further to that, Kelly’s family would not even report him missing until just after midnight. At this point, the operation had already been active for nine hours. To some, Operation Mason may not have been a search mission at all, but a search-and-destroy mission! Given Kelly always took an afternoon walk at the same time each afternoon, intelligence services, presuming they were monitoring his movements, would have been aware of this.

For reasons that are still unknown to the Kelly family, intelligence agencies would temporarily be evicted them from their home [6] in the middle of the night, while they conducted an intense search of the property. It remains unknown if any sensitive information or papers left the premises with the agents.

A forty-five-foot antenna went up in Kelly’s garden, again with no explanation offered as to what it was. Nor why it was there. Interestingly, senior police officers from Scotland Yard were also at a loss as to its purpose, or who would give such an order.

On top of this, surveillance teams kept a constant watch on their home and had done so for some time. It certainly gave the impression that there was more going on behind the scenes than even Kelly’s family were being privy to.

The video below is a quick overview of the details of the case.

Strong Religious Beliefs

David Kelly was a practicing member of the Baha’i faith, and according to all that knew him, he took his religion very seriously. [7] They refused to accept he would end his own life simply because the Baha’i faith would forbid such an act.

Although it certainly isn’t proof – after all, in most cases, if someone is contemplating suicide then it is perhaps a given they are not thinking with absolute clarity – those close to him stressed repeatedly just how strong Kelly’s bond to his religion actually was and refused to believe he would have carried out an action so against his faith, regardless of the circumstances.

On top of this, many witnessed Kelly’s behavior in the immediate days leading to his death, and all agreed he did not look at all suicidal.

Mysterious Last E-mail

On the day before the discovery of his body, and shortly after giving evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Kelly had a brief e-mail exchange with a journalist, Judith Miller in New York. In it, he clearly spoke of “dark actors playing games”, and that “he would wait until the end of the week before judging!”

Kelly himself had said, that if the Iraq War went ahead, he would probably be “found dead in the woods!” [8] What’s more, others in the intelligence community openly stated that Kelly was a threat. He was a threat both to the upcoming invasion of Iraq, and support from the European Union for it. Further, still, UN weapons inspector (to whom Kelly had made his prediction of being found in the woods), Richard Spertzel, felt compelled to inform Attorney General Grieve that Kelly had been on a “hit list” and that there were extremely “mysterious circumstances” surrounding his death.

A former KGB agent appeared to back up the claims of assassination when in 2010. Boris Karpichkov stated that Kelly had been murdered and “his death made to look like suicide!”

The video below is worth watching. It looks at some of the alternative ideas on the death of David Kelly.

The Chilling Theories Of Michael Shrimpton

Although caution is paramount, one particular “whistle-blower” was happy to provide key information on the death of David Kelly. Appearing on the controversial Alex Jones’ Info-Wars in 2004, barrister and intelligence expert, Michael Shrimpton, stated with no uncertainty that Kelly was a victim of professional assassination.

He stated a “contact” in the British intelligence community, who told him that Kelly had been “taken down!”

Shrimpton even went as far as to implicate the French intelligence services and the use of mercenary assassins. They were then likely killed themselves following Kelly’s murder. What’s more, he claimed that the overdose and the cutting of his own wrist were classic covers used by intelligence services. According to Shrimpton “a favorite method of intelligence service murders” was to use lethal injections of dextropropoxyphene and succinylcholine (a muscle relaxant).

There is also a further – and ongoing – conspiracy regarding Dr. Kelly’s death. According to some, his untimely end wasn’t because of leaking information to the press. Many believe his assassination occurred due to his profession as a microbiologist. For reasons that even the conspiracy theorists can’t fathom, there appears to be a growing number of mysterious deaths in this particular field. [9] There are certainly too many to be merely a coincidence. And while there is nothing to link other than their area of expertise, perhaps that alone should be cause for concern.

Check out the video below it is a good, but chilling overview into the case.


1 The Mammoth Book of Conspiracies, Jon E. Lewis, ISBN 9781849 013635 (page 218-258)
2 The strange “suicide” of David Kelly : Questions for the coroner’s inquest, Renan Talieva, Indy Media UK, February 29th, 2004
3 Kelly pathologist demands inquest: Law chief to act after doctor insists ‘I’ve got nothing to hide’, Tim Shipman, Mail Online, August 23rd, 2010
4 Police ‘ignored’ Dr David Kelly’s mobile phone records, Andy Bloxham, The Telegraph, January 7th, 2011
5 Ten Years Ago: The Death of Dr. David Kelly. Murdered on the Orders of Her Majesty’s Government?, David Halpin and James Corbett, Global Research, July 19th, 2013
6 The Betrayal Of David Kelly 10 Years On, Andrew Gilligan, The Telegraph, July 21st, 2013
7 ‘Why I’m certain my friend Dr Kelly was murdered’, Andrew Malone, Mail Online, August 3rd, 2010
8 Why I know weapons expert Dr David Kelly was murdered, by the MP who spent a year investigating his death, Norman Baker, Mail Online, October 20th, 2007
9 The mysterious deaths of top microbiologists, What Really Happened

Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies, and unsolved mysteries. He has been writing and researching with over 20 years of experience.

Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows including Troubled Minds and Unexplained Radio discussing these topics.

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  • Phil says:

    Back in the 80’s and perhaps into the 90’s there were several mysterious “suicides” of Marconi and BT engineers who were involved in in highly classified R & D military projects.
    A book transpired from the investigation called “Open Vedict” written by Tony Collins. It’s still available on Amazon. The whole scenario stinks.
    “Open Verdict is definitely worth a read.

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