Kelly's Death Linked With Langford's Says Jane's Editor
Sept. 26, 2003
'John Eldridge, editor of Jane's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Weekly, told a national newspaper that Dr Kelly's and Dr Langford's deaths were linked, and thought other microbiologists should be concerned for their safety. The Royal Navy expert Mr Eldridge said scientists involved in microbiology were terrorist targets and under close scrutiny from the US and Russia. He branded Dr Langford's death "mysterious",'
Academics today poured scorn on conspiracy theorists linking the death of a Norwich researcher with the apparent suicide of Government weapons expert Dr David Kelly.
The half-naked dead body of Dr Ian Langford was found under a chair at his home in Marlborough Road, Norwich, in February last year.
The walls of his living room were covered in blood, but tests concluded the 40-year-old University of East Anglia researcher had died from natural causes. An inquest into his death never took place.
Conspiracy theorists have since speculated Dr Langford could have been murdered - along with another 24 scientists - because of their links to biological or chemical weapons. Dr Kelly is the latest death in unusual circumstances to set the theorists gossiping. The suggestion that the deaths of a string of weapons experts could be linked was first reported in the Evening News last year. A spokeswoman for Norwich Coroners Office today confirmed they had never received any details of Dr Langford's death, with police listing it as natural causes. John Eldridge, editor of Jane's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Weekly, told a national newspaper that Dr Kelly's and Dr Langford's deaths were linked, and thought other microbiologists should be concerned for their safety. The Royal Navy expert Mr Eldridge said scientists involved in microbiology were terrorist targets and under close scrutiny from the US and Russia. He branded Dr Langford's death "mysterious", although Norwich Coroner's Office said they had no reason to suspect any foul-play.
A spokeswoman said: "It was a natural causes death. It wasn't a death which required an inquest."
Dr Langford was found dead when he failed to answer the door to his neighbours on February 12 2002. He was believed to have fallen over several times in his home, which would explain the blood found on the walls in his house.
Annie Ogden, spokeswoman from the University of East Anglia, today urged people to let Dr Langford "rest in peace" and said accusations of a cover-up were totally false.
"As far as I am aware, none of our academics have raised concerns as a result of this highly speculative and inaccurate claim," she said.
Dr Langford was known to be a heavy drinker and was a leader and senior researcher in the field of environmental risk at the UEA. He had previously advised the World Health Organisation on public health issues and had studied for a PhD into childhood leukaemia and infection.
Dr Kelly, 59, was found dead after seemingly slashing his wrist in a wood near his home at Southmoor, Oxfordshire, days after being named as the Iraq dossier mole. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death continues.
Full list of microbiologists who have died in suspicious circumstances here
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