A new Netflix documentary explores the theories behind BBC Presenter Jill Dando’s death – but her brother doesn’t think he’ll ever know who killed her.
Who Killed Jill Dando? aired on Netflix this week, delving into the murder of the 37-year-old journalist in 1999 and the lack of evidence pointing towards the killer.
Ms Dando’s brother, journalist Nigel Dando, features in the documentary – although he believes he will never know who killed his sister.
“I would be highly surprised if this case was solved in my lifetime,” he told Moncrieff.
“It’s been 24 years - in that period, whoever have killed may have passed away and it may be that anybody who knew the killer likewise passed away.”
Theories ranging from stalkers to organised crime flew following Ms Dando’s death, and theories continue to be published two decades later.
“I’m always interested in reading [the theories],” Mr Dando said. “But when really when you look beyond the headlines there’s not a lot to hold those theories together.”
Mr Dando’s own theory is simpler – that his sister was in the wrong place at the wrong time and her murder was a random act.
“When you see the documentary, you realise the effort the Metropolitan Police put in to trying to find Jill's killer, not least with the use of CCTV,” he said.
“They monitored her journey on that day via her car from her fiancé’s home back to her home in southwest London, including taking two shopping stops.
“If this had been planned, [the police] would have seen a car following her car [or] somebody following her on foot.
“She was also rarely at home – she spent most time at the home of her fiancé.
“Someone would have to be at that street 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there's no evidence of that ever happening, no neighbours came forward to say they saw anybody acting suspiciously in the hours or days leading up to Jill's killing.”
Mr Dando said this information points towards the killer being a “lone gunman” who had not been following Ms Dando with the intention to kill her.
“I may be totally wrong,” he said.
“In a way, I would like to be proven totally wrong and whoever killed Jill is brought to justice.”
Barry George was initially convicted of Ms Dando’s killing in 2001 and sentenced to prison. In 2008 a retrial found him innocent, and he was released.
Mr Dando believes Mr George is an innocent man – but he remains frustrated with how Mr George behaved during the trials.
“He has ever given a proper account of what he was doing on that day, and at both his trials he didn’t give evidence,” he said.
“I would like to have heard where exactly he was and what he was doing and have his statements examined and cross-examined.
“That might have given us a clearer picture of what was happening at the time Jill was killed.”
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