Spy Murder Gets Weirder

Tabloid: Brit found in sports bag was transvestite
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2010 3:48 AM CDT
British Spy Murder Gets Weirder
A forensic officer arrives at the house where Gareth Williams was found dead. A cause of death has yet to be established.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

British authorities trying to solve the case of the murdered spy found stuffed into a sports bag in his London home are getting plenty of suggestions from the country's press. Gareth Williams, who investigators believe had been dead for up to 2 weeks before he was found, may have been killed by al-Qaeda, Russian agents, or Irish terrorists, the Daily Mail suggests, speculating that electronic equipment holding state secrets may have been stolen from the code expert's home.

The Sun, meanwhile—quoting unnamed police sources—suggests that the 31-year-old agent's death is related to his personal life instead of his work. Williams was a secret transvestite who often met men in London's gay district, the tabloid claims, speculating that he may have been killed by a jealous lover or in a sex game gone wrong. The apartment was registered to an offshore company called New Rodina—Russian for "motherland." (More murder stories.)

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