source: The Guardian
published: 11 March 2017
Daniel Morgan’s 37 years of life offered little hint of how important his death would prove. Morgan was a private detective who co-owned a small south London agency, Southern Investigations, and his gruesome murder is still unsolved. He was found with an axe embedded in his head in a south London pub car park on 10 March 1987.
The murderers knew what they were doing. Two sticky plaster strips were wrapped around the axe handle to stop fingerprint evidence being left behind.
In the three decades since, the victim’s brother, Alastair, has fought to get the killers convicted. He is intent on blowing open what he claims is a cover-up. Gradually, the murder and the alleged shielding of the guilty have moved from being a fringe issue to one touching the core of national life, bringing the attention of senior politicians with it.
Today, the fallout from the attack on Morgan outside the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham menaces Rupert Murdoch’s multibillion-pound bid to gain control of Sky. It dogs Scotland Yard’s reputation on dealing with corruption. And it poses fundamental questions about British justice.