Metropolitan Police are sifting through the online correspondence of a popular journalist who is believed to have committed suicide after running a story about Kate Middleton’s late nurse Jacintha Saldantha, who was the target of a prank phone call by a pair of Australian radio hosts pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles before she too committed suicide.
Journalist Jerry Williams, 38, was found dead in the burnt wreckage of his home in the London suburb of Neasden after an off-duty pot dealer thought the smoke pouring out of the front door, which had been left slightly ajar, was an invitation to enter the late reporter’s residence.
The pot dealer’s untimely death was reported later the same afternoon, and is thought to be unrelated to the case involving Mr. Williams, according to statements issued by local police.
“Jerry had just sent us his piece about that unfortunate nurse who had to kill herself to preserve the honor of her family when I really realized how good of a journalist he really was. He certainly will be missed,” Terry Barlow, the editor of the newspaper Mr. Williams worked for told reporters just hours before his own death in a freak bathroom accident. The newspaper ran Mr. Williams’ story on the front page of today’s paper, which is being distributed nationally.
A copy of the latest edition of the newspaper has reportedly been found next to the dead bodies of all of its readers, all of whom are believed to have committed suicide.
An investigation into the string of deaths is ongoing and information is scarce.