1. Mysterious

    Coroner: British Spy Was Killed

    FILE - This undated file image made available by the London Metropolitan Police, shows British intelligence official Gareth Williams, 31, who worked for Britain's secret eavesdropping service GCHQ but was attached to the country's MI6 overseas spy agency when his naked and decomposing remains were found in curious circumstances in August 2010 at his central London apartment. A coroner said Wednesday May 2, 2012 a British spy whose naked body was found inside a locked sports bag was likely killed in a criminal act, but acknowledged the riddle of how he met his mysterious death may never be solved. Coroner Fiona Wilcox said it was unlikely that the demise of code breaker Gareth Williams, 31, would "ever be satisfactorily explained," despite a 21-month police inquiry, and seven days of expert evidence to an inquest hearing. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police, ho, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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    A coroner’s report declared that British spy Gareth Williams, who was found locked inside a large suitcase in a bathtub in 2010, was either poisoned or suffocated, though findings will never be satisfactory. Williams’s body was partially decomposed when he was discovered, making it harder for a definitive cause of death to be declared. Coroner Fiona Wilcox said Williams’s death was “unnatural and likely to have been criminally meditated.” Wilcox said Williams was likely alive when he entered the bag and that someone put the bag in the dry bathtub. The case has gripped Britain since Williams, who was 31, was discovered dead in August 2010.

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