Jack Drummond was one of the best-known and respected British scientists of the 1940s and early 1950s. During World War II, he worked for the British
government and helped devise their rationing system for the war years, an effort that he was later knighted for. After the war was over, Drummond left
the government and began working for a pharmaceutical company.
In July 1952, Drummond and his wife Ann and their 10-year-old daughter went vacationing in southern France. On the night of August 4th, they decided
to camp on the banks of the Durance River. The next morning, a local man found Drummond and Ann shot to death near the river, and police found their
daughter near-by, her skull smashed in by a rifle butt.
The family of the man who found the dead Drummonds was immediately suspected. They were the only family in the area, and their alibis were full of
holes. The father, an illiterate 75-year old farmer named Gaston who used a walking stick, eventually confessed to the crime. He claimed that he had
seduced Ann, and panicked when Drummond discovered them. He said that he shot them both, and then killed their daughter too, whom he said watched the
murders take place. Gaston, however, later recanted, and most of the French public didn't buy his absurd, hole-laden story. He was released from
prison in 1960, although he was never officially pardoned and cleared of the murders.
So there are essentially two other theories about who killed the Drummonds. The first is that Drummond was a British spy, and had been killed by the
KGB. As the autopsy would show, he and his wife had been shot by two different weapons. Ann hadn't been sexually assaulted before her death, and
nothing was stolen from the scene, save Drummond's camera. Furthermore, the Drummonds had camped on a very strange spot, near a chemical factory. What
were they doing in this area to begin with?
The other theory is that they were murdered by a bizarrely diverse criminal gang made up of a Greek, a Spaniard, and a Swiss. A German driver who had
once worked with them, Wilhelm Bartkowski, told the police in Germany a few years later that they had bragged to him of killing an English
So what do you guys think? Does anybody know more about the KGB theory? I had just read about this case today in a blog article:
So I'm still googling around and looking for more information. There's a Guardian article here about the criminal gang theory:
And a BBC article that sums up the KGB theory:
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