Astonishing claims that the suicide of code cracking hero Alan Turing was in fact a secret and violent MURDER are due to be made in a book written by a former mayor of Milton Keynes.
Bletchley Park Trust founder member Roger Bristow has spent almost 30 years uncovering snippets of information that could send shock waves through the nation.
It includes a copy of a 1954 post mortem report concluding Mr Turing died from cyanide poisoning, as depicted in the current hit movie The Imitation Game’.
But the pathologist adds another sentence that suddenly throws history into doubt. He clearly states: “Death appears to be due to violence”.
Said Mr Bristow, who is a former Labour councillor and city Alderman: “My theory is that Alan Turing had stumbled upon some information that could be extremely damaging or embarrassing to certain people in America.
“I believe he was killed, perhaps by the FBI, and his death was made to look like a suicide.”
His research shows the code breaker had been working before his death on the top secret operation Verona, deciphering wartime radio signals to identify Russian agents working in the United States during the war.
The manuscript of Mr Bristow’s book ‘Boffins, Bombs, Boats and Balloons’, seen in advance by the Citizen, describes how some of the agents had inveigled themselves into highly prominent positions. One, it has been claimed, was even a personal assistant to President Roosevelt.
Mr Turing, who had been harassed for being gay, was found dead in his bedroom in June 1954. A post mortem found in his body traces of potassium cyanide – a substance he used for his chemical experiments.
Said Mr Bristow: “His body was found on the Tuesday morning and he was buried by Wednesday afternoon. How could proper tests have been conducted in that time?
“Also there is no evidence he was depressed before his death. In fact there are reports from neighbours that he seemed cheerful.”
“But the final sentence on the pathologist report says it all: ‘Death appears to be due to violence.’ We, as a nation, need that sentence explained before we can accept that one of our greatest heroes was not a victim of murder.”
Mr Bristow, who lives in Bletchley, is this week putting the final touches to Boffins, Bombs, Boats and Balloons before seeking a publisher.