Old Fossils New Tricks


Old Fossils

Crime drama. UCOS reinvestigate the 2001 death of a senior palaeontologist when the pathologist on the original investigation is suspended for negligence.


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Brian!

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-Well, say what you like about Bob Ruxton, but he never kept you waiting.

-He was a good man.

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Always had time for a chat...

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Always bought a round...

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The nights I've had on the hit and miss with him...

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That kind of behaviour might account for his having been being suspended.

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It's a hard thing for a man to be publicly pilloried, after a long and distinguished career...

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He's not being pilloried Jack, he's facing charges of negligence and incompetence!

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Nobody's perfect, Sandra.

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-Superintendent Pullman. Shall we go through?

-Thank you.

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-So what have you got for us?

-Back in 2001,

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Dr Ruxton found that Bernard Fletcher's fatal injuries

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were consistent with a fall at his work place - the Natural History Museum.

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-The body was cremated, so I'm only working from the original postmortem report, the photos and x-rays.

-Yep.

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What we're looking at is a "struck hoop" pattern -

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depression of the skull leading to fractures on the intruded and extruded areas.

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To me, that would suggest a blow with a blunt instrument,

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rather than a fall onto the kind of flat surfaces present at the scene.

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Yeah, but he was a bit pissed?

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He had 70 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

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He'd show a loss of inhibitions and be well over the limit for driving.

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But it's on the low side for an accident of this kind.

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Are you saying that no-one's ever had that amount to drink and fallen down and received such injuries?

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I'm saying it's more than likely he was hit on the head.

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-Thank you. Thanks very much.

-Thank you.

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So, like a whole host of Ruxton's old cases, this one gets re-investigated.

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I don't see why we're lumbered with it. It's effectively a new case.

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There's close to 100 forensic examinations waiting to be re-looked at.

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-Strickland's volunteered us to help out.

-Politics.

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-So, we going to have a look at the scene, then?

-Mm-hm.

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Oh, the Natural History Museum. Great. Haven't been there for years.

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I'll fix up a meeting with the Keeper of Palaeontology, the head of Fletcher's old department.

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Excuse my ignorance, but what does a Keeper of Palaeontology actually do?

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Very important job. He's responsible for a world-class collection of fossils.

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Just like me.

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# It's all right, it's OK

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# Doesn't really matter if you're old and grey

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# It's all right, I say, it's OK

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# Listen to what I say

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# It's all right, doing fine

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# Doesn't really matter if the sun don't shine

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# It's all right, I say, it's OK

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# We're gettin' to the end of the day. #

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ROARING

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CHILDREN LAUGH

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ROARING

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That is what I CALL a crime scene.

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The victim's still alive.

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Go on, hop in there and grab a statement!

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-Yeah, go on, go on!

-OK, listen up.

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At the time of his death in 2001,

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Bernard Fletcher was a Senior Palaeontologist at the Museum

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and he was found by a porter, Barry Drake.

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-What time was this?

-8.00am.

-Time of death?

-A very good question,

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Jack, because your old chum, Dr Negligence, put it between

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midnight and 2.00am. But hey, it's now up for grabs.

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It's still being investigated, Sandra.

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Innocent until proven guilty. Remember?

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Now, Fletcher was wearing evening clothes, right?

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Yeah, that's because he'd attended a corporate jolly

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the evening before he was found.

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So, you can hire this place for a knees up?

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It would cost you. The do in question was a dinner

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given by the Mondial Fuel Corporation.

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When was Fletcher last seen alive?

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9.15. Apparently, he had a drop too many, had words with his colleagues

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and marched off, saying he had work to do.

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When did the bun fight finish?

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10.30. So the original investigation, working on Ruxton's time of death,

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assumed that everyone had left the premises at the time

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he snuffed it, so only took perfunctory statements.

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-Forensics?

-Ah, they found no evidence of violence

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at the scene and no sign that he'd been pushed from the walkway.

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Anything that might have been a murder weapon?

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-No.

-Witnesses, other than the guests at the dinner?

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Not to the actual death, of course, but there were two staff working in their offices,

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a Marie Braden and Mark Slater, but they didn't see or hear anything.

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We'll want to talk to them again.

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There's also a widow, Diane Fletcher, so Gerry, you and Brian can talk to her.

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-We'll catch you later.

-Okey-dokey.

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Detective Superintendent Pullman?

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-Yes. And you must be Madeleine Simmonds.

-Keeper of Palaeontology.

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-This is my colleague, Jack Halford.

-Morning.

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I don't understand this investigation.

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Bernard Fletcher died accidentally. It was put to rest ten years ago.

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The coroner recorded an open verdict, based on a pathology report which has since been reviewed,

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so now the case is open again.

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Do you know, the last time I saw this, I was with my Dad.

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Yes, most people only visit the Museum three times in their lives -

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once with parents, once with children and once with grandchildren.

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-We're constantly working to bring them back more often.

-How long ago did this Diplodocus walk the Earth?

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Strictly speaking, it never did. It's a copy, kindly given to us by our colleagues in the USA, in 1905.

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I didn't know that!

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So things aren't always as they seem in the museum business?

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I believe you have some questions?

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My husband died in an accident.

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The whole business was quite traumatic enough at the time. It doesn't need raking over now.

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Well, sadly Mrs Fletcher, things weren't done to a proper standard

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back then and it's our job to do it more thoroughly.

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Well, I suppose you'd better come in.

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My late husband was a very experienced and dedicated palaeontologist.

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His specialism was the study of fossil birds.

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That must be really fascinating!

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Well, it fascinated him.

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But you weren't part of that world?

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I was never really invited to take an interest.

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Bernard lived for his work.

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He spent long hours at the museum, he often worked at weekends.

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I looked after the home and the children, when they were little, and then I went back to teaching.

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He left us very well provided for.

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That's nice.

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-Did your husband mention any personal or professional problems in the time leading up to his death?

-No.

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Can you think of anyone that might have wanted to harm him?

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Bernard was a man of strong views, he spoke his mind.

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He was never inhibited about putting peoples' backs up.

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But I'd be astonished if he provoked anyone to homicide.

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What were these strong views about?

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Bernard believed

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that living creatures are members of an extended family.

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Humans now dominate the ecosystem and they have to be responsible for its welfare.

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He believed that industrial civilisation

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was destroying the planet and he spoke out on the subject...

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..somewhat incessantly.

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The night your husband died, he'd been drinking.

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Was he a regular heavy drinker?

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He was by no means an alcoholic, but I thought he overdid it, on occasion.

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My attitude didn't influence him.

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That's been very helpful, Diane. Thanks very much.

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We may have to talk to you again.

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Really? Well, it will have to be soon.

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I'm leaving the country next month.

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-Holiday?

-Mid-life gap year.

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With my new partner.

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I hope this business is settled before then.

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The original investigation found out that Bernard had had some

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argument with his colleagues shortly before his death.

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-Can you tell us about that?

-Oh, that was nothing out of the ordinary.

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Bernard getting on his high horse after a few.

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Did he get on his high horse about anything in particular?

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Bernard and I were guests at the dinner. I was a curator at the time.

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I was very keen to encourage Mondial Fuel to sponsor the refurbishment of one of our galleries,

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which they subsequently did.

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-Bernard thought, given the industry's environmental record, we shouldn't touch them.

-How did your hosts feel?

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Well, I hope they weren't aware of it.

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It was a squabble between museum staff, a storm in a teacup. Honestly.

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Two of your staff were working late that night...

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Marie Braden and Mark Slater. Could you put us in contact with them?

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Yes, Marie still works at the museum,

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she has an office in the Darwin Centre.

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Mark Slater is no longer with us,

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he now works as a dealer in fossils.

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I have his card here somewhere.

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Does he supply fossils to the museum?

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He has offered us some items.

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But that's not the way we generally source our acquisitions.

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I tell you what pisses me off, Jack,

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I was writing the book on forensic pathology when some of these kids were doing their science O-levels.

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I know, Bob. You were the best.

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Now they're second-guessing my findings, ten years on.

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You realise I can't discuss the case?

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-Of course not.

-Well, actually, I shouldn't be here talking to you at all, under the circumstances...

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I'm not looking for any favours, Jack.

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I know I was off the rails a bit, ten years back,

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when I lost Sally.

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You know how it is.

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Oh, yes.

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But that was private life,

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I never let my professional standards slip.

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I hear what you say, Bob.

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Do you mind if I carry on with this while we talk?

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No, please do.

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What is it, exactly?

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It's an archaeopteryx,

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one of the earliest birds.

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Or, from a another point of view, it's a feathered dinosaur.

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Bernard Fletcher specialised in fossil birds, didn't he?

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Yes.

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You must have known him well?

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He was my senior colleague, he supervised some of my work.

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Were you on good terms with him...personally?

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We had a good working relationship.

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I respected him as a scientist.

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You were working the night he died?

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-Yes.

-In this office?

-No. This is the Darwin building,

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it wasn't finished then. My office is in the museum basement.

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And it said in your statement

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-that you didn't see Bernard Fletcher that evening?

-No, he was having dinner in the hall.

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But when he left there he said he was going to do some work, so where was his office?

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-That was in the basement also.

-Near you?

-Not really,

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it's quite a big place.

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According to your statement,

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you said that you didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary that evening.

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-any second thoughts about that?

-I'm really sorry,

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I wish I could help you more.

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What did you make of that?

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A lady very dedicated to science.

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All those questions and she could hardly bear

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to tear herself away from her work to look us in the eyes.

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Are you starting to believe there's a case to investigate?

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Oh, I can believe that she could be covering something up about Fletcher.

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But that doesn't mean that his death wasn't accidental.

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-'Hello?'

-Mr Slater?

-'Yes.'

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Gerry Standing and Brian Lane. from UCOS. We spoke on the phone.

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'On my way.'

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Thank you.

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Not exactly Bond Street, is it?

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Maybe he saves on rent.

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Lives above the shop.

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Come on inside.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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-Bloody Hell!

-Gordon Bennett!

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Look at this!

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This is amazing.

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-Cos I mean, from the outside...

-It looks like a junk shop, I know.

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-Good for security.

-So you are anxious about security, then?

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Well, you can't be too careful.

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-No, no. Anyone else live up in the flat?

-Not right now, no.

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May I?

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It's survived 360 million years, I don't suppose you'll do harm to it.

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360 million?!

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-Well, what is it?

-It's a trilobite,

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shuffled around on the ocean floor. Extinct before dinosaurs.

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Hmm, £7.50.

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750, actually.

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What for a giant woodlouse? Bloody hell!

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But this is like works of art.

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That's why people want it. "fossil decor", it's big!

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Now, if I wanted that on my wall, what would it put me back?

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That's an ichthyosaur and I'm asking 250 grand.

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Huh! Don't get me wrong, I love this stuff,

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but who's spending that kind of money?

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Film stars, supermodels, you'd be surprised.

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That's individuals,

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when you talk about the institutional market -

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-museums, corporations and so on - the sky's the limit.

-Go on?

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A Tyrannosaurus rex was recovered and auctioned in the States a few years back,

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knocked out at 8.4 million bucks.

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And I was going to ask you why you left the Museum! Silly question, eh?

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There's money to be made.

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And I prefer prospecting the Atlas Mountains, or the Arizona Badlands, to being in a museum.

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Not really an institutional kind of bloke.

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But Bernard Fletcher WAS institutionally minded?

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Bernard was very dedicated to the museum, yes.

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You told the original investigation that the night he died,

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you were working on your own and you didn't see anything out of the ordinary?

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That's right. My office was in the basement.

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Backstage, as we call it.

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Bernard had his accident in the public area.

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Well, what happened to Bernard and where is now under investigation.

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-How well did you know him?

-Bernard was a bird man, I specialise in dinosaurs.

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Well, as you know, Mark, all living things are part of one family, is that not right?

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Oh, we knew each other,

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we'd meet at palaeontology seminars and staff meetings,

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but that's as far as it went.

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I wish I could tell you more.

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Well, if we think you can, we'll be back.

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Thanks very much.

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Thanks very much.

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I've got a fossil.

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-Have you?

-Yeah.

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-What of?

-I dunno really, my old man brought it back after the war.

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Said he found it back East.

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What's it look like?

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Bit if old rock.

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You never know, it might be of scientific interest.

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I was thinking it might be worth a few quid.

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I've been going through Fletcher's CV.

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He didn't always work with bird fossils,

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-he originally did a PhD on microfossils.

-What are they?

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Microfossils are either fossil micro-organisms, or microscopic parts of larger animals.

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-And why is this interesting?

-I have no idea.

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I'll check them out at the museum.

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OK. let's see what we've got.

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What about the widow?

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Well, she got over her grief, that's for sure.

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If there ever was any. I've been looking into the probate records.

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Fletcher's will left everything to the wife and kids,

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-including a very handsome payout from a life insurance policy.

-Really?

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According to his phone bills, the most frequently dialled number

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on his mobile, in the months before his death, was Marie Braden's.

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She was his colleague and he supervised her work.

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True, but he never once called her from his home land-line,

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which may or may not be significant.

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What about issues at work?

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Fletcher got up Madeleine Simmonds' nose by slagging off the oil company whose money she was after.

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Doesn't seem enough to motivate murder.

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No, not on its own.

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Quite frankly, there's nothing here that suggests to me that Bob Ruxton didn't get it right.

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Your man had a drop too much, fell down and banged his head.

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You've made your position clear, Jack.

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If we're looking for a motive,

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-there is shedloads of money in the fossil business.

-Really?

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From what we saw at Slater's place, the museum's collection must be worth billions.

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What if he happened upon a scam -

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-somebody smuggling stuff out of the museum to flog off?

-What if he was in one?

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Wait a minute, it's easy to speculate on possible scams,

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but the question we have to ask ourselves is,

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did anything go missing from the museum in the period before Fletcher's death?

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Right, well, we've got plenty of scenarios.

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Tomorrow, let's see if we can stand any of them up.

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There's nothing in here remotely like a fossil,

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unless you count this salami.

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Have you had any luck?

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Not for a very long time.

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These corridors seem endless.

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I've spent my working life in this museum, and there are parts I've never even visited.

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The basement is our storage area.

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I wanted you to get a sense

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of what's involved when you ask whether anything is missing.

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Yes, I understand that there are lots of items here.

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-80 million.

-80 million?!

-Give or take the odd hundred thousand or so, nobody's really sure.

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So the question of whether anything is missing is really rather metaphysical.

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Point taken.

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Let's restrict ourselves to Bernard Fletcher, Mark Slater and Marie Braden.

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I'm sure it's possible to check out what they were working on.

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It would be a time-consuming diversion

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from the museum's PROPER functions.

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Yes, but do it anyway, please.

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'Scuse me, would you be Barry, by any chance?

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That's right, who's asking?

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Brian Lane and Gerry Standing.

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-We're investigators with the Metropolitan Police.

-Oh, yeah?

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Yeah, we're investigating the death of Bernard Fletcher.

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Now, according to our records, you found the body.

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That's right.

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You gave a full statement to the original inquiry.

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You said you found the body at 8am, checked for signs of life,

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-immediately called security, and then the police arrived.

-Yeah.

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Is there anything you want to add? You know, looking back?

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No, not really.

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Poor old Bernard.

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Oh, you knew him, then? I mean, more than just a regular face?

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Allow me.

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What's this all about, Jack?

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Something here might interest you.

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I've been checking those microfossils that Fletcher used to study.

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I tell you one thing, you need a powerful microscope to see them at all.

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This is what you get using an electron microscope.

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-And?

-Well, if you find certain microfossils,

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and they show signs of deformation through heating,

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it's a good indication of gas and oil deposits.

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-Which gives us a whole new line of inquiry.

-Mondial Fuel.

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Worth pursuing though, isn't it?

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Oh, I don't know.

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Probably turn out that he just had one too many and fell on his head, eh, Jack?

0:19:480:19:53

There may be certain things in this case that need investigation.

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But that still doesn't make it murder.

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You spend all day fetching and carrying, and pushing a trolley, it makes you invisible.

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They get so used to you popping in and out, they carry on as if you're not there.

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So you know more of what goes on than they realise?

0:20:110:20:14

Who's fallen out,

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who's pissed off cos someone else got the promotion,

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who's at it with who.

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Who's kipping in the basement cos they got kicked out by their other half!

0:20:200:20:24

So what do you know about Bernard Fletcher?

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Well, I'm not that surprised you've re-opened the investigation.

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At the time, I thought, "Hello, old Doc Fletcher's sins have found him out!"

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What are you saying?

0:20:370:20:38

Well, I thought a jealous husband's caught up with him, and shoved him off the walkway.

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Then they said it was an accident.

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Who did you have in mind?

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That would have been the problem, narrowing down the field!

0:20:460:20:49

So old Bernard was a bit of a bonking man, was he?

0:20:490:20:52

Dr Fletcher?

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He was an artist. And he could pick 'em.

0:20:530:20:56

How do you mean?

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Well, he went with visiting scholars,

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staff on secondment from other museums, research students.

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What I'm saying is, he always made sure there was a built-in get out.

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They'd automatically move on elsewhere, so things didn't get sticky when the magic wore off.

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Wish I'd thought of that one.

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But there are none of Dr Fletcher's ex-girlfriends still at the museum?

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Well...

0:21:220:21:25

Come on, Barry, don't keep us in suspense.

0:21:250:21:27

Well, it's one thing talking about Doc Fletcher.

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I don't want to make trouble for someone who's got their life to get on with.

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Oh, come on, we're not going to go to the tabloids with this.

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The only people we'll share with are those who need to know.

0:21:370:21:40

Mm, well...

0:21:420:21:43

And we are still buying the beer.

0:21:440:21:46

Well, don't go giving Dr Braden a bad time.

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She's a nice woman, you can't say that about everybody round here.

0:21:530:21:57

Marie Braden? She's married with kids.

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She wasn't then. She was fancy free.

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After she gave Mark Slater the old heave-ho.

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Marie and Slater were an item?

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Yeah, but she give him the boot, sensible woman.

0:22:060:22:10

So Fletcher had a connection with the oil industry?

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The museum does a lot of consultancy work with oil and gas companies,

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Bernard might have been involved in his early days. Before my time.

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Maybe with Mondial Fuel?

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I've no idea. By the time I knew Bernard he'd switched to avian palaeontology.

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Because he didn't like what the oil industry is doing to the planet?

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That's a reasonable assumption.

0:22:300:22:32

Wotcha! We got a result on Fletcher's love life.

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He was at it with Marie Braden.

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That's progress!

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Not just a casual naughty. A serious affair.

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And not only that, she and Slater used to be an item!

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I'm going to have to get her in for an interview.

0:22:460:22:49

-Coffee, Gerry?

-Yeah I will, thanks, I'll just mark up the board.

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What's that?

0:22:530:22:55

A whole new line of inquiry.

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The original investigation team didn't pay much attention to the formal dinner,

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because Dr Ruxton had told them Fletcher died after all the guests had gone home.

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We're now told, of course, he could have died earlier.

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But most importantly, we now know that Fletcher's earlier work was connected with oil exploration.

0:23:080:23:14

What's the SP on the corporate jolly?

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Oh, that was organised by a Sarah Knowles

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who was the Personal Assistant of Mondial Fuel's then Director of European Operations, James Winslow.

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Better get this Sarah Knowles in and all, then.

0:23:260:23:28

Yes, well she's not Sarah Knowles any more.

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In 2002 James Winslow divorced his wife and married her.

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Bloody hell.

0:23:350:23:37

Yeah, I could be comfortable here.

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It'd cost you.

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It last changed hands for £7.5 million.

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At least I'd have room for my bits and pieces.

0:23:460:23:49

Ammonites!

0:24:000:24:02

Ah, fantastic.

0:24:020:24:04

Are you a collector?

0:24:040:24:06

No, no, I've only recently taken an interest, after seeing Mark Slater's shop.

0:24:060:24:12

Have you done business with him?

0:24:120:24:14

Er, yes, yes, he's one of the dealers we've used.

0:24:140:24:16

He used to work in the museum, you know?

0:24:160:24:18

Uh-huh.

0:24:180:24:20

You want to talk about the night of the dinner, right?

0:24:200:24:23

Yes.

0:24:230:24:24

Sit down, please.

0:24:240:24:26

Thank you.

0:24:260:24:27

Oh. Would you like a drink?

0:24:270:24:29

No, it's a bit early in the day for me.

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And I don't, thank you.

0:24:320:24:35

You gave a statement to the original investigators saying

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-you didn't notice anything out of the ordinary on the night.

-That's right.

0:24:380:24:42

Would you like to add anything to that?

0:24:420:24:44

No.

0:24:440:24:45

Did you know Bernard Fletcher?

0:24:450:24:48

We were introduced the night of the dinner.

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But we weren't sitting near him, so we didn't converse.

0:24:510:24:53

Were you aware of an argument between him and his colleagues?

0:24:530:24:58

No, sorry.

0:24:580:25:01

This is a little bit personal, I'm afraid, but James Winslow

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divorced his first wife and married you within a year or so of that dinner.

0:25:060:25:11

Now, may I ask, were you in a relationship at that time?

0:25:110:25:15

Sure.

0:25:150:25:16

He was shagging the hired help.

0:25:160:25:18

Bit of a cliche, but that's life, don't you find?

0:25:180:25:24

Then when you married James you gave up being a PA?

0:25:240:25:27

Well, we're not short of the odd bob.

0:25:270:25:30

And once or twice a year,

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I work as a tour manager on long-haul holidays.

0:25:320:25:35

Where to?

0:25:350:25:37

Vietnam, China.

0:25:370:25:39

So after a bit of a jet-set life,

0:25:390:25:41

you still find ways to keep yourself amused?

0:25:410:25:44

Amused?

0:25:440:25:46

Yeah,

0:25:460:25:48

frequently I'm in hysterics.

0:25:480:25:50

Thank you very much.

0:25:530:25:54

I get the impression she's not living happily ever after.

0:25:560:25:59

I tell you what, I know a desperate housewife when I see one.

0:25:590:26:02

She is well up for it!

0:26:020:26:04

I bow to your expertise, Gerry.

0:26:070:26:10

-This is James Winslow.

-Thank you.

0:26:250:26:27

-Hello there.

-Hello. Sandra Pullman.

0:26:270:26:30

Very good to meet you.

0:26:300:26:31

-And this is Jack Halford.

-Hello.

0:26:310:26:33

-How do you do? Do sit down.

-Thank you.

0:26:330:26:36

As you know, we're reinvestigating the death of Dr Bernard Fletcher.

0:26:390:26:43

Yes. I don't think I can help you much.

0:26:430:26:46

I only met Dr Fletcher the night before his body was found.

0:26:460:26:51

Sadly I never got a chance to do more than exchange greetings with him.

0:26:510:26:55

Were you aware of Dr Fletcher's hostile attitude to the oil industry?

0:26:550:26:58

We have no quarrel with critics who stay within the parameters of the law.

0:26:580:27:03

But...that's not strictly my department.

0:27:030:27:08

Samantha, could you ask Michael to join us?

0:27:080:27:11

Our head of security's the man to talk to.

0:27:110:27:13

Oh, OK, thank you.

0:27:130:27:15

Michael Ratcliffe.

0:27:170:27:19

Detective Superintendent Pullman,

0:27:190:27:21

and Jack Halford, from UCOS.

0:27:210:27:22

I don't think our paths ever crossed, in the job. I was in Diplomatic Protection.

0:27:220:27:27

Oh, I've always been a bit nervous around firearms.

0:27:270:27:30

I wasn't nervous enough.

0:27:300:27:32

Please.

0:27:320:27:34

Michael, Dr Bernard Fletcher.

0:27:350:27:39

Died at the Natural History Museum?

0:27:390:27:42

That's right.

0:27:420:27:43

Were you at the dinner that evening, Mr Ratcliffe?

0:27:430:27:46

No. Not high enough on the food chain!

0:27:460:27:48

Michael, did Dr Fletcher ever appear on our radar

0:27:480:27:52

as a security threat, subversive, or such like?

0:27:520:27:56

Not in my time.

0:27:560:27:57

Dr Fletcher's career

0:27:570:27:59

began in the study of microfossils.

0:27:590:28:01

That's highly significant for the oil industry, I believe?

0:28:010:28:05

Certainly.

0:28:050:28:06

Did he ever work for you as a consultant?

0:28:060:28:10

Not that we're aware of.

0:28:110:28:13

We'd check that in your records.

0:28:130:28:15

By all means. Michael, can you facilitate that?

0:28:150:28:18

Certainly. As long as you don't mind spending some time wading through our archives.

0:28:180:28:22

No record of Fletcher working for Mondial Fuel,

0:28:220:28:25

so the connection to the oil industry looks like a dead end.

0:28:250:28:28

I'm not so sure.

0:28:280:28:30

-I wouldn't trust that lot as far as I could throw them.

-No.

0:28:300:28:33

Now, listen, this may not have anything to do with the oil industry, as such,

0:28:330:28:37

but there is a connection.

0:28:370:28:38

Sarah Winslow is a customer of Slater's fossil business.

0:28:380:28:43

May mean something, may not.

0:28:430:28:44

And maybe not just a customer.

0:28:440:28:47

We've been talking to the Art and Antiques Squad.

0:28:470:28:49

They've got criminal intelligence on Slater.

0:28:490:28:53

He was deported from China in 1998.

0:28:530:28:56

When he was still at the museum?

0:28:560:28:58

Mmm-hmm.

0:28:580:28:59

The Chinese accused him of trying to export fossil dinosaur eggs without a licence.

0:28:590:29:04

Bit of a diplomatic incident.

0:29:040:29:07

The museum chose to believe Slater,

0:29:070:29:09

but Art and Antiques reckons he's been in to some dodgy deals since.

0:29:090:29:14

Slater gets slung out of China

0:29:140:29:15

and now Sarah leads upmarket tour parties there.

0:29:150:29:20

China's one of the great fossil sources,

0:29:200:29:22

all those alluvial rivers,

0:29:220:29:25

flooding over millions of years and burying all kinds of creatures.

0:29:250:29:29

Over time this turns to stone,

0:29:290:29:32

and produces these beautifully-preserved specimens.

0:29:320:29:36

So? Bernard called me, talking's not a crime, is it?

0:29:470:29:51

No-one's accusing you of a crime, Marie.

0:29:510:29:54

But you have been misleading us, haven't you?

0:29:540:29:56

We have information that you and Bernard Fletcher

0:29:560:30:01

were in a relationship at the time of Fletcher's death.

0:30:010:30:04

Now, we want to get an honest answer from you.

0:30:040:30:07

But if we're not satisfied, then we have to try to confirm

0:30:070:30:10

or disprove the story by talking to more people.

0:30:100:30:13

I have a husband, children. I'm in another life now!

0:30:130:30:16

All the more reason why we should get the truth from you, without spreading the net wider.

0:30:160:30:22

I suppose you got all this from that creepy porter, Barry.

0:30:220:30:26

I told Bernard it was a mistake giving him drinks and tips and Christmas boxes.

0:30:260:30:31

So you and Bernard WERE lovers?

0:30:310:30:33

Yes.

0:30:340:30:35

Was it serious?

0:30:350:30:37

Perfectly serious.

0:30:370:30:39

I wasn't the Palaeontology Department bicycle!

0:30:390:30:42

But Bernard is a married man, with children.

0:30:420:30:45

Bernard and I had planned a future together.

0:30:450:30:48

He'd told his wife he wanted a divorce.

0:30:480:30:51

Well, thank you for being honest with us, Marie.

0:30:510:30:54

You must have been terribly distressed by Bernard's death.

0:30:570:31:02

Of course.

0:31:020:31:04

So you'll understand how important it is

0:31:040:31:06

for us to know the true circumstances of it.

0:31:060:31:08

When did you last see him alive?

0:31:080:31:10

It was the night he died.

0:31:100:31:13

He came to see me after he walked out of the dinner.

0:31:130:31:15

This was in your office, in the basement?

0:31:150:31:17

Yes.

0:31:170:31:18

We know he'd been drinking. Was he badly affected by it?

0:31:180:31:22

He was a little flamboyant...

0:31:230:31:26

..but he was making perfect sense.

0:31:280:31:29

Telling me how disgusted he was there were people in the museum

0:31:290:31:32

willing to sell out to those shits in the oil business.

0:31:320:31:35

I had heard it all before.

0:31:350:31:37

What this means, Marie,

0:31:370:31:39

is that you were the last known person to see him alive.

0:31:390:31:43

No, Carol.

0:31:460:31:47

That thing in the cardboard box

0:31:470:31:49

is an SU downdraught carburettor, but that's not what I'm looking for.

0:31:490:31:55

No, you can't chuck it away. It could be reconditioned.

0:31:560:32:00

Yes, yes, all right, I'll pick it all up when I've got somewhere to store it, all right.

0:32:020:32:06

Now listen.

0:32:080:32:09

Listen!

0:32:090:32:12

What I'm looking for is a fossil.

0:32:120:32:14

DIALLING TONE

0:32:150:32:17

You had a history with Mark Slater, didn't you?

0:32:220:32:25

Oh...

0:32:250:32:27

Look, Mark and I went out on a couple of dates.

0:32:270:32:29

I like the guy, but there was never any future in it.

0:32:290:32:33

He was too much of a chancer.

0:32:330:32:35

And Mark was working in the museum basement, the night you had your last encounter with Fletcher?

0:32:370:32:43

Yes.

0:32:440:32:47

Turns out Sarah's a Cambridge graduate.

0:32:470:32:50

Posh totty. You'd expect it, wouldn't you?

0:32:500:32:53

She was reading sinology.

0:32:530:32:56

You're kidding?

0:32:560:32:57

I could have asked her why mine gets so blocked up.

0:32:570:33:00

Sinology is the study of the people and language of China.

0:33:000:33:04

Oh.

0:33:040:33:06

She was at the same college, at the same time, as Mark Slater.

0:33:060:33:10

Can't stay clear of each other, can they?

0:33:100:33:13

Oh, have a look.

0:33:130:33:15

Sarah Winslow was done for being an hour over the limit,

0:33:150:33:19

in a parking bay opposite Mark Slater's shop.

0:33:190:33:21

Maybe he had some fresh trilobites in.

0:33:210:33:24

Look at that, three points for speeding, two streets away,

0:33:240:33:29

at 11.30 at night.

0:33:290:33:31

There's definitely something going on between Sarah Winslow and Slater.

0:33:330:33:37

-He's giving her one.

-That's not a crime, is it?

0:33:370:33:39

No, but they go back a long way, to university.

0:33:390:33:42

They knew each other when Fletcher was killed.

0:33:420:33:44

Keep an eye on Slater and then you and I will give Diane Fletcher a pull in the morning, Jack.

0:33:440:33:48

Maybe she's been painting us a picture.

0:33:480:33:51

We're not going to get anything tonight.

0:34:000:34:03

What you looking at? Her car's not on the plot, is it?

0:34:030:34:06

No, no. See if you can get me a trace on this licence.

0:34:060:34:11

GN54 WXP.

0:34:110:34:14

Yeah, all right. Why?

0:34:140:34:17

Cos that car's been here longer than we have,

0:34:170:34:19

and there's been a bloke behind the wheel all that time.

0:34:190:34:22

Shouldn't we go and have a chat?

0:34:220:34:24

It's tricky, isn't it?

0:34:240:34:26

Probably best to not let on we've clocked him.

0:34:260:34:30

Too late, anyway. He's off.

0:34:300:34:32

You didn't tell us, or the previous investigation,

0:34:420:34:45

that your husband was seeking a divorce.

0:34:450:34:47

Well, he didn't need one in the end, did he?

0:34:470:34:51

Everything seemed perfectly straightforward,

0:34:510:34:54

I saw no point confusing the issue.

0:34:540:34:56

If you and your husband had divorced, you'd be a far worse off now.

0:34:560:35:00

He died at a very convenient time.

0:35:000:35:03

The night my husband died, I was wardrobe mistress at my daughter's school production of The Tempest.

0:35:030:35:10

How many witnesses would you like?

0:35:100:35:11

-There was a lot of money at stake. You could have hired someone.

-Oh, this is nonsense.

0:35:110:35:17

Look, I can perfectly well believe Bernard falling over when he was pissed,

0:35:170:35:22

but if you must find someone to blame,

0:35:220:35:25

-how about the man he was trying to get sacked?

-Who?

0:35:250:35:28

Mark Slater.

0:35:280:35:31

Bernard was convinced Slater was moonlighting as a fossil dealer while he was working at the museum.

0:35:310:35:36

He was on his case, and when Bernard was on your case,

0:35:360:35:40

you were in trouble.

0:35:400:35:41

Ratcliffe - what's he been up to?

0:35:440:35:46

A vehicle registered to Michael Ratcliffe was keeping surveillance last night outside Slater's place.

0:35:460:35:51

I always thought Mondial Fuel were tied up with this!

0:35:510:35:54

Actually, you didn't always think there was a crime!

0:35:540:35:57

After a long and distinguished career a man is entitled to get things arse about face.

0:35:570:36:01

This isn't about business.

0:36:010:36:04

Slater and Sarah are at it.

0:36:040:36:05

Ratcliffe was getting evidence for his guv'nor!

0:36:050:36:08

There's more to it than that.

0:36:080:36:09

PHONE RINGS

0:36:090:36:10

UCOS. Brian Lane speaking.

0:36:100:36:13

Diane Fletcher says that her old man wanted to get Slater the sack.

0:36:130:36:17

Madeleine Simmonds. Wants you at the museum. Urgently.

0:36:170:36:21

I would be very grateful if you didn't touch any of these particular items.

0:36:250:36:30

I was very concerned, which is why I called you.

0:36:300:36:32

-We were checking on the items as you asked.

-Something's missing?

0:36:320:36:36

No, but the labelling has been interfered with. You see this?

0:36:360:36:39

-Yes.

-This isn't the real 7531. It's from a different specimen altogether.

0:36:390:36:43

There are distinct morphological peculiarities.

0:36:430:36:46

We believe you, but what is the significance?

0:36:460:36:48

Well, if we can't relate items to their specimen, chaos breaks out!

0:36:480:36:52

Hang on. Who was handling the item with this label at the time of Fletcher's death?

0:36:520:36:56

Bernard himself. It's the tibia of a Dinornis.

0:36:560:36:59

An extinct, giant bird.

0:36:590:37:02

This is the real 7531. They've been switched!

0:37:020:37:04

That would have been in Fletcher's office, would it?

0:37:040:37:07

-Yes.

-You could certainly give someone a hefty blow with that.

0:37:070:37:11

Maybe we've just ticked the box for method. We'll have to send it off for forensic analysis.

0:37:110:37:15

This is all very unfortunate.

0:37:150:37:17

I don't know. It's cheered me up no end.

0:37:170:37:20

If you're looking for Mark, you've missed him.

0:37:260:37:28

Is that right?

0:37:280:37:29

Left in a bit of a hurry this morning.

0:37:290:37:32

You don't happen to know where's he's gone, do you?

0:37:320:37:34

One of his field trips, I suppose.

0:37:340:37:36

He had a backpack with him.

0:37:360:37:38

Did he say when he'd be back?

0:37:380:37:39

Sorry.

0:37:390:37:41

Guv'nor, we've got a bit of a problem.

0:37:430:37:47

OK, Gerry. Cheers.

0:37:470:37:48

Detective Superintendent Pullman, UCOS.

0:37:540:37:56

I want a suspect placed on all watch lists. Ports, airports.

0:37:560:38:00

Name of Mark Slater. IC1 male, aged 38.

0:38:000:38:03

Detective Superintendent Pullman. Jack Halford. UCOS.

0:38:250:38:29

I've talked to your people.

0:38:290:38:30

Yeah, now you're going to talk some more. Where's your boyfriend, Sarah?

0:38:300:38:35

-I don't understand.

-Mark Slater is a suspect in our murder inquiry. Do you know where he is?

0:38:350:38:39

No, no, of course not. Mark's just a business associate.

0:38:390:38:42

Make sure your story stands up, we're searching his premises right now.

0:38:420:38:46

I've got a warrant for yours as well.

0:38:460:38:48

Could you open that bag, please? Show us what's inside.

0:38:480:38:52

Well, there's a thing.

0:39:000:39:02

So what have you got to say about that?

0:39:020:39:04

It's a fossil.

0:39:060:39:09

No, there's nothing very interesting in the paper files.

0:39:090:39:13

All the serious records will be on disk.

0:39:140:39:17

-Let's take this in, then. Give it a good going over.

-Sure.

0:39:170:39:20

Listen, listen, boys, mind how you go,

0:39:200:39:23

everything in here is worth a fortune.

0:39:230:39:25

Your fossil turned up yet?

0:39:270:39:29

No, Allison and Carol were a dead loss,

0:39:290:39:33

just gave me a load of earache about the junk I'd already left over there.

0:39:330:39:37

What about Jane?

0:39:370:39:38

Oh, couldn't get an answer out of her at all.

0:39:380:39:41

That's a thought. Maybe I'll just pop over there.

0:39:410:39:44

Come on, then.

0:39:440:39:46

See ya, boys.

0:39:460:39:49

What is your relationship with Mark Slater?

0:39:490:39:51

Oh, Mark and I were students together.

0:39:510:39:55

We're old friends.

0:39:550:39:56

You're having an affair, aren't you?

0:39:560:39:58

No.

0:39:580:39:59

Your husband thinks you are.

0:39:590:40:01

He's had his man Ratcliffe watching Slater's premises.

0:40:010:40:05

I'm not responsible for what goes on in James' head.

0:40:050:40:07

You've been having secret meetings with Slater, for long periods, outside of normal working hours.

0:40:070:40:13

I don't have "normal working hours", neither does Mark.

0:40:130:40:16

What was that skull doing in the boot of your car, Sarah?

0:40:160:40:21

Oh, look at that.

0:40:220:40:24

It'll take days to get through all this lot.

0:40:240:40:27

Well, see if there's anything that refers to Fletcher.

0:40:270:40:30

Hello.

0:40:350:40:36

An e-mail from Fletcher, addressed to Madeleine Simmonds.

0:40:360:40:39

It just says, "For your information".

0:40:390:40:42

Dated September 2000.

0:40:420:40:44

So Slater was hacking into Fletcher's e-mails.

0:40:440:40:48

What are the attachments?

0:40:480:40:49

Just called Natural History Museum 01, 02 et cetera.

0:40:490:40:54

That skull is a fossil of a possible human ancestor, right?

0:40:590:41:04

-Would that make it valuable?

-Priceless.

0:41:060:41:08

So what was it doing in the boot of your car?

0:41:080:41:11

There's not really an open market for humanoid fossils.

0:41:110:41:15

Rock stars don't want them on their walls.

0:41:150:41:17

You have to do a deal with an institution.

0:41:170:41:19

A museum that's not too fussy about questions of provenance.

0:41:190:41:23

Slater handled that side of things, did he?

0:41:230:41:25

-Yes.

-And questions of provenance can be very embarrassing, can't they, Sarah?

0:41:250:41:30

I understand that the Chinese get very sensitive about their fossil heritage being ripped off.

0:41:300:41:34

It's a wonderful source for palaeontologists.

0:41:340:41:38

The Chinese know Slater's dodgy.

0:41:380:41:39

He wouldn't be allowed back in the country, let alone stand a chance of getting any fossils out.

0:41:390:41:44

But you could organise it, as a top of the market tour manager.

0:41:440:41:47

Everybody needs to put something aside for the future.

0:41:470:41:51

I wouldn't have thought being married to James Winslow you'd have any financial worries.

0:41:510:41:55

James made it perfectly clear that a man who marries his mistress creates a job vacancy.

0:41:550:42:02

It seemed wise to make my own provisions.

0:42:020:42:04

But your association with Mark Slater goes way back before your marriage.

0:42:040:42:09

And Slater was suspected of illicit fossil trading by Bernard Fletcher, ten years ago.

0:42:090:42:14

Were you involved in that scam?

0:42:140:42:16

No.

0:42:160:42:17

No, you've got this totally wrong.

0:42:170:42:19

Have we? You were at the museum the night Fletcher died.

0:42:190:42:24

I don't know anything about Fletcher's death.

0:42:240:42:27

-And what would Mark Slater know about it?

-You'd have to ask him.

0:42:270:42:30

Oh, we were about to when he disappeared.

0:42:300:42:33

Which leaves you, as his accomplice, carrying the can.

0:42:330:42:37

Here we go.

0:42:400:42:42

Finance! My favourite.

0:42:420:42:44

There we go. Customer accounts.

0:42:440:42:46

Let's see how much business Sarah was really doing.

0:42:460:42:49

Cos I reckon it was just a cover for a nice little game of hide the fossil.

0:42:490:42:54

Right, here we go, in the financial year ending 31st March, 2010,

0:42:540:42:58

she spent 38,500.

0:42:580:43:01

Stroll on!

0:43:010:43:03

2009 - 42,000.

0:43:030:43:06

Gordon Bennett!

0:43:060:43:07

Sarah Winslow's coughed to being involved in a fossil scam with Mark Slater,

0:43:070:43:12

but denying any knowledge of Fletcher's death.

0:43:120:43:15

Much on Slater's computer?

0:43:150:43:17

Shedloads. We've hardly scratched the surface.

0:43:170:43:19

Just listen how much Sarah's been spending with Slater over the years.

0:43:190:43:23

Another one, 2008 - 35,700.

0:43:230:43:25

Blimey, she must own the business at that rate!

0:43:250:43:28

How far does this go back?

0:43:280:43:30

Well, she opened her customer account in 2002.

0:43:300:43:34

She spent 38,500 that financial year.

0:43:340:43:38

-Maybe she just likes spending her old man's money, it has been known.

-But hang on...

0:43:380:43:42

If you compare like for like items,

0:43:420:43:45

Sarah's paying 50% to 70% to more than other customers.

0:43:450:43:49

And she's no mug. There must be a scam on here.

0:43:490:43:52

But it can't be the same scam she's running with Slater, it's the wrong way round.

0:43:520:43:56

She's smuggling stuff out of China, he sells it on, he should be paying her.

0:43:560:44:00

Yeah.

0:44:000:44:01

Weird.

0:44:010:44:03

I don't know why you want me involved in this.

0:44:050:44:07

Cos you're an upstanding, honest citizen, and Jane knows that.

0:44:070:44:11

She'd think it was really iffy if I'd pitched up on my own.

0:44:110:44:14

Yeah, well...

0:44:140:44:16

You know what? I think she's away.

0:44:260:44:30

Good, can I go home, then?

0:44:300:44:31

No, no, Brian. Look.

0:44:310:44:33

No-one ever stopped us getting into a target premises when we were in the job, did they?

0:44:330:44:37

Does she know you've got a key?

0:44:370:44:39

Well, put it this way, I've never told her I haven't.

0:44:390:44:42

You can't walk into someone's house when they're away in the middle of night!

0:44:420:44:45

It's better than in daylight, isn't it?

0:44:450:44:47

This is illegal entry!

0:44:470:44:49

All my wives have said that to me at one time or another!

0:44:490:44:52

Now get in here, you look suspicious.

0:44:520:44:54

You really made a mess of the Fletcher case.

0:44:580:45:01

I thought you were on my side, Jack!

0:45:010:45:03

If the original inquiry had known it could have been murder,

0:45:030:45:07

and what the time of death was,

0:45:070:45:08

they might have cleared the whole thing up when the trail was fresh.

0:45:080:45:12

After all these years, we may never be able to prove anything!

0:45:120:45:15

I didn't do the postmortem on Fletcher.

0:45:180:45:21

What?

0:45:210:45:22

Truth is, ten years back, I was hitting the bottle so hard,

0:45:220:45:29

I could hardly walk in a straight line,

0:45:290:45:31

let alone make an incision.

0:45:310:45:34

I left it to one of my students...

0:45:350:45:38

..and gave him a wad of cash to write the reports.

0:45:400:45:43

And to keep his mouth shut, no doubt.

0:45:430:45:47

Why can't we have the lights on?

0:45:510:45:53

Same reason why we're whispering.

0:45:530:45:55

I don't like this at all.

0:45:550:45:57

Just keep looking.

0:45:570:45:59

Ow!

0:45:590:46:00

-What?

-What the bloody hell's that?

0:46:000:46:03

-That's it!

-What, that?

0:46:030:46:05

Yeah, brilliant.

0:46:050:46:07

It don't look like much.

0:46:070:46:09

No, I don't suppose those things in Slater's shop look like much before they were cleaned up and polished.

0:46:090:46:15

Put the lights on, Brian.

0:46:170:46:18

Why?

0:46:190:46:21

Oh.

0:46:240:46:25

-Either of you two the householder?

-Not really.

-Is there a problem?

0:46:280:46:32

Report of two men seen entering the house.

0:46:320:46:34

Householder's on holiday, apparently. So you are?

0:46:340:46:38

Gerry Standing. Brian Lane.

0:46:380:46:41

Civilian investigators with UCOS.

0:46:410:46:43

So you're saying you're here on police business?

0:46:430:46:46

-We, erm...

-No, no, no, we're just, erm...

0:46:460:46:49

House sitting, actually. The ex-wife...

0:46:490:46:51

likes us to look in every couple of days to see everything's all right.

0:46:510:46:55

Got to help each other nowadays, haven't you?

0:46:550:46:57

-It's the Big Society, isn't it?

-Yeah, massive.

0:46:570:46:59

I'll want your addresses.

0:47:000:47:02

Certainly, Officer. Come on, then.

0:47:020:47:05

Let's get it all locked up, nice, safe and secure.

0:47:050:47:09

There you go, job done, no suspects on!

0:47:090:47:13

You've been a very good customer of Mark Slater's over the years, haven't you, Sarah?

0:47:130:47:18

We like fossil decor.

0:47:180:47:20

And my husband's encouraged me to buy for his corporate HQ.

0:47:200:47:24

It's in line with their branding.

0:47:240:47:26

In fact, you've been Slater's best customer.

0:47:260:47:28

Since he set up in business in 2002 you've put a cool half million his way.

0:47:280:47:32

If you say so.

0:47:320:47:34

My motto is, if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it.

0:47:340:47:37

Still, you must have some concern about value for money.

0:47:370:47:41

And you also must know you've been paying way, way over the odds.

0:47:410:47:44

Paying top dollar isn't a crime, is it?

0:47:440:47:48

No, but money-laundering is.

0:47:480:47:50

And that's what this looks like.

0:47:500:47:52

A means to pay Slater for services far beyond supplying fossils.

0:47:520:47:57

So what was Slater really being paid for, Sarah?

0:47:570:48:00

Bernard Fletcher died in 2001,

0:48:020:48:05

the following year the serious money began to flow.

0:48:050:48:08

Slater was being paid to keep quiet about the circumstances of Fletcher's death, wasn't he?

0:48:080:48:14

It's nothing to do with me!

0:48:140:48:15

It's your money.

0:48:150:48:17

It's my husband's money.

0:48:170:48:18

James is responsible for any money paid to Mark.

0:48:180:48:22

James wanted me to source fossils from Mark Slater.

0:48:230:48:28

He assured me that Slater would suggest an acceptable price.

0:48:280:48:33

That's all I know.

0:48:330:48:35

And you never queried that?

0:48:350:48:38

I was strongly discouraged.

0:48:390:48:42

By James and by Mark.

0:48:420:48:45

This is Tiffany Hayes, our in-house counsel.

0:48:450:48:48

My client would like it placed on record

0:48:480:48:50

he has gone out of his way to co-operate with your inquiries,

0:48:500:48:54

despite the fact that no evidence has been put to him

0:48:540:48:57

indicating his involvement in any illegal activities.

0:48:570:49:00

Is it true you asked Michael Ratcliffe to watch Mark Slater's premises?

0:49:020:49:06

Yes.

0:49:060:49:07

I wanted to know if my wife and Slater were having an affair.

0:49:070:49:10

Your wife has been making some very generous payments to Slater, isn't that right?

0:49:100:49:15

My wife has an irresponsible attitude to money.

0:49:150:49:19

-You've been paying Slater off since Fletcher's death, haven't you?

-No.

0:49:190:49:24

Our information is that you have.

0:49:240:49:26

You're asking my client to comment on slanderous hearsay from his wife,

0:49:260:49:30

who is unstable and has a drink problem.

0:49:300:49:32

That's unreasonable.

0:49:320:49:33

Nevertheless, we would like him to make a comment.

0:49:330:49:36

I have no interest in the circumstances of Bernard Fletcher's death.

0:49:410:49:45

You've failed to establish that he had any relationship with my company.

0:49:450:49:50

You're just speculating, without offering a shred of evidence.

0:49:500:49:54

Bernard Fletcher sent you this e-mail some months before he died.

0:49:560:50:00

Where did you get this?

0:50:000:50:01

That's not the issue.

0:50:010:50:02

We've been talking to your technical people.

0:50:020:50:05

And they said the attachments are micrographs,

0:50:050:50:07

pictures taken on a scanning electron microscope.

0:50:070:50:11

What are they pictures of?

0:50:110:50:13

Foraminifera. A form of microfossil.

0:50:130:50:16

According to your earth sciences people,

0:50:160:50:19

they've undergone a process of discolouration and deformation

0:50:190:50:22

due to heating, during their history.

0:50:220:50:25

Now we're told that this indicates the possibility of oil deposits.

0:50:250:50:29

So why was Fletcher sending them to you?

0:50:290:50:31

You know Bernard had done research

0:50:350:50:37

in what was then Soviet Central Asia in the 1980s?

0:50:370:50:40

This is before he switched his interest to fossil birds.

0:50:400:50:43

He revisited Central Asia in the late '90s.

0:50:430:50:45

By that time the local states had become independent of the former Soviet Union.

0:50:450:50:49

In the area where he had done his original research,

0:50:490:50:52

vast tracts of land were being acquired

0:50:520:50:54

by a variety of Western companies,

0:50:540:50:56

talking about speculative resort complexes and holiday home developments.

0:50:560:51:00

Is that where you'd go on holiday?

0:51:000:51:02

Well, if you're interested in natural beauty, wetlands, wildlife, particularly birds.

0:51:020:51:07

Sounds very nice.

0:51:070:51:09

When Bernard came back,

0:51:090:51:10

he re-examined his old microfossil findings using more modern techniques,

0:51:100:51:14

and saw clear evidence indicating the presence of substantial oil and gas deposits.

0:51:140:51:18

He believed an oil company was buying the land, acting through proxies to keep the price down.

0:51:180:51:22

What oil company?

0:51:220:51:23

He didn't know, he was still trying to find out.

0:51:230:51:26

He sent me this as a campaign to persuade me the museum

0:51:260:51:29

should drop its associations with oil companies as a matter of principle.

0:51:290:51:33

And what was your response?

0:51:330:51:35

Sponsorship is our lifeblood.

0:51:350:51:37

I believed it would be catastrophic for the museum.

0:51:370:51:40

I told Bernard he would have to make a much stronger case before I could consider supporting him.

0:51:400:51:45

Basically, you kicked it into touch.

0:51:450:51:47

And then Fletcher was killed.

0:51:470:51:49

Well, in an accident. That's what we were led to believe.

0:51:490:51:52

Fletcher eventually works out who the oil company is that's buying up the land.

0:51:520:51:56

Mondial Fuel! It's got to be!

0:51:560:51:58

Slater's into Fletcher's e-mails.

0:51:580:51:59

He's got it in for Fletcher because he nicked his bird

0:51:590:52:02

so he's trying to get Fletcher the sack.

0:52:020:52:04

He grasses him up to Mondial Fuel.

0:52:040:52:06

-Fletcher's killed, Slater gets paid off!

-It all adds up to me.

0:52:060:52:10

Great story. Brilliant work. Sorry to have to rain on your parade. That's all it is.

0:52:100:52:15

It's just a story, it's not a case.

0:52:150:52:16

It doesn't gives us who killed Fletcher, which is what we're investigating, remember?

0:52:160:52:21

-Without Slater, we're cattle.

-No sightings, then?

0:52:210:52:24

His description's been circulated, he's on all the watch lists.

0:52:240:52:28

No sightings, no withdrawals from his bank, no calls from his mobile.

0:52:280:52:32

-Well, he's somewhere, isn't he?

-I don't know.

0:52:320:52:34

Maybe Mondial Fuel caught up with him and knocked him off. Solves a problem, and saves money.

0:52:340:52:39

Maybe somebody's looking after him.

0:52:390:52:41

Who? Sarah Winslow's showing no signs of sticking her neck out for him, is she?

0:52:410:52:45

-Marie?

-Marie?

0:52:450:52:46

Marie's been covering up for him for ten years, she could be doing it now.

0:52:460:52:50

She's got a husband and two kids. What'll she say to them,

0:52:500:52:53

"This guy's my old boyfriend, he's coming to live in the basement"?

0:52:530:52:56

-No, she wouldn't do that.

-Course not!

-Not in HER basement.

0:52:560:53:00

What do you mean?

0:53:000:53:01

Barry!

0:53:050:53:06

Can't talk now, lads. I'm on duty.

0:53:060:53:08

Your duty is to assist the police with their enquiries.

0:53:080:53:12

So when Mark Slater worked here,

0:53:120:53:13

was he one of the people who dossed in the basement when he was having domestic troubles?

0:53:130:53:18

-Well, I can't recall off-hand.

-What's this?

0:53:180:53:20

Mind if we have a look?

0:53:200:53:22

Packed lunch.

0:53:220:53:23

You're a pub lunch man. I should know, I paid!

0:53:230:53:26

I'm economising.

0:53:260:53:27

-I think Mark Slater's hiding out here somewhere.

-You're looking after him.

0:53:270:53:31

-You're talking bollocks!

-No, Barry, we're talking wasting police time, obstructing an investigation.

0:53:310:53:37

-Conspiracy?

-Always my favourite.

0:53:370:53:40

-Bloody hell!

-Where is he, Barry?

0:53:400:53:43

Blimey.

0:53:480:53:50

Mark?

0:53:510:53:52

It's only me.

0:53:550:53:56

Brian.

0:54:140:54:16

He's definitely in here somewhere.

0:54:220:54:25

Mark?

0:54:260:54:28

Mark! Brian!

0:54:300:54:33

Come on, son.

0:54:350:54:37

We need to talk to you.

0:54:370:54:39

Strike!

0:54:570:54:58

You told Winslow that Fletcher was on to what Mondial Fuel were doing, didn't you?

0:55:020:55:07

Yes.

0:55:070:55:09

And then you killed him for them,

0:55:090:55:11

and Winslow's been paying you off ever since, isn't that right?

0:55:110:55:14

-No. I didn't know anything about the killing until it had happened.

-OK.

0:55:140:55:18

So what's your version of events?

0:55:180:55:21

Winslow asked me for a duplicate key for the backstage area, which I supplied.

0:55:230:55:27

So he could kill Fletcher?

0:55:270:55:29

We thought Bernard would be out the way, at the dinner.

0:55:290:55:33

Winslow trained as a geologist. He wanted to see what Bernard had found out. Next thing I knew,

0:55:330:55:37

Bernard was dead. There was nothing I could do about it.

0:55:370:55:40

Well, you did a little bit more than nothing.

0:55:400:55:42

You became an accessory.

0:55:420:55:44

You dealt with the murder weapon, didn't you?

0:55:440:55:46

He asked me to get rid of it, and I said I would.

0:55:460:55:49

But you can't just walk out the museum with an item like that.

0:55:490:55:52

The best I could do was switch round the labels.

0:55:520:55:54

And Winslow's been paying you off ever since?

0:55:540:55:57

Yes.

0:55:590:56:01

We have method, motive and opportunity.

0:56:010:56:05

James Winslow, I'm arresting you on...

0:56:050:56:08

Before you go any further I believe Mr Ratcliffe would like to make a statement.

0:56:080:56:13

I killed Bernard Fletcher.

0:56:160:56:18

But you weren't even there!

0:56:180:56:19

Fletcher was conducting a campaign of industrial espionage

0:56:210:56:25

and subversion against my company.

0:56:250:56:27

James Winslow provided me with a key to the museum's backstage area, where I hid during the day.

0:56:270:56:32

That evening, when Fletcher was at the dinner,

0:56:320:56:35

I accessed his office to search for and destroy materials assembled by Fletcher to damage Mondial Fuel.

0:56:350:56:41

I was interrupted by Fletcher, who assaulted me.

0:56:410:56:44

In fear of my life, and acting in self defence

0:56:440:56:47

I struck him with a fossil bone I found on his bench.

0:56:470:56:51

I moved the body to the Dinosaur Gallery,

0:56:510:56:54

and I left the museum via the rear staff entrance.

0:56:540:56:57

I don't believe a word of this.

0:56:590:57:02

Winslow's offered you a massive bung to take the rap, hasn't he?

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Could you do me a favour, Madeleine, and give me your expert view on this?

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I'm not giving the museum first refusal, you understand?

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I want to see what my options are like on the open market first.

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But he'd like to know what it is.

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You see, my guess would be

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some kind of primitive echinoderm.

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You know, like your modern sea cucumber.

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Yes, I can see where you're coming from, but, no, it's not that.

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But it is a fossil?

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Yes. It's coprolite.

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-Is it?

-Coprolite.

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I own a coprolite!

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So, between ourselves,

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could you give me a rough ball-park figure of what I might hope to get for it?

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Someone with a scatological sense of humour might offer you a few quid to have it as a conversation piece.

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A few quid? But it's thousands of years old!

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Oh, yes, it's old, all right. But not all that uncommon.

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Coprolite is fossilised animal dung.

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Shit.

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Precisely.

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Well, I don't want it.

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# It's all right, it's OK

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# Doesn't really matter if you're old and grey

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# It's all right, I say it's OK

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# Listen to what I say

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# It's all right, doing fine

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# Doesn't really matter if the sun don't shine

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# It's all right, I say it's OK

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# We're gettin' to the end of the day. #

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UCOS reinvestigate the 2001 death of Dr Bernard Fletcher, a senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, when the pathologist on the original investigation is suspended for negligence.


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