Date: 11 Sep 1987
Simon Dale was beaten to death in his home, Heath House in Shropshire.
His 55-year-old ex-wife, a Baroness, and two of their children, a 26 year old daughter and 25 year old son, were tried for his murder but acquitted.
He had been beaten to death with a crow bar.
Simon Dale had been a retired architect. He had married his wife in 1957 shortly after which his wife bought Heath House with her own money. However, they divorced in 1973 and his wife and their five children moved out into rented property at Forresters Hall, Docklow but Simon Dale refused to move out of Heath House which his wife had wanted to sell which was at that time worth £500,000. It was noted that Simon Dale had beleived that Heath House was of major archaeological importance and had connections with the legend of King Arthur.
His wife said that she had been working in the grounds of Heath House at the time Simon Dale was murdered in the kitchen after which she had gone home and watched a Miss Marple TV murder mystery programme after which she went to bed.