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Herbert Horace Charles Bundy

Age: 60

Sex: male

Date: 12 Aug 1963

Place: Oxford Circus Station, London

Herbert Horace Charles Bundy died from a head injury after being found lying unconscious in a subway at Oxford Circus Station at about 9.30pm on 12 August 1963.

He had been a solicitor's clerk and had lived in Guildford Street in Chertsey.

He was said to have been known as 'The Mouthpiece', because his work had given him a lot of inside knowledge of the underworld.

The Coroner noted that the only absolutely certain and clear evidence was the medical evidence, adding:

As to how he sustained the injury, I think most of us feel it is more than likely an accident, but unfortunately there is no evidence to prove it.

It was noted that at the time of his death that Herbert Bundy had taken a major part over the previous 40 years in many big crime cases in London and that it was claimed by some of his friends that he might have become a man who knew too much.

A doctor at Middlesex Hospital said that when Herbert Bundy had been admitted that he had been semi-conscious and had tried to speak a little, but that it had been impossible to tell what he was trying to say. She added that he had smelt strongly of of alcohol on admission and had a fractured skull.

She said:

He was sufficiently conscious to be able to agree to lie still during the X-ray procedure, but he gave no indication of what happened to him.

Another doctor at the hospital said that he would not have thought that just knocking his head on a rail would have given him the degree of injuries he had, noting that the blow had caused an injury to the opposite side of his brain.

A consultant pathologist said that there had been an injury behind his right ear that was due to striking something, and that there was very little sign of any natural diseases of any significance. He added:

There was a deceleration injury almost certainly caused by the man falling or striking his head, but the only point a little difficult to explain here is that I could not find any bruising of the shoulders, but that may be due to some protection of his clothing. This is not due to anybody hitting him, that I can say quite categorically. This is a classical example of a deceleration injury.

An open verdict was returned.


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see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Birmingham Daily Post - Wednesday 28 August 1963