Date: 14 Jan 1997
Brandon Hale was shot in the head in what was thought to be a gangland execution and then dumped in Queens Wood, Highgate.
It was said that he had been a prolific and compulsive gambler and money launderer and had lost £90,000 belonging to professional criminals which he had gambled away. Investigations revealed that Brandon Hale had received a six figure sum of money three days before his murder but had lost £90,000 of it soon after.
His body was found lying face up in Queens Wood by a woman out walking her dog early in the morning on 14 January 1997. It was found a few hours after some local people heard a man shouting followed by a bang.
He had been beaten and then shot through the left eye with a single bullet.
The police said that they were not sure how Brandon Hale came to be in the woods and appealed for witnesses that might have been using Highgate tube station that morning or had been in the vicinity of Queens Wood Road between 4am and 7am.