HESS A Tale of Two Murders - Hugh Thomas

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HESS A Tale of Two Murders - Hugh Thomas 

Paperback 1988, 1 careful owner. 

Pretty well all the evidence points in the direction that something really odd is going on - cover-up seems too blithe a description. As with a lot of stuff that happened in and after the war, for some reason "officialdom" wants to keep a really tight lid on this matter, although who they reckon they're protecting five decades later is just as mystifying as the Hess story. Bit like the JFK and UFO stories, this has created a myth of its own, and a story which will run and run.

We might guess that a lot of this secrecy is more for the protection of the royal connection rather than preserving the good name and dignity of a sad old bloke spending a couple of decades on his own in a post-war German prison. Too, there's the problem with all that Churchill got up to, much of which runs contrary to him being the good old British boy, saving the nation. Tralala.

Anyway, this book fills a warm spot for people who like to search after the truth, rather than having to swallow a fitting official story (moon landings anyone). Being really picky, though, the title is misleading, because the story, as presented, has Hess leaving Germany, and a complete stranger arriving in Scotland. There's no filling in of the gaps, like, what happened to the real Hess - where's the blunt instrument or the bloody knife and a body? Hence, although he eludes to two murders, and covers the last in a shed in Spandau, there's no mention of the first - unless I missed that paragraph.

Others have done a number on the "fact" that the aircraft used couldn't possibly have made the journey direct from where it set off; ergo it either touched down somewhere on the way to refill its tanks, or was replaced at a stage along the path, by a brand new aircraft (the weapons were still blocked by factory grease, and the ID on the fuselage was a factory not an active service identifier), so we're left to assume that the first plane was shot down (maybe) and that the imposter that Thomas has fingered was rushed into service. Nevertheless, it's well-written, and it's interesting that his points on the missing wounds have never been addressed by the aforesaid officialdom. That, as much as anything else, smells.