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The partner of notorious murdered criminal John “Goldfinger” Palmer has said she is haunted by the revelation he was “stalked like an animal” by a suspected hitman who is believed to have scratched a spyhole in his garden fence before shooting him six times.
Palmer – once described as Britain’s richest criminal and thought to have been worth £300m – was found dead in the garden of his remote woodland home in South Weald, Essex, in June 2015.
His family has put up a £100,000 reward, with the support of Crimestoppers, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer or killers.
Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings said there is “no reason for us to believe that the money put up by members of John’s family is the proceeds of criminality”.