The Final Days of Children’s Author Helen Bailey

By January 10, 2017News

In April of last year we shared the shocking news of the disappearance of children’s author Helen Bailey who went missing from her Royston home on the 11th of April 2016 along with her beloved Dachshund Boris.

After weeks with no sign of her and no activity on her social media accounts or her phone or bank Helen’s remains were found in the septic tank under her home alongside the body of her little dog, and her fiancé Ian Stewart immediately came under suspicion of causing the writer’s death and was subsequently arrested and charged with Helen’s murder.

During his trial it has been revealed that Helen’s final days were spent in a drug induced stupor as her fiancé cold bloodedly administered sleeping medication that he had been prescribed before suffocating her and dumping her body in the family home’s septic tank and in opening the trial at St Albans Crown Court, prosecutor Stuart Trimmer QC said: “The crown say this was simply a long-planned, deliberate killing, a cynically executed murder that had money as its driving motive.”

The prosecution state that the motive for Helen’s murder was simply for financial gain, Ian stood to gain a huge amount from the author who was worth an estimated £4 million at the time of her death as he stood to gain both the house and a substantial amount of money should Helen die prior to their marriage.
To add credence to the tale that Helen had simply disappeared it is claimed that Stewart also killed her Dachshund Boris as it was well known that she adored the little dog and would never leave him behind.

Prior to her disappearance Helen had complained of feeling unusually tired with her internet history showing she had made a series of web searches which included:
“Why do I keep falling asleep?
“Can’t stop falling asleep
“I’m so tired.
“Falling asleep at work.

Prosecutors claim that it was because Stewart had been secretly administering Zopiclone which he had been prescribed for insomnia, traces of which were found in Helen’s body and it is claimed that once she was unconscious that Stewart suffocated her with a duvet that he was seen on CCTV dumping at a local recycling centre.

Helen was best known for her children’s books about Electra Brown and Daisy Davenport, but found a new audience with her blog, Planet Grief, about becoming a widow.
The case continues.

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Secret Service (later renamed Kingsman: Secret Service to keep in line with the movie adaptation) is a spy adventure comic book for the 21st century.

After the success of the film adaptation of Kingsman: Secret Service in 2015, there is due another release out very soon named Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The latest movie boasts a fabulous cast of Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and more.

The second film does not appear to be a comic book adaptation, but a stand-alone story. Excitingly, along with the film release, Kingsman creator Mark Millar has announced a new comic book release too. This is excellent news for Kingsman fans, as the title seems to hint towards further movie tie-ins… Check out Mark’s tweet below, and the trailer to the newest Kingsman movie.

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Every day, we open the newspaper, Twitter accounts, Facebook or news apps and see what’s happening around the world. We are bombarded with information but how much of the ground reality do we really understand? We comfortably sip our tea when someone is dying of thirst in a desert. Our kids run for their school bus when children in some countries have their schools blown apart. At the end of the day, we are eager to get back to the comfort of our homes but many do not have a place to call home.

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One day in 1961 a little boy of 7 years old walked into her library, asking if he could join. Of course Connie helped the lad, gave him his first library card, and enabled him to cultivate his love of reading. Despite it being so long ago, Connie never forgot that young man as he had a pretty memorable name: “Denzel Hayes Washington Jr”, and that little boy grew up to be a world famous, award-winning actor, director, and producer.

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