New book on Governor’s 1972 assassination ‘points finger of guilt’

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  • <B>Front cover </B>of the new book 'Justice Denied', which investigates the 1970s assassinations of the Governor Richard Sharples and Police Chief George Duckett.

    Front cover of the new book 'Justice Denied', which investigates the 1970s assassinations of the Governor Richard Sharples and Police Chief George Duckett.


A new book investigating the assassination of Governor Richard Sharples and Police Chief George Duckett is set to hit the market next month.

‘Justice Denied: Bermuda's Black Militants, the 'Third Man' and the Assassinations of a Police Chief and Governor’ by Mel Ayton will be published on February 1.

Mr Ayton has previously written books about the assassinations of John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr, focusing on the conspiracies surrounding the events.

Commissioner Duckett was shot and killed outside his home on September 9, 1972, while Governor Sharples and his aide-de-camp, Hugh Sayers, were shot dead on the grounds of Government House six months later.

Victor Rego and Mark Doe were subsequently murdered in an armed robbery at the Shopping Centre in Hamilton.

Erskine Durrant (Buck) Burrows was convicted of all five murders, while Larry Tacklyn was convicted of the Shopping Centre murders. Both men were sentenced to death and hanged in 1977, sparking riots across the Island.

According to the book’s official summary on amazon.com, Mr Ayton interviewed police and prison officers, and delved into Scotland Yard Murder files, British Foreign Office files, court records, newspaper archives and interviews with the Governor's widow.

A section of the summary reads: “Justice Denied points the finger of guilt at a faction of the black militant group, led by the 'Third Man', who controlled the convicted assassins.

“The author names the Bermuda businessman, a convicted drug dealer, who assisted the assassins in financing their political aims through drug deals and bank robberies.

“He also concludes that the real story about the assassinations was 'whitewashed' by consecutive Bermudian Governments in the interests of racial harmony.”

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