SS Richard Montgomery Matter
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The SS Richard
Montgomery is a time-bomb waiting for a terrorist to give Britain its first real
maybe, worse. This film shows what can happen when a government conceals something very dangerous from
its own people.
Fact: The US explosives carrier Richard Montgomery sank in the Thames Estuary in August 1944. It was
loaded with 1500 tons of explosive munitions. The Admiralty decided to leave the wreck and its dangerous
cargo undisturbed. The wreck lies just a few hundred yards offshore between an oil refinery and the several
towns. Southend on Sea is just a couple of miles away on the other side of the Thames estuary. Rumours
about the ship and its cargo have circulated in these towns ever since. Denials have been issued by ministers in
the House of Commons in response to MPs questions about the presence on board of biological, chemical and
gas warheads. Nevertheless, rumours persist that the real reason the wreck was not made safe was because of
the existence of ‘dirty weapons’ on board.
A British intelligence officer with heavy gambling debts knows there are dozens of drums of mustard
gas as well as high explosives on the Richard Montgomery. He recruits two ex-special services and one ex-IRA
member to mine the sunken cargo with an electronic detonator operated by mobile phone. They pretend to be
an al-Qaeda group and demand a pay-off from the British government of fifty million in uncut diamonds to
defuse the bomb. They are obliged to kill a man and his mother who accidentally dial the mobile phone number.
An American trio of navy men are sent by the Americans to help with the problem. The conspirators have a
suicide bomber waiting to collect the pay-off. He is a leukaemia sufferer and agrees to collect the diamonds
with a bomb attached to his body.
The conspirators kill the ex-IRA man when he reveals that he did not really set the bomb fuse. They
are obliged to return to the wreck but encounter the Americans inspecting the wreck There is an underwater
fight in which one American and one conspirator are killed.
The suicide bomber collects the ransom in a public place and passes the diamonds to his
accomplices. He then accidentally blows himself up in Hyde Park.
The American navy man becomes suspicious of the principal conspirator and follows him to a
meeting with the last remaining ex-special services man. A fight in a department store in which the American
kills the ex-service man and pursues the principal to the top of centre point overlooking Oxford Street. A
shoot-out results in the principal conspirator falling to his death on top of a lamp-post with diamonds
showering down around him. Ironically, a passing tramp, unaware of the body above him, picks up diamonds
and shards of glass but discards the diamonds in favour of a long glistening shard of glass.
© 2000-2008 Ron Angel & Tom Deegan all rights reserved
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The Richard Montgomery Matter
(A film script)
1. The Good Guys
Daniel Haggar: U S Naval Intelligence officer
Mike Langley: U S Navy SEAL
Tony Rapello: U S Navy SEAL
Det. Insp. Tim Sewell Scotland Yard Special Branch officer
Lady Majorie Davenport: Director of MI5
Sir Walter Arrowsmith: Permanent Undersecretary to HM Treasury
Rear Admiral Gordon: Chief of British Naval Intelligence
Vice Admiral Newman: Chief of US Naval Intelligence
2. The Bad Guys
George Audrey Fitzsimmons MI5 Deputy Director
Harry Shears: ex-SAS and mercenary
Kenny Adamson: ex-Royal Marine Commando and mercenery
Thomas (Turf) McLafferty: ex-IRA assassin and bomb maker
Ronnie Swan: ex-convict and terminally ill cancer patient
3. Other Interested Parties.
Strawberry Stern (Mrs Whippy): Brothel owner and procuress
Stella: A young prostitute
Gloria: A young prostitute
4. Incidental Characters
Clarence Dodds A retired bank manager
Mrs Eunice Dodds Clarence's mother
Terence Smith An MI5 communications officer
Uniformed Kent policemen
Kent CID officers
US navy personnel
Royal Navy personnel
British Treasury officials
The Richard Montgomery Matter
A Film Script
Tom Deegan (writer) and Ronald Angel (story/author )
The Richard Montgomery Matter
The script is intended to present a violent action and conspiracy film
set in the present day. It is based upon a real historical incident
and a genuine perennial threat to life and property in the Medway towns
of Kent in England.
The US explosives carrier Richard Montgomery sank in the Thames Estuary
in August 1944. It was loaded with explosives and the British Admiralty
decided to leave the wreck and its dangerous cargo undisturbed. The
wreck lies just a few hundred yards offshore between the Isle of Grain
oil refinery and the town of Sheerness and about three miles from the
Medway towns of Gillingham, Rochester and Chatham. Rumours about the
ship and its cargo have circulated in these towns ever since.
* * *
George Audrey Fitsimmons is a, corrupt, high ranking member of the
British secret service (Deputy Director, MI5). He indulges his passion
for masochistic sex with prostitutes and he is a gambler who has suffered
heavy losses. He has recruited a gang of disaffected ex-servicemen:
Harry Shears, ex- SAS; Kenny Adamson, ex-Royal Marine commando and
Thomas (Turf) McLafferty, ex-IRA assassin and bomb maker, to carry out
an extortion plot against the British government. He knows that the
real reason the wreck of the Richard Montgomery was left undisturbed
by the Admiralty was because it had a cargo of American made chemical
and poison gas warheads on board as well as high explosives.
* * *
The first act opens with a daylight scene of McLafferty purchasing a
mobile telephone in a shop in Herne Bay, Kent. As he leaves, Clarence
Dodds arrives and also buys a mobile telephone. McLafferty drives back
to a house nearby and enters. Inside are the other two conspirators,
Shears and Adamson. McLafferty places the mobile phone inside a conical
shaped bomb and connects it to apparatus within. He then asks one of
the others to select a five digit detonation code. Shears selects 01232
(dialling code for Belfast) stating that; that whole fucking city should
be blown up.
The following scene is at night and shows the same three men approaching
the wreck of the Richard Montgomery using underwater chariots. They
are towing the bomb behind them on a line. While McLafferty and Shears
manhandle the bomb on to one of the decks, Adamson runs an aerial lead
up to the mast just above the high-water mark. He then returns to join
the others on the submerged deck. McLafferty sets the bomb and indicates
to the other two that it is active and ready to detonate on their signal.
The conspirators depart.
* * *
The following act introduces the Ameriacn bomb disposal and underwater
warfare expert, Commander Daniel Haggar, who is a specialist teacher
at the US Navy SEALS training establishment in ???
He is seen instructing SEALS on various types of underwater mines and
methods of defusing them underwater around a large pool. During the
lesson he receives a telephone summons to Washington.
The following scene sees Haggar arriving at the office of an Admiral
of naval intelligence in the Pentagon who explains to him that the British
government have a major problem concerning American property left over
from WWII. The details of the sinking of the Richard Montgomery is explained.
He is told about the cargo of high explosives and the presence on the
ship of early experimental chemical/gas warheads. He is told that the
Allied powers had obtained intelligence that Hitler intended to disregard
the Geneva convention prohibiting the use of gas and chemical weapons
in a last desperate attempt to turn the tide of the war in Germany's
favour. As a response to the perceived threat, the Americans had deployed
chemical weapons in Britain for retaliatory purposes if American troops
fighting in France came under gas attack. After the war, all of these
warheads were recovered and returned to the US, but not those on board
the Richard Montgomery as that wreck was too dangerous to approach safely.
The British Admiralty and the US Navy Department agreed to leave the
chemical weapons undisturbed. The Americans had discovered subsequently
that the chemical weapons were much more dangerous than they had first
believed and could distribute lethal airborne gases over hundreds of
square miles before dissipating sufficiently to become harmless.
The admiral tells Haggar of the extortion demand made against the British
government. He is assigned to travel to England to assess the danger
and to do whatever he can to avoid a catastrophe. Very few people on
either side of the Atlantic knew about the chemical weapons during the
war, and even fewer knew about them as time had passed. Haggar is warned
that the British believe somebody with high security clearance in the
British intelligence or naval establishments was probably part of the
conspiracy. For that reason he is to work undercover with two US navy
SEALS of his own choosing. Only four people of undoubted integrity in
Britain would know of his involvement.
Haggar returns to the SEALS base at ??? and selects two officer candidates,
Tony Rapello and Mike Langley, to travel to England with him. He then
returns home to his wife and children to tell them he is going to England
on naval training business for a couple of weeks.
* * *
Eunice Dodds lives with her bachelor son in Herne Bay. She is constantly
ailing . She is concerned that she will take a bad turn while he is
away from home for more than a few minutes. Clarence is a retired branch
bank manager and has recently bought a mobile telephone so that his
mother can reach him if she does take a turn. Clarence's mobile phone
number is the same as the bomb's number apart from the
last four digits (0451) and (0541). Mrs Dodds
frequently dials the bomb's number in error.
* * *
Haggar, Langley and Rapello, now in civilian clothing, are met at London's
Heathrow Airport by Detective Inspector Tin Sewell of Scotland Yard's
Special Branch. He drives them to a London hotel and drops Langley and
He then takes Haggar to the Admiralty in Trafalgar Square and leads
him to the office of Rear Admiral Gordon, Chief of Naval Intelligence.
Sir Walter Arrowsmith, Permanent Secretary to the Treasury and Lady
Marjorie Davenport, Director of MI5 are present.
Lady Marjorie plays the conspirators' tape to Haggar. The £50 million
demand is made in the name of the IRA. McLafferty's accent is clearly
Irish in origin and a recognised IRA code is used. Details about the
chemical weapons cargo on board the Richard Montgomery are given on
the tape as well as the bomb's non-interference capabilities. Lady Marjorie
tells Haggar they believe the conspiracy must involve some person or
persons of high rank inside the British secret services because of the
detailed information known to the conspirators.
Sir Walter explains to Haggar that the government have resolved to
pay the ransom as demanded, £50 in uncut diamonds each of at least 4
carats in weight, but that they will play for time to allow Haggar to
examine the device and see if it can be neutralised.
Lady Marjorie tells Haggar the Prime Minister who has authorised the
American mission. He will have complete co-operation and security clearance
with British secret services, police and naval authorities to carry
out his mission. Det. Insp. Sewell is assigned to assist in any way
required and only those present in the office know of his and his colleagues
identities and involvement, apart from .
When the meeting is over, Haggar returns to the hotel with Sewell who
issues the three with firearms and special licences. The four men then
depart to a safe house in Chatham, Kent, near the Royal Naval dockyard.
* * *
Harry Shears and Turf McLafferty arrive at a Mayfair brothel used by
George Audrey Fitzsimmons. Several scantily clad prostitutes are seen
with bondage and masochistic sex apparatus visible in one of the rooms.
The three men enter a private room and reveal to Fitzsimmons that somebody
is dialling the bomb, sometimes several times daily. After some discussion
of the possibilities during which McLafferty points out the co-incidental
code numbering system used which would increase the chances of the bomb
being triggered accidentally, Fitzsimmons tells them he will have to
trace the caller using one of his staff at MI5. He tells Shears that
the man he uses to trace the call must be eliminated immediately afterwards
in a way that will not arouse any suspicions. McLafferty is flippant
about the whole matter and suggests they simply ignore the threat of
accidental triggering of the bomb but Fitzsimmons becomes angry a and
insists that they cannot take chances. If the bomb explodes prematurely,
they will not be able to collect the £50 million.
Shears and McLafferty depart and Fitzsimmons returns to the pleasures
of the brothel.
* * *
Fitzsimmons is in his office in the headquarters of MI5 on Friday afternoon.
One of his staff, Terence Smith (Smithy) is a fifty year old career
man who is retiring early on medical grounds. He is clearing out his
desk and saying goodbye to friends and colleagues. He approaches Lady
Majorie's office, enters knocks and enters.
Lady Majorie greets him warmly and tells him how sorry she is to see
him retire afetr many years valuable service. She wishes him luck.
Smithy then approaches Fitzsimmons' office, knocks and enters. Fitzsimmons
also greets him warmly and shakes hands wishing him luck. As he is leaving,
Fitzsimmons asks him do make a discretionary check on the sources of
calls to some telephone numbers, telling him it is an inter-departmental
affair that could be ambarrassing. Smithy goes back to his office and
checks out the numbers on his computer. After fifteen minutes wait,
he gets the answers and returns to Fitzsimmons' office and gives him
the sources of the calls. Fitzsimmons thanks him and wishes him good
Fitzsimmons then leaves the MI5 offices and uses a street telephone
to call Shears. He gives Shears an address. He then returns to his office.
* * *
Haggar, Langley, Rapello and Sewell enter the Royal Navy dockyard at
Chatham at dusk. They are met by a young WREN lieutenant who leads them
to a small submersible vessel in the dock. She thinks they are doing
some sort of research and instructs the American on the details of the
craft. Then she leads them to a changing room where the three Americans
don their Scuba outfits. Sewell is to stay behind to await their return.
* * *
Shears, Adamson and McLafferty arrive back at their rented house in
Herne Bay in daylight. They are waiting for night to eliminate the Dodds
whose address they have received from Fitzsimmons. Mc Lafferty argues
against killing innocent people and tells Shears and Adamson that the
bomb cannot explode anyway. He produces a computer card and explains
that he never had any intention of killing thousands of people and had
substituted a dummy card in place of the real one. Shears and Adamson
pretend to agree with him that the British government will pay the ransom
anyway, rather than take a chance. They agree not to bother with the
Dodds and to lie to Fitzsimmons.
Shears, however, telephones Fitzsimmons and gives him this new information.
Fitzsimmons tells Shears to kill McLafferty and to replace the dummy
card in the bomb with the real one. However, before they kill McLafferty
they must get him to make a tape explaining how the £50 million in diamonds
is to be handed over.
Shears produces a cassette recorder and McLafferty makes the recording.
While McLafferty makes the tape Adamson prepares to kill McLafferty
after a signal from Shears. He leaves the room to get his knife and
returns after McLafferty has finished the tape. He then and stabs McLafferty
in the back. The two then enter the garage of the house where there is a trailer with
Scuba gear and chariots. They load McLafferty's body on to the trailer.
* * *
Shears and Adamson again approach the wreck of the Richard Montgomery
at night with their chariots and underwater lamps. They go to the bomb
and open a port in the casing to expose the electronic meters inside.
Shears then produces the new computer card but Adamson sees the Royal
Navy submersible approaching from another direction. The two men swim
away quickly to hide in the superstructure. They watch.
* * *
Haggar and Langley leave the submersible wearing their Scuba gear and
approach the wreck. They see the bomb on an open deck and approach it
cautiously. Haggar indicates to Langley that the open port in the casing
means that bomb can be dealt with. He is puzzled at the carelessness
of the conspirators. He motions to Langley to remain with the bomb while
he returns to the submersible to acquire tools. He then swims back to
the submersible and enters.
* * *
Adamson and Shears seize the opportunity to attack one man alone. They
swim out and surprise Langley. They both stab him several times. Shears
then replaces the computer card in the device and locks the port shut
again. They then turn to swim away with Shears leading.
* * *
Haggar returns to the bomb and sees Langley's body floating past him.
He sees Adamson ahead of him and pursues. He catches Adamson just as
he and Shears reach their chariots. Haggar fights with Adamson and stabs
him. Shears sees the fight and makes to return to help Adamson but sees
it is too late. Haggar sees Shears face with his lamp through Shears'
diving mask as he turns to face back but Adamson is already dead and
Shears uses his chariot to escape as Haggar swims to pursue him. Haggar
gives up the pursuit and return to collect the body of Langley. Rapello
is waiting in the submersible unaware of the activity outside.
* * *
Shears, is in the back garden of the Dodds home. He looks through the
window and sees Clarence sitting before a bureau with his stamp collection
while his mother is watching television in a different room.
Shears comes up behind Clarence as his mother calls for him to make
a cup of tea. He is nakeda 1 |?K and wields a kitchen knife. He stabs
Clarence in the side, wounding him badly but not killing him immediately.
He then enters the living room and approachs the startled mother. He
stabs her through the heart. He then returns to Clarence dragging him
back as he tries to crawl to safety, and demands to know where he keeps
money. Clarence denies there being any money and Shears stabs him again.
Clarenece confesses to some money in a box in his mother's room. Shears
then asks where the mobile phone is and Clarence shows him its location.
Shears then stabs Clarence fatally. He recovers the mobile phone and
smashes it on a wall. He opens drawers and cabinets and spills their
contents on the floor to make the event look like a psychpathological
burglary. He then goes upstairs and repeats the exercise. He finds the
money in the mother's bedroom and then goes to the bathroom to shower.
* * *
Haggar is reporting to Lady Margaret, Sir Walter and Rear Adm Gordon
in the admiralty. He tells them the bomb cannot be defused or moved.
His examination showed it is a very sophisticated device and any attempt
to interfere with it could be highly dangerous.
Lady then tells Haggar that two bodies were recovered in the Thames
estuary that morning. Both had died from stab wounds. Both bodies had
already been identified. One was Adamson, former Royal Marine and mercenary,
the other was Thomas McLafferty, known as Turf , an IRA bomber who had
not previously been arrested but who had been known to the RUC
and anti-terrorist forces by his nickname.
MI5 had come close to arresting him two years
forces by his nickname. MI5 had come close to arresting him two years
earlier but he disappeared, possibly because of a tip-off. Intelligence
now suggested he had parted company with the IRA and was working free-lance.
He was believed to have gone soft after a horrific bombing he had perpetrated
that had killed and maimed dozens of civilians and children three years
earlier. Unfortunately, the discovery and identification of these bodies
did not advance the investigation immediately but efforts would continue
to trace all known associates of both men for the past several years.
Lady Majorie then thanks Haggar for his help and tells him that the
British government will pay the ransom and keep the affair quiet. She
sees no point in Haggar remaing in Britain. However, Haggar insists
that he should be allowed to stay as he wants to get the other man responsible
for the murder of Mike Langley. Lady Majorie reluctantly agrees to allow
Haggar and Rapello to stay until the ransom is paid.
As they are leaving the Admiralty, Sewell mentions to Haggar that Kent
police are investigating an appalling burglary and murder in Herne Bay.
Haggar is interested and asks for details. After enquiries with Kent
police, the two men decide to travel to the murder scene.
* * *
Shears arrives at Ronnie Swan's council flat in East London. He greets
Swan as an old friend. Swan sends his wife and two children out of the
room while he talks to Shears. Swan is an ex-serviceman turned thief
who served with Shears in Northern Ireland. He is dying of cancer and
has less than six months to live. He confirms his willingness to collect
the diamonds in return for Shears promise that his wife will recieve
one million pounds if he is caught and goes to prison, or dies, afterwards.
Shears gives Swan some money and departs.
* * *
Haggar and Sewell arrive at the Dodds' house in Herne Bay. They survey
the scene. Kent CID officers tell Sewell and Haggar they are looking
for a psychopath. All the evidence indicates torture and robbery. Money
is missing along with other small items of jewellery. The stamp collection
is still in the bureau. Haggar wonders why the mobile phone is deliberately
broken. As they leave, he sees a telephone bill unopened on the hall
table. He opens it and looks at the numbers. He sees that the mobile
number is dialled frequently, and also that a similar number is also
dialled. He asks Sewell to check out both numbers.
* * *
Smithy is finishing a pint in his local public house late in the evening.
He says goodnight to the landlord and walks home. He is followed by
Shears who carries a rolled-up newspaper. As Smithy turns into his own
quiet street Shears calls out and asks for directions to another street
nearby. Smithy helpfully turns and points. Shears sprays Smithy in the
face with a lethal gas and turns away quickly. Smithy staggers a few
yards before collapsing dead on the pavement.
* * *
Haggar and Sewell arrive at MI5 headquarters and go straight to Lady
Marjorie's office. She meets them and takes them to the communications
department which is overseen by Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons sees them enter
the communications room and approaches them to enquire if he can help.
Lady Marjorie introduces Sewell as Special Branch and Haggar as special
operative with ministerial authority to find a mole in the department.
She tells Fitzsimmons they want to know who traced the source of certain
telephone calls the previous Friday. Fitzsimmons denies knowing but
offers to help in any way he can and leads them to a computer console
to check files. They retrieve the name of Smith. Lady Majorie tells
Haggar and Sewell that Smith retired on Friday, a few days earlier and
that his wife had telephoned that very morning with the sad news that
her husband had collapsed and died in the street the previous evening.
Everybody in the department was shocked and saddened by the news.
Haggar and Sewell are suspicious of the co-incidence of Smith's death
and decide to visit his widow. When they arrive at the Smith house there
are neigbours consoling Mrs Smith. Haggar offers his condolences and
discovers that neighbours of the Smith's, a husband and wife returning
home, had actually discovered Smith dead on the pavement and called
for an ambulance. On questioning the neighbour, he learns that the wife,
a trained nurse, had attempted vainly to use mouth to mouth resusitation
and had detected a strange smell from the dead man's throat.
Haggar believes an untraceable cyanide compound has been used on Smith
and that he was in fact murdered to conceal the identity of whoever
had asked him to check the source of the telephone numbers. He returns
to MI5 headquarters and tells Lady Majorie his suspicions. She agrees
to give him special stastus as an outside mole hunter ansd allow him
to question staff in the department. Haggar then talks to various people
who had contact with Smith before he left the previous Friday. As this
involved almost everybody in the department, including Lady Marjorie,
he is unable to gain much but, as he leaves, he discovers that Smith
said goodbye to Fitzsimmons twice.
* * *
Haggar and Sewell are in the Admiralty with Lady Majorie, Sir Walter
and Rear Admiral Gordon. They are listening to the new tape made by
McLafferty explaining how the diamonds are to be passed over. The plan
is for them to be brought to a public place, a restaurant in a shopping
precinct. One of the conspirators, not yet seen or heard, will collect
the diamonds. They are told the collector is a sick man who has not
long to live and who is experienced with precious gems. The diamonds
will be checked for radiation and other devices to trace them later.
They are warned against any attempt to follow the collector after the
Lady marjorie tells Haggar the British government has decided to pay
the arnsom and try to trach down the conspirators later. Haggar aks
that he be allowed to be present when the diamonds are delivered. This
is agreed. He then tells the others that he will not rest until they
catch the other man who killed Mike Langley.
* * *
Ronnie Swan arrives at the hand-over point where Sir Walter Arrowsmith,
Haggar and Sewell wait with a briefcase containing the diamonds. Swan
wears a crash helmet but takes it off in the restaurant. He introduces
himself and shows the three of them a waistcoat with primed explosives
in the pockets. He then proceeds to spill the diamonds on to the table.
He spends several minutes examining each stone and passing a gieger-counter
over them. Sir Walter offers Swan a deal, freedom and money, in return
for help to catch the other conspiratos but Swan is unmoved. He puts
the diamonds into his own bag and departs. Other undercover Special
Branch men are observing and sureptitiously taking pictures. Swan leaves
the restaurant and the precinct and mounts a motorcycle. He speeds off.
He is not followed.
Swan drives to Hyde Park and into the underground car park. He quickly
passes the diamonds to Shears who waits in a car. Shears and Swan then
leave the car park by different entrances.
Swan drives around the Bayswater Road parkway. He accidentally collides
with awoman driver. He falls from the motorcycle. A uniformed policeman
approachs him. Shears tries to remount the bike but accidentally detonates
the explosives he has on his body.
* * *
The trail has gone cold and Haggar waits with Lady Marjorie to hear
from the conspirators about the codes to disarm the bomb. No messages
are received. Haggar offers to try to defuse the bomb alone but is over-ruled.
As he leaves the MI5 headquarters, he sees Fitzsimmons and decides
to follow him, playing a hunch.
Fitzsimmons drives to Oxford Street. Haggar loses his quarry outside
Selfridges but enters the store and walks through the store looking
to pick him up again. After some fruitless searching, Haggar turns to
leave but walks through the restaurant. He then sees Fitzsimmons from
the back apparently leaving the company of another man who is facing
him. Fitzsimmons is carrying a bag similar to the one used by Swan to
collect the diamonds. As Haggar walks after Fitzsimmons he recognises
Shears' face from their underwater encounter. Haggar challenges Shears
and points a gun at him. One of the store staff panics and knocks the
gun from Haggar's hand. Shears reacts quickly and runs through the store,
pursued by Haggar. Haggar catches Shears at the top of an escalator
and the two fight to the death. Shears produces a knife but Haggar kills
him with it. Shears' body lies on an ascending escalator. Haggar retrieves
his gun and shows his special licence to member of the store staff.
* * *
Haggar leaves the store looking for Fitzsimmons. He looks around neighbouring
street and sees a car similar to Fitzsimmons' leaving the store car-park.
Haggar runs across the road and stops a motorist. He pulls the driver
out and pursues the suspect car. He gets close enough to see the suspect
car parking near Centre Point (New Oxford Street). He drives into the
forecourt in time to see Fitzsimmons entering the building. Haggar parks
and runs into the lobby of the building. There is no sign of Fitzsimmons
but Haggar sees an company notice board and sees the name of ( associate
this name with Fitzsimmons earlier) a safety deposit box company on
the penultimate top floor. He goes to the lifts and travels up. When
the doors open he sees Fitzsimmons entering a secure area with the bag
of diamonds in his hand. Haggar shouts. Fitzsimmons turns, sees Haggar,
panics and runs through a door into the emergency stairsace. Hagar pursues.
Fitzsimmons produces a gun and begins to shoot back up the stairs at
the pursuing Haggar. Haggar shoots back and one of his shots shatters
a large glass window on the next landing below Fitzsimmons. Glass falls
inside and outside. Fitzsimmons runs down to the next landing, again
with Haggar in pursuit, both men firing their guns. Fitzsimmons slips
on a piece of broken glass on the landing and drops the bag of diamonds.
Diamonds are scattered. Fitzsimmons scrambles to pick up the bag of
diamonds as Haggar leaps down stairs. As Fitzsimmons stands up again,
Haggar arrives on the stairs above him. Fitzsimmons raises his gun but
Haggar shoots him in the stomach. Fitzsimmons staggers back and falls
out through the broken window. He screams as he falls and the diamonds
begin to scatter in the air. Haggar walks to the window and looks down.
Fitzsimmon's crashes on to the top of a lamp-post over which he stays
hanging in the air at the side of Centre Point. There is a scattering
of broken glass on the ground already, and a shower of diamonds falls
amongst the broken glass. A tramp in a walks over from a nearby doorway,
unaware of the body above, and picks up a diamond which he then discards
it in favour of a sliver of of glass which he uses to penetrate a (garment
or such). The tramp then throws the galss away and walks off.
Copyright 2000 Tom Deegan and Ronnie Angel
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The Richard Montgomery Matter (Alternative title)
(Text on screen)
In August 1944 the US explosives carrier vessel Richard Montgomery sank
in the Thames Estuary close to the Medway channel. Location: Sheerness
Middle Sand 51: 28' 00'' N 00: 47' 02'' E. The carrier was loaded with
high explosives and other perilous cargo. The sinking was kept secret
for the duration and immediately after the war the British Admiralty
announced their decision to leave the wreck alone as it was said to
be too dangerous to empty her of cargo.
If the cargo exploded the blast would destroy the town of Sheerness
and the oil refinery on the Isle of Grain. The tidal wave created by
the blast would affect populated areas on both sides of the Thames Estuary
including Southend-on-Sea and the Medway towns of Chatham, Gillingham
and Rochester. Destruction or collateral damage would occur over a ten
That is the official British Admiralty line about the wreck. The masts
of the Richard Montgomery are visible at all times. The wreck is enclosed
by a cordon sanitaire. It is marked with a wreck buoy and diving on
or near the sunken vessel is prohibited under the Protection of Wrecks
Act. It is kept under 24 hour observation by units of the Royal Navy.
* * *
Speculation about the Richard Montgomery has persisted among local
people since its sinking. The Admiralty's explanation that the cargo
was too dangerous to evacuate was not believed by everybody. Too many
other dangerous cargoes had been safely dealt with for this explanation
to be truly credible.
The Richard Montgomery is rumoured to have experimental warfare bombs
on board. Until recently, only a select number of British and American
military personnel and government agents knew the truth about the wreck
of the Richard Montgomery.
George Audrey Fitzsimmons knew the truth ...
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