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Sir Harold Evans, 'Murder Most Foul'

Fri, October 30, 2009 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

When Harold Evans was Editor of the Sunday Times in the 1970s, his chief foreign correspondent, David Holden, was assassinated in Cairo.  At 53, Holden was an experienced Middle East reporter and broadcaster.  Who might have murdered him in December 1977?  And why?  Scotland Yard immediately investigated the case along with the police in Cairo.  It quickly became apparent that there was an intelligence dimension involving the CIA and, to the chagrin of Evans, a spy within the office of the Sunday Times.  The case has never been resolved, but there are recently declassified CIA and other documents that provide further clues.  With Harry Evans as a latter-day Agatha Christie, the drama appears to be reaching a conclusion.

Sir Harold Evans was Editor of the Sunday Times for 14 years, 1967-1981.  Evans became famous for his crusading style of investigative reporting, bringing to public attention stories and scandals often officially denied or ignored.  He has subsequently served as editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Monthly press and editorial director of US News and World Report as well as president and publisher of Random House.  His books include The American Century (1988) and his recent autobiography, My Paper Chase, to be published in the United States in November.  He is the husband of Tina Brown.

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