Who Killed Jill Dando?

On the 9th of November, 1961, in the sleepy, seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, a woman named Winifred went into labour. Her husband, Jack, rushed to Ashcombe House Maternity Home and was at his wife’s side as she gave birth to their one and only daughter. They would name her Jill Wendy Dando.

Jill’s early years were an uphill struggle. When she was just three years old, it was discovered that she had a blocked pulmonary artery, as well as a hole in her tiny heart. The pulmonary artery carries deoxygenated blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs, where it will be loaded up with oxygen again before circulating the body. Unless the blockage was cleared, the infant Jill’s lungs would be unable to form even the most basic of functions. Her young life was in grave danger.

But thanks to the budding National Health Service, the infant Jill was taken care of. Doctors from all over the former British Empire took part in the delicate operation to sew up and unblock her tiny, still beating heart. The operation was a complete success and Jill grew up to be a healthy, happy girl.

After her comprehensive education, Jill went on to study journalism at the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education in nearby Cardiff, Wales. It was there she would be filled with a passion for dramatics and media, taking part in local Amateur Dramatics and Theatre companies and even volunteering for Sunshine Hospital Radio, a non-profit organization that wished to bring a little ray of sunshine into the lives of sick and injured patients. It appears that Jill never, ever forgot the debt she owed to her nation’s medical professionals.

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Journalism was something of a family business for the Dandos. Jill’s father and brother worked for the local weekly newspaper, The Weston Mercury, and this was where Jill found her first paid reporter’s job. For five whole years she worked as a print journalist for the Mercury, covering community events and helping to promote local and regional business. But Jill always knew she was destined for the big time.

So in 1985

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Who Killed Jill Dando? | MINI DOCUMENTARY

On the 9 th of November, 1961, in the sleepy, seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, a woman named Winifred went into labour. Her husband, Jack, rushed to Ashcombe House Maternity Home and was at his wife’s side as she gave birth to their one and only daughter. They would name her Jill Wendy Dando. Jill’s early years were an uphill struggle. When she was just three years old, it was discovered that she had a blocked pulmonary artery, as well as a hole in her tiny heart. The pulmonary artery carries deoxygenated blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs, where it will be loaded up with oxygen again before circulating the body. Unless the blockage was cleared, the infant Jill’s lungs would be unable to form even the most basic of functions. Her young life was in grave danger. But thanks to the budding National Health Service, the infant Jill was taken care of. Doctors from all over the former British Empire took part in the delicate operation to sew up and unblock her tiny, still beating heart. The operation was a complete success and Jill grew up to be a healthy, happy girl. After her comprehensive education, Jill went on to study journalism at the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education in nearby Cardiff, Wales. It was there she would be filled with a passion for dramatics and media, taking part in local Amateur Dramatics and Theatre companies and even volunteering for Sunshine Hospital Radio, a non-profit organization that wished to bring a little ray of sunshine into the lives of sick and injured patients. It appears that Jill never, ever forgot the debt she owed to her nation’s medical professionals.

Journalism was something of a family business for the Dandos. Jill’s father and brother worked for the local weekly newspaper, The Weston Mercury, and this was where Jill found her first paid reporter’s job. For five whole years she worked as a print journalist for the Mercury, covering community events and helping to promote local and regional business. But Jill always knew she was destined for the big time. So in 1985, when the call came from the British Broadcasting Corporation that they were looking for a newsreader for BBC Radio Devon, Jill jumped at the chance, beat out her male competitors, and secured her place on the next highest rung of the media ladder. Her meteoric rise was simply unstoppable. Dando was fresh faced, enthusiastic, intelligent and beautiful; she exuded the girl-next-door type of vibe that her listeners found endeari

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