Decades after a man was convicted of killing a woman he thought was Rupert Murdoch’s then-wife, he is offering to lead her family to where the body is buried.
Nizamodeen Hosein, now 75, has reportedly been in touch with the daughter of the late Muriel McKay, the woman who was kidnapped and then assumed murdered in 1969. McKay was 55 at the time and was married to Murdoch’s deputy Alick McKay.
Hosein was 22 “when he and his older brother Arthur kidnapped Muriel McKay in 1969 and held her ransom for £1million, mistaking her for Anna Murdoch, the media mogul’s then-wife,” Daily Mail reported.
“The brothers were caught and jailed for life for murder, but Mrs McKay disappeared and her body was never found,” the outlet continued. “Now living in his native Trinidad, where he was deported after serving his jail sentence, 75-year-old Hosein claims Mrs McKay collapsed and died of a heart attack at a remote Hertfordshire farm where the brothers were holding her.”
The brothers were sentenced after a 1970 trial to life imprisonment. It was one of the first convictions for murder without a body in Britain.
While Arthur reportedly died in prison in 2009, his brother has been in touch with McKay’s daughter Dianne who is herself 82 and is offering to return to the United Kingdom in order to show her the exact spot where her mother was buried after her death 54 years ago.
Hosein claimed McKay died of a heart attack while the brothers were holding her for ransom at a Hertfordshire farm near the village of Stocking Pelham. Claiming he panicked, Hosein said he buried the woman’s body behind the farmhouse and could still locate the exact spot despite a previous investigation having turned up nothing.
Daily Mail reported:
The killer, who had denied involvement in the kidnap, also insisted that no violence was used against her. He told her family that she collapsed and died while watching a TV news report with him about her kidnapping.
The confession was made after he was tracked down in Trinidad by documentary makers covering the story last year.
The pair claimed they were innocent but Arthur’s fingerprints were found on the ransom notes and a book filled with the same paper that Mrs McKay’s letters were written on.
“Hosein says he is certain he will remember the spot where he buried Mrs McKay’s body, even though the buildings, the farmyard and the fields have drastically changed since the kidnap in 1969,” according to Daily Mail. “To help him, the McKay family has commissioned computer-generated images to show precisely the changes in the layout of the farm.”
He has asked the UK Home Office to lift a deportation order so that he can travel back to the country.
“I admit my involvement in the kidnap and death of Muriel McKay, and I have been attempting to assist her daughter Dianne in locating her body,” he reportedly wrote in a letter seen by Sky News,
“I believe I am the only living person who knows where Muriel’s body is and would like her body to be found before I myself die,” he added.
Speaking to her mother’s killer by video call, Dianne expressed that he is a “man of few words.”
“It’s been very hard having so many years of nobody to talk to, no leads and no hope of ever finding her body,” she told Sky News. “It’s actually a relief to talk to him.”
“We express sympathies with Muriel McKay’s loved ones. While we do not comment on individual cases, we work with the police on any requests pertaining to ongoing investigations,” a Home Office spokesman said.
“We most recently met some members of Muriel’s family in May 2023 and continue to keep in contact with them,” the Metropolitan Police said. “An extensive search for Muriel’s remains was conducted in March 2022 at a site in Hertfordshire, unfortunately it concluded unsuccessfully. We continue to review any opportunities to recover Muriel’s body and return her to her family.”