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The London MI6 North Face Red Bag Mystery

“Ahh. Well… Bring out The Gimp.”

You remember that guy in the trunk, in Pulp Fiction?  Right?

And now there is the unfortunate guy from MI 6 whose death is looking like some sort of misadventure. He was found naked inside a locked bag.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Gareth_Williams

The North Face red bag was locked with the paddle lock from the outside, and the keys were found inside. The Crack Team Intelligence Unit has been actively investigating behind the scenes, and so far no one has found out.  These investigations have not been disclosed.

Until now.

 

The North Face Red Bag
The North Face Red Bag

Here is some data on claustrophilia:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/30/did-claustrophilia-kill-u-k-spy-gareth-williams.html

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/stuck/201205/turned-tight-spaces

The key to the padlock was found inside the bag.  Maybe it was just one of those things that the other person locked the padlock, and everyone forgot about the key until it was too late. In other words, maybe it started out as just an innocent game, locking the padlock, and everyone forgot about having the key to the bag at the ready.

He would be dead in about 30 minutes.

But do we know for certain that there must have been somebody else there, with the deceased?

The court saw videos of people who tried to climb in and lock themselves inside the bag, and they did get inside, but they failed to lock the lock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb6YKX_Hy40
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=_ZyEHlj78hg

But the Crack Team Investigation Unit has discovered another video demonstrating principles on how a highly motivated person could actually do it all alone.

But of course, why would he want to?

The method would be to first lock the zipper tags together, then force open the zipper a few inches from it, open it wide, climb in, and then when inside, use the round end of the padlock key to slide the zipper tags, first to one end, entirely closing the zipper, and then back to the center position as when found.  This would account for the keys being inside.  So, it’s physically possible that there was no one else involved. The demo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MDxzcjTrkY

Conclusion: someone, all alone, without any help could get himself killed like this, but only if he’s really smart.

Wait.  There must be something wrong with that conclusion, but I am not sure what it is.

However, not yet revealed is where the keys were found inside the bag.  I mean, if the keys were underneath him, and not available to either hand, then it would change the evaluation.

In 2007, Mr. Williams was found alone and helpless in his apartment.  That time, a neighbor answered calls for help and found him all tied up.  Was there another person who left?  Or did he do it himself?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/mi6-spy-gareth-williams-tied-himself-to-bed-says-landlady-7678328.html

So at least once before, Mr. Williams was in a helpless situation, alone and in his apartment.

It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma!

Here is a timeline:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9240639/Gareth-Williams-timeline-how-the-mystery-of-the-spy-in-the-bag-unfolded.html

And a summary of the problems of the case:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/may/02/gareth-williams-key-unanswered-questions

Crack Team agents everywhere are advised to keep their eyes and ears open and report to the secretary if new information is found.

Good luck.

Do not fail.

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Data Mining in Films

Sometimes, a plot theme is explored in several films.

One such theme is “data mining,” for want of a better term.

To satisfy his personal curiosity, the protagonist deeply explores a previously gathered record of an event using his professional techniques, and makes an important discovery. Watching the professional protagonist going about his task for personal reasons is quite interesting.

“Blowup” (1966): Photography. He blows up photographs and explores details in the background.

“The Conversation” (1974) Audio. He uses various audiotape editing techniques.

“Blow Out” (1981) Both photography and audio. He synchronizes a sequence of magazine photographs with his own audio.