Rumors about Queen Elizabeth II almost being assassinated in Dunedin may actually be true.
Recent documents obtained online reveal that Christopher Lewis attempted to kill the queen during the royal parade on Oct. 14, 1981. During the massive gathering, Lewis hid in a deserted cubicle on the fifth floor of the building overlooking the parade.
While the queen was exiting her motorcade at the Otago Museum, a gunshot was fired. But police officials downplayed it and said that it was not a gunshot sound. Lewis missed assassinating the queen, but he was arrested at that time. He was just 17 years old.
An official from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Services (NZSIS) gave access to the police reports, which includes interview notes with Lewis. In the document, it was written, “Lewis did indeed originally intend to assassinate the queen, however did not have a suitable vantage point from which to fire, nor a sufficiently high-powered rifle for the range from the target.”
During his interview, Lewis said something getting instructions from two fictional characters. He later on said that the characters were just products of his imagination. After talking to him several times, the NZIS gathered tons of information from the assailant.
“The angle of fire and range would have made it difficult for the Queen to have been a target. Buildings screened her from the firing point except on four occasions about two seconds duration,” the officers inferred.
Lewis committed suicide on Sept. 23, 1997 while at the Mt. Eden prison.
Tom Lewis, the officer assigned to the case, said that he didn’t think the truth will ever come out.
Meanwhile, Allan Dick, a former news editor at Dunedin radio station 4XO, said that they were called to a meeting and were informed that no gunshot was fired.
“We all left that meeting more mystified about what had happened. I have no doubt the matter was covered-up, the cops were embarrassed – they didn’t want the media to know and we got embarrassed that we allowed ourselves to be snowballed to to such a degree,” he said.