Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cleared Man's Suicide 26 Years after Candyfloss Queen Murder

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cleared Man's Suicide 26 Years after Candyfloss Queen Murder

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Byline: By Owen McAteer

He was the prime suspect in the Candyfloss Queen murder mystery ( but traveller Lawrence Wood has taken his secrets to the grave.

The 46-year-old, who was acquitted of the horrific slaying of fairground heiress Miriam Culine, killed himself, an inquest heard.

His death in his fume-filled car in August 2004, once again brings the 1978 unsolved killing of Miriam into the public domain.

Mr Wood had left a suicide note, his inquest at Chester-le-Street heard, but he is not believed to have made any reference to the Culine murder case or to serious criminal accusations he was on bail for at the time of his death.

Dr Paul Barret, the pathologist who carried out the post mortem on Mr Wood, confirmed he had died of carbon dioxide poisoning.

PC Neil Johnson of Durham Police said: "We received a telephone call saying a body had been found at allotments at Market Crescent Way in Wingate.

"There was a white Mercedes and the body was in the rear passenger side and we subsequently ascertained that was Lawrence Wood.

"There was a hosepipe leading through one of the rear windows and the windows had been blocked up with clothing as well.

"It wasn't a remote area but people wouldn't be able to look into the premises.

"There were no suspicions of anyone else being involved. A note was found with the body."

PC Johnson said a member of Mr Wood's family identified the note as being in his handwriting and also told the court the police were making inquiries after Mr Wood had been arrested and bailed for a serious criminal matter but he had not been charged.

Coroner Brenda Davison said she was satisfied that Mr Wood had taken his own life.

Following his death Mr Wood was buried following a full Romany ceremony at St Mary's Churchyard, Coxhoe, near Durham City.

His body was followed to the church by a procession of Gypsy caravans and his grave is in the middle of a large burial site.

Mr Wood, of Market Crescent Gardens in Wingate, was arrested shortly after the body of candyfloss Queen Miriam Culine was found. …

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