Evelyn Dick’s disappearance: tragedy or bizarre publicity stunt?

Evelyn Dick vanished in the early hours of Tuesday (13 November) morning. A contract killer and hospital employee at the time of her disappearance, she has not been seen since. Friends and relatives say…

Evelyn Dick's disappearance: tragedy or bizarre publicity stunt?

Evelyn Dick vanished in the early hours of Tuesday (13 November) morning. A contract killer and hospital employee at the time of her disappearance, she has not been seen since. Friends and relatives say that Evelyn was unhappy and living with private issues when she absconded from Spring Hill Hospital, in Clapton, east London, where she was employed as a cleaner and receptionist. Evelyn Dick had a daughter of four, Flora, and a son, Philemon, who were both living with their father, former SAS sniper James Dick. Prior to Evelyn’s disappearance, James Dick and Evelyn Dick had been in touch. According to a fellow inmate at the HMP Pentonville, James Dick had also said that he was going to talk to Evelyn about how she was doing. James Dick’s employer said that he would not be able to work for the duration of the incident. The Secretary of State for Home Affairs has assured the families of Evelyn Dick and James Dick that they are both still in the care of the Government.

Evelyn was sentenced to two years for causing grievous bodily harm with intent, in October 2009, for the murder of her seven-week-old son, Louis Dick. She was found guilty by a jury at Lewes Crown Court in December that year.

The circumstances surrounding Evelyn Dick’s disappearance are still being investigated.

The prosecution claims that Evelyn Dick killed her baby son, Louis Dick, in the summer of 2006. Six months later, she slit her wrist and attempted suicide in an apparently serious attempt to die in the back of a taxi. Once admitted to hospital, the hospital staff became suspicious and informed the police.

It was then that the investigation was reopened. These events were made known to the police following complaints from a prisoner in the prison in Wandsworth.

The prison inmate complained about hearing bedtime stories made up by Evelyn Dick which were used as a counter to any positive comments made to her by another patient in the hospital. The prison officer was fearful of contracting some unknown illness should she complain about a bedside manner that her other patients were suspicious of. She was transferred to West Kingston Women’s Prison, from Wandsworth, soon after.

When Evelyn Dick was admitted to hospital with suicidal intent in July 2006, she cut herself and was later found to have attempts of eating acid in the stomach. She was prescribed a poison to prevent an attempt of an overdose. The failed suicide attempt was reported to the police, but the police failed to press charges against Evelyn Dick.

During her court case, medical experts suggested that she had a personality disorder that may have resulted in a series of personality changes. The prosecution stated that a brain injury was likely to have occurred before her physical recovery could occur in January 2007.

Following her diagnosis, Evelyn was put in a secure unit inside the prison. In the words of the police, “She was scared, she felt on her own.” The officer working with Evelyn found that she wasn’t taking her medication to treat the delusional disorder. She then started to suggest that some persons had physically and sexually abused her.

Evelyn Dick disappeared on Tuesday afternoon – aged 39.

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