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Diana the Abduction: Mystery Solved is a book under the non-fiction category written by Rania Alammar.
A year after the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the princess was killed in a car accident in France in August 31, 1997. The princess, her boyfriend Imad Al Fayed known as Dodi, Dodi’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones and the driver and head of security of the Ritz Hotel Henri Paul perished when the Mercedes they were in crashed in the thirteenth pillar of the Pont d’Alma tunnel at 00:23, while being chased by paparazzi. While Henri and Dodi died right away, the princess was taken to the La Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital and died at 4:00 from internal bleeding caused by rupture in pulmonary vein.
There were two main assumptions concerning the event. First, the accident was caused by the recklessness and alcohol intoxication of the driver. Second, the event was a deliberate murder instigated by the Royal Family against Princess Diana who was said to be pregnant by Dodi Al-Fayed at the time of the accident. In this book, the author offered a third conclusion and that is the princess did not die that night but was rather kidnapped and was replaced by the body of a different woman.
The author’s shocking assumption is supported by evidence gathered through several years of research from various investigative books. Among her most important sources are: Cover Up of a Royal Murder: Hundreds of Errors in the Paget Report and How They Murdered Princess Diana, both by John Morgan, Princess Diana: The Evidence by Jon King and John Beveridge and Diana: Death of a Goddess by David Cohen.
The author’s inference was based on multiple discrepancies in recorded information and testimonies, fabricated and otherwise, of involved individuals. Among the most interesting facts pointed out in this book were the following: failure of the cameras to capture a picture of the accident, two different entries of Princess Diana’s time of arrival at the hospital, two different documents of entry for the princess with the same file number, different and inconsistent descriptions of the princess after the accident like terrible injuries and not at all disfigured which led to the author’s assumption that there was another body besides that of Princess Diana.
The book is, first and foremost, interesting and easily catches the attention of the reader as early as the first five pages. The assumptions brought forward, outrageous as they are, are supported by the evidence presented making the author’s arguments very convincing. The fluidity of the writing makes the book easy to read and understand. All the issues raised are thoroughly addressed and the claims substantiated. The event is chronologically narrated giving the reader the feeling of being walked through from the scene of the accident, at the hospital and even in London. The statements are well referenced with sources appropriately cited.
I, therefore, give this book the rate of 4 out of 4 stars. It is interesting, concise and well written. I recommend it, first to the fans of the beloved princess, then to readers who love crime and conspiracy stories.
A review from the writer and blogger Sarah Hapgood:
I know hardened sceptics may be rolling their eyes at this point. “Oh pah-lease! Another book about Princess Diana’s death? She died because she wasn’t wearing a seat-belt, get over it!” Ah, but it’s a mystery which still endures.
I’ve read several books about Diana’s untimely death over the years, and to be honest, I didn’t think I’d be tempted to try another one unless someone actually came up with some hard compelling evidence as to what happened that fateful August night in 1997, instead of just wild speculating, and bending facts to fit whichever is their pet theory. This one enticed me because the author argues that Diana didn’t die at all, that she was in fact abducted.
Hardened sceptics will be rolling their eyes again. “Don’t we always get this when a famous person dies in their prime? You’ll be seeing Elvis down Tesco’s next”. Indeed. And yes, it’s true that people do have a problem accepting that tragedies can happen to famous people in the prime of life, as much as they can happen to anybody else. God knows how many times Elvis has been spotted. I once saw a book by a man who claimed he had given a lift to a 60-something Marilyn Monroe back in the 1980s. And on the Your True Tales website I read a short piece by someone who swore they had once seen a 70-year-old John F Kennedy walking past the shop where he worked.
When I first visited the Pont Alma in Paris in 1999, someone had put up a poster there claiming that Diana had faked her own death to live a life of anonymity. I don’t believe that for one minute. You can argue abduction is equally far-fetched, but yet, I’ve read sincere comments over the years – both in books and Online – from people who believe that may have been what happened.
This book was better than I expected, in that it wasn’t a swivel-eyed, hysterical rant, as some conspiracy books can often be. The author has done some solid research, and the medical details are gone into in tremendous detail, to the extent that I personally found parts of it heavy-going. That’s mainly because there’s a limit to how much I can read about embalming and autopsies without mentally zoning out.
I must add that the author also mentions, in relation to royal mysteries, the weird case of the 10 missing Canadian aboriginal children from October 1964. I’ve been intrigued by that one for quite some time now, and yet can find very little information on it, so I’m always fascinated when anybody else mentions it.
Frustratingly, the book offers no ideas as to what may have happened to Diana if she did indeed survive that night. Is she still alive? Where did they take her? I hope the author pursues this subject, as there’s certainly scope for a follow-up volume.
As an Amazon reviewer put it, this book is “flawed, but perhaps important”. It is certainly thought-provoking. I found myself both agreeing and disagreeing with her. I agree that Dodi was just a summer diversion for Diana, and not the great love affair some believe it was (I think she was still on the rebound from Dr Khan). The author paints Al Fayed as a complete villain. I’m honestly not sure about that. I found him to be genuinely moving in the controversial film Unlawful Killing (although it must be pointed out that he bankrolled it). Don’t message me. I don’t know the man, I have no idea what he’s like.
If hardened sceptics are still rolling their eyes, well I can’t offer you much reassurance. There are still too many mysteries, conundrums, and unanswered questions about the Princess’s death for conspiracists to shut up about it any time soon. This one will continue to run and run.
And from amazon readers:
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By Martin Z on 11 Aug. 2016
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I have become, and remain, convinced that the crash was the result of a professionally orchestrated ‘plausible denial’ operation.
Rania Alammar is clearly an intelligent journalist, whose conclusion, after having studied a number of books whose authors have investigated the incident, is one she genuinely believes in.
Even for those of us who accept that the ‘accident’ was anything but, followed by an (at least) equally elaborate cover-up there remain many odd inconsistencies, not all of which can be explained by the inevitable confusion following sudden, unexpected, dramatic events.
It’s not unreasonable to set out a case for a possibility that the Princess did not actually die that night, which I had not seriously considered before reading this book.
To her credit its author does not pretend to know what happened to the Princess after September 1st 1997, if she was indeed still alive then, her sedated but living body having been swapped with the body of another, unknown, deceased woman.
But it would have been reassuring to know, when reading, that Ms. Alammar had undertaken some research of her own, rather than basing her conclusion entirely on her studies of other authors published research.
I suspect that English is not her first language, and I’m sorry to say that a few of her sentences make little sense grammatically. More importantly the book is repetitive and not easy to read. It is also shorter than the average book, but to be honest mercifully so.
However I finished it, and, if you are a student of the mystery that she writes about, I recommend that you do too.
Ms Alammar’s assertion that the authorities want/ed us to conclude that the Princess was murdered, rather than that she lost her life in a tragic accident, caused by a speeding drunk driver being pursued by paparazzi, is so blatantly off the mark that I simply cannot understand how she could have concluded that.
Yet clearly she has given a lot of thought to what she writes about, she highlights some very puzzling aspects of what is known about it, and arrives at an original conclusion, which I’m unconvinced by but which merits some serious consideration.
If she is right, her book provides more questions than answers. Maybe she can track down and interview some people who could provide some answers, and write another book, with a more experienced writer to co-author it.
By L Ford on 9 Oct. 2016
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By Hawaiian Eye on September 2, 2016
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What right does this author have to judge how Mr Al-Fayed took the news of his son’s passing? She was 11 years old and living in another country. Like many people I was in the UK and can tell you the man was devastated. He appeared at his store – Harrods – in shock and dismay, openly weeping. He did not act at all calm and carefree as she suggests. Where does she get this anyway?
Do Diana’s sons need to read this tripe? Even they come under her scrutiny when she claims they laughed on the day they mother died.
Numerous obscure sources and references to articles she’s read online. The author also makes mention of the British royal family covering up numerous family members who suffered mental illness and were confined to private sanatoriums. None of this is new, since documentaries produced over the years also make mention of the Bowes-Lyon sisters.
I am shocked that none of the people mentioned have filed lawsuits because many of the claims in this book are at the very least libelous. I’d give it one star except that I think the author has a cute imagination that would be beautiful for future works of fiction.
By katrina a. noel on August 29, 2016
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