UPDATE:

Mercy boosting investments outside of traditional health care

Queen Elizabeth was target of assassination plot during 1981 New Zealand visit, documents reveal


Recently declassified intelligence documents revealed that a troubled 17-year-old boy attempted to murder Queen Elizabeth II while she was visiting the Commonwealth nation of New Zealand in 1981.

>> Read more trending news 

While the queen was touring the city of Dunedin on New Zealand’s south island on Oct. 14, 1981, a mentally disturbed teenager named Christopher Lewis fired a single shot toward the her as she exited her motorcade at the Otago Museum, according to papers from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS). No one was harmed in the incident.

Lewis turned himself in to local police, who found a .22-caliber rifle and a used cartridge in the building where he had used the firearm. Official believed that the incident would damage the country’s chances of another royal visit, so they only sought firearms and robbery charges against the teen, the documents suggest.

>> Related: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle invite 2,640 to watch their arrival on wedding day

“Current police investigations into the shots have been conducted discreetly, and most media representatives probably have the impression that the noise was caused by a firework of some description,” a 1981 memo from the intelligence service said.

“There is a worry, however, that in court the press may make the connections between the date of the offence and the Queen’s visit,” it added.

“Lewis did indeed originally intend to assassinate the Queen,” the intelligence memo reads. “However [he] did not have a suitable vantage point from which to fire, nor a sufficiently high-powered rifle for the range from the target,” Agence France-Presse reported.

Lewis informed officials that he was a member of a right-wing militia group known as the National Imperial Guerilla Army, although police soon concluded the organization only had three members, which included a higher-ranked figure called the Polar Bear and another called The Snowman, who reportedly issued an order to “terrorize Dunedin.”

>> Related: Queen Elizabeth surrounded by fashion royalty at her first London runway show

Lewis eventually ended up in jail after he was convicted of a string of offenses. He committed suicide in his cell in 1997, authorities said.

The details have prompted a fresh police investigation into the alleged “cover up.”


Reader Comments


Next Up in Springfield Entertainment

Hilary Duff on 'Lizzie McGuire' reboot rumors: 'There's been some conversations'
Hilary Duff on 'Lizzie McGuire' reboot rumors: 'There's been some conversations'

Could "Lizzie McGuire" be heading back to TV?  According to "Entertainment Tonight," actress Hilary Duff, who starred in the Disney Channel teen sitcom that aired from 2001 to 2004, said "there's been some conversations" about a possible reboot.  "It could be a possibility, or it could be nothing, so we'll...
Former Miss Kentucky charged with sending naked photos to student
Former Miss Kentucky charged with sending naked photos to student

A former Miss Kentucky was arrested Friday and charged with four felony counts in Kanawha County, West Virginia, after she was caught sending nude photos of herself to a former student, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news  Ramsey Bearse, 28, now a middle school science teacher outside Charleston, admitted to sending...
Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams ends engagement to pastor Chad Johnson
Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams ends engagement to pastor Chad Johnson

Michelle Williams is no longer engaged. People reported the former Destiny’s Child singer, 38, called off her engagement to pastor and pro sports chaplain Chad Johnson, 41. The two announced their engagement in April. Williams initially announced the news in her Instagram Story on Friday. She released her new single “Fearless&rdquo...
'SNL': Watch Jason Momoa sing, dance to 'Aqua Boogie' on 'Saturday Night Live'
'SNL': Watch Jason Momoa sing, dance to 'Aqua Boogie' on 'Saturday Night Live'

"Aquaman" star Jason Momoa isn't afraid to boogie down. The self-described Saturday Night Live "super-nerd" delighted fans on the comedy show this week, kicking off his hosting gig with a hilarious musical moment. >> Read more trending news  After a pink-clad Momoa introduced himself ("I am so muscular to be...
‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 teaser trailer released
‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 teaser trailer released

It appears the final season of “Game of Thrones” will be what many thought: a battle between fire and ice. HBO dropped its official teaser trailer Thursday night. The clip shows a wolf and dragon engulfed by ice as a lion burns and ignites the ground around it, with both elements meeting at the center of the Painted Table at Dragonstone...
More Stories