THE WIDOW of notorious gangster John “Goldfinger” Palmer has blasted cops – claiming “there’s more chance of Lord Lucan showing up” than officers finding her husband’s killer.
The gangland killing in June 2015 remains unsolved and Marnie Palmer says the investigation has been so bungled that she’s “given up hope” the hitman will ever be brought to justice.
The underworld kingpin – who famously melted down bullion from the 1983 Brink-Mat gold heist – was shot dead in his garden. But emergency crews initially mistook his body’s six bullet holes for surgery scars.
The couple were married for 40 turbulent years, marred by his womanising and violence, and Marnie, 69, told the Telegraph last night: “There’s more chance of Lord Lucan showing up than of police finding my John’s assassin.”
She added: “I have given up on hope that the case will be solved. So much of what we have been told by Essex Police has been hogwash.”
Marnie has written a book about her life with the gangster, called Goldfinger and Me: Bullets, Bullion and Betrayal.