*British police have re-opened an investigation into the death 25 years ago of Shirley Bassey’s daughter Samantha Novak, who was found face down in the River Avon near the 245-foot high Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, in 1985.
Detectives are making new inquiries after receiving new information from the family of a woman who was killed by a man who also knew Novak, who was 21 at the time of her death.
A coroner at the time said it appeared she fell from the riverbank after a night out and there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances. However, her famous mom, 73, has always maintained that her death was not an accident or suicide.
“I never believed that she killed herself. If she’d jumped off the bridge, all her bones would have been broken,” the Welsh diva and 007 movie songstress said last October.
Detectives now say the family of Penny Beale, killed by Michael Moffatt, had written to them with a new lead. Her mother said the convicted killer claimed to be “involved in the murder” of Novak. It is understood Moffat boasted of being in a relationship with the singer’s daughter.
“The mother of Moffat’s victim wrote to us with some information in the last couple of weeks,” said Detective Chief Inspector Mike Carter, head of the force’s major crime review team. “Her daughter had said that Moffat told her he was involved in the murder of Samantha Novak. We looked at the circumstances surrounding the death six months ago after comments made by Dame Shirley Bassey.
“There was nothing from the coroner’s report to suggest it was murder rather than suicide. However, this information is obviously additional so we are making fresh inquiries.”
Bassey is best known for singing the James Bond film theme songs “Goldfinger” (1964), “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), and “Moonraker” (1979).