Writers Poison Umbrella Stabbing
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Writers Poison Umbrella Stabbing

Bulgarian writer stabbed by poison umbrella here in 1978.


On the 11th September 1978 writer and broadcaster Georgi Markov died of blood poisoning, four days after he said he was stabbed with an umbrella at a London bus stop here.

Mr Markov, who defected to the West in 1969, said he had felt a stinging pain in his leg while waiting for a bus on Waterloo Bridge, and turned to see an unidentified man picking up an umbrella.

But his publisher, David Farrer, said Mr Markov was a highly political animal who knew he was a possible target for assassination.

Location: Waterloo Bridge, London