In January, 1941, Josslyn Hay, the 22nd Earl of Erroll, was found shot to death in his car on the Nairobi-Ngong road in Kenya. A prominent socialite and a member of the hedonistic 'Happy Valley Set', Hay was a known womanizer and had been a Fascist sympathiser in the 1930s. It is fair to say that he was not short of enemies.
Although Sir Jock Delves Broughton (who was being cuckolded by Hay) was tried, he was found not guilty at trial.
Who killed him? Here are a number of theories...
- Sir Jock Delves Broughton was seen to be burning unknown items the day after the murder and had no one who could confirm his alibi that he was sleeping at the time. His wife was also having an affair with Hay, so the motive is there.
- Alice de Janze was a former lover of Hay. She had once tried to kill her own lover Raymond de Trafford at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. On the morning after Erroll's body was discovered, de Janzé went to the morgue with a friend to see his body. According to eyewitnesses, Alice stunned those in attendance by leaving a tree branch on Erroll's corpse, and whispering the words: "Now you are mine forever". Eyewitness and close friend Julian Lezzard suspected that Alice was the murderer, since it fitted with her morbid preoccupations
- British intelligence agents concerned about his Fascist sympathies. I feel this is unlikely, as he had denounced Nazi Germany and was playing a prominent role in organising British Kenya's war effort.