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How Robert Maxwell sparked another media frenzy from beyond the grave

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This year sees the 30th anniversary of the night when Robert Maxwell fell, jumped, or even was pushed from his yacht the Lady Ghislaine into the Atlantic off the Canary Islands.

With his booming voice and all-consuming presence he was the most flamboyant, most notorious publisher of the late 20th century. He schmoozed with prime ministers and presidents, from Margaret Thatcher to Nelson Mandela, while swindling his staff out of their pensions.

Maxwell literally made the news, not just as owner of the Daily Mirror and the New York Daily News, but by his own noisy behaviour as a self-appointed global influencer, the host of decadent high-society parties, a monumental fraudster, a rumoured spy for Israel and the 22-stone corpse in a whodunnit.

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Yet while his death remains a mystery, he has been written off as a figure from a bygone era. To most people under 40, for whom the printed newspapers and journals on which he built his fame are of dwindling relevance, the name Robert Maxwell means nothing.

Now suddenly it’s as if Cap’n Bob is back amongst us, reinvented for the digital age and almost as unsettling in podcasts and on........

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