A Neo-Nazi 'cult', a 'staged car crash' and a haunting last call to say, 'Mum, I'm in big, big trouble': Heartbroken British mother's 12-year fight for justice over the 'murder' of her Jewish son in Germany

The Mail, UK/June 4, 2015

By Flora Drury

The mother of a Jewish student who fell into the hands of a shadowy, fascist sect before he was mysteriously found dead on a German road has revealed how stunning new evidence has convinced her they were involved in his death.

Jeremiah Duggan phoned his mum just 45 minutes before his lifeless body was found on a motorway to say: 'Mum, I'm in big, big trouble'.

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, his mother Erica Duggan told how she is now more certain than ever that the murky right-wing, anti-Semitic LaRouche sect killed him.

As she mulls over every last detail of his sudden death in her mind, Ms Duggan says: 'I know how he was killed. He was killed by this organisation, whether it was mentally or physically - or both. That is why he died.'

German authorities stand accused of a cover up after a coroner in Germany ruled in 2003 that 22-year-old Jeremiah committed suicide by running onto a dual carriageway, where he was hit by two fast-moving cars.

A fresh inquest into his death found sensational new, compelling evidence that the crash in which he died had been constructed.

Paul Canning, a former Metropolitan Police forensic photographer who studied 79 pictures of the roadside, said marks found on Jeremiah's body showed he had died trying to defend himself.

He said neither of the cars which allegedly hit him – a Peugeot 406 and a Volkswagen Golf - had any traces of blood, skin or hair on them, adding that the damage to the cars was not consistent with them hitting a human body.

He indicated that one of the cars was hit with a hammer or crowbar to make it look as though it had run someone over.

A separate pathology report suggested Jeremiah's injuries were caused by a boot or a fist, with blood in his lungs showing he had been injured for some time before he died.

There were no tyre marks or other injuries consistent with Jeremiah being run over, the report said, and his hands and forearms showed 'classic defence wounds' meaning he fought with his attacker.

His dramatic evidence led coroner Andrew Walker to 'totally reject' Germany's findings and rule the intelligent student hadn't taken his life.

'In all my years of work I have never seen one case where the grounds for a full and frank inquiry into a suspicious death were so compelling,' the Duggan family lawyer Frances Swaine said.

For Ms Duggan and her former husband, Hugh, the inquest at Barnet Coroner's Court in two weeks ago was a turning point in their 12-year fight for justice.

It was the first time someone in authority finally recognised that the bizarre LaRouche cult may have been connected to his death.

'The fact that he attended a conference run by this far right-wing organisation... together with Mr Duggan expressing that he was a Jew, British and questioning the material put before him, may have had a bearing on Mr Duggan's death,' Mr Walker told the court. 

Those were the words this loving mother had been longing to hear for since March 27 2003, desperately seeking answers through the courts both in Germany and the UK.

Ms Duggan, 65, from Golders Green, north London, cannot say for certain what happened on that Thursday morning. She wasn't there, and she doesn't know. However, she does have her own theories.

'When he spoke to me I knew his life was under threat. He was being stopped from talking to me,' she said. 'I felt he was in danger as he did not want to do what they wanted him to do.

'What they wanted to do was make him join the group – but when he didn't, they turned against him.'

The inquest also heard former French MP Catherine Picard describe the LaRouche movement as a cult.

'This movement in itself has one particular peculiarity: that it bases all its arguments in politics, which is very attractive to young people who perhaps quite generously think they are subscribing to a left-wing movement. It is not a political movement, it is a cult movement,' she said.

Before the new evidence, Ms Duggan believed he ran onto the B455 Berliner Strasse outside Wiesbaden, Germany, as he fled in panic from the conference, possibly pursued by members of the cult.

But since the latest inquest she says she believes people involved in this cult are responsible for his death. When he called Ms Duggan, her desperate son sounded frantic.

As he spelt out the name of the town, begging her to rescue him, the phone went dead.  

But mystery surrounding the crash deepened when forensic scientist Mr Canning told the inquest there was sand on both cars and the student's shoes to suggest Duggan had been at a nearby quarry or building site at the same time as the cars.

He said Jeremiah might have been chased and then beaten to death at the quarry before his body was moved to the motorway.

'I firmly believe this incident was staged and that Mr Duggan met his death somewhere else and his body dumped on the road,' he said.

German police said at the time witnesses had called in to say they saw Jeremiah jumping into the road. But when pressed, the calls couldn't be traced.

Ms Duggan has never believed her son took his own life that Thursday morning.

'He sounded terrified, like his life was in danger and he was panicked. I felt he was in serious trouble,' she said.

Jeremiah, an intelligent student, had been studying English Literature at the Paris-Sorbonne University when he bought a newspaper called Nouvelle Solidarite from a LaRouche propagandist, who persuaded him to attend the 'anti-war conference'.

The man on the said he was from the political party, Solidarite and Progres.

Ms Duggan now knows it to be the French arm of LaRouche, but at the time Jeremiah was searching for a way to be more politically engaged and was drawn in by what appeared to be a left-wing ideology.

Solidarite and Progres - and the different branches of the cult around the world, of which there are many - were campaigning against the Iraq War, which was about to begin.

'When he arrived in Paris, we had just had 9/11, it was the build up to the Iraq War,' Ms Duggan explained. 'He was saying he wanted to be more politically active - and this man said, we've got the solutions.'

It was certainly not immediately obvious it was a cult, not least because it lacked the religious element which so often goes hand-in-hand with extremist sects.

Ms Duggan says LaRouche paints itself as a political group.

In reality it is a bizarre band of far right extremists led by Lyndon LaRouche, a narcissistic 92-year-old American who ran for president in every election between 1976 and 2004 - and who is arguably one of the biggest purveyors of conspiracy theories in the world.

At its heart is a belief that the American Civil War never really ended, and the British and its Jewish agents are working from within to destroy the United States. 

Speaking in 2012, LaRouche, described the British as a 'parasitic nation' who 'don't have a moral sense'.

'That is the monster we must destroy,' he concluded.

Amongst its bizarre conspiracy theories, LaRouche claims that Britain and its Jewish 'agents' put Hitler in power to create Israel, and undermine post-war Germany.

And the Holocaust, which undeniably killed six million people, never happened, he says.

Another is the claim that 9/11 was carried out by Israeli Mossad agents - while the belief the attack was state-sponsored terrorism in order to start 'World War Three' can also has LaRouche's fingerprints.

The Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) – LaRouche's mouthpiece – is the source of the ridiculous claim that the Queen was behind Princess Diana's death, and it was Prince Philip who ordered her murder.

More recently, LaRouche has pictured President Barack Obama with a Hitler moustache because of his 'Nazi' healthcare plans.

'Lyndon LaRouche identified Obama as a narcissist, in the image of the Roman Emperor Nero,' the group's website explained, as it called on the American government to impeach the President.

It also accuses the Democrats of planning to launch 'World War Three' - using a picture of him standing next to the Queen, to convince the world of his underlying 'evilness'. 

But Jeremiah didn't realise he had fallen into the hand of anti-British and anti-Semitic sect until it was too late, his mother said.

'He didn't think it was a political cult, he thought he was joining a movement to campaign against the war in Iraq,' she added. 

So when he was invited to attend a conference in Wiesbaden, where LaRouche has its European headquarters, he agreed.

In Germany LaRouche is run by the leader's wife, Helga Zeplin LaRouche, and is known as the Schiller Institute.

By the time the week came to an end, he should have been brainwashed.

But, his mother said, something went wrong when it came to Jeremiah.

His notes from the conference show he didn't swallow the LaRouche rhetoric and - as his final scribbles proves - had realised this was an anti-Semitic organisation.

And then - in front of 500 people at the conference - he stood up and said he was both Jewish and British, and what they were saying was not true.

It is impossible to know whether this was the moment which sealed his fate.

But days later, Ms Duggan received that fateful last call she would ever get from her son.

As he spelt out the name of the town, begging her to rescue him, the phone went dead.

His French girlfriend Maya Villanueva had received a phone call shortly before, saying he feared he was in danger and they were going to harm him.

'I don't understand why the German government is protecting this anti-Semitic organisation,' his mum told MailOnline.

'I'm also not sure why the German authorities, despite having a great deal of information about the anti-Semitism and the danger of this organisation, don't wish to look at somebody who dies in a very shocking way after being associated with it? 

'Is there some connection between the two?  People are asking these questions because nobody has really answered that.

'Four forensic analysts provided evidence to suggest he did not die in the car crash.

'The German police did not investigate. They closed the case. There were not witness statements, there was no doctor's examination. For them it was an open and shut case.

'The road was back open within hours and they had already decided it was suicide.

'But I know he was taken to his death by LaRouche. They killed him.

'What they wanted to do was make him join the group – but when he didn't, they turned against him.

'Jeremiah was British and Jewish, so in their eyes, he was the enemy.'

The Schiller Institute maintains it had nothing to do with Jeremiah’s death.

A statement on its website said: ‘The Schiller Institute has always maintained that it had no involvement whatsoever in Jeremiah’s death, and has expressed its sympathy to the Duggan family.'

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