Police Close Investigation Into Alleged Hawking Abuse
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 29, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND--Cambridgeshire police announced Monday that they have no reason to believe Professor Stephen Hawking has been abused, and have decided to close their investigation.
"I can find no evidence to substantiate any assertion that anyone has perpetrated any criminal acts against Professor Hawking," said Detective Superintendent Michael Campbell, who led the investigation. "This matter has now been brought to a close."
The investigation was launched late last year after Hawking's ex-wife and their adult children suggested that a number of unexplained injuries may have been caused by his caregivers.
Police interviewed the famous astrophysicist two weeks ago. He has consistently denied that he had been abused in any way.
Hawking, 62, has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a form of motor neuron disease commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease". The Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, considered by many to be the greatest scientist of his time, is paralyzed except for some fingers he uses to operate a computerized voice box.
His former wife, Jane Hawking, told police that she and their children suspected Hawking's broken wrist, facial cuts, split lip and other injuries he has sustained in recent years were the result of abuse by his full-time nurses or other care-givers.
In the past Hawking blamed his fast-paced lifestyle for his injuries, including a hip fracture he sustained in January 2002 when he accidentally ran his electric wheelchair into a wall.
In 1995, the scientist divorced Jane Hawking after a 26-year marriage, then married his nurse, Elaine Mason. Police interviewed Elaine last week.
"My investigation into these allegations has been extremely thorough and detailed," Detective Campbell said.