As headlines go, this one from Lincolnshire Live is pretty good: “Cocktail of drugs killed Lincolnshire trawler owner’s grandson who blackmailed Royal Family”.
The trawler owner’s grandson called himself Ian Strachan, along with a variety of other names. He led a rackety life. His real name was Paul Adalsteinsson, but he used the false names to get prescription drugs, according to the inquest on his death.
He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2008 after he was found guilty of participating in a plot to blackmail an anonymous member of the Royal Family. He and his co-conspirator tried to get £50,000 from the Royal Family member, threatening to release material supposedly proving the married Royal had given a blowjob to an employee at a party.
Four years ago he fell 30 feet from a balcony and had to have his left leg amputated. That didn’t slow him down though. In 2015 he fled Dubai after he crashed a car, escaping the authorities by travelling via Iran back to the UK.
Westminster Coroner’s Court was told that Adalsteinsson was pronounced dead at 6.41 pm on Christmas Eve 2016, the result of respiratory failure due to multi drug poisoning. According to the coroner: “Most days he would drink and take cocaine. He suffered from alcohol dependency syndrome.”