Love Letters Exposing a Murderer: TV Documentary Reveals How Jus-Rol’s husband and heiress plot to murder his wife was revealed through his note to her: ‘Soon we’ll be in paradise’
- Harry Jarvis murdered his wife Carol, 47, and left the body in the basement of Bathgate in 2009
- Lover Rita Heyster lived in Jarvis’s garden house and helped him hide the body
- Investigators revealed there were doubts as to whether there was sufficient evidence
- But they discovered letters from Jarvis indicating that he was drugging Carol
A man and his mistress’s plot to murder his wife was unraveled by a love letter he wrote revealing his plan, a TV documentary has revealed.
Harry Jarvis murdered his 47-year-old wife Carol and left her rotting body in the basement of their home in Bathgate, West Lothian in 2009.
His lover Rita Heyster – an heiress to Gravy-Roll pastry who inherited and squandered a fortune of £ 2.5 million – lived in Jarvis’s garden house before the murder and helped him hide the body.
Investigators told documentary makers there were serious doubts as to whether the case against Jarvis was strong enough due to a lack of evidence at the time.
But that all changed when they discovered letters from Jarvis to Heyster indicating that he was drugging Carol and planning to kill her.
Harry Jarvis murdered his 47-year-old wife Carol and left her rotting body in the basement of their home in Bathgate, West Lothian, in 2009. His lover Rita Heyster – an heiress to Jus-Rol pastry who inherited and squandered a fortune of £ 2.5 million – lived in Jarvis’ garden house before the murder and helped him hide the body
But that all changed when they discovered letters from Jarvis to Heyster indicating that he was drugging Carol (pictured with Jarvis in 1982) and planning to kill her.
Carol’s cause of death could not be determined due to the decomposition of her body. Jarvis claimed she died of a seizure before burying her home to be close to her.
In the Crime + Investigation channel’s documentary Killer Britain – presented by Dermot Murnaghan – the case’s chief police officer and prosecutor said the discovery of a series of letters was key to Jarvis’s conviction.
Jarvis’s notes to Heyster revealed that he intended to bring his lover into his home after killing his wife.
One letter read: “Drugs do their job. It just took longer than I thought, but it’s moving fast now. See you in Paradise. ‘
Former Detective Superintendent Phil Gachagan, who led the murder investigation, said: “ He said he placed her under the floorboards and that he occasionally lay down next to her and spoke to her because he found it very difficult to live without her. to be.
‘In my mind that was clearly a complete fantasy.
Mother of four Carol (pictured), who had several medical problems, was reported missing by her children
“I had discussions with the Crown attorneys and I was really concerned that there wasn’t enough evidence to even take the case to court.
“The only thing that really helped with the investigation were the letters Jarvis wrote to Rita saying he was drugging Carol and planning to kill her.”
Garry Allan QC, who led the prosecution, said: “The notes suggested that Carol’s death was imminent and that Harry and Rita could move on to life in” paradise. “
“It was a very dramatic image that I was able to present to the jury, showing that this was not an unfortunate death that had led to panicky decisions.”
Carol, a mother of four, who had several medical problems, was reported missing by her children.
Police comb the yard of the house in Balbardie Crescent, Bathgate, West Lothian, where Carol Jarvis’ remains were discovered in 2009
They didn’t believe their father’s story of taking a trip to Dundee or getting reprieve.
Former bus driver Jarvis was jailed for at least 15 years in 2011 and died of heart failure in 2017 at the age of 67 while serving his sentence in Addiewell Prison.
Heyster, of Coldstream in the Borders, inherited a fortune of £ 2.5 million from her adopted father, Jus-Rol founder Tommy Forsyth.
But she got into troubled times and blew the money before starting an affair with Jarvis. She was jailed for four and a half years for helping to hide Carol’s body.
She has since been released.
In 2015, the couple planned to get married behind bars, but Heyster called off the wedding just a month later.
- Killer Britain with Dermot Murnaghan will air on Crime + Investigation on June 4 at 9pm.