In an extraordinary interview with The Times, magazines supremo Felix Dennis has claimed that he killed a man, a disclosure he later retracted.
Asked by interviewer Ginny Dougarty in the course of a five hour long taped interview if he ever fought a man over a woman, Dennis said: ‘I’ve killed a man.”
Dougarty then asked Dennis to clarify to which he repeated: ‘I’ve killed a man.”
“What do you mean, you’ve killed a man?” said Dougarty
‘I killed him.”
“Does everyone know you’ve killed a man?”
‘No, and they’ll never find out, either.”
“Are you kidding me? Are you winding me up? Where? In what country?”
‘I killed him. That’s all you need to know. I killed him.”
The journalist then asked Dennis, owner of over 50 magazines and one of the most successful self-made entrepreneurs in the world, to retract the the story but he refused.
Months later, Dennis wrote to the Times editor, explaining that at the time of the interview he was suffering from anaemia and thyroid imbalance and that the medication for these could cause mood swings, severe exaggeration and a kind of manic or psychotic behaviour.
Prior to publicatiion, Dougarty called Dennis to inform him the newspaper would be including the section about him killing a man in its story – at which point he retracted his claims.
‘It’s a load of hogwash – I was drunk,’he said. ‘I withdraw it unconditionally.”