Stephen Mulryne was the Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom in November 1963. He knew Sir Toby Kinsella of old and had served in the British Army during World War II, participating in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944.
While Defence Secretary, he'd been in an affair with Amanda Caulfield, who had also been seeing a Russian agent. When he tried talking about the Starfire Project to a set of journalists in late November, they were more interested in the affair. He was assassinated in the presence of Ian Gilmore.
It was later learned that the Light had arranged the affair and the assassination to remove him, and that he was considered likely to shut down Starfire in the face of public pressure. (AUDIO: 1963: The Assassination Games)
Behind the scenes Edit
- Mulryne's scandal in The Assassination Games is a reference to the real-life Prufomo affair. The real scandal went public under the Macmillan government rather than under Douglas-Home (and was one of the reasons Macmillan resigned).
- "Defence Secretary" is an anachronism: the position was created in 1964 by combining the Secretary of State for War, Minister of Defence, the First Lord of the Admiralty, and the Secretary of State.