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David Yallop, Who Wrote of Crime and Conspiracy, Dies at 81

But “In God’s Name” spent 15 weeks on The Times’s best-seller list and won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger award for nonfiction in 1984. According to news reports and a foreword to a recent edition, the book has been translated into more than 30 languages and has sold more than six million copies.

David Anthony Yallop was born in South London on Jan. 27, 1937. His father, George, left him and his mother, Una Stanton, when David was only 18 months old, and his mother worked at different office jobs to keep them afloat.

He left high school at 15 and took a low-level job at a newspaper before two years of compulsory military service in the Royal Air Force. When he got out he worked odd jobs, eventually landing at a television station, where he became a floor manager and studio director before he started writing.

He married Anna Rutherford in 1977. In addition to her, he is survived by two daughters, Kim and Lynn Yallop, from an earlier marriage, which ended in divorce; a daughter, Lucy Yallop, and a son, Fletcher, from his second marriage; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Yallop first wrote for television and returned to the medium over the years. He made headlines in the early 1990s because of a public dispute with the BBC, who he said owed him back pay for many scripts for the long-running BBC soap opera “EastEnders.” He filed a lawsuit against the BBC, and in 1992 a judge awarded him more than 68,000 pounds, the equivalent of more than $175,000 today.

Mr. Yallop’s other books include “Deliver Us From Evil” (1981), an investigation into the Yorkshire Ripper murder case, and “Tracking the Jackal: The Search for Carlos, the World’s Most Wanted Man” (1993), about Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the Venezuelan terrorist better known as Carlos the Jackal, in different parts of the Middle East.

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