There were also the many thousands of victims of his £500 million timeshare empire, which had helped turn him into the crime king of the Spanish sunshine island.Once police discovered he had been assassinated, they went to see the infamous killer Kenneth Noye in prison, where he is serving a life sentence for the road- rage murder of a motorist.
The two men had been responsible for smelting down much of the gold from the 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery near Heathrow Airport, then the world’s biggest-ever bullion heist – a feat that earned Palmer his Goldfinger nickname.
An associate later told me: ‘Noye implied he’d co-operate if his sentence was “looked at”.
They found clear evidence that Palmer had links with the raid, as well as being an associate of elderly ringleader Brian Reader.
But I can now reveal that it was the Hatton Garden job – and the role played by the mysterious ‘Basil’, the only member of the gang never to be caught – that cleared Palmer’s arch enemies, the London crime family, from any involvement in his death.
Paramedics attending with the police were unable to save him.
He’d died, they all swiftly concluded, of a pre-existing heart condition.
Again, I politely declined because it would have ruined my contacts with sources in the UK underworld.
But since his murder, I have spent two years speaking to his closest associates to piece together the remarkable story of Goldfinger’s meteoric rise from slum kid to multi-millionaire – and of his bloody demise.
Daily Mail TV's Jesse Palmer stopped by Entertainment Tonight on Friday to talk about the launch of brand new show, which launches Monday.