On April 29th, 1945, General Heinrich Gestapo Muller, head of that feared Nazi organisation, left Hitler's bunker and disappeared. Today over a half a Century later, he is still carried on the books of the German Office of Investigation of Nazi war crimes as their No. 1 wanted man - The question is why? For nearly five years Muller had the power of life-and-death over 300 million Europeans in Occupied Europe. In that time not only did he play a major role in the Holocaust but he helped in kidnapping of Payne, Stevens and Best, chiefs of the SIS in Europe; had a hand in the planned abduction of the Duke of Windsor; broke the power of the European-Soviet spy ring the 'Red Orchestra'; terrorised the French resistance; shot British SAS and SOE prisoners and master-minded the executions of the Great Escape POW escapees. But was he all the time working for the Russians, and if so, what happened to him on that April day? His subordinate Eichmann escaped as did other top Gestapo officials. Did he really die in Berlin? In his search for the truth the Author takes an interesting and exciting stance.
He examines, with typical thoroughness, both Muller's career as it progresses from being a simple Bavarian policeman through to becoming a top Third Reich's henchman and the Allies post-war efforts to find out if Muller survived. The Search for Gestapo Muller is a truly intriguing modern mystery story.
Born in the Bootham area of York, England, he was a pupil at the prestigious Nunthorpe Grammar School, leaving at the age of 16 to join the British Army by lying about his age. Keen to be in on the wartime action, Whiting was attached to the 52nd Reconnaissance Regiment and by the age of 18 saw duty as a sergeant in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany in the latter stages of World War II. While still a soldier, he observed conflicts between the highest-ranking British and American generals which he would write about extensively in later years. After the war, he stayed on in Germany completing his A-levels via correspondence course and teaching English before being enrolled at Leeds University reading History and German Language. As an undergraduate he was afforded opportunities for study at several European universities and, after gaining his degree, would go on to become an assistant professor of history. Elsewhere, Whiting held a variety of jobs which included working as a translator for a German chemical factory and spells as a publicist, a correspondent for The Times and feature writer for such diverse magazines as International Review of Linguistics, Soldier and Playboy. His first novel was written while still an undergraduate, was published in 1954 and by 1958 had been followed by three wartime thrillers. Between 1960 and 2007 Charles went on to write over 350 titles, including 70 non-fiction titles covering varied topics from the Nazi intelligence service to British Regiments during World War II. Charles Henry Whiting, author and military historian died on July 24 2007, leaving his wife and son.