Wolf Rüdiger Hess

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Wolf Rüdiger Hess (Heß in German; 18 November 1937 – 24 October 2001) was the son of Rudolf Hess and Ilse Pröhl Hess.

The younger Hess gained prominence for criticising an investigation into his father's suicide while serving a life sentence in Spandau Prison. The younger Hess maintained that the investigation was a cover-up, and that the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) had murdered his father. He believed that they had done this to prevent his father's parole— which he believed to be imminent—because the British government was afraid that he would reveal embarrassing information about British actions during World War II. Wolf-Rudiger Hess and his father's lawyer, Alfred Seidl, arranged an autopsy.[1]

At the age of 63, Wolf-Rudiger Hess suffered a stroke and was taken to a Munich hospital.

In 2007 - six years after Wolf Rüdiger Hess's death - documents were published showing British support for his father's release on humanitarian grounds, and a British campaign against steadfast Soviet demands that he remain in prison.

Hess wrote three books: My Father Rudolf Hess (1986), Who Murdered My Father, Rudolf Hess? (1989) and Rudolf Heß: Ich bereue nichts (Rudolf Hess: I do not regret anything) (1994/1998).

Hess was head of the "Rudolf-Heß-Gesellschaft e.V." before his death. He left a widow and three children.