Added on 17-Dec-2002
The following story appeared in the Daily Record (dated 16th December 2002)
Queen star Brian May yesterday revealed how he cried on stage as he thought of teenage suicide victim Lyndsay Armstrong.
The Scots teenager overdosed after going through hell in court during her rapist's trial.
She was found dead with the Queen hit Bohemian Rhapsody blaring from her stereo. May wrote "I had read the stories of Lyndsay's ordeals, and I was in tears when the first chords of Bohemian Rhapsody struck up".
The rest of the article went on to say that Queen are backing a Trust set up in memory of Lyndsay. She committed suicide last July after being put through hell in the witness box during her rapist's trial. Her rapist, a 15 year old boy, only got 4 years. May wrote to offer Linda and dad Frank the bands support as they prepare to launch the Lyndsay Armstrong Trust to help other young victims of sex attacks.
Last night Linda said, "I think its absolutely fantastic to have a band like Queen backing our Trust. Queen's songs meant the world to Lyndsay, she loved Bohemian Rhapsody and she was listening to that song when she died. Everytime I hear it, it reminds me of our Lyndsay."
Brians letter as it appear in the newspaper is as follows:-
"I read with horror and disbelief the story of your lovely daughter. Words cannot express how sad we feel that this tragedy should have been allowed to happen. And knowing the pain you must be feeling, the anger, the sadness, I offer my heartfelt condolences, and pray you will somehow pass through to a place where you can live your lives again in peace.
If there is ANYTHING I can do please tell me - I know that you are setting up the Trust and have asked us to put our names to it. I would be very happy to do this. My heart is right with you in trying to make sure this will never happen again - I'm sure the British public feels the same way. It is time for the outdated legal system to be MADE to catch up and truly protect our children. Lyndsay's life and words and actions will change the world.
Maybe in the future when you are ready, we could invite you to the Dominion one night. I was in the theatre Tuesday night after I had read the stories of Lyndsay's ordeals, and I was in tears when the first chords of Bohemian Rhapsody struck up. I had a strange feeling that somehow everything is connected in ways we don’t understand - Freddie's life, Lyndsays life. Please tell us if there's anything else we can do.
God Bess, and know that you are not alone,