Daniel Morgan was born in Singapore on 3 November 1949. He had a brother, Alastair, and a sister, Jane.
After leaving school he attended the agricultural college at Usk in South Wales. Following college Daniel travelled to Denmark to gain practical experience in farming. For a couple of years he was the sales representative for a British company in Scandinavia and later returned to the UK where he took a job as a travel guide for foreign tourists travelling around Britain.
In his late twenties he married Iris and they set up home in Norwood, South London and had two children, Sarah and Daniel.
He first began working as a private investigator in London in January 1977 and in 1980 set up his own private investigation business, DJM Investigations, initially working from home. In early 1981 the company’s name was changed to Southern Investigations and it was based in Thornton Heath, London.
Daniel Morgan was 37 when he died. He was murdered on the evening of 10 March 1987 in the car park of the Golden Lion public house in Sydenham, south-east London. He left his wife and two children, and was survived by his mother, brother and sister.