Scottish Murders Podcast


Scottish Murders is an award shortlisted victim focused podcast, dedicated to solved and unsolved murders carried out on people from or living in Scotland, and is hosted by Dawn, and occasionally Dawn's sister, Cole.

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Dawn and Naomi Chat – The Jodi Jones and Luke Mitchell Case

Episode 1 - Setting the Jodi Jones and Luke Mitchell Scene with Naomi Channell from Real

TRIGGER WARNING - This episode covers the brutal murder of Jodi Jones in detail, listener discretion is advised. 

In this episode, Dawn chats with Naomi, a seasoned TV producer and host of the Real podcast, about her extensive career in factual television and her foray into true crime podcasting. Naomi shares her journey from producing reality TV shows to creating compelling true crime podcasts, including a seven-part series on the controversial case of Luke Mitchell and Jodi Jones. Naomi discusses the complexities and uncertainties surrounding the case, highlighting the questionable police investigation and the fervent public support for Luke's innocence. The episode delves into the emotional and procedural intricacies of the case, setting the scene for a deeper exploration of justice and truth in subsequent episodes.

Episode 2 - Trial By Media: Jodi Jones and Luke Mitchell with Naomi Channell from Real

TRIGGER WARNING - This episode covers the brutal murder of Jodi Jones listener discretion is advised.

In this episode, Dawn and Naomi talk about the controversial case of Luke Mitchell, a 14-year-old boy accused of murdering his girlfriend, Jodi Jones. They explore the details of Luke's arrest, the media frenzy that followed, and the ethical dilemmas surrounding the release of Luke’s name to the press. Dawn and Naomi discuss the police investigation, the handling of forensic evidence and potential motives. They also discuss the continued sensationalist media coverage the impacts this may have had on Luke, and the broader implications of trial by media.

Episode 3 - Justice or Miscarriage? Jodi Jones and Luke Mitchell with Naomi Channell from Real

TRIGGER WARNING - This episode covers the brutal murder of Jodi Jones listener discretion is advised.

In this episode, Dawn and Naomi go through some of the circumstantial evidence presented against Luke at his trial. They talk about the chaotic trial scene, the controversial decision to try Luke as an adult, the prosecution's reliance on eyewitness accounts and a missing knife, the questionable identification process, and the timeline discrepancies that cast doubt on the prosecution's case, and they discuss some of the lingering questions surrounding Luke’s conviction

Episode 4 - Shocking Developments: Jodi Jones and Luke Mitchell with Naomi Channell from Real

TRIGGER WARNING - This episode covers the brutal murder of Jodi Jones and contains strong language, so listener discretion is advised.

In this episode, Dawn and Naomi discuss the lack of a clear motive, the destruction of crucial evidence, and the public's divided opinion on Luke's guilt. Naomi shares insights from her extensive research, highlights what has kept this case in the public eye for over 20 years, and why there is a need for an independent review of this case.

Episode 5 - Persons of Interest: Jodi Jones and Luke Mitchell with Naomi Channell from Real

TRIGGER WARNING - This episode covers the brutal murder of Jodi Jones, contains strong language and the topic of suicide is discussed, so listener discretion is advised.

In this episode, Naomi reflects on the pivotal fifth episode, where new persons of interest emerged, adding depth to the investigation. Dawn and Naomi discuss the DNA evidence, including the presence of a local sex offender's DNA, and the overlooked peculiar behaviour of various individuals connected to the case, raising questions about the thoroughness of the original investigation. The episode also touches on the psychological toll on Luke, and his resilience in maintaining his innocence.

Final Episode - Update: Jodi Jones and Luke Mitchell with Naomi Channell from Real

In this episode, Dawn speaks with Naomi Channel about the latest developments in the Jodi Jones and Luke Mitchell case. Naomi reveals that newly obtained trial transcripts have surfaced, showing inconsistencies with previously released information. While Naomi hasn't fully reviewed the transcripts, she notes that some details may alter the context of the case. The discussion also touches on the divided opinions within the community, the impact of social media conflicts, and the upcoming parole hearing for Luke Mitchell.

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Scottish Murders presents the Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Mackintosh with Kay from Fuck My Work Life

In this episode, Dawn is joined by Kay from the podcast Fuck My Work Life, and the pair talk about the unsolved murder of 50 year old Elizabeth Mackintosh. 

Elizabeth Mackintosh was born in Scotland in 1940. She grew up in a devout family; her father, James, was a theology professor and later a moderator for the Free Church of Scotland. Elizabeth worked as a nurse and health visitor in Edinburgh, then a social worker in London, before moving to America. In St. Louis, she was a student at The Covenant Theological Seminary, working towards a master’s degree in biblical counselling while also working part-time as a cleaner to finance her studies.

Tragically, Elizabeth was found murdered in the seminary’s men’s toilet on 26 March 1990. The investigation into her death saw multiple suspects but ultimately remained unresolved, even as new leads emerged over the years. Despite advances in forensic technology and renewed efforts by the police, the case remains open, with the prime suspect, a fellow student and Elizabeth’s cleaning supervisor, never charged due to insufficient evidence. Elizabeth’s remaining family continue to seek closure for this heinous crime that took away a beloved sister and daughter. Elizabeth’s life and untimely death left an indelible mark on her community and all who knew her. Her story is one of dedication, faith, and the enduring quest for justice.

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The Tracy Main Murder

In 1980 Glasgow, the Main family’s world was shattered when 13-year-old Tracy was found murdered at home. Despite no signs of forced entry, Tracy’s body was discovered with multiple stab wounds and signs of a struggle. The investigation quickly focused on a neighbour of the Main family who had a mental age of eight and was known as “The Creeper”. It would be his disclosure of details that had not been released to the public that led to his arrest. However, everything was not as it seemed, which led to devastating consequences for the Main family who wanted justice for their daughter.

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Interview with former London Metropolitan Police Officer Steven Keogh

In today's episode I welcome to the podcast Steven Keogh, a former London Metropolitan Police Officer, Author of the books Murder Investigation Team: How Killers are Really Caught and Murder Investigation Team: Jack the Ripper, a 21st Century Investigation, and star of the new True Crime TV show Secrets of a Murder Detective.

Find out more about Steven, his books, his TV show and so much more, by visiting stevenkeogh.com

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Scottish Murders presents Persons Unknown Podcast – The Ann Heron Murder

Part One:
The Unresolved Case of Ann Heron’s Murder
You can listen to part two straight after by visiting the Persons Unknown podcast.

In the summer of 1990, Ann Heron’s life was tragically cut short. John Dobson from the Persons Unknown podcast tells the story of this unsolved murder, tracing Ann’s early life in Scotland, her move to England, and her marriage to Peter Heron. On a sweltering August day, after shopping in Darlington in the North East of England, Ann returned to Aeolian House. Ann’s body was later found by her husband. With no murder weapon, a questionable sexual motive, and Peter’s affair complicating the investigation, the case grew cold. Key sightings of a blue car and a mysterious jogger yielded no solid leads. Despite extensive efforts, including 5000 interviews and 2700 vehicles being checked, the identity of Ann’s killer remains a mystery, leaving Ann and Peter’s family searching for answers.

In this episode we also hear from Ann’s son, Ralph Cockburn.

Thank you to John Dobson from the Persons Unknown podcast for researching and narrating this episode, and to Ralph for speaking with me and giving an insight into his mum, Ann Heron.

Part Two:
The Unresolved Case of Ann Heron’s Murder
You can listen to part one by visiting the Scottish Murders podcast - Home - Scottish Murders

In part two we continue the story of Ann Heron’s murder with an arrest being made in November 2005. However, this person was later released due to insufficient evidence. Despite various leads and suspects, including Christopher Halliwell and others, sadly this case remains open, although Durham Police and Ann’s family continue to seek information, hoping to solve the mystery that has persisted for decades. The case’s complexity is underscored by conflicting theories, the lack of definitive forensic evidence, and the emotional toll on the families involved. The search for justice continues, with the hope that new advances in forensic science will finally provide the answers needed to close the chapter on Ann Heron’s murder.

In this episode we also hear from Ann’s son, Ralph Cockburn, and former Journalist, Chris Webber, who spoke with both Anne Marie (Ann's daughter) and Peter Heron.

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The Paige Doherty Murder "Always well researched and well narrated in a non tabloid style ,factual and informative, humanely told without sensationalism. thank you.!
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The Paige Doherty Murder Episode
"Thank you. Well told, very thoughtful."
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The Michael Brown Murder Part 2 Episode
"I'm glad justice occurred. So very emotional and sad though. We think life is difficult now but really much better than those times. Thanks for sharing a very difficult story."
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The Michael Brown Murder Part 2 Episode
"The way people went to visit the murder scene in great numbers back then ,and other murders before and since , we have alway had a morbid fascination for the macabre . Really well presented and narrated, these shows deserve a wider audience ,Radio Scotland ,bbc radio 4 or 5 live , would make good night time listening could be part of phone in shows. thanks."
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The Michael Brown Murder Part 2 Episode
"Good informative ,well researched and narrated as always , thank you ,part 2 beckons."
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Murder or Suicide? - Margaret and Nicola McDonough Episode
"Tragic horrific case , I think your narration is very professional and never becomes "tabloid" or sensational, "oh what a tangled web ......." etc , thank you ."
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Murder/Suicide - At Their Feet Episode
"The 1st story, without knowing the why, is simply tragic. The 2nd story, is a head shaker! All the women who put up with men who won't work, would be happy with one who worked a night shift. But then after Owen's actions: was that just a poorly crafted story to get out of a relationship with an unstable man? We'll never know the answer to that one either..."
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Murder/Suicide - At Their Feet Episode
"Speechless. I imagine there is something about the first story we'll never know."
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Moira Anderson - Part One Episode
Sandra is a woman of strength
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Moira Anderson - Part One Episode
Thanks for another great podcast. Truly a horrific man.
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Moira Anderson - Part Four Episode
well researched and narrated ,no nonsense sensitive reporting as always ,Sandra did her best ,such a shame that when he confessed to his father he didn't say were Moira was hidden , so sad for the family 64 years of not knowing.
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John Cremin and the Baby Faced Killer Episode
Thanks for sharing this one. I'd heard of this story but never in detail. The truth really is that the family members pay the greater price in death penalty cases.
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