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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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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Scottish Murders presents Caitlin and Sam from The Crime Pod

This week Dawn sits back again as Caitlin and Sam from The Crime Pod tell us about the murder of Pauline Reilly.

In 1984, the waiter Shu-Kee Leung, originally from Hong Kong and employed at the Dragonara, faced charges for the heinous murder of Pauline Reilly, aged 19, at Annabel’s disco located in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. After a trial lasting seven days at Edinburgh’s High Court, Leung received a life sentence. But was there more to this story?

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George Robertson

In the heart of Edinburgh’s Tron Square, a harrowing tale unfolded where George Robertson, fuelled by unresolved anger and accusations, unleashed a brutal attack on his family.

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Lady Killers

Trigger Warning – This episode covers the topic of child murders.

In Scotland, from 2016 to 2021, females accounted for 9% of homicide accusations. In this episode we tell you about two women, who, in different times and for very different reasons, harmed and murdered very young children; Jean Barclay Waddell in 1961 and Mary Ann Anderson in 1891.

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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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