A bit about Scotland

Scotland was first settled over 12,000 years ago and settlers began building the first known permanent houses on Scottish soil around 9,500 years ago. [1] So, as you can imagine, there are many many years of murders to research and report on. Scotland’s landscapes are some of the most breath-taking in the world, from the humungous mountains in the Highlands to the golden beaches strewn from coast to coast and dense forest lined roads that weave around Scotland.However, just like anywhere else in the world, scratch a little below the surface and you will find some of the most evil of killers lurking. Join us as we dive into the not so nice side of Scotland and tell you about some well known and not so well known murders, some mysterious murders, some shocking murders… all things murderous.Welcome to Scottish Murders.

Nearly Cloudless Scotland, As Seen From the ISS

A wee bit about the host, Dawn

I was born and lived on the west coast of Scotland until I was 25.While I enjoy listening to true crime stories from around the world, I have an even greater interest in murders that took place in Scotland or to Scottish people.  This is how the Scottish Murders podcast came about. I believe that every murder victim deserves to be remembered and this podcast aims to shine a light specifically on Scottish murder victims. So, if you have an interest in learning more about murders dedicated to people from or living in Scotland, read by me or Cole, then this is the podcast for you.

A wee bit about the occasional co-host, Cole

Hey guys! My name is Cole, I am Dawn’s little sister and you know they say, the first pancake never turns out quite how you want it. We grew up in the highlands but I moved to England when I was seven with my mum. Don’t worry though we were reunited eventually and let me tell you we did not do well living together! I really love true crime I actually can’t fall asleep without listening to a true crime podcast, I really just can’t get enough... which may cause me some nightmares but I will take that over having to listen to my own thoughts any day! I really hope you all love our podcast and hopefully you will become part of our wee true crime family.


Welcome to Scottish Murders Blog

Hi Wee Ones! Welcome to our Blog!

Our aim is to keep you more up-to-date with what Scottish Murders is up to and our upcoming plans, such as details about future episodes, any feedback from our listeners or any announcements we have.

Remember to check back here regularly for new posts, and you can also leave comments on our posts if you would like to.


Scottish Murders now has a Patreon Page

Scottish Murders now has a Patreon, page.

There are three tiers available if you would like to support Scottish Murders on Patreon, each with different perks.

We look forward to welcoming you on our Patreon,Page!



September’s Theme

Scottish Murders is back from having a fantastic holiday in Scotland!!!

September’s theme will be Bible John.

Part one, available on 6th September, will cover the murders of Patricia Docker, Jemima McDonald and Helen Puttock and the subsequent investigations.

Part two, available on 20th September, will delve into the multiple opinions and theories surrounding the infamous Bible John and who he may have been.


July’s Theme!

The theme for the month of July is Miscarriages of Justice! There will be one episode released each week, which will focus on victims of miscarriages of justice in Scotland. Included will be an update from Euan from the Miscarriage of Justice Organisation regarding Elaine Doyle's (an episode we covered in January 2022) convicted killer, John Docherty, as John Docherty is one of MOJO's clients who may have suffered a miscarriage of justice.


June’s Theme!

The theme for the month of June is Linked or Not Linked? The episodes will focus around many murders that may or may not have been committed by the same person. It is for the listener to decide. It will be a two part story, followed by a wee chat between Dawn and Eleanor Morton., Scottish Comedian Actor and Writer, where we not only talk about some of the murders that are covered in the previous two episodes, but also just have a general chit-chat. We hope you enjoy this three partner.


Bhutan Number 1!

Dawn and Cole are so thrilled to be placed at the coveted number one spot for True Crime in the Apple Podcasts Charts in Bhutan. Thank you so much to all of our listeners in Bhutan for getting us to number one there! 💖We can’t thank you enough! We really hope you continue to enjoy the podcast.


First Buy Me A Coffee Donation

Scottish Murders has just received their first donation of five cups of coffee on BuyMeACoffee. We would just like to thank each and every one of you for all your support, whether it be by listening to our podcast, by giving the podcast a review, by reaching out to us on social media and emails, or by kindly making a donation. Any and all support is greatly appreciated. Thank you!


May’s Theme

The theme for the month of May is a special theme as it’s a listener request. Mhairi, who is currently residing in New Zealand/ Aotearoa, took the time to give Scottish Murders Podcast a wonderful review on Apple Podcasts, and Mhairi requested for Scottish Murders to cover more Dundee murders. And so, May’s theme will be Dundee murders.

Mhairi - Thank you so much for your lovely review. We hope we do justice to the murders carried out in Dundee that we have chosen to cover.

If you also would like to request a future episode, then please let us know by leaving a review or by filling in our Contact Form.



Spreaker Prime Podcast

Scottish Murders is now supported by Speaker Prime and are proud to be a Spreaker Prime Podcast. Spreaker is the one-stop shop for podcast hosting, creation, distribution and monetisation. If you have a podcasting project that you would like to grow as a business, then Spreaker is the place for you.



Dancing with the Devil Theatrical Production

Dancing with the Devil is an intriguing new dramatic theatrical production by The Arts Enigma which features original music and a soundtrack from the dancefloors of the 60s when serial killer Bible John was lurking in the shadows. This production will be touring around Scotland in April and May 2022, see dates and locations below, so if this sounds like something you would like to see, get your tickets, as they’re going quick.

  • Saturday 23 April 2022 at Webster’s Glasgow
  • Thursday 28 April 2022 at Lanark Memorial Hall
  • Wednesday 4 May 2022 at Motherwell Civic Theatre
  • Saturday 7 May 2022 at Beacon Arts Centre Greenock
  • Friday 13 May to Sunday 15 May at The Shed Glasgow

Tickets and More Info


Dawn and Cole Collaborated on Storytellers with Legendary Africa Podcast

Dawn and Cole were honoured to guest on the fantastic podcast Storytellers, along with Theshira from the amazing Legendary Africa Podcast, where we each contributed to a fictional short story, and oh did it go in one crazy direction. We'd highly recommend checking it out! So much fun was had by all.


The Short Shorts Story – The Promise featuring Dawn

Jonas from The Short Shorts Podcast  is such a creative writer, and invited Dawn to record The Promise, another one of his fantastic and emotive short stories.,  We'd highly recommending giving this story a listen.


Update following Special Announcement

Following the Special Announcement on 28th February about Cole stepping back from doing the podcast as regularly, I can now give you a further wee update about the direction Scottish Murders will take for the rest of this year. From April, each month will be themed episodes, with April’s theme being Love Triangles. Another month’s theme this year will be serial killers victims, and I’ll be having a chat with a special guest in one of these episodes.

Also, as it will be Scottish Murders’ one year anniversary in July, that month will be an extra special theme, so stay tuned for more updates about this, and other themes coming this year from Scottish Murders.


Special Announcement – Upcoming Changes.

Hey Wee Ones. You may have noticed over the last few months that you have not been hearing as much from Cole as previously. Well, that’s because she’s decided to take a step back from doing the podcast as much. But don’t worry, she still loves the podcast and you listeners, and has said she will pop back now and again as a guest to cover the odd episode with me. So, to allow a wee reboot, March’s episodes will be previous Patreon episodes with Cole still participating in them, and then I’ll be back in April with a slightly new format. And speaking of guests, I’m hoping to be joined by some other special guests over the course of this year. That’s all for now, but I’ll share more with you towards the end of March as to what is in store for the rest of the year.

Come back here, or visit us on social media, for more information and updates.


Dawn featured on the Riddle Me That Podcast

Dawn was given the opportunity to share with Jules from Riddle Me That and her listeners our Elaine Doyle Murder episode. If you've listened to our Elaine Doyle episode already, why not check out the discussion between Dawn and Jules for even more details and insight.


We’ve Upgraded!

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that since we always strive to keep on improving, we have upgraded our microphone to a Shure MV7! We have trialled this on our episode available on Tuesday 25 January, let us know what you think? However, from April onwards we will be using the new microphone as standard. We hope you enjoy!


Apple Podcast Chart Performance in Norway, Great Britain and Sweden

Look what happened over the holidays! Scottish Murders has charted in the Apple Podcasts Charts True Crime Category in Norway, Great Britain and Sweden, according to Chartable! Thank you so very much to all of our fantastic listeners everywhere, but particularly to our listeners in Norway, Great Britain and Sweden who have helped get Scottish Murders into these charts! Let’s see if Scottish Murders can chart even higher, and maybe even get into even more charts!


Rogue Darkness Yuletide Special!

Raven from Rogue Darkness Podcast set up a collaboration between Dawn and various other podcasters to wish everyone a Happy Holiday! Why not give the Yuletide Special a listen for some extra holiday cheer!


Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful followers, listeners, supporters and fellow podcasters, and also an extra special thank you to everyone who visits our website. We have had such an amazing five months since launching Scottish Murders and surpassed so many goals, but we couldn't have done any of it without each and every one of you! Thank you so very much!


Dawn Guested on What I Had Heard Was Podcast

Dawn was delighted to be invited to collab with Jennifer from the What I Had Heard Was Podcast to talk about Christmas, amongst other things. Dawn really enjoyed recording this episode, lots of fun and laughter, bringing to you the other side of wee Dawn. Why not give it a listen and let us know what you think.


Dawn Featured on Voluntary Input Podcast

Listen to Dawn on the Voluntary Input Podcast as she talks with host, Leo, about Scottish Murders, a wee bit about herself, and shares information about the George Murdoch case.  Why not let us know what you think.