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The Bradley Welsh Murder

The Bradley Welsh Murder

Episode Summary

Bradley, boxing gym owner and charity organiser, returned home from his gym, he had a brief chat with a neighbour before walking towards his flat. Just then a man appeared from nowhere and before Bradley could do anything he shot him in the head. But who would want to harm Bradley? Could the reason be rooted in his past?  

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Bradley Welsh shooting: Man arrested over ‘murder’ of Trainspotting star in Edinburgh

T2 Trainspotting star blasts ‘absolute clowns’ who left note on his van because it ‘lowers the tone’ of wealthy Edinburgh street

Bradley Welsh murder cops probed by watchdog over ‘events leading up to shooting of Trainspotting star’

Bradley Welsh cops probed over actions before Trainspotting star’s murder – Daily Record

Bradley Welsh murder cops release CCTV of car as probe into Trainspotting star’s death continues – Daily Record

Cops issue chilling death warnings to five gangsters after Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh shot dead – Daily Record

Bradley Welsh: Police “warned of murder plot” against T2 Trainspotting actor | HeraldScotland

Bradley Welsh murder: Gangsters receive death threat warnings after film star’s slaying | UK | News | Express.co.uk

Bradley Welsh murder trial: Neighbour had shotgun pointed at him – BBC News

Bradley Welsh accused ‘not my attacker’, claims friend – BBC News

Thugs carried out axe attack on brother of T2 murder witness days after Bradley Welsh shooting – Daily Record

Bradley Welsh was murdered for branding mob figures ‘grasses’, T2 Trainspotting star’s pal claims

Murder victim Bradley Welsh ‘was put on death list’ in feud between notorious Scots criminals – Daily Record

Bradley Welsh murder: Gangland figure named as being behind £10k plot to kill Trainspotting star goes into hiding

Bradley Welsh murder: Chilling CCTV shows gangland hitman Sean Orman fleeing scene with shotgun

Bradley Welsh was ‘put on death list’ after getting caught in gangland feud – Edinburgh Live

Bradley Welsh murderer set to appeal conviction for ‘premeditated assassination’ – Edinburgh Live

Bradley Welsh was murdered for branding mob figures ‘grasses’, T2 Trainspotting star’s pal claims

Bradley Welsh murder: Gangland figure named as being behind £10k plot to kill Trainspotting star goes into hiding

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh set to return to roots for novel launch party – The Sunday Post

CCTV shows Bradley Welsh killer fleeing murder scene with shotgun | Edinburgh News

Bradley Welsh chillingly revealed he was haunted by ‘ghetto’ past before death – Mirror Online

Bradley Welsh murder: Actor Danny Dyer joins list of famous names to pay tribute | Edinburgh News

Bradley Welsh shooting: Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh pays emotional tribute after West End shooting | Edinburgh News

Danny Dyer pays tribute to ‘good soul’ Bradley Welsh after Trainspotting 2 star was shot dead

Bradley Welsh funeral – Trainspotting star taken to Edinburgh service in ‘Hibs’ coffin as Irvine Welsh among 1,000 mourners

Hunt for ‘baseball cap-wearing hitman’ who shot dead Trainspotting star over ‘£130,000 of drugs’ | Daily Mail Online

Moredun – Wikipedia

Gangs of Edinburgh: Feared Hibs casuals who moved up to the big league – Daily Record

Record attempt to raise funds for children’s charity | The Edinburgh Reporter

6 years ago tonight, Brad Welsh set the… – Holyrood Boxing Gym | Facebook

Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh was ‘reformed character’ but it was sinister past that cost him his life

Bradley Welsh – Biography – IMDb

‘Your legacy continues’ – Bradley Welsh tribute shared by Holyrood Boxing Gym one year after death – Edinburgh Live

Edinburgh gangster Mark Richardson moved from Saughton prison after ‘taking over’ jail – Edinburgh Live

mark richardson gangster in prison – Bing images

Gangster jailed over high-speed chase through Glasgow – BBC News

Chester St, Edinburgh to Duddingston Road West, Edinburgh EH16 4AP – Google Maps

Man goes on trial accused of shotgun murder of T2 Trainspotting star Bradley Welsh – Daily Record

Sean Orman jailed for 28 years for ‘cowardly and wicked’ murder of Bradley Welsh – Edinburgh Live

Man accused of Trainspotting actor’s murder acquitted of 13 other charges | Evening Standard

Bradley Welsh trial: Gangland hitman found guilty of murdering T2 Trainspotting star – Edinburgh Live

Edinburgh – Wikipedia

Bradley Welsh funeral – Cryptic poem penned by slain Trainspotting star read to his mourners

Bradley Welsh ‘ordered man to remove mobile phone chip’ hours after machete attack, court hears | Edinburgh News

Bradley Welsh: The self-proclaimed ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’ known for his boxing talents, football hooligan days and inspiring community work | Edinburgh News

Russell Findlay MSP tells of chilling threat from Bradley Welsh while investigating organised crime as journalist

Firearms discharge residue found on alleged gunman’s trackies ‘similar’ to substance found on Bradley Welsh | Edinburgh News

Bradley Welsh murder: Trainspotting 2 star ‘caught in crossfire’ of brutal gangland turf war

Interview: Bradley Welsh – his mother’s son | Edinburgh News

Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh was ‘reformed character’ but it was sinister past that cost him his life

Bradley Welsh funeral – Daughter, 8, of slain Trainspotting star pays tribute to ‘hero daddy’ in emotional letter

Hitman convicted of murdering T2 Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh – BBC News

‘I’ve done some horrible, horrible things’: Bradley Welsh tells of regret | Daily Mail Online

Notorious Edinburgh gangster hit with ‘super-Asbo’ crackdown – Edinburgh Live

Scottish Murders is a production of Cluarantonn

Hosted by Dawn and Cole

Researched and Written by Dawn Young

Produced and Edited by Dawn Young and Peter Bull

Production Company Name by Granny Robertson

Music:

Dawn of the Fairies by Derek & Brandon Fiechter

Gothic Wedding by Derek & Brandon Fiechter


The Scottish Witch Trials

The Scottish Witch Trials

Episode Summary

TRIGGER WARNING – Contains adult themes and some strong language

Witches may seem to be just part of Hallowe’en but there’s more to witches than you might expect from somewhere like bonnie Scotland.

Please Be Advised – This episode may contain content that some may find distressing. As always, we advise listener discretion. This episode it not suitable for anyone under the age of 13.

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Scottish Murders is a production of Cluarantonn

Hosted by Dawn.

Guest: Kathryn Herron

Researched and Written by Peter Bull and Dawn Young

Produced and Edited by Dawn Young and Peter Bull

Production Company Name by Granny Robertson

Music:

Dawn of the Fairies by Derek & Brandon Fiechter

Gothic Wedding by Derek & Brandon Fiechter


The Lynda Spence Murder

The Lynda Spence Murder

Episode Summary

27 year old Lynda Spence liked to live the high life; fast cars, expensive champagne, but in April 2011 her high life came to an abrupt and brutal end. 

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Lynda Spence trial: Family heartache over ‘terrible ordeal’ – BBC News

Welcome To Naz-tra-demus Magazine: Lynda Spence: Two Jailed For Torture Murder

‘Unimaginable’ suffering and death of Lynda Spence – BBC News

Lynda Spence trial: Coats and Wade guilty of torture case murder – BBC News

Lynda Spence: Missing businesswoman ‘had kneecaps broken with seven iron during torture session’ – Mirror Online

Lynda Spence guard in tears at murder trial | Glasgow Times

Men get life for ‘monstrous’ murder – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Pair lose Lynda Spence murder appeals | Glasgow Times

Lynda Spence: Former accused breaks down in court | The Scotsman

Lynda Spence’s ‘monstrous’ killers jailed for 63 years | UK | News | Express.co.uk

Cross-dressing killer found with homemade shank down his trousers in prison – Daily Star

Lynda Spence: Two men jailed for life for murder and torture of missing businesswoman whose body has never been found

Lynda Spence trial: Murder accused pair DNA found | Edinburgh News

Murder is Everywhere: The Tragic Tale Of Lynda Spence

Calls for review into Lynda Spence’s role as police mole before her murder | HeraldScotland

Lynda Spence’s killers jailed for 33 and 30 years | HeraldScotland

Lynda Spence trial: Missing woman’s blood ‘in flat’ – BBC News

Lynda Spence murder accused ‘confessed’, court told | The Scotsman

Lynda Spence murder: Mum of murdered torture victim claims ‘psychic told me dangerous nutcases had mutilated my daughter’s body’ – Mirror Online

Lynda Spence murder trial hears of victim’s crime gang links – The Sun

Evil killer Phillip Wade who tortured and murdered Glasgow accountant Lynda Spence urged to tell family where her body is

Glasgow torture killer kicked off uni course after being caught with blade in Shotts prison

Lynda Spence so tense before she vanished, mum tells court | Scotland | News | Express.co.uk

‘Tell parents where Lynda remains are’ | Glasgow Times

Lynda Spence trial: Murder accused ‘made threat’ to parents – BBC News

Lynda Spence murder trial: ‘Monstrous lies’ to suggest I killed missing financial adviser, says suspect Colin Coats – Daily Record

‘Warning to Lynda Spence parents’ – The Sun

Grieving mum of torture victim Lynda Spence remembers her daughter as ‘happy and positive girl’ – Daily Record

From IT expert to wannabe gangster: How Colin Coats became involved in Lynda Spence murder – Daily Record

Ulster Defence Association – Wikipedia

Jury to resume deliberations in Lynda Spence murder trial – Daily Record

Lynda Spence trial: Missing woman was ‘police mole’ – BBC News

Lynda Spence murder Victim had thumb chopped off – YouTube

Lynda Spence – The Free Library

Hunt for missing Glasgow woman Lynda Zejaf stepped up – BBC News

Lynda Spence detectives look for wheelie bin witnesses – BBC News

Murder is Everywhere: The Tragic Tale Of Lynda Spence

Lynda Spence trial: Ex-accused ‘did not see murder’ – BBC News

Cancer-stricken mother of Lynda Spence begs killers to reveal location of her body before she dies – Daily Record

Lynda Spence so tense before she vanished, mum tells court | Scotland | News | Express.co.uk

Birthday appeal for missing Lynda Spence – BBC News

Lynda Spence case: Ex-accused admits part in ‘plan’ – BBC News

APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION AND SENTENCE BY PHILIP WADE AND COLIN COATS AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE

Wikipedia-West Kilbride

Crime spy Lynda Spence was left to her fate by elite squad – The Sun

Scottish Murders is a production of Cluarantonn

Hosted by Dawn and Cole

Researched and Written by Dawn Young

Produced and Edited by Dawn Young and Peter Bull

Production Company Name by Granny Robertson

Music:

Dawn of the Fairies by Derek & Brandon Fiechter

Gothic Wedding by Derek & Brandon Fiechter


The Arlene Fraser Disappearance

The Arlene Fraser Disappearance

Episode Summary

A violent husband, a hit man or a pig farm owner; who kidnapped and murdered Arlene Fraser?

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Refuge – 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 (UK) or nationaldahelpline.org.uk

 

Death in a cold town: The Arlene Fraser case

by Steve MacGregor

Synopsis

There is a common misconception that, if a body can’t be found then no-one can be brought to trial for murder. That isn’t true, as one Scottish man discovered. Twice!
Arlene Fraser was an attractive, vivacious mother of two young children who lived in the peaceful town of Elgin in the north-east of Scotland. On the morning of April 28th, 1998, she was seen waving to her children as they left for school. One hour later, she called the school to check about a trip. It was a very ordinary day in an ordinary Scottish town. Yet, that was the last time that anyone saw or heard from Arlene Fraser.
Police found no signs of a struggle or foul play in the house and Arlene’s spectacles, contact lenses, medication, keys and passport were all still where she had left them. A vacuum cleaner was found in her daughter’s bedroom, plugged in but switched off, as if Arlene had been interrupted during housework and had stepped outside for a moment. However, despite one of the biggest police operations ever mounted in Scotland and a massive search involving the RAF, police dogs and members of the public, no trace of Arlene or her body were ever found.
Despite having a cast-iron alibi for the relevant time, Nat Fraser, Arlene’s husband, was eventually charged with her murder. However, many people felt that his trial was unfair, with the police accused of withholding vital evidence and questions being raised about the motivations and honesty of one of the main witnesses for the prosecution. Nat Fraser appealed, his sentence was eventually quashed and he was freed. Then he was tried again using essentially the same evidence and the same witnesses. The original verdict was repeated. He appealed, again…
This case raises a number of questions which still remain the subject of heated debate in Scotland. What happened to Arlene Fraser in April 1998? Did her husband really arrange for her abduction and murder? Were any of the trials and appeals fair? Were the verdicts correct? Who was the murderer?
Find out the answers to all these questions in this detailed and unbiased look at this extraordinary case.

Our Review

Scottish Murders is a production of Cluarantonn

Hosted by Dawn and Cole

Researched and Written by Dawn Young

Produced and Edited by Dawn Young and Peter Bull

Production Company Name by Granny Robertson

Music:

Dawn of the Fairies by Derek & Brandon Fiechter

Gothic Wedding by Derek & Brandon Fiechter


The Janet Rogers Murder

The Janet Rogers Murder

Episode Summary

In March 1866, Janet Rogers had gone to her brother’s farm to help him out for a while. Two days after her arrival, Janet was found savagely and brutally murdered.

 

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The Mount Stewart Murder

by Chris Paton

Synopsis

In March 1866, Janet Rogers travelled to the Perthshire-based farm of her brother, William Henderson, to help with chores while he looked for a new domestic servant. Three days later she was found dead in the farm kitchen, killed by multiple blows from an axe. Ploughman James Crichton was suspected of the atrocity, and after a lengthy investigation was arrested and tried in Perth, with the case duly found non-proven.

Was Crichton the guilty party? If not, why did William Henderson try to frame him? Why was the previous servant on the farm sacked, and why did she wait eight months to accuse Crichton of being responsible? And what led to Henderson being driven insane, ultimately to end his days in a Perthshire lunatic asylum?

The murder investigation remains the UK’s oldest unsolved murder case. Just who was the killer at Mount Stewart Farm?

Our Review

Scottish Murders is a production of Cluarantonn

Hosted by Dawn and Cole

Researched and Written by Dawn Young

Produced and Edited by Dawn Young and Peter Bull

Production Company Name by Granny Robertson

Music:

Dawn of the Fairies by Derek & Brandon Fiechter

Gothic Wedding by Derek & Brandon Fiechter


A Murder, a Shooting Spree, and a Royal Pardon

A Murder, a Shooting Spree, and a Royal Pardon

Episode Summary

TRIGGER WARNING – This episode contains strong language, so listener discretion is advised. 

A murder, a shooting spree and a royal pardon. Nobody could have predicted the shocking events that took place in Glasgow, that all started with a murder in a town almost 40 miles away.  

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The Ferris Conspiracy

Paul Ferris with Reg McKay

Synopsis

On Glasgow’s meanest streets life started well for the young Paul Ferris. How did he become Glasgow’s most feared gangster, deemed a risk to national security?

Arthur Thompson, Godfather of the crime world and senior partner of the Krays, recruited young Ferris as a bagman, debt collector and equaliser. Feared for his capacity for extreme violence, respected for his intelligence, Ferris was the Godfather’s heir apparent. But when gang warfare broke, underworld leaders traded in flesh, colluding with their partners – the police. Disgusted, Ferris left the Godfather and stood alone.

They gave him weeks to live.

While Ferris was caged in Barlinnie Prison’s segregation unit accused of murdering Thompson’s son, Fatboy, his two friends were shot dead the night before the funeral and grotesquely displayed in a car on the cortége’s route. Acquitted against all the odds, Ferris moved on, determined to make an honest living.

They would not let him.

The National Crime Squad, MI5, the police and two of the country’s most powerful gangsters saw to that. A maximum-security prisoner, Ferris is known as ‘Lucky’ because he is still alive.

This is one man’s unique insight into Britain’s crime world and the inextricable web of corruption – a revealing story of official corruption and unholy alliances.

Our Review

Scottish Murders is a production of Cluarantonn

Hosted by Dawn and Cole

Researched and Written by Dawn Young

Produced and Edited by Dawn Young and Peter Bull

Production Company Name by Granny Robertson

Music:

Dawn of the Fairies by Derek & Brandon Fiechter

Gothic Wedding by Derek & Brandon Fiechter


Left Behind

Left Behind

Episode Summary

Marion Hodge and Helen Wilkie’s tragic stories may be ten years apart, but the outcome for their children was the same, they were left behind to grow up without their mothers after they suddenly disappeared from their lives.  

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Marion Hodge

Helen Wilkie

If you have any information relating to this case, contact;

Crimestoppers UK anonymously on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org

Galloway Police Dedicated Phone Line on 01387 242355 (UK)

Refuge – 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 (UK) or nationaldahelpline.org.uk

The Law Killers

by Alexander McGregor

Synopsis

True crime from Dundee, covering the most fascinating and shocking cases from the last century. Having reported on many of them first-hand, journalist Alexander McGregor has unique insight into the cases and his stories are as chilling as they are compelling. In The Law Killers Alexander examines some of the country’s most fascinating and chilling cases and peels back the civilised layers of our society to reveal what lies beneath.

Our Review

Scottish Murders is a production of Cluarantonn

Hosted by Dawn and Cole

Researched and Written by Dawn Young

Produced and Edited by Dawn Young and Peter Bull

Production Company Name by Granny Robertson

Music:

Dawn of the Fairies by Derek & Brandon Fiechter

Gothic Wedding by Derek & Brandon Fiechter


Assumptions Made

Assumptions Made

Episode Summary

Most of us have made assumptions about things sometimes, but when it comes to police making assumptions, it’s a whole different ball game.

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Sandy Drummond

Nick Randall

If you have any information relating to this case, contact;

101 (UK)

Crimestoppers UK anonymously on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org

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Police at Dumbarton on 101 (UK)

Scottish Murders is a production of Cluarantonn

Hosted by Dawn and Cole

Researched and Written by Dawn Young

Produced and Edited by Dawn Young and Peter Bull

Production Company Name by Granny Robertson

Music:

Dawn of the Fairies by Derek & Brandon Fiechter

Gothic Wedding by Derek & Brandon Fiechter


The Helen Priestly Murder

Helen Priestly

Episode Summary

TRIGGER WARNING – This episode contains child sexual abuse references, so listener discretion is advised.

When eight year old Helen Priestly went missing, the answer to what happened to her was more unexpected than anyone could ever have thought. 

 

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