The Darren Birt Murder


Episode Summary

A cowardly murder, insufficient media attention, lack of resources and silent witnesses, make for a devastating combination to a family simply trying to get justice.

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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Dad of murdered Glasgow lad Darren Birt selling book The Forgotten Murder in bid to raise £10K Crimestoppers reward to solve cold case 16 years on

‘Forgotten murder’ gets new police probe after 18 years – STV News

Forgotten murder: Dad’s quest for justice after 17 years – STV News Archive

More than 1000 murders in Scotland left ‘unresolved’ – STV News Archive

THE FORGOTTEN MURDER: Justice for Darren Francis Birt | The Association of British Investigators

‘Forgotten murder’ suspect jailed for violent attack – STV News Archive

THE FORGOTTEN MURDER: Justice for Darren Francis Birt eBook: Birt, Brian : Kindle Store

‘Forgotten murder’ suspect jailed for violent attack – STV News Archive

What is corroboration? – BBC News

Give information | Crimestoppers

Plans to abolish corroboration in Scottish cases dropped – BBC News

Corroboration in Scots law – Wikipedia

Corroboration in Scots law – Wikipedia

corroborating evidence only in scotland – Bing

About us – Police Scotland

(1) Brian Birt | Facebook

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‘Forgotten murder’ gets new police probe after 18 years | STV News

Darren Birt Glasgow murder investigation re-launched 20 years after death in Barlanark – Glasgow Live

Murdered partygoer Darren Birt’s dad issues heartbreaking appeal on Crimewatch 20 years on – Daily Record

Glasgow man Darren Birt’s unsolved murder to be featured on Crimewatch two decades on – Glasgow Live

Brutal murder of Darren Birt in Glasgow to be examined by experts on BBC’s Crimewatch – Daily Record

My son was murdered 20 years ago – I fear I’m running out of time to see his killers brought to justice | The Sun

Glasgow Crime Stories: Killers still not caught after murder in 2002 | Glasgow Times

Re-appeal 20 years on – murder of Darren Birt, Barlanark, Glasgow 2002 – Police Scotland

Police Scotland makes national TV appeal about the murder of Darren Birt – Police Scotland – Digital Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions


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

Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number EB06340802 of 28 August 2002.

Crimestoppers UK anonymously on 0800 555 111 or

The Forgotten Murder

by Brian Birt


On the 28th of August 2002, Brian Birt lost his much-loved son, Darren, aged just 22. Some 16 years on, this book tells the harrowing story of his continuing fight for justice, his tangible (and understandable) frustrations with the flawed Scottish legal system, and his determination to see his son’s murderers pay for their heinous crime. As he says, four lives were lost the day Darren died, not just his.

The Forgotten Murder – Justice for Darren isn’t just about a father’s unsurmountable grief and his family’s heartbreak, it’s also a moving memoir which begins with his earliest memories as a young boy in Glasgow. As the third eldest child (of eleven) of Bingo Annie (a protestant) and his father, The Fighting Irish, (a staunch Catholic) he has an eclectic mix of anecdotes and memories to share – which he does with honesty and relish.

He also touches on the devastation that mental health struggles have on families, and the barbaric way in which those struggling were dealt with in the latter half of the 20th century. What also makes this book such a thought-provoking and memorable read is the author’s presentation of his Catholic faith and his struggles with his relationship with God during some of the darkest times of his life.

This very candid and forthright insight into the author’s life will evoke a whole range of emotions for anyone who reads it, and it will linger in one’s mind for a long time after too.

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