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The Renee and Andrew MacRae Disappearance

Episode Summary

On 12 November 1976, 36 year old Renee MacRae and her three year old son, Andrew, left Inverness for a trip to visit Renee’s sister. About 10pm that evening Renee’s car was discovered ablaze in a lay-by 12 miles outside of Inverness, Renee and Andrew had vanished. Despite many years of searching Renee and Andrew have never been found, and the case had remained unsolved. That is until 2019.

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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Episode Summary

This episode covers the trial of Renee’s secret lover, Bill MacDowell, following him being arrested and charged with Renee and Andrew MacRae’s murder.

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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Disappearance of Renee MacRae – Wikipedia

THE MACRAE MYSTERY: I DIDN’T KILL RENEE; Prime suspect breaks his silence as police hunt for mum and tot’s bodies. – Free Online Library

Renee and Andrew MacRae: Man, 77, charged with murders – BBC News

Man charged with murder of mother and son who disappeared 40 years ago | The Independent

Renee MacRae: Quarry search reveals bones and pram parts | UK | News |

Renee and Andrew MacRae: Pushchair parts at Culloden quarry – BBC News

Suspect in MacRae case ‘˜fled to the US’ | The Scotsman

Disappearance (and suspected murder) of Renee and Andrew MacRae, 1976 : UnresolvedMysteries

Mystery still surrounds the disappearance of Renee MacRae and her toddler son Andrew 40 years to the day they went missing

Police Scotland charge man over death of Renee MacRae and her son | The National

Where are you Renee MacRae? Is Scotland’s Longest Missing Person Case Finally About to be Solved?

Quarry search nears completion in mother and son murder probe | Lancashire Telegraph

Quarry to be emptied in search for mother and son missing since 1976 | BT

The Highland Times – The Mystery Surrounding The Disappearance of Renee MacRae and Her Son Andrew

MacRae Murder Mystery

Renee Macrae – are police nearing the truth? | The Scotsman

A9 roadworks could uncover bodies of Renee MacRae and her son, claims forensic expert | UK | News |

The Trail Went Cold – Episode 21 – Renee & Andrew MacRae – The Trail Went Cold

Sister desperate to see killer in court after 40 years – The Sunday Post

Renee and Andrew MacRae: Sister’s plea in unsolved murder of mum and son – BBC News

MacRae Murder Mystery

Police to search under road in Renee and Andrew MacRae murder inquiry | Glasgow Times



RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: The trial of William MacDowell in full
High Court in Inverness: Trial of Bill MacDowell, accused of murdering Renee and Andrew MacRae in 1976, begins
HIGH COURT IN INVERNESS: Bill MacDowell trial told a ‘blood-curdling scream’ was heard on the night Renee and Andrew MacRae disappeared
HIGH COURT IN INVERNESS: Renee MacRae’s estranged husband gives evidence in trial of William MacDowell
HIGH COURT IN INVERNESS: Sister knew “something dreadful had happened” when she didn’t hear from sister Renee MacRae
HIGH COURT IN INVERNESS: Murder suspect seen ‘scrubbing out the boot of his car’ trial of William MacDowell is told
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: High Court in Inverness hears Volvo car was seen in a lay-by with a BMW on the night the mother and son disappeared
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: High Court in Inverness hears from wife of William MacDowell
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: Murder suspect’s wife gave ‘very agitated and volatile’ interview to police
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: William MacDowell ‘only joking’ about starting new life with lover
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: Convicted criminal claims he was asked to kill the mother and son, the High Court at Inverness hears
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: ‘No evidence’ mother or son are alive, murder trial at High Court in Inverness is told
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: Murder suspect ‘confessed’ to killing duo – before immediate retraction, hears High Court in Inverness
Prosecutor sums up arguments in trial at High Court in Inverness into murders of Renee and Andrew MacRae
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: Man accused of murders will not give evidence in own defence at trial in High Court in Inverness
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: Jurors at the High Court in Inverness are told the disappearance is a mystery not a murder as defence sums up
RENEE AND ANDREW MACRAE: Murderer Bill MacDowell to die behind bars after being found guilty of mother and son’s ‘execution’ style killings at trial at High Court in Inverness
Renee MacRae: Woman’s ‘deep love’ for murder accused – BBC News
Renee MacRae: Trial told of planned move to Shetland – BBC News
Renee MacRae: Husband denies involvement in murders – BBC News
Renee and Andrew MacRae: Jury told of blood-curdling scream – BBC News
Renee MacRae murder trial: Suspect’s wife was ‘agitated and volatile’ during police interview – Scottish Daily Express
Inverness trial date set for William MacDowell, accused of murdering mother and son Renee and Andrew MacRae
INVERNESS SHERIFF COURT: Renee MacRae murder trial to be filmed
Renee MacRae killer did not disclose where the bodies are from 1976 double murder (
Sister of Renee MacRae says she would have preferred William MacDowell to have spent longer in prison (

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