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June 30, 2022

S06E04 | Iain Scoular | The Murders of Catherine McChord and Elizabeth Walton

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In the fourth episode of British Murders Season 6, I tell the story of Scottish double murderer Iain Scoular.


Between October 1, 1982, and December 2, 1982, Iain Scoular murdered 36-year-old taxi driver Catherine McChord and 48-year-old midwife Elizabeth Walton in Cambuslang, Scotland.


Initially, the police did not link the two murders. They had no suspects until Iain strolled into the police caravan HQ and told them he'd seen a stranger acting suspiciously on the night of Elizabeth's murder.


In a bizarre turn of events, Iain's mum Jean's testimony inadvertently led to her son's capture.


Iain was handed two life sentences on June 6, 1983, with a minimum term of 20 years.


He was released from prison in 2003.


Intro music:⁣

David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'⁣⁣


My recording equipment:⁣

Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone

Cloud Microphone Cloudlifter CL1

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface

Rode PSA-1 Professional Studio Boom Arm


Recorded in:⁣

Hindenberg PRO


Edited in:⁣

DaVinci Resolve 17⁣



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Couple tell of night they saw death taxi. (1983, May 20). Aberdeen Press and Journal, 8.

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“Horrifying” find described to jury. (1983, May 19). Aberdeen Press and Journal, 9.

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I tried to help police, says murder defendant. (1983, June 3). Aberdeen Press and Journal, 7.

Jury told of women’s last moments. (1983, May 21). Aberdeen Press and Journal, 3.

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Murder accused’s fiancee tells court he lied to her. (1983, May 25). The Glasgow Herald, 12.

Mystery remains as killer is jailed. (1983, June 1). Aberdeen Press and Journal, 4.

Police seek fare picked up by woman taxi driver. (1982, October 4). Aberdeen Press and Journal, 2.

Stories did not tally, murder trial told. (1983, May 28). Aberdeen Press and Journal, 5.

This man killed my wife. He will kill again. No woman is safe; Husband’s anguish as double murderer freed. (2014). The Free Library. Retrieved June 26, 2022, from . .-a0107152332