Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Part 6 due Monday 22 Dec @ 10.00



The Part 6 of my series on Willie Macrae will be published next Monday, 22nd December, at 10.00.

I’ll probably take a wee break over Christmas and I plan to publish Part 7 on Monday 5th January at 10am.

If you have thoughts, or more, feel free to email me at
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or tweet me at @calumcarr

Monday, 15 December 2014

Willie Macrae: Part 5 – Which Site?

 

[See here for the first 4 posts] 

Strange as it may seem there is even doubt about where Willie Macrae’s car came off the road.

In this 5th post, but first post of any real depth, we shall

look in great detail at all possible roadside features which could be close to the crash site,

see the sites themselves in aerial and streetview mode,

see old video of the two sites,

see what physical evidence there is to tie each site to the actual crash site,

seen how the official and Coutts site came to be

pose two major questions

and a wee bit more

and I will be only scratching the surface of this mystery.

Before we start we should probably take a little detour to see how the official and Coutts site came to be.

Alex Main in the Scotsman wrote about this [highlighted area] on 7 April 1987.

Scotsman April 87 Whch Site BG Mod 1

and thus the official and Coutts’ sites were born …..

…. and still we talk of them!

 

Again I must stress that I come to this with no agenda.  I don’t know what happened to Willie Macrae: this and subsequent posts are my journey of exploration. 

I apologise in advance because this is a long post with many images.  I can’t write in the detail I need without doing so.

 

In 1990, Scott and MacLeay wrote a chapter on the death of Willie Macrae. [‘Britain’s Secret War. Tartan Terrorism and the Anglo-American State ’ by Andrew Murray Scott and Iain MacLeay, Mainstream Publishing (1990); the relevant chapter is available hereThey went into considerable detail about the merits of each site, having clearly visited the sites. 

Please read their chapter but do not take all they write as accurate.

To them, there are reasons to doubt both sites but eventually they come down in favour of the official site (what they call the ‘Munro’ site). They write,

The police photographs, when finally revealed in the course of a public inquiry, will show that the incident occurred beneath the cairn, about half a mile from the end of the loch.

That is their view.  I don’t hold to that, not because I disagree with them but, because I have still to work my way through the evidence.

Police photographs are available – we’ll look at them later – and still there has been no public or Fatal Accident inquiry.

 

We saw previously that Macrae was on a journey from his home in Glasgow to Dornie where he had a holiday home and his car came off the road at Loch Loyne.

Macrae Route 1C

We’re going to look in more detail at that stretch between the yellow arrows.

Macrae Route 1E

This isn’t nearly enough detail.  We’ll use Google and Bing maps to examine this road for particular features.

Before we look at the evidence we need to look at their locations and get an idea of what each site looks like.  Most of this will be pictorial.

 

CRASH SITE LOCATIONS

Now, back to the sites.  Let’s call them ‘official’ because this is where the authorities say the crash occurred and the ‘Coutts’ site because David Coutts, one of the first witnesses on the scene, has claimed this site as being correct.

My reading shows that most accept the official site even those who believe he was murdered but some still favour Coutts.

Scott and MacLeay  write this about the sites,

An examination of both sites is clearly necessary for the purposes of this book. One of the first impressions obtained after such an examination is the similarity of both sites in all essential features.

hence the detail with which I approach this part of the post.

The official site is adjacent to a memorial cairn erected in Macrae’s honour.  The next two images home in more.

Official1A

Official2A

One more magnification shows two key features more clearly as well as allowing the claimed ending place of Macrae’s car to be marked.

Official 3A

Google maps streetview shows the large layby and cairn.

Official large layby and cairn

I note that the large layby is no longer available for parking.  There is a ridge running parallel to the road which prevents access.  A 1989 video shows no ridge and the layby to be open for parking.  I hadn’t planned to show that video here but it is important to demonstrate the layby being open.

Cairn 1989

Now the small layby

Offiicial 5

I have highlighted Bunloyne dam because it is clearly visible from these two roadside features. Its relevance will become clear later, probably in another post.

Having found these images and knowing that there was some confusion about the site I looked at the entire stretch of road (between the yellow arrows on the 2nd top image) for similar features – a small layby  and a large layby both on the loch side of the road.  I guessed that confusion might be caused by similar features in other places on that road.

There was only one other place where these features occurred close together  and that is shown in the image below, named ‘Coutts’.   As with the official site, at Coutts both small and large laybys are on the loch side and close together.

There was one other site with a large layby on the loch side of the road which I call ‘Other’ but there is no small layby close by which is on a bend on the loch side.

Let’s look at where these features lie relative to each other.

Coutts1B

The official and Coutts sites are about 1.5 miles apart.  This gives the approximate, but not exact position, of where Coutts maintains Macrae’s car ended up.  We’ll look at this later.

Those 2 laybys at Coutts are shown again below,

Coutts2A

 

As with the official site lets have a streetview of both laybys, large first and then small.

Coutts 3A Large layby

Coutts 4 Small Layby

I showed above that Bunloyne dam is visible from the official site and so let’s look at different streetviews to check if the dam can be seen from the Coutts features.

Coutts 7A No dam

Coutts 8A towards Dam

In 1985 it is possible that more of the dam would be visible because, from video evidence which I will show later, I believe the forestry was only being undertaken in this area in the late 80s or early 90s and, therefore, not at the time of the ‘crash’.

Finally, let’s take a look at the ‘Other’ site.

Other 1

and in streetview

Other 2

I have no evidence that anyone has claimed that the ‘crash’ occurred at ‘Other’ but, because I was looking at roadside features which might have led to the mis-identification of the ‘crash’ scene, I needed to include this, if only to demonstrate my thoroughness.

So far I have talked about the roadside features close to the Coutts site. It’s time now to look at what I believe is the Coutts site: the site where David Coutts, one of the first witnesses, claims Macrae’s car came to rest.

We use video evidence produced for the Channel 4 documentary series, ‘Scottish Eye’.  Callum Macrae (no relative of Willie), the renowned reporter and producer, was the reporter on a programme, broadcast in 1992 I believe, which looked into Macrae’s death.

The programme is available on YouTube in 3 parts:

1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsqJEN9ouY0

2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkfbToZoBN4

3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWS1SRPJD60

and in a condensed form here.

We’re going to look at Part 3 between 3m 40s and 4m 48s.

Scottish Eye Part 3

There are some important scenes which show how each site looked only about 6 years after the ‘crash’.  To help, I produce them below as stills.  Apologies for the number of pictures but I think they’re necessary to get as good an idea of what the sites look like now and looked like 29 years ago.

We start with the still of the Official large layby and cairn.

Scottish Eye Official 1

Once we look at the stills for the Coutts site I can get into the real meat of the post.

Scottish Eye 3 Coutts Cairn plus

Scottish Eye 4E Coutts To Road Combo

We need to have a quick look at one more still to confirm that what ‘Scottish Eye’ shows is near to my Coutts features.  This next still does that.

Scottish Eye Roadside Coutts9A

If you look at the combo pic above you’ll see the same area which is bounded by the dotted line.  This confirms visually that the Coutts cairn is very close to the roadside features I stated were there.

 

From these stills and from the video itself I can ‘mark’ the Coutts cairn in Google maps.

Coutts Crash Site Calums View A

I may be slightly out but I believe my assessment is accurate.

To end this part of the post I show the Coutts crash site (my view) plus the other sites ….

Coutts1B plus crash

…. and Google’s estimated distance from the roadside to the crash site (my view of its position). 

Coutts Distance A

I apologise for taking so long to get to this point.  As well as being for you this is my record of my thinking process.

Now we can start looking at the evidence for each site being, or not being, the actual crash site.  Whichever site is the place where Willie Macrae ‘crashed’ questions will be asked of the police investigation.  If Coutts is wrong and the official site is correct I will ask questions of the police. and if Coutts is right and the official wrong then there will be many more questions for the police.

But first the evidence.

 

CRASH SITE EVIDENCE

 

It’s best we start with the physical evidence which links Macrae and his car to each site.

 

Official

 

Coutts

 
 


Police photos

 

 


None

 

That’s right!  There is no physical evidence in support of the Coutts site or rather I am not aware of any which is in the public domain.

In fact, until 1 February 2005, no physical evidence unambiguously linking the official site to Macrae was publicly available.  There was nothing until the police photos were released.  Other relevant data was released at the same time.  In another post we will look at that additional data …. in considerable detail.

Some claim to have debris from Macrae’s car and seen glass debris at, and around, the official crash site.  I will deal with this issue in another post too.

Now, the police photographs.

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         macrae 5

macrae 6         macrae 7

macrae 8

        macrae 9

macrae 10        macrae 11

macrae 12        macrae 13

The police photographer captured not only the car but skid marks, and tyre marks on, and tracks over, the grass verge.

Now compare photos 3 and 6 above with my ‘Official Large Layby and Cairn’ and it is clear that the police photos were taken at the Official site.

 

Let’s make it easy by putting the 3 photos together.

macrae 6

Official large layby and cairn

macrae 9

There is no doubt: these are pics of the same place.

The police photos were taken at the Official site. 

I mentioned near the beginning that Scott and MacLeay predicted that release of these photos would confirm the Official site.

You would think that these photos would have put an end to all speculation about where Macrae ‘crashed’ but you would be wrong.

 

How can this be?

 

Let’s leave that question hanging for the moment but let me ask a different question.

Look at these 3 photos immediately above and try to put yourself in the place of a witness, policeman or ambulance-man.  Macrae’s car is lying on the side of a large layby on the loch side of the road.  Cars can be parked on the layby immediately adjacent to Macrae’s car.  Look at the police car and breakdown lorry parked in that exact position.  Now the question,

 

How could anyone seeing the car in that position ever be in any doubt, at a later date, about the exact position?

 

 

Scott and MacLeay seem to disagree with me.  They wrote this about the sites,

An examination of both sites is clearly necessary for the purposes of this book. One of the first impressions obtained after such an examination is the similarity of both sites in all essential features. The hillside above Loch Loyne is rugged and steep and, really, for someone who did not know the area well, one place could be confused with another. The only way to orientate yourself in such a place is to judge your position relative to prominent natural features. Clearly, the loch with its two small islands was the most prominent feature in view from the hillside.


There is, however, one essential difference between the sites. At Coutts's site you see the loch - but at the other site you see the dam. Standing beneath Mr Munro's cairn you cannot fail to notice that you are near the end of the loch. You also see an island directly opposite you and another about halfway to the dam. At Coutts's site, 1.4 miles south-east, all you notice is the loch, the end of which you cannot see, and neither of the small islands are visible.

I say again exactly what I wrote a few paragraphs above

Look at these 3 photos immediately above and try to put yourself in the place of a witness, policeman or ambulance-man.  The car is in the position shown.  Now the question,

How could anyone seeing the car in that position ever be in any doubt, at a later date, about the exact position?

The car is lying on the side of a large layby on the loch side of the road.  Cars can be parked on the layby immediately adjacent to Macrae’s car.  Look at the police car and breakdown lorry parked in that exact position.

 

How could David Coutts be so wrong?  The Official site is so different to his site.  On that day in 1987 about which Alex Mains wrote, how could Coutts not recognise the official site as being the correct place?   Other than his own assertion, I know of no evidence which pinpoints his site as the crash site. 

Unfortunately, one assertion isn’t particularly strong in the face of photographic evidence.

Others have made statements about the car’s position which did not support the Official site but their comments were not explicit about the actual site.  Again, we’ll look at these later.

 

That’s two questions I have posed in the last few lines,

How can this be?  [that the police photos don’t put an end to the speculation about the site]

and

How could anyone seeing the car in that position [on the side of the large layby at the official site] ever be in any doubt, at a later date, about the exact position?

 

We’ll return to these …. in my next post.  You’ll find that, as we continue, there are far more questions than answers.

This is the place to end ….. for now.

 

We have

looked in great detail at all possible roadside features which could be close to the crash site,

seen the sites themselves in aerial and streetview mode,

checked if the Bunloyne dam was visible from the various roadside features,

seen old video of the two sites,

seen that there is no physical evidence to tie the Coutts site to the actual crash site,

seen the only physical evidence which indicates that the official site is the crash site,

shown that only Coutts himself of the witnesses claims his site to be correct,

seen how the official and Coutts site came to be and

posed two major questions (unanswered so far)

 

The next post?  I’ll start with these two major questions but where I’ll end up I have no idea.

You can be sure that it will be an interesting read but beyond that …..

When will this next post appear?  Sorry, I haven’t a clue.

Please rejoin me soon.

 

© CalumCarr 2014

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Please feel free to reproduce extracts and images provided you attribute the words and images to me taking into account the provisos below.

If you wish to use more than one quarter of the article then contact me for permission at calumsblogATgmailDOTcom.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Music in the Morning No. 446 – Praise the Lord

 

I have noticed a difference .… for the worse.  Since I’ve become very – possibly obsessively - interested in the mystery surrounding the death of Willie Macrae in 1985, I haven’t devoted much time to my faith.  The mystery of Macrae’s death was much more important to me than the mystery of God’s love for me!

I was aware of this but I could, did, nothing until now.

I knew I had to get back to ‘Music in the Morning’ and what better day to restart than on the Sabbath with ‘Praise the Lord’ but what music to use.  One of the videos in my potential playlist was ‘Nothing But the Blood’ by Hillsong.  Incorrectly I had assumed that the words were modern but when I looked for the lyrics I found, to my amazement, that they were written in 1876 by Robert Lowry.  How powerful were his words! 

But Hillsong used only the first verse and chorus.  This wasn’t enough.  I needed to hear more.

When you see the lyrics you’ll understand why, after my period of turning away, they moved me so.

Bill Gaither and his guests sing three of the six verses.  Let’s sing and praise the Lord with them.

 

Nothing But the Blood                                                       Robert Lowry

       
  Nothing But the Blood

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Chorus
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

 

Father, I have sinned beyond measure and I kneel and beg forgiveness.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

Father, I have been lost and broken and I kneel and beg forgiveness.

What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

Father, I have walked in the ways of the world and I kneel and beg forgiveness.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

To me, and my paltry ways, I am worthless.  Father, you are a mighty God and a Father whose love and compassion is boundless and to You I am worthy. 

All my praise for this I bring -
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

Oh, this is so hard to truly know but know it I must.

Thank You, Father.

 

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Friday, 12 December 2014

Macrae Post on Monday

 

Monday 15 December 10.00

 

Monday, 15 Dec, at 10am will see the publication of my 5th post, but first substantive post, on the death in 1985 of lawyer and SNP activist, Willie Macrae.  Please note that Monday’s post is not the last in the series.

 

If you haven’t read the background yet then use your time well.  Read the first four background posts here.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Willie Macrae: First Substantive Post Coming

 

Last Sunday I mentioned that the post would be delayed because the amount of information to find, collate, understand and process was so large.

 

I’m getting there.  The post is already long and I may need to split it to keep the size and readability manageable.

 

Bear with me.

The wait will be worth it.

I trust I can live up to my own billing.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Willie Macrae: Parts 1 to 4 Consolidated

 

I have written 4 quite short posts about the background to the death of Willie Macrae before embarking on a longer and much more difficult task of looking even-handedly at the issues and problems which arise out of the investigation of his death in 1985.

Was he killed or did he take his own life?  I don’t know. 

Writing this series is my attempt to clarify my thoughts. 

Perhaps you’d like to join me on this journey.

 

I’ve taken those 4 introductory posts and consolidated them into one longer piece.  Some may find this a more helpful place to start.

 

Part 1: Background

 

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Willie Macrae: born 18 May 1923; died 7 April 1985

 

This we know for certain but much else in his life and death is open to conjecture.

What is fact or fiction?

Truth or lies?

Openness or obfuscation?

 

Will we ever know? 

Probably not but in this series – may be 1 post or 20 posts depending on my enthusiasm – I want to look back and review his story.  The best way to ensure I keep going with my review is to write and post as I go on.   You, my readers, are key to my continuing!

 

I must have read about Willie in the 80s but I only became aware of him on Sunday past when the Sunday Express published a story more than 24 years after his death. [Original source; archived source]

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Of course, we note the very important,

… it was claimed last night.

There’s nothing definite here but you can start to see that Macrae’s life might not be straightforward.  Within the rest of the article there is more.

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So here we have claims that he was killed:

- by drug smugglers

- by security services over his opposition to nuclear waste dumping

- over child sex abuse discoveries

Additionally there are claims elsewhere that he was involved with the SNLA (Scottish National Liberation Army) and that the security services were interested in him over this.

 

And then the key point is that his death was actually listed as being suicide ….

…. except some claim his death is not officially recorded as ‘suicide’ but as ‘undetermined’.

 

Confused?

 

Yes, and so am I!

 

I don’t have a view as to whether Willie Macrae was killed by his own hand or by others.  I hope, by reading and by writing, my views will firm.

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Part 2: Last Journey

To launch into all the confusions and contradictions now would lead to our getting totally lost in a mishmash of facts, lies and conjecture.  Better that I outline the basics first and then go back and look in more detail.  I hope Part 4 will start this more detailed process but I’m not sure of my path yet.  Time spent well now will bear fruit.  Also because of the complexity of this case each detailed post is likely to take me several days to write.  Please bear with me.

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On Friday, 5th April 1985 about 6.30pm, Willie Macrae set out from Glasgow to his holiday home near Dornie in Wester Ross – about a 170 mile drive.  Almost the entire drive was on single carriageway roads with much of the driving being in the dark.  Sunset would have been about 8.05pm [based on sunset being that time on 6th April 2015].  Google maps estimates the driving time as 3h 55min.  He should have arrived some time around 10.30pm if he didn’t stop.

 

He never arrived.

 

About 10am on Saturday morning, 6th April, two Australian tourists saw a car some distance off-road.

For those who don’t know Scotland, below is a map showing the route which Macrae took.

Macrae Route 1CGlasgow and Dornie are marked.  Macrae’s car was found off-road on the stretch between the yellow arrows about 30 miles from his destination.

The image below shows the crash area (between the yellow arrows) in more detail.  We will examine this area in subsequent posts.

Macrae Route 1E

The Australians drove on for a few miles before returning and, with the aid of binoculars, they saw the driver unconscious in the car.  They stopped the next car two of whose occupants were a GP and David Coutts, a member of the SNP who knew Willie Macrae.

They scrambled down to the car where Coutts recognised the unconscious driver as Willie Macrae.  Dorothy Messer, the GP, noticed Macrae had a head wound and had a dilated pupil, which indicated brain damage. [Some reports mention one dilated pupil and others two.]

A passing car drove on and raised the alarm.  Only one police constable and the local ambulance driver came to the scene.  With the help of the witnesses, they freed Macrae who was taken the 46 miles to Raigmore hospital in Inverness (shown on the map by a white arrow).

The synopsis from Northern Constabulary states,

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Because he had a brain injury Macrae was transferred to hospital in Aberdeen, 102 miles away, (also white arrowed).  Only in Aberdeen Infirmary was it found that Macrae’s head wound was caused by a bullet.  

The police synopsis continues,

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At 3.30 in the morning of Sunday, 7th April, Macrae died without regaining consciousness.

 

And so Willie Macrae’s life ended.

 

And the uncertainty of his death started and continues now, more than 29 years later.

 

Next time will be a scene-setter too as we look uncritically at the official view that Macrae’s death was suicide.

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Part 3: Suicide

This post continues with my plan to give the basics about Macrae’s death.  The first two posts give an brief introduction and then a description of his last journey.  Today we look at the authorities’ decisions to label his death as suicide. 

In other posts I’ll look in more detail at the inconsistencies and confusions which have given rise to belief, among many, that Macrae was murdered.

I need to state that I have an open mind; I come with no agenda other than to pick my way honestly through the morass of words written since 1985.  Too much in the past appears to have been written from various fixed positions.   When I write about politics, Scottish independence or my faith I write from a fixed position.  I can’t do that here. 

I’m not writing to change anyone’s mind.  I want to understand, as best I can, what happened to Willie and writing here is the best way for me to continue and complete my task. 

 

Now in the last post we got to the point where Macrae died at 3.30am on Sunday, 7th April, from a gunshot wound to his head.  

The key question to be answered was whether the wound was self-inflicted or not and deliberately or not.  It doesn’t take a great mind to see that the act was deliberate.

Therefore we are left with:

Did Willie Macrae shoot himself?

Did another shoot Willie Macrae?

Macrae had an unlicensed handgun, he was shot with that gun and the gun was fired while pressed against or very close to the his skull which, according to the post mortem report was indicative of suicide. 

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Macrae struggled with depression and alcoholism, according to his younger brother, Fergus, who was  a GP,

I have no doubt at all that it was suicide.  I had the gun in my possession for about a year, after a previous occasion on which he had threatened suicide.  I took the gun from him and kept it in a drawer.  When he improved so much, I gave it back to him more as a gesture of confidence. [Source] 

 

Thomas Aitchison, the Inverness procurator Fiscal, is quoted as saying,

The death has been fully investigated.  There is (sic) no suspicious circumstances in this case.

 

In 1989, the Lord Advocate, Peter Fraser as was, Lord Fraser of Carmylie, wrote about why a Fatal Accident Inquiry into Macrae’s death was denied,

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[Highlighting and editing is mine]

 

So there we have the official position.

 

Willie Macrae committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his own gun.

 

I have no doubt that there is significant evidence to support this contention.  Despite this, however, many dispute the decision.  In the final short scene-setting post I describe how attempts to have more information released have struggled.  Thereafter, I will start to look in much more detail at aspects of Macrae’s death.

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Part 4: Release of Information

In this final short scene-setting post I describe how attempts to have more information released have struggled.  Thereafter, I will start to look in much more detail at aspects of Macrae’s death.

 

This post brings to an end the easy part of setting out the story of Willie Macrae’s death in the barest of details whilst challenging or querying nothing of the official story.  This will give us the platform on which we can build.

 

Douglas Skelton, writing in the Mirror in 2005, summarised why many wanted more information.

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From the time of his death being listed as suicide there have been repeated calls for a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) and for the release of more information. 

There has been no FAI although, had he died in England, such an inquiry would have been mandatory. 

 

Despite many calls only very limited information has been made public.

Some headlines are,

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1987 Scotsman
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1990 Sunday Post
 

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1990 Press and Journal


 Head-SoS-2005_thumb2

2005 Scotland on Sunday

 

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2010 Evening Times

 

 

As we saw in Part 1 in December 2014 there are still articles appearing in the press.

Not only have the press and parliamentarians asked for information, individuals have used Freedom of Information (FOI).  From what I read FOI requests are often turned down for apparently spurious reasons.  The Macrae case is no different.

Some information – we will look at that later - is available, and we are thankful for this but there appears to be great reluctance to be open.  Many use this as support for the contention that the authorities have ‘something’ to hide. 

Only a few months ago, a Mr Delamore asked Police Scotland for some very basic information,

- the time at which photographs [of the crash scene] were taken

- the time at which the car was removed [from the crash scene]

- the time of the post-mortem

but his FOI request was rejected using the following exemption,

it is never in the public interest to disclose information that gives criminals an advantage over the police and prejudices the police forces' ability to prevent and detect crime, apprehend or prosecute offenders. Nor is it in the public interest to put members of the public or police staff at risk.

Again, there may be good reasons why this apparently straightforward information must be kept out of the public domain.  Unfortunately, this fuels the conspiracy theories.

 

This brings to an end my introductory posts which give very basic details only about Willie Macrae.  Now we can move on and look much more closely at the issues which have given rise to concerns that Willie Macrae did not commit suicide.

Where I, and you, will end up time will tell.

 

© CalumCarr 2014

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For Part 1: Copyright of the two text images used is retained by the Sunday Express.
Copyright of the image of Mr Macrae is unknown but was retrieved from 
http://www.scottishrepublicansocialistmovement.org/Pages/SRSMWillieMacRaeTheInvisibleGunRevisited.aspx.

For Part 2:  The two text images were released under Freedom of Information. 
I retain copyright over the two other images which I have modified.   Google retains copyright over the two original images (i.e. before my modifications)

For Part 3:  All images in this Part have been released under Freedom of Information.

For Part 4:  Copyright of the images is retained by their respective owners and to this end I name: The Mirror Group, the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, the Sunday Post, Evening Times and Press and Journal.