This is another scene-setting post. Part 1 is here.
He never arrived.
The image below shows the crash area (between the yellow arrows) in more detail. We will examine this area in subsequent posts.
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,
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,
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.
Come by again.
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