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Great murderers I have known...

January 26th, 2004 (09:30 pm)

Well, actually it's just the one.

And he wasn't that great a murderer - the police suspected him from the start, and once the body was found, he was immediately arrested. I first met him around 1990 when he was going out with the girlfriend immediately before the one he murdered. His then girlfriend was a girl in my year at school and college, and the sister of one of my close friends.

His very next girlfriend, Rachel McLean was killed in 1991, almost 13 years ago now.

So why bring this up now? Glancing through the TV listing for tonight, I saw that Real Crime on ITV are featuring the investigation into her death. I never really believed in the phrase 'his blood ran cold' before, but it's the closest thing to it that I've ever experienced when I saw that. Now, I've never had anything against TV shows that dive into the past and closely examine cases of the past, but the phrase 'it's different when it's someone you know' now comes into play.

I only met him a couple of times when he was going out with my friend's sister, but he seemed a nice enough guy at the time. Didn't pay much attention to him then, and only followed the case along at a distance, mainly thankful that she was smart enough to dump him before anything happened. I never met Rachel McLean. So, am I a hypocrite for wanting this to be more or less left well alone, or can I honestly say anything after having watched these sort of programs in the past?

Been making me think hard for the last few hours.

Current mood : Pensive/thoughtful

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Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: January 26th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)

I've been on the distant fringes of two murder investigations; once when a drunken fight in the street outside my house eventually ended in a stabbing about half a mile away, and once when the phone number of the school where I work was found in the address book of a murdered laboratory technician, and the police assumed that I was the person who'd been called. In the second case (a murder that received a lot of publicity) it turned out that one of our teachers was the victim's best friend, and had practically suffered a nervous breakdown when she was killed. The first received no publicity at all, and as far as I know nobody was ever arrested.

In the first case it's distantly possible that I could have done something to prevent the murder - I vaguely remember thinking of getting my camera and taking photos of the fight for the papers, if I'd done that (and not been attacked myself) it's just possible that it would have derailed the chain of violence that led to the stabbing. But it didn't happen.

There'll probably be newspaper stories about the second case when the murderer comes up for parole or dies in prison; I'd imagine that it'll be horrible for her friend, and I'll feel a little odd about it myself even though I didn't know victim or murderer.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: January 26th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
Booster

I'd imagine that it'll be horrible for her friend, and I'll feel a little odd about it myself even though I didn't know victim or murderer.

Well, after speaking to her brother, we're hoping that the ex-girlfriend doesn't spot the show tonight - it still makes her a little uncomfortable even now apparently. And "a little odd" is the best way of describing how I feel at the moment myself. Still going back and forth a little on whether to even watch the program.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: January 26th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)

Oh great...

The guy got released last summer, and has since gone back to New Zealand according to the end of the show.

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