Episodes
In the final episode of this series, loose ends are tied in a poetic way as the living victims of Pamela Gourlay come together and find comfort by sharing their very different experiences. The Storyteller Isla Traquair thinks she’s done, but is she? Maybe one last trip north but will she find the truth?  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 12/11/19
In an unexpected twist a key character in this awful story, who was believed to be dead, is in fact alive and ready to talk about the case for the first time in 20 years.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 12/04/19
What was Pamela Gourlay's solicitor predicting for the verdict and why did she only serve 14 years? Meanwhile the family of Melanie Sturton were forced to return to the court time and time again for appeals and deal with receiving her belongings still covered in fingerprint dust and blood stains. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 11/29/19
The jury returns but who do they believe? Pamela Gourlay or her former boyfriend Kris Taylor? Present day The Storyteller Isla Traquair goes on a quest to find the killer to get some answers twenty years after the horrific murder.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 11/27/19
Pamela Gourlay gave evidence over two days. In the second part of this week's bonus content, find out exactly what the young chef said in court as The Storyteller Isla Traquair goes through and reads excerpts of the transcript. An actor is used for reading the parts of Edward Targowski QC and former Advocate Depute Neil Brailsford who is now a judge, Lord Brailsford. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 11/23/19
In Part 1 of Bonus Episode 7, The Storyteller Isla Traquair explains the options available to the jury. Did you know Scotland has a third verdict? And fellow journalist Alison Shaw and defence agent Shane Campbell recall the cold behaviour of Pamela Gourlay throughout the trial. QC Edward Targowski explains the perils of an accused giving evidence and learn more about that phone call confession between mother and daughter. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 11/22/19
Finally the pieces of the jigsaw come together and so do all the people in this story as everyone gathers at the High Court in Aberdeen for the trial of Pamela Gourlay. Melanie’s family come face to face with the young woman accused of killing her for the first time and they are shocked by what they see. What’s even more shocking is the chef’s defence and what she claims really happened. Who will the jury believe?  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 11/20/19
Melanie’s body is finally released to her family for the funeral but not without more delays. Her mother Susan reveals a hidden grief she and her husband suffered months before the murder and The Storyteller Isla Traquair prepares listeners for the trial with full details of the indictment and details of the grandiose court room.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 11/15/19
A young solicitor lands the biggest case his career by a chance answering of an urgent phone call from police looking for a back-up duty agent. For the first time, defence solicitor Shane Campbell shares his interactions with the accused murderess in the run up to the court case and his shock at her 11th hour change of story.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 11/13/19
A special guest features in this bonus episode as well as the two Claires; one a friend and colleague of murder victim Melanie Sturton and the other the closest friend to Pamela Gourlay at the time of the murder.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 11/09/19
Following the surprising arrest of a 20-year-old female, we hear from her former best friend who was as shocked as the public that she was responsible for such a brutal murder. For the first time Claire Forbes speaks publicly about her close friendship with a killer and how she was dragged into the investigation. We also learn of the parallels between murderess and her victim and their rural upbringings and eventual fateful move to the Granite City.  For information regarding your data...
Published 11/06/19
In the aftermath of the chilling confession The Storyteller Isla Traquair examines the crucial timeline with the police involved in the case and the shock of the press as they realised the woman arrested lived in the same building. Also forensic scientist Chris Gannicliffe reveals something unusual from his notes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 11/02/19
Police track down the CCTV from the ATM where Melanie's bank card was used and despite the poor image quality, they can see it’s a young woman using it, but it’s not Melanie. Meanwhile a new detective steps in to interview the neighbours in the building. The couple downstairs had actually heard the attack. The upstairs neighbour was harder to track down but was very helpful when police spoke to her at an upmarket new restaurant where she worked as a chef.  For information regarding your data...
Published 10/30/19
The Storyteller Isla Traquair delves deeper into the emotional impact on the professionals working on the case. Pathologist Dr James Grieve, who made an exception in letting Melanie’s mother see the body despite the severe injuries, describes how he feels when working on such a tragic case. Isla also reminisces with former journalist Alison Shaw about the challenges of being a crime report and why this is a case that has always stayed with them.  For information regarding your data privacy,...
Published 10/24/19
As the media begins to learn more details about the horrific murder, Melanie's mother Susan Patrick faces the cameras to make a public appeal for help. A huge influx of calls leads detectives down many paths and the investigation stretches far and wide but then in a casual conversation with police family liaison officers, Susan inadvertently delivers a clue which brings them closer to the killer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 10/23/19
Discover what happened to Melanie’s step-father after he was interviewed by police and how his military background and multiple clothes changes led investigators to suspect he was involved. And the lead Forensic Scientist Chris Gannicliffe takes The Storyteller Isla Traquair through the photographs from the murder scene. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 10/19/19
After the shock of the initial sight of Melanie Sturton’s injuries, the pathologist and forensic team continue their painstaking examination of her body and home. Every fibre and blood spot helps them piece together the trainee nurse’s final movements. Meanwhile Melanie’s family struggle to race home from Spain and before they're informed she’s been murdered, they are at the top of the list of suspects.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 10/16/19
Bonus content episode with some further information from the investigation team and more from the Storyteller Isla Traquair about how this podcast came about.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 10/11/19
In this chilling first episode The Storyteller Isla Traquair begins her journey by meeting up with the murder victim’s mother Susan Patrick and pledging to do her best to find some answers to this motiveless crime. Susan bravely recalls the awful moment a ringing phone changed her life forever. Her mother’s instinct was strong and we learn what horrors unfolded. Sadly there was far worse to come… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 10/09/19
A chilling and addictive brand new true crime podcast set in Scotland. A young woman is found face down behind her door in an upmarket area of the Granite City, Aberdeen. Her throat has been cut so deeply, it's almost severed. She was an unlikely victim, but the identity of the killer was even more shocking. The Storyteller Isla Traquair was a 19-year-old newspaper reporter at the time of the murder and now on the 20th anniversary she is retracing her steps to find out the truth behind this...
Published 10/01/19