Inspecting Detectives - The Long Shadow Of The World's End

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Detective Superintendent Allan Jones worked on the investigation into the murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie for most of his career. Almost four decades later he was with their families when a judge sentenced Angus Sinclair to 37 years imprisonment in 2014.

The murder of these two 17 year olds has cast a long shadow over Edinburgh. Edi remembers the atmosphere in the city after the girls' deaths. She hasn't stepped inside the pub since.

The subsequent investigation ran from 1977 to 2014 touching the lives of detectives, forensic scientists and journalists. Edi Stark hears their remarkable story.

Allan Jones was still a teenager and had only recently joined the force when he was first briefed on the case by Edinburgh detectives in the late seventies.

It was a case that drew him back numerous times over the coming years and it was Jones who was in charge when a forensic breakthrough when it, eventually, came in 2004.

In the first of this threee part programme Edi Stark paints a picture of an investigation behind one of the most significant criminal cases in Scottish legal history.

She speaks to Kevin Scott, Helen's brother, who tells us about what he remembers of that weekend in 1977. We meet Douglas Kerr who was one of the first detectives to investigate the case and Lester Knibb, only a young forensic scientist in the late seventies who would go one to play a major part in the securing Sinclair's conviction.

Edi Stark explores the long shadow cast by the World's End murder case in Edinburgh.

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20160104 (RS)

The 1977 murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie cast a long shadow over the lives of everyone who encountered the case.

The investigation ran from 1977 to 2014 touching the lives of detectives and forensic experts, legal professionals and journalists. Edi Stark hears their remarkable story and speaks with Helen's brother Kevin about how the Scott family never gave up hope that the killers would be caught.

In the second of this three part series Edi Stark picks up the story after the initial 1977 investigation ran out of steam. She explores how the latest developments in DNA technology finally led detectives to identity the killers, who had evaded police for almost three decades.

Edi speaks with forensic scientists Lester Knibb and Jonathan Whitaker about their involvement in the case. We hear from crime reporter Bob Smyth about the murders of three other young woman in Glasgow in 1977 - the same year of the World's End killings - and the failed attempt to charge Angus Sinclair with five deaths, instead of two.

Edi also continues the story of the Edinburgh detectives who remained committed to finding Helen and Christine's killers despite countless setbacks over three decades.

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20160104 (RS)

The 1977 murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie cast a long shadow over Edinburgh; one detective described it as a feeling of "loss of innocence" in the city.

The subsequent investigation ran from 1977 to 2014 touching the lives of detectives and forensic experts, legal professionals and journalists. Edi Stark hears their remarkable story.

In the final episode of this three part series Edi Stark explores how the outcry over the collapse of the 2007 trial led to a change in law, spurring detectives on in the search for new evidence to bring the case against Angus Sinclair back to court.

Edi meets the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland who cross-examined Sinclair at the 2014 trial. We speak with soil expert Lorna Dawson about how her new analysis of 30-year-old gave detectives new hope and to Kevin Scott, Helen's brother, about how the death of his sister and the subsequent investigation affected his family.

Edi Stark hears how Angus Sinclair was eventually convicted of the World's End murders.