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Donal MacIntyre: Unsolved Continues In January
By James W, Wednesday 30th December 2015

Donal MacIntyre: Unsolved continues with two more unsolved cold cases for Donal MacIntyre and his team of experts to re-examine. Using interviews, reconstructions and access to the case files, Donal and the team – former Detective Chief Inspector for the Metropolitan Police, Clive Driscoll and Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University, will analyse the evidence, speak to those who remember the mystery surrounding these unsolved cases and explore why they have remained enigmas despite modern detective methods.

We start with the case of Grandmother Valerie Graves, who was brutally murdered five days after her 55th birthday. She’d been house-sitting at a £1.6million waterfront property in West Sussex. She was found on 30th December 2013 in her bed by her sister having suffered severe head injuries. It was later revealed that Valerie, who had recently given up her artists’ studio in the Borders of Scotland to return
south to care for her frail mother, was ferociously attacked. A single blow would have been sufficient to kill, but she was hit dozens of times around the head with a 16 ounce claw hammer, which was found about 800 yards away in a nearby lane. Police do not believe that Valerie knew her killer. Was it a bungled burglary? If so, why was it so violent? And how could the killer, who must have been covered in blood, have escaped notice?

The final case in the series is the murder of Caroline Glachan. On the morning of 24 August 1996, the severely battered body of 14-year-old Caroline Glachan was found by a drug addict in the Leven river near Loch Lomond. She was killed in a frenzied attack, her head smashed open. She was then dumped face down in the river. Police described the violence done to her as "brutal" and the callousness of her killer became all too apparent when it was revealed that she was still alive when she was put in the water. She died from drowning. Today, Caroline's killer still roams free. Many believe that he - or she - still lives and socialises in the small tight-knit community of Alexandria in Dunbartonshire. She had gone to meet a new boyfriend. Who was he and, if innocent, why has he never come forward? Also, she was not robbed or assaulted, so what was the motive for this brutal murder?

Donal MacIntyre: Unsolved Sunday 3rd and 10th January at 10pm.


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