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Episode 479: World's End Murders

Episode 479: World's End Murders

Update: 2023-07-2415


On October 15, 1977, seventeen-year-olds Christine Eadie and Helen Scott met some friends at the World’s End Pub in Edinburgh’s Old Town neighborhood to celebrate their new jobs and what they assumed would be the start of their adult lives. The next day, Christine’s body was discovered by hikers near Gosford Bay, while Helen’s body was discovered in a cornfield several miles away. The Lothian and Borders Police mounted a massive investigation to identify and apprehend the killer but, despite their best efforts, evidence was sparse and by the following year the case had gone cold. 

The World’s End Murders, as they’d come to be known, became one of Scotland’s most notorious cold cases, until it was reactivated in 1997 in hopes that scientific and technological advances of the previous two decades could lead them to the girls’ killer.

Thank you To the Fabulous Dave White for Research Assistance 


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Comments (3)

Dawn Bowen

Starts around 10 minutes

Aug 2nd

Dana Barnes

About 11ish minutes in.

Jul 24th
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Episode 479: World's End Murders

Episode 479: World's End Murders