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  • Summary

  • A woman disappears on her way to work. A man is convicted of her murder. But this case is different. Though the police believe they have the right man, key components of the prosecution case are missing. There is no body of the victim, no witnesses to the crime, no confession and no physical evidence: no DNA, CCTV or murder weapon.

    Journalists and TV producers Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis examine the extraordinary case of Suzanne Pilley, a woman who vanished whilst on her way to work in Edinburgh in 2010. The pair has spent two years investigating the case and speaking exclusively to David Gilroy - the man who was found guilty of killing Suzanne and disposing of her body. He is currently serving a life sentence in a Scottish jail.

    But Gilroy says he is innocent: victim of a miscarriage of justice.

    Darrell and Sophie are not so sure. They explore Gilroy's claims that the investigation and trial were mishandled, that key pieces of evidence were not presented in court and witnesses were not contacted.

    The pair uncover startling information, not heard in court, that might have changed the minds of the jury. And they shine a light on aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system that might be keeping an innocent man behind bars.

    A What's The Story Films production for Audible.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 10 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2019 Audible, Ltd. (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.
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  • Sep 4 2019

    It’s May 2010 and a woman seemingly vanishes into thin air from the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. The case quickly moves from a missing persons inquiry to a murder investigation. The main suspect is her jealous ex-lover and colleague, David Gilroy.

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    34 mins
  • Sep 4 2019

    Darrell and Sophie meet David Gilroy from behind bars in Scotland. They examine his turbulent relationship with Suzanne Pilley, and how the police came to the conclusion of foul play.

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    35 mins
  • Sep 4 2019

    CCTV led to David’s conviction. But David also believes it’s one of the pieces of evidence which is the key to proving his innocence. Darrell and Sophie question how far can the CCTV evidence be trusted?

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    32 mins

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  • 24-09-2020

Sad masquerade

A deeply disappointing look at Scottish justice system.
If you are looking for a balanced look at what is without doubt an intriguing case, do yourself a favour and give this one eyed attempt at investigative journalism a miss.

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Intriguing

Worth a listen. It's an interesting case. I hope they release another episode if he's ever let out or if they find Suzanne

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Excellent true crime documentary.

This was highly engaging and honestly quite addictive. The two narrators do a great job and are very pleasant to listen too. I only wish there were more, and that there were some conclusion to the story.

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great podcast

love the host's voice. interesting story and the way it's told keeps you listening

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Did he kill her?

Interesting story. Good narration. Really liked the sound, however somewhat hard to understand the Scottish accent. Overall enjoyed it.

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great listen

The change between narration and recording was clever, giving a full picture of the scene.
I found it very easy to listen to and would look forward to more.

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interesting case

A little repetitive, replaying recordings from previous chapters was annoying. Overall good insight into the Scottish justice system

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miss concepyion

A look at justice and how it can miss the point. The main thing that Itook out of this, apart from the question ^if he did it or not^ , waste fact that in Scotland at least 2 innocent people were convicted, and that the legal system doesn't review case to to how things can be done better.

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Interesting and compelling

I "enjoyed" this podcast and found it thoroughly compelling in the telling.
Was he guilty? I can't be sure, but this podcast left me with a lot to think about. I am certain that I will be searching for information from other sources.

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Scotland's laws akin to 17th century peasants.

Today in Scotland the laws appear to have been written by the ignorant, fearful superstitions of 17th century peasants whom seek guidance from the signs in tea leaf readings. Evidence, proof is not required.

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  • 20-01-2020

So desperate for counter argument!

I find this SHAMELESS. That poor family. I hope they never have to listen to this ridiculous defense of their daughter’s murderer.

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  • Gina day
  • 28-08-2020

Sad

So frustrating! Such an interesting story, because its true makes it so good! I feel like the reporters found more evidence than the defence

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 31-08-2020

Nice investigation

Interesting documentary that made me stay there, listening, all the way to the end. Good narrators and a great case.

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  • DarkDragonFury420
  • 01-02-2022

Neutral? Objective?? Not even close.

While I was riveted the entire time I listened to this, I was on the fence about the entire case, so I did some research of my own.


***SPOLIERS***



These reporters did a great job at adding doubt to an already closed case. However, why did they not include damning evidence that WAS in the trial? Such as Gilroy showing up to the police station with makeup on his hands and arms covering numerous scratches. Also, added to the damage to the springs on his vehicle, freshly torn vegetation was found in the undercarriage of his vehicle. And lastly, the trip he took that took him almost 2 hours longer than it should have... There were 124 unaccounted for miles on his vehicle once he reached his destination.

I loved this podcast, but being objective was absolutely NOT the route this expose took in the least. None of us were there during the trial, but most of us are able to do our own research into what is absolutely public information. I garnered all the facts I have stated here from actual transcripts from the trial (some of these facts were in this narrative, but severely cut or omitted in their entirety). All in all, this is a great listen. However, don't be cowtowed into thinking that this is anywhere near a true or accurate representation of all of the evidence that was presented to the 15 jurors over the 21 days the prosecution used to make the case that convicted Gilroy of murdering Pelley in 2012.

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  • 12-01-2022

listening in Mayberry

the story interesting, the great details , although sad to relive the telling of someone loss of life ,still compellede to listen till the end, come to your own conclusions

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  • Devin
  • 22-10-2021

I'm disturbed by the conviction

Don't expect to come away from this podcast with any answers to the disappearance of Suzanne Pilley. It's a deep dive into the prosecution's case against her alleged killer and they find reasonable doubt every step of the way, but no answers.

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