Find the stalker

Griev­ing son’s plea as cold case de­tec­tives try to hunt down mur­derer af­ter 33 years

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Craig McDon­ald

The son of mur­der victim Mary Ann McLaugh­lin has re­vealed some­one fol­lowed his mum two days be­fore she was stran­gled.

Mary Ann was killed in her flat in 1984 in what is one of Scot­land’s long­est-run­ning un­solved cases.

Cold case de­tec­tives last week in­ter­viewed fam­ily mem­bers and took DNA sam­ples as they search for a cru­cial break­through.

Mary Ann’s son Martin Cullen has told how the de­scrip­tion of a man who was spot­ted tail­ing his mum and sis­ter matches that of the last per­son seen with Mary 33 years ago.

Martin – who found his mum’s body at her home in Glas­gow’s Thorn­wood – said: “All I want is the per­son caught. We’ve been speak­ing about the case as a fam­ily and re­called an ex­pe­ri­ence my sis­ter had at the time.

“She and mum thought they were be­ing fol­lowed to Partick un­der­ground sta­tion by a strange man. Mum didn’t get on the sub­way but my sis­ter did.

“The man fol­lowed her and both got off at Cow­cad­dens. He fol­lowed her to Pos­sil Road. He be­gan speak­ing to her and was ask­ing if she wanted a job.

“She was ter­ri­fied. He was well over 6ft tall, was smartly dressed, in his mid 20s and did not have a lo­cal accent.

“He matches the de­scrip­tion of a man seen with mum on Crow Road two days later. This per­son was never traced by po­lice and it was the last time she was seen alive. Po­lice said at the time they be­lieved the killer was known to mum. Could it have been a hit­man or some­one else fol­low­ing her to her house?”

It is un­der­stood a wit­ness has also come for­ward to claim he pro­vided a false al­ibi for a sus­pect. The per­son has told po­lice he was placed un­der pres­sure to lie to de­tec­tives about the move­ments of one of the sus­pects on the day of the mur­der.

Dad-of-two Martin, 57, of Whiteinch, Glas­gow, found his mum ly­ing on her bed. The last sight­ing of Mary, 58, was on Septem­ber 26, 1984, when she left the Hyn­d­land Bar and walked along Dum­bar­ton Road to Ar­mando’s chip shop.

The mum to six girls and five boys was found in her flat in Crathie Court on Oc­to­ber 2.

Her body had lain for six days be­fore Martin forced his way into the house.

Po­lice Scot­land said: “We’re fully com­mit­ted to iden­ti­fy­ing the per­son or per­sons re­spon­si­ble for the mur­der of Mary Ann McLaugh­lin.”

He got on the train and fol­lowed her. She was ter­ri­fied

CRIME SCENE Crathie Court

ON A MIS­SION Martin wants to find killer of mum, right

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