McRae, William  Murrall, Hilda

William McRae & Hilda Murrell

Judith Cook wrote a book, 'Who Killed Hilda Murrell, Unlawful Killing', about the murder of anti-nuclear campaigner Hilda Murrell.

She quoted an "MI5 operative" who told her that Miss Murrell had indeed died after disturbing operatives searching the house. Two of the men had gone "berserk" and killed her.

Andrew George, a labourer from Shrewsbury, has now been given a life sentence for the Murrell murder. DNA evidence was used to convict George.

Police laboratories have been known to fake DNA evidence.

The AP reported that FBI lab technician Jacquelyn Blake quit while under investigation for failing to follow required scientific procedures while analyzing 103 DNA samples over the past couple of years, and a second lab employee was indicted for allegedly providing false testimony.

Former MP Tam Dalyell still maintains that Miss Murrell was the victim of a botched government operation which had gone "hideously wrong".

He suggested the official story did not add up. He said it stretched the imagination to breaking point to suppose that the body, dumped on the Wednesday, could have lain undiscovered until the following Saturday despite a search of the copse on the Thursday by a farmer and his dog. "The two would have had no problem finding a dead rabbit, let alone the body of Hilda Murrell," he said.


Seán Mac Mathúna has written about the deaths of William McRae and Hilda Murrell

"There are many who claim William was killed by 'them' - the same 'them' that killed Hilda Murrell (the antinuclear campaigner murdered in 1984") Michael Strathan, friend of William McRae, quoted in the News on Sunday, 5th November 1987.

On April 6th 1985, a radical Scottish Nationalist lawyer, and former Vice-Chairman of the SNP (Scottish National Party) William McRae, was found shot in his car at a layby on the A87, north of Fort William, in the Highlands of Scotland.

McRae had told friends before his death that he believed he was under Special Branch surveillance, and that he was in danger as his "cover was blown" and because he was on a "hit list".

Like Hilda Murrell, McRae was opposed to the dumping of nuclear waste. Gary Murray, in his book Enemies of the State: A Sensational Exposé of the Security Services by a former MI5 Undercover Agent, describes McRae as the "most formidable opponent in Scotland" of the Nuclear industry.

At the time of his death, McRae was planning to take part in a public Enquiry into the processing of nuclear waste at Dounray

Apart from looking in detail at the death of McRae, the author Gary Murray, also investigated the death of Hilda Murrell, and found at least 14 similarities between them:

1. Red Escort observed at scene
2. Activities of interest to M15, Special Branch, Atomic Energy Police
3. About to appear at public hearing dealing with nuclear issues
4. Passionate antinuclear campaigner
5. Under surveillance by Security Services
6. Witnesses overlooked by police investigators
7. Drove/driven to death scene in own vehicle
8. Death scene: quiet country spot outside of town
9. Victim was said to have discovered something specific about nuclear industry
10. Authorities refused Enquiry into death and murder investigation wound up
11. Conflict in official statements about evidence
12. Victim's property broken into and burned down
13. Anomalies concerning nuclear papers
14. Associates and friends attempting to pursue the case become victims of burglary and/or acts of violence or damage to property

Enemies of the State: A Sensational Exposé of the Security Services by a former MI5 Undercover Agent. Gary Murray, Simon and Schuster, London, England, 1993, p210