THE nephew of a taxi driver killed by the notorious Cheese Wire Killer has told how he is still haunted by his uncle’s final moments 40 years later.
Alex McKay, 66, commented on the anniversary of the– in the hope that a new podcast could finally help bring the mysterious attacker to justice .
His uncle George Murdoch, 58, was mauled and suffocated by onePassenger in Aberdeen on the night of September 29, 1983.
Thewrapped a He had a wire tied around his throat, but George fought for his life and managed to free himself and escape the taxi.
Tragically, his attacker caught him and strangled him in the street.
And Alex admitted: “My throat still tightens a bit when I think about him dying and screaming for help. “And there was no one there to really help him.”
The opening episode of the five-part podcast “Who Is The.”wire ?, introduces listeners to a case that has caused confusion in the Northeast for decades.
No motive for the horrific massacre was ever established.
But I still have the vicious criminal’s unusual weapon, the 16-inch-long garrote, which was found in the Scene.
And they know that George, also known as Dod, had picked up a passenger in the west end of the city to take him to Peterculter.
For some reason the taxi driver turned onto Pitfodels Station Road on the outskirts of town where his passenger arrived.
Two teenage cyclists calledafter seeing George at the mercy of his secret .
And Alex refuted claims saying they could have done anything to stop it. He said: “There is no blame on that in this age.
“What a dilemma. They are there, they areon and they hear someone and they see it. And what can they do at this age?
“As far as I know, the man didn’t even look up. So they took the actions they thought were right.
“They went to alert the police. God bless them for that.”
The podcastwith George’s relatives and criminal psychologists.
It also hears from someone who had a premonition weeks before the murder.
But one of the most harrowing reports comes from the first police officer to arrive on the scene.
Former PCHendry, 77, told how he is still haunted by the moment he found the driver dying of nausea .
As George lay exhausted on the side of the roadto his Cortina , recalls: “I knelt down next to him. There was quite a bit of blood around and of course there was a cheese wire there.”
At first he hoped he could shake George up and gather information about the attacker.
recalls: “I tried to wake him up, but he couldn’t. He was unconscious, but I had a feeling he was still there.
“What I said to him was, ‘Do you know who did this?’ Can you give me a description of this guy? Can you open your eyes?’
“I felt absolute compassion for the poor guy who was just doing his job– and then something like this happens to him.”
tried to comfort George The crew ran to the scene but didn’t know if he could hear what he was saying.
The retired police officer continued: “I said to him, ‘Look, you’re going to be fine. Don’t worry, the ambulance is here. Now you will be redirectedeverything will be fine.’
“I honestly don’t know whether he heard those words or not. But I thought it would be appropriate to at least talk to the guy.
“I was next to George for five minutes at most. However, I had the distinct impression that he was still alive.
“He had obviously experienced something brutal. And he obviously fought back because there was blood on the wall to where he lay.”
Then the crews arrived. Marked a white silhouette with a ball of crayon where George had lain in front of him was lifted away.
He said, “ThemThe boys came down, took one look at him and said, “Look, we’re going to take him with us because we think he’s still alive.”
“When they took him to prisonI remember they put the oxygen mask on him.
“I would assume he was dead when he arrived at the hospital, perhaps died in the ambulance. But I do not know.”
The podcast was produced and presented by documentary filmmaker Ryan Ogilvie, 43.
He explained: “We managed to question the police officer who first arrived at the scene. And George’s neighbor, who was 13 at the time and stayed with George’s widow for three years afterwards.”
Ryan added: “Our investigation into theeven enters the world of the paranormal.
“One person had a premonition five weeks before the murder. There are a lot of interesting angles.”
The murdered taxi driver’s wife, Jessie, never got over itand died in 2004.
And some of George’s closest relatives have also passed away.
We told how detectives are searching for a man who talked about the murder at a bar in Granite City. The BBC’s Crimewatch featured police officers who are unable to solve a caselast October until for help with identification.
In September 2015, he was seen at Wilson’s Sports Bar on the city’s Market Street.All I have is a faceless picture of the man in an Iron Maiden t-shirt.
He is described as short, stocky, in his 60s or 70s and probably dates from that period.
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Detective Inspector James Callander said last year: “Regardless of how much time has passed, we receive a positive response from the public around the world when wefor information about this senseless murder.”
Episode One of Who Is Thewire ? is now available on streaming platforms.
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