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Appeal in hunt for prostitute's killer

Published in The Herald
23rd April 1993


THE detective leading the hunt for the killer of a prostitute whose body was found in a car park in Glasgow has appealed for any of her former clients to contact the police.

He assured them of confidentiality as police released a picture of Mrs Karen McGregor, 26, whose body was found by a workman on Monday afternoon in the bushes of an overspill car park at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, just west of the Moat House hotel and yards from the River Clyde.

She is the second prostitute to be murdered in the city in the past 18 months.

Although the picture shows Mrs McGregor with her hair loose, police pointed out that she often wore it tied back.

Detectives still don't know whether the mother of two young children was killed in the car park. They have not revealed how she was killed.


Murdered woman named in case

Published in The Herald
10th July 1992

MURDERED prostitute Diane McInally was named in a special defence of incrimination at a court case in Glasgow yesterday when Michael Crosbie was accused of the reset of a handbag and its contents.

The offence took place in May of last year, five months before Miss McInally's battered body was found in Pollok Park. Police believe she may have been picked up by a client in the Anderston area, a known haunt of prostitutes, before being killed Despite an intense police investigation no one has appeared in court over her death. A 27-year-old man was charged in March, but freed without appearing in court.

At Glasgow District Court yesterday, defence solicitor, Mr Joseph Beltrami, said his client Crosbie, 39, of Prospecthill Circus, Toryglen, Glasgow, was not responsible for the handbag, but that it was the late Miss McInally who was responsible for resetting the items.

Police witnesses said that Miss McInally had been in the house which Crosbie was living in at the time. When they identified themselves at the door as police they heard Crosbie shout ''Stu, it's the police,'' the court was told.

Police rushed in to see a Mr William Stewart throw a black object out of the flat's window, it was claimed, and the bag, stolen from a car earlier in the week, was recovered from the ground outside.


Murder hunt moves closer to home

Published in The Herald
6th December 1991

POLICE hunting the killer of a Glasgow prostitute are to visit the homes of car owners seen in city red light areas because of the poor response to their appeal for help from the public.

Detectives had also appealed for the clients of murdered Diane McInally, 23, whose body was found in Pollok Park in October, to contact them in confidence otherwise they would have to visit them at home.

A special team of detectives has now been formed to carry out the house calls.

Detective Superintendent Joe Jackson, who is leading the investigation, said: ''We have previously, through the media, asked these owners to come forward voluntarily to save officers having to call at their homes or places of business. ''However, the response so far has been poor, and we will now be visiting all owners of vehicles which have been observed in the area.'' This covers the Blythswood Square to Anderston area of the city centre.

He added: ''We must account for all such vehicles, and as owners have not heeded our advice to contact the murder investigation team, then we have no option but to go to them.''

The dead woman was last seen in the early hours of Tuesday, October 15, in the Douglas Street-Cadogan Street area, which is regarded as a spot frequented by prostitutes.

Strathclyde Police are operating a special telephone line on the murder: 041-810 3330.