The Murder of Alistair Wilson


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Sunday the 28th of November 2004 was a normal day for the Wilson family from Nairn, Scotland. Father Alastair and mother Veronica had spent much of the day entertaining their 2 children, Andrew and Graham with walks on the beach as well as socialising with friends.
When the doorbell of their proud Victorian villa at 10 Crescent Road rang at around 7pm, Veronica assumed it would be the parents of a young child they were looking after coming to collect him. She put down the laundry she was sorting out and went downstairs to answer the door. To her surprise she found a stranger on the doorstep, who simply said: ‘Alastair Wilson’.

Veronica didn’t recognise the man, but didn’t think much of it, assuming he had something to do with her husband’s job as a banker. She left the man on the doorstep and returned upstairs to get Alastair, who had just settled down to read his boys a story. Veronica took over reading the story, and Alastair went to the front door.

After a few minutes Alastair reappeared upstairs seeming confused by the conversation he had just had with the visitor. He was clutching a blue envelope with the name ‘Paul’ written on the front of it which he showed to Veronica. He decided to go back downstairs to talk to the man further. A few minutes later Alastair would be left dying on his own doorstep having been shot 3 times.

What would follow would be the most expensive police investigation in Scottish history, but despite this, no arrests would be made, and many questions remain unresolved. What was the motive for the murder? Who was the unidentified killer that arrived on the Wilson’s doorstep? Was he a disgruntled customer of the bank? A jealous husband? A hitman sent by a 3rd party? What did he and Alastair discuss that evening? What were the contents of the blue envelope? Who is Paul? This is the confusing story of the murder of Alastair Wilson.

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