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The original "Murder History Tour" featuring some of the city's worst true crime stories 

Beginning in Aberdeen’s Victorian Trinity Cemetery, this tour follows a route including the city’s earliest site of execution and the sites of some horrific murders; stripped back to its original stories-only format, customers are encouraged to listen to these terrifying true tales and imagine for themselves what it was like!

Includes the tale of Aberdeen’s last hangman, Johnny Milne, a darkly comic personage who almost resigned at his first hanging; the tragic fate of Captain Beaton of the Gordon Highlanders; the 60s love-triangle which ended in the death of all parties, and the last ever hanging in Scotland; the tragic murder of 8-year-old Helen Priestly, killed by her jealous grown-up neighbour, Jeannie Donald; the poisonous marriage of Catherine Humphrey and the gory tale of James Harrow, the Butcher of the Saltoun Arms, who, due to his unstable mental health, believed his workmates at the Wales Street abattoir were plotting to kill him, instead he stabbed two of them to death in the pub in 1901.  

Starts: Trinity Cemetery, Park Road Gate, near Aberdeen FC’s South Stand
Ends: Corner of Frederick Street/ Park Street near the Saltoun Bar
Length: 2.3 miles / terrain, pavements only
N.B. not suitable for under 12s due to the nature of the material presented


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