Loved ones of a man murdered more than three decades ago have today told of their gratitude after dozens of people called police with information about the case.
Last week the Evening Express marked the 35th anniversary of the horrific death of George Murdoch, who was strangled.
George’s nephew Alex McKay, 61, urged the killer’s family to unburden their conscience and contact the police, and also encouraged anyone with information about the 1983 murder to come forward.
Detective Inspector Gary Winter said: “We have received a significant number of calls – around 50 – in relation to last week’s appeal.
“It is clear that, despite the significant passage of time, people still remember the tragic night George was murdered and want to help give his family the closure they deserve.”
In a statement, George’s family said: “We are deeply grateful and appreciative regarding the overwhelming response from the public.
“To those of you with information, who are still thinking about calling – please do so now.
“There is an excellent police team in place and your call might prove to be the missing link which helps solve a 35-year-old murder and bring a killer to justice.”
Known to loved ones as Dod, 58-year-old George was working as a taxi driver when he picked up a fare in his sky blue Cortina outside the New Marcliffe Hotel on Queen’s Road.
Nine minutes later, two teenage cyclists on Pitfodels Station Road saw a man sitting on top of George, strangling him and went to a phone box to alert police.
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Allan Hendry, a police officer at the time, was first on scene and he and his colleagues were unable to save George.
Police who studied the crime scene found cheese wire and said that was the weapon used to strangle George.
DI Winter said: “We are looking to establish different uses for cheese wires at the time – an extremely unusual item for any person to have in their possession.
“The route taken that night by the killer and the violent nature of the assault are also key features of the case. If you are aware of any information or have suspicions about who is responsible – even if you think the police are already aware – please get in touch so that we can check this against our records.
“Someone out there knows what happened to George and I hope our appeal, bravely supported by his family, has served as a vital reminder it is never too late to come forward with information on 101.”