Bible John: Creation of a Serial Killer

Publisher:
BBC

Bible John: Creation of a Serial Killer

5.0/5

Critic Rating

Journalist Audrey Gillan digs back into the story of the Bible John murders, this time exploring the lives of the three victims, and uncovers a whole other story that she and everyone else had missed completely.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Nov 12, 2023

"Gillan’s arresting, serious, thought-provoking investigation, sensitively sound-designed by Joel Cox, succeeds as both a probing, even explosive, true crime investigation and a vigorous feminist inquiry into past and present mores."

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Score: 5

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Nov 6, 2022

"Bible John provides a vivid portrait of Glasgow in the 1960s, from the music and fashion to the derelict tenement buildings, soon to be pulled down, where children played and where McDonald’s body was found. The series also stands as a corrective to the scores of true-crime podcasts that sensationalise murder and casually overlook the impact on victims and their families. Gillan’s sensitive approach reaps clear rewards: the reason Mottley decides to talk, he tells her, is because she wanted “to do something different”. It’s a measure of his trust that, following their interview, he allows her to accompany him as, for the first time in years, he lays flowers on his mother’s grave. …"

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Score: 5

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Oct 15, 2022

"Audrey Gillan, a brilliant documentary-maker known for Radio 4’s Tara and George and 5 Live’s On the Ground, and a woman incapable of making a boring show...Fascinating and revelatory."

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