Date of murders: 1968 - 1969
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
During the late 1960’s, a serial killer was stalking the women of Glasgow, Scotland, claiming the lives of three unfortunates within the span of 18 months. The man became know as Bible John, after an eyewitness reported seeing him in the company of one of the murdered women, sprouting off verses from the Good Book.
Bible John first announced his presence on February 23, 1968, when the naked body of 25-year-old nurse Patricia Docker was found just yards from her home in Langside Place, Glasgow. Patricia been seen dancing at the Majestic Ballroom the previous evening. She had been raped and strangled.
On Friday, August 1969, Jemima McDonald, 32, went for a night out at the Barrowland Ballroom and never returned. Her strangled, raped and badly beaten body was found the next morning. Then, on October 31, 1969, another woman, 29-year-old Helen Puttock, was murdered after an evening at the Barrowland. According to her sister, she’d spent most of the evening dancing with a man named John.
A massive hunt was launched for the elusive killer but despite their best efforts, and several promising clues, the police came up empty. Over the years, hopes have been raised by potential DNA matches, but each time these have proved fruitless.
The Bible John case remains unsolved.