A NEW inquiry should be
held into the Dunblane massacre because
dozens of questions about the tragedy
remain unanswered, according to two concerned campaigners.
The pair have spent
months drawing up a detailed dossier about the horrific shootings.
And they claim that
there are discrepancies between the official inquiry,
presided over by Lord Cullen, and statements
from witnesses at the time.
One woman, Sandra
Uttley [top left], was a local ambulance
worker. The other, Doreen
Hagger, gave evidence at the Cullen
Inquiry. They believe there may have been
a cover-up. Questions they
now want answered include:
did killer Thomas Hamilton
meet and talk to on the way to Dunblane
post mortem results been kept secret?
ambulance service records are not being made public, and
was there confusion over the number
of guns Hamilton had
at the school?
The women - who have drawn up a
50-point, 5,000 word dossier on the affair - are furious that
many of the official reports are being kept under wraps.
ministers have ruled that much of the evidence about
the tragedy should not be made public
for 100 years.
Last night Uttley
said: "A new inquiry is urgently
needed. There may be other individuals who should face
The horror unfolded
on March 13, 1996, when 43-year old misfit Hamilton
gunned down 16 pupils and teacher Gwen Mayor
at the Stirlingshire school. The atrocity shocked the nation
and an official probe was launched under Lord Cullen. But
Uttley and Hagger
believe too many mysteries remain.
They point to the
statement of Cathleen Boswell Kerr,
who said she'd seen the killer standing beside - or climbing from
- a large grey saloon car before he travelled to the school.
It was parked outside his Stirling home
sometime between 8am and 8.40 on the fateful day.
According to Kerr,
Hamilton looked cheerful. He waved
as the grey car left, then walked to his white hire van. But
Kerr DIDN'T give evidence at the Cullen
Inquiry. And the two women want to know what
steps were taken to trace Hamilton's
helped out at a children's camp organised by the oddball loner
who went on to become Scotland's worst mass murderer. Her
daughter Vikki, then seven years old, was one of the youngsters
who attended. Both were concerned about his behaviour and
complained to cops about him. Though he had already come
to the attention of Central Scotland Police
after official complaints about his camps and the clubs he ran
for boys, Hagger believes her warnings
about him went
She told us: "I
was overwhelmed with a feeling of guilt that I had not done more
to stop Hamilton. We still have
a lot of work to do and a lot of evidence to cover. But
I feel everyone has been robbed of justice."
Vikki later wrote
to Lord Cullen about her fear of not
being taken seriously. Her mum also appeared before
the judge at his inquiry in Stirling.
intensive probe lasted from May 29 until July 10, 1996.
But according to Hagger, his investigation
FAILED to reveal the identity of the off-duty police
officer they believe to have been first
on the scene. The man followed the primary school's
headteacher Ron Taylor into the gym
where the carnage had taken place. He then warned the headmaster,
and the school janitor John Currie,
not to touch a gun which lay next to Hamilton's
body on the gym floor.
But despite his key
role, the officer's name has
never been released to the public. And the two
campaigners want to know WHY his identity has been concealed.
They also want to
know why the public hasn't been given access to the results of
a post mortem carried out on Hamilton. Uttley
explained: "We know that a full dissection was carried out. Pathologist
Anthony Busuttil said the cause of death was gunshot
injury. But this does not explain
manner of Hamilton's death.
Some sources suggest his body was discovered lying close to a
wall in which there were TWO bullet holes, six inches apart.
"But what did
the wounds on Hamilton's body show?
The post mortem results would surely clear up this point and explain
whether or not he suffered other gunshot injuries that were not
could have been one of the ambulance staff who raced to the scene,
just minutes after Hamilton's killing
spree ended. She was on a day off from her job at the ambulance
station in nearby Callander and only learned of the horror from
a friend. She was called in to work later that day. The
crew she relieved had raced several of Hamilton's
young victims to hospital, and were traumatised as a result.
and Hagger claim the role of the ambulance
service has been obscured. They claimed: "Lord
Cullen said in his report the ambulance service
arrived at the school at 9.57 and the police
at 9.50am. Our own sources suggest ambulancewoman Alison
Irvine made a statement indicating that when she
and colleague Leslie Haire arrived at
the school at 9.57am there were NO police
cars or police officers there - just
the mystery man who claimed to be an off-duty policeman.
Taylor met them and said they were the first to
arrive. The ambulance staff then radioed their control room
to say they were dealing with a major incident.
witnesses said at the inquiry they arrived
at the primary school at 9.50am. But the Accident and Emergency
Department at Stirling Royal Infirmary
received notification of a shooting incident at Dunblane
at 9.48am. Who from? We want to know why details
about the ambulance service's role should be hidden for 100
The two women
are also puzzled by the confusion over the number of weapons found
at the scene. Uttley
- the former partner of Dr
Mick North, whose daughter Sophie died
that day - added: "Some witnesses suggested Hamilton
had two guns at the primary school, others say he had four.
Chisholm and David Gould,
the ammunition and bomb disposal experts,
also differ over their examination of the guns. Why were
these vital issues not properly clarified at the inquiry?"
Some of the discrepancies,
they claim, might have been cleared up by the Scene of Crime report. But
they added: "It's been hidden away until 2096. Why?"
and Hagger also want
to know why photographs of the crime scene weren't
taken until late afternoon - though Hamilton
ran amok shortly after the school first opened.
added: "There were concerns that Hamilton's
body might be booby-trapped. Why then was the bomb disposal
centre not alerted until 2.30pm? And why on earth were there
people present in the gym when the bomb disposal expert arrived?
The gym was supposed to have been evacuated at noon because of
concerns about a booby trap."
the other queries raised by the couple's dossier is the question
of where Hamilton went between leaving
his home and arriving at Dunblane primary school.
Uttley revealed: "A policeman said
CCTV cameras picked up Hamilton's van
leaving Stirling on the morning of March
13, 1996 at 8.44
and 8.46. The journey to Dunblane
school would normally take just 15 minutes. Yet Hamilton
did not arrive there until 9.30. Where did he go in the
half hour that's unaccounted for?"
The pair are also
intrigued by the matter of Hamilton's
finances. Hagger told us:
"Some sources suggested he obtained two credit cards and
spent freely at the end of 1995 and the beginning of 1996. But
he was unemployed - and this has never been fully explained."
The duo say they
are determined to battle on until they win a fresh inquiry
into the horror.
who has written a series of articles about male violence and guns
- began work on her dossier in December last year. In
February, she wrote to Hagger asking
for her help. They claim they have examined and cross-referenced
every word of the Cullen report since
then. Uttley told us: "I
will never give up on this until we get to the truth."
And Hagger added: "This has caused
us a lot of stress. Some of what we've discovered makes
me despair. Yet I think it is only right that people should
know about this and decide for themselves whether or not a new
inquiry is merited"
But last night
the officer who headed the Dunblane investigation
was adamant that Central Scotland Police
no stone unturned.
Chief Superintendent John Ogg, who has now retired
from the force, told us: "I can reassure you that the investigation
into the Dunblane incident was absolutely
thorough, and we covered every angle. I don't subscribe
to any of these allegations at all." And he added:
"I have no idea why someone would wish to come up with theories
Speaking from his
home in Perthshire, Mick North told
us: "I have been asked by Sandra
about what happened on the day, and have answered her questions.
There are areas that I feel could do with a better explanation,
but I am not going to go into specifics. I think it's most
likely that the conspiracy goes as far as being alleged."
During the investigation,
it was claimed that student teacher David Scott
witnessed Hamilton kill himself.
However, Scott did not himself give
evidence, and when asked if he did see the killer commit suicide,
he refused to make any comment at all. He told the News
of the World: "I have not spoken about this
before and have no intention of doing so."
~ It can be proved there was a cover-up
by the State because the first person into the gym whileThomas
Hamilton was still alive was a female trainee teacher,
NOT the male trainee teacher called David Scott.
He was mentioned in the official transcript of the Inquiry
and also in Sandra Uttley's book Dunblane
Unburied as the Dunblane Primary School
her book, Sandra Uttley refers to a
potential cover-up because in the written
findings of Lord Cullen (and this is
the sneaky part of it) he mentions that the first person into
the gym was a trainee teacher.
Uttley says, hah, this must be a cover-up
because "the" trainee teacher David Scott
was reported to have been in another classroom with his head down
and he cannot be in two places at one time, so the Inquiry
has got the narrative wrong, which proves that there has been
a cover up..
Lord Cullen told the truth that "a"
trainee teacher was the first person into the gym. He just
does not explain that the trainee teacher was not affiliated to
Dunblane Primary School, but was a female
trainee teacher from another school. She was meeting with the
school's assistant head that day to discuss her son's disruptive
behaviour because he had ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactive
Disorder). Her son survived; one of only three kids to survive.
(Unfortunately, he subsequently attacked an old lady in her home
in Dunblane, attempted to have sex with
her and was jailed.)
that as it may,
Lord Cullen told the truth, but the trainee teacher
did not participate in the Inquiry.
She was excused
despite being the only person to witness Thomas Hamilton
alive and shooting at children. The second person into the
gym, the off-duty policeman was also excused
it could be argued that the State chose not to include the trainee
teacher's testimony because:
This would save her the anguish of giving testimony and reliving
It would lead to the graphic description of injuries to the
children that the MSM Press might sensationalise.
They did not want to cause further trauma to her and her son
because her son had survived and they had to somehow get over
what had happened and live out their lives
They did not want to divulge some parts of the crime scene.
that an off-duty policeman, Grant Mcutcheon,
was the second
person to enter the gym after Thomas Hamilton,
so one of three things happened regarding Hamilton's
shot himself prior to the policeman's arrival;
he shot himself as the policeman came into the gym; or
did not shoot himself at all - someone else did.
female trainee teacher, the first to enter the gym after Thomas
Hamilton, could have cleared the fog by providing
an exact account of the issue. So
there had to be an ulterior motive for preventing both her and
Grant McCutcheon.from giving evidence
to the inquiry.
reason for the cover-up was to protect
vested interests so they chose to lie about certain aspects of
the crime scene. In this case the second person into the
gym, the off-duty police officer possibly
committed "offences" in terms of his reaction to Thomas
Hamilton or to Thomas Hamilton's
body, thereby interfering with a crime scene.
brings us to the salient point. If the State is happy enough
to cover up a crime scene and the prequel
and final moments of Thomas Hamilton's
life, and to who witnessed what, in order to placate the feelings
of two state employees (trainee teacher and a police
officer) then who else are they happy to cover up
for in terms of State employees?
it show's that the State's Inquiry process
is not independent and that official judge-led Inquiries are influenced
by the State.
can be certain that it was a female trainee teacher who was the
first person to enter the gym, not as assumed by Sandra
Uttley that it must have been the male trainee teacher
David Scott because she knew that David
Scott was the only trainee teacher working at Dunblane
Primary. It did not occur to her, and why
should it, that a female trainee teacher had been visiting Dunblane
Primary on that fateful day. So, there you
have it: a cast-iron cover-up by the
transparent, state-orchestrated cover-ups
dwell, it is not surprising that campaigners for new inquiries
do not always get their details entirely factual, or in harmony
in every respect. Such is the State's centuries-long expertise
in devising cover-ups. But that
should not put campaigners in disharmony, one to the other.
They all strive for justice in the public interest. To
allow the State to derail the well-founded call for a new inquiry
and to uncover the covers-up would be
a travesty at its pinnacle.]
[Ed. ~ News
of the World article resumes.]
Headmaster Ron Taylor blasted the pair's
findings [i.e., Sandra Uttley's
and Doreen Hagger's] and said
he could not understand why they would wish to open up old wounds." He
added: "It is rubbish. There is no substance to it
at all. Hundreds of statements were given, and only a select
few were actually used for Cullen, to
spare those affected by the incident the trauma of going through
it again. Every single person who was in the school on the
day gave a statement to the police.
Only a few gave verbal evidence to the Cullen Inquiry.
[Ed ~ Why only a few?] The
vast majority of the report was about the police. There
is no cover-up."
of the World article ENDS
~ What could it be that Ron Taylor really
knows, that he does not want to impart to the rest
of the world? Why is he meekly falling into line with the
State's concocted version of events and its conclusion?
can he claim that "the pair's
findings ... open up old wounds"? The wounds will never
close until a proper inquiry is held,
with no restrictive remit and ALL witnesses' testimonies
why did Lord Cullen not ask Ron
Taylor, and many other witnesses, especially Central
Scotland Police witnesses, under oath, if they were
Freeasons? Particularly when I
asked Cullen to pose that particular
question while his farcical inquiry
was in progress.
all, it can
be assumed that all suspect witnesses were not all
Freemasons, but it was a perfect opportunity
to put that particular misgiving to bed. My insistence to
Cullen during the inquiry
that he poses that question to witnesses resulted in him putting
my correspondence with him on a nonstatutiory 100-year