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Willie McRae was said to have discovered child abuse by cabinet ministers and other leading members of the establishment on both sides of the Border. Shortly before his death he was seen photocopying a dossier of names in case something should happen to him.
At the time of his death, he was under constant surveillance by MI5/Special Branch. Retired policeman Donald Morrison (on duty at the time) saw them following Willie on a Friday afternoon - he was found the following morning with a fatal gunshot to the head.
The Crown has now ruled out a fatal accident inquiry...
...a pearl handled butt which was curved where you held it. I mean that the bottom of the butt was smooth and curved or rounded so that it fitted into your hand. The shape of the butt was very distinctive.
If this is the description of a pistol Willie kept in his office and the police photographs show a squared off butt then something isn't right. Did they get a close approximation going on a description of his gun? And who would keep a loaded revolver close at hand with the revolving action so worn the chamber had to be turned by hand?
Finally, in relation to all of the information held by COPFS in relation to this case I consider that this information is exempt from release in terms of section 39 of FOISA as the release of such information would be likely to endanger the physical or mental health or the safety of an individual. I am of the view that the release of such personal, sensitive and distressing information about the circumstances of Mr McRae’s death into the public domain would be likely to have a negative impact on the mental well-being of his relatives who may not wish such information to be made public.
I do not, therefore, intend to provide you with any of the documentation that you have requested..
He was removed to the Neurosurgical Unit at Aberdeen Infirmary where he was examined by a
neurosurgeon who found a bullet wound in his right temple. X-rays confirmed that there was a bullet in his brain.
The gun was examined by 2 police firearms experts and found to be a 7 chamber, top-hinged, external hammer, single action revolver of the American manufacture (Smith and Wesson) designed to chamber .22 short rim fire cartridges. Although fully capable of being fired the ratchet mechanism on the rear of the cylinder was so worn that the cylinder had to be rotated manually to align the chambers with the barrel.