ONE OF Scotland’s biggest mysteries has finally been solved with the conviction of William MacDowell for the murder of his secret lover Renee MacRae and their three-year-old son Andrew. MacDowell, 80, will die behind bars after being sentenced at Inverness High Court to a minimum of 30 years’ imprisonment for both killings and the disposal of the bodies.
Mrs. MacRae, who was 36, and her younger son disappeared on the night of November 12th, 1976, from a layby on the A9 near Inverness.
The court heard testimony from her best friend Valerie Steventon that Mrs. MacRae had been promised a new life in Shetland with her married lover with whom she was deeply in love.
On the night she disappeared her burnt-out BMW car was found on the A9. There was blood in the boot.
Police are now urging MacDowell to reveal where he hid his victims’ bodies.