Case 162

Lawrence Haggart

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Case 162

Lawrence Haggart

In the early hours of Saturday, March 16 1996, John Haggart awoke to the acrid odour of something burning. Heavy curtains of smoke were wafting through his bedroom.

He scrambled out of bed and rushed out the door. The smoke was rising up the staircase from the ground floor below. It was accompanied by a noise that sounded like heavy breathing or snoring…

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched by Milly Raso, Elsha McGill & Erin Munro

Written by Erin Munro

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Acid Attack: A Journalist’s War with Organised Crime – Russell Findlay

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES:

Celtic man quits – Sunday Mail

Probe coach quits – Sunday Mail

The below all sourced from: http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/The+Murder+of+Lawrence+Haggart%2C+1996 

  • Celt starlet dies after fire attack’, March 18 1996 – Daily Record
  • Schoolboy footballer dies after being attacked in his home The Scotsman
  • I watched my Celtic boy slip away Daily Record
  • Mystery over motive – The Scotsman
  • New Bites – Daily Record
  • New Bites Daily Record
  • Tears for a star Sunday Mail
  • Now we’ll find my son’s murderer Sunday Mail
  • Pervert quizzed on Celtic kid’s murder’ Daily Record
  • Paedophile quizzed over boy’s murder The Scotsman
  • Man charged with football boy’s murder – The Scotsman
  • I found my Celtic brother with feet on fire Daily Record
  • Brother admits lying after killing The Scotsman
  • Boy, 14, denies he killed his brother The Scotsman
  • Young Celtic football player was ‘beaten to death’ The Scotsman
  • Teenager’s head injuries ‘terminal’ The Scotsman
  • Night of sex with no names – The Herald
  • Killing blamed on Dunblane – The Scotsman
  • Detective denies beating murder suspect – The Herald
  • Officer denies he invented Haggart murder confession – The Herald
  • Haggart case told of porn videos – The Herald
  • Accused denies gay abduction fantasies – The Scotsman
  • Confession is lies, murder trial is told – The Herald
  • Inquiry into handling of Celtic murder case– The Scotsman
  • Family’s long fight for truth The Scotsman
  • Footballer’s killer jailed: Judge recommends murderer of rising star serve at least 15 years for ‘ferocious crime’ The Herald
  • Judge missed chance to jail killer Beattie 14 years old Daily Record
  • Detective in botched murder inquiry suspended Scotland on Sunday
  • Haggart inquiry leader escapes censure after retiring The Scotsman
  • Family of murder victim get apology The Scotsman

 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

Cops Frame Shame; secret police report slams murder squad officers who tried to fit up 12-year-old for the death of his brother – Sunday Mail

We got it wrong, police tell family – BBC News

‘No justice’ for murder victim’s family – BBC News

‘Cheers and tears for this boy’s life’ – The Herald Scotland

‘Pedophile appeals over murder of young footballer’  The Herald

Killer launches murder appeal – BBC News

‘Killers murder appeal rejected’ – BBC News

Celtic starlet’s killer could be free within months  The Sunday Express

Kitman Jim McCafferty’s sordid sex abuse allegations go back 20 years – Daily Record

Paedo uncle killed Celtic kid and stole my childhood  The Sun

Lawrence Haggart’s legacy will help Mille with cancer battle – The Scotsman

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Brian Beattie VS Her Majesty’s Advocate, November 2003

 

PARLIAMENT RECORDS:

Scottish Parliament, Thursday 30 September 1999

 

 

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In the early hours of Saturday, March 16 1996, John Haggart awoke to the acrid odour of something burning. Heavy curtains of smoke were wafting through his bedroom.

He scrambled out of bed and rushed out the door. The smoke was rising up the staircase from the ground floor below. It was accompanied by a noise that sounded like heavy breathing or snoring…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched by Milly Raso, Elsha McGill & Erin Munro

Written by Erin Munro

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Acid Attack: A Journalist’s War with Organised Crime – Russell Findlay

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES:

Celtic man quits – Sunday Mail

Probe coach quits – Sunday Mail

The below all sourced from: http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/The+Murder+of+Lawrence+Haggart%2C+1996 

  • Celt starlet dies after fire attack’, March 18 1996 – Daily Record
  • Schoolboy footballer dies after being attacked in his home The Scotsman
  • I watched my Celtic boy slip away Daily Record
  • Mystery over motive – The Scotsman
  • New Bites – Daily Record
  • New Bites Daily Record
  • Tears for a star Sunday Mail
  • Now we’ll find my son’s murderer Sunday Mail
  • Pervert quizzed on Celtic kid’s murder’ Daily Record
  • Paedophile quizzed over boy’s murder The Scotsman
  • Man charged with football boy’s murder – The Scotsman
  • I found my Celtic brother with feet on fire Daily Record
  • Brother admits lying after killing The Scotsman
  • Boy, 14, denies he killed his brother The Scotsman
  • Young Celtic football player was ‘beaten to death’ The Scotsman
  • Teenager’s head injuries ‘terminal’ The Scotsman
  • Night of sex with no names – The Herald
  • Killing blamed on Dunblane – The Scotsman
  • Detective denies beating murder suspect – The Herald
  • Officer denies he invented Haggart murder confession – The Herald
  • Haggart case told of porn videos – The Herald
  • Accused denies gay abduction fantasies – The Scotsman
  • Confession is lies, murder trial is told – The Herald
  • Inquiry into handling of Celtic murder case– The Scotsman
  • Family’s long fight for truth The Scotsman
  • Footballer’s killer jailed: Judge recommends murderer of rising star serve at least 15 years for ‘ferocious crime’ The Herald
  • Judge missed chance to jail killer Beattie 14 years old Daily Record
  • Detective in botched murder inquiry suspended Scotland on Sunday
  • Haggart inquiry leader escapes censure after retiring The Scotsman
  • Family of murder victim get apology The Scotsman

 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

Cops Frame Shame; secret police report slams murder squad officers who tried to fit up 12-year-old for the death of his brother – Sunday Mail

We got it wrong, police tell family – BBC News

‘No justice’ for murder victim’s family – BBC News

‘Cheers and tears for this boy’s life’ – The Herald Scotland

‘Pedophile appeals over murder of young footballer’  The Herald

Killer launches murder appeal – BBC News

‘Killers murder appeal rejected’ – BBC News

Celtic starlet’s killer could be free within months  The Sunday Express

Kitman Jim McCafferty’s sordid sex abuse allegations go back 20 years – Daily Record

Paedo uncle killed Celtic kid and stole my childhood  The Sun

Lawrence Haggart’s legacy will help Mille with cancer battle – The Scotsman

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Brian Beattie VS Her Majesty’s Advocate, November 2003

 

PARLIAMENT RECORDS:

Scottish Parliament, Thursday 30 September 1999

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

ZipRecruiter – Post your jobs for FREE

Rothy’s – Washable, Woven Flats & Shoes Made from Recycled Plastic

DoorDash – Get 25% off and FREE delivery for your first order with promo code ‘FILES’

MVMT – Biggest Black Friday sale with FREE shipping and FREE returns

Article – Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more

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