Date: 13 Nov 1989
Place: Tongue, Scotland
Jack Shuttleworth and Margaret McOnie were murdered in separate incidents on different dates and locations, but it was thought that they had been murdered by the same man who had been on the run from the police over an alleged theft of several thousand pounds. However, the man, who was said to have confessed to the murders by his fiancee. later killed himself in Leeds prison before he could be tried.
Jack Shuttleworth was found dead in his garden shed in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, on 5 August 1989. He had been battered to death and £200 had been stolen from him.
Jack Shuttleworth had been a former prize-fighter and had lived alone.
Margaret McOnie was found dead on a moorland near Tongue in the very north of Scotland on 24 August 1989. She was from Milngavies in Glasgow and had just gone to the Highlands for a walking holiday.
Arrest of Suspect
A 51-year-old mechanic was arrested on suspicion of his murder, but he killed himself in Leeds prison on Monday 13 November 1989. He had been arrested on 30 August after a nationwide manhunt. He had been on remand in Leeds prison since 4 September 1989.
He had used bedding to make a rope and had hung himself from the bars of his prison cell. He had left a note that read, 'The prison authority is in no way to be held responsible for my demise. They have treated me with kindness. They are blameless'.
The man had disappeared from his home in Huthwaite near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in July 1989 shortly before the police were going to interview him over the theft of several thousand pounds.
He was said to have then travelled across the United Kingdom over the following two weeks.
The man's trail was detailed as:
It was further noted that the man was also thought to have stolen a painting from a house in Osmotherly on his travels and also to have been responsible for a string of thefts and bed and breakfast frauds across the Scottish Highlands which included the theft of £35,000 worth of jewellery in one burglary.
The man was described as a casanova conman.
He was charged with Jack Shuttleworth's murder on 30 August 1989 and later charged with the murder of Margaret McOnie on 1 September 1989.
Although he was the main suspect, and there was almost no doubt that he had murdered Jack Shuttleworth and Margaret McOnie, his early death leaves their murders unresolved.
see Aberdeen Evening Express - Monday 13 November 1989
see Irish Independent - Thursday 31 August 1989
see Newcastle Journal - Friday 25 August 1989
see Liverpool Echo - Thursday 31 August 1989
see Liverpool Echo - Saturday 26 August 1989
see Newcastle Evening Chronicle - Thursday 31 August 1989
see Davenport Gledhill, Peter Ruth. "Arrest in double killer hunt." Times, 31 Aug. 1989, p. 2. The Times Digital Archive, https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/IF0500276456/TTDA?u=rbw_earl&sid=TTDA&xid=b193968a. Accessed 12 May 2020.