New TV appeal launched in bid to solve taxi driver cheese wire murder

George Murdoch was violently attacked while driving his taxi on the outskirts of Aberdeen on September 29, 1983.

Unsolved murder of Aberdeen taxi driver George Murdoch using cheese wire gets renewed TV appeal Police Scotland

A renewed TV appeal is set to be launched over a 39-year-old unsolved murder in Aberdeen.

George ‘Dod’ Murdoch was murdered in Aberdeen on Thursday, September 29, 1983.

The 58-year-old had told his taxi control room that he was heading to Culter to pick up his fare at 8:35pm that evening.

He was violently attacked after turning onto Pitfodels Station Road, on the outskirts of the city near to Deeside Railway line.

A cheese wire was used during the attack and Mr Murdoch later died, with his wallet and money being stolen.

The 58-year-old was violently attacked and murdered in 1983. Police Scotland

Nobody has ever been arrested in connection with the murder, despite a major investigation launched in 1983 which saw 10,000 homes visited and 8000 statements made to police.

Last month, Police Scotland issued an appeal looking to identify a man who was seen wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt at Wilson’s Sports Bar on Market Street in September 2015, who officers believe may be able to help the investigation.

Now, senior investigating officer James Callander will appear on the BBC’s Crimewatch Live, in an attempt to rejuvenate the appeal and encourage any witnesses to come forward.

Crimewatch Live will air at 10am on Tuesday, October 11, and will be available on BBC iPlayer for 24 hours afterwards.

Officers are looking to identify a man wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt at Wilson’s Sports Bar in September 2015.Police Scotland

Detective inspector James Callander, from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “Regardless of how much time has passed, we continue receive a positive response from members of the public from all around the world when we appeal for information about this senseless murder.

“Following our appeal last year we now have information about a man we would like to speak to who may be able to assist with information about George’s murder.

“Hopefully the national television appeal will give us the platform to reach someone who may be able to help us identify this man.

“We continue to receive information about what may have happened to George and any new information we do receive is thoroughly investigated.

“We are urging anyone who has not come forward previously who believes they can assist the investigation to contact 101 or e-mail a dedicated inbox at”

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