Nowhere To Run: The Marilyn McKenna Story | True Crime | Part One

(Marilyn Mckenna and Stuart Drury. Picture credit: bbc.co.uk

This is one of those cases that still haunts me to this day. It was first brought to my attention by my all time favourite True Crime author Reg McKay in his brilliant and spine chilling book Murder Capital: Life & Death On The Streets Of Glasgow 

I've covered and researched a lot of cases and each one has been harrowing but there's something about this one that turns the blood cold. The images that one conjures up about the hell that this poor woman went through really is the stuff of nightmares. 

Before I begin I have to warn you that the details in this case are very disturbing and I will be talking about attempted suicide, self harm, domestic violence and murder. Some of the details are very gruesome and quite difficult to put out of your mind once you have read about what happened. If you feel like this post would be too much for you then please click onto another one of my true crime posts.

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Let's begin...

This case takes place in the late 1990s in Carntyne which is a suburban district in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. Marilyn Mckenna was a single mother of three children in her 30s who did everything she could for her kids, even working three jobs to help put food on the table. Her life was busy and at times very hard, it wasn't easy having to juggle three kids, three jobs and manage a house but she did it. She worked as hard as she could as an assistant in the local chip shop as well as working as a dinner lady and school auxiliary. 

There just never seemed to be enough hours in the day for Marilyn but on Friday night's she made sure that she did treat herself to a girl's night out with her best friend and sister, Aileen. Marilyn and Aileen shared an incredible bond and could tell each other everything. It had been a long time since Marilyn had been in a romantic relationship and because of what she had been through in the past she was very careful of getting into another relationship. With such a hectic, busy life and having three kids, she did wonder if there was a chance that she would be able to find someone who would treat her right but also take on the kids too.

Marilyn and Aileen nicknamed their Friday nights ''Stress Busters'', they would go out, sometimes with some of their other friends and they would have a dance, a chat about their week and have a few drinks. Marilyn didn't get much time to herself so these Friday night ''Stress Busters'' were the highlight of her week. She would feel so much better after spending Friday nights just letting her hair down with Aileen.

During one of their night's out, Marilyn mentioned a guy called Stuart who she was getting friendly with and according to Aileen, Marilyn's face lit up every time she talked about him. Over the next couple of weeks whenever Aileen saw Marilyn or spoke to her on the phone she was constantly talking about how amazing Stuart was. Aileen was excited for Marilyn, she thought that this was just what Marilyn needed after all the heartache, she was excited to meet him.

The romance with Stuart blossomed very quickly and he was like the perfect gentleman, he would cook dinner for her and the kids, he'd insist on doing the washing up and in time he would be looking after the kids whilst Marilyn was at work. The kids got on so well with him, he seemed like the perfect guy. After a long hard day at work, Marilyn would come home to find that Stuart had done all of the housework, sorted out the kids school stuff and had dinner on the table for her, she couldn't believe it.

Marilyn continued to brag to anyone who would listen that Stuart was amazing. The time came for her to introduce Stuart to Aileen and she took him along to one of their ''Stress Buster'' evenings. From the moment Aileen laid eyes on him, she disliked him. It may have seem a bit judgemental but there was something about Stuart that she couldn't put her finger on. She knew Marilyn was over the moon with him and that he had done a lot to help her but Aileen couldn't help but think if this guy was just too good to be true. 

For a start, he would not take his eyes off of Marilyn, that could be seen as a romantic thing but to Aileen it seemed more like he wanted to control her. He watched every move that she made like he was making sure that she wasn't looking at other men. His whole body language was creepy but Marilyn was oblivious and thought he was Mr prince charming. 

A few days later, Aileen was on the phone to Marilyn and tried to find out a bit more about Stuart but Marilyn said that he didn't like to talk about his past . When Marilyn mentioned asking Stuart to move in with her, Aileen tried to persuade her sister not to. It was all moving a bit too fast, she suggested they get to know each other more before making any drastic decisions. Marilyn had made her mind up though, she wanted Stuart to move in. Aileen loved her sister and didn't want to fall out with her so she had to respect her decision and hope for the best, at the end of the day all she wanted was for Marilyn and the kids to be happy and if Stuart Drury was treating them properly, that's all that mattered.

With work and Stuart taking up most of her time, Marilyn reassured Aileen that their nights out on a Friday would continue no matter what. As the weeks went by, Aileen began to notice the sparkle in Marilyn's eyes begin to dim a little and the smile begin to fade. Marilyn would say that she was fine and that things were still going well but she had some things on her mind about Stuart. She told Aileen that Stuart had a very high sex drive and at first that was exciting but he wanted more and more. After a long day at work, she was exhausted but Stuart expected sex and on the days that she had off, he would want sex three or four times a day. If she said she was too tired, he would go into a sulk and accuse her of not finding him attractive or that she was seeing someone behind his back at one of her jobs.

The sex began to be a lot more violent, instead of tender lovemaking like before, Stuart was rough and Marilyn didn't enjoy that at all, she felt like it was forced, almost like rape. She'd find herself having to go along with things so that he wouldn't go in a bad mood. 

Aileen was waiting for Stuart to start showing his true colours, the honeymoon period was over and now that he had gotten his claws into Marilyn and moved himself into her house, he was starting to feel comfortable, so comfortable that he was starting to demand things from her. 

Stuart knew everything about Marilyn's life, she opened up to him about her past, her fears, her dreams and he knew her daily routine. He was very manipulative and knew the right words to say to gain her trust. For someone who was careful with her heart, she let her guard down with Stuart because she felt that he was different from all the other guys. 


Things began to take a more sinister turn one night when she got home from work after a really stressful day. All she wanted was a cup of tea, a nice warm bath and an early night, Stuart had other ideas. He demanded sex and when she refused, he erupted in a rage, smashing ornaments and accusing her of sleeping with other people. She told him he was being ridiculous and that she was exhausted, that if he had to work three jobs he would feel the same. The pair began to argue and the noise woke up the children. Stuart was acting like a madman and when Marilyn told him to calm down he punched her so hard in the face, he shattered her nose and her body was sent flying into a wall, there was blood everywhere and she was in shock. The kids were hysterical.

The police were called and Stuart was ordered to pay £400 in compensation. He was told to stay away from Marilyn and for the next few weeks she didn't see or hear a word from him and it was bliss. She'd had enough of his jealous rages and breaking her nose was the final straw, she realised he wasn't the man that she thought he was. She started to focus on putting her life back together making a fresh start for her and the kids but Stuart Drury wasn't about to let that happen.

Continued in part two... 

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Unsolved: Part Three | The Highway of Tears & The Disappearance of Maddy Scott

(Highway of Tears: Photo credit: highwayoftears

So this is my third and final post in my unsolved series. I will do some more unsolved cases in the future so keep your eyes peeled for them. I usually post updates about what I'm doing with my blog on my Kofi page.

If you've just clicked on this page at random, don't forget to check out parts one and two where I cover the unsolved cases of Molly Bish, Holly Piirainen and Melanie Melanson who all disappeared from Massachusetts.

In this post I will be talking about The infamous 'Highway of Tears' in British Columbia in Canada where there has been a series of unexplained disappearances and murders of women dating back to 1970. A small number of the cases were solved but there are still a huge number of women who have never been found and what happened to them is a complete mystery.

Trying to cover all of the unsolved murders and disappearances related to the Highway of Tears would take a number of posts and possibly a couple of weeks to really research, in this series I was aiming to touch on each case briefly, If you are interested in me covering the Highway of Tears in more depth and go into each of the cases then let me know.

For this post I've decided to focus on one of the high profile cases that has the most information available from the authorities and that is the disappearance of Maddy Scott.

The Highway of Tears (which is 725 kilometres long (450 mi) is a very long stretch of highway that seems never ending. It seems to be the ideal place for killers to abduct people, murder them and bury their remains there because it is so remote, there are lots of trees, soft soil and not a soul to be seen for miles.

I've always been fascinated with the Highway of Tears, it was given that name back in 1998 during a vigil for four women who had been murdered and two who had gone missing. The highway has always had a bad reputation and people know, especially women to try to avoid it at all costs but it isn't always easy because some people have to travel on the road. Some women still hitchhike despite the warnings of the dangers.

The number of female victims connected to the highway differs, depending on who you ask. If you ask the police they will tell you the number is around 18, if you ask local people they will say the number of victims could be anything in the 20s to 40s whilst others think the number could be higher. The number is estimated to be between 18 and 83. I do believe that the number of victims is way more than 18. I think it could possibly be in the 100s.

Looking back over the history of the highway, going back to the 70s, hitchhiking was commonplace and women (and men) thought nothing of jumping into a strangers car. It baffles me that some people would do this but we never can know for sure if some of these women got into the vehicles of their own accord or they were dragged in.

With high levels of poverty and a lot of people not having the means to own a car but having to get medical attention, they had no choice but to use the highway.

Aboriginal women are said to have counted for more than half of the victims and it has led to theories that there is a serial killer who has been stalking the highway for decades. Going through my research, I believe that there is a serial killer stalking that highway and one day we may know for sure his identity.

(Highway of Tears, one of the warning posters along the highway. Picture credit: cbsnews)

There's been many heartbreaking stories about this haunting highway but I wanted to look into the Maddy Scott case first, I may look into more of the cases connected for a future post once I can gather all of the information but for now, I will talk about Maddy.

(Maddy Scott. Picture credit: madisonscott

Madison Geraldine Scott aka Maddy Scott, was 20 years old when she was last seen at Hogsback Lake in Canada (Hogsback lake is located 25 km southeast of Vanderhoof) in the early hours of the 28th of May 2011.

The pretty and popular Maddy was and is deeply loved by her family and friends who continue to hope that one day she will return to them and they will find out what exactly happened to her.

I've been looking a lot into Maddy's case this past week and it seems that everyone who met her and knew her on a personal level adored her and spoke of how she loved being outdoors and doing sports as well as working with her Dad as an apprentice heavy duty mechanic. She was a tom boy but had her girly moments too.

Maddy was close with her parents, Eldon and Dawn and was the sort of person who would go out of her way to help you and many people who have been interviewed since her disappearance have repeated this many times that she would ''give the shirt off her back to help someone in need''. She was born on the 29th of April 1991 and has an older sister and younger brother.

She could be spontaneous and do things at random so some of her friends thought that she may have just gone off somewhere else as she had a habit of changing plans at the last minute.

On the 27th of May 2011, Maddy and her friend Jordi attended a party at Hogsback lake. Jordi's boyfriend was also there as was a bunch of other people that just randomly appeared. The beginning of the night seemed to go well with everyone having a drink and chatting away but at some point Jordi got into an argument with some of the boys and she was pushed into the fire. She wasn't burnt but she and her boyfriend decided it was time to leave and asked Maddy to come with them.

Maddy was relaxed and didn't want to go so she told them that she would be fine where she was. Jordi would later say that she felt a lot of guilt for leaving Maddy there and that she did try and go back to get her the next day.

When Jordi and her boyfriend left, some of the other people who were there continued to have drinks and then a couple of hours later they decided to leave. Between 3 am and 4 am one of the attendees of the party approached Maddy and asked her if she would like a lift home but she refused. This was the last time anyone had heard or seen of Maddy scott.

At the time of her disappearance Maddy was described as having hazel eyes, weighing about 160 - 180 lbs and her height was 5 ft 4. She had ginger hair, her nose was pierced and she had a number of ear piercings. She also had a tattoo of a swallow silhouette on the inside of her left wrist.

Jordi came back the next morning to collect some of her belongings that she had left there and also to see if Maddy was ok. When she got there she saw that Maddy's tent was still there but the door to it was open and the bedding inside was pushed to one side.

The guy who's party it was said that he had seen Maddy's tent all zipped up when he was cleaning up after the party but didn't think to check as he assumed that all was ok and didn't want to disturb her privacy.

Because of Maddy's spontaneous personality, her parents and friends weren't too concerned at first but after two days of hearing nothing from her, they grew more and more concerned and her parents went to Hogsback lake to see what was going on with their daughter.

When they arrived they found Maddy's car which had valuable items in and around the vehicle, They also noticed that her clothes, an expensive camera and purse were still there. Some items were missing, such as her iphone and keys.

(One of the information posters appealing for help in the search for Maddy. Picture credit: cbc.ca)

There has been many theories over the years about what happened to Maddy, the serial killer Israel Keyes (who I wrote about a few months ago in this post) was looked at as being involved but after careful examination the police realised that he couldn't have been connected to Maddy's disappearance.

Other theories include that she ran away which according to her family and friends was very unlikely. Some people suggested that she may have been attacked by an animal but this was soon cast to the side as there was no evidence of a struggle or blood on Maddy's tent.

A lot of people have tried to connect Maddy's disappearance to the Highway of Tears but her family (for reasons best known to themselves) would rather that Maddy's name was not included in the list of people connected to that highway.

Apparently after Maddy's disappearance, two women went missing in similar circumstances with valuables being left behind and no signs of a struggle.

Today, Maddy's disappearance still remains a mystery and her family and friends have never given up hope or their search for her.

I think about all those women who have been murdered or have gone missing and their families. I imagine there will be people who have been abducted on the Highway of Tears who have never been reported missing or have been murdered around there but because of how big the area is, their remains have never been discovered.

I do hope and pray that there is a positive outcome for Maddy's family and the families of those who have gone missing, it's important to not give up hope because we have seen incidences where people have returned home after years, sometimes decades of being missing.

There's some documentaries on you tube you may be interested in about the Highway of Tears and Maddy Scott's disappearance I will include them below.

Thanks for checking out my recent post and I'll see you in the next one x

Further reading & sources:

Highway of Tears - New York Times Article
Highway of Tears - Website
Highway of Tears - Canadian Encyclopedia
- Highway of Tears - Vice Documentary
Highway of Tears - 48 Hours Documentary
Highway of Tears - Wikipedia
The Vanishing Of Madison Scott
Help Find Madison Scott - Facebook Group
Madison Scott - Website
Maddy Scott - Wikipedia


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Coffee & True Crime Q&A With Jo | Part Two


So it's November, my birthday month and I thought I would post part two of my Q&A (here's part one). I didn't get to answer all of the questions that I got the last time so I thought I would include them in this post. 


Hope you enjoy!


Q1, Have you ever met Professor David Wilson?

No, but he's one of my idols. I love his documentaries and his books. I wish that I had gone to Birmingham University where he lectures. I could listen to him talk all day, such a fascinating and intelligent man. 

Q2, Which true crime book are you reading right now?

Right now, I'm in the middle of reading my talented friend's book (The Leyton - Camberwell Horror by Robert Clack). He was also kind enough to send me some other true crime books, one of which was signed so I'm in true crime book heaven right now. 

Q3, Do you have a favourite trial?

I've always found the Ted Bundy trial interesting, the fact that he was allowed to represent himself was an absolute joke and utter disrespect to the victims and their families. It was a farce. I also found the Jeffrey Dahmer trial interesting especially watching Jeffrey, the lack of emotion. There was a moment when a relative of one of the victim's charged at Jeffrey and he didn't seem to flinch or show any emotion at all. 

The Jodi Arias trial was crazy. One of the ones that also shocked me to my core was the Chris Watts case, when the details emerged that he had murdered his children and pregnant wife before dumping their bodies. I felt sick at the details and it was sheer horror. I haven't covered that case because I felt that pretty much everyone in the true crime community has covered it so there's so many fantastic blogs, podcasts and videos out there for anyone who wants to learn more about the case. 

Q4, What do you snack on whilst you are doing your research? 

I drink endless cups of tea, sometimes vanilla cappuccino's or Strawberry and lime Kopperberg drinks. I might snack on chocolate but it's mostly drinks. I might have a hot chocolate with whipped cream and vegetarian marshmallows if I'm really in the mood for it. 

Q5, Would you collaborate on a true crime book or blog post with another true crimer?

I would love too. I love meeting other people who are interested in true crime. 

Q6, Which true crime documentary shocked you the most?

Talhotblond! That was incredible! I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The more that it went on the worse that it got and the twist and turns all the way through it. I was shocked. I won't say anything in case you haven't seen it but go check it out. 

Q7, What do you think of Mindhunter?

I'm obsessed with it! I sat up until 5am when the second series was released on Netflix, I watched the whole series in one sitting and I watched the first series twice so yeah...I'm obsessed! 

Q8, Have you ever committed a crime?

I once stole a packet of strawberry shoelaces (sweets) out of a shop when I was about 5. 

Q9, How do you find your cases?

I have a list of cases that I've always been interested in researching and I have a list that some of my subscribers have requested. I just pick whatever case I am drawn to that week. 

Q10, Who is the worst female murderer in your opinion? 

Katherine Knight! I might even write about her in a future post so keep your eyes peeled for that. 



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The Fragrance #FROW Discovery Box | The Perfume Society | Gifted





I'm so excited to say that I have collaborated yet again with one of my most favourite brands The Perfume Society

If you've been a long time follower of my blog you'll know that I've always spoken highly of their subscription boxes so when a new one arrived on my doorstep last week, I was over the moon.

I have previously reviewed other boxes they have online, check them out here and here

As we are coming towards Christmas, you may be on the look out for a new fragrance for yourself or for loved ones and friends. The Fragrance #FROW Discovery Box is packed full of absolutely stunning fragrance samples from some of the worlds most famous designers and fragrance houses as well as well known high end brands. I fell in love with all of the fragrances included in this box. I also loved the two extra beauty treats that were included: The Muddled Plum Bath & Shower gel by Molton Brown smells absolutely gorgeous and is the perfect pampering treat for your skin especially on these colder nights. The INC.redible Everyday Matte Lip Click in the shade 'Puh-Lease' is the perfect lip shade for theses darker months. I love a good dark and vamp lip shade and this colour is perfect.

The Fragrance #FROW Discovery Box has 13 generous and luxurious fragrance samples which include:

Banana Republic Neroli Woods  1.5ml eau de parfum (full size £55 for 75ml)

Ermanno Scervino Ermanno Scervino for Women  2ml eau de parfum (£52 for 30ml)

Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent for Her  1.5ml eau de parfum (£49 for 30ml)

Kenzo World Power  1ml eau de parfum (£46 for 30ml)

Les Eaux Primordiales Couleur Primaire  2.5ml eau de parfum (£180 for 100ml)

Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime  1.5ml eau de parfum (£46 for 30ml)

Mihan Aromatics Mikado Bark  3ml eau de parfum ($190 AUD for 100ml)

Mihan Aromatics Sienna Brume  3ml eau de parfum ($190 AUD for 100ml)

Molton Brown Bizare Brandy  1.5ml eau de toilette (£85 for 100ml)

Narciso Rodriguez Pure Music  1ml eau de parfum (£45 for 30ml)

Oscar de la Renta Extraordinary P├ętale  2ml eau de parfum (£85 for 90ml)

Paco Rabanne Lady Million Empire  1.5ml eau de parfum (£47.50 for 30ml)

Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Ribelle  1.5ml eau de parfum (£50 for 30ml)

Molton Brown Muddled Plum Bath & Shower Gel 30ml (£22 for 300ml)

INC.redible Puh-lease Semi Matte Lip Click (worth £10 for 1.8g)


All of the fragrances included in the box can be purchased in full size on The Perfume Society website. 
The box retails at £19.00 but if you sign up for VIP you will only have to pay £15.00.

My favorite fragrances from the #FROW box were:

Paco Rabanne's Lady Million: Empire, Kenzo World Power, Oscar De La Renta Extraordinary petale, Salvatore Ferrragamo Signorina Ribelle, Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime and Narcisco Rodriquez Pure Music.

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*The products provided in this post were gifted, this is not a sponsored post. I have collaborated with this brand previously. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Pictures are my own. 


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Unsolved: Part Two | What happened to Melanie Melanson?

(Melanie Melanson. Picture credit: abcnews)

In this post I will be continuing my Unsolved series, be sure to check out part one).

I'll be sharing some of the details about the Melanie Melanson case. In part three (my third and final post of this series) I'll be covering the Highway of Tears and the disappearance of Maddy Scott. 

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I'm going to start with the Melanie Melanson case, which is a case that I had only just come across as I was researching Molly Bish and Holly Piirainen which also took place in Massachusetts.

Melanie (Melanie Jo Melanson) was just 14 years old on the 27th of October 1989 when she went missing after a late night party in a wooded area which was popular with teenagers who would often go there to hang out and drink alcohol. There have been various theories about what had happened to her on that night that she went missing but so far no arrests have been made,

Melanie had a difficult upbringing and had a tense relationship with her parents. Her mum and Dad would often argue and they both had problems with drugs. She went to live with her grandmother and still saw her parents regularly.

Melanie was a freshman in high school and was pretty and popular girl but she had a rebellious streak too. She'd heard that some friends were getting together for a party in the woods on the night of the 27th of October so she and her friend left school early and told her grandmother that she was going to stay at her best friend's house that night. Melanie's friend only lived next door.

At the party, there was a small crowd and Melanie seemed to be the youngest person there. As the night wore on, more and more people were leaving and the only people that were left were Melanie and her two friends, Gene Bertini and Jimmy Treska. Soon enough, Jimmy announced that he was going home and offered Melanie a life home but she refused because she wanted to hang out longer with Gene.

It was then reported that Melanie and Gene were the only ones left in the wooded area. Gene and Melanie walked to the main road together and Gene offered Melanie a lift on his motorcycle but she refused as he only had one bicycle helmet.

Melanie waved Gene goodbye and was said to have started walking in the opposite direction, this is the last known sighting of her.

When Melanie was reported missing a lot of eyes fell on Jimmy and Gene because they were alleged to have been the only two people who last saw Melanie.

Suspicions grew even further when it was revealed that both of the boys gave different versions of events and Jimmy was spotted a few days after Melanie went missing, carrying a dirty shovel. Jimmy's car also vanished into thin air a few days after Melanie's disappearance.

Rumours circulated that Gene was having an affair with Melanie behind his girlfriend's back. Both of the boys had girlfriends and even to this day, they are refusing to talk to the police.


The police believed that there was a possibility that Melanie had ran away to Florida as she had done before.

The police believe that Melanie had been murdered that night and that the perpetrator moved her remains around to different locations.

There have been various 'leads' which have come to nothing.

Melanie's grandmother and parents are now deceased, they never got the chance to learn what really happened to Melanie.

Gene Bertini ran into trouble with the law in 2011 for pistol whipping two teenagers at a gas station, he stole $300 from the pair and a necklace. He refused to take a DNA test after being arrested and the case went to the Supreme Court in Massachusetts.

Hopefully one day soon there will be a break in this case and that the police look into Gene and Jimmy again plus, It's very strange that the girlfriends that they had at the time were refusing to talk about what happened.

What are your thoughts on what happened that night? Let me know in the comments below or come and chat to me about the case on social media (I've included my links below).

See you in part three, the final part of my Unsolved series x

Further reading & sources:

boston.cbslocal
Missing Chlldren: Melanie Melanson
The Charley Project
- Wikipedia: Melanie Melanson
Melanie tribute video

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