|This is another case that has always haunted me
and inspired to write crime like Vile City. |
|Tragic Arlene - was she killed by her husband Nat Fraser?|
Picture the scene in Arlene's house. It looked as if it'd been abandoned suddenly.
The vacuum cleaner was still plugged in and the washing machine had been recently used.
If Arlene had left she hadn't been prepared.
Her medication for Crohn's disease, her glasses and contact lenses were still in the house.
Just weeks before her disappearance, her violent husband Nat Fraser had throttled her for coming home late. He was sentenced to eighteen months for that assault but that only happened two years after the assault on his wife which was first treated as attempted murder.
Had he been convicted sooner she might not have been killed.
Tragically, Arlene had been set to divorce her violent husband and start a new life.
She was never given that chance.
Initially her disappearance was treated as a missing persons case. The detective in charge of the case, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Simpson said: "Something criminal has taken place here. Arlene has been the victim of a crime. I am of the opinion that she's dead. There's no indication that she's living somewhere else."
The police believe Nat Fraser paid someone to wipe his wife off the face of the earth. During the search for her, he was accused of not being interested in her whereabouts as if he already knew where she was.
In 2003, he was convicted of her murder and sentenced to 25 years in jail.
In 2011, he successfully challenged his conviction and it was quashed. But in 2012 in a new trial he was again convicted of Arlene's murder. In 2013, he lost yet another appeal.
The prosecution argued that Nat Fraser accused his wife of having a lover and decided that he wanted her dead to avoid giving her half his fortune. What's more Fraser was willing to pay someone £15, 000 to kill her.
Weeks before she vanished, Nat Fraser is alleged to have said to his wife: "If you are not going to live with me, you will not be living with anyone."
Chillingly that came true.
After she went missing, her son Jamie, who was only ten at the time, left a heartbreaking note for his mum. It read."Mother, where are u?"
He'd never get an answer to that question.
Arlene's body has never been found so her children and the rest of her family don't have a grave to visit. It's believed that her body was disposed off after she was murdered. Maybe even fed to pigs or burnt.
Hector had testified against her dad.
There has been no evidence pointing to that.
All of the evidence points to Nat Fraser arranging the murder of his wife.
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