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A TV show will revisit the murder of Karen Buckley at the hands of twisted killer Alexander Pacteau.

In April 2015, 24-year-old Karen, from Ireland, went missing whilst on a night out with friends in the West End of Glasgow.

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Karen’s death shocked the whole country[/caption]

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Evil Pacteau was caged for at least 23 years[/caption]

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He was snared in CCTV footage from outside Sanctuary[/caption]

She was last seen outside the Sanctuary nightclub before being beaten to death with a spanner by evil Pacteau who was just 21 at the time.

Actress Emilia Fox presents the special episode of Murdertown, screening on Crime+Investigation this Sunday at 9pm, where she revisits Karen’s last known location and interviews officers involved in the manhunt.

Pacteau was caged for at least 23 years after admitting he murdered Karen in cold blood.

He battered her to death with a spanner then stuffed her body in a barrel and tried to dissolve it with caustic chemicals.



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The tragic nurse, from Cork, had been studying at Glasgow Caledonian University.

She had only been in Glasgow for a few months before her killing after moving for a master’s degree in occupational health therapy,

Pacteau, who described himself as a self-employed sales consultant, had a previous conviction for printing counterfeit money.

While it also emerged after his conviction that he stood trial in 2013 at the high court in Paisley accused of attempting to rape a woman in a Glasgow lane where he was found not guilty.

The monster met Karen outside the nightclub and drove her to nearby Kelvin Way, where he launched a savage attack with a spanner.

He then went into various shops to buy caustic soda before placing her body in the bath at his flat.

The fiend visited High Craigton farm on the outskirts of the city where he burned a mattress and clothes before buying a barrel, putting Buckley’s body inside and locking it in a storage unit he had rented.

After detectives identified him from CCTV footage, he lied and said they had consensual sex at his flat and that she’d fallen and injured herself on the bed frame.

He then claimed she had assaulted him after a row broke out between them in his car and he then attacked and killed her.


At sentencing, the judge, Lady Rae, said: “Karen Buckley was a young woman in the prime of life.

“She was a visitor to Glasgow, studying to expand her knowledge in furtherance of her career in nursing. She was a much loved member of a close and united family.

“To you, she was a complete stranger who appears, tragically, to have accepted a lift in your car. In a matter of minutes, for some unknown and inexplicable reason, you destroyed her young life and devastated a family.

“You also concocted a story to tell the police and, to ensure you remembered the lies which you had told, you even wrote the story down.

“Your conduct after the killing succeeded only in adding even more pain and suffering onto the Buckley family,

“By the time of his first meeting with the police, he knew all about the family’s anxiety for information because of media coverage but chose to remain silent.

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“I question how anyone doing all of what you did over several days can seriously suggest to this court that he did so in a panic.

“Your killing of this young woman combined with the extraordinary lengths to which you went to cover it up, display the actions of a callous and calculating man.”

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