Body of Proof by Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis

How I Read It: Audiobook
Dates Read: 12/27/19

How I Found It: Audible

In 2010, Suzanne Pilley disappeared out of thin air. CCTV cameras caught her on the road headed to work, but she never made it to her desk. Without any other suspects, police arrested David Gilroy, her coworker and lover, for her murder. Now almost a decade later, journalists Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis are looking into the investigation and trial against Gilroy.

Okay, I’m not going to tell you everything that they figured out, but I will highlight the things that stood out to me:

  1. There was no body. Suzanne Pilley was never found. Police believe that Gilroy buried her before he was brought into the station for questioning, but her body was never recovered. Online sleuths have looked into where they think he would bury her, but nothing has come of that yet. It is rare that a murder conviction comes without a body, but even more so that there is NO physical evidence that Suzanne was ever in Gilroy’s car. I don’t know, it just seems really weird.
  2. What happened on the drive then? Gilroy drove a 3 hour drive in 5 hours. So what happened? He is clearly hiding something, especially in the stretch of drive that he had spent an extra hour and a half in. I don’t know, I can’t get over that.
  3. What type of police force hides CCTV footage? A camera that Suzanne Pilley would have to walk by shows her not walking by it, which means she couldn’t have been married where she was supposed to be murdered at. Which also means Gilroy could not have murdered her. Which means he shouldn’t be in prison. It also shows a car that was parked on the street drive off super fast and illegally when Suzanne would have walked by it. And we just all ignored it.
  4. Scotland’s jury laws suck. If 7 of the 15 jurors think that there is reasonable doubt, then clearly there is a problem. I don’t think he should have been convicted.
  5. We will never know what happened and that sucks more.

There are a lot of thoughts that come out of this audiobook, but I hesitate to take any sides on these types of situations. Shows like Making a Murderer and The Staircase show mostly one side of a coin, and while this one is marketed as being neutral, we follow a lot of David Gilroy’s storyline through the days after the “murder”. I think the only phrase to fit this one is “I don’t know”, and I don’t think we ever will.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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