Bible John: Scotland's Creepiest Uncaught Serial Killer

Night view in the rain of one of Glasgow's many cobbled alleyways.The chruch spire on the left belongs to St. Columba Church in St. Vincent Street. (ClickAndPray Photography/Getty Images)

In the late 1960s, the city of Glasgow, Scotland was turned upside down by a Bible-thumping maniac who targeted women and terrorized the community. His first known victim was Patricia Docker, a 25-year-old nurse and mother who was separated from husband and living with her parents in summer 1968. All dolled up in a bright yellow dress, Patricia decided to visit a popular dance venue in the city, the Barrowland Ballroom, where she met with friends and danced most of the night away with a mysterious new man. He was in his late twenties with ruddy-colored hair, and according to witnesses, he was good looking and well dressed. The two left together, and Patricia was never seen alive again.

The next morning, a neighbor found her outside his garage, dead, beaten, and partially stripped. The young woman had been dead for hours, killed by strangulation with an undetermined ligature. Her purse was missing, but the police investigation was fast and she was quickly identified thanks to one of the EMTs recognizing her, as she'd worked as a nurse in the same area. They questioned those who had seen her leave with the man that night, but no one could describe any defining features or provide clues that might point the investigation in the right direction. After only a few months, the case turned cold.

Then, in 1969, a shockingly similar murder occurred. Jemima McDonald, also a mother who left her kids with family for a night out on the town, also decided to tear up the dance floor at the Barrowland Ballroom. The next morning, her dead body was discovered by a group of children next to her home. She had also been beaten and strangled, her purse was also nowhere to be found, and she was also seen last with a tall, good-looking, well-dressed man with reddish-brown hair. However, her friends were a little more keen, detecting his accent, noting his fixation on the Bible (as he often slipped quotes into conversation), and remembering that he'd introduced himself as John. The police weren't entirely sure both women were killed by the same man but began to suspect a serial killer was in their midst and released a police sketch based on eyewitness descriptions.