Scottish killer who tortured and murdered woman has died behind bars

It is unclear what caused the death of 63-year-old Reid, who was jailed for life at the High Court in Edinburgh after pleading guilty to her murder. An inquiry into this is due to take place.

Reid conned his way into neighbour Collie's flat in in April 1999, and hit her on the head with a weapon, tied her to a bed and gagged her with a towel before sexually assaulting her. He tortured her with electric shocks from a blanket.

He also forced Collie to reveal her PIN number, stole jewellery from her flat and then took £350 from her bank account.

Elaine's brother Fred Collie and his son Jason, told reporters in 2012, ahead of Reid's parole hearing in 2014, how the family were hoping he would die in jail and prevented from hurting anyone else again.

The pair conducted their own investigation, and tracked down other women who were attacked by Reid.

Jason said the news of his death is a relief. He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “For us it’s relief that it’s over, and relief that he was never free to be a threat to anyone else. That’s what we were always worried about.”

A statement from the Scottish Prison Service states: "John Reid, 63, a prisoner from HMP Glenochil has died on 31 July 2021.

"He was remanded at Edinburgh High Court in 2007. Police Scotland have been advised and the matter reported to the Procurator Fiscal. A Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held in due course."

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