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Body Of Proof

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,147 ratings  ·  159 reviews
A woman disappeared. A man was convicted. Case closed?

Body of Proof, a true crime podcast, examines the many unanswered questions surrounding the disappearance and death of Suzanne Pilley in Edinburgh in 2010 and the subsequent conviction of David Gilroy. Journalists and TV producers Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis spent two years investigating the case and spok
Audible Audio, 6 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Audible Originals

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Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
 Audible Original Selection for September 2019 5h 9 minutes 2 seconds

Well, this was a very intriguing true crime podcast that takes listeners to Edinburgh Scotland. The two journalists, Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis are looking at the vanishing case of Suzanne Pilley and the subsequent murder trail and conviction of David Gilroy. Gilroy has always mantained his innocence and the body of Suzanne has never been found.

Brown and Ellis put forward in their ten chapter podcast the subject of th
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Please read the promotional description for the storyline.

Another Audible original free title, this one for September 2019. I'm giving this one 3.5-Stars. I had never heard of True Crime Podcasts until I read "Conviction" by Denise Mina. The impression I got from that book is they are popular in the U.K. The first two-thirds were interesting but it waned with the realization that this was not a work of fiction and nothing would be solved. The reporters did a good job with the podcast, very impressive. Afte
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Body of Proof was an okay book to listen to. It's a little mystery that introduces you to a lot of characters. Some were okay but others, or at least their narrators, spoke too softly or way too fast for my brain to catch up to it. Luckily for me, I was so into the little podcast that it didn't really change my opinion on anything.

I do wish that it was a tad bit longer but definitely enjoyed every little detail and twist that came my way.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, audible
The first Audible Original I've tried and liked.

Author decided to revisit a murder conviction where there was absolutely no conclusive forensic evidence presented whatsoever. At the trial, the prosecution relied solely on implication via circumstantial evidence. Difficult to see how this meets the Reasonable Doubt level required?

I hadn't realized until now that unlike the rest of the Western world, Scotland requires a simple majority for a criminal conviction! Also unique
Alicia Devero
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I am not sure, if Scotts comprehend the concept of justice. There is no body, no evidence, no proof of murder, no blood, no DNA of the victim nor the perpetrator neither in his car nor in the office building under the stairs and jet he has been sentenced to life in prison - based on what? I am not saying he has not done it, but there is no evidence that could prove - beyond reasonable doubt - that a murder has been committed. And the concept of destroying evidence by the police after sentence is ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Missing bookkeepers, stoic Scotsmen, uncaught murderer
This true crime podcast collected into an Audio original was only a little bit interesting. It's another one of those "kind of unsolved mysteries" - kind of because they actually convicted someone for the alleged murder.

Suzanne Pilley and David Gilroy

In 2010, Suzanne Pilley, a bookkeeper in Edinburgh, went missing. Her body has never been found, but the police arrested David Gilroy,
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Well-done and full of interesting information about Scotland's legal system, as well as many questions about one particular case and whether or not the person convicted was wrongfully accused. At times, it was a little bit repetitive, but overall not bad; although, I do wish it had a more satisfying, or at least a conclusive ending.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one is for fans of true crime. It highlights what appear to be some glaring problems in the judicial system in Scotland. David Gilroy was convicted of murdering his co-worker ex-girlfriend. There was no body, no forensic evidence, and no one who had seen the two of them together. Apparently in Scotland you can be found guilty of murder if eight out of fifteen jurors believe it is proven beyond reasonable doubt; even when all of the evidence is circumstantial. So, eight years after the case, ...more
Alan Teder
Questioning Circumstantial Guilt
Review of the Audible Audio edition (2019)

This is a true crime podcast that is split into several episodes. It follows a disappearance case in Scotland where a man was convicted for the murder of his co-worker with whom he had been having a affair. There was no body found and there was no apparent forensic evidence to tie the suspect to the crime.

The main circumstantial evidence seemed to be that the suspect made a long car journey the day after the disappear/>Review
Mr Allan Goldie
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
I was always interested in this case when Suzanne Pilley went missing from Edinburgh 10 years ago. In my mind I always felt that Gilroy had done something to her. I followed the story closely in this book and from its perspective I see reasonable doubt in the evidence and struggle to see how I would say differently if I was on the jury. The bit that makes me feel that he does have something to hide is the time taken to get to Lochgilphead and back to Edinburgh and the damage to his vehicle.....h ...more
Angus McKeogh
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
As usual you start with a strange mystery. However, the added data really doesn’t enlighten the subject in the least and you’re still left with a strictly circumstantial case with no forensic evidence or body. Fortunately, it still seems like the murderer arrested and convicted is truly guilty simply because of his odd behavior and holes in time in his schedule which he cannot explain, but sadly the “new evidence” offers no firmer answer or additional closure.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
True Crime podcast from Audible about convicted Scottish murderer, David Gilroy. Did David Gilroy commit the crime? The body of the victim, Suzanne Pilley, has never been found. The Scottish criminal justice system lacked the proper evidence for David’s conviction. Either by botching the evidence they had or never having really found the actual crime scene.

Despite this lack of evidence, is David guilty? You be the judge. My rating: 3.5 stars
Elijah Fry
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent look at a really tough circumstantial murder case that has no forensic evidence. The team goes on a journey to reconstruct the events, looks at the evidence, talks to many people related to the case and gets experts to weigh in, and ultimately presents both sides quite well. Shows some of the problems with this specific legal system, and also brings attention to an unsolved case where it could be the case that an innocent man is languishing in prison.
Eliza Baum
Sep 20, 2019 marked it as set-aside-unfinished
DNF about 1.5 hours in. I liked it well enough and probably would have finished it EXCEPT...well, I listen to audiobooks at 1.8x speed, and usually I do well enough with accents, but some of the Scots in the interviews were 95% unintelligible at speed, so I gave up.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was very interesting. Very informative about prosecution in Scotland. Did drag in parts towards the middle but eventually picked back up as it was tying everything together. Crazy to think they convicted him with only speculation and no physical proof or body.
Sep 22, 2019 added it
Shelves: audiobooks, dnf
Free from Audible. Glad that I didn't pay money for it.

I listened to the first chapter and I just can't listen to a true crime thing right now.

Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think that I would be a horrible juror in this type of case. And I am a strong believer in the US's form, rather than Ireland's,They had 15 jurors, and conviction was based on "MAJORITY RULE" as opposed to unanimity! Seriously? And they had NO EVIDENCE against him! All that they had was a proposed theory of what might have happened! The case was totally ridiculous! There was a possibility, I suppose BUT THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE! But, the more someone says "her did it!", the more difficult it is t ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing recount of the events surrounding the 2010 disappearance and possible murder of Suzanne Pilley. The authors/criminal investigators do an excellent job of presenting facts, including expert advice, assessing probability of timeline and events.

Highly recommended
Autumn Guidry
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, own
In 2010, Suzanne Pilley vanished without a trace on her way to work. Eventually, her colleague David Gilroy with whom she'd been having an affair was arrested for her murder and sentenced to life in prison - without a body, a shred of forensic evidence, a witness or a confession. He has maintained his innocence ever since. The presenters of this podcast spent two years digging into the case and trying to solve the mystery of Suzanne Pilley's disappearance and David Gilroy's guilt or innocence on ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading through the description of this book, I genuinely thought Body of Proof was a fictional take on something like Serial, The Staircase, or Making a Murderer. I thought this throughout my entire time with the book, which is really more of a podcast than anything else. I wish I would've realized that this story of the murder of Suzanne Pilley was actually another true crime narrative like the ones mentioned earlier because I would've been in a different mindset while listening.

Liz Wilson
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I regularly read true crime books and listen to true crime podcasts, which is important to know before reading this review. It is possible to appreciate the work which has gone into an enterprise like this, and yet still be frustrated by its overall outcome. I enjoyed listening to this story and thought it was well presented and thoroughly researched but, as a complete narrative, it was lacking a certain something for me.

There are a lot of stories about wrongful convictions around at
Lindsay Luke
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
True crime podcast style Audible Original. In 2010, Suzanne Pilley goes missing in Edinburg, Scotland. The police investigate and eventually come to believe that David Gilroy, her older married lover and co-worker is the culprit. Her body hs never been found and there is no physical evidence, but he is convicted and is still in prison in Scotland. Gilroy maintains that he's innocent.
Two journalists decide to investigate and the 5 hour podcast is the result. The prosecution believes that Gi
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audi0-book
There's so much I want to say about this case; but since I wasn't around for the trial, and I am not Scottish, I'll keep mum on most of it.
I've had an interest in true crime for many years, I've listened to a lot of podcasts, watched shows and read books. All on different types of cases, and mostly in the US. I thought this would be interesting because me being more of an auditory learner I knew I wouldn't have a problem following the story, and I didn't. I thought it was quite clear the w
Nia Forrester
My interest in the genre kind of carried the day on this one. The producers had such naked bias, it was difficult to consider this an earnest exercise to discover the truth, or even something as close to it as possible. Some of the most obvious questions that should have been asked of the defendant weren't asked even though they had access to him in multiple interviews. Rather there was this constant harping on the circumstantial nature of the evidence. But ... guess what, most criminal cases are bu ...more
Rick Verde
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jamie Fuller
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was interesting but not fantastic. The formatting was a little weird. In some places, it read like a book with chapters flowing smoothly from one to the next. In others, it was presented as a podcast, with inexplicable breaks and returns to a new "episode" which didn't make any sense. There was also a lot of going around about the same things, without really getting anywhere. So even though they were interesting things, it felt a little futile in places, particularly where it seemed like th ...more
This Audible Original focuses on the disappearance and assumed death of Suzanne Pilley of Edinburgh in 2010 and and the subsequent, purely circumstantial, conviction of David Gilroy.

The Scottish justice system is unique from the rest of the UK because a verdict is render by a majority vote of only 15 jurors. That's only 8 people that have to agree on a verdict of "Guilty" or "Not Guilty" or "Not Proven. A "Not Proven" verdict can be expanded as "not proven guilty" and defined as "Yeah, we total
Pamela Scott

It turns out that I really love true-crime podcasts. I was engrossed in every episode of Body of Proof as David and Sophie get deeper and deeper into their investigation. The details of the case shocked me. I can understand someone being charged with murder without a body if there is compelling evidence against them such as the person’s blood on them or an eyewitness saw them violently arguing with someone who has since vanished. I cannot get my head around someone being charged with mu
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