Sunday 22 July 2018

Ralph Riegel: Fall from grace of awkward outsider who became a murderer

The callous and calculating murderer seems a world away from the solid student with a wide circle of friends due to his sense of humour, reports Ralph Riegel

Alexander Pacteau
Alexander Pacteau
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The "evil murderer" of Irish nurse Karen Buckley (24) has emerged as an awkward, self-conscious outsider who insisted he was gay to successfully defend a 2013 sexual assault claim.

Interviews conducted by police with the friends, neighbours and work colleagues of Alexander Pacteau (21) have painted a picture of a troubled young man whose hulking six-foot, four-inch frame protected him from bullying in school but who appears to have been deeply affected by the 2013 split of his devoted parents, Guillaume and Noreen.

Despite his claims to be gay, Police Scotland investigated whether Pacteau had stalked other women - tracing and interviewing one woman on the basis of anecdotal claims and CCTV footage.

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