John MacLennan

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Amelia Earhart

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Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 9:00am

Police inspector John MacLennan was 'hounded' into suicide over homosexuality

John MacLennan

Murray Burton was responding to questions raised in last week's Sunday Morning Post about how MacLennan could fire off five rounds into his own body, and the conspiracy theories that have arisen over the motive behind the police force's homosexuality charges against him.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:18am

Policeman's suspicious death brought change in attitudes, but discrimination against gays persists

John MacLennan

Before Inspector John MacLennan was found with five gunshots to the chest in 1980, he knew he was about to be interviewed by the Special Investigations Unit - a specialist police unit charged with investigating homosexuals.

26 May 2013 - 8:18am

Play about gay officer revives memory of John MacLennan's 1980 suicide

Headlines from the 1980 case of John MacLennan (right), who shot himself as he faced arrest for indecency. A play based on the case opened this month.

Behind the Curtain, which the True Heart Theatre group premiered in London this month, is based loosely on the suspicious death of John MacLennan. The Scot was found dead with five gunshots wounds to his chest on the morning he was to be arrested on charges of indecency.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am