Morbidology the Podcast – 86: Diana Garbutt

Podcast released on: 8th February 2021

In 2003, Diana and Robin Garbutt moved to the picture postcard village of Melsonby, North Yorkshire, which is located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. They were attracted to the area by the tranquillity of the area. There was very little other than rolling fields, a pub, a post office and village store and…


In 2003, Diana and Robin Garbutt moved to the picture postcard village of Melsonby, North Yorkshire, which is located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. They were attracted to the area by the tranquility of the area. There was very little other than rolling fields, a pub, a post office and village store and a stream meandering through the centre. However, in 2010, their idyll was abruptly shattered and the investigation would reveal that not everybody is who they portray themselves to be.

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Audio Sources:

“Guilty of murder: Robin Garbutt calls 999 after killing Diana, his postmistress wife”

“Robin Garbutt Police Interview”

“Village Post Officer Owner Murdered”

“Husband Charged with Post Office Murder”

“Postmistress Murderer Jailed for Life”

Sources:

York Press, 24 March, 2010 – “Murder: Suspect Told Shopkeeper”

York Press, 24 March, 2010 – “Murder Inquiry Launched After North York’s Shopkeeper Death”

Yorkshire Post, 24 March, 2010 – “Post Office Murder Latest”

The Daily Mirror, 25 March, 2010 – “We’ve Got Your Wife”

Yorkshire Post, 25 March, 2010 – “Tears for Murdered Village Postmistress”

Yorkshire Post, 25 March, 2010 – “Police Divers Called in as Hunt for Village Postmistress Killer Widens”

Daily Mail, 26 March, 2010 – “Dining Out, Couple in Village Murder Riddle”

Independent Television Network, 26 March, 2010 – “Post Office Victim’s Mother Makes Tearful Appeal”

The Northern Echo, 26 March, 2010 – “Divers Join Search for Murder Clues”

Yorkshire Post, 26 March, 2010 – “Mother Tells of Wrecked Family Lives”

The Northern Echo, 29 March, 2010 – “Vicar Speaks of Tragedy at the Heart of the Village”

Yorkshire Post, 30 March, 2010 – “Police Stop Vehicles in Search for Postmistress Killer”

The Northern Echo, 1 April, 2010 – “Odd Questions for Villagers”

Yorkshire Post, 1 April, 2010 – “Diana Was My Life”

The Northern Echo, 7 April, 2010 – “Forensics Probe Completed at Murder Home”

Evening Gazette, 14 April, 2010 – “Husband Held”

The Guardian, 16 April, 2010 – “Postmistress Killing”

Yorkshire Post, 16 April, 2010 – “Husband Charged with Postmistress Murder”

The Northern Echo, 17 April, 2010 – “Murder Charge for Melsonby Husband”

York Press, 17 April, 2010 – “Robin Garbutt Remanded to Prison”

The Northern Echo, 5 May, 2010 – “Village Will Gather for Funeral of Postmistress”

The Northern Echo, 8 May, 2010 – “Bewildered Village Mourns Postmistress”

The Northern Echo, 28 September, 2010 – “Dramatic Twist in PO Murder Inquiry”

The Sun, 28 September, 2010 – “Murder Husband Free Over Bar DNA”

Yorkshire Evening Post, 21 March, 2011 – “Postmistress Attacked by Gunman”

Daily Mail, 22 March, 2011 – “Postmaster Murdered Cheating Wife and Blamed Her Death on Fake Robbery”

The Express, 22 March, 2011 – “Postmaster Beat Wife to Death Then Claimed Robbery”

The Northern Echo, 22 March, 2011 – “Driven to Murder at the Village Post Office”

The Times, 22 March, 2011 – “Postmaster Beat Cheating Wife to Death”

York Press, 24 March, 2011 – “Friend Tells of Murder Accused’s Loving Marriage”

The Northern Echo, 25 March, 2011 – “Murder Trial Accused Sobbed without Tears”

The Northern Echo, 26 March, 2011 – “Wife Would Have Died in Minutes”

The Northern Echo, 29 March, 2011 – “Post Office Murder Trial Jury Sees Pillow”

The Northern Echo, 30 March, 2011 – “Officer Questioned Over Iron Bar DNA”

Yorkshire Evening Post, 1 April, 2011 – “Postmistress Admitted Intimacy”

The Northern Echo, 6 April, 2011 – “Jury Visits Post Office at Heart of Murder Case”

The Northern Echo, 12 April, 2011 – “My Wife was not about to Leave Me”

The Northern Echo, 13 April, 2011 – “Robin Was The Only Man She Ever Trusted”

The Northern Echo, 14 April, 2011 – “Murder Accusation Just a Theory Says Barrister”

Independent Television Network, 19 April, 2011 – “Guilty of Wife’s Fake Raid Murder”

The Independent, 19 April, 2011 – “Life for Wife’s Fake Robbery Murder”

Darlington and Stockton Times, 30 January, 2020 – “Third Application for Review of Murder Charge”

The Justice Gap, 27 March, 2020 – “Robin Garbutt to Challenge Murder Conviction for Third Time”

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