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BBC documentary to tell ‘untold story’ of Inverness rapist Kim Avis who faked own death in US

By Val Sweeney

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Kim Avis-Gordon will be the subject of a BBC documentary.
Kim Avis-Gordon will be the subject of a BBC documentary.

The story of an Inverness rapist who faked his own death in the US is to be told in a BBC documentary.

Well-known street trader Kim Gordon - otherwise known as Kim Avis - was found guilty in 2021 of a series of sexual offences including rape.

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A documentary, Dead Man Running, to be screened on BBC Scotland on Wednesday will look into the untold story of Gordon who became an international fugitive when he was reported missing after going for a swim at Monastery Beach in Carmel, California, in February 2019.

It then emerged he had failed to appear in court in Scotland to face rape and sexual assault charges.

Following a manhunt, he was arrested in Colorado Springs five months later and extradited to Scotland.

In May 2021, he was convicted on 14 charges after a two-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

He was found guilty of preying on two girls and two women between 2006 and 2017 mainly in Inverness including at his property, called Wolves Den.

The makers of Dead Man Running, which will be broadcast as part of the Scottish investigative series Disclosure, say it is the “extraordinary” story of how the darkest of crimes were hidden in plain sight for decades.

It be be shown on BBC Scotland on Wednesday at 9pm.

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