A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a woman at a house in Falkirk in the early hours of Friday morning.
Steven Mathieson, 38, was also charged with abducting and raping two women.
He made no plea or declaration during a brief hearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.
The dead woman was found in a bedroom of a house in the town's Springfield Drive at 00:30.
Mr Mathieson is alleged to have carried out the crimes at his home.
A Crown Office spokesman said he faced one charge of murder, two of abduction, and two of rape.
He is expected to appear in court again on 16 December.