By Reg McKay
KILLERS, CROOKS AND CONS chronicles the mind-blowing crimes that horrified 20th-century Scotland. Taking every one decade in flip, Reg McKay tells the real stories of the crimes that shook the state, frequently the area. And those crimes will surprise you continue to. From serial killers to armed mobsters and poisoners to police officers who killed, KILLERS, CROOKS AND CONS takes you from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Aberdeen to Dundee and from the Highlands to the Borders. in addition to famous instances just like the world’s first serial killer Peter Manuel who was once hanged for the homicide of 7 humans, filthy rich landowner Max Garvie whose kinky events ended in his homicide and the unusual case of the dying of SNP activist Willie McRae, Reg McKay tells the tale of a lot of Scotland’s much less famous yet both attention-grabbing instances together with a police showdown with armed individuals of the IRA, the homicide of a prosperous socialite and a devoted Christian who went to remarkable lengths to hide up his half in the...
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Meanwhile, a few days after the incident, the funerals of the two men took place and they were attended by thousands of mourners. No wonder – Alec Clapperton was well respected by the public and in business alike and Charles Hutchison, if anything, was more prominent, working as he did for the Duke of Buccleuch and being a high-ranking member of the Freemasons. The tragic incident wasn’t just big news around Dalkeith – it also made waves farther afield. In Scotland at that time, as in the whole developed world, there was still a great concern about eating safely, keeping nasty stuff off the menu and killing germs.
After at a stop-off at the village of Strathmiglo, twelve miles from East Wemyss, where he bought a whole new outfit of clothes, he caught a train to Perth where he booked in to St John’s Temperance Hotel, a high-class, expensive place. The next morning he caught another train to the big smoke of Glasgow and took lodgings at 113 Renfield Street in the city centre. If Edmonstone thought he could simply lose himself in the second city of the Empire, he was soon to have his mind changed. He hadn’t reckoned on the public outcry over young Michael’s murder or that wanted poster turning up everywhere.
If she slipped out to the shops, he’d want to know exactly where she’d been, whom she’d seen and why she’d been away for so long. To start with it felt like young love, infatuation even. Then slowly, gradually, it felt like possessiveness and then paranoia set in as he burst out into jealous rages just because he noticed the man in the corner shop smiling at her politely as he served her. It was a short honeymoon that was ended by Leggett lashing out at his young wife. She left him and went to live with relatives, only to return on his promise that he’d never hurt her again – a promise that didn’t last long.