This chilling collection of murderous tales brings together a diverse range of cases spanning three centuries and all of which were committed in Scotland. Featuring fifty-two cases that shocked the country, the early chapters describe crimes which occurred against the turbulent political backdrop of the eighteenth century, including the infamous lynching of Captain John Porteous in Edinburgh in 1736 and teh assassination of Colin Roy Campbell of Glenure in the sprint of 1752. Also included is the case of an Edinburgh baby famer hanged in 1889; the brutal murder of a wealthy spinster in Glasgow in 1908; the shooting of a Detective Inspector during a failed attempt to rescue a convict from a prison van in Glasgow in 1921; and the summary execution of a German POW at the hands of his fellow Nazi prisoners in Comrie, Perthshire in 1944. This well-illustrated and enthralling book will appeal to everyone interested in true crime and the shadier side of Scotland's past.
The History Press
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