By Reg McKay
KILLERS, CROOKS AND CONS chronicles the brilliant crimes that horrified 20th-century Scotland. Taking every one decade in flip, Reg McKay tells the genuine stories of the crimes that shook the kingdom, usually the realm. 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 recognized 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 resulted in his homicide and the unusual case of the demise of SNP activist Willie McRae, Reg McKay tells the tale of lots of Scotland’s much less recognized yet both interesting circumstances together with a police showdown with armed contributors 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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Still it wasn’t enough to deter Leggett. When only a child, he was sent to one of Scotland’s many reform schools. These brutal, violent institutions were places where staff often gave full vent to their sadistic and, all too often, child-abusing perversions with the state, if not sanctioning such behaviour, then certainly turning a blind eye to it. By this time, another characteristic of Patrick Leggett had emerged – he had a raging temper and a capacity for the most extreme violence. Violence was a way of life for many young people back then, with street gangs comprised of thousands of members who’d be armed to the teeth.
In modern times, with global mass media and a strong notion of human rights, there is no doubt that a campaign would have been launched to free Thomas Brown as innocent. Then again, with our deeper knowledge of epilepsy and modern treatments, he might well never have been suspected in the first place, let alone charged. If he had been, however, would the modern-day jury have found him innocent or guilty? That may well have been influenced on whether or not they were prejudiced against the mentally ill.
Criminals in Glasgow felt under pressure when the number of cops was increased to 4,000 and they got their first motor vehicle (1914). Due to so many men being away at the war, Emily Miller was appointed Scotland’s first female cop (1915). During the war years the government ordered that there be no reporting of serious crime in an effort to keep up the morale of the population. Crime in Scotland continued just the same. AVARICE AND ARSENIC Crystal glasses clinked and sang as the man rose to his feet.