New PDF release: Blood and Granite. True crime from Aberdeen

By Norman Adams

ISBN-10: 1845026322

ISBN-13: 9781845026325

Blood and Granite is a chronicle of the main infamous homicides dedicated in Aberdeen over the past hundred years. Written via Norman Adams, a journalist who stated on a few of the chilling crimes he now remembers so vividly, it really is compelling interpreting if you happen to are too younger to recollect - and people who can't fail to remember. All are human tragedies from the darkish aspect of lifestyles, together with: • The grudge that resulted in loss of life in an East finish pub whilst butcher James Harrow brutally stabbed workmates in 1901. • The grisly discovery of a woman’s arm at the Torry shore in 1945 that signalled the beginning of a secret which to today is still unsolved. • The tragic love affair that ended in the gallows in 1963 – the 1st striking in Aberdeen for 106 years. • The double lifetime of excellent scientist Dr Brenda web page of Aberdeen collage, battered to demise in her flat in 1978. Her homicide is still unsolved. • The bar

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He had stabbed Tastard in self-defence, he told the doctors. Professor Hay gave the accused’s account of what took place in the Saltoun Arms on the fatal night. Harrow had gone to the pub with Tastard and their workmates for a friendly drink. There were no angry words between them but Harrow claimed, when they had finished their drinks, Tastard had seized him by his coat lapels and told him ‘to come away down’. Somehow, the mentally unstable butcher believed he was to be led back to the slaughter-house to be killed.

Other killings were fuelled by alcohol or drugs. Those who broke the Sixth Commandment are now dead or free, after serving their sentences, or still locked up. But a few, whose identities are a mystery, may still be walking our streets. Sensitivity towards the feelings of friends and families of the victims of some of Aberdeen’s most recent murders dictates that these are not covered here. 1 CUTTING EDGE 1901 The stench of blood hung in the air as butchers, in greasy aprons, toiled all day and late into the night at the Wales Street slaughter-house in the East End of the city.

The school had shut down but it was actually because burst water pipes had flooded classrooms. When rumour-mongers spread ‘wild and hurtful’ lies about the murder, the Rev. J R MacCulloch, the Cruickshank family’s minister, lashed out at them from the pulpit of Bon-Accord Church. But, in the midst of suspicion, fear and innuendo, plain-clothes detectives and bobbies in diced caps got on with their work, which was described by their chief constable as ‘dead slogging and hard plodding’. I stood at the corner of Great Northern Road and Printfield Walk and watched as a girl of June’s age, a policeman’s daughter, re-enacted the dead girl’s last moments as she walked from the Cruickshanks’ home to the corner shop and then to the place where the body was found.

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