“The 37-year investigation of ‘The Worlds End Murders’ spanned several epochs of advances in Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science. It started with paper and pencil and finished with super computers and ultra-sensitive low copy DNA analysis.
It is a remarkable testimony to the care and precision of the work done in 1977 that the evidence gathered then would eventually give up its secrets
and deliver justice for two innocent young girls.”

About the book

From the author of best seller, Ruxton: The First Modern Murder, comes another deep dive into one of the most notorious cases in Scottish Criminal History.

Tom Wood’s The World’s End Murders: The Inside Story is a new look at a well-known story.

In this book, Wood offers the detailed analysis only one of the original investigators could give, and reveals how over nearly four decades, detectives and scientists struggled to deliver justice.

The horrific killing of two Edinburgh teenagers in October 1977 sparked a nationwide manhunt that turned into one of Britain’s longest and most famous murder investigations.

The book tells the story of two innocent young girls, Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, and of the extraordinary police investigation over almost four decades that eventually led to the discovery of links to their deaths with Angus Sinclair, one of Scotland’s most notorious murderers and sex offenders. Acquitted after a controversial trial in 2007, changes in the law and new, cutting-edge forensic evidence meant that Sinclair found himself in the court again, and in 2014 he was finally held to account for the notorious World’s End murders.

But this is not a gruesome tale of violent death – the families of Helen and Christine have suffered long enough. It is a story of heroes – of the families of the two girls who, with quiet dignity, have carried an unimaginable burden down the years, and of the police officers, the support staff and the scientists who persisted in their investigations and never gave up. This is the inside story of the World’s End murders.

About the author

Tom Wood was one of Scotland’s most senior and experienced police officers, an authority on serious and violent crime and the policing of major events. Latterly he was Deputy Chief Constable and Director of Operations of Lothian and Borders Police. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Tom currently lives in Edinburgh. Since leaving the police, Tom has worked in Alcohol and Drug Strategy, Adult and Child Protection and carried out Independent Serious Case and Homicide Reviews.

He is now a regular columnist with The Scotsman and writes extensively on crime and justice matters.
His book, Ruxton: The First Modern Murder, was shortlisted for the 2021 Scottish National Book Awards.

Pre-order your copy of The World’s End Murders: The Inside Story for £9.99 (plus P&P) now to guarantee a signed first edition copy which will be sent to you before the launch. Furthermore, by pre-ordering you’ll save £3 before the novel returns to its regular price of £12.99 after the official launch!

The World’s End Murders: The Inside Story will be launched on June 23rd 2024, at 2pm in Hillhead Library!


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Title: The World’s End Murders: The Inside Story

Author: Tom Wood

Price: £9.99 (Pre-order)/£12.99 (Regular)

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-917011-05-1