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To celebrate the launch of The World’s End Murders: The Inside Story by Tom Wood, we’re offering a special pre-order deal! Get both The World’s End Murders: The Inside Story and Tom Wood’s other Ringwood title, and number one best seller, Ruxton: The First Modern Murder for just £16 (plus P&P)!

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The World’s End Murders: The Inside Story

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.

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

ISBN: 978-1-917011-05-1

Format: Paperback

Ruxton: The First Modern Murder

Two dismembered bodies discarded in the borderlands of Scotland, hideously mutilated to avoid identification. Forty-three pieces of rotten flesh and bone wrapped in rags and newspaper. A jigsaw puzzle of decomposing human remains.

A glamorous young wife and her dutiful nursemaid missing. A handsome, mild-mannered town doctor insanely jealous of his wife’s friendships with other men.

It is 1935 and the deaths of Isabella Ruxton and Mary Rogerson would result in one of the most complex investigations the world had ever seen. The gruesome murders captured worldwide attention with newspapers keeping the public enthralled with all the gory details.

But behind the headlines was a different, more important story: the groundbreaking work of Scottish forensic scientists who developed new techniques to solve the case and shape the future of scientific criminal investigation.

With access to previously unseen documents, this book re-examines the case and reveals for the first time the incredible inside story of the investigation and its legacy.

This is the first modern murder.

Title: Ruxton: The First Modern Murder

ISBN: 978-1-901514-84-1

Format: Paperback

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.


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