Blood and Granite. True crime from Aberdeen by Norman Adams

By Norman Adams

Blood and Granite is a chronicle of the main infamous homicides dedicated in Aberdeen during the last hundred years. Written by way of Norman Adams, a journalist who suggested on a few of the chilling crimes he now remembers so vividly, it's compelling examining when you are too younger to recollect - and people who can't disregard. All are human tragedies from the darkish facet of existence, together with: • The grudge that resulted in dying 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 this present day continues to be unsolved. • The tragic love affair that ended in the gallows in 1963 – the 1st striking in Aberdeen for 106 years. • The double lifetime of marvelous scientist Dr Brenda web page of Aberdeen college, battered to dying in her flat in 1978. Her homicide continues to be unsolved. • The bar

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The reluctance of potentially vital witnesses to help prompted Highland novelist Jane Duncan, whose father had been a policeman, to write an impassioned letter to the Press and Journal. She urged people to come forward to help solve ‘the most depraved’ of all crimes – child murder – otherwise everyone was an accessory to murder. While in Glasgow, Mr Matheson had talks with his opposite number in Paisley. They believed there might be a link between the Aberdeen murder and the slaying of six-year-old David Hutton in a Paisley park in August 1960.

To face a very relieved Chief Constable Wyness, who, no doubt, feared that the killer was still at large and that his bloodlust had not yet been slaked. ’ After confirming his name, age, address and occupation, the accused was searched then locked up in a cell. m. before they were allowed home. Before that, they were each asked if they could identify the accused. As the witnesses filed past him, Harrow stood calm and erect and they replied in the affirmative. Harrow gave no sign of recognition.

There was little hint of the terrible crime that was to follow within the next few minutes. Harrow, a surly and silent individual, nursed a grievance. The barman and customers would later say that the three butchers had not exchanged angry words but that Harrow had let his ill-feeling towards Tastard be known. Harrow was carrying a butcher’s knife, wrapped in newspaper, and, in the heat of the moment, he produced the formidable weapon. ’ he cried as he struck out at Tastard. The burly, moustachioed Harrow lunged at his hapless victim, who tried to dodge the gleaming blade.

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