The gruesome two-year killing spree of Peter Manuel, the Beast of Birkenshaw, will never be forgotten. Nor should it be…
Master Detective February 2018
The gruesome two-year killing spree of Peter Manuel, the Beast of Birkenshaw, will never be forgotten. Nor should it be. Arrogant and despicable in equal measure, the American-born Scot struck terror into the lives of those living in Lanarkshire in the late 1950s. He confessed to eight murders but almost certainly killed nine. Manuel regarded himself as a criminal mastermind but were the failings of the police investigation partly responsible for this inflated opinion?
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