Ruxton: The First Modern Murder

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Thomas J Wood, Mar 21, 2019 - Forensic sciences - 300 pages

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.

About the author (2019)

Tom Wood was one of Scotland's most senior and experienced operational police officers. He is an authority on serious violent crime, the policing of large-scale events and a noted authority on the police perspectives on drugs and alcohol. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. In 1994, he was appointed Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit and in 1995 was awarded the Queen's Police Medal. Latterly he was Deputy Chief Constable and Director of Operations of Lothian and Borders Police and Officer in Overall Command of the linked murder investigation into the deaths of a number of young women including Helen Scott and Christine Eadie (the World's End Murders). Since leaving the police he has worked in the fields of alcohol and drug strategy, adult and child protection and has undertaken a number of independent serious case and homicide reviews. He lives in Edinburgh.

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