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Peter Manuel, Serial Killer [Paperback]

Hector MacLeod , Malcolm McLeod
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1 July 2010

Peter Manuel was an icy-eyed psychopath and sexual predator, a petty thief and a relentless liar given to violent and uncontrollable rages. His unprecedented crimes presented the Scottish police and public with a new sort of criminal: the ruthless serial killer.

Manuel was hanged at the age of thirty-one and convicted of seven murders, but suspected of many more. He slew many of his victims as they lay sleeping in bed, while others were picked up in lonely places and strangled or savagely beaten to death. Right up to his final arrest, he played a taunting game with the police, mocking their bungling attempts to trap him and continuing to kill with impunity - that is until he was trapped by his own vanity and arrogance.

This definitive definitive biography recounts Manuel's chilling story from his birth in the USA to the moment the hangman's rope snapped his spine in Glasgow's notorious Barlinnie Prison.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845965728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845965723
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terrifying and revealing biography of Scotland's most notorious serial killer, 'the Beast of Birkenshaw'

About the Author

Hector MacLeod is a former solicitor who served as a director of several Chinese companies while living in Hong Kong. Upon returning to the UK, he has continued to act as a business consultant in liaison with China.

Malcolm McLeod is the former vice principal and professor of African Studies at the University of Glasgow. Now retired, he is currently a trustee of the National Museums of Scotland.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Stracs TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I am something of a crime buff, reading a lot of true crime books and writing articles on the subject, but I must confess I had heard almost nothing about the case of Peter Manuel before picking up this book. Im sure for a generation of people around in the 1950s Manuel is well remembered and reviled, but for people of the younger generations very little seems to be said about him. For this reason I was eagerly anticipating the release of MacLeod and McLeod's "Peter Manuel: Serial Killer".

Peter Manuel, nicknamed the Beast of Birkenshaw, was convicted of killing 7 people in Scotland in the 50s, and was hanged at Barlinnie prison for his crimes. It is almost certain he killed another girl, police are convinced he killed a Newcastle taxi driver and speculation links him to anything up to 18 murder cases. This book is the story of his crimes and of his trial, at the time said to be the trial of the century at least in part because halfway through Manuel sacked his defence and represented himself.

The book is obviously well researched with interviews with people involved as far as possible and extensive, and sometimes newly released, source material used. The writers are also careful not to buy into the "myths" surrounding Manuel, but instead produce a non-biased assessment of the man and the investigation/trial of his crimes. The conclusions they reach about Manuel and the case are well backed up with good research and logic.

My only real criticism of the book, if I could call it a criticism, is that sometimes the narrative is a little difficult to follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Manuel 27 April 2009
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Great book, couldn't put it down. Goes into depth about the trial and the mind set of Scotlands famous serial killer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Peter Manuel, Serial Killer 3 Sep 2010
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This book covers a most interesting case, but it was so badly written that I was unable to finish it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Peter manuel Serial killer. 16 Nov 2012
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Hi. To anyone interested.
I've been asked to review this book that I ordered and paid for about 13th Oct '12
The thing is .I never did recieve the book. Neither did I recieve any replies to my e-mails asking for this book.
Amazon did not help and I shan't name the seller as that would be unfair.(Also I don't desire to break any laws etc).
If they get to read this then they will recognise them-selves...
Sorry I couldn't help.
P.S. This review format is forcing me to Rate the book. Joke!!!!
Well I'll just rate it (IT'S O/K).Seeing as I never got to acualy read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched book. 7 Oct 2013
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I was a teenager living in Scotland at the time of the Manuel trial and vividly remember reading the newspaper headlines during the trial. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the life and deeds of Peter Thomas Anthony Manuel and is well researched and easy to read. Thoroughly recommended for those who have an interest in true crime.
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Manuel serial killer 23 Dec 2012
By bootlegger - Published on Amazon.com
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Great true life description of Manuel .I was10 years old living in Tollcross not far from where he committed his murders when he went to the gallows I remember all the talk about him at this time nowI know the story and it was very interesting ,those times in the 50s were basic and uncomplicated no mucking around with murderers off to gallows with them they never re offended .Watt was more involved with the murder of his family no one would hang around and drink with (Manuel) his alleged family killer for 11hours without doing any physical harm to him very dodgy person was Mr.Watt .I loved all the Glasga characters though I'm sure they would not have been very nice to actually meet in person .This book took me back to Glasgow how it used to be and will never be again . Manuel was one very sick person to have committed all those murders a pity he was not stopped earlier .I have read this book twice and found it compelling reading and recommend it the setting not the murders took me back to Glasgow of old .
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