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The Black Widower: The Life and Crimes of a Sociopathic Killer
 
 

The Black Widower: The Life and Crimes of a Sociopathic Killer [Kindle Edition]

Charles Lavery
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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'Black Widower' Malcolm Webster's chilling web of calculated deceit and brutality is examined by the writer who brought the story to the world's attention

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He drugged his first wife and staged a fireball car crash, collecting a £200,000 insurance payout.



He cheated his second wife of her life savings and attempted to kill her in a copycat crash.



He faked cancer to dupe his third victim into a bigamous marriage, plotting her murder to steal her inheritance.



He is Malcolm Webster: The Black Widower.



After seventeen years of deception and brutality, Webster was finally jailed for thirty years in July 2011 at the climax of one of the longest trials in Scottish legal history. In this chilling book, award-winning journalist Charles Lavery documents the Black Widower’s life and crimes, giving a compelling insight into the mind of a man who killed for money and attempted to cover his tracks with drugs and fire.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780575319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780575315
  • ASIN: B008FY4TPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The black widower meets his match 5 July 2012
Format:Paperback
I followed this case very closely at the time so was delighted to find a lot of details about the victims and the crime which hadn't been reported. An excellent, fast paced read. I couldn't put it down
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 26 Mar 2014
By Gill
Format:Kindle Edition
Read this book some time ago and thought it was fascinating. Wanted to re-buy it on Kindle in the light of the TV drama renewing my interest. Noticed the price as it was 10 days ago and again just now (it has gone up in price dramatically). Rather disappointing Amazon as I'd been waiting to get paid in order to buy it, had hoped it would go DOWN in price as clearly there are more people who likely want to read it now.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 July 2012
Format:Paperback
Well constructed and researched work , im sure there is more to come from both mr webster and this excellent new author, i look forward to charles lavery's next offering
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant book. Fantastic offering from this young reporter, his eyewitness account of the journalistic reviewingof the evidence to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expensive and repetitive 10 Aug 2013
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This book was good at first but oh so repetitive. This book was too expensive to justify the content. Don't buy it just google the name and you will get all that is in the book. Very disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Webster 20 Jan 2013
By Gill
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For many years I'd been intrigued by the life of M Webster so naturally wished to see what more could be revealed. The book is well written, however, I was secretly hoping the author may have had access to the masses of evidence not called for in court.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to read after watching the TV adaptation 30 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I haven't given this five stars because 'I love it' (as amazon classifies a five star review) in the sense that I loved reading it, and loved 'the plot'. It's very far from 'love' when you read what this man was capable of. This is a shocking story, all the more so because it actually happened. There's a debate as to whether Malcolm Webster was a full-blown psychopath, or 'only' a sociopath, but having had little bit of experience with both through my work, he does seem to be more psychopathic with aspects of sociopathy combined. But you may form a different opinion, and of course now we have the TV adaptation which took its own viewpoint on him as well (albeit with direct input from two of the women he conned and planned to kill).

It's not the best-written book - the style is a bit haphazard in places - but this isn't a book you buy because you want an example of well-written literature. This is a shocking lesson in how people we think we know can be complete strangers at the same time, for reasons that make perfect sense to no one except themselves, and with no compunction about doing whatever suits them without having the capacity to consider (even if they wanted to) how someone else might be feeling about things.

This book isn't for everyone, and if it hadn't been for the TV adaptation I'd never have heard of it (I don't even remember the real life case when it hit the papers at the time, although I must have been aware of it somewhere at the time). I work in a field where working out what makes people tick, in sometimes quite challenging ways, so I think I read it with partly my 'work' head on, and found it interesting from that point of view. Others may think it's just a piece of unnecessary sensational literature written for no good reason. The reader will make up their own mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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good read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written and expertly researched
Brilliantly written and expertly researched. Describes the life and crimes of a dangerous monster (who is thankfully now residing at Her Majesty's pleasure).
Published 10 days ago by Mr. S. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great if you like true life stories
Published 1 month ago by Em Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very interesting. I watched it on TV and there were some items in the book that hadn't been included.
Published 1 month ago by dollydrops
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 2 months ago by Morvan Rokitta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book, far better than the tv programme that was shown a while ago.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars ... all the time but other than that i did enjoy
It was ok but it did keep repeating things all the time but other than that i did enjoy it
Published 3 months ago by Anne Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read
I bought this book after watching the TV series and couldn't put it down. Really interesting story, well written. Highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Susan J James
4.0 out of 5 stars TV PROMPTED READING OF THE BOOK
I watched the programme about Malcolm Webster, and when I saw the book I felt I must read it. The book was good, and if I had known nothing about Webster it would have been an even... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bibliophile
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
Having seen the series on T.V., I felt I wanted to know more. This is a good eye opening informative book which has more information in than the series were able to show. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cazza100
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Widower
I really enjoyed reading this book. I had watched the televised series but found a lot more information was given in the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by foxy lady
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