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The World's End: A Thirty-Year Quest for Justice

The World's End: A Thirty-Year Quest for Justice [Kindle Edition]

Tom Wood , David Johnstone , David Johnston
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This is an account of the murder of two young women, Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, who died in October 1977. It is the story of these crimes and of the thirty year investigation that followed. This is not a gruesome tale of murder; the families of these young girls have suffered enough. Nor is this account devoted to the controversy in which the trial of Angus Sinclair was brought to an end in the Autumn of 2007.This is a story of heroes, of the families of Helen and Christine who, with a quiet dignity, have carried an unimaginable burden down the years, and the police officers, the support staff and the scientists who over the generations have persisted in their investigations, never gave up and though they suffered many a setback never forgot Helen and Christine. "The World's End Murders" is an intelligent, compassionate and insightful account of a time and place in Scottish criminal history which both carefully examines the World's End murders and sensitively restores afresh the memory of two innocent young women, as well as the others who fell victim in 1977 and 1978.

About the Author

Tom Wood was one of Scotland's most senior and experienced operational police officers. He is an authority on crime, the policing of large scale events and a noted authority on police perspectives on drugs and alcohol. He has a distinguished record of study of police operations and management and has an MSc degree in Legal Studies from Edinburgh University. He has also attended the FBI Academy and completed the Senior Command Course at the Police Staff College at Bramshill. He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in 1994 and was awarded The Queen's Police Medal in 1995. 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.David Johnston has been a journalist in Scotland for over 20 years, spending most of that time as Head of News with Radio Forth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1284 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (15 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CKFHO0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account on a notorious case 2 Feb 2009
"The World's End Murders" is a fascinating account of a notorious case in British criminal history by one of the police officers at the centre of solving the case. In 1977 Helen Scott and Christine Eadie were murdered after having sent an evening in The World's End pub in Scotland with two unknown men. It took nearly thirty years for police to solve the case, though even now the girls and their families have not received justice.

I will not go into too much detail of the story, suffice it to say that the book details the murders themselves and the subsequent thrity years of police investigations that finally led to the trial of Angus Sinclair and the identification of the already deceased Gordon Hamilton as his likely accomplice. The book is a fascinating look into police investigations and how they have changed beyong belief over the past thirty years, allowing something of a resolution to this case.

Tom Wood's account is very fair, identifying the failings of the the original investigations and the recent prosecution. He is also very sensitive to the feelings of the families of Helen and Christine, and the other possible victims of the country's least known serial killer. I have only given it 4 out of 5 for the simple reason that at times I found the book a little repetitive and therefore plodding to get through. There are no breaks in the chapters so at times I found it a bit hard going but overall this did not detract much from the book. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in true crime, police procedurals or the World's End case - it is certainly the most definitive account so far of this tragic case. Wood does not, however, pretend to understand the motives of Sinclair and Hamilton, and so if your interest is from a forensic psychology angle this is not the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the world's end again 29 Mar 2009
A book well written, very factual. This book shows the dogged determination of the police, on the case, in the years after and with great feeling for the family.

I drank in the worlds end around that time, and I know some of the areas in the book. I never forgot and always wanted the truth, this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but sad! 25 April 2010
This was a book that I could not put down. It gives a first class insight in to the police operation over three decades and how the advance of science helped to, eventually, identify the "World's End" culprits. Despite the fruitless years there were people who never gave up. In the end they should have had their justice but were ultimately denied by the legal system.

I hope the families of both girls, and the three Glasgow girls whose deaths have also been linked to Sinclair, do one day get the justice they deserve.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Worlds End 1 May 2014
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A bit disappointed with the book, constantly repeated the no comment the prisoner said. Just pleased that he was charged with other murders and hopefully will never be freed
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