The law killers: True Crime from Dundee
True crime from Dundee, covering the most fascinating and shocking cases from the last century. Having reported on many of them first-hand, journalist Alexander McGregor has unique insight into the cases and his stories are as chilling as they are compelling. In The Law Killers Alexander examines some of the country's most fascinating and chilling cases and peels back the civilised layers of our society to reveal what lies beneath.
smelled of stale alcohol and something neither officer could easily identify. Lamb went straight to the back room where the three-foot long, three-foot deep, square-shaped box described by Bury dominated the scene. Prising this box open, Lamb recoiled at the ghastly sight before his eyes. Partly covered by a sheet was the near-naked corpse of Ellen Bury, her body twisted awkwardly to fit into her gruesome coffin. Her abdomen had been ripped apart by five or six knife slashes, one particularly
the police surgeon and the Procurator Fiscal. From that moment on, William Henry Bury, the insignificant, drunken drifter who had mysteriously decided to set sail from London to settle in a Scottish city he knew nothing of, assumed a worldwide notoriety that has continued to surround him for over a hundred years. Piecing together the strands of the Burys’ flight from the Whitechapel area of London, the nature of the unfortunate Ellen’s injuries and the references to Jack the Ripper, news
from the moment the murder hunt had been launched that the perpetrator probably lived locally and knew the hill intimately because of the apparent ease with which he had moved across it. The likely age of the person who had become their prime suspect indicated he may even be one of the teenagers from the area who used the thickets of the Law as a gathering place for assorted activities, including the consumption of drugs and alcohol. Police concentrated their investigation on the movements of
visitor sounded German when he spoke and he assumed him to be the man Miss Milne had previously been so animated about when she revealed how they had met on one of her lengthy stays in London. All of this was naturally of deep interest to Chief Constable Sempill and Detective Lieutenant Trench, but it did not point to a single suspect, for the descriptions and circumstances of the men differed in some cases. It did, however, give a useful indication of the extent of Miss Milne’s associations
previous night out in town when she had allowed herself to be driven away from the city centre by someone she had mistakenly believed to be a taxi driver. Describing the incident to Sandra Niven afterwards, she said simply that she had been taken ‘to the back of beyond’ but gave no details of anything that may have occurred. She had, however, been upset by the experience. Whatever had taken place, it had been enough to make her wary and after that she would only travel in taxis with official roof