By Norman Adams
Blood and Granite is a chronicle of the main infamous homicides devoted in Aberdeen over the past hundred years. Written by means of Norman Adams, a journalist who stated on a few of the chilling crimes he now remembers so vividly, it really is compelling analyzing if you are too younger to recollect - and people who can't put out of your mind. All are human tragedies from the darkish facet of lifestyles, together with: The grudge that led to dying in an East finish pub whilst butcher James Harrow brutally stabbed workmates in 1901. The grisly discovery of a woman’s arm at the Torry shore in 1945 that signalled the beginning of a secret which to today continues to be unsolved. The tragic love affair that ended in the gallows in 1963 the 1st placing in Aberdeen for 106 years. The double lifetime of marvelous scientist Dr Brenda web page of Aberdeen college, battered to demise in her flat in 1978. Her homicide continues to be unsolved. The bar
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These include: Jim McLeod, who rose through the ranks to retire as boss of Grampian Police CID in 1988; Hamish Irvine, who wrote the first official history of Grampian Police while a serving officer; and Raymond Mack, Grampian Police Welfare Officer. Journalists who provided me with the backgrounds to several cases include: Graeme Smith, The Herald’s man in Aberdeen; the late Adam Borthwick, who was Northern News Editor of the Scottish Daily Express; Ione Campsie; Ron Paton, former London Editor, D C Thomson & Co.
But, in the midst of suspicion, fear and innuendo, plain-clothes detectives and bobbies in diced caps got on with their work, which was described by their chief constable as ‘dead slogging and hard plodding’. I stood at the corner of Great Northern Road and Printfield Walk and watched as a girl of June’s age, a policeman’s daughter, re-enacted the dead girl’s last moments as she walked from the Cruickshanks’ home to the corner shop and then to the place where the body was found. It proved that June had taken longer to cover the distance than had at first been thought.
The medical men had hoped he would make a recovery but complications arose and he died from ‘traumatic delirium and inflammation of the lungs’ on the afternoon of 13 January. That morning, they had buried Tastard amid scenes bordering on the chaotic. A crowd of 40,000 thronged Union Street as the coffin was carried in relays on its mile-long journey from the deceased’s home in Marischal Street to Nellfield Cemetery in the West End. ) Police had to clear a path as the plain black coffin was carried by four young butchers down the stair of No.