David Wilson

Signs of Murder

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The UK’s pre-eminent criminologist takes us back to his home town of Carluke, where when he was a child, the brutal murder of a young woman rocked this small community. Very quickly a man was arrested for the crime, convicted and put behind bars. For most, life slowly carried on – case closed. But the whispers in the town were that the wrong man was behind bars: whispers that grew and grew over the years to the point that any time David visited friends and acquaintances would ask, in hushed tones, ‘What are you going to do about The Carluke Case?’ Carluke believed that a young man had been wrongly convicted. Forty years later, David realised it was time for him to find out if the whispers were correct. It was time for him to return home, and find out the truth.

Essential reading for any budding detective” – Tom Halpin QPM

About the author: David Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Criminology and the founding Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University. Prior to taking up an academic appointment in 1997, David was a Prison Governor and at twenty-nine became the youngest governing governor in England. Professor Wilson’s publishing includes Hunting Evil, A History of British Serial Killing and his autobiography, My Life with Murderers, which was shortlisted for the Saltire Prize for Non-Fiction.  


In conversation with Lee Randall