malcolmarchibald

Hi Everybody

I was looking at the site of Diane Kratz, who is an authority on American serial killers, and I realised that my own country, Scotland, also had a few historical uglies of that genre. Two who sprang immediately to mind were Sawney Bean and his family, and Burke and Hare.

Now Sawney Bean was so far back in time that he has assumed near mythological status. People are unsure when he existed, or even if he was real, or just a figment of some story-teller’s imagination, but his story deserves to be retold, albeit briefly. It seems that he was the head of a family of murderers who at some unspecified date in the past haunted the roads somewhere in Galloway, in the South the West of Scotland, grabbing travellers, killing them and eating them. Bean had a wife, and children and in time, grandchildren, who all indulged…

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About malcolmarchibald

Happily married for 34 years to Cathy, I have three grown children and live in the depths of Moray in northern Scotland. I was educated in Edinburgh and Dundee and work as a lecturer in Inverness, while writing historical books, both fiction and fact.
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  1. You know I love the picture and information in this post. One of my favorite writer’s about serial killers is Katherine Ramsland. She also writes books like Cemetery Stories which I used a lot in the research of morticians, their history and what happens to bodies after they’re declared deceased.

  2. Hi Krista; isn’t it good that one writer’s work can be used by another? It is like a loose association of ideas all heading to a common purpose! So when do we see your next book published?

    • As soon as my agent can find someone to give me a contract on Brimstone. lol Until then they’ll just be in anthologies and magazines. But I’m working on my part and Terrie’s working on her’s, so hopefully soon. 🙂

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