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Signs of Murder: A small town in Scotland, a miscarriage of justice and the search for the truth

David Wilson

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True crime

The story of a town ripped apart by a murder, and David Wilson's search for the truth.

The new book from the UK's leading criminologist, David Wilson

Before David Wilson became the UK's pre-eminent criminologist, he was just a young boy growing up in the Scottish town of Carluke. As a child, the brutal murder of a young woman rocked this small community, but 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.

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Praise for Signs of Murder: A small town in Scotland, a miscarriage of justice and the search for the truth

  • This should be essential reading for any budding detective as it navigates the reader through the opportunities and risks involved in the search for evidence and truth

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David Wilson

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 29 became the youngest governing governor in England.

He worked at Grendon, Wormwood Scrubs and at Woodhill in Milton Keynes - where he helped to design and then ran the two units for the 12 most violent prisoners in the country, which brought him into contact with many recent serial killers. David regularly appears in the print and broadcast media as a commentator and presenter. His most recent documentary was the critically acclaimed Interview with a Murderer for Channel 4 in June 2016. In 2017 the documentary won the Broadcast Award and the Royal Television Society Award.

Professor Wilson regularly gives public, school and university lectures. He is currently filming for the BBC and Channel 4.

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