Ben Borland Chilling interview of serial killer Peter Manuel describing family murder

EXPOSED: Chilling interview of serial killer Peter Manuel describing family murder

CHILLING recordings of serial killer Peter Manuel
describing the cold-blooded murders of a family of three have been
obtained by the Sunday Express.

PUBLISHED:
00:00, Sun, Oct 9, 2016

The
‘Beast of Birkenshaw’ shot dead Peter and Doris Smart and their
10-year-old son Michael at their family home in Uddingston, Lanarkshire,
on January 1, 1958.
Before going on trial for a total of seven
murders later that year, Manuel was interviewed on tape by a
psychiatrist at Glasgow’s Barlinnie Prison to establish whether he was
sane.
In the recordings, the New York-born criminal protests his
innocence – but actually reveals specialist knowledge of the murder
weapon that proves his guilt beyond doubt. 
Peter ManuelGETTY/ PA

Chilling recordings of serial killer Peter Manuel have been obtained by the Sunday Express

Martin Compston would be seen by most people to be spot on
because he is articulate but also an ordinary working class guy from the
west of Scotland
Allan Mackenzie Nicol
They were released by author Allan
Mackenzie Nicol, who acted as a script consultant for new ITV drama
starring Martin Compston as Manuel and Douglas Henshall as detective
William Muncie.
He said: “He is saying the gun wouldn’t fire and
you had to put a bullet in the ‘spout’. He wasn’t aware he was giving
away specialist knowledge of how the gun worked.
“He says ‘bang,
bang, click’ and it’s chilling because when he killed the Smarts it
means young Michael was in the bedroom when the gun went ‘click’. He
must have been lying there in bed while Manuel had to reload the gun.
Victims of Peter ManuelPH

The ‘Beast of Birkenshaw’ shot dead Peter and Doris Smart and their 10-year-old son Michael

“If
the gun could only fire twice then on the third occasion the killer
must have had to try again while a terrified 10-year-old boy cowered in
front of him.”
The tapes were never played in court, possibly
because Manuel was unaware he was being recorded by Professor Thomas
Ferguson Rodger of Glasgow University.
Mr Nicol was given the
recordings some years ago while he was researching his book, Manuel:
Portrait of a Serial Killer, which has been reissued to coincide with
the ITV drama.
The murderer claimed to Prof Ferguson Rodger that
Mr Smart had shot his family and then himself, shortly before he broke
into their house and took the gun and also the family car.
Martin CompstonGETTY

Martin Compston stars as Manuel in the new ITV drama

He
also gave a detailed description of the Beretta handgun that was used
in the murders and later recovered from the River Clyde after Manuel
guided the police to the exact spot.
“Manuel’s own defence tied
him to the murder weapon,” said Mr Nicol, adding: “This is a case that
will always resonate with people of a certain age. I was six when Manuel
was hanged and it was one of those ones that sticks with everybody that
lived through that era.
“Killing for kicks just wasn’t part of
the pattern in the 1950s, the term serial killer had not even been
invented then and this was a case that just seemed to break the mould.”
Manuel
was also convicted of shooting Marion Watt, 45, her daughter Vivienne,
17, and sister Margaret Brown, 42, at their home in Glasgow in September
1956 and of raping and strangling Isabelle Cooke, 17, in Uddingston,
Lanarkshire, in December 1957.
He
confessed to raping and murdering Annie Kneilands, 17, in East
Kilbride, Lanarkshire, in January 1956, although the charge was dropped
due to lack of evidence.
In addition, a coroner’s jury in England
found him guilty of shooting dead taxi driver Sydney Dunn in
Newcastle-upon-Tyne in December 1957 and he was linked to at least seven
other unsolved murders on both sides of the Border.
However, Mr
Nicol said: “I don’t really think there are any other victims. When you
have this serial killer on the loose, who knows what the true number is
but when you actually get down to looking at it I think it was mostly
journalistic licence.
“I’m not even sure about Sydney Dunn. The
coroner’s jury took the view that it was him but I think that was
possibly in the knowledge he was going to hang anyway. He was in
Newcastle at the time and I think the fact there was a serial killer in
town at the same time as a murder, they just put two and two together.”
The
three-part drama focuses on the “personal” vendetta between Muncie and
Manuel, which began with an investigation into a series of
housebreakings in Glasgow in 1946.
Manuel famously represented
himself during his trial and Mr Nicol, who is also an advocate depute at
the High Court in Glasgow, was hugely impressed with Compston’s
performance during these scenes.
Although the Greenock-born actor
had never heard the recordings of Manuel, Mr Nicol said he had got the
accent and character “spot on”.
He said: “Manuel was American only
by birth. He could put on an American accent and pretend to be a hard
as nails New Yorker but in truth it was all fiction, the tough Jimmy
Cagney role was just a stage act.
“Martin Compston would be seen
by most people to be spot on because he is articulate but also an
ordinary working class guy from the west of Scotland.” 
2 Comments
10 hours ago
WallsArty
It’s unbelievable how many libtards today still bang on about how unjust his trial and execution were…

“he shouldn’t have been allowed to represent himself” and “He was mentally ill, he should never have been hanged”.

They’re half right, he shouldn’t have been hanged, he should have been tortured until he died!

18 hours ago
Pan Da Modium
Obtained illegaly. We don’t really need to know any details thank you. After all it’s Sunday too !!


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