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Ruxton the First Modern Murder (front co

Ruxton The First Modern Murder 
by Tom Wood

Two dismembered bodies discarded in the borderlands of Scotland, hideously mutilated to avoid identification.  Forty-three pieces of rotten flesh and bone wrapped in rags and newspaper.  A jigsaw puzzle of decomposing human remains. 

A glamorous young wife and her dutiful nursemaid missing.  A handsome, mild-mannered town doctor insanely jealous of his wife’s friendships with other men. 

It is 1935 and the deaths of Isabella Ruxton and Mary Rogerson would result in one of the most complex investigations the world had ever seen.  The gruesome murders captured worldwide attention with newspapers keeping the public enthralled with all the gory details. 

But behind the headlines was a different, more important story: the ground-breaking work of Scottish forensic scientists who developed new techniques to solve the case and shape the future of criminal investigation. 

With access to previously unseen documents, this book re-examines the case and reveals for the first time the incredible inside story of the investigation and its legacy.

This is the first modern murder.  

Ruxton the First Modern Murder is available as an Audiobook, Kindle Edition or print. 

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The World's End Murders - The Inside Story by Tom Wood 

Due to Launch in 2024 by Ringwood Publishing

The horrific killing of two young Edinburgh women in October 1977 sparked a nationwide manhunt that turned into one of Britain's longest and most famous murder investigations.


Tom Wood, was the police chief who led the investigations of the two innocent young women, Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, last seen at the World's End pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.


His new book 'The World's End Murders - The Inside Story' covers the extraordinary commitment of the police enquiry over three decades that eventually led to the discovery of links to their deaths with Angus Sinclair, one of Scotland's most notorious murderers and sex offenders. 


But this is not a gruesome tale of murder. It is a story of heroes - of the families of Helen and Christine who, with quiet dignity, have carried an unimaginable burden down the years, and of the police officers, the support staff and the scientists who persisted in their investigations and never gave up.

And covers the sensational retrial of Angus Sinclair after he was acquitted in 2010. Angus Sinclair is the first person in Scottish legal history ever to have been tried for the same crime twice.

Tom's work (which he originally had published on the World's End murders back in 2007 and 2013) are based on his extensive knowledge of this historic murder enquiry, is being given a huge overhaul, re-worked and will be published in 2024.  

True Tales from Scotland's Underbelly - 200 Years of Sex, Spies & Clever Thieves

Due to Launch in 2024

Tom is now working on a new book - with the working title of ‘True Tales from Scotland's Underbelly - 200 Years of Sex, Spies & Clever Thieves.' The book will be a series of true tales, exposing stories about Scotland's dark, hidden aspects of society and hopes to launch this in 2024. Keep an eye on Tom's blog and Twitter, for when this will be launching.  

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