My true crime book THE JIGSAW MURDERS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE RUXTON KILLINGS AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN FORENSICS is now available for pre-order and will be published on May 28.
In 1935, Lancaster doctor Buck Ruxton murdered his wife and children’s nanny, dismembered their bodies and discarded the remains in a ravine in Scotland. The subsequent police and forensic work to piece together the macabre human jigsaw puzzle revolutionised crime-scene investigations.
I was haunted by the case from childhood, having grown up near Lancaster. I wrote the book because there had never been a full-length, detailed, narrative non-fiction account of the case.
Elaine very kindly said: “Jeremy Craddock is a hugely talented writer and journalist, who is not only determined to excavate this brutal story and the consequent scientific breakthroughs that still influence today’s forensics, but to give an unprecedented voice to Ruxton’s female victims.
“I’m excited to develop this complex and multi-layered crime story for television, to give presence to the victims, and to dramatise the characteristically brilliant scientists at work in 1930s Scotland.”
And finally, I would love to hear from anyone who is interested in THE JIGSAW MURDERS.