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  • Signs of Murder

  • A Small Town in Scotland, a Miscarriage of Justice and the Search for the Truth
  • By: David Wilson
  • Narrated by: David Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
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Summary

From the UK's leading criminologist comes the true story of Margaret McLaughlin and the man he believes was fitted up for her murder.

Before David Wilson became the UK's pre-eminent criminologist, he was just a young boy growing up in the Scottish town of Carluke. When he was 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 there were whispers in the town that the wrong man was imprisoned. Over the years, these whispers grew louder, to the point that any time David would visit, he'd be asked in hushed tones, 'What are you going to do about the Carluke Case?'

Carluke believed the real killer had evaded justice. A murderer was still on the loose.

Forty years later, it's time for David to return home, and find out the truth.

©2020 David Wilson (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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"Enthralling...will leave true crime readers with more to ponder than they bargained for." (The Herald)

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Thought provoking!

David guides you through an intriguing and historical set of events that shocked the town of Carluke. An interesting and thought provoking journey, supplemented with insights into the world of a criminologist and psychologist. David’s delivery draws you in and somehow manages to take you with him as he weaves his way through almost 50 years worth of tales, gossip and truth.

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I knew it would.be good but...

This book surpassed my expectations. Not only was it the account of David's investigation but it was a detailed breakdown of many aspects of criminal psychology and human behaviour. Fascinating. Thank-you. Fingers crossed that Police Scotland act on this.

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A request for real justice

This audiobook is an absolute must listen for all who want true justice to be served. A shocking murder that had the wrong person convicted cannot be left as a closed case and I hope this book can gain the support of the people to insist on reopening and finding the true identity of the perpetrator.

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Absolutely fascinating insight from a criminologist perspective.

Just wonderful to listen to. Soothing voice and no annoying sounds which can sometimes irritate listeners. David Wilson takes us through the murder of a young girl in Scotland. Not a murder I’ve ever heard of. David’s detail and level of research is outstanding. I absolutely loved the perspective and the attention given to the detail.

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Quest for truth

Expect few folk have heard of Carluke, Wilson’s home town, where brutal murder of a young woman on her way to the station in 1973 marked his teenage years. His family still live there, & doubts of local community of the justice of rapid arrest of a young man who had learning disability eventually prompted him to conduct his own investigation. Shame on the reviewer who doesn’t like author’s accent!

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Wow!

This book is an incredible work of investigation and tenacity! It details an extraordinary miscarriage of justice in a small Scottish Town in the 1960s, and how one man had served a prison sentence for a murder he did not commit.
The real murderer walks free - it’s a gripping wait to see if Prof Wilson finds him.
I love Wilson’s books, I learn so much from them and this is no exception. Very very good.

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Intelligent and thought provoking

I only recently stumbled on to Professor Wilson's published works, introduced by My Life with Murderers. Signs of Murder is no less brilliant.

Finally a book about a real case that does not contain confirmation bias or puts the author as the hero of the story.

The book is clear that pursuit of the truth is a collaborative task and although disappointing, sometimes there is no satisfying conclusion.

Professor Wilson's narration was key to my enjoyment of the book. It would not have been the same if someone else had read.

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Absolutely fascinating, really good book! Such an interesting piece of work. Will read more of his books in the near future.

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Brilliant and interesting but...

I loved this, incredibly interesting and well done. Only loses stars as narration takes a bit of getting used to. Intonation etc was a bit difficult at first but as I listened more I got used to it. Definitely worth persisting with.

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Signs of Murder

Really enjoyed this book. Thank you to the author for his determination and hard work in putting this book together. A good detailed investigation and I always enjoy David Wilson’s narration. Hope there will be a third book in the near future.

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