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PETER MANUEL

 


Name:

Peter Thomas Anthony Manuel

AKA:

Beast of Birkenshaw

D.O.B.

13 March 1927
Kill Total: 15 +

Kill date:

1956 - 1958

Kill Place:

Glasgow & area

Status:

 

Occupation:

 

Victim:

Anne Knielands, Marion Watt, Vivienne Watt, Margaret Brown, Isabelle Cooke, Peter Smart,

Doris Smart, Michael Smart

D.O.B.  

 


 

Court:

Glasgow High Court

Judge:

Lord Cameron

Prosecution:

 

Defence:

Peter Manuel

 


   

 

 

FACTFILE

 

Using a Webley revolver, a Beretta pistol, an iron bar, and strangulation Manuel, killed at least seven people in and around Glasgow and the Lowlands of Scotland, and police suspect he may have killer at least 15 people.


Manuel  lived with his parents in Birkenshaw.

His young days were spent in and out of approved schools and borstal for a string of petty crimes including theft and burglary. A loner who loved the dark,

 

1943, at age 16 he committed a string of sexual attacks and spent nine years in HMP Peterhead. He served further sentences for rape before beginning his killing spree in 1956.

 

14th January 1958, Manuel was arrested and charged.

Once in  custody Manuel confessed  to killing eighteen people, he would only be tried for the murders of only eight people.

 

May 1958, Manuel was tried at Glasgow High Court, He conducted his own defence, and attempted a plea of insanity,  by all accounts he did a good job, but to no avail.

He was found guilty of 7 of the eight murder charges.

 

11th July 1958, He was hanged at HMP Barlinnie prison.

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Before his execution he confessed to all the murders, and even a few others that the police had not originally attributed to him. It is suspected that Peter Manuel was responsible for the death of  at least 15 people.

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