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Sept. 15, 2022

Peter Manuel | The Beast of Birkenshaw | Part 1


In the season 6 special of British Murders, I tell the story of Peter Manuel, "The Beast of Birkenshaw".

 

Thought to be Scotland's first serial killer and one of the country's worst, Peter Manuel was convicted of killing seven people between January 2, 1956, and January 1, 1958.

 

In this first part, I discuss Peter's background and early life as well as the murders of Anne Kneilands, Marion Watt, Vivienne Watt and Margaret Brown.

 

In part two, I'll discuss the murders of Sydney Dunn, Isabelle Cooke, Peter Smart, Doris Smart and Michael Smart, the "Trial of the Century", and Peter Manuel's eventual execution.

 

Intro music:⁣

David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'⁣

https://linktr.ee/davidjohnbradymusic⁣

 

My recording equipment:⁣

Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone

Cloud Microphone Cloudlifter CL1

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface

Rode PSA-1 Professional Studio Boom Arm

 

Recorded and Edited in:⁣

Hindenberg PRO

 

References:⁣

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Barrie, J. (2016, November 20). Surviving relatives of Peter Manuel murder victims furious ITV over ‘In Plain Sight’ drama about his crimes. Daily Record. Retrieved 13 September 2022, from https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/tv-radio/surviving-relatives-three-peter-manuel-9290428

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