State Secrets?

A lecturer in Law at the University of Aberdeen has called for the re-examination of the case of Scotland’s most notorious serial killer, Peter Manuel.

Peter Manuel was executed inside Barlinnie Prison on 11 July 1958 having been convicted of killing seven people at the High Court in Glasgow.

At his trial he led his own defence and tried to convince the judge to accept his plea of insanity. Dr Richard Goldberg (University of Aberdeen Law School) has said that vital information about the mental state of Manuel might have been suppressed in order to ensure his execution.

The case files (for both the prosecution and defence) were sealed for 75 years in 1958 so it is likely that it will be sometime before the case is able to be scrutinised.