If he has any humanity, he’ll confess’: Retired detective urges World’s End serial killer to admit to unsolved murders as the ‘skeletal’ 72-year-old is barely eating and on his deathbed
- World’s End serial killer Angus Sinclair has been convicted of killing four girls
- Sinclair, 72, has been in prison in Scotland continually since 1982 for the killings
- Prison insiders now say that Sinclair has become ‘skeletal’ and he’s barely eating
- Insiders said Sinclair spends most of his time in bed and only has months to live
World’s End serial killer Angus Sinclair only has months to live after a series of strokes – and now he’s being urged to confess to a string of unsolved murders before he dies.
The 72-year-old’ has become ‘skeletal’ as he struggles to eat and now spends most of his time in bed or in a prison wheelchair.
Prison insiders have said that Sinclair, who was convicted of killing four girls, won’t see the end of the year as his only nutrition is liquids taken through a baby cup.
Sinclair was jailed for life and told to serve a minimum of 37 years after a jury in 2014 found him guilty of killing Christine Eadie and Helen Scott. He was previously found guilty of killing Mary Gallacher in Glasgow.
The murderer was already behind bars for killing eight-year-old Catherine Reehill in Glasgow when he was sentenced to life.
World’s End serial killer Angus Sinclair (left in recent years and right in 1977), 72, has become ‘skeletal’, struggles to eat and now spends most of his time in bed or in a prison wheelchair, it has been revealed. Prison insiders have said that Sinclair, who was convicted of killing four girls, won’t see the end of the year as his only nutrition is liquids taken through a baby cup
It is the longest sentence ever imposed by a Scottish court.
Retired detective Joe Jackson, who arrested Sinclair, is now urging the killer to confess to unsolved killings before he dies.
‘If he has any humanity, he’ll confess to the terrible things he’s done,’ he told the Daily Record.
Sinclair, who has been in jail continually since 1982, almost confessed to a series of sexual assaults and admitted to several crimes while being interrogated in Glasgow, Jackson said.
‘I’ve done so many, I can’t remember them all. I could’ve done 50, I just don’t know,’ he said at the time. ‘If you can find out where and when, I’ll tell you whether I did them or not.’
Jackson, who retired from his role as the head of Strathclyde Serious Crime Squad and Govan CID in Glasgow 25 years ago, said that Sinclair should bring closure to the families of victims before he dies.
Sinclair was jailed for life and told to serve a minimum of 37 years after a jury in 2014 found him guilty of killing Christine Eadie and Helen Scott
An undated photo shows Miss Scott (left) and Miss Eadie (right) enjoying a drink with a friend
Eadie and Scott were targeted by Sinclair and his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton, who died in 1996, on a night-out at Edinburgh’s World’s End pub on October 15, 1977
Sinclair was als found guilty of killing Mary Gallacher (left) in Glasgow. The murderer was already behind bars for killing eight-year-old Catherine Reehill (right) in Glasgow when he was sentenced to life
‘There are other unsolved crimes out there which he has been linked to and now’s the time for him to talk,’ he told The Record.
Jackson added: ‘He committed his first murder at 16 and it’s difficult to believe he didn’t go on to commit more than he’s been convicted of. This could be the last chance for him to do the right thing.’
Eadie and Scott were targeted by Sinclair and his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton, who died in 1996, on a night-out at Edinburgh’s World’s End pub on October 15, 1977.
Their bodies were discovered the following day, having been dumped in remote locations in East Lothian. They had been raped, strangled and bound with their underwear.
Sinclair was convicted in November 2014 following a five-week trial at the High Court in Livingston.
During sentencing, trial judge Lord Matthews said the words ‘evil’ and ‘monster’ were inadequate for Sinclair, who he branded a ‘dangerous sexual predator’.
Police search the fields in the mist near the spot where Miss Eadie was found on October 16 1977
The bodies of Miss Scott (left) and Miss Eadie (right) were found six miles apart in East Lothian. They had been raped, strangled and bound with their underwear
Jurors, who took less than two-and-a-half hours to find Sinclair guilty of both murder and rape, were unaware the violent offender had already spent more than half of his life in prison.
He was just 16 when he strangled seven-year-old Catherine Reehill in Glasgow in 1961 and in 1982 he was convicted of a string of sex attacks on young girls, including rape.
While still in prison, he was given a life sentence in 2001 for the murder of 17-year-old Mary Gallacher, who was raped and stabbed in Glasgow in 1978.
Since the 2014 sentencing, Sinclair has suffered a series of strokes and has been under constant medical watch at Glenochil prison, Clackmannanshire.
His health has been deteriorating rapidly in recent months, and he has nurse visits three times a day.
A prison source told the Daily Record that Sinclair would be ‘lucky to see the end of the year’.
‘Sinclair is now skin and bones. He can’t walk from his bed to the toilet unaided,’ the prison source said. ‘He knows when he’s being spoken to, and it’s believed he knows what’s being asked of him, but that’s about it – he’s incapable of doing most things.’
SERIAL STRANGLER: A TIMELINE OF ANGUS SINCLAIR’S CRIMES
Sinclair was first jailed for culpable homicide after sexually assaulting and strangling seven-year-old Catherine Greenhill to death
1961: Sinclair was jailed for culpable homicide after sexually assaulting and strangling seven-year-old Catherine Greenhill to death. He was sentenced to ten years but was free to offend again after just six.
1977: Police fear Sinclair went on a murderous spree between June and December 1977, when he throttled and killed Miss Scott and Miss Eadie.
1978: Sinclair killed again in November 1978, raping, strangling and stabbing Mary Gallacher, 17, in Glasgow.
1978 – 1982: Sinclair raped and indecently assaulted 11 other young girls, some as young as six, over the next four years and was eventually handed a life sentence for his crimes.
1996: Sinclair’s brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton dies, meaning he cannot be tried for any involvement in Miss Scott and Miss Eadie’s deaths.
2001: It was not until 2001 that improved DNA technology linked him to the body of Miss Gallacher. He was convicted of her murder shortly afterwards.
2007: 30 years after Miss Scott and Miss Eadie were killed, a review of the World’s End murders led to a trial, but it collapsed.
2014: Sinclair is jailed for life for the World’s End murders