Angus Sinclair, Scotland’s World’s End Serial Killer and Rapist Dead at 73


Angus Sinclair who was convicted of murder and rape in Scotland’s World’s End murders died while in prison on March 10, 2019. He was 73 years old.

The Scottish Prison Service announced Sinclair died during the overnight hours at HMP Glenochil.

Sinclair was first convicted of murder in 1961 when he was 16 years old. He pled guilty to culpable homicide in the murder of seven-year-old Catherine Reehill and dumping her body on an apartment stairway.

In 2014 Sinclair was convicted of the 1977 rape and murder of two teenagers, Helen Scott, and Christine Eadie. He received a minimum sentence of 37 years which was the longest minimum sentence handed down by the Scottish courts.

Sinclair had already been incarcerated since 1982 at the time of this sentencing, having been convicted of raping young girls between the ages of six years old and 14 years old.

While incarcerated for the rape, in 2001 he was handed down a sentence of life behind bars for the 1978 murder of Glasgow teenager Mary Gallacher.

It was during the investigation of Gallacher’s case, investigators were able to link Sinclair between other cold cases and solve the 1977 World’s End Murders.

Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, both aged 17, were murdered on Oct. 15, 1977, after spending the night at Edinburgh’s World End pub. Their bodies were found dumped on Oct. 16 in East Lothian. Both girls were strangled and bound with their underwear.

After a trial that lasted for five weeks in Nov. 2014, Sinclair was found guilty of the crimes along with Gordon Hamilton, his brother-in-law. Hamilton died in 1996.

It was reported Sinclair suffered several strokes two years ago. At that time, the Daily Record said his condition was poor, and he would not recover.

Written by Barbara Sobel


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