By David Leslie
There has been one companion the beautiful younger women who danced away the Nineteen Sixties in Glasgow's Barrowlands have been eager to keep away from: Bible John, so named simply because he quoted scripture to his sufferers. He was once being searched for 3 brutal unsolved intercourse murders, and every of his sufferers have been picked up after an evening on the recognized dance corridor. Police have been nonetheless investigating the 1st terrifying homicide while Hannah Martin was once raped on her means domestic from the Barrowlands. while Bible John struck two times extra, Hannah confided to associates that his description matched that of her personal attacker. the following surprise got here whilst Hannah stumbled on she was once pregnant. Her distraught father banished her from the relatives domestic and compelled her to provide her baby up for adoption. She could by no means see her daughter back, yet in a extraordinary twist 3 many years later, an research into the notorious World's finish homicide may bring about Hannah's daughter getting to know the identification of the mummy she by no means knew. Tragically, the scoop got here too past due for them to be reunited however it set her on a path to discover the stunning secrets and techniques of her mother's existence. Did Hannah comprehend Bible John? What did Hannah Martin demonstrate of her baby's father? How did she then join a multimillion-pound drug-smuggling gang? Why, after awaiting an immense bounty, did she die in poverty? The solutions are all right here in Bible John's "Secret Daughter".
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His work challenges the pathologising of crime which sees it in absolute terms, associates it with imagined, alien criminal types, and takes it out of specific social and economic contexts. It is, therefore, worth bearing in mind in contradistinction to the emphasis in criminology and crime writing upon urban criminality. It reminds us that alongside the representation of urban criminality, that is easily traceable to Dickens and social realist fiction, there is an alternative, albeit thinner, preoccupation with criminality in the countryside from which emerges a permeable boundary between the urban and the rural.
If the urban badlands are the negative ‘realities’ that mock modernity, in which the criminals are performers in a satanic masque, the rural, at its most romantic and idealised, appears to lie outside modernity. But the rural, perceived as an ‘escape’ from the urban metropolitan, casts modernity itself within a negative paradigm. That particular view of the countryside is often inverted by those, especially the young, who live there and long for the excitement and anonymity of the metropolis. 21 When officially unrecorded crime is taken into account, the countryside and rural communities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are often revealed as far less idyllic places in which to live than we might assume.