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World's End serial killer Angus Sinclair dies

World's End serial killer Angus Sinclair dies

Sinclair was 69 when he was finally convicted 37 years after the World's End murders
Angus Sinclair, one of Scotland's most notorious killers, has died at the age of 73.He was convicted of four killings, including the World's End murders, but was thought to have killed at least four more.Sinclair had been in prison since 1982 after being convicted of a series of rapes and indecent attacks on children.The Scottish Prison Service confirmed he died overnight at HMP Glenochil in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.It is understand that Sinclair had suffered from a series of strokes prior to his death.
Five years ago he was convicted of the murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, who were last seen at the World's End pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile in 1977.He was sentenced to a minimum of 37 years in prison for the murders of the two teenagers - the longest handed out by a Scottish court.Detectives told the BBC at the time they believed he had murdered four more women during a seven-month spree but they did not have enough evidence to charge him.
Christine Eadie and her friend Helen Scott were killed in October 1977
Christine and Helen were last seen in the World's End pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Sinclair grew up in the St George's Cross area of Glasgow.His obsession with sex was evident from an early age and he killed his first victim in 1961, when he was just 16 years old.The teenage Sinclair had lured his seven-year old neighbour Catherine Reehill before raping and strangling her. The calculated manner in which he disposed of the body and tried to cover his tracks shocked police.He even called the ambulance himself, telling the operator, that "a wee girl has fallen down the stairs".
Angus Sinclair is thought to have killed six women within seven months in 1977. He went on to kill two more women
The BBC uncovered a psychiatrist's report from the time which said: "I do not think that any form of psychotherapy is likely to benefit his condition and he will constitute a danger from now onwards. "He is obsessed by sex, and given the minimum of opportunity, he will repeat these offences."Despite the dire warning, Sinclair served just six years.He was released in his early 20s, took up a trade, got married and had a son.However, in 1977 there was a spate of murders across central Scotland. Six young women disappeared after nights out, and were found dumped on deserted farmland or waste ground.
The women Sinclair murdered
Catherine Reehill, seven
Christine Eadie, 17
Helen Scott, 17
Mary Gallacher, 17
The women Sinclair is believed to have murdered
Frances Barker, 37
Hilda McAuley, 36
Agnes Cooney, 23
Anna Kenny, 20
In 2007 Sinclair first came before the courts accused of killing Christine Eadie and Helen Scott.However, the trial of the already convicted killer and sex offender collapsed due to insufficient evidence.But following a change to Scotland's double jeopardy law, Sinclair was back before a judge and jury in 2014 accused of the murders of the teenagers.This time he was found guilty.The sentencing judge described Sinclair as a dangerous predator capable of sinking to the depths of depravity and said the words "evil" and "monster" were inadequate for him.
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