‘Jeremy Craddock [gives] an unprecedented voice to Ruxton’s female victims.’ - Elaine Collins, producer of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland.
'Red stains on the carpet,
Red stains on the knife;
Oh, Dr Buck Ruxton,
You murdered your wife.
Then Mary she saw you;
You thought she would tell;
So, Dr Buck Ruxton,
You killed her as well.'
The true story of the shocking 1930s murder case, and the revolutionary investigation that changed forensics forever.
Lancaster, 1935. In a jealous rage, Dr Buck Ruxton kills his wife, Isabella, and their children’s nanny, Mary, before dismembering the bodies in the bathtub. When walkers discover the remains scattered in a ravine in the Scottish Borders, police are confronted with a gruesome jigsaw puzzle that they must piece together – not only to give the women their names back, but also to catch their killer.
Using new research, Jeremy Craddock tells the full story of this landmark case in British criminal history for the first time. The Jigsaw Murders brings to life Dr Ruxton, the investigators, the legal figures, and silent witnesses Isabella and Mary – recreating the dramatic scenes that shook the world.