Au­thor who told of N-east’s ghostly past dies aged 74

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A WRITER who made his name doc­u­ment­ing hor­rific crimes and ghostly hap­pen­ings of the North­east has died.

Nor­man Adams, pic­tured, started his ca­reer as a jour­nal­ist in Aberdeen and went on to write nov­els and non-fic­tion books.

A mem­ber of the Scot­tish So­ci­ety for Psy­chi­cal Re­search, he was oc­ca­sion­ally asked to in­ves­ti­gate al­leged haunt­ings.

Nor­man’s book Blood and Gran­ite: True Crime from Aberdeen was a best-seller in 2003, while Hang­man’s Brae was an ac­count of blood-cur­dling crimes and bru­tal forms of pun­ish­ment.

Haunted Scot­land gath­ered eerie tales from across the coun­try.

Aberdeen-born Nor­man, who was 74 and died peace­fully at his Ban­chory home, was also the au­thor of the pop­u­lar Wee Book of Aberdeen.

His fa­ther, also Nor­man, was a fish­er­man and the fam­ily lived in Fer­ry­hill be­fore mov­ing to Torry, where Nor­man spent his child­hood.

He started his ca­reer with DC Thom­son in 1952 in Aberdeen, he also ran a news agency and his jour­nal­ism ranged from edit­ing the Leop­ard Mag­a­zine in the North-east to work­ing for The Rhode­sia Her­ald.

He had three chil­dren to his first wife Edith Gar­row, and mar­ried Moira Forbes af­ter Edith died.

He col­lab­o­rated with step­son Mark on sev­eral short films, which were screened at na­tional film fes­ti­vals.

A fam­ily state­ment said: “Nor­man was work­ing al­most up un­til his death, com­plet­ing his lat­est book on body snatch­ers and scripts for the Com­mando mag a z i n e s p r o d u c e d by the DC Thom­son group, with whom he started his ca­reer in jour­nal­ism.”

The f uneral ser­vice will be held at Aberdeen Cre­ma­to­rium on Mon­day, Au­gust 22, at 11.45am.

Do­na­tions will go to Grampian Gas­troOe­sophageal Cancer Re­search Fund (GASTROCAN), which works to im­prove treat­ments.

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