AU­THOR ON THE FEAR­LESS

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Heather Greenaway

He mayma have been nick­named the “Qui­etQ Man of the Force” but Gil­bertG McIl­wrick’s po­lice ca­reer­care was any­thing but peace­ful.peace

In a seven- day pe­riod in July 1955, the DeDe­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent had to deal with five grisly mur­ders and onone of Glas­gow’s most in­fa­mous bank rob­beries.ro This was a typ­i­cal week for the top of­fi­cer, who also over­saw the re­turn of the stolenst Stone of Dest iny to West­mWest­min­ster Abbey in 1951 and led the in­vesti­in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of Betty Alex­anAlexan­der, four, whose death sparked one of SS­cot­land’s big­gest man­hunts. McIlMcIl­wrick is one of eight fear­less CID chiefs anda deputy chiefs who fea­ture in new bo­book The Real Tag­garts – Glas­gow’s Post-WWar Crime­busters, by au­thor Andrew Ral­ston. UsUs i n g pre­vi­ously un­pub­un­publ ished mater ial , in­clud­in­clud­ing per­sonal pa­pers and ccase note­books, the form­former Engl ish teacher sheds light on the lives of the crimec f ighters who kept Glas­gow’s mean streetsstree safe. MMany of these of­fi­cers, like McIl­wrick, be­came leg­end­slege of the Force – men such­suc as Tom Goodal l, Glas­gow’sGla Mai­gret, who workedwo on the Peter Manuel case, and Joe Beat­tie, who took the lead in the hun­hunt for Bi­ble John. MuchMuc has been writ­ten about the crooks,crooks mur­der­ers and vi l lains of post-warw Glas­gow but this is the first timei theh de­tec­tives who re­lent­lessly pur­sued these crim­i­nals have been cel­e­brated in their own right.

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