Child killer dies after 51 years locked up
Strangler leaves £50k in accumulated benefits
Craig McDonald A child killer who was locked up longer than anyone else in Scotland has died leaving more than £50,000.
Sam Glass, 71, who was held in secure hospitals for 51 years, suffered from a brain tumour.
He was ordered to be detained indef initely in 1967 af ter he indecently assaulted, s tabbed and strangled a five- year- old girl.
It cost more than £10million at today’s prices to hold him at the State Hospital at Carstairs then, for the past three years, at Glasgow’s Rowanbank Clinic.
Glass, who changed his name to John Faucet in 2015, died leaving the cash which he accrued in benefits over the years.
A source said: “He was ill for a long time and was moved out to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He was placed back in the Rowanbank after his condition became terminal.
“Glass was having a relationship with one of the male patients at the time of his death but was otherwise disliked for what he did to the little girl.
“He was paid more than £100 per week in benefits and spent little from week to week so the money added up.” Former Detective Superintendent Joe Jackson, who worked in Glasgow at the time Glass was detained, said: “Decent people pay for these patients to be cared for and then they get a bank account on top of it for doing nothing.
“The money accrues over the years and can result in vast sums. It’s quite ludicrous really.”
Glass molested, stabbed and strangled Jean Hamilton near her home in Bridgeton, Glasgow, in 1967.
She was found in a disused rail tunnel between Dalmarnock and Bridgeton Cross.
Glass, who lived nearby, would dress up in a homemade Nazi uniform and play in the tunnel.
Then aged 20, he was ordered to be detained at Carstairs without limit of time.
FINAL DAYS Killer Glass, left, died in Rowanbank Clinic, where he was transferred after illness became terminal