I am not sure when I was born but it must have been around 1820. I have no recollection of my earliest years. By the age of eight I was working as a chimney sweep’s apprentice in Dundee. From that sooty start I ran away to sea and had a spell in the army before returning to Great Britain to join the police.
In 1848 I became a Criminal Officer, now known as a detective. This series of communications will relate some of my thoughts on crime and criminals I have encountered throughout my career.
Some of my more interesting cases have been committed to print by the author Malcolm Archibald. These were published by Fledgling Press under the names:
The Darkest Walk
A Burden Shared: the Dundee Murders