Peter Manuel was hanged in Barlinnie prison in Glasgow in July 1958, following trial and conviction for the murder of seven people in the West of Scotland. He remains one of Scotland’s most notorious serial killers.
The National Records of Scotland (NRS) holds many records about the Manuel case, in particular the investigation by the police and his prosecution by the Crown Office, his trial at the High Court of Justiciary in Glasgow in May 1958, during which he dismissed his counsel and conducted his own defence, and Manuel’s prison files and execution. Most of these records have been open to the public for many years, though a small number remain exempt or restricted, and
are therefore closed to public inspection.
To facilitate further research on the Manuel case, we have published details about the records we hold and their current access status under either the Freedom
of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or the Data Protection Act 1998.