Scottish serial killer and rapist Angus Sinclair dies in prison days after joining betting pool on how long he lives

The 73-year-old had suffered from multiple strokes in recent years and has died in Glenochil Prison, Clackmannanshire


                            Scottish serial killer and rapist Angus Sinclair dies in prison days after joining betting pool on how long he lives

Scottish serial killer Angus Sinclair, who is also known as the World's End serial killer, has died a few days after "joining a betting sweepstake over his death". The 73-year-old had suffered from multiple strokes in recent years and has died in Glenochil Prison, Clackmannanshire.

The serial killer was sentenced to life behind bars and was ordered to serve a minimum of 37 years in 2014 after the jury at his trial found him guilty of murdering 17-year-olds Christine Eadie and Helen Scott in Edinburgh in 1977.

He was also found guilty of raping and murdering 17-year-old Mary Gallacher in Glasgow in 1978.  The gruesome crimes became known as the World's End murders because the teens were last seen leaving the famous pub by that name in the city's old town.



 

According to The Sun, inmates at Glenochil had started to bet last week on when Sinclair would die after he was moved to the medical wing on death row.

A source told the publication: "There's a book on when he'll snuff it and the lowest odds are on him not lasting this year. There's a fair whack of tobacco on offer and Gus wanted a dabble. It was pointed out he wouldn't be around to collect his winnings." It was reported that in the last few days of his life, Sinclair could only manage to have "liquid meals" that were served to him in a "baby cup".

An undated police-issued photo of Angus Sinclair (Source: PA Images via Getty Images)
An undated police-issued photo of Angus Sinclair (Source: PA Images via Getty Images)

The notorious serial killer is believed to have carried out multiple violent crimes from when he was 16. The first crime he committed was in 1961 when he performed "lewd acts" on an eight-year-old girl.

Sinclair, however, was only sentenced to three years of probation. Later that same year, he lured eight-year-old Catherine Reehill into his home, raped and strangled her, and then threw her body over the balcony.

Only moments after the little girl died, he appeared at the scene and was seen trying to convince the witnesses that she fell before she vanished. He was subsequently arrested and taken to court in Edinburgh at the age of 16 where he admitted to culpable homicide and was sentenced to 10 years, Daily Mail reported.

Mother Catherine Gallacher, 58, (centre) accompanied by daughter's Yvonne, (right) and Catherine, from her front garden in Glasgow, gives her reaction to the verdict delivered upon Angus Sinclair, 56, who was found guilty at Glasgow High Court (Source: Ben Curtis - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mother Catherine Gallacher, 58, (centre) accompanied by daughter's Yvonne, (right) and Catherine, from her front garden in Glasgow, gives her reaction to the verdict delivered upon Angus Sinclair, 56, who was found guilty at Glasgow High Court (Source: Ben Curtis - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Sinclair was released after serving around seven years and immediately went on a rampage of rapes and murders that did not end until the early 1980s. It was during this time that he tied the knot with nurse Sarah Hamilton and the couple had a son together.

Authorities suspected that Sinclair has carried out as many as 30 rapes and sexual assaults on both boys and girls between the ages of eight and 12. Police officers also believe that he killed 37-year-old Frances Barker, 36-year-old Hilda McAuley, 23-year-old Agnes Cooney, and 20-year-old Anna Kenny, but have been unable to prove it so far. All four women are from Glasgow.

The World's End pub, High Street Edinburgh (Source: Kim Traynor/Wikimedia Commons)
The World's End pub, High Street Edinburgh (Source: Kim Traynor/Wikimedia Commons)

Sinclair was back in prison in 1982 when he was sentenced to life behind bars for sexual attacks on 11 children who were aged six to 14. The murders in 1977 and 1978 were finally exposed about 20 years after he committed them thanks to advancements in technology. DNA evidence was finally able to link him to Gallacher's murder and this led to a conviction in 2001.

Even though he was initially put on trial for the gruesome World's End murders in 2007, the case was shut down after a judge ruled that it was "too weak". A retrial in 2014, however, found Sinclair to be guilty of the murders and he was given a 37-year sentence. This was reportedly the longest that was ever handed out by a Scottish court.