He was a respected cabinet-maker and councillor by day - but Deacon William Brodie changed into a sinister, thieving monster when darkness fell on the old city of Edinburgh. Cleverly employing his respectable reputation to access the richest members of society before stealing from them as a masked burglar, he used the resulting illicit money to fund yet another life - with five children and two mistresses. But Brodie - whose chilling story inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to create the classic tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde about a century later - came fatally unstuck when a captured accomplice informed on him. Then neither his ill-gotten gains nor his steel collar designed to cheat the hangman could save himAuthor Rick Wilson offers a warts-and-all biography of Brodie, from his relatively innocent young years through to his public disgrace and execution hanging on the very gallows he conceived himself.
Man Who Was Jekyll and Hyde
The History Press
The Lives and Crimes of Deacon Brodie