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Old Argyll crime: The Benderloch psycho killer

AN ABRIDGED extract from Now Prisoner Within, murder, riot and crime in old Argyll’ by Lindsay Campbell, published November 28.

The man came from the north of the county, a little place called Ferlochan, a peaceful site, hidden from what is now the main road and above a twisting, tumbling burn. There must have been a thriving wee community here in 1741 and amongst them was Archibald MacCallum and his wife Euphemia. One night in March, Archibald is recorded as having an axe indoors; he may have brought it in to cut the morning’s firewood, drying overnight by the fire. Fair enough. But he also brought the axe into the tiny chamber next to the main room, and set it at the side of the bed he shared with his wife before they both settled down for sleep. Come the morning, what the neighbours heard must have chilled them to the bone.

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