Ian Nimmo, journalist and chairman of the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, has spent 40 years working on the book, Walking With Murder: On The Kidnapped Trail, published this month by Birlinn.With the help of retired detective inspector Les Liney, Nimmo applied modern analysis techniques to two ancient postmortem reports from the National Library of Scotland and the murder scene in the Wood of Lettermore.
has been determined to get to the heart of the matter since spending his
schooldays in the area. ,I was intrigued by the last great Scottish mystery, a murder for which an innocent man was hanged in the blackest mark of Scottish legal history,, he
Talking to descendants of the Mackenzie family, Nimmo
discovered that at the time of the shot, the servant had left his
master,s side to pick up a coat dropped by the sherriff,s officer.
said about 20 Scots have had first-hand accounts of the truth of the matter.According to his
research, the secret has been handed down through the Stewart family for 250 years, and he
believes several living people have been told the murderer,s name.Nimmo
believes the balance of evidence suggests that Breck didn,t pull the trigger, but his book, which retraces the journey of Stevenson,s heroes David Balfour and Alan Breck across Scotland, does not reveal who did. ,They have held this secret for 250 years, and so I believe that it is not mine to give away.,
...Dr James Hunter, author of Culloden And The Last Clansman and director of the University of the Highlands and Islands,s centre for history, said: ,This was indisputedly an act of political terrorism that brought tremendous reprisals, but neither I nor Ian Nimmo can be absolutely certain of who did it.