Juan Ignacio Blanco  


  MALE murderers

index by country

index by name   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

  FEMALE murderers

index by country

index by name   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z




Murderpedia has thousands of hours of work behind it. To keep creating new content, we kindly appreciate any donation you can give to help the Murderpedia project stay alive. We have many
plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really
need your help for this. Thank you very much in advance.








Dr. Buck Ruxton



Dr. Buck Ruxton



Dr. Buck Ruxton, 1935

Neither Mrs. Ruxton nor Mary Rogerson had been seen after September 14, 1935. Dr. Buck Ruxton, Isabella Ruxton's husband and Mary Rogerson's employer, became the prime suspect. Prior to her disappearance, Dr. Ruxton had openly accused his wife of unfaithfulness and threatened her with violence. When first interviewed by the police, he had a gash on his hand, was agitated, and made inconsistent statements about where his wife and nursemaid had gone.
(University of Glasgow)



Buck Ruxton's Finger print form. Ruxton's prints were taken in Liverpool Prison, 17 th October, 1935.
(Image courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services)



Mrs. Isabella Ruxton, 1935

Mrs. Isabella Ruxton Mrs. Ruxton was last seen on September 14, 1935. Dr. Ruxton claimed that she had
gone with Mary Rogerson to Edinburgh, but her clothing was still in the house and the car that she used
was parked outside. (University of Glasgow)



Mary Rogers, 1935

A nursemaid for the Ruxton children, Mary Rogerson may have been killed because she witnessed Mrs. Ruxton's murder. Dr. Ruxton suggested to the police that the two had left together because Mary Rogerson was pregnant and Mrs. Ruxton was helping her obtain an abortion, which was then illegal.
(University of Glasgow)



No. 2 Dalton Square was home of Dr. Buck Ruxton.
(Michael Gradwell)



The bath from the house is now used as a horse trough at Hutton Police HQ.
(Michael Gradwell)



Police search for evidence in Moffat
(Image courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services)



Detectives arrive in Moffat
l-r Supt. Adam Maclaren, Glasgow; Chief Constable W. Black, Dumfriesshire; Assistant Chief
Constable Warnock, Glasgow; Chief Constable A.N. Keith, Lanarkshire; Det.-Lieut. Hammond,
finger print expert, Glasgow, and Det.-Lieut. Ewing, Glasgow.



Police with remains bag.



Skull no. 2, photograph B, 1935

Investigators photographed the Skull No. 2 in the same orientation as an existing photograph of Mrs. Ruxton.
Then they laid a photo-transparency of this skull over the portrait to establish that the skull was Mrs. Ruxton's.
(University of Glasgow)



Superimposed outlines of Mrs. Ruxton and two skulls for comparison, 1935

Outlines of Skull No. 1 superimposed on outlines of Mrs. Ruxton's portrait. The facial outlines do not correspond. Outlines of Skull No. 2 superimposed on outlines of Mrs. Ruxton's portrait. The facial outlines seem to correspond. (University of Glasgow)



Superimposed photographs, Mrs. Ruxton and skull no.2, 1935
(University of Glasgow)



Mrs. Ruxton's portrait with dress and tiara, 1935.

Finding the Scale: Photographic reconstruction was an important tool in the investigation. The skulls of the two victims were compared with multiple existing portraits to confirm the identifications. To find the precise scale of this portrait, a photographer staged a measured shot of the dress and tiara and superimposed them on the portrait. (University of Glasgow)





Mrs. Ruxton reconstructed body no. 2, 1935.

Reconstructing the Bodies: Because the body parts of the two victims were jumbled and had to be reassembled,
newspapers called the case the "Jigsaw Murders." (University of Glasgow)



The tips of the fingers of the victims were cut off to prevent fingerprint identification, 1935.

The tips of the fingers of the victims were cut off to prevent fingerprint identification. The skill with which the fingers
were mutilated led police to hypothesize that the murderer had anatomical training and knew how to use a scalpel.
(University of Glasgow)





Dr. John Glaister, Jr. (left) and two other men, at Moffat during the Ruxton murder investigation, about 1935

Portions of the victims' bodies were bundled together in bags under the bridge at Moffat, England, near the Scottish border. Other parts, including their heads, were strewn about the banks of the creek and adjacent areas. Their task was made easier by the fact that, while Dr. Ruxton had worked hard to render the bodies unidentifiable, he had not been thorough and made many mistakes.
(University of Glasgow)



Rex v. Ruxton, Anatomical Report, University of Edinburgh, 1935.

The Anatomical Report submitted in the case of Rex v. Ruxton by James Cooper Brash of the University of Edinburgh. Investigators had to find, and then sort and reassemble, the remains of the victims; investigate and reconstruct the crime; and marshal the circumstantial and forensic evidence that could be introduced as evidence at a trial. (University of Glasgow)



Examination of productions for use in the trial.

Evidence/productions are collected for the trial of the accused, Dr Buck Ruxton. This photograph shows numerous labelled productions which underwent stringent laboratory tests at the University of Glasgow,
and were then submitted in court as formal pieces of evidence; they include a bath and a photographic portrait of Ruxton's wife.
(Image courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services)



Manuscript confession.



1st March 1936: A group of women having breakfast on the pavement outside the courts in Manchester
 before the  start of the trial of Dr. Buck Ruxton. (Fox Photos/Getty Images)



Police hold back a crowd of sightseers outside Strangeways gaol in Manchester
before the execution of Dr Buck Ruxton.
(Fox Photos/Getty Images)



home last updates contact