Peter Manuel

Beast of Birkenshaw

  Active for 3 years
(1956-1958) in United Kingdom




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  10. 8 Timeline Events
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Peter Manuel an American-Scottish serial killer burglar and rapist known as the Beast of Birkenshaw. Manuel was convicted of murdering seven people across Lanarkshire between 1956 and 1958. He is believed to have killed two other victims. Manuel was the one of the last prisoner to be hanged in Scotland, after a sensational trial in which he conducted his own defense. In 1958, Manuel was convicted of the murders of seven people, one murder case was thrown out of court and another was attributed to him but was never proven. In 1958, Peter Manuel was executed by hanging at Barlinnie prison in Glasgow, Scotland.

Peter Manuel Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Peter Manuel (aka) Beast of Birkenshaw, was active for 3 years between 1956-1958, known to have ( 7 confirmed / 9 possible ) victims. This serial killer was active in the following countries: United Kingdom

Peter Manuel was born on March 1st 1927 in New York City, city in state of New York, largest city in the United States by population.

Peter Manuel a male citizen of the United States of America.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes.

In 1956 (Age 28/29) Peter Manuel started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, torture, rape, and murder his victims. Peter Manuel used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill at the home of the victim. He would keep personal items from the victim after the crime. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime.

He was arrested on January 13th 1958 (Age 30), convicted on May 29th 1958 (Age 31), sentenced to death by hanging at HM Prison Peterhead, HM Prison Barlinnie, Riddrie, Glasgow, Scotland. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime. Peter Manuel was executed on July 11th 1958 (Age 31).

Peter Manuel died on July 11th 1958 (Age 31), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at HM Prison Barlinnie, Riddrie, Glasgow, Scotland.

Profile Completeness: 66%
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Peter Manuel has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 years ago.

Peter Manuel a known:

Peter Manuel
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-13 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Peter Manuel
Nickname: Beast of Birkenshaw
Victims: 7 - 9
Years Active: 1956 - 1958
Ages Active: 28/29 - 30/31
Active Countries: United Kingdom
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1927 - 1958
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: N/A
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Feb 18 - Mar 20
Birth Month: March
Marital Status: N/A
Children: N/A
Living With: N/A
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Mar 1, 1927
Given Name: Peter
Birth Location: New York City, city in state of New York, largest city in the United States by population
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Arrested: Jan 13, 1958 (Age 30)
Convicted: May 29, 1958 (Age 31)
Sentence: death by hanging
Prison Location: HM Prison Peterhead, HM Prison Barlinnie, Riddrie, Glasgow, Scotland
Executed: Jul 11, 1958 (Age 31)
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: N/A
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: Jul 11, 1958 (Age 31)
Manner of Death: capital punishment
Cause of Death: executed by hanging
Death Location: HM Prison Barlinnie, Riddrie, Glasgow, Scotland
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
8 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Peter Manuel

The 8 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Peter Manuel. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Mar 01 1927Peter Manuel was born in New York City, city in state of New York, largest city in the United States by population.  #19270301
Mar 01 1947
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
(Age 28/29)
Peter Manuel started his serial killing spree. #1956
Mar 01 1957
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
(Age 30/31)
Peter Manuel ended his serial killing spree. #1958
Jan 13 1958
(Age 30)
Peter Manuel arrested. #19580113
May 29 1958
(Age 31)
Peter Manuel was convictedand sentenced to death by hanging at HM Prison Peterhead, HM Prison Barlinnie, Riddrie, Glasgow, Scotland.  #19580529
Jul 11 1958
(Age 31)
Peter Manuelwas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by hangingat HM Prison Barlinnie, Riddrie, Glasgow, Scotland. #19580711

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Boolean Questions:
previous crimes TRUE 367
kill at victims home TRUE 323
used weapon TRUE 453
used gun TRUE 451
rape TRUE 453
torture TRUE 426
bound TRUE 406
totem personal item TRUE 354
robbed TRUE 418
kill at killers home FALSE 320
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
strangle FALSE 443
sex with body FALSE 430
mutilated FALSE 447
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365

Books that Mention Peter Manuel

Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer Peter Manuel)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists
Book: The Beast of Birkenshaw (mentions serial killer Peter Manuel)
C. L. Swinney
The Beast of Birkenshaw
Book: Peter Manuel, Serial Killer (mentions serial killer Peter Manuel)
Hector MacLeod
Peter Manuel, Serial Killer

3 Books that mention Serial Killer
Peter Manuel

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
1530109388 The Beast of Birkenshaw 1
1845968832 Peter Manuel, Serial Kill... 1

Peter Thomas Anthony Manuel (13 March 1927 – 11 July 1958) was an American-Scottish serial killer who was convicted of murdering a total of seven people across Lanarkshire and southern Scotland between 1956 and his arrest in January 1958, and is believed to have murdered two more, nine in all. Prior to his arrest, the media nicknamed the unidentified killer "the Beast of Birkenshaw".

External References
  1. Q7175650 on, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
  2. Peter Manuel on, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Peter Thomas Anthony MANUEL on, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
  4. Jerry T. Atkins, Nicole Ballengee, Peter Manuel on, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
  5. Ben Archibald, Fuming relative of victims of serial killer Peter Manuel slams BBC Scotland over documentary on, Retrieved on Jul 18, 2019.
Internal References

Peter Manuel is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #10 of 62[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in the United Kingdom
  2. #18 of 40[ Page 2 ] of Pisces Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #19 of 38[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in March
  4. #46 of 89[ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #150 of 307[ Page 10 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #277 of 651[ Page 19 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #349 of 651[ Page 24 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  8. #375 of 651[ Page 25 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  9. #389 of 651[ Page 26 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
Serial Killers Statistics, charts Peter Manuel is included in: Active Serial Killers by Country, Serial Killers By Gender, Age of Serial Killer by Date, Killers By Astrological Sign, Killers By Birth Month, Mannor of Death, Active Serial Killers by Year and Statistical Boolean Questions.
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