The Monster Butler
Archibald Hall was one of Scotland's most enigmatic criminals. A man of multiple personas, Hall was more widely known as Roy Fontaine, the Monster Butler who murdered five people, including his own brother. Hall established himself as a jewel thief at a young age, but it was during an early stint in jail that he began devoting himself to a sinister transformation. Studying etiquette and aristocracy, while dulling his Scottish accent with elocution lessons, Hall emerged from prison as Roy Fontaine, the gentleman butler, ready to seduce and deceive. But how does a man go from thief to killer? Was Hall an unfeeling, cold-blooded murderer? Or was he just a man too obsessed with fortune, and willing to use any means necessary to attain it? These are the questions Allan Nicol examines in this illuminating new account of The Monster Butler.
Published: 3rd November 2011
Format: Paperback 234x156mm
Extent: 224 pages
Allan Nicol studied history and law before qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland in 1980. He worked in private practice in Glasgow before joining the Procurator Fiscal service as a prosecutor in the west of Scotland for twelve years. He called at the Scottish Bar in 1993, where he continues to practice.
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