Yeardley Smith’s Paperclip Ltd to turn Tom Wood bestseller into podcast

Paperclip Ltd, the multimedia production company co-founded by actress Yeardley Smith and film producer Ben Cornwell, is to produce an unscripted, serialised podcast based on Tom Wood’s forensic science bestseller “Ruxton – The First Modern Murder”.

The spin-off podcast joins Paperclip Ltd’s flagship true crime podcast Small Town Dicks and will also follow the ethos of detailing a true crime told directly from the perspective of the detectives who investigated the case.

Shortlisted for Saltire Society of Scotland’s National Book Awards 2022, the book describes the chilling 1935 disappearance of a glamorous young wife and her dutiful maid, whose deaths would result in one of the most complex investigations the world had ever seen.

The gruesome murders captured headlines worldwide at the time, and behind-the-scenes, scientific history was being made through the ground-breaking work of Scottish forensic scientists who developed new techniques that would change the course of detective work globally for the next near-century.

Writer, Tom Wood will be executive producer on the podcast version. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and The FBI Academy in Quantico. An authority on serious and violent crime, he formerly served as Deputy Chief Constable and Director of Operations of Lothian and Borders Police. Since leaving the force, he has worked in the fields of addiction child protection and is currently a columnist for The Scotsman Newspaper.

“Tom is a master storyteller,” said Paperclip founder Yeardley Smith. “With Ruxton he’s deftly made the history of modern forensics read like a true-crime thriller. I can’t wait for audiences to hear the podcast!”

Tom Wood added: ““I am delighted to be working with Yeardley, Ben and the team at Paperclip Ltd. in the development of Ruxton. This is an important story which it has been my privilege to tell. It deserves the widest audience, and a podcast with the team that brought the world Small Town Dicks is a great place to start!”

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