Knots & Crime by Geoffrey Budworth
Police Review Publishing Co. 9780851640174
As those who have been in touch with Guild affairs during the last couple of years will know, our Hon. Sec. Geoffrey Budworth is a retired police inspector, who has applied his knotting knowledge to the solution of particular crimes with some success and has lectured and demonstrated on the subject to interested parties. A video made by him is used for police training. Now has come this book. It is a paperback with 202 amply-illustrated pages. After some introductory matter on ropework generally, the bulk of the book is taken up with advice on the interpretation of knots found at the scene of a crime, their identification guided by a classification using the number of crossing points, occupational knots, and much other information useful to an investigator, probably not conversant with the applications of cordage. This is obviously a rather specialist publication, aimed at a particular readership. It is the result of a considerable amount of original thought. Geoffrey is uniquely placed to be able to tackle this subject and he is to be congratulated on the excellent job he has made of it. We can look forward to seeing the book being made good use of. We feel sure that it can help in the solution of crimes involving knots, that might otherwise be left unsolved. No doubt Geoffrey will be glad to supply copies direct to Guild members!