The Serial Killer of the Caribbean: A True Crime Story

An eerie replica of Edinburgh Castle was built in this tropical setting...

This is the REAL Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.
This is the REAL Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.
St. Ann is a tropical Gem in the Caribbean.
St. Ann is a tropical Gem in the Caribbean.

By Gloria Siess {"Garnetbird"}

In the 1760's a Scottish Doctor named Lewis Hutchinson moved to the Caribbean Island of St. Ann. In what is now known as the Pedro District, Hutchinson built a small castle on a wild and lonely hill. The castle was said to be an attempt to recreate Edinburgh Castle of Scotland, which sits on volcanic rock above the city to this day.

Hutchinson called himself a Doctor, but there is no evidence that he did anything beyond studying medicine for a few years. He almost immediately started stealing cattle from his neighbors on the island, and built up a herd which he maintained was his own. Travellers would stop by en route to St. Ann's Bay, and never be seen again. It was said that he practiced torture on his victims. He was also known to shoot his gun from the castle "turrents," which he looked upon as a kind of sport. How many he shot and killed this way is unknown. When he was finally hanged for murder in 1773, the authorities uncovered over 40 watches inside his castle. The watches were assumed to be trophies from his killing sprees.

Guests who had the misfortune to accept an invitation to dine were often killed afterwards. Many of Hutchinsons' victims were slaves, which the "good doctor" apparently considered a sub human species. Folklorists visiting the Island to gather material have been warned that the site of Edinburgh Castle is cursed, and to stay far away. Local legends have inisisted that the victims of Dr. Hutchsinson howl with the wind at nights, in this remote and bushy area.

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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

great reading hub love forsenics


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

THANK you; I do, too. I plan to profile more cases like this one. It gives me a break from writing about child abuse all the time. haha


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

I often wonder what it is about serial killers that fascinates us so. The tv crawls with them, stories of real ones and dramas of fictitious ones. We read about them; write about them; make movies about them -- so what is the fascination? Any thoughts?


Garnetbird 6 years ago

I see it as educational. The most dangerous thing to be nowadays--I feel-is unassuming. Abnormal Psychology is really interesting--I find the actual details of what the killers do repulsive, however. I'm pretty sensitive. Thanks for your comment.


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susanlang 6 years ago

Garnet, this sent chills up my spine because it's a non fiction. True stories are always favs for me.


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you, Susan. It found it rather eerie myself. Very unusual case, as they say.


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great story & very interesting....I can't wait to read more of them.....


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you for reading this; I found it bizarre and fascinating.


hutchensongrandson 4 years ago

this is weird but lewis hutchinson is my five greats grandfather.


Zack 4 years ago

That island that you have pictured, is not the island where his castle is found. That is actually the island of Ste. Anne, located off the coast of Seychelles.


serina munroe 3 years ago

i think he's related to my mom side of the family,he probably had sex with slaves,n somehow his generation survive in jamaica.my mom has the same last n she from jamaica.

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