Andrew Anderson was the son of William Anderson, born roughly in 1968. He was a curly-haired itinerant poet, who never had anything published and spent his days watching afternoon television instead of working. His mother was a known aldulteress, and he didn't get on with his father. He met Rhona Phillips in the Edinburgh Main Lending Library after she was divorced and moved in with her in Kirkliston. However near the end of May 1988 he was in his house when Gordon Reeve came to kidnap Samantha Rebus. Anderson was tied to a chair and strangled while Rhona was out, and found a short time after by John Rebus and Jack Morton.