By Richard Whittington-Egan
Oscar Slater, a disreptuable German immigrant, residing at the edge of the Glaswegian underworld and stale the proceeds of playing and prostitution, was once sentenced to demise in 1909 for the brutal homicide of Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy spinster who lived with a mystery hoard of helpful jewels hidden in her cloth cabinet in Edwardian Glasgow's trendy West Princes road. Slater, vacationing along with his mistress below a fake identify, used to be tracked down and arrested in manhattan. Extradited and attempted in Edinburgh, he really heard the gallows being erected for him, yet was once repreieved on the eleventh hour and spent the subsequent 18 years within the granite fort of Peterhead felony, perpetually protesting his innocence. Arthur Conan Doyle, grew to become real-life Sherlock Holmes, finally controlled to get the unjust conviction quashed and because then, argument has raged as to who quite used to be accountable for the homicide of Marion Gilchrist. One identify, that of a good Glasgow general practitioner, has been an "open secret"....
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Actually there were some other errands also to be run. For one thing, more milk was needed. Miss Gilchrist handed Nellie a half-sovereign and a single penny. Deciding that she would go for the paper first, Nellie put the milk jug and the half-sovereign down on the dining-room table. She left her mistress sitting there in the dining-room looking at a magazine. Carefully locking the flat door and shutting the downstairs close-door behind her, clutching the penny that she had been given, Nellie trudged off through the rain.
In Edinburgh there are the official papers lodged at West Register House; there are birth, marriage and death certificates at New Register House; there are the papers preserved at the Crown Office; there is the very considerable William Roughead Collection in the Signet Library. There are also to be found, by those who take the trouble to look for them, certain scattered police papers and the documentings of various legal personages. There are records preserved now in Austin, Texas. There are the newspapers relating to the transatlantic life of Helen Lambie or Gillon which are to be seen in the Peoria Public Library.
I think he might be five feet eight or nine inches in height. I couldn’t say whether he had a beard, moustache or whiskers, or was bare-faced. He had a light-coloured overcoat, like fawn-coloured, about three-quarter length. He wore a cloth cap, I think. I can’t tell whether it had a scoop [peak] or brim or not. I don’t remember having seen anyone in the house who in the least resembled the man I saw coming out of the house. Mark well the terms of this, the first description that Lambie gave. She was later to improve, or improvise, upon it most startlingly – and worryingly.