The Case Of The Purloined Brooch (eBook)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Sensational Glasgow Murder, And The Quest For Justice
de Margalit Fox
Sobre o livro
On 21 December 1908 Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy 82-year-old spinster, was found bludgeoned to death in her Glasgow home. There were no suspects and no signs of forced entry, but a valuable diamond brooch was missing. Seventeen years later a convict called William Gordon was released from Scotland's remote Peterhead Prison: concealed in a false tooth and written on waterproof paper minutely folded and tightly rolled, was an urgent message. It was from Oscar Slater, the German Jew and part-time pimp, who had spent the previous 16 years in Peterhead for Marion Gilchrist's murder. The message appealed for help from the one man he believed could prove his innocence: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This book is a vivid account, drawn entirely from contemporary sources, of Sir Arthur's ultimately successful quest to overturn Slater's conviction, now considered one of the great miscarriages of justice in Scottish history.
Margalit Fox has examined the original sources in police, court and newspaper archives in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and New York (where Slater was first indicted for murder and then extradited to Scotland) in order to produce a vivid account of the crime, the police investigation and Slater's life of hard labour at Peterhead Prison, of Conan Doyle's successive campaigns for him to his retrial and, finally, of Slater's reprieve and subsequent life in Scotland. She is also able to reveal, with some certainty, the identity of the real murderer.