In 1925 a released convict smuggles a waterproof letter out of the prison underneath his tongue, with specific instructions to deliver it to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The letter is a plea for help from a man who was falsely accused of killing an 83 year old spinster in her home in Glasgow Scotland. This is Part 2 of 3.
In 1925 a released convict smuggles a waterproof letter out of the prison underneath his tongue, with specific instructions to deliver it to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The letter is a plea for help from a man who was falsely accused of killing an 83 year old spinster in her home in Glasgow Scotland. This is Part 1 of 3.
It was the 21st of December 1908 in Glasgow’s Square Mile of Murder. At 7pm young maid Helen “Nellie” Lambie left the flat where she worked for Marion Gilchrist, leaving her 83-year-old mistress in the flat at 15 Queens Terrace, West Princes Street. Nellie left every day at 7 to fetch the newspapers for Miss Gilchrist, a task that usually took her 10 minutes. It was during this short period of time that Nellie Lambie was running errands that her wealthy employer was murdered, and an injustice of historic proportions was set into motion. But we’ll get to all that. This is Square Mile of Murder, and today we’re covering the final case from our namesake, the the murder of Marion Gilchrist and the trial of Oscar Slater.RELATED EPISODES:10: The Square Mile of Murder Poisoner20: Square Mile Murder at Sandyford Place30: The Human CrocodileFURTHER READING:Square Mile of Murder by Jack HouseOscar Slater - WikipediaThe Case of Oscar SlaterThe trial of Oscar Slater: Scotland's worst ever miscarriage of justice at Peterhead PrisonOscar SlaterThe Oscar Slater Murder Story by Richard Whittington-EganVoices from our Archives: Oscar Slater (1872-1948) – Open BookNew novel sheds further doubt on key murder witnessThe Case of Oscar SlaterBBC Radio Scotland - Denise Mina's Case Histories - ClipsUnderstanding the Antisemitic History of the “Hooked Nose” StereotypeThe Gorbals and the Jews of Glasgow , by Kurt FleischmannHistory of the Jews in ScotlandThe implications of historical and contemporary anti-Semitism in Gl...How Sherlock Holmes’ creator saved the ‘Scottish Dreyfus’The Trial of Oscar Slater (1909) and Anti‐Jewish Prejudices in Edwardian Glasgow-----------------------------------------------Like the show? Give us a rating and review!Follow us on social media:FacebookInstagramSquaremileofmurder.comSupport us:PatreonOther support options
On December 21, 1908, Marion Gilchrist knocked firmly three times on the floor of her West Princes St apartment. This was a warning signal she had informed her neighbours she would only use in the event that her life was in grave danger….----CreditsWriting and Scripting – Matt KVocals & Editing – JSProduction – Matt KSoundtracking - Matt KMusic under license from epidemicsound. Tracklist upon request.----SourcesConan Doyle for the Defence: A Sensational Murder, the Quest for Justice and the World's Greatest Detective Writer, Margalit Fox National Records of Scotland on Oscar Slater: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/learning/features/the-case-of-oscar-slaterArthur Conan Doyle – The Case of Oscar Slater, available at: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks12/1202651h.htmlThe Trial of Oscar Slater, William Roughead - available at: gutenberg.net.au/ebooks12/1202651h.htmlSquare Mile of Murder, Jack House The Case of Oscar Slater, Normey, Robert. Law Now; Edmonton Vol. 30, Iss. 6, (Jun/Jul 2006): 1-2.In the Matter of Oscar Slater Moss, Robert A. The Baker Street Journal; Maynard Vol. 64, Iss. 3, (Autumn 2014): 27-32,80.OSCAR SLATER: THE COMPENSATION QUESTIONThe Scotsman (1921-1950); Edinburgh, Scotland [Edinburgh, Scotland]01 Aug 1928: 11. C304FEEPQ/1?accountid=16574The chilling curse of Glasgow’s ‘Square Mile of Murder’Glasgow city centre might not seem like a particularly spooky place, but it’s hiding a dark secret. Four of Scotland’s […], iNews, G McDonald, Oct 6, 2017----SponsorsThank you to the sponsor of today's episode, the game June's Journey. Download it for free here: http://onelink.to/ykz5f2 ----Reply to Arthur Conan Doyle from Oscar Slater upon his release (verbatim), Sir Conan Doyle, you breaker of my shackels, you lover of truth for justice sake, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the goodness you have shown towards me.My heart is full and almost breaking with love & gratitude for you [and] your wife dear Lady Conan Doyle and all the upright men and women, who for justice sake (and that only) have helped me, me an outcast.Till my dying day I will love and honor you and the Dear Lady, my dear, dear Conan Doyle, yet that unbounded love for you both, makes me only sign plainly.Yours,Oscar Slater
The trial of Oscar Slater is one of Scotland's most notorious miscarriage of justice cases, based on prosecution misconduct, police tunnel-vision, bad eyewitness evidence, and public prejudice against the accused. This podcast looks at some of the history of the case.Arthur Conan Doyle's interesting pamphlet on the case can be read here: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks12/1202651h.html
In 1908 the murder of 83 year old Marion Gilchrist shocked the city of Glasgow. Marion was a wealthy but reclusive woman who kept herself to herself. When she was found murdered in her own home the police were determined to find the perpetrator. A man named Oscar Slater appeared as a potential lead and after investigating, he was put on trial and found guilty. Years passed however and influential people began to get involved in the case including Sherlock Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They believed that Oscar Slater may not be the person they were looking for after all. Important information provided by: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/the_curious_case_of_oscar_slater.shtmlhttps://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16355683.new-novel-sheds-further-doubt-on-key-murder-witness/http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks12/1202651h.htmlhttp://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks12/1202631h.htmlImportant books on the subject: The trial of Oscar Slater by William Roughead The Case of Oscar Slater by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Quotes used from this text) Music by: www.dl-sounds.comFollow us on social media:Twitter- @theunseenpodFacebook- The Unseen PodcastInstagram - TheUnseenPod