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Glasgow’s Square Mile of Murder – the Oscar Slater case and more

March 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Mitchell Library is at the heart of Glasgow's infamous Square Mile of Murder. On 6th March, from 6.00 to 7.30 pm, you can join The Mitchell's librarians and archivists to explore resources relating to four notorious crimes that took place there during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Madeleine Smith
The privileged daughter whose torrid love letters were read out in court. Did she murder her lover or was the case found 'not proven' because of her well-to-do background rather than lack of evidence?

Jessie McLachlan
Lucky not to be hanged, servant Jessie McLachlan still spent 15 years in Perth Prison for a horrific murder that no-one – except the judge and jury – thought she had committed. And the prime suspect? Never brought to trial for lack of evidence.

Dr. Edward Pritchard
When Dr. Pritchard's wife and mother-in-law died within a month of each other, an anonymous tip-off alerted the police to the possibility of foul play. Their bodies were exhumed, poison discovered and the philandering Pritchard became the last man to be publicly hanged in Glasgow in front of 100,000 spectators. 
Sherlock Holmes said, "When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge. Palmer and Pritchard were among the heads of their profession."

Oscar Slater
Wrongly identified as the man seen leaving a crime scene, Oscar Slater spent 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Although innocent, he happened to be foreign, Jewish and living with a woman who was not his wife.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the most notable of those who expended a great deal of time and effort campaigning against this miscarriage of justice. 

These murders, with the exception of the case of Dr. Pritchard, remain unsolved. Special Collections at The Mitchell has a number of resources, including newspapers, where you can read about these cases and draw your own conclusions.  


6th March, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Old Glasgow Room (meet at North Street reception).

Admission free, but places are limited. Please book on 0141 287 2999 or at Granville Street reception desk.


March 6, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Mitchell Library
North Street
Glasgow, G3 7DN United Kingdom
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