Old Blood

More Than Murder: Oscar Slater & the Murder of Marion Gilchrist

August 10, 2022 Old Blood Season 2 Episode 27
Old Blood
More Than Murder: Oscar Slater & the Murder of Marion Gilchrist
Show Notes

After an elderly woman was discovered brutally murdered in her upscale Glasgow apartment, police charged a 38 year-old Jewish-German immigrant with her murder. The arrest sparked a century-long battle for justice and was championed by the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle.


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Music: Dellasera by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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