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Episode 27 - More Than Murder: Oscar Slater & the Murder of Marion Gilchrist

After an elderly woman was 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 -

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