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on 21 December 2014
A welcome re-print

Well written, very Jack House. I read it years ago and was pleased to see it was available again. It covers 4 famous-or rather- infamous Glasgow cases. Madeleine Smith, Jessie McLachlan, Dr Prichard and the Oscar Slater miscarriage of justice. It's worth a read. It shows that many things remain the same. Money and class still talk when it comes to the law.
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on 17 January 2016
Great Book! Used be neighbours with Jack & Jessie House and looked after their cats when they were away! Back to the book-I am a lover of history and coming from the West End of Glasgow this book is fascinating-well written. I knew about Madelaine Smith but not about the other murders!
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on 28 June 2011
This is possibly the best work of Jack House. In this book he describes in great detail four famous murders that took place within one square mile of each other in the city of Glasgow.

The notorious cases.....

A Kiss, a Fond Embrace (The case of Madeleine Smith)
This world famous case shocked Victorian Glasgow's upper classes. Madeleine Smith was a debutante and came from a well-to-do family. She was sent to the High Court in Edinburgh, accused of poisoning her lover, Pierre Emile L'Angelier. Jack House gives us his own interpretation of the evidence - was Madeleine Smith guilty of murder?

The Man Who Did (The case of Jessie McLachlan)
This case is still officially unsolved. In 1862 a brutal murder took place at 17 Sandyford Place. The victim was Jess McPherson. The accused, Jessie McLachlan, left a footprint of blood on a wooden plank.

The Human crocodile (The case of Edward William Pritchard)
Dr Pritchard was the last man to be hanged in Glasgow. Jack House believes that Pritchard committed no less than three murders - and took great pleasure in committing all of them.

The Man Who Didn't (The case of Oscar Slater)
In 1908, in a respectable street near Charing Cross Glasgow, Miss Gilchrist was brutally murdered. She was 83. Oscar Slater was wrongly accused of her murder and spent nearly 19 years in jail. But who killed Miss Gilchrist?

Jack House (1906 - 1991) has been called by many as `Mr Glasgow', a title well-deserved for a man who wrote so much about this city. His books about Glasgow were in-depth and knowlegeable, but lovingly told. He was also a broadcaster and appeared regularly on television. He services to Glasgow were recognised in 1988 when he was awarded the St Mungo's Medal.
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on 21 February 2010
I read this book some 20 years ago but it still holds a fascination for me partly because I worked in the house(then used as a travel agency)which was previously the home of the murderer Dr. Pritchard.

This is a fascinating read and if you are interested in Scottish crime you will not be disappointed.
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on 7 April 2015
great stories loved it ,I live not far from Glasgow ,so have seen all the locations,hard to believe those murders were committed there,it,s just so lovely now
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on 5 December 2014
Great read I really enjoyed this coming from gladgow ,the places are still here,
that they talk about.
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on 25 October 2015
I bought this book after watching a documentary on the same subject matter. Very interesting.
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on 10 May 2015
Interesting if you like murders
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on 20 April 2016
very happy with purchase
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on 14 September 2016
great book
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