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.
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.