The Trial of Oscar Slater
Arthur Conan Doyle was known to be a man on a mission, taking on miscarriages of justice, beginning with solicitor George Edalji’s unjust conviction for horse and cattle-maiming, and leading to the establishment of Britain’s Court of Criminal Appeal in 1907.
Looking abroad, he helped call attention to Belgian atrocities in the Congo, publishing The Crime of the Congo in 1909 in what became an international cause.
He also took on the case of Oscar Slater. In 1912 he released The Case of Oscar Slater, a passionate plea for a full pardon which resonated among Sherlockians, but failed to sway the authorities.
The Press & Journal give an excellent account of this controversial case - whose story sees a wrongful verdict and a death sentence, which was later commuted, though not before an innocent man had served nearly 20 years behind bars after being wrongfully accused of having bludgeoned to death a 83-year-old wealthy heiress.
This is a short extract - but the full article can be read HERE