Thursday, May 20, 2004 News - Entertainment - Arts - �30,000 secures Conan Doyle letters

"GLASGOW City Council has bought a rich trove of papers revealing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s long campaign to free Oscar Slater, the man convicted in one of Scotland’s most notorious murder cases.

It includes the letter by Slater, who stood trial in Edinburgh in 1909 for the murder of Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy spinster, which was famously smuggled out of Peterhead Prison hidden in a fellow inmate’s dentures.

Glasgow made the successful bid of £30,000 in a contentious auction of the Sherlock Holmes author’s papers this week, buying the documents for their reserve price. "

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