7. Marion Gilchrist
Marion Gilchrist was a spinster in her 80’s living in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland at the time of her murder, which occurred in December of 1908. She was beaten to death in a robbery, during which a brooch was stolen. Gilchrist was found in front of a fireplace with a blood-saturated rug over her head.
Five days after the murder, a Jewish Immigrant named Oscar Slater—who was believed by police to be a pimp and gangster—left for New York. However, before he left, he had allegedly been seen trying to sell a pawn ticket for a diamond crescent brooch like the one stolen from Gilchrist. Furthermore, a visitor to Gilchrist’s house before the murder had been looking for a person named Anderson, which was one of Slater’s many pseudonyms.
The long and short of Slater’s story is that he voluntarily returned to Scotland, even though he was advised that the United States was unlikely to extradite him. He was convicted of the murder and sentenced to be hanged to death; the sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life, and he served 19 years.
Interestingly, in 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—creator of Sherlock Holmes—published a booklet called “The Case of Oscar Slater”, which argued that Slater should be pardoned. In it, he argued that the stolen brooch was a red herring and the killer was likely after a document of some sort.
Chances are that Slater wasn’t guilty of anything at all; even police—thanks to the efforts of a Glasgow policeman named John Thomson Trench—eventually came to believe the pawn ticket was a false lead. Therefore, Gilchrist’s murder remains unsolved over a century after her death.
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8. Charles Walton
On the night of February 14, 1945, 74-year-old Charles Walton was found murdered at a farm known as the Firs. A native of Lower Quinton in Warwickshire, England, his body was found by Edie (his niece) and his neighbor after failing to return home from work.
The case in notorious because Walton was believed to be murdered as part of a witchcraft ceremony; there was even talk at the time that he was a witch himself. He allegedly had a cross carved into his chest at the time of his death, causing the ground below him to be soaked with his blood.
Walton was liked well enough in his village, although there was a rumor that he could tame wild animals with his voice, which may have led to the suspicions of witchcraft.
Walton had left home the morning of the murder with a pitchfork and a slash hook, which is a double-edged pruning instrument. When he was found, he had been beaten to death with his walking stick, which he used due to rheumatic joints. His hook was embedded in his neck, and he had been impaled by his pitchfork.
Scotland Yard ending up investigating Walton’s death, and an inspector named Robert Fabian suspected a man named Alfred Potter as the murderer. That was never proven.
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9. George M. Colvocoresses
Captain George M. Colvocoresses was a naval officer and Civil War Hero. Five years after retiring from the Navy, on June 3, 1872, he was murdered in Bridgeport, CT while on his way to New York. He had $8,000 in cash with him in addition to a cane that contained a sword.
Colvocoresses stopped at a drug store to buy envelopes and paper and left at 10:35 PM. Shortly thereafter, he was shot in the left side of the chest at close range. A pistol was found across the street from his body.
The money Colvocoresses was carrying went missing, so there’s a chance his death was a robbery gone wrong. The money was never recovered. Several people confessed to killing him over the years, but no one was ever charged.
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10. Mary Speir Gunn
During a rainy evening on October 18, 1913, Mary Speir Gunn was murdered at the Northbank Cottage, which is located North Ayrshire, Scotland. Mary was sitting with her sister and sister’s husband in front of the fire at the cottage. Gunshots started ringing out, and Mary was killed instantly. Jessie and Alexander McLaren were both injured by the gunshots; however, both recovered.
It is believed by many that the murderer, whoever it happened to be, was targeting Alexander McLaren, although he claimed he had no disputes with anyone. As the shooter did not attempt to enter the cottage, robbery seemed like an unlikely motive. An unidentified man had been seen in the area several times in the days before Gunn’s death; however, no one was ever charged with the murder of Gunn, and the case remains unsolved to this day.