Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Case of the Wrongfully Imprisoned Man

Anti-Semitism put Oscar Slater in jail. The author of Sherlock Holmes got him out.

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Oscar Slater, 1908. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1925. Photo: General Photographic Agency/Getty
A courtroom scene of Slater’s trial, 1909. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty.
The hammer produced in court as evidence during the trial of Slater, 1909. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty.
Oscar Slater at Westminster following his release from prison 19 years after he was wrongly convicted, 1928. Photo by Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty
From the book CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE by Margalit Fox. Copyright © 2018 by Margalit Fox. To be published by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Margalit Fox spent 24 years at The New York Times, retiring in June 2018 as a senior writer. She is the author of three acclaimed narrative nonfiction books.

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