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Arthur Conan Doyle, True Detective

9 days ago   |   By The New Republic

William Roughead wasn't the kind of writer who liked to indulge in outrage. The Glasgow lawyer, who began attending murder trials in 1889 at the age of 19-for curiosity's sake until it became his professional avocation-much preferred to write about crime in a dry, droll manner. The cases he covered, with notable defendants such as Madeleine Smith, Constance Kent, and Katherine Nairn, were colorful enough to speak for themselves, the evidence substantive enough for readers to reach their own conclusions. Over six decades writing about the most notable criminal proceedings in Britain (the...
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