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Thomas Toughill is a non-fiction author born in Glasgow, Scotland. His works include Oscar Slater: The Mystery Solved, Oscar Slater: The Immortal Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, World To Gain: The Battle For Global Domination And Why America Entered WWII and "The Ripper Code". He currently lives in Gibraltar with his wife.
Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies". It is the fourth most visited city in the UK. Glasgow is also known for the Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect of the Scots language that is noted for being difficult to understand by those from outside the city.
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, by the North Sea to the northeast and by the Irish Sea to the south. In addition to the mainland, situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland has over 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
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Toughill's research into the Oscar Slater case, probably the most scandalous miscarriage of justice in modern British history, served as the basis for the 2005 BBC documentary, "Conan Doyle For The Defence", in which he featured.A new edition of his Oscar Slater book appeared in 2006 under the title, "Oscar Slater, The Immortal Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" (Sutton Publishing).
Oscar Joseph Slater was a victim of a Scottish miscarriage of justice. Wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death, he was freed after almost two decades of hard labor through the efforts of multiple journalists, lawyers, and writers, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Of the two most recent publications regarding the Oscar Slater case, (the other is by Richard Whittington-Egan) Toughill's arguments that the real person or persons responsible for the murder were nephews of Marion Gilchrist, not an unknown gang of thieves, is the more compelling. At the end of his book Toughill poses a question undermining Mr. Whittington-Egan's theory.
Richard Whittington-Egan was a Liverpool-born writer and criminologist, the author of Liverpool Colonnade and Liverpool Roundabout, two colourful chronicles of Liverpool's historical characters, crimes and mysteries. A leading author on true crime over a long period of time, he is acknowledged also as an expert on Jack the Ripper.
In the August 2012 edition of the "Journal of the Whitechapel Society", Toughill wrote a seminal article on the Jack the Ripper case in which he showed that Montague John Druitt, the 'Great' Ripper suspect, studied at New College Oxford alongside Basil Thomson, the man who in 1913 became Head of CID at Scotland Yard.
In the June 2013 edition of the 'Journal of the Whitechapel Society', Toughill contributed an especially important article entitled, 'Reverend Robert Henry Hadden and Montague John Druitt, The East End Connection'. Here, Toughill builds on his earlier discovery that Montague Druitt, the 'sexually insane' prime police suspect in the Jack the Ripper case, was barred from the Oxford Union when he applied to join that prestigious body in the autumn of 1876. In this article, Toughill shows that the President of the Oxford Union at that time, Robert Henry Hadden, became in August 1888 Vicar of St. Botolph's Church, Aldgate, which stands just across the street from Mitre Square where the Ripper murdered Catherine Eddowes the following month. Toughill also shows that at the Oxford Union, Rev. Hadden formed a lifelong friendship with H. H. Asquith, the man who was Home Secretary in 1894 when Druitt was named as the prime suspect in a Scotland Yard document.
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Before becoming an author, Toughill had a varied career after graduating from Glasgow University in History and German. He worked in a whisky distillery, spent time as an infantry officer in the British Army, became an intelligence officer based in Hong Kong and was a bodyguard for both Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon.
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