Sunday, July 19, 2020

1905: A Kirkcudbright suicide dressed up as murder - the pistol found in Strangford Lough

Belter of a story here from 1906. The suicide of Donald Knowles in Kirkcudbright in Scotland but he made it look like a murder. He tied the revolver he had used to a gas-filled balloon which floated up into the sky - but it went 40-odd miles across 'St Patrick's Channel' (an old name for 'The North Channel') and it was found by a fisherman on the shores of Strangford Lough, who had read about the murder in the newspapers. He brought the revolver back to Kirkcudbright and helped the police solve the mystery.