100 year old murder mystery
Published 28 Dec 2011 09:05 1 Comment
In this week's 'Know Your News' we look back at the mysterious Portencross murder which took place on Saturday October 18 1913 which to this day has never been solved.
The 'News' described the event as 'a terrible and most mysterious tragedy' to the occupants of the lonely cottage of Northbank, which lies immediately under the precipitous cliff of 'The Three Sisters'.
The occupants of the cottage, who were sitting in the parlour with the lamp lit and the blind undrawn, were fired at with a revolver from the outside of the window from the outside through the window, two being wounded, and the third being killed.
The tenant was Mr Alexander Maclaren, who moved there in May, with his wife, and his sister-in-law, Miss Mary Gunn, aged 49, who subsequently died.
The story made national headlines as all sorts of theories behind the murder were speculated from robbery, to personal malice and insanity, but all such possibilities were ruled out.
Robbery was ruled out because the murderer failed to take advantage of his opportunity after Mr McLaren left the house, while personal revenge was also considered unlikely.
The mystery sparked investigations even as far as Canada as Miss Gunn had headed across the Atlantic to live with another sister and brother in law for a number of years, and police investigations centred on whether a spurned lover could have been to blame.
READ THE FULL FEATURE ON THE PORTENCROSS MURDER MYSTERY IN THIS WEEK'S LARGS AND MILLPORT WEEKLY.
This article appeared in Largs & Millport Weekly News 28 Dec 11
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