Unsolved Murders

David F Turnbull

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Date: 26 Sep 1912

Place: Sydney Court, 62 Argyle Street, Glasgow

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

David Turnbull was killed during a burglary in his shop.

He had been a jeweller and was found dead next to his safe which had been blown open.

He died from poison and some cyanide was found nearby.

He was found by a constable who found his door unlocked at 6.30am and when he went in to investigate found David Turnbull lying on the floor with a wound to his head. However, David Turnbull soon died.

Housebreaking tools including a jemmy, saw and a chisel were found lying nearby as well as a tin containing a quantity of ferrocyanide of potassium and a jug containing water.

The safe had stood on a wooden structure in the inner office and had been blown open with some powerful explosive. The safe had caused an indentation in the floor where it fell.

Several medals were found to be missing from his safe.

The police said that there had been a burglary at the shop 12 months previously.

David Turnbull was last thought to have been at his shop at 7pm on the Saturday evening and was twice at church on the Sunday and had then left his home in Battlefield Gardens at 5.30am to go to his shop which he would have ordinarily arrived at at 6am.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see Aberdeen Journal - Thursday 26 September 1912

see Dundee Courier - Thursday 26 September 1912

see Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 26 September 1912