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The Black Donnellys

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  165 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"When that Donnelly glares at you, you hear the sound of shovels digging your grave." -- Donnellys first victim How could one family -- mom, dad, and seven sons -- terrorize an entire Canadian community for 33 years? The Black Donnellys is the classic account of how James, Johannah and their sons used brute force to brawl, steal, burn, and murder their way into the dark si ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Firefly Books (first published August 1st 1955)
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Thomas Ryerson
Pure entertainment only, this story has no bearing to the true story. For the real truth, read The Donnelly Murders and both books by Orlo Miller. The Donnelly Volume by Ray Fazakas is also very very detailed.
Dennis Lester
I read this book in school and had to buy it for my collection. I can sum it up pretty easy. This is the most fucked up family I have ever heard of in my life. They are a prime example of neighbors you don't want to have. I was blown away with the shit they got away with and for the amount of time they got away with it and I was shocked that it took as long as it did for everyone to grow a set and put them out of their misery once and for all. If you like a book about murder,theft, thugs, vandal ...more
Nicole
I really enjoyed this book. I came across it by chance. It was a recommendation for my kobo. I found it to be a well written and well told story. I had never heard of the Black Donnelly's (sadly), but it proved to be an interesting historical story on a family that lived outside of the London, Ontario area. I would recommend this book.
Lori
While the Story itself was really intresting, I felt like I was reading a test book. I found it very choppy heading back and forth in time and the dates in almost every 3rd line(it felt) was distracting. I still gave it a 3 though keeping in mind that it was written in 1954. Writing styles were different then.
R.L. Anderson
Excellent! A real eye opener about a fascinating historical event that happened just 100 miles due north of where I live, right across Lake Erie in neighboring Ontario, Canada. This book really got me into Donnelly lore and on a trip to Canada, I was eager to visit the area where this feud took place.
T.R. Wallace
Nov 02, 2010 T.R. Wallace rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All who enjoy history, a gruesome tale of retribution
Recommended to T.R. by: My loving wife who knows I love legal history or history of any kind for that matter.
WOW, a riveting historical, based on a immigrant Irish family and a 30 year feud with their community. I would because of content not recommend for preteen readers, {extreme violence} A relevant history of 19th century Canada. At 179 pages a good short read.
Kate
read this in grade 8 and figured I'd give it a go again. So interesting that such a bloody, violent, historical massacre occurred so close to where I live now. Fascinating piece of Canadian history
Amanda
this book was a true story that took place in lucan london ontario. it starts off boring but when you start reading it you cant stop because you want to know whats going to keep happening
Juanita
I read this book in my grade 10 class. I did not like this book at all. I found it very boring. I failed the unit because I barely paid any attention to it :)
Kim
Apr 03, 2012 Kim marked it as to-read
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According to one review, "Canada's only exciting family". Clearly, they've never been to a Quinn family reunion...
Barb
Aug 02, 2011 Barb added it
A creepy part of Canadian history. Classic family feud story, that ends in senseless death.
Cindy
This makes the Hatfield and McCoy's look like child's play.
John
This is a great book based on some Canadian History, if you like History then this is a book for you!!!
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