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The Donnellys Must Die
by Orlo Miller
From the annals of Canadian true crime, the story of The Black Donnellys massacre"Ancient feuds, bloody conspiracy, gruesome murder, and bitter controversy--all shrouded in a seemingly impenetrable cloak of mystery." This is the tale of "The Black Donnellys"--a notorious family of Irish settlers who were viciously attacked while they slept in their Lucan, Ontario farmhouse ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published March 19th 2010 by John Wiley & Sons
(first published January 1st 1962)
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I've read and re-read this and many accounts of the Donnelly's since discovering the story back as a kid. My father grew up in the area of Lucan (St. Mary's, Ontario) and the attitudes were pretty much the same back in his day. While we have our own Irish heritage, my Dad was born in Nova Scotia so his family was not part of any of the history here. It's funny how the story still draws me. Would love to see a decently done movie.
Incredible level of research and analysis for a crime committed so long ago. The history of the London Ont. area in the mid-late 1800s is very interesting - and also included is quite a bit of history about Irish Catholics in Canada (including their immigration from Ireland to Canada, how the wheels were set in motion in Ireland for the Donnely massacre, etc.). Very good reading.
This book was really well researched. It gives the reader a feel of knowing where it all took place. It was a gruesome crime that took place many years ago but is still a good read today. It is hard to say you enjoyed a book that is based on the murder of a family but I did like it and would recommend it to others