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The Donnellys Must Die

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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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Oct 07, 2013 Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the more realistic as Timothy Donnelly was my great uncle. Everyone knew who committed this massacre yet none were ever brought to justice.
Jennifer Rilstone
Dec 18, 2011 Jennifer Rilstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned not to fuck with the Irish. They are vengeful mfers.
Keith Bell
Apr 20, 2015 Keith Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
John Sullivan
Mar 22, 2013 John Sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 24, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
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
Thomas Ryerson
Jan 08, 2011 Thomas Ryerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great and detailed account of this misunderstood family from Lucan, ON.
Corinna Bechko
Apr 26, 2012 Corinna Bechko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating account of a notorious massacre. Yikes.
Sep 29, 2013 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book but grizzly.
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