A MASTER KILLING The complete account of the sensational Kinnear murder that shocked the solid citizens of Upper Canada in the summer of 1843

Author: Hambleton (Ronald)
Year: 1978
Publisher: Green Bushell (Toronto)
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st Canadian Edn.
Book Condition: Vg/Vg
ISBN: 0969078617
Price: 9.00
Hardback. On the last day of July 1843, the citizens of Toronto were shocked to hear of the "horrible bloody murder" of Thomas Kinnear, a respected property-owner of Richmond Hill, a town that straddles the Yonge Street road 15 miles north of the city. The hue and cry set up by both official and unofficial investigators against the two men and two women on whom suspicion fell, spread throughout the District and even across Lake Ontario into neighbouring New York state; and the judicial investigation that followed involved not only the accused, but also the Mayor of Toronto and some of his associates. Using material from original records of the time, the author has written a narrative account of these events. On one level, the story is readable as true Canadian crime, from the days before there was an organised police force in the country. On another level, it is also a detailed picture of life in the 1840s, in which farmers and hotel-keepers, elected aldermen and homeless immigrants, corrupt officers and finagling entrepreneurs, servants and their masters, are shown rubbing shoulders with one another in a society that was full of human complication, no matter how primitively simple it may seem today. With 1 Illus. + Sources. 200pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. With stain mk. to back dw 'blurb' corresponding mk. on bep. Vg. in Vg. pcdw.


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