June 19, 1873. Executed this day for the murder of her husband was Elizabeth Workman of Mooretown, Ontario.
The judge at her trial described her as an adulterous and sadistic woman who tied her husband up and battered him for hours with a mop handle, finally killing him. And neither the jury’s recommendation for clemency nor a huge outpouring of public support made any difference. Clutching a small bunch of flowers, she fell through a trap in a purpose-built scaffold at the Sarnia Gaol in Ontario, directly into her grave.
But was justice done?
It is a nightmarish scenario: a 12-year-old schoolgirl disappears. Her body is found 2 days later. She has been raped and murdered. The young man accused of her rape and murder is just 14 years old. He is found guilty and sentenced to death.
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n July 1933, the bloodied bodies of two young brothers were found on the railway tracks close to their home on the fringes of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In response to the tragedy, newspapers and the general public seesawed between suggesting that the boys had been mowed down by a passing train and that they had been slain by a deranged murderer. After five months, the police made an arrest....
The murder of Edmund Matthews was the culmination of a long-standing family feud, but McKelvey points out that the real significance here is that for the first time in Ontario a white man stood trial for killing a Black man.
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