Double Trap

Double Trap

The Last Public Hanging in Canada

Book - 2005
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A dozen years before the Black Donnellys were butchered at Lucan, Ontario, another murderous rampage took place a few miles away. On June 6, 1868, three men robbed and killed a rich farmer, his wife, and her unborn child. They concocted an alibi, stuck to it, and almost got off. In fact, two of them did.

The third, Nicholas Melady, went to prison and fell in love with a beautiful woman in a nearby cell. There to entrap him, she listened, learned, and led him to the gallows. When he was hanged in Goderich, hundreds watched, but thousands were late for the spectacle. They were bitterly disappointed because they had missed the last public hanging in Canada.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2005.
ISBN: 9781550025712
Characteristics: 247 p. : ill.


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Dec 20, 2011

Written in grade school language for grade school children. I read about 1/3 and couldn't take it any more.
I'm sure the subject matter would have been interesting but it wasn't my style of writing.

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