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Ryder swore that we lived neighbours to each other for thirty years and never had any differences, and had no reason for arresting us only we are blamed for everything The presiding Magistrates are old Grant and newly made one, Casey.
Heaven and Hell on Earth: The Massacre of the"Black Donnellys"
They are using us work that mad dogs. McDermid is attending on our behalf If so I will telegraph you when we start for London to meet us at the City Hotel, and get us bailed to take our trail before the judge, and I want you to handle the case in our behalf. There is not the slightest case for our arrest, it seems hard to see a man and women over sixty years of age dragged around as laughing stock.
James Donnelly, SEN 2 . Once the letter was delivered, the day carried on as it normally would; at roughly 4 o'clock Johnny, James and Jim returned to their house on Roman Line. Donnelly that insisted that Johnny O'Connor stay the night and to sleep in Mr. Donnellys bed as a form of protection as well as the bed was extremely big. Donnelly's bedroom was actually Johnny O'Connor voice. Donnelly and Bridget Donnelly due to all the commotion. Donnelly and he noticed that his son was handcuffed and proclaimed "what have you got against us now?
Donnelly and Tom Donnelly; Bridget Donnelly was able to escape and race up the stairs in order to hide from her attackers. Donnelly; he was beaten rapidly and James Maher hit his skull repeatedly causing brain damage; Mrs. Donnelly on the other hand, fought hard against her attackers. Donnelly and Tom Donnelly were all laying on the ground, the men realized that Bridget Donnelly was nowhere to be found.
Donnelly had encouraged Johnny to spend the night and assist them with the livestock in the morning. These words spoken by Jim Feeheley ended the massacre, which would have continued to Big Jim Keefe's house. The crown felt that a fair trial could not be obtained in Middlesex County, as it was too biased against the Donnellys.
The vigilantes did everything in their power to try to keep Johnny from testifying. One of the houses was known to have run a bootlegging operation at times, the other house he rented to Bob Donnelly. She laid a charge against him of using abusive language. Young Johnny was not deterred from testifying by any of the group's activities. Tom told him to read the warrant: Carroll said there was lots of time for that: I saw him run out and Bridget ran upstairs and I ran after her and she shut the door and I ran back again in the room and got under the bed behind the clothes basket: I heard them throw him down on the floor, and heard the handcuffs rattling or whatever they had on his hand: I saw the standing round him: I saw one man with his face blackened, and a long coat on, a middling sized man; Carroll saw me in bed, he looked right at me, and I saw him looking right at me for a while; he did not speak to me: I did not see anyone strike the Donnellys, I only heard them.
Open the door Will! I turned the side of the blind and looked out: Kennedy was standing where his name is now marked on the plan about three feet from the door: James Carroll and James Ryder were standing where their names are written on the plan about nine feet from my window: I saw three others outside of the fence, near to the little gate: I calculated that they were Wm. Carroll, Patrick Ryder Jr. The defence witnesses were friends and family of the vigilante community, and backed the stories and alibis of each of the members that stood trial. John Purtell, one of the prisoners stated that he was not a member of the committee and had never attended any of the meetings.
James and his father Matthew backed his story. Those named agreed that they played cards and went home to their own places. Vigilante Michael Blake said that he also had spent the night there. They all left together about 9: Each testified to the same account, with Brien adding that he visited Kennedy at 2: After a four and a half hour parley, the foreman of the jury announced that there was no chance of an agreement on a final verdict. One juror declared that he would not have convicted Carroll even if he had seen the killings himself. The rest voted for acquittal out of fear for the dozens of others involved.
In the end, one jury member was undecided, seven wanted to acquit, and four wanted to convict, resulting in a hung jury. Meredith, he steered the trial to ensure an acquittal of Carroll on February 2, James Reaney compares the two trials, noting how much smaller the second one seemed and that it lacked the legal conjecture and maneuvering that had marked the first trial. Before the trial the lawyers for both sides, Irving and Hutchinson, agreed to keep the trial date close to the New Year so that the jury pool would not have time to be tainted by either side.
Nevertheless, the jury consisted entirely of Protestants ruling on an Irish Catholic defendant.
His declaration that they had been removed became a point of debate within the trial, as the London Advertiser recalls. In the cross-examination of the boy, the defence tried to trip him up on his answers, but the jury and those present in the court room seemed to believe him. As the Toronto Globe accounts, "His answers were, as a rule, given very promptly and with a fearlessness that did him credit… looking straight into the face of the Crown counsel, seldom looking elsewhere. What fatally weakened the prosecution was the testimony of his mother.
This made her lose her temper and she arrived on the stand already upset after a dispute with fellow witness Mrs. She should have explained clearly that her family did need more money and that the provincial bureaucrats were unwilling to provide this, and that was unrelated to the Crown prosecution. Reaney speculates that the bureaucrats did not want to aid a friend of the Donnellys. After this, much of the same evidence was presented as at the first trial with the same results, with Michael Donnelly maintaining that the valances on the bed had been removed by the time he woke.
At the conclusion of the trial the jury convened for three hours before returning a verdict of not guilty.
Irving recalled that the jurors before their final meeting had asked whether there was any way Carroll would not be hanged if found guilty and he had responded, "No. The reporters' description of the various witnesses showed that they believed the Donnelly brothers, William and Patrick, to be intelligent, well spoken individuals, and the press had a hard time believing their family were the ruffians the evidence made them out to be. In contrast the press described Carroll and the others as a "bunch of envious, dangerous, backwoodsmen" who had a sinister appearance to them.
This characterization by the press and their account ensured that while the Donnellys would not get justice in the courtroom, their story would eventually prevail.
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