The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country

By Charlotte Gray

In February 1915, a member of 1 of Canada's wealthiest households used to be shot and killed at the entrance porch of his domestic in Toronto as he used to be getting back from paintings. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old household servant, quick confessed. yet who used to be the sufferer right here? Charles "Bert" Massey, a scion of a recognized kinfolk, or the apprehensive, might be mentally volatile Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? whilst the intense attorney Hartley Dewart, quality controls, took on her case, his grudge opposed to the strong Masseys might gas a dramatic trial that pitted the outdated order opposed to the hot, wealth and privilege opposed to advantage and sincere exertions. Set opposed to a backdrop of the nice battle in Europe and the altering face of a state, this sensational crime is delivered to bright existence for the 1st time.

As in her earlier bestselling ebook, Gold Diggers--now in creation as a Discovery tv miniseries--multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte grey has created an enthralling narrative wealthy intimately and brimming with larger-than-life personalities, as she shines a gentle on a imperative second in our previous.

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The newspaper even controlled to discover a attorney who insisted he had “been capable of stopover at her on the prison within the guise of ‘medical expert,’ yet he couldn’t get within the position, almost certainly as a result of the weigh down of different [lawyers] who desired to get out. ” The bright (and not going) account of felony competition ended on a be aware of bathos: “But whereas the Fairchilds are therefore loaded with deals of assistance, not anyone has come ahead with a great deal funds. ” Archie Fisher ended this actual article with a dramatic catalogue of questions that “had to be asked,” for which pricey specialist testimony will be required: Is Carrie Davies sane? Can she end up it? Is Carrie Davies blameless of the crime of homicide? Can she end up it? … caliber instead of volume in professional technical proof counts, and caliber expenses. The melodrama of Archie’s defence of Carrie, “a negative English woman, years out from ‘ome, in a determined scrape,” used to be matched simply via a few appalling verse that seemed at the comparable web page of the night Telegram, columns away, that hit an identical be aware of British harmony and pluck. Written by means of a deservedly forgotten poet named Albert E. Sleighs, it was once entitled “Queen’s Own,” a connection with one of many Toronto regiments seeing motion in France for the 1st time that week. O, take heed to the bugle name that summons males to palms, Their King and nation want them on the entrance; They depart the table and manufacturing facility, they go away town and farms, to stand the foe and endure the battle’s brunt … Queen’s personal, Queen’s personal, definite a finer lot of lads have been by no means recognized. You’ve a bonnie lot of laddies, You’ll be ignored via Rose and Gladys, while you’re combating on the entrance, Queen’s personal. They’ve made their wills and settled up and counted each expense, although so much of them to provide had in simple terms lifestyles, yet they’ll provide it, provide it freely and count number it cost effectively misplaced, to assist the Empire triumph within the strife. Queen’s personal, Queen’s personal, whilst you’re scuffling with within the cannon-roaring sector, while you’re charging with the bayonet And the blood of foemen stain it, Don’t disregard the slaughtered babes, Queen’s personal. what percentage Tely readers, slumped at kitchen tables with the paper and a cup of tea after a protracted day, might withstand the sentimental attraction of 2 parallel stories—a younger lady in hassle, and the Empire imperilled? courageous boys have been protecting the Empire, yet who was once taking care of bad Carrie, who had attempted to guard her advantage whereas her boyfriend used to be on the entrance? was once she rather so diverse from “Rose and Gladys,” who have been lacking their laddies on the entrance? { bankruptcy eleven } felony Circles SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 TO WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 The as soon as sizeable armies of the Germans are melting clear of each day … and their feverish job and frightful sacrifice of lifestyles exhibits that they understand the determined nature in their place. —Toronto day-by-day information, Wednesday, February 24, 1915 ]DOCTORS to work out CARRIE DAVIES SHE PLEADED no longer accountable while CASE used to be OPENED THIS AFTERNOON symptoms ARE THAT THE DEFENCE provided may be madness —Toronto day-by-day information, Wednesday, February 24, 1915 Carrie may by no means absolutely get pleasure from how fortunate she was once to have Herbert Hartley Dewart, KC, as her defence suggestions.

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