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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 was once coming back from paintings. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old family servant, speedy confessed. yet who used to be the sufferer right here? Charles "Bert" Massey, a scion of a recognized kinfolk, or the apprehensive, possibly mentally risky Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? while the intense legal professional Hartley Dewart, quality control, took on her case, his grudge opposed to the robust Masseys could gasoline a dramatic trial that pitted the previous order opposed to the recent, wealth and privilege opposed to advantage and sincere exertions. Set opposed to a backdrop of the nice warfare in Europe and the altering face of a kingdom, this sensational crime is delivered to brilliant existence for the 1st time.

As in her past bestselling e-book, Gold Diggers--now in creation as a Discovery tv miniseries--multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte grey has created a charming narrative wealthy intimately and brimming with larger-than-life personalities, as she shines a mild on a valuable second in our prior.

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Amidst the battle fever, Black Jack Robinson of the night Telegram was once not likely to enable Carrie Davies be forgotten. Hartley Dewart had allow him comprehend, via their go-between Roebuck, that there has been the promise of an outstanding scandal while the Davies case got here to court docket. And, like several solid editor, he had a consider for the temper of his readership. Hunched and considerate, Robinson sat in his place of work surrounded by way of untidy piles of outdated papers, executive experiences, and evidence sheets. He allowed himself a wolfish grin as he tapped a pencil on his cluttered computer, solid a brief eye over the Tely newsroom, after which reread the menacing headlines from Europe.

They discovered that once you killed Mr. Massey you misplaced keep watch over of your self and at that second had no murderous rationale. “You have had a strict citing and the impact of your mom and dad upon you has fallen upon solid grounds. you've got had the top regard for morality and honour. these characteristics prompted you to take a much better view of what Mr. Massey could have performed than the proof warranted, yet however your schooling, education and nature have been similar to to fill you with alarm of the potential outcomes of assembly him back, unprotected, and so, from the very optimum explanations, you probably did something which you may remorse might be all of your lifestyles.

Florence Huestis minimize a swath via Toronto as a result of her heart names. Florence’s grandfather was once William Hamilton, a filthy rich Toronto industrialist whose fortune got here from ironworks and toolmaking: his foundry produced the ornate iron fence that encircled Osgoode corridor. She was once additionally a part of the Gooderham dynasty, based by way of William Gooderham, who together with his nephew and companion James Worts had equipped a major whisky distillery within the city’s east finish that via 1861 used to be the world’s biggest, generating 7,500 gallons of spirits an afternoon.

Whilst Carrie, clad in a legislation gray wool dress, was once introduced in via Mrs. Sinclair, the women’s superintendent, the sisters stared at one another, white-faced and mute with helplessness. Ed Fairchild reassured Carrie that he used to be doing every little thing he may possibly. however it was once a bad time for the 3 working-class British immigrants. Even ignorant younger Carrie famous that she was once in a difficulty, dealing with the main severe cost within the legal Code. How may well the trio in all likelihood locate the money to pay Mr. Maw’s charges, not to mention these of the well-known Hartley Dewart, KC?

It really is most probably that this was once the conflict during which Carrie’s sweetheart fell, too. He might in all likelihood were on the entrance, in addition to different childrens who had as soon as verified their marksmanship on the capturing gallery on Toronto Island. again domestic, spring had eventually arrived: magnolia bushes in Rosedale backyards bloomed, chestnut timber alongside collage road have been in bud, and the times have been lengthening. however the households crowded outdoors newspaper workplaces on King road, awaiting casualty lists to be published, have been jam-packed with feverish anxiousness and dread.

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