Maritime Murder: Deadly Crimes from the Buried Past

Maritime Murder: Deadly Crimes from the Buried Past

by Steve Vernon


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In his uniquely homespun style, sinister storyteller Steve Vernon digs up the dirt on Maritime murders from 1770 to 1929—along with a few bodies along the way. Unearthing historically buried, and occasionally unsolved, violent crimes from across Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Vernon's versions of these 19 macabre tales will chill you to the bone.

Featuring a bevy of questionable characters from the darkest recesses of Maritime history, Maritime Murder divulges a diverse array of bygone crimes, trials, and the eerie aftermath. From botched executions and poisonous tea, to axe murders and curious cover-ups, bear witness to the villains and victims of some of the dastardliest deeds this side of the Atlantic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551099279
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Publication date: 09/19/2012
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Steve Vernon is one of Canada's premier storytellers. He has published numerous books and short stories for kids and adults including Maritime Murder, Halifax Haunts, and The Lunenburg Werewolf and Other Stories from the Supernatural. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Table of Contents

Preface v

Acknowledgements vii

A Bitter Harvest: (Peter Mailman, Lunenburg, NS, 1873)

Murder or Nothing: (The Bannister Clan, Pacific Junction, NB, 1936) 15

Don't Blame the Dog: (Francis Xavier Gallant, Malpeque Bay, PEI, 1812) 31

"Hang Me and Be Done With It": (Minnie McGee, St. Mary's Road, PEI, 1912) 39

A Right Rough Bunch: (The Boutilier Brothers, Lunenburg, NS, 1791) 51

A Crime of Cold Passion: (Peter Wheeler, Bear River, NS, 1896) 61

Killing Mercy: (Amos Babcock, Shediac Bridge, NB, 1805) 73

A Frustrated Hunger: (Angele Poulin, Caraquet Island, NB, 1874) 81

One Hanging Wasn't Enough: (George Dowey, Charlottetown, PEI, 1868) 89

Two Muddy Boot Tracks to the Gallows: (William Millman, Burlington, PEI, 1887) 97

"Kill Him Right the Once": (The Osborne Family, Shediac, NB, 1877) 107

Flypaper Tea and a Royal Pardon: (William Preeper, Musquodoboit, NS, 1887) 119

"I'll Kill All Hands Before They Hang Me": (Alexander Gillis, Charlottetown, PEI, 1885) 127

Seven Revolvers and One Knife: (Hubert Grant, Birch Cove, NS, 1912) 137

"He Ate 'Em Raw": (Robert "Buck" Olsen, Moncton, NB, 1892) 147

"Oh, Don't Kill Me Anymore": (John Sullivan, Meadow Brook, NB, 1896) 161

The Nova Scotia Bluebeard: (Samuel Herbert Dougal, Halifax, NS, 1885) 173

The Severed Head Told the Tale: (Neil McFadyen, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, 1848) 183

A Thirty-Two-Shilling Ghost Story: (Maurice Doyle, River Philip, NS, 1838) 191

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