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The Rectory Murder

The Mysterious Crime that Shocked Turn-of-the-Century New Brunswick

By Kenneth Saunders

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In New Brunswick's Hopewell Cape courthouse a sensational turn-of-the-century trial put young, handsome Tom Collins in the prisoner's dock, charged with the grisly murder of Mary Ann McAuley, housekeeper to the parish priest.
Author Kenneth Saunders focuses on this story to present a vivid picture of New Brunswick rural society in the early 1900s. Looking at the events of the murder and the trial through the eyes of farmers, tradesmen, clergy, town officials, police and the notorious hangman Jon Radclive, Saunders makes their voices sound so real, so genuine that they seem to be with us still.
The Rectory Murder presents a vivid portrait of a grisly crime, and of its widespread effects on an otherwise peaceful rural community.





  1. Wednesday, November 13, 1907
  2. Gone to Dust
  3. Monday, August 20, 1906
  4. Tuesday, August 21, 1906
  5. Wednesday, August 22, 1906
  6. Thursday, August 23, 1906
  7. Friday, August 24, 1906
  8. Saturday, August 25, 1906
    Sunday, August 26, 1906
  9. September-December, 1906
  10. The First Trial
    January, 1907
  11. The Second and Third Trials
    February-October, 1907
  12. "Not a Proper Person To Be Executed"
  13. Thursday, November 14, 1907
    Friday, November 15, 1907

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 302 pages
Publication Date: 14th November 2013
ISBN: 9781459405868
Format: 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:  HIS006000
Imprint: Lorimer


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