The trials of James McDermott and Grace Marks

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The lengthy title sums up a contemporary report of murder in Upper Canada. Somewhat of a cause célèbre, this sensational crime merited its own chapters in Susanna Moodie's 1853 Life in the Clearings versus the Bush and in the History of Toronto and County of York, published in 1885. Margaret Atwood based her 1996 novel Alias Grace on these events.

The trials of James McDermott and Grace Marks, at Toronto, Upper Canada, November 3rd and 4th, 1843, for the murder of Thomas Kinnear, esquire, and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery at Richmond Hill, township of Vaughan, Home District, Upper Canada on Saturday, 29th July, 1843; with their confessions since their trials and their portraits.
George Walton
Toronto: Star and Transcript Office, 1843

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