Thomas P. Kelley
- Title: The Black Donnellys
- Author: Thomas P. Kelley
- ISBN: 9781895565249
- Page: 366
- Format: Paperback
When that Donnelly glares at you, you hear the sound of shovels digging your grave Donnellys first victim How could one family mom, dad, and seven sons terrorize an entire Canadian community for 33 years The Black Donnellys is the classic account of how James, Johannah and their sons used brute force to brawl, steal, burn, and murder their way into the dark si When that Donnelly glares at you, you hear the sound of shovels digging your grave Donnellys first victim How could one family mom, dad, and seven sons terrorize an entire Canadian community for 33 years The Black Donnellys is the classic account of how James, Johannah and their sons used brute force to brawl, steal, burn, and murder their way into the dark side of Canadian history.A popular bestseller since 1954, this gripping book covers the family s horrific crimes in unflinching detail through to their decimation at the hands of a murderous vigilante mob.
Recent Comments "The Black Donnellys"
Pure entertainment only, this story has no bearing to the true story. For the real truth, read The Donnelly Murders and both books by Orlo Miller. The Donnelly Volume by Ray Fazakas is also very very detailed.
I read this book in school and had to buy it for my collection. I can sum it up pretty easy. This is the most fucked up family I have ever heard of in my life. They are a prime example of neighbors you don't want to have. I was blown away with the shit they got away with and for the amount of time they got away with it and I was shocked that it took as long as it did for everyone to grow a set and put them out of their misery once and for all. If you like a book about murder,theft, thugs, vandal [...]
I read this book in my grade 10 class. I did not like this book at all. I found it very boring. I failed the unit because I barely paid any attention to it :) Although I did pass my English Class with a good mark. Also this unit was on our exam. I did not answer anything for this unit yet I got a higher mark on my exam than my friend. Its so funny cause he's still uppity about it. He he. My friend and I also did a "News Paper Project" on this book and we totally flunked it like majorly, because [...]
I really enjoyed this book. I came across it by chance. It was a recommendation for my kobo. I found it to be a well written and well told story. I had never heard of the Black Donnelly's (sadly), but it proved to be an interesting historical story on a family that lived outside of the London, Ontario area. I would recommend this book.
While the Story itself was really intresting, I felt like I was reading a test book. I found it very choppy heading back and forth in time and the dates in almost every 3rd line(it felt) was distracting. I still gave it a 3 though keeping in mind that it was written in 1954. Writing styles were different then.
Excellent! A real eye opener about a fascinating historical event that happened just 100 miles due north of where I live, right across Lake Erie in neighboring Ontario, Canada. This book really got me into Donnelly lore and on a trip to Canada, I was eager to visit the area where this feud took place.
WOW, a riveting historical, based on a immigrant Irish family and a 30 year feud with their community. I would because of content not recommend for preteen readers, extreme violence A relevant history of 19th century Canada. At 179 pages a good short read.
A creepy part of Canadian history. Classic family feud story, that ends in senseless death.
According to one review, "Canada's only exciting family". Clearly, they've never been to a Quinn family reunion
It was interesting facts about how one family could have such a hold on a community.
This is a great book based on some Canadian History, if you like History then this is a book for you!!!
read this in grade 8 and figured I'd give it a go again. So interesting that such a bloody, violent, historical massacre occurred so close to where I live now. Fascinating piece of Canadian history
this book was a true story that took place in lucan london ontario. it starts off boring but when you start reading it you cant stop because you want to know whats going to keep happening
This makes the Hatfield and McCoy's look like child's play.
The Black DonnellysI first read Thomas P. Kelly’s The Black Donnellys when I was young. Very young. I was still living in Cornwall Ontario at the time, still going to East Front Public School, and I can remember that I first found Kelly’s book Run Indian Run, about Simon Gunanoot’s pursuit by the law in British Colombia in the school’s tiny library. The story spoke to my own aboriginal blood and I fell madly in love with it. You could order Kelly’s books through then and, while I cert [...]
I really enjoyed this writer's sense of humor, in spite of the horrific subject matter. I wish I had read this before I went to Lucan, so I could have looked up a few of the locations mentioned. Will have to go back. A fascinating family, a difficult subject matter, and a really bizarre piece of history.
My grade 8 teacher read this as it is Canadian history on a murderous family. I don't remember it
Terrible book. Poorly written.
Amazing! My very favourite true crime story. I have been to Lucan and visited the graveyard and site of the Donnelly homestead. I was given horse chestnuts for trees on the site to plant for myself. Met the owner, and was given more accurate insight into the history of this family and purchased the property owner's book as well.
Reading this book was like curling up beside your grandfather who tells you a really scary but true story. It's written with a folksy tone and, on occasion, brings a smile. Since I am now living in this area it is a "must-read for me". I really enjoyed it.
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