Black Donnellys: The outrageous tale of Canada's deadliest feud by Nate HendleyBlack Donnellys: The outrageous tale of Canada's deadliest feud by Nate Hendley

Black Donnellys: The outrageous tale of Canada's deadliest feud

byNate Hendley

Paperback | July 15, 2018

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The gruesome saga of the Black Donnellys has been heavily mythologized beginning with the first book published on the story by Thomas Kelley in 1954. A thick layer of rumour, legend and hearsay has built up around the facts of the case. But one thing is clear — no one who reads this book will ever forget the murderous events that occurred near the town of Lucan, Ontario, in the 1870s.

This new edition has been updated to include numerous black and white and colour photos pertaining to the infamous Donnelly family.

NATE HENDLEY is the author of several true-crime books, including profiles of bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd and American gangsters Dutch Schultz and Al Capone. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Title:Black Donnellys: The outrageous tale of Canada's deadliest feudFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:128 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:July 15, 2018Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1459413385

ISBN - 13:9781459413382


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great short read with lots of images and illustrations I found this to be a fantastic read about a really dark and interesting piece of Canadian History. The Donnelly family were kind of rough and tumble quasi-outlaws, but their demise at the hands of the social elite in Lucan Ontario was an extreme reaction to their activities. The illustrations in this book really help to liven up the story and book!
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not recommend The subject is interesting and deserves a better treatment
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "I've read this material in a previously published book" Following the release of 'The Black Donnellys' by Thomas P. Kelley, an interest was sparked in a case that had gone cold for 60 years. Gathering and using material from old newspapers, police and court records, as well as taking creative license with details and plot elements where the truth about certain aspects or events were not known, Mr. Kelley's sensationalized account of the Donnelly tragedy was soon under the microscope. Although being the most popular and still the most famous book ever written about the Donnelly massacre, it was heavily scrutinized and criticized for not being historically accurate. Mr. Hendley is a non-fiction, true crime/biography author, and wrote for Altitude Publishing that specialized in short punchy Canadian non-fiction, primarily of a historical nature. Mr. Hendley's book, surprisingly also titled "The Black Donnellys",(the title coined by Mr. Kelley in 1954 and continuously borrowed because of it's notoriety) contains many of the elements from Kelley's book where Kelley took creative license with details and plot elements using fiction, invention and imagination where the truth about certain aspects or events were not known. Intentionally or not, using inaccuracies by not researching all of the elements believed to be factual from Kelley's book affects the truthfulness of Hendley's biography. Research is key, all sources must be verified. I also find that Mr. Hendley's true crime/biography has us guessing what is fact and what is fiction because there is no delineation between his sometimes colorful and melodramatic writing and the material he is presenting as a result of his research, which I believe to be non existent! Because of the amount of fiction, invention and imagination appropriated from Mr. Kelley's book, it is my opinion that Mr. Hendley's, "The Black Donnellys" is not a work of non-fiction, and is a flawed representation of the true crime/biography genre. It would also be logical to assume that if Mr. Kelley's book can be criticized for not being historically accurate, so can Mr. Hendley's.
Date published: 2018-02-18