A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict—the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a Massey
In February 1915, a member of one of Canada’s wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto as he returned from work. Carrie Davies, an eighteen-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed. But who was the victim here? Charles “Bert” Massey, a scion of a famous family, or the frightened, perhaps mentally unstable Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? When the brilliant lawyer Hartley Dewart, KC, took on Carrie’s case, his grudge against the powerful Masseys would fuel a dramatic trial that pitted the old order against the new, wealth and privilege against virtue and honest hard work. Set against the backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing face of a nation, The Massey Murder brings this sensational crime to vivid life for the first time.
Multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray has created a captivating narrative, rich in detail and brimming with larger-than-life personalities. As in her previous bestselling book, Gold Diggers—on which the Discovery Channel’s hit television mini-series Klondike was based—she shines a light on a central moment in our past.