This true crime drama provides a gripping narrative of the events surrounding the shooting of two police officers by renegade Irish Republican Brotherhood members in Dublin in 1867 and the subsequent investigation into the underground nationalist movement. The work draws on newspaper reports and primary source documents to describe a tale of police work and politics as well as to provide an interesting window into nineteenth century forensic science that was relied on extensively in this case. Several black and white plates including photographs of the suspects and forensic reports are included. This work will be of interest to historians studying the nineteenth century Fenian movement and fans of Victorian true crime stories.
Author's note; acknowledgements; dramatis personae; preface; prologue; a strange errand; the dmp man's hospital; first round of arrests; great britain street raid; heroic medicine; jack cade o'loughlin; subscription funds; the net tightens; lives in the balance; a funeral procession; international connections; rattled nerves; brandy and scalpels; raid on the coombe; the felon's track; a mock funeral procession; desperado; home for christmas; a discreet arrest; sergeant kelly has a visitor; a belated confession; commission of 'oyer and terminer'; trial; alibi; a plot unmasked; appendix 1.
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