The Lynching of Peter Wheeler

The Lynching of Peter Wheeler

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"On the night of January 27, 1896, 14-year-old Annie Kempton was brutally murdered. Throat slashed, face beaten, she bled to death on the floor of her family home in Bear River, Nova Scotia. An entire community and a salacious media rose and pointed their finger at one man: Peter Wheeler. According to the newspapers of the day, not only had Peter Wheeler killed Annie Kempton, he had also committed the unforgivable sin of being dark-skinned and foreign-born, a hired hand who had never learned his place. Thanks to a Halifax detective, the self-proclaimed Sherlock Holmes of the Maritimes, the jury deliberated less than two hours before declaring Peter Wheeler guilty of murder. Peter Wheeler was hanged at 2:21 am on September 8, 1896. The case was among the first in Canada to introduce forensic evidence in a courtroom. Re-examining the evidence using modern techniques, Komar reveals how Peter Wheeler was the victim of a state-sanctioned lynching, executed for a crime he didn't commit. Debra Komar has worked as a forensic anthropologist in the US, UK, and Canada"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Fredericton, N.B. : Goose Lane Editions, c2014.
ISBN: 9780864924179
Characteristics: 346 p. :,ill., maps ;,23 cm.


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Jan 21, 2017

Found this book a difficult read. The extensive detail would be more suitable for someone closely involved in forensic science. For me it was not a genre that fits my tastes. Had to have a dictionary nearby to look up many unknown words.

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