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The true story of Canada's
most barbaric feud
Thomas P. Kelley
published by: Harlequin Books Ltd., Winnipeg, Canada. April 1954
How could one
an entire Canadian community for 33 years? The Black Donnellys is the
account of how James, Johannah and their sons used brute force to
steal, burn, and murder their way into the dark side of Canadian
A popular bestseller since 1954, this gripping book covers the family’s
horrific crimes in unflinching detail through to their decimation at
hands of a murderous vigilante mob.
is the first book that was ever published about the Donnelly massacre,
and the most famous. It has been reprinted about 30 times to date, and
has been considered by many, not historically accurate. There are many
mistakes in the story that have left many readers believing some facts
that never actually happened. The book is entertaining to read,
and since it is THE book that originally brought the whole
story to light, everyone should have at least one copy in their
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of the Black Donnellys
- Canada's most feared family
strikes back from the grave
Thomas P. Kelley
published by: Harlequin Books, Ltd., Winnipeg, Canada. November 1962
Paperback Edition (June
Books: ISBN: 1895565553
Black Donnellys is a fictionalized tale that picks up where The
Black Donnellys left off -- at the grim scene of their grave. What
ever happened to the members of the mob that clubbed, stabbed, shot,
burned the two Donnelly parents, two of their sons, and a visiting
Why was no one ever convicted of their brutal murders? Who was the
mastermind behind the mob? What happened to the surviving Donnellys?
Find out the
these and other (some still unanswered) questions in this spellbinding
sequel to The Black Donnellys.
second book by Kelly is a fiction piece woven around the supposed story
of Johannah Donnelly's curse that she uttered with her dying breath:
one of her killers would suffer a violent death. This book is a great
well written, and definitely a book you won't be able to put down.
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Donnellys Must Die
The true story of the
brutal murders of James Donnelly
and his family near Lucan,
Ontario in 1879-80
published by: Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, Canada, 1962.
Ltd. ISBN: 0771592655
Miller's book is considered by many to be a very accurate book that is
well written. It is filled with a lot of historical information,
some of it does not coincide with the historical facts of other
books. But it is a good book, nevertheless, and one that every Donnelly
fan should own.
This title is currently out of print.
you can order a used copy.
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To The Donnellys: A Novel
published in 1975, and again in 1979 by Signet, Toronto This title is
of print, but you might find it in a used book store.
information available on this book.
Dec.1983 by: Beach Holme Pub Ltd.
Reaney's plays have enjoyed much success among school children and
groups who have staged his plays. This work is a true piece of Canadian
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The Donnellys suffered
And they fought back
published by: PaperJacks Ltd., Markham, Canada.
book is about the sequence of events that led to the Donnelly massacre.
The book is a little dramatic and it reads more like a Hollywood movie
than a novel. If the Donnelly massacre wasn't a true event, then this
would be a great fiction piece, ideal for the big screen. But because
massacre is real, some of the scenes within the book are a little far
However, for its entertainment value, it is a book worth having on your
This title is currently not available and difficult to find.
The Complete and Authentic
Account Illustrated With
Photographs Of Canada's
Famous Feuding Family.
published by: Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, Canada, 1977.
Paperback Edition (September 1995)
Books ISBN: 1895565618
Donnelly bookshelf is complete without this exceptionally
book. Considered by many to be the most historically accurate book
to date. Filled with excellent quality photographs, maps and
the book is very entertaining to browse through. If you want the real,
true story of the Donnellys, this book is a must-read. And, if you're a
true Donnelly enthusiast, you will definitely want to add this one to
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commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Donnelly massacre.
published by: Phelps Publishing Co., London, Canada, 1980.
or not this booklet is still available to the public, it's unknown. The
booklet is filled with original newspaper articles that were published
in 'The London Free Press' and 'The London
following the Donnelly massacre. The newspaper clippings give the
a real sense of being there, and 'seeing' history through
the eyes of the reporters who witnessed it first hand.
Are Never Alone
Our Life On The Donnelly
J. Robert Salts
book is a refreshing change from all the other Donnelly books that have
been written. It is not just another regurgitated Donnelly history
but rather, a book that looks into the life of the author and current
of the Donnelly Homestead, Robert Salts. Through entertaining stories,
he reveals what life is like on the famous property, and he talks about
ghosts and hauntings; a subject that every Donnelly fan is fascinated
The book is well written with wonderful photographs. Those interested
the Donnellys will find this book very entertaining, and a great read.
copies are available
at the Donnelly Homestead for $20.00 (CAN.) each.
If ordering by
add $6.00 Shipping & Handling... ($26.00 CAN. total).
order, please contact Robert Salts:
or money order ONLY
Side of Heaven
Determining the Donnelly
Norman N. Feltes
1999 - University
Of Toronto Press
an examination of economic, social and geographical structures, this
shows how large forces caused the infamous Donnelly family murders in
Norman N. Feltes argues that factors in Biddulph Township during the
19th century may have been the motivation behind the ‘Vigilance
brutally bludgeoning the Donnelly family.
Side of Heaven"
asserts the way the region was surveyed and settled, competition with
US, a distinctive wheat trade and patriarchal gender relations impacted
the socio-historical site of the murders and the trial at which the
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Search Of The Donnellys
Ray Fazakas (Author
of The Donnelly Album)
Cover) 306 pages
Trafford Publishing 2007
a lifetime of research,
this follow-up to The
Donnelly Album contains much new material,
previously unpublished photographs of the Donnellys, their families,
and enemies and many fresh insights.
Search of the Donnellys
does not retell the Donnelly story, but approaches it from a different
angle: it recounts the author's own personal adventures in searching
for the information from the beginning to the present. While Fazakas
stands by the original telling, the book fills in some gaps, expands
some areas and further accounts for some of the controversy which
continues to surround this fascinating bit of North American folk
history with Irish roots.
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Outrageous Tale of Canada's Deadliest Feud
of the Amazing Stories series
Canada: (April 2004)
looks at the notorious
Donnelly family of Lucan, Ontario. After fleeing poverty-wracked
in the 1840s, the Donnellys established themselves on stolen land in
Ontario. The seven Donnelly boys and their father soon acquired a
for violence and mayhem, burning down barns and assaulting townspeople.
The family seemed unstoppable, until a vigilante group decided to seek
a permanent solution to their reign of terror.
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P. Kelly. "The Black Donnellys".
Toronto: Harlequin Books, 1954
P. Kelly. "Vengeance of the Black
Harlequin Books, 1962
Miller. "The Donnellys Must Die".
Toronto: Macmillan, 1962
Miller. "Death To The Donnellys".
A Novel. Toronto: Signet, 1975 & 1979
Crichton "The Donnelly Murders".
"Adapted from the screenplay by Leonard Yakir and Murray Markowitz."
ONT: PaperJacks Ltd., 1977
Hedley "The Black Donnellys - The
Tales of Canada's Deadliest Feud" Altitude
Publishing Canada, 2004
"The Biddulph Tragedy".
[London: n.p., 1880] Excerpts from London Advertiser CIHM
"Remarkable Trials: The Biddulph Tragedy".
Dominion Annual Register and Review
. . . 1880-1881. Ed. Henry J. Morgan. Montreal: Lovel, 1882.
Davison Butt. "The Donnellys: History,
Legend, Literature". diss. UWO 1977.
Thesis on Microfiche #31563.
Cosens ed. "The Donnelly Tragedy
London: Phelps Publishing, 1980
S. Elliot. "Tipperary? Well, Just
. . The Donnellys Located". Families
#2 (1983), 91-96.
Fazakas. "The Donnelly Album: The
and Authentic Account Illustrated with Photographs of Canada's Famous
Family". Toronto: Macmillan, 1977
C. Guillet. "Famous Canadian Trials".
vol. 8. "The End of the Donnellys, or
Murder in Biddulph Township". A study
of the Evidence in The Queen versus James Carroll 1880.
typescript 1944, at Baldwin Room, Metro TO: Ref Lib.
Hassard. "When Biddulph Township
With Crime, Famous
Canadian Trials". Toronto: Carswell,
Leslie. "Legend of the Roman Line. The
Donnellys of Biddulph". Hamilton:
Green Publishing, 1980
Reaney. "The Donnellys: A Tipperary
in Victorian Ontario", in US 785-89
"James Donnelly," Dictionary of Canadian Biography, X, 234-5
Stewart Wallace. "The Lucan Murders",
Murders and Mysteries: A Canadian Series".
Toronto: Macmillan, 1931. 194-217
Helm. "Civil Disorders in Biddulph
1850-1880: A Case Study of the Donnelly Murders." M.A.
Thesis, Sir George Williams [now Concordia] University. 1970. P.A.C.
Robert Salts. "You Are Never Alone. Our
Life On The Donnelly Homestead". Self
N Feltes. "This Side of Heaven:
the Donnelly Murders, 1880" Publisher:
University Of Toronto Press, 1999.
Fazakas. "In Search Of The Donnellys"
Self published, 2001
Donnelly Treatise: After The Massacre" Self-Published, 2004
Justice: The True Story of the Black Donnellys" Key Porter Books
Colley. "The Donnellys. a drama with
Toronto: Simon & Pierre, 1974. music by: Berthold Carriere.
in London, ONT.
Reaney. "The Donnellys. A Trilogy".
Erin, ONT: Press Porcepic, 1976
Johns (with Theatre Passe Muraille). "The
Death of the Donnellys". Toronto:
Canada, 1982. First produced by Blyth Summer Festival in 1979; "The
is a rewritten version of Them Donnellys, a collective
and directed by Paul Thompson at Theatre Passe Muraille in 1974 and
(Authors [sic] Note)."
above Bibliography was compiled and submitted by:
Dennis Duffy, University of Toronto.
here with permission.