In 1903, 13-year-old Glory Whalen disappeared on her way to school. Her body was found the next day; she had been hit with a blunt object, and then shot in the head.
But aside from the fatal shot, the girl was not ‘outraged’, and the few coins she had tucked into the folds of a handkerchief remained untouched.
Her killer was never found, and the tale remains a compelling unsolved mystery and a unique chapter of Collingwood history. It could also be considered one of the oldest ‘cold’ cases in the Province of Ontario.
“I was fascinated by this story as soon as I heard about,” said journalist Morgan Ian Adams, who explores the circumstances of the murder in his first novelette, Glory: A Lamentable Condition of Affairs.
The 62-page novelette is available by order through Adams’ web site, www.east-end-underground.com. It will be distributed as an Adobe Acrobat® PDF file at a cost of $5.99 (users unfamiliar with, or uneasy of using, online payment methods can arrange to purchase a copy of the book through alternative means of payment), or a paperback version for $10.
The book covers the events from the morning of the murder through to the eventual outcome of the inquest jury’s verdict. It also follows the eventual fate of the other family members, as well as some of the principals involved in the investigation. It references news stories from local and provincial media of the time, as well as documents obtained from the National Archives of Canada.
The story proves that local history can be just as interesting as any tale of great moments in Canadian history.
“Collingwood has a fascinating history, but aside from a couple of books such as Reflections, unfortunately much of that history is on microfilm where few people have an opportunity to read about it,” says Adams.
Adams will also donate 50 cents from the sale of each book (both e-book and hard copy) to the Collingwood Public Library’s building fund.
“The library is an important public, cultural institution in our community, and it is only appropriate that as I used this facility for my research, that I should put something back into it,” he said.
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