Monday, August 24, 2015

A Canadian Story For Monday Mystery...!

It isn't often we hav e a tale from our neighbors in Canada, so maybe this is right on time.

A good mystery has no bounds or borders, that we already know. This one is as good a mystery as we have seen for a while. I picked it up from the folks over at Listverse.

The Redpath Mansion

Another century-old cold case concerns the 1901 murder of Ada Maria Mills Redpath and her son, Clifford, in their luxurious Montreal mansion. Ada was an extremely wealthy widow who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Her son, on the other hand, was as healthy as a horse and in the process of preparing to take the Canadian bar exam. One newspaper speculated that Clifford couldn’t handle the stress of the exam and murdered his mother before shooting himself. Another paper claimed that the widow Redpath suffered from such severe insomnia that she tried to take her own life. When her son intervened, he was accidentally shot to death by his own mother.

Strangely, the coroner wrote his report on the case from details given by a doctor who wasn’t even at the murder scene. On such evidence, his report concluded that Clifford was an epileptic and must have had an episode of temporary insanity on the day he and his mother died. Even stranger is the fact that police were never called to the mansion. The tragedy happened on a Thursday evening and less than 48 hours later the burials were done and dusted. In a matter of weeks, life in the neighborhood resumed as usual. No one mentioned the murders again.

The Redpath Mansion murders remain one of the most fascinating mysteries in Canadian history.

Call me crazy, but this whole thing just reeks of some kind of cover-up. Seems to me that the whole thing was haphazardly handled from the start, ya know? I'm thinking there has to be more than just one mystery to this story. What do you think?

Coffee out on the patio this morning.


Sixbears said...

Yep, Coverup. This was swept under the rug way too quickly.

linda m said...

This story reeks of cover-up. This would be a good one for Cold Case Files to investigate. Nice cool morning here. I'll bring some warm fresh baked bread and honey for y'all.

Chickenmom said...

Dang it, Mr. Hermit - Another good one!! Found this:
Save the seat next to you for me Linda! :o)

JO said...

Now this is a mystery. Its way to short of a story to be put to bed my the police dept. Leaves lots of questions. Something to discuss on the patio

HermitJim said...

Hey Sixbears...
Something was definitely going on. Very quick rush to being solved to me.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
Does scream cover-up, for sure. But who was behind the whole thing, I wonder?
Thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey Phyllis...
I like ti find the ones that make you seek more info. I learn more that way!
Thanks for the visit this morning!

Hey Jo...
Guess it makes a good mystery better when it opens more questions than answers.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

Anonymous said...

A really good mystery today!

Somethging wasn't right there so I agree with the others, cover up!

Have a great day!

Dizzy-Dick said...

The butler did it. (Grin)