Shadows On Sparks Street
On April 7, 1868, one of the Fathers of Confederation was gunned down just steps away from Parliament Hill. The murder of Thomas D'Arcy McGee made news around the world and culminated in the last public execution in Canadian history. In February 1869, Patrick James Whelan was hanged for the crime. But was he the real assassin? Freelance journalist Sarah Boothroyd explores the mystery.