Who at The Donnelly Trial
James Donnelly (age 63), Johannah Donnelly (56), Bridget Donnelly (21),
Thomas Donnelly (25) and John Donnelly (32)
Mr. Justice John Douglas Armour
Played by Dale Bell (Juno and the Paycock)
A strong-willed judge who would "brook no interference in the running
of his court."
Constable James Carroll
Played by Sean Carmichael (Hellbound)
James Carroll came for the village of Exeter and was a former farmer,
lumberjack and dealer of farming equipment. He was hired as constable
in Lucan in 1879. He is charged with the murder of Johannah Donnelly and
faces the death penalty if found guilty.
William Ralph Meredith
Played by Paul Myers (The Under Achievers)
The leader of the Conservative opposition in Queen’s Park, Meredith is
using the trial to position himself as the defender of the right and reputations
of Ontario’s Irish Catholic population. Any attack on his clients would
be treated like an attack on all Irish Catholics.
Played by Dean Hall (The End of Civilization)
A member of the Queens Council, president of the Hamilton Law Association,
and a former Liberal Member of Parliament, Irving is a lawyer of the earlier
school in Canada, painstaking, precise, methodical and without a trace
Gilbert S. Moore
Played by Ron Smith (Juno and the Paycock)
A police constable from London, Moore was one of the first law officers
at the scene of the murders and helped collect the remains of victims.
Played by Declan Dunne (stage debut)
Biddulph township magistrate who harbored a secret hatred for the Donnelly
family and who meted out more bias than justice.
Thomas Trounce Williams
Alistaire McGhee (Suffering Fools)
Chief of Police for the city of London, Williams was in charge of the
murder investigation and was not too fussy if he stepped on anyone’s toes
to obtain a conviction.
Timothy Lewis (Arsenic and Old Lace)
Played by Craig Munns (Juno and the Paycock)
A member of the Biddulph Vigilance Committee, Cain had once had a land
deal ruined by Mrs. Donnelly, who allegedly threatened a prospective buyer.
Played by Jim Konopetski (The Sunshine Boys)
Member and leader of the Biddulph Vigilance Committee.
Played by Gerry Hawkins (stage debut)
Grizzled old neighbour of James Donnelly’s once chased James Carroll off
his farm for trying to subpoena his wife and threatened to brain the constable
with an axe if he ever came back. Was nearly cited for contempt at the
hearings in Lucan for refusing to give evidence.
Played by Joel Bradford (Touched by a Demon) and Scott Morasch (The Secret
The 13-year-old Lucan native was the sole survivor of the murders at James
Donnelly’s house and the star witness for the prosecution.
Played by Simon Goodwin (Risk Everything)
The most famous member of the Donnelly family provided testimony about
his brother’s murder - but only opened himself up for character assassination
and ridicule by the defense.
Played by Eva Blahut (Angels in America)
The only daughter of James and Johannah Donnelly proved to be extremely
emotional when she stepped on the witness stand.
Played by Josey Christmas (stage debut)
The mother of Johnny O’Connor who has been blackmailing the crown in exchange
for her son’s testimony.
Played by Sue Mei (The Miracle Worker)
Enemy of the Donnelly family who perjured herself on the witness stand
to secure an alibi for the prisoner.
Played by David Leeson (Eve)
William Donnelly’s much hated brother-in law and the suspected killer
of John Donnelly.
Played by Jeff Werkmeister (The Under Achievers)
The Judas of the piece, Feeheley was a former friend of the Donnellys
who later betrayed them to their enemies.
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