Saturday, February 5, 2011

Murder in the Mansion-----Move Along Folks Nothing to See Here !

   when your Rich ,there's no need to investigate minor stuff,like murder-suicide I guess lol!!                       Cheers!! HF&RV                                      The other Redpath Mansion mystery

By Andy Riga Fri, Feb 4 2011 COMMENTS(0) Metropolitan News, Andy Riga's Montreal blog

Photograph | Mrs. J. J. Redpath's group, Montreal, QC, 1881 | II-59824.1

What remains of the Redpath Mansion on du Musée Ave. has been saved for now, though the crumbling building's ultimate fate remains a mystery.

When I was researching the mansion, I stumbled upon another Redpath Mansion mystery.

This one involved a shocking murder in Montreal high society. It happened in a mansion on Sherbrooke St.

The Redpath Mansion Mystery was revived as part of an online series titled, Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History:

All that is certain is that two members of one of Canada's wealthiest families died from gunshot wounds on June 13, 1901. Ada Maria Mills Redpath, the 59-year old widow of industrialist John James Redpath, and her 24-year old son Jocelyn Clifford Redpath ("Cliff") were shot in Ada's bedroom in the Redpath mansion in Montreal's affluent Square Mile district. Beyond these facts it is difficult to know what happened.

We do know that the investigation was hasty. Apparently the police were not called. A coroner's investigation was opened, closed, and the bodies were buried within 48 hours of the shots being fired. By all accounts, the Redpath family never discussed the tragic events of 1901 among themselves or publicly.

Who shot whom and why? Why are there so many conflicting versions of the story? Why was the investigation perfunctory? In this whodunit you will encounter dead ends, closed doors, and intriguing mysteries as you search for the truth.

But the Redpath Mansion Mystery also opens doors. It reveals the lives of the super-wealthy in turn-of-the-century Montreal, as well as those of their servants. It shines a light on family loyalty and tensions, health and disease, and on the built world of mansions, hospitals, and monuments a century ago.

This is a story about a dramatic family tragedy and its setting.

This clipping from a Sept. 20, 1901 newspaper suggests the culprit was Clifford, who then committed suicide. 

You can take a crack at solving the mystery here.

Here's a photo of that other Redpath Mansion, which was demolished in the 1950s:

Photograph | Mrs. John Redpath's house, Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, QC, 1899 | II-129781

- Andy Riga


Les F said...

If you click on the mansion photo,it should bring you to the McCord Museum site,where if you have not been there before,you may find some neat stuff,not a bad site really........Cheers !! HF&RV

john allison said...

Two different rules and/or laws? One for the rich and one for the poor? No way!!!! Of course all you have to do is read the newspaper or watch the news on the TV to find out that is true. How about Charlie Sheen or Lindsey Lohan just to mention a couple. If you or I did just one of the things they have done, we would be in jail before you could blink your eyes. Or look back at Hollywood in the days of the studio system. The bigwigs at the studios got the police to cover up everything including murder. Gee...some of those murders were never solved. Surprising what a few bucks in the right hands can make things all hunky dory, EH????

Les F said...

Cheers !! HF&