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  • Jason King
    March 31, 2012 - 01:14

    It does seem to me that she was probably guilty of conspiring to commit murder. The evidence is there to support her guilt. She and her husband didn't have a good relationship, she wouldn't allow investigators into the house, she fled from the law, she lied, and was having an affair with Maudeville.. That is more than circumstantial evidence! The only reason why we are making this an issue today is because it was a woman who was hanged and not a man. Society is not so quick to execute or punish a woman for the same crime a man would commit. It is a double standard. Look at the cases of Dr. Shirley Turner and Mary Beth Harsbarger. who shot her husband, thinking he was a "bear". She wasn't even found guilty of negligent use of a firearm! The law should treat everyone the same, regardless of the crime or the sex of the person accused.

  • DON II
    March 30, 2012 - 10:01

    What a farce this was! It just shows that Newfoundland "justice" has not improved much since 1833. That is evidenced by the conclusion of those in the audience who, had they formed the jury, would have found Snow not guilty. It is further evidenced by the decades long cover up of the crimes at Mount Cashel, the wrongful convictions of three men who were recently set free for murders they did not commit and the many other abuses of justice that apparently occur in some Newfoundland law offices and Courts every day! Back in 1833 police work was not sophisticated and the police themselves even less so. There are a lot of unanswered questions in this story. Was a search warrant sought or executed for the Snow house or other properties in this case? Why didn't Snow want the "investigators" to enter her house? Could it be that she had not swept up or made the beds yet? Circumstantial evidence? A gunshot was heard by Snow. Snow's husband did not return after the shot was fired. Spring was involved by his own admission and he directly implicated Snow in the murder. What amount of "circumstantial" evidence directly involving someone in a the commission of a crime is required before it becomes compelling? What other rational explanation was considered to be justified on the facts? Under British law you did not have to be the person who squeezed the trigger or wielded the knife to be convicted of murder! In 1834 the hanging Judges in Newfoundland likely wanted the matter dealt with swiftly so they would not be late for supper or that evenings lodge meeting! Conspiracy to commit murder is not impossible to prove. The elements of the offense are straightforward. Who had the Motive, Opportunity and Method to commit the murder. Who gained what from the murder? More than one greedy, abused or bored wife has connived to have her husband dispatched at the hands of some dim witted suitor! Were there any recorded statements from all three suspects? Was the weapon involved recovered? How diligent was the search for the body of the victim? In any event, it appears that anyone who trusts his or her immortal soul or his fortune and property to some lawyers and Judges in Newfoundland have little or no hope of obtaining a competent defense and a fair trial! If Catherine Snow was in fact innocent it is right that her ghost haunts the Supreme Court of Newfoundland! A sign should be erected over the doors of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland that reads: "Abandon all hope those who enter here." Unless of course you represent the Government or the Judge likes you and your well connected lawyer!

  • tally
    March 30, 2012 - 09:01

    It would be interesting to hear comments from the accused decendants that are still living, seeing as she had 8 children, i am sure there are lots out there.

    • Tara Bradbury
      March 30, 2012 - 14:53

      Hi There, See tomorrow's Telegram for that follow-up! One of Catherine's descendants is a prominent television person in the United States.

  • Whaddaya At ?
    March 30, 2012 - 07:12

    The event was held at the L'Ecole des Grands Vents ?. What or where the hell is that ?. With all the regulations requiring signage to be in French instead of English, the event was likely held in Quebec, n'est-ce pas ?. lol.