The case of valentine shortistwo men were shot and killed in the office of the montreal cotton company in valleyfield, quebec, on a night in 1895. His lawyers had a very difficult case on their hands and the only option they felt could help their client was to use the insanity defence. The murder of two montreal cotton company employees in 1895 catapulted valentine shortis to national notoriety. Dawson, 1896 70 pages, 67 with fulltext search help view. His trial, with an unsuccessful insanity defense and the subsequent commutation of his death sentence, fascinated canadians and influenced the pivotal 1896 election. Pdf the case of valentine shortisyesterday and today. Reflections on criminal justice reform in canada university of. Their attempt was to persuade the twelve men jury that at the time of this dreadful crime. Valentine, as he was called by his family, was the only child of. With heroicdisregardfor theconventions of recentcanadianprofessional scholarship, it is writtenwith wit and with suppleness of style. Shirley valentine original, play, solo, broadway opened in new york city feb 16, 1989 and played through nov 25, 1989. Papers in reference to commutation of the sentence of death in the case of valentine f. The case of valentine shortis a true story of crime and politics in. Pdf valentine shortis, a young irish immigrant, was convicted of murder in quebec in 1895.
Mary shortis pleaded the case of her sons insanity with justice minister charles hibbert tupper and prime minister mackenzie bowell. Francis valentine cuthbert shortis was born in waterford, ireland, on st valentines day 1875. A true story of crime and politics in canada by friedland, martin l. The first page of the pdf of this article appears above.
Valentine shortis, a young irish immigrant, was convicted of murder in quebec in 1895. A true story of crime and politics in canada abraham l. His insanity defence was unsuccessful in spite of psychiatric evidence given by the leading psychiatrists in canada. The case of valentine shortis mental illness, murder, and legal consequences introduction after confederation, a revision of the statutes reduced the number of offences to only three general offences that were punishable by death.