By M. J. Trow
On 1 may well 1820, outdoors Newgate legal, in entrance of a dense crowd, 5 of the Cato road conspirators - Arthur Thistlewood, William Davidson, James Ings, Richard Tidd and John Brunt - have been hanged for top treason. Then they have been decapitated within the final brutal act of a murderous conspiracy that aimed to assassinate top Minister Lord Liverpool and his cupboard and smash his govt. The Cato highway conspirators matched the Gunpowder plotters of their bold - and of their destiny - yet their darkish, radical intrigue hasn't obtained the eye it merits. M. J. Trow, during this gripping fast-moving account of this infamous yet ignored episode in British heritage, reconstructs the case in shiny element and units it within the wider context of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.
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I entered and saw Catherine Nevin in a room just off the hall. Her attitude was certainly not what I had expected from a woman who had undergone an ordeal. First, she just stared at me with a contemptuous look. Aware of Catherine’s feelings towards me, there wasn’t any point in trying to engage her in conversation. I sympathised with her, and asked if I could be of any assistance. She continued to stare at me, and did not reply. There was something surreal about Catherine’s behaviour, which had nothing to do with her obvious distrust of me.
She said: ‘He made reference to my birthday cards, and was being overfamiliar with me, which wasn’t right. I don’t know how he knew about Tom’s business. I found it a bit strange but it might not be unusual for someone to know someone who knows Tom. ’ Continuing her account of the two ‘suspects’, she said the man paid in cash for the accommodation and told her they had stayed with a friend in a mansion in Wexford, owned by someone who was home from England. The woman had in fact known Catherine casually for eight years, but Catherine set out to give the impression that they were complete strangers to her.
It was only possible to recover two of the four visible pellets from the deceased’s body. G. shot size used to bring down big game such as deer. The white polystyrene granules found on the deceased’s jacket and jumper are used in the packing of these types of heavy shotgun cartridges. Detective Brennan used CLEY shotgun cartridges, which contains a modern nitro-cellulose-lased propellant powder, designed to produce low levels of smoke and odour. He discharged six cartridges during the tests. Catherine had given permission for the tests to be carried out on the premises, but would not under any circumstances allow any Garda to position himself in her bedroom, the door of which she kept locked.