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Dalton and Knibbs

One night in 1856 George Sturgeon was brutally murdered at Kitty’s Corner. Suspicion fell on two escaped convicts, Doherty and Ennis. Key witnesses were Mary Ann and James Knibbs. Earlier the escapees had raided their home and Doherty threatened them, but Ennis intervened. 'The woman's alright', he said, giving shillings to the children. At trial Doherty was spared, but no such luck for Ennis. He was hanged. Many claimed he was innocent, even the local priest. Did they hang the wrong man?

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