A Crime "Shrouded in Mystery": State, Church, and Community in the Kinnear's Mills Post Office Case, 1899-1905

J. I. Little


By examining the inquiries into the apparent theft of $200 from an envelope posted
by a local clergyman, as well as the public response to those inquiries, this study
explores the culture and social dynamics of a rural, English-speaking community in
Quebec at the turn of the last century. The case reveals much about the nature of the
community, the role of the church, the biases of the law enforcement system, and the
propensity of the rural population to continue resisting external authority at the
dawn of Canada’s new industrial age.

Full Text: