Pennsylvania

Molly Maguire member convicted of murder

February 1, 1876
Pennsylvania
Michael J. Doyle is convicted of the murder of John P. Jones, a mine owner.

Doyle had been part of a Pennsylvania-based anti-mine owner gang called Molly Maguire (the Molly Maguires were also stationed in Ireland and Liverpool, as well as parts of Canada and the U.S.). This trial, as well as two similar ones of co-conspirators, effectively disbanded the Mollies in Pennsylvania. The attached photos are “coffin notices” or “coffin notes,” threatening messages given to intimidate foes, named for the coffins adorning them representing the death of the note’s recipient.

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