Follow the lives of John and Patrick Donahue as they grow up in the Old First Ward in Buffalo, New York during the mid-1800s. Orphaned as children, they are sent to live with their grandmother. While John finds work and helps support the family, Patrick becomes involved with a gang and runs wild. When the Civil War breaks out, the brothers join the Union army. Follow them through the deadly battles of Grant’s Virginia campaign to Appomattox, the difficulties they face holding jobs once the war is over, their relationships with wives, children, and one another, and Patrick’s lifelong battle with the bottle. A compelling tale of two Irish Catholic men, sons of immigrants, during a tumultuous period in our nation’s rich history.
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Confessions of a Gentleman Killer
The papers call me “The Gentleman Killer.” I wrapped the throat of my first victim in a silk scarf. That’s what passes as a gentleman these days.
How do you reconcile a man capable of deep, tender love, a health reformer, assistant to the future British Prime Minister, and the son-in-law of a wealthy industrialist, but who kills in a blood rage? I’m told I have a philosopher’s mind, that I’m ambitious. Yet always there’s a downfall.
I leave judgement to you. My name is Kilcairn, and these are my confessions.
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He hadn’t planned to become a murderer. In fact, he had dreamed of graduating from Oxford, settling down with Cecilia, the love of his life, opening a small law practice, having a child, and stealing away from his overbearing in-laws.
But that’s not what happened. A brilliant man with a philosopher’s mind. Ambitious and capable, but also gentle and thoughtful. Kilcairn, by public standards, was a health reformer, assistant to the future British Prime Minister, and the son-in-law of a wealthy industrialist. But, when his life begins to unravel, blood lust overtakes him and his life of crime begins. Was the urge always there? If not, who pulled the string that began his demise?
A character study of one serial killers mind, Confessions of a Gentleman Killer asks readers just what motivates a man who, otherwise, would be the perfect gentleman.