The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah on October 7, 1928 · Page 36
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The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah · Page 36

Ogden, Utah
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Sunday, October 7, 1928
Page 36
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OGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 7, 1928. tv ow a voice 0^" « and Conviction When a Mystic's Keen Ear Caught the Whisper that to Her GHOST GIRL. Pretty Mary Cllan, Housekeeper for Father McKeone, the Balbregan Priest, Slain and Cast Into a Quarry by a Youth Sho Had Offended. LONDON. . A GIRL'S plaintive, ghostly voice, heard wailing weeks after her death, has just solved the deep mystery of her disappearance, and, incidentally, brought to justice the wicked youth who slew her. Psychic investigators from this city, attracted by the seemingly inexplicable features of this strange case, have invaded the little town of Balbregan, near Dun-' dalk, Ireland, to study at first hand the phenomenon of the wraith-voice, if it recurs. Meanwhile, the culprit who caused th'e death of pretty Mary Callan has been found guilty of her murder and sentenced to execution. . The principal figures in this weird and shocking drama, beside the unfortunate girl herself, are Father James McKeone, a benevolent and well-loved parish priest, and Gerard Toal, a youth of twenty, who had been employed as handy boy by the cleric. It was Father McKeone, who, being a man of profound religious conviction and, therefore, something of a mystic, -heard Mary's voice calling from the quarry pool of Balbregan, where her dismembered body \vas later found sewn up in a sack. And it vra£ Toal who--largely because of the silent evidence of his torn shirt sleeve--was found guilty of the atrocious takinjr-ofl of poor, p'retty Mary, the "angel_of the parish." " " understand the As it chanced. Fate led her to more humble' environments-and to a dreadful and undeserved death. * Her character stands out in strong contrast to that of Gerard ·Toal. The 'latter,, although young and not unatt'ractive- looking, was of a sullen and rebellious nature. At the men : tion of the smallest chore; he CULPRIT. Gerard toal, 20, Handy Boy for the Rev. Mr. McKeone," Found Guilty .of Chok'ing Miry. Callan . to Death; Dismembering Her and Puttg Her Into a Sack. ' .. . which' the prosecution said was Toal's. Before this the police, conducting a preliminary investigation, had unearthed in the .garden- a piece of fur, a blanket and some clothing -which had belonged to Mary Callan. In an ashpit was the'bottom bracket shell of a woman's bicycle, also the frame of a woman's purse, and other clothing. Civic Guard Rahlly, searching the house, found the fireplace in Toal's room filled with ashes and some, other burned'material that -resembled, sacking.-· -The prisoners only explanation of the state of the-fireplace was that he had been burning "some of my old .clothes and some"old papers." He denied recognizing the clothing. The production of Mary's rosary beads, gold cross arid sacred medal providedprovided another sensation at the trial They had been recovered from the. quarry. There was an array of additional small articles, all shown ' to have been the dead woman's possessions. Parts of, a. bicycle and three women's watches were unearthed in the room'formerly occupied by Toal. Amateur students of criminology were interested in Toal when the latter .entered the witness box.' His bearing i was-calm,-and his brow unruffled. ^He, " denied every direct charge'and implication of 'his guilt He had. not worked in a slaughter house; he had not practiced jiu-jitsu on Mary (as. had been claimed), and had not cut a leg from his trousers because it was stained with blood. Toal's conviction, and the pas _ _ --,, ..--.^..^, ur ~.. v *., r i,^ . . . . . ; . sing o f t h e death 4 sentence upon would grumble, and frequently, when hia ing sound reached his ears. He identified - b l m did not end interest in the employer asked him to accompany Mary it as the naif-articulate voice of Mary Cal- quarry, murder case. The psychic i . a i i s n on one of her errands of mercy, Ian in life, though it had what he described investigators who had been drawn Tateful boy would curse and scowl as a "deathv .pint*." Tha mirt nvprfho -««·- to the--.scene by news of the ghostly voice conducted private the ungrateful boy would curse and scowl On several'occasions, Mary .Callan was obliged to speak sharply to the refractory handy boy. But, even though she tempered her remarks with "a. smile, Gerard Toal received them with a very bad grace, and once, after he had been scolded^ for inattention to his duties, .which were not unduly heavy, he was heard muttering to himself that, he would get even, Some weeks later, .Father McKeone awoke one morning to the surprising dis- as a "deathy .ring." The mist over the-pit," be said, then seemd'to thicken.and take shape; and he fancied that he saw the girl's'figure emerging from the enveloping twilight^. . . . . ; . Shaken though he was by his experience. Father McKeone lost no time in informing neighbors and --the authorities ,of hia strange adventure. One result .was the determination by the police to dredge and .drain .the quarry, half, filled'with water. An astonishing find was their reward. I · i, "t '- *!"* ', i, \ mist '!· * \ over tha \ "·: \ P't f, ij seemed ; \ to \ thicken 1 ·, and tako , shape-. ' - - . , h e sayr the girl emerging from the enveloping twilight" interviews with Father McKeone; tested the acoustics of the garden, and quarry, to find out whether a hoax had been perpetrated, and conducted .a general survey of the house and grounds. The problem remained- without solution. . But · the investigators plan to establish a psychic base of communication on the brink' of the quarry; to test the spiritual "wave lengths" that may exist there, and to wait, patiently for the. voice that solved the disappearance cf its vanished-owner. Meanwhile, Father-McKeone, tha devout mystic who heard the voice, can only humbly offer thanks to Heaven that he was. the instru- · ment in uncovering a dark and scarlet -deed:, whkh had, before then; baffied-an-entire countryside. At Left: pather James .McKeone, the Benevolent Mystic Who Helped Solve_ the Mystery of Mary's Disappearance. --, ,v-- n ··"!»* iouig ma- . rui asujiuxuinB rina was cneir reward covery that Mary,most trusted of his do. After manythousands-of gallons-of water mestics, had left the house, presumably had been.pumped out,'there-came to light for parts unknown. The reason for hex a sack.-In it-were, found, cut to bits the going was not .apparent; she had always body of the missing housekeeper, oeen nappy, -and it was not known that Events thereafter moved so rapidly that any other position had been -offered her. Gerard Toal. who had 'now -definitely Nevertheless--Mary was gone, vanished fallen under suspicion, had'no:opportunity utterly into a .void that yielded no clue to to leave the country. Brought to-trial, he her whereabouts. stoutly denied any knowledge..^ the idll- The priest, hurt and disturbed at Mary? ing, brit the prosecution brougjit forward departure, questioned Toal as,to 'whether a. number of highly damaging facts and in its rViVi-'inn VVTtir»"7," ""+ t """ i? £ 1 e ad said anting about leaving. The theories almost as sinister in their implica- ir, its relation to the characters, one should ,boy murmured that he had --heardP Mary «on. . : · v r . ISTM -,'|-· =- s *%" ^ ws,£ XsirSBS c p onL-. ,,,! 3sssg$rij a £ 3 %Ftef%sff5j* SL^-S^ fflkbg·«· -J- place to, go. He fancied visiting Canada " · · - - . · : . - . . . . - * · - *·-"· u and so set out for Belfast. Meanwhile,. Father McKeone's little household .had lost all its former gayety and sparkle. The priest couldn't help ^ _ . . - » . . , _ ...,,,, l . l f c i l i n i . i i - i u ^ . ^ t n ^ ^ i l W 3 [ J l l i b U . r t . welfare of his parishioners, the priest constituted himself a good friend in more mundane" matters. Although his" religious- duties were onerous. Father McKeone never over- hand to people in earthly distress. ' He spent much time taking soups and jellies to the sick and needy in the town, and he befriended people out of work, lending wiem money and getting them jobs.. ©His fame as a provincial philanthropist spread. Before long, he found himself swamped with the work that he loved But the timely engaging of Mary Callan as his housekeeper did much to help lighten the situation. Mary was one of those girls who was never happy unless she was helping'others. By a twist of circumstance she might have been a famous nurse, another Florence Nightingale, or a great spiritual leader. , . .. room locked .for a .inonth. after Mary's- disappearance, and\ that the means of death had been choking; followed by dismemberment v ,. · The jury was asked to infer that; .after _ ' * - » _ · m i . i . i t i . ' · . _ Mary Callan, though he didn't'suspect ~fou1 play. He found himself, almost uncon sciously, turning^his steps toward the gar quarry on-his eve. 3ason that he conld he preferred walking den and ninq expl OT, a barrow-, to the end of and cov- 2red it with straw (.or grass) un*ti] 'it .became stark, and'-stiff,: so that if could be ·:ut up withont'loss. of blood. . '.'. .Piling indictment- upon indictment, , . - · - · --- «- ,.^xvui 5 counsel then declared that at one time brink of the pit, even though it .the accused -yoptb had been a butcher's an eene sensation. - . apprentice;-and-, it show that . of. lowering, clouds and the experience he had, gained with the ca TMe tlie "revelation of knife had ; stood- him .in good, stead in the * Ke P, ne ' 8 recollection appallinp. surgical task he had set him- laturally'.sb'mewhat ob self out of '-re-rencfe."' A'tfpVrifwiTXT'^TM*,,^. - *· ---»*«x«i «.· i ^ikwijno O 1 CV.UIICUUv£ of the -episode is natu^rajjy yso'mewhat ob scured, today, by the ^ngh'tening weird"""" " e circumstance.' But he does re- hat-'as he neared the Balbregan pool, a tremulous, pathetic, gasp- self but of revenge.' A 1 t'errifyjng r .picture was drawn of ,the_ chubby-faced ^'youth- loading tbp sack, "arid- its grim ·"contents with stones and-throwing them .from the cliff into-the nrn»T:"'rhirl» ""ntained wa';' Fhe Pretty Old World Home- at Bafbregan, Wh«r* Toal Planned and Executed-Hw Fiekdish Scheme to'Do Away with Mary.

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