Grand Trunk Railway guard, James Ross, is assaulted by a one-legged tramp and Constable Michael Toohey is shot and killed in the attempt to apprehend the perpetrator
June 26, 1898 - September 24, 1898
Chief Williams of the London Police Force instructs officers to arrest every tramp in the county matching the description of the suspect
June 29, 1898
A $500 reward is offered for the capture and delivery of the suspect to any police station in Ontario
Spreading the Word
July 1, 1898 - July 30, 1898
A description of the suspect is dispatched to every town and village with a population greater than 150 in Canada and the United States
Marion "Peg-leg" Brown is Arrested
September 24, 1898
United States Marshall A. L. Dilley arrests Marion "Peg-leg" Brown in a theatre in Washington State
Return of Brown to London
October 15, 1898
Brown has been extradited to London. A large crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of the notorious suspect.
Is Justice Possible?
November 4, 1898
Brown's first preliminary hearing is held before a crowd of 400 spectators. Brown insists that the trial will not be fair and impartial as the public is prejudiced against him.
November 28, 1898
At the request of the defence, Brown's trial is postponed to allow time to prepare their case
March 28, 1899
Defence attorney, McPhillips concludes his defence by stating that the wrong man is on trial and that none of the ninety witnesses could "show positively that the man who fired the shot at Toohey was Brown."
March 29, 1899
Brown is found guilty in the murder of Constable Toohey. His is sentenced to hang.
A Last Chance
April 1, 1899 - April 30, 1899
Defence attorney Mr. McPhillips circulates a petition which receives the signatures of over forty lawyers demanding a retrial for the condemned man
May 17, 1899
Marion "Peg-leg" Brown is hanged in front of a select crowd in the closed off yard of the jailhouse