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Four Unruly Women

Stories of Incarceration and Resistance from Canada’s Most Notorious Prison

Bridget Donnelly. Charlotte Reveille. Kate Slattery. Emily Boyle. Until now, these were nothing but names marked down in the admittance registers and punishment reports of Kingston Penitentiary, Canada’s most notorious prison. In this shocking and heartbreaking book, Ted McCoy tells these women’s stories of incarceration and resistance in poignant detail. The four women served sentences at different times over a century, but the inhumanity they suffered was consistent. Locked away in dark basement wards, they experienced starvation and corporal punishment, sexual abuse and neglect – profoundly disturbing evidence of the hidden costs of isolation, punishment, and mass incarceration.

156 pages

Table of Contents

Introduction: Seeking Unruly Women

1 Bridget’s Life Sentence

2 Charlotte’s Moral Insanity

3 Alias Kate

4 Emily’s Maternal Ideal

Afterword: Seeing Unruly Women




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