One of Montreal’s oldest mansions is set to be demolished. The Redpath Mansion in the heart of what is called the Golden Square Mile – that area once inhabited by the wealthy builders of Montreal, business tycoons and captains of industry. According to The Gazette a series of economic and red-tape related issues hamstrung development for several years while the building sat semi-demolished and rotting.
However there is also a mystery regarding the deaths of two family members in the mansion in 1901. As illustrated by the website Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History the case was far from usual:
All that is certain is that two members of one of Canada’s wealthiest families died from gunshot wounds on June 13, 1901. Ada Maria Mills Redpath, the 59-year old widow of industrialist John James Redpath, and her 24-year old son Jocelyn Clifford Redpath (“Cliff”) were shot in Ada’s bedroom in the Redpath mansion in Montreal’s affluent Square Mile district. Beyond these facts it is difficult to know what happened.
The plot thickens!
Today’s Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing is fitting as the Redpaths may well have been considered idle rich.