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1903/18 Rex vs. D.L. Ray and Wing Wo – murder (Trail)

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, the BC Archives has digitized a selection of documents related to criminal prosecutions against the Chinese community from 1866 to 1914, found in GR-0419. These are mainly records created as part of the preliminary hearing held before a judge in order to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. There are often lengthy witness statements, and cross examinations by both prosecution and defense lawyers. The eventual verdict is sometimes recorded on the outside of the docket. They offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th and early 20th century criminal activity around the province, and ways in which the Chinese community was stereotyped. The records offered for transcription here are a small selection; for additional digitized material from GR-0419 click here. 

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You could strangulate a man without a thumb; at least the doer of the deed could have no thumb. Q. How did you come to notice these marks first ? A Well, I simply asked of some of the boys I don't know just who they were, I could'nt even spot them now assuming that they were all here-because I paid more attention to the disinfection of the room, giving it an extra dose so far as all the clothing was concerned. I walked in and I saw— Q. (interrupting)You noticed those marks at once ? A Exactly. Q They were from an eighth of an inch to half or three-quarters of an inch ? A Well, somewhat in that neighborhood, A Was there much discoloration about it ? A. About the throat ? Q Around tho larynx on the outside, below the left horn, this horn here that was fractured ? A The left horn was broken. Q Which one of the horns, the upper or the lower ? A. The upper. Q Ordinarily there are not any lower ones  ? A Ordinarily there are not, no. Q. Then there is only one pair ? A. Yes, right and left. Q This wind-pipe-we``ll call it by that name is cartilage, is it not ? It's not very strong ? A well, it bears the name of bone. Q It bears the name of bone, but it's really not ossified like the other bones of the body' A. It would``nt be as hard as some of the bones of the body. Q. In other words it would take very slight pressure to break it 2 A. I would'nt like it performed on me. I could imagine it was severe. BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 95 File 1903/18 Attorney General documents.

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