“l got through and saw the deceased Robinson laying on the floor on his back. I could see blood running from the back and nostrils. ” William Robinson was a colored settler in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia who was brutally murdered in the spring of 1868. There were a few suspects taken Into consideration as to being responsible for this innocent man’s death, yet one suspect got all of the attention; Thesauruses. Receiving most of the publicity and scrutiny by authorities, Thesauruses soon became the main suspect of the case.
Yet, there was no hard evidence found as proof that Thesauruses was guilty, only circumstantial evidence, The indifferent actions of the Judicial system occurred solely because they had the main interest in closing the case to put other citizens and settlers at ease. Therefore, the Judicial system went forth and approached the case in a perfunctory manor. This led to the possible false conviction of Thesauruses, and the continuation of danger In Salt Spring Island. During the Investigation, Thesauruses was the only suspect that was seriously investigated by authorities even though there were other suspects.
Also, after the conviction and execution of Thesauruses there was the continuation of similar murders of colored settlers in Salt Spring Island. Finally, Sue Task, who was the only witness of the crime, was believed to have wanted Thesauruses killed. Through the arguments stated it is evident that the flawed and lethargic judicial system of British Columbia during the 19th century was responsible for the false conviction and death of Thesauruses. “Indeed she would do more harm than good. ” During the Investigation of the murder of William Robinson, there were several suspects. These Included Manuel Duet, Clark Whims and Thesauruses.
Although neither Manuel Duet nor Clark Whims received the extent of investigation that Thesauruses did, Thesauruses was the only suspect to have been seriously Investigated during the case of William Robinsons murder. This can firstly been seen through how authorities would not trace Robinsons gun or coat back to Thesauruses because they thought it would cause too much of a burden. While this was actually because the authorities were too lethargic, and did not wish to require beginning a separate Investigation if neither the gun nor coat nor any other Item of Interest were to not link to Thesauruses but to another separate party.
Also, there was no known conflict between Thesauruses and William Robinson at all. This especially gave reason to believe that Thesauruses was innocent for he also pleaded not guilty, yet this information was pushed aside because the Judicial system and authorities were careless. During the Investigation of Robinsons murder there was a piece of evidence that went missing: his auger. This piece of evidence was never sought out and no extreme measures were taken to discover its whereabouts.
This demonstrates how authorities were Inconsistent Walt n ten Investigation Decease tenet mall Interest was to Tina a simple elution and close the case as soon as possible. Unfortunately, for Thesauruses, this meant that since there was some circumstantial evidence that led to the belief of him convicting the murder, he was the only suspect seriously investigated. Simply for the reason that the Judicial system and authorities at the time’s main interest was to close the case to make other settlers and citizens of Salt Spring Island feel as though they were safe again and that there was no longer any major conflict. Just eight months after William Robinson was murdered, Howard Estes found his partner shot in the head and nearly decapitated with a knife. William Robinson was not the first or last murder of a colored settler in Salt Spring Island in the late sass. Both before and after the death of William Robinson there were murders of very similar circumstances, which led to the belief that they were all killed by the same parties. Especially since there was an extremely similar murder after the conviction and execution of Thesauruses shows the extreme flaws in the Judicial system at this time.
With the case of Giles Curtis, he was a colored settler in Salt Spring Island during the late sass with his partner Howard Estes. One Sunday when Giles Curtis as home alone, he was murdered and the house had been robbed of everything worthwhile. These were very similar circumstances to the murder of William Robinson less than a year earlier. Both Giles Curtis and William Robinson were colored settlers on Salt Spring Island and were both murdered home alone and robbed. Another similar case was the stone cutter house murder, which was the murder of a black settler in 1867 on Salt Spring Island.
During this case there were a couple suspects, but there was one in particular that stood out; Thomas Griffith. This man was believed to have murdered this black settler but was never convicted. Yet, when the murder of William Robinson and Giles Curtis occurred, Just a while afterwards, there was no suspicion that Thomas Griffith was involved even though they were similar murders. Since the dangerous events continued to occur after the conviction of Thesauruses, many believed that all the occurrences were linked together.
This demonstrates the flaws in the Judicial system for not taking into consideration the connections between these very similar murder cases. Through the judicial system’s lethargic approach, dangerous occurrences continued on Salt Spring Island and the conviction of Thesauruses was likely to have been false. Perhaps he wants to see me killed. ” During the investigation of Thesauruses for the murder of William Robinson there was only one witness; Sue Task. This aboriginal man claimed to have been there the night of the murder and testifies that Thesauruses was the one that murdered William Robinson.
Yet, he did not firsthand see Thesauruses kill William Robinson, nor did he immediately report him for the murder either. It was fifteen months before Sue Task went to the authorities with information on the murder, and this rose no suspicion for neither the authorities nor the Judicial system. The fact that Sue Task waited this long to inform the authorities rises suspicion that perhaps he was lying because there was belief that Sue Task was Thesauruses killed.
Although this suspicion was out in the open, the authorities and Judicial system still solely relied on Sue Task as the only witness and did not look further into these circumstances. This could have simply been that Sue Task saw the opportunity to pin an open case murder on Acquaintances wince would explain winy en reporter a NV much later Trot when ten murder actually occurred. Also, Sue Task was threatened by his own tribe and chief after he went to the authorities and reported Thesauruses. This information was set aside by all authorities because they simply did not want to complicate the investigation and close it as soon as possible.
This information could have meant that Sue Task did something that was unforgivable by his tribe and this would not be revealing information, but perhaps this could be that he lied about the information to falsely convict Thesauruses. Furthermore, the complication of Sue Task as the only witness should have encouraged authorities and the Judicial system to look further onto the murder case of William Robinson and not solely rely on one witness, yet through they perfunctory behavior they closed the case quickly and effortlessly.
In conclusion, the decisions that the Judicial system of British Columbia in the 19th century as a whole were lethargic and indifferent when it came to the murder of William Robinson and the conviction and execution of Thesauruses. Evidence is shown that the conviction of Thesauruses was rational and likely false through several aspects of the investigation that were simply overlooked. Firstly, Thesauruses was the only one out of several suspects to have been seriously investigated.
This strongly demonstrates how lethargic the Judicial system is, this is because authorities found one suspect that matches some of the evidence so they were rational and closed the case as soon as possible to put citizens at ease. Secondly, there were other murders of similar circumstances that occurred both before and after the death of William Robinson. This implied the belief that all the murders were likely linked together because they were so similar, yet authorities and the Judicial system over looked this information and focused solely on closing the ease of William Robinson with the least amount of work and burden as possible.
Finally, there was only one claimed witness to the murder; Sue Task, and this man was believed to have wanted Thesauruses dead. The reason to believe that Sue Task wanted Thesauruses killed should have been reason enough to not solely rely on him as a witness, yet that was what the authorities did. Therefore, through the several evident information stated, the Judicial system was likely solely responsible for the false conviction and execution of an innocent man for a murder he possibly did not commit.