Muff Lawler, the Squealer [Laws E25]

DESCRIPTION: Muff Lawler, a member of the Molly Maguires, is accused (of murder). Rather than face the consequences, he offers to turn informant if he can be protected from the remaining Mollies. The deal is struck when the lawyers offer to send him to another county
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1946 (Korson-PennLegends)
KEYWORDS: mining reprieve punishment
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
1876 - Conviction of Michael "Muff" Lawler on a charge of murder
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Laws E25, "Muff Lawler, the Squealer"
Korson-PennLegends, pp. 398-399, "Muff Lawler, the Squealer" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 710, MUFFLAWL

Roud #2254
NOTES: The Molly Maguires were an underground group that engaged in terrorist acts against Pennsylvania mine bosses. In their defense, it should be noted that the mine bosses' treatment of their employees also verged on terrorism; the Mollies were just seeking decent conditions. - RBW
Last updated in version 3.2
File: LE25

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