|An 18 year old murder victim by the name of Frank Westwood was at the centre of the "Parkdale Mystery".|
|The Westwood family home, on Jameson Avenue. The house was eventually demolished when Parkdale was redeveloped.|
|This sketch of "Lakeside Hall", the Westwood family home on Jameson Avenue, appeared in the Toronto News newspaper, on October 8, 1894.|
|Headlines like this one, which appeared in the Toronto News on October 8th, 1894, showed how Toronto newspapers outdid one another to sensationalize the story, and therefore increase their own circulation.|
|This sketch of Clara Ford appeared in the Toronto News newspaper on November 28th, 1894.|
|The Toronto Hospital for Incurables was a long term care facility for people with incurable diseases. It stood near King and Bathurst streets.|
So, Clara Ford had a tragic past, but she also had many traits that set her apart from what was considered conventional for a woman in Toronto at the end of the nineteenth century. She owned a revolver, and often dressed in men's clothing. She had been charged for impersonating a choir boy, a police constable, and a male professor. Police found a dark suit in her room, and tests made on her gun showed that the bullets from her gun matched those that had killed Frank Westwood.
|Chloe Dorsay, Clara Ford's landlady, from a sketch in the Toronto News, May 4, 1895.|
|York Street, 1856|
|Sketch of Flora McKay, Toronto News newspaper, November 28th, 1894.|
|The Grand Opera House once stood on Adelaide Street, just east of Yonge Street. It was demolished in 1927 and the Scotia Plaza tower stands on the site today.|
|The news that Clara Ford had confessed to the murder of Frank Westwood was splashed all over newspaper headlines, like this one in the Toronto World newspaper on November 22, 1894. She became an instant celebrity.|
|Some sketches of Clara Ford on trial, from the Toronto News newspaper, May, 1895. Reporters wrote about how she answered questions in a flippant manner and was seen "standing in a masculine attitude".|
|Headline in the Toronto News newspaper, May 6th, 1895.|
Eden’s Musee was located near the southeast corner of Yonge and Adelaide streets, and would later be renamed Robinson’s Musee Theatre. Of interest to entertainment buffs is the fact that Robinson's Musee Theatre would become the site of the first ever showing of a movie in Toronto, in 1896. By that time, Toronto had mostly forgotten about Frank Westwood's murder, the Parkdale Mystery, and the trial of Clara Ford, and instead had turned their attention towards being amazed by this new entertainment technology.
|The theatre where Clara Ford appeared eventually became Robinson's Musee Theatre. It stood at the southeast corner of Yonge and Adelaide streets, until it was eventually destroyed by fire.|
|This plaque, which is affixed to the building which now stands where Robinson's Musee Theatre once stood, describes the history of that theatre and the first moving picture show in Toronto.|
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