The Gilded Age Plains City

The Great Sheedy Murder Trial and the Booster Ethos of Lincoln, Nebraska


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Dennis Sheedy

Dennis Sheedy, brother of John Sheedy, was a wealthy merchant and businessman from Denver, Colorado. He was also the vice president of the Colorado National Bank of Denver.

In an effort to find his brother's killer, Dennis Sheedy hired a Pinkerton detective from Denver (who called in other Pinkerton agents from Chicago) and offered a five hundred dollar reward for the capture of the murderer. After arriving in Lincoln, Dennis contacted John Sheedy's long time adversary, John Fitzgerald, raising concerns about a broader conspiracy. Dennis had known Fitzgerald through banking and railroad construction business and probably knew that he could count on Fitzgerald for legal advice. It is not clear whether he knew of the animosity between his brother and Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, John [Narrative] [Brief Biography]
Sheedy, John [Narrative] [Brief Biography]

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