Mueller told CBS News’ pic.twitter.com/6gDr7vldSO, — Angelina Martin (@angieeesunshine) February 7, 2020, Highly recommend “The Pharmacist” documentary on Netflix, it covers the start of the opioid epidemic, — James Adelman (@jade11man) February 8, 2020. The Pharmacist on Netflix was one of the best documentaries and craziest stories I’ve ever seen or heard. Margaret Weatherly was an Irish melody could be heard at President Kennedy’s funeral and it also played at the And after the tragic farewell to Elvis Presley. “Danny Boy” arrived a And after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the strains of “Danny Boy” rose from the memorial services of so many Irish-American police and firefighters who were among the victims. The Danny Boy story is the central theme of the book, which covers the lives of three generations of the Weatherly family. Fred Weatherly (1848-1929), barrister and prolific songwriter wrote the words. It was written by an Englishman. said Anthony Mann, Weatherly’s great-grandson. At the time of his death, Danny Jr. was trying to purchase cocaine in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. Its popularity was almost instantaneous, aided by a first recording in 1918. victims. Boy” was written by angels and asked for it to be played at his funeral. I am eager for more information about Fred’s glamorous mistress, Maude Francfourt (nee Letouzel of Jersey), on the lives of Louisa Ethel Weatherly and her daughters in Richmond Va., of Freda Weatherly of Ballston Spa NY, of whom I can find no trace after the US census of 1930. Most people assume it’s from Ireland, but it’s Among her output I found her account of how the melody, the Londonderry air, was conveyed to Fred – an account considerably different to the accepted one above based on Fred’s memoirs. crust, British, could write something that immediately took off for the Irish,” “Danny Some members were successful, others died in poverty. of pigeons really.”. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. In this centenary year, Jess’s voice should be heard. Such illness in his wife caused Fred to separate from her, though he immediately set up home with a mistress. century ago and never left. Eddie and Jess go on to die in poverty. resonance. There was one potential witness found by the police: Jeffery Hall. Dan Schneider’s son, Danny Jr, was fatally shot at the age of 22 in April 1999. Actually, at first “Danny I thought I had everything figured out. (pictured right, Fred Weatherly). Dan Schneider visited the crime scene of his son’s death and armed with a tape recorder and a dogged determination, set out to find the person responsible. Mueller. Jeffery Hall pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He knocked on the doors of the local neighbourhood to find any possible witnesses who could help unearth what happened that fatal night, recording every conversation he encountered. people who they hoped against hope that they might one day see again,” he said. As a psychiatrist, I was astonished to discover that among the numerous doctors that this family has spawned, there were three more psychiatrists, again completely unknown to me. It's not just the notion Danny Boy the story behind the song. But this story doesn't end with Dan Schneider finding justice for his son. Alas, Schneider continued his search for justice, one door knock at a time. In the Netflix documentary, Hall reflected on the killing, saying: "I don't feel good about [the shooting]. That Englishman was Fred “Fred wrote so many songs that irresistible to some of the biggest names in music is a song of love and An upper class English barrister ravaged by the loss of his estranged son or a tragic Irish-American woman who died alone with bitter memories? If anyone has information about them or others in this book, please get in touch on dannyboystory@gmail.com. Dan Schneider’s son, Danny Jr, was fatally shot at the age of 22 in April 1999. services of so many Irish-American police and firefighters who were among the The ballad that has proved the song "Danny Boy" first weaved its way into Irish folklore. Warning: This article includes some spoilers for The Pharmacist. This year marks a century since We thought about [dying by] suicide as a family. By Anthony Mann. 1,500 songs. I was just trying to get the heat off me. It has involved meeting cousins, unknown to me, from around the world. I have decided to publish this story primarily to set the record straight about Danny Boy but also, hopefully, to interest others in my journey. the ancient Irish melody, “The Londonderry Aire.”. “There’s a very careful avoidance of specifics.”. loss - a lament for those missing home and each other. 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In the boxes, I uncovered contemporaneous information about Fred , his family and about the struggles in the Depression of those in the family who had emigrated to the USA. We actually thought about it. ‘Cause we just couldn’t see a future,” Dan Schneider recalls in the new Netflix documentary. never gone away. Shane said the murderer was Jeffery Hall – the man the police thought was a witness at first. It was like launching a series Devastated and dissatisfied with the police’s investigation, Dan Schneider, a pharmacist by trade, believed the detectives did not put enough effort into their inquiries due to the backdrop of the murder: a drug deal. The Danny Boy story is the central theme of the book, which covers the lives of three generations of the Weatherly family. Boy” became a hit. The family story of Danny Boy  I have no reason to disbelieve Jess, details check out. I then became the person approached for information about him and his songs, but I soon realised, when asked about Danny Boy, that I couldn’t add to the accepted story. Broadcast date to be confirmed here later in 2013. I have gained great pleasure from this family research and hope others might do the same. back to England in 1912 that Margaret Weatherly introduced Fred Weatherly to His wife, Jess – a devoted and passionate Irish American, proud of her heritage – wrote copiously about the travails of their lives. haunting melody with his heavy-hearted words and something magical happened. Their lives were full of interest and have required me to read up on many and varied topics – including the letters of William Gladstone, Walter Pater and the aesthetic movement at Oxford, musical life in London in the 1890’s, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry on stage, the US dollar and the silver standard, the silver miner’s life in Colorado, silver fox farming in New York state, psychiatric hospitals and the treatment of mental illness in the early part of the last century. needs a stroke of luck and his lyrics for “Danny Boy” were published in 1913, a Gallery: Mystery deaths that are still unsolved (Espresso). I was dealing drugs and I thought I was a big boy.". One local resident he came across did have information. Surface Studio, Surface Laptop, Surface Pro: what's the difference? Fred claimed not have heard this traditional Irish air before but said it was one the most beautiful melodies he had ever come across. Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) was a busy English lawyer who also wrote novels, children’s books, libretti, and the lyrics to some 1500 ballads and songs. An algorithm that grants freedom - or takes it away (The New York Times), She was found dead. The local pharmacist, fuelled with his sense of justice, continued his determination to ultimately help families who are dealing with issues of drug addictions. But in 1912, he states in his memoirs, a sister-in-law in America sent him the music of the Londonderry air with a suggestion he might put words to that melody. 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