Arc of Justice

Arc of Justice

by

Kevin Boyle

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Joe Mack is the chauffeur Ossian and Gladys Sweet hire around the time they move into their house on Garland Avenue. Along with his friend, Norris Murray, and the rest of the defenders—Ossian, Henry, and Otis Sweet, John Latting, Charles Washington, Hewitt Watson, Leonard Morse, and William Davis—Joe is charged with the murder of Leon Breiner after he takes up arms to defend the house on the nights of September 8th and 9th, 1925.
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Joe Mack Character Timeline in Arc of Justice

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Chapter 1: Where Death Waits
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...Gladys Sweet move into the house midmorning on the 8th assisted by their chauffeur Joe Mack, a handyman named Norris Murray, and Otis, Henry, and Latting. Soon a policeman named Inspector... (full context)
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Ossian distributes weapons among the seven men in the house: Otis, Henry, Davis, Latting, Mack, Murray, and himself. Neither Julian Perry nor Dr. Edward Carter came—and Carter even called to... (full context)
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The following morning, Joe Mack drives Ossian and Gladys to the furniture store. In the afternoon, Gladys visits her family... (full context)
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...in from the front porch, admonishing them to avoid provoking the white neighbors. He sends Mack to ask Murray to join them again, and anxiously waits to see if any other... (full context)
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...be able protect the house from an organized, directed mob. Around six, the arrival of Mack with Murray, Washington, Watson, and Leonard Morse interrupts his ruminations. (full context)
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...handcuff Ossian to Davis, Ossian flashes back to a childhood memory of mob violence. Joe Mack knows one of the policemen, a member of the Black Hand Squad committed to ensuring... (full context)
Chapter 5: White Houses
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...Gladys, Otis, Henry and his friend John Latting, Julian Perry, Dr. Carter, William Davis, Joe Mack and Norris Murray. Gladys stockpiles food and Ossian collects weapons. And, at Bristol’s urging, Ossian... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Letter of Your Law
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...that he had the weapons to do so. And he accuses Leonard Morse and Joe Mack of shooting. Hoping to have saved his own skin but stewing in guilt, Davis then... (full context)
Chapter 10: Judgement Day
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...release the remaining defendants but sets their bail prohibitively high. The poorer men, like Joe Mack and Norris Murray, have trouble securing funds, but the higher-profile ones—including Ossian—soon walk free. The... (full context)