I first heard of John Kehoe, so-called “King of the Molly Maguires,” in conversations around my mother’s kitchen table.
Over the years, interest in the “Mollies” waxed and waned. Kehoe's descendants shared the news about every new history or novel or film that passed into the canon. As new works came into public view, stories crept out, too.
It appeared grandmother was right. These alleged “Molly Maguire” leaders were not oppressed mineworkers.