You've heard Mrs. Finnegan testify that Mr. Cooper was an abrasive man, who insulted people and made enemies. But three days before he died he did more than that. He held a knife to a man's throat (I demonstrated with the knife), threatened to kill him, and robbed him of his money. You heard Mr. MacInnis, the last witness, who was robbed by Mr. Cooper, testify that he couldn't recover his money or get justice through the law. Mr. MacInnis was a man who could deny he owned a rifle, but he couldn't deny wearing a brown coat, the same color as one of the murderers.
When Mr. MacInnis didn't fall for Mr. Cooper's threats, and reported the robbery at the Franklin House on Wednesday, March 23, the Coopers fled in fear, leaving their luggage behind. [That was from the testimony of the desk clerk, Mr. Whittaker, portrayed by Noah Briggs.] The same day, they arrived at the home of Mr. Downard and Mr. MacKenzie. Two days later, Mr. Cooper was killed, in a place where the sheriff testified it was easy for bushwhackers to come and hide and escape without being seen.