Mary Lynch uses pro­duc­tion to dis­pel ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity ru­mours


“Iam no les­bian!” That was one mes­sage that Mary Lynch tried to send through the dra­matic pro­duc­tion of ‘In­no­cence of Guilt: The Mary Lynch Story’, which pre­miered at the Ja­maica Shop­ping Club The­atre on Sun­day night.

The pro­duc­tion saw ac­tress Rosie Mur­ray telling the story of Mary Lynch, who was con­victed for the 1992 mur­der of her hus­band, Leary Lynch.

No stones were left un­turned as sto­ries of the un­san­i­tary con­di­tions at Fort Au­gusta, where Mary Lynch spent 14 years locked up, were brought to light.

In the play, Lynch, through Mur­ray, re­called that “per­sons on the out­side” would use her name to “scare women straight” about en­ter­ing prison. Lynch said that she has never en­gaged in any ho­mo­sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties. Mur­ray, try­ing to con­vey all the emo­tions Lynch must have gone through dur­ing the times the ru­mours were at its peak, ex­pressed hurt at the com­ments peo­ple made re­gard­ing her sex­u­al­ity.

Lynch said she was made out to look like “a les­bian don” who was “sex­ing off” all the young girls in prison and said this was far from the truth. Lynch said new con­victs would en­ter Fort Au­gusta ter­ri­fied of her. She said that had it not been for her re­main­ing head­strong, she per­haps would have been bro­ken by the cruel things peo­ple had to say about her.

Mary Lynch

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