'UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD' Steven Truscott's Long Ride Into History

Author: Sher (Julian)
Year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st Canadian Edn.
Book Condition: NrF/NrF
ISBN: 9780676973808
Price: 15.00
Hardback. Prior to June 11, 1959 Canadian parents could allow their children to play outdoors, unsupervised, in places children traditionally loved : schoolyards, fields and nearby swimming pools. But on that summer day, when the body of 12yr old Lynne Harper turned up in a wooded area near Clinton, Ontario, that innocence was shattered. The summer was barely over before a popular schoolboy named Steven Truscott, just 14yrs old, was convicted and sentenced to hang following the most controversial trial in Canadian history. Truscott spent 10yrs in prison after the federal cabinet commuted his death sentence. He always maintained that he had nothing to do with the crime. At time of publication, Steven Truscott was in his mid-fifties, a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was, by all accounts, a model citizen, well liked and respected in his community. But he is still a convicted killer who has had to live under a false identity since his release from prison, one who will remain on parole to the end of his days. When his children were old enough to learn the truth of their father's past, Truscott decided to come out of hiding and talk about his case to CBC TV's 'The Fifth Estate'. As producer of the show, the author spent 2yrs investigation the story. This is the full story of the ongoing investigation and the man who still resides at its centre. From the news in 1959 that a young girl had gone missing to the efforts four decades later by lawyers - those who assisted Guy Paul Morin and others - in preparing an application to the federal justice minister to reopen the case, this is a chilling examination of a remarkable and deeply moving story. The book uncovers a wealth of information that could have led to a different verdict and a very different life for the young boy who was nearly executed over 50yrs ago. Illus. + Maps and Index of Proper Names. 580pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg,m with his personal b/plate. Nr. f. in nr. f. dw. a fairly heavy book which may require additional postage.


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