Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death: The Story of Steven Truscott

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At fourteen, Steve Truscott was a typical teenager of the fifties, mainly concerned about going fishing, playing football and racing bikes with his friends. One summer evening, his twelve-year-old classmate, Lynne Harper, asked for a lift to the nearby highway on his bicycle and Steve agreed. Unfortunately, that made Steve the last person known to see Lynne alive.

His world collapsed around him when he was arrested and then convicted of killing Lynne Harper. The penalty at the ...

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Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death: The Story of Steven Truscott

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Overview

At fourteen, Steve Truscott was a typical teenager of the fifties, mainly concerned about going fishing, playing football and racing bikes with his friends. One summer evening, his twelve-year-old classmate, Lynne Harper, asked for a lift to the nearby highway on his bicycle and Steve agreed. Unfortunately, that made Steve the last person known to see Lynne alive.

His world collapsed around him when he was arrested and then convicted of killing Lynne Harper. The penalty at the time was death by hanging. Although the sentence was changed to life in prison, Steve suffered for years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit.

It took over forty years and a determination to prove his innocence for him to finally clear his name. He has since received an apology and compensation for his ordeal.

In this book, young readers will discover how an innocent boy was presumed guilty by the justice system, and how, in the end, that same justice system, prodded by Truscott and his lawyers, was able to acknowledge the terrible wrong done to him.

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Gr 6–10—Baltovich was wrongfully convicted of killing his girlfriend and jailed for eight years. He is one of several high profile cases of wrongful conviction in Canada, and this book looks at the justice system and how this occurred. His case is detailed along with his time inside, including some of the losses he suffered by being incarcerated. Teens will empathize with him being unable to be with his mother while she was sick and dying. Truscott is one of Canada's most famous victims of a wrongful conviction. At 14, he was sentenced to die by hanging for the rape and murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper. It took more than 47 years for his complete exoneration. The book does a decent job of telling the story, but gets bogged down in the details of who said what and when something happened. Such details are necessary in a courtroom and to accurately tell what happened, but don't make for the most interesting reading. On the plus side, these books are accessible and easy to read. However, the covers are a mishmash of colors and typefaces, and the grainy, out-of-focus, black-and-white snapshots that appear throughout are not likely to capture the interest of contemporary teens.—Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, Oakland, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459400757
  • Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Lorimer Real Justice Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Lynne Harper Is Missing 11

2 Steve Helps Out 18

3 The Search for Lynne 22

4 Lynne Is Found 26

5 The Pathologist at Work 30

6 Steve Helps the Police 33

7 Steve Is Arrested 41

8 Injustice Begins 48

9 The Trial 52

10 Jocelyne Gaudet 62

11 Arnold "Butch" George 69

12 Dougie Oates and the Turtles 86

13 Proof of Innocence 100

14 The Defence Rests 103

15 Here Comes the Judge 107

16 The Verdict Is In 112

17 The Hope of Appeal 114

18 A Book Creates More Hope 120

19 Steve Tells His Story 127

20 An Almost Normal Life 131

21 The Final Court Battle 137

22 Who Killed Lynne Harper? 142

A Word of Thanks 144

Glossary 146

Further Reading 149

Photo Credits 150

Index 151

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