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The Last to Die: Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada
     

The Last to Die: Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada

by Robert J. Hoshowsky
 

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Short-listed for the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Non-Fiction

Although they committed separate crimes, Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin met their deaths on the same scaffold at Toronto’s Don Jail on December 11, 1962. They were the last two people executed in Canada, but surprisingly little was known about them until now. This is

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Short-listed for the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Non-Fiction

Although they committed separate crimes, Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin met their deaths on the same scaffold at Toronto’s Don Jail on December 11, 1962. They were the last two people executed in Canada, but surprisingly little was known about them until now. This is the first book to uncover the lives and deaths of Turpin, a Canadian criminal, and Lucas, a Detroit gangster. The result of more than five years of research, The Last to Die is based on original interviews, hidden documents, trial transcripts, and newspaper accounts.

Featuring crime scene photos and never-before-published documents, this riveting book also reveals the heroic efforts of lawyer Ross MacKay, who defended both men, and Chaplain Cyril Everitt, who remained with them to the end. What actually happened the night of the hangings is shrouded by myth and rumour. This book finally confirms the truth and reveals the gruesome mistake that cost Arthur Lucas not only his life but also his head.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770704978
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
631 KB

Meet the Author

Robert J. Hoshowsky's work has been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Maclean's, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Homemaker's, and La presse. He has also contributed to successful television programs, including Who Wants to be a Millionaire. He lives in Toronto.


Robert J. Hoshowsky is an investigative journalist who has explored first-hand the world of cults, bikers, cops, killers, and thieves. A former researcher-reporter at Maclean's, Hoshowsky has had work appear in more than one hundred magazines and newspapers worldwide. His highly acclaimed book, The Last to Die, was shortlisted for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award. He lives in Toronto.

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