The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto

The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto

by Nate Hendley


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On the night of September 15, 1956, seven-year-old Wayne Mallette, was brutally murdered on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The chief suspect was a “boy on a bicycle” seen pedalling away from the CNE.

Investigators zeroed on 14 year-old Ronald Moffatt, a former CNE employee who had the poor timing to run away from home shortly after the murder.

Moffatt was located, arrested and interrogated. He eventually confessed and was convicted.

The problem was, Moffatt couldn’t ride a bike and didn’t commit the crime. The real killer abused and murdered two more children, using his bike as a lure.

A shocking true story, about a coerced confession, fumbled police investigation, a miscarriage of justice, and the star lawyer who fought to free Moffatt from custody.

The Boy on the Bicycle is based on police files, interviews, original newspaper coverage, reports, books and documentaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988274515
Publisher: Five Rivers Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based writer and author of several true-crime books. His website ( offers more details about his books and background.

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