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Murders on the Skeena

True Crime in the Old Canadian West, 1884-1914

by Geoff Mynett
edition: Paperback
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), historical

Part history, part true crime, Murders on the Skeena: True Crime in the Old Canadian West, 1884-1914 contains the true accounts of murders, crimes, and scandals--some of which remain unsolved to this day--in small-town northern British Columbia. With a focus on the victims as much as the cases themselves, award-winning author Geoff Mynett relates u …

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The “Mr. Big” Sting

The Cases, the Killers, the Controversial Confessions

by Mark Stobbe
edition: eBook
tagged: criminal procedure, criminology, ethics & professional responsibility

 

How the police create an imaginary criminal gang to trick homicide suspects into a confession and a prison cell

There are people in prison who got away with murder until they told the boss of a powerful criminal gang all about it. When the handcuffs were snapped on, the killers learned they’d been duped — that “Mr. Big” was actually an unde …

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Al Capone

Chicago's King of Crime

by Hendley, Nate
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback eBook
tagged: organized crime

Chicago mob legend Al Capone set the template for future crime bosses, offering a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of being an underworld leader.

Al Capone could have pursued an honest career and quiet life with his wife and son. Instead, he chose to become a towering mob boss in Chicago, overseeing an underworld empire based on bootlegging, gambl …

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Steven Truscott

Decades of Injustice

by Hendley, Nate
edition: eBook
also available: Book
tagged: historical

Steven Truscott was fourteen years old in 1959 when an Ontario court sentenced him to hang for a brutal murder he didn’t commit.

In June 1959, the dead body of a missing twelve-year-old girl named Lynne Harper was found in a woodlot in Clinton, Ontario, a small community near a military base.

Police zeroed in on Steven Truscott, a fourteen-year-old …

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The Boy on the Bicycle

A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto

by Hendley, Nate
edition: eBook
tagged: serial killers

On the night of September 15, 1956, a seven-year-old child was murdered on the deserted grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto. The main suspect was a teenage boy seen near the crime scene on a bicycle.

Toronto police arrested Ron Moffatt, a fourteen-year-old former CNE employee who vaguely fit the description of the suspect. D …

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Dutch Schultz

The Brazen Beer Baron of New York

by Hendley, Nate
edition: eBook
also available: Book eBook
tagged: organized crime

While uncouth, unpredictable, and unpopular with his mob peers, ruthless gang boss Dutch Schultz was also wildly successful — for a time.

Gang boss Dutch Schultz rose to prominence in the 1920s using violent means to peddle low-quality bootleg beer in New York City. When Prohibition ended, Schultz diversified into other rackets, becoming fantastic …

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The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream

The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer

by Dean Jobb
edition: Paperback
tagged: serial killers, post-confederation (1867-)

The chilling true crime story of the Victorian era’s deadliest doctor

“When a doctor does go wrong, he is the first of criminals,” Sherlock Holmes observed during one of his most puzzling murder investigations. Incredibly, at the time the words of the world’s most famous fictional detective appeared in print in the Strand Magazine, a real-li …

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Restitution

A family's fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust

by Kathy Kacer, read by Gabi Epstein
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook Paperback
tagged: holocaust, 20th century

 

Europe, on the eve of the Second World War, and a Jewish family feels the Nazi danger closing in…

Led by their indomitable mother, Marie, the Reesers make a daring escape from under the watchful eyes of the Gestapo, fleeing their comfortable home in Czechoslovakia to safety and a new life in Canada. Their lives are saved, but all else is lost, in …

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