Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Story of the Notorious Boyd Gang

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Doubleday Canada, Dec 14, 2011 - True Crime - 384 pages
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A Second World War veteran and the son of a policmen, Edwin Alonzo Boyd seemed an unlikely condidate for the role of master criminal.  But before his career as a bandit was ended in 1952, the glamorously handsome Boyd cut a swath through 11 Toronto-area banks, stealing thousands of dollars and igniting two manhunts of unprecedented scope.  When he and his confederates escaped not once but twice from Toronto's Don Jail, the Boyd Gang created headlines across North America and became an enduring Canadian legend.

Eventually recaptured and sentenced to life imprisonment, Edwin Alonzo Boyd was paroled in 1966.  Since then he has lived under as assumed identity, but he willingly shared his memories with best selling author Brian Vallee, resulting in this gripping account of Boyd's dubious career.  Numerous others--including Boyd's former wife and various police officers involved with the Boyd Gang--also spoke candidly to the author.

Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Story of the Notorious Boyd Gang sheds light on a unique fragment of our history, rich with details of Depression-era and postwar Canada and alive with the insights and memories of those who lived this true-life cops-and-robbers drama.


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Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue
1Walking Sideways
2Early Years
3School Days
4An Armful of Boxcar
5Penned In
6Getting By
19Hiding Out
20The Boyd Gang
21Goin South
22On the Lam
23Politics and Intrigue
24In Cold Blood
25Ambush
26A Real Payne

7War
8Love and War
9The Home Front
10Toronto
11Frustration
12Success
13Second Time Lucky
14Partners
15Caught
16The Don
17Cellmates
18Gone
27Answered Prayers
28Keyed Up
29Fallout
30Manhunt
31Trapped
32On Trial
33Dead Men Walking
34Kingston
Epilogue
Notes
Sources
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Brian Vallée is a graduate of Michigan State University's school of journalism. Between 1962 and 1978 he worked as a reporter-columnist for several newspapers in Canada, the United States and England. Until 1989 he was a producer with the CBC's award-winning current-affairs program, The Fifth Estate. He was associate producer of the ninety-minute documentary, Just Another Missing Kid, which won an Oscar at the 1983 Academy Awards. Vallée lives in Toronto.

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