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

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James Lorimer & Company, Mar 14, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 152 pages
At fourteen, Steve Truscott was a typical teenager in rural Ontario in 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. When his case gained national attention, the Supreme Court of Canada reviewed the evidence -- and confirmed his conviction.

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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Contents

Introduction By Douglas Oates
7
The Sentence
9
Chapter 1 Lynne Harper Is Missing
11
Chapter 2 Steve Helps Out
18
Chapter 3 The Search For Lynne
22
Chapter 4 Lynne Is Found
26
Chapter 5 The Pathologist At Work
30
Chapter 6 Steve Helps The Police
33
Chapter 14 The Defence Rests
103
Chapter 15 Here Comes The Judge
107
Chapter 16 The Verdict Is In
112
Chapter 17 The Hope Of Appeal
114
Chapter 18 A Book Creates More Hope
120
Chapter 19 Steve Tells His Story
127
Chapter 20 An Almost Normal Life
131
Chapter 21 The Final Court Battle
137

Chapter 7 Steve Is Arrested
41
Chapter 8 Injustice Begins
48
Chapter 9 The Trial
52
Chapter 10 Jocelyne Gaudet
62
Chapter 11 Arnold Butch George
69
Chapter 12 Dougie Oates And The Turtles
86
Chapter 13 Proof Of Innocence
100
Chapter 22 Who Killed Lynne Harper?
142
Word Of Thanks
144
Glossary
146
Further Reading
149
Photo Credits
150
Index
151
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

BILL SWAN has worked as a journalism teacher, editor, and newspaper columnist. His first three novels, Fast Finish, Mud Run, and Off Track are highly recommended by CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials. Mud Run was nominated for a Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award. He is also the author of Corner Kick. He lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife and daughter.

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