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

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

by Bill Swan


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459400740
Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Series: Lorimer Real Justice Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bill Swan has worked as a college administrator, a journalism teacher, and a newspaper editor. Five of his novels, including Fast Finish, Man-to-Man, and Off Track, are highly recommended by CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials. He lives in Courtice, ON, with his wife, Kathy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Lynne Harper Is Missing 11

2 Steve Helps Out 18

3 The Search for Lynne 22

4 Lynne Is Found 26

5 The Pathologist at Work 30

6 Steve Helps the Police 33

7 Steve Is Arrested 41

8 Injustice Begins 48

9 The Trial 52

10 Jocelyne Gaudet 62

11 Arnold "Butch" George 69

12 Dougie Oates and the Turtles 86

13 Proof of Innocence 100

14 The Defence Rests 103

15 Here Comes the Judge 107

16 The Verdict Is In 112

17 The Hope of Appeal 114

18 A Book Creates More Hope 120

19 Steve Tells His Story 127

20 An Almost Normal Life 131

21 The Final Court Battle 137

22 Who Killed Lynne Harper? 142

A Word of Thanks 144

Glossary 146

Further Reading 149

Photo Credits 150

Index 151

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