The Bold and the Brave: Investigative Journalists in the Twentieth Century

The Bold and the Brave: Investigative Journalists in the Twentieth Century

The riveting movie Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime documents Harold Evans’s crusade as editor of the British Sunday Times to expose the disastrous effects of thalidomide, prescribed to pregnant women for morning sickness, and to establish the liability of the drug’s manufacturers and distributors.

The Fall Girl?

The Fall Girl?

Did Florence Lassandro take the rap for murder, believing that she would receive a lighter sentence because she was a woman?  Did it work?

Wrongful conviction in Owen Sound? The unsettling case of Cook Teets.

Wrongful conviction in Owen Sound? The unsettling case of Cook Teets.

The case against Cook Teets was based on what many in the community claimed was very flimsy circumstantial evidence. But in spite of a request for mercy from the jury and petitions for clemency from both residents of Grey County and members of the Ontario bar, Teets went to the gallows.

But was Cook Teets innocent?

Under Lock and Key: The Don Jail

Under Lock and Key: The Don Jail

Since the mid-1800s, the Don Jail has left its stamp on the skyline, and the psyche, of Toronto. Over the years it developed a fearsome reputation as a dehumanizing snake pit where tuberculosis and other diseases caused by overcrowding were rife. And between 1872 and 1962, thirty-four men were hanged there. But, it all started off with such great promise.....

Drop Dead Book Launch Revisited: The Door Prize

Drop Dead Book Launch Revisited: The Door Prize

The easy part was deciding on the contents of the door prize for the official book launch of Drop Dead. Dundurn Press kindly donated three books...[we included] a trio of notebooks designed by Toronto artist Kate Austin, and, appropriately, a bottle of The Hanging Man wine. More difficult was to decide how to package the prize appropriately. This is where the considerable flair of gift stylist Corinna vanGerwen came into play......

The Official Book Launch: An Evening With The Hangman

The Official Book Launch: An Evening With The Hangman

The heavens opened. Traffic slowed to a crawl. Nevertheless, people from all walks of my life turned up on Thursday evening, August 17 at Ben McNally Books in downtown Toronto to celebrate the launch of Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada.