REMEMBERING ELIZABETH WORKMAN, 145 YEARS ON

REMEMBERING ELIZABETH WORKMAN, 145 YEARS ON

June 19, 1873. Executed this day for the murder of her husband was Elizabeth Workman of Mooretown, Ontario.

The judge at her trial described her as an adulterous and sadistic woman who tied her husband up and battered him for hours with a mop handle, finally killing him. And neither the jury’s recommendation for clemency nor a huge outpouring of public support made any difference. Clutching a small bunch of flowers, she fell through a trap in a purpose-built scaffold at the Sarnia Gaol in Ontario, directly into her grave.

But was justice done?

INNOCENCE LOST: THE STEVEN TRUSCOTT CASE STILL RESONATES

INNOCENCE LOST: THE STEVEN TRUSCOTT CASE STILL RESONATES

It is a nightmarish scenario: a 12-year-old schoolgirl disappears. Her body is found 2 days later. She has been raped and murdered.  The young man accused of her rape and murder is just 14 years old. He is found guilty and sentenced to death.

Arthur Ellis Shortlist Event

Arthur Ellis Shortlist Event

What a thrill to be invited to speak at the Crime Writers Canada's Arthur Ellis shortlist event at Indigo Yonge & Eglinton on Wednesday evening, April 18!

Hope you can join me.

Black History and Capital Punishment: Two Case Studies (Part 2)

Black History and Capital Punishment: Two Case Studies (Part 2)

n July 1933, the bloodied bodies of two young brothers were found on the railway tracks close to their home on the fringes of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In response to the tragedy, newspapers and the general public seesawed between suggesting that the boys had been mowed down by a passing train and that they had been slain by a deranged murderer. After five months, the police made an arrest....

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.