Statesman, journalist, public speaker, and poet. He was felled by an assassin’s bullet in 1868, becoming the only Canadian federal politician ever to be assassinated   Photo courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

Statesman, journalist, public speaker, and poet. He was felled by an assassin’s bullet in 1868, becoming the only Canadian federal politician ever to be assassinated

Photo courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

Players in the Deadly Game of Hangman in Canada

The Victim

First, there had to be a body: spread-eagled on a city street, slumped over a desk, buried in a shallow grave in field or forest. Even in the one and only case where the convicted man, Louis Riel, was hanged for high treason and not for murder, there was a body.
— Excerpted from "Drop Dead" by Lorna Poplak Copyright © Lorna Poplak, 2017 All rights reserved.