Steven Truscott and the Death Penalty

I have written a a book about Steven Truscott.

For those who don’t know, Steven was a 14-year-old kid living at an air base in Clinton, ON. On the sweltering hot night of June 9, 1959, Steven met up with a class-mate named Lynne Harper. She was 12 and like Steven, her parents worked for Royal Canadian Air Force base Clinton. Around 7 pm, Steven gave Lynne a bike ride to Highway 8 and dropped her off. He last saw her hitch-hiking at the side of the road, getting into a car. Steven biked back to the local school grounds around 8 pm and chatted with acquaintances. When asked, these acquaintances all said Steven looked and sounded perfectly normal. He wasn’t even sweating heavily, on an extremely hot night. Steven chatted for a bit then cycled home, to be in time for 8:30 pm baby-sitting duties.

Lynne disappeared. She was found a couple days later in a wooded part of Clinton called Lawson’s Bush. She was dead, and likely raped. Most of her clothing was removed and neatly piled up—shorts zipped up, socks rolled up—near her corpse. For some reason, her killer had arrayed three branches over her body, not for hiding but maybe for some weird fetish.

If a bank is robbed, it’s standard operating procedure for police to check in on known bank robbers living in the vicinity of the bank that was robbed. In this case, police immediately zeroed in on Steven Truscott—a boy with no criminal record, no history of violence, or delinquency. Steven was the last person to be seen with Lynne. Ergo, he must have raped and killed her. Or so thought police who didn’t even bother checking up on local sex offenders in the area.

Steven was interrogated for hours by police, without a lawyer and without a parent present most of the time. Police told him he was liar and tried to get him to confess to Lynne’s death. He wouldn’t budge. Steven insisted he had dropped her at the highway and she got into a stranger’s car. Steven’s interrogation went on until the early morning hours of June 13. Then, he was charged with murder and put in jail.

Steven was put on trial in Goderich, Ontario in the fall of 1959. He was found guilty despite virtually no physical evidence that tied him to the crime. None. No blood or semen residue, or pieces of his flesh under Lynne’s fingernails. Nothing. The Crown’s case was entirely circumstantial. Why a perfectly normal 14 year-old would suddenly decide to brutally rape and murder a classmate wasn’t explained. Nor was it explained how he could have committed these crimes in the extremely brief window between meeting Lynne then biking home to babysit (without even breaking a sweat or getting blood on his clothes, no less).

Steven was 14 years-old, and on death row. Not eager to be seen murdering young teenagers, the Canadian government soon commuted Steven’s sentence to life imprisonment. Steven was placed in the Guelph Training School for Boys (a facility for juvenile delinquents) until he was 18, then he was moved to Collins Bay Penitentiary in Kingston, ON. He continued to protest his innocence.

Steven’s case was reviewed in an unprecedented hearing by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1966. They voted 8-1 to uphold the verdict. Steven spent three more years in jail, then was released on parole.

Capital punishment was abolished in Canada in 1976. Steven had escaped the hangman’s noose, but remained a convicted murderer in the eyes of the law and had to live under an assumed name.

In the mid-1990s, a new diagnostic tool appeared on the scene that proved invaluable in criminal cases. Testing for DNA—that is, the molecular building blocks of life—became widespread. DNA testing allowed authorities to determine if there was a biological link between a suspect and a victim or a crime scene. If a suspect left trace amounts of blood, saliva, hair, semen or skin behind, these traces could be tested for DNA. If the DNA matched that of the suspect, chances were they were guilty.

Conversely, DNA testing could also prove a suspect was innocent. The absence of DNA helped secure the release of two men—Guy Paul Morin and David Milgaard from prison in the mid-1990s. Like Steven, both had been jailed for murder. Turns out, they didn’t kill anybody.

Steven became involved with a group called the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), a non-profit band of lawyers who had helped Morin fight his charges. AIDWYC wanted to use DNA to clear Steven. Only problem was, all the evidence in the case including, swabs, clothing, hair samples, had been destroyed shortly after Steven’s trial. Authorities exhumed Lynne Harper to see if her body could reveal any DNA clues. Only her remains were in such bad shape, no DNA samples could be taken.

Steven and AIDWYC fought on. Steven appeared on-camera in a CBC-TV documentary in 2000 that detailed his case. Questions about his conviction were raised in the House of Commons. The federal justice minister ordered a review of the case. The review suggested Steven was wrongly convicted. The Ontario Court of Appeal was then tasked with determining if this was the case.

On August 28, 2007, the Court of Appeal squashed Steven’s conviction and acquitted him. The Ontario Attorney-General apologized to Steven on behalf of the provincial government. Steven was no longer a convicted murderer in the eyes of the law.

Steven’s case might be hard for people to grasp, in this era of CSI and TV shows featuring magic scientific tools for investigating crime.

If DNA testing had existed in 1959, police could have used it to determine if Steven was guilty or not and, equally important, track down Lynne Harper’s real killer.

Which makes me wonder, how many people have been put to death based on evidence as shaky as that presented at Steven’s trial?

If society tolerates the death penalty, then it at least must satisfy without a single doubt that the person they execute is in fact guilty.

Mandatory DNA testing in all capital cases is what I say, to prevent future cases of innocent boys sentenced to die for things they didn’t do.

Steve Truscott: Decades of Injustice, is available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle and at Chapters on Kobo.

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14 thoughts on “Steven Truscott and the Death Penalty

  1. I remember reading a slim old paperback on the Truscott case when I was a teenager.

    I also remember seeing him interviewed on TV re: his acquittal I believe. Also, at that time I seem to recall that he was living in Guelph and that he had changed his name to try to remove that stigma (I could be wrong though, since I am suffering from pregnancy brain).

    Trying to recall – but wasn’t there something else… a car that some people remembered later on that might have been driven by a possible suspect who has now been dead for yrs or am I mixing up my true crime cases?

  2. Congrats Care-Mae!

    You are the first person to leave a comment on my blog.

    You are right on all counts. Truscott moved to Guelph, where he raised a family with his wife. He took an assumed last name, because technically, he was still a convicted killer.

    There were a couple mysterious cars involved in the original case. There was an airman from the RCAF base who was busted days before Lynne Harper disappeared trying to entice little girls into his car. And a local farmer guy saw a mysterious car on his property the night Harper vanished.

    Have a good pregnancy! I enjoy reading your updates on facebook and following your procreative adventures.

    Nate

  3. I do find true crime cases fascinating… and yes, it was the airman I was thinking of!

    Glad you are enjoying my FB (it’s kind of scattered and all over the place – kinda like my crazy thought process) :>

    • A FEW WORDS ABOUT TRUTH, COMMON SENSE AND THIS CRIME

      It makes no sense that every kid and adult in this story is a liar except Steven Truscott.

      It makes even less sense that the stranger who came along and picked up Lynne just minutes after Steven left her alone was the one stranger who would happen to kill her.

      It makes absolutely no sense that this stranger happened to be a pedophile that happened to be in his raping, killing mood.

      It makes absolutely no sense at all that this stranger pedophile would drive miles away and then turn-around and take poor Lynne back to the very area where people are looking for the missing girl and are eyeing every strange movement.

      There he would defy all logic by raping her, laying out her clothes neatly, strangling her—doing it all in the dark and in the very area where people are searching for her.

      The difference between real crime and TV crime is that in real crimes we should think with our heads and not our hearts.

      The Clue Master SDM

  4. A FEW WORDS ABOUT TRUTH, COMMON SENSE AND THIS CRIME

    It makes no sense that every kid and adult in this story is a liar except Steven Truscott.

    It makes even less sense that the stranger who happened along and picked up Lynne Harper just minutes after Steven left her all alone–was the one stranger who would happen to kill her.

    It makes absolutely no sense that this stranger who happened by also happened to be a pedophile and who happened to be in his raping, killing mood.

    It makes absolutely no sense at all that this stranger pedophile would drive miles away and then turn-around and take poor Lynne back to the very area where people are looking for the missing girl and are eyeing every strange movement.

    There he would defy all logic by parking his car near the road, walking her into the woods, raping her, laying out her clothes neatly, and strangling her—doing it all in the dark and in the very area where people are searching for her.

    The difference between real crime and TV crime is that in real crimes we should think with our heads and not our hearts.

    The Clue Master SDM

    • As crimes go, dear reader, this is a simple crime. We have only two choices in this case. Either Steven Truscott took Lynne Harper 90 feet into Lawson’s bush and strangled her at his favorite spot or a stranger pedophile picked her up after Truscott left her all alone, drove around for several hours, and then returned her in the dark, not at the intersection but 90 feet into Lawson’s bush at Truscott’s favorite spot–the same place where Lynne’s body would be found two days later.

      This is not rocket science folks; just searching for truth and justice using critical thinking.

      The facts of this case implicating Steven Truscott go well beyond reasonable doubt and preponderance of the evidence, they comprise a moral certainty.

    • Hi Clue Master,

      I just had to comment on your remark “It makes no sense that every kid and adult in this story is a liar except Steven Truscott.”

      In fact the evidence uncovered by the original book investigating this, and the subsequent fifth estate investigation that helped lead to Truscott’s eventual acquittal showed that many of the children told stories that indicated that Truscott took Lynne across the bridge to the highway and returned without her. The chief investigating officer decided to ignore that evidence and never presented it to the court or defense counsel.

      Both other OPP officers and military personnel who assisted in the investigation say they believe that Truscott was railroaded at the time.

      When in the early 60’s a military investigator contacted Graham to say that there was a more likely suspect, an enlisted man from a nearby base who had attempted to entice a little girl into his car shortly before hand, and who after the murder suddenly sold his brand new car which he’d owned only a few months, a car whose rear fins and headlights were similar to those on the 1959 Chevrolet which Steven thought he saw pick up Lynne, his concerns were dismissed. Graham did not pass this information onto Defense Counsel, or share with the court, when Truscott was retried before the Supreme Court in 1966.

      Every kid and adult in this story is not a liar except Steven Truscott. The problem is that the chief investigator chose the ignore and suppress the stories of every adult and kid that did not support his theory, he undercut on the stand the story of those kids he could not have appear, and hi ignore the opinions of officers who disagreed with him.

      I’d suggest reading “Until You Are Dead: Steven Truscott’s Long Ride Into History” by the producer of the fifth estate piece. And then you can suggest that we think with our heads and not our hearts.

      • Jan 4, 2011
        First, Reive, I want to thank you for your thoughtful, well written comments. I am completing a book on the Truscott – Harper case and will consider all of your remarks.
        As for specific answers, as much as possible I will take excerpts from my book:
        In fact the evidence uncovered by the original book investigating this, and the subsequent fifth estate investigation that helped lead to Truscott’s eventual acquittal showed that many of the children told stories that indicated that Truscott took Lynne across the bridge to the highway and returned without her.
        Truscott said that Lynne wanted to go to a place where there were a few ponies. He told the police that Lynn sat on his crossbar and they took off. He said that on the way down he waved to Arnold George, who was swimming in the river.

        Two friends, Douglas Oats and Gordon Logan, testified that they saw Truscott cross the bridge with Lynne on his way to the highway. Truscott says he dropped Lynne off and headed back where he was seen by Allan Oats at the small flat Bayfield Bridge. Truscott has testified that he stopped at the bridge where he looked back towards the highway to see if she’d found a ride. At that very moment he saw Lynne with her arm out hitch-hiking; then a car stopped and she got in and the car sped away. The bridge is 1,300 feet from the highway. He estimated the time to be near 7:45 pm.
        (p. 17-18) under title: TESTIMONY by STEVEN TRUSCOTT and 25 WITNESSES BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA

        (p. 19)
        7:10 pm – Steven said that he and Lynne passed Richard Gellatly prior to reaching Lawson’s Bush.
        7:15-7:20 pm – Burns, Goddette and George, walking behind Gellatly do not see Steven and Lynne pass by on their way to the highway. Had Truscott disappeared with the girl into Lawson’s bush; the same bush where Jocelyne is looking?
        7:25 pm – Farmer Bob Lawson said Jocelyne was at his barn and told him she had been looking for Steven. After a few minutes she returned to the bush area to look again.
        7:10 – 7:45 pm – Not one person has reported seeing Steven or Lynne at County Road and Highway 8. Not even the boy who went by that intersection on his way to the river about 7:10 and on his return home around 7:45 pm.
        Both other OPP officers and military personnel who assisted in the investigation say they believe that Truscott was railroaded at the time.
        Most investigators, his schoolmates, and an objective jury listened carefully to 74 witnesses. All of them told mostly the same story except for the three friends of Truscott mentioned above. There would have been four but Butch George told the truth about not seeing Steven at the bridge after Lynne’s body was found. He did not want to perjure himself.

        When in the early 60′s a military investigator contacted Graham to say that there was a more likely suspect, an enlisted man from a nearby base who had attempted to entice a little girl into his car shortly before hand, and who after the murder suddenly sold his brand new car which he’d owned only a few months, a car whose rear fins and headlights were similar to those on the 1959 Chevrolet which Steven thought he saw pick up Lynne, his concerns were dismissed. Graham did not pass this information onto Defense Counsel, or share with the court, when Truscott was retried before the Supreme Court in 1966.
        In my book are three pages on the case against Sgt. Kalichuk. Following are excerpts:
        Sgt. Kalichuk’s Arrests:
        In 1950 Sgt. Kalichuk was fined $10 for two convictions of indecent exposure in Trenton, where he was stationed.
        About three weeks before Lynne’s murder, Sgt. Kalichuk stopped three young farm girls on a country road near St. Thomas, Ontario. He tried to lure one of them, a 10-year old, into his car by offering her a new pair of panties. He left the scene when he saw the girl’s father approaching. Kalichuk was later arrested and charged by the Ontario Provincial Police. A week later a judge dismissed the charge for lack of evidence but gave Kalichuk a warning regarding his behavior. This was 12 days before Lynne Harper was murdered.
        Three weeks after Lynn was murdered, on July 2nd, Dr. A.M. Beach, a psychiatrist at the Aylmer base reported that Sgt. Alexander Kalichuk was suffering from “overwhelming anxiety, tension, depression and guilt.” Later, a doctor said his diagnosis was sexual deviation and anxiety reaction. Kalichuk was hospitalized in the psychiatric clinic of London’s Westminister Hospital on July 22nd and released on July 31st.

        Did Steven Truscott see Sgt. Kalichuk’s car?
        Truscott has maintained that he saw Lynne get into a grey 1959 Chevrolet Belair which he was able to recognize from the fins and the cats’ eye shape to the tail lights. He was able to see this from 1300 feet away. Many years later Truscott supporters would say that from that far away perhaps it was not the license tag but Kalichuk’s yellow car that he saw. Please, get real. 55

        Until 1959 Kalichuk owned a yellow Ford between years 1952-1955. He still owned this car in the early months of 1959. In early 1959 Sgt. Kalichuk bought a brand new 1959 canary yellow Pontiac Stratochief. Weeks after the Harper murder, he traded the yellow Pontiac in for a brand new 1959 tan Oldsmobile, which he kept for 10 years. 56

        Conspiracies:

        According to Truscott supporters, the military was prepared to go to any lengths to shield one of its own, although the notion that the RCAF would frame a 14-year old boy in order to let a homicidal pedophile run free is frankly too absurd for comment.

        Questioned by authorities, Sergeant Kalichuk always denied involvement in the murder of Lynne Harper. No evidence was ever found against Kalichuk and he was never arrested or charged. 57

        Kalichuk’s sexual offenses consisted of indecent exposure and of trying to get young girls into his car. There is no evidence that he ever got a girl in his car; they would run away after getting his license tag number. 58
        (p. 74-75) under title: The Case Against Royal Canadian Air Force
        (RCAF) Sergeant Alexander Kalichuk

        Every kid and adult in this story is not a liar except Steven Truscott. The problem is that the chief investigator chose the ignore and suppress the stories of every adult and kid that did not support his theory, he undercut on the stand the story of those kids he could not have appear, and hi ignore the opinions of officers who disagreed with him.
        The above are all theories and thoughts from the media. There is no real evidence that any are valid.
        I’d suggest reading “Until You Are Dead: Steven Truscott’s Long Ride Into History” by the producer of the fifth estate piece. And then you can suggest that we think with our heads and not our hearts.
        I did read carefully Until You Are Dead. That book as much as any other source convinced me that Steven Truscott is not innocent of this murder; especially shocking was the biased Fifth Estate TV documentary showing Lynne riding on the handlebars when every witness, including Steven and his friends, testified that she rode on the crossbar. Obviously they did not want to show Steven with his arms around Lynne riding on his crossbar.

        Again, many thanks for you comments. If possible, I will send you a copy of the book once it is published.
        Sam Dennis McDonough

  5. This reply may be easier to read than the previous one:

    Jan 4, 2011

    First, Reive, I want to thank you for your thoughtful, well written comments. I am completing a book on the Truscott – Harper case and will consider all of your remarks. As for specific answers, as much as possible I will take excerpts from my book:

    REIVE: In fact the evidence uncovered by the original book investigating this, and the subsequent fifth estate investigation that helped lead to Truscott’s eventual acquittal showed that many of the children told stories that indicated that Truscott took Lynne across the bridge to the highway and returned without her.

    SDM: Truscott said that Lynne wanted to go to a place where there were a few ponies. He told the police that Lynn sat on his crossbar and they took off. He said that on the way down he waved to Arnold George, who was swimming in the river.

    Two friends, Douglas Oats and Gordon Logan, testified that they saw Truscott cross the bridge with Lynne on his way to the highway. Truscott says he dropped Lynne off and headed back where he was seen by Allan Oats at the small flat Bayfield Bridge. Truscott has testified that he stopped at the bridge where he looked back towards the highway to see if she’d found a ride. At that very moment he saw Lynne with her arm out hitch-hiking; then a car stopped and she got in and the car sped away. The bridge is 1,300 feet from the highway. He estimated the time to be near 7:45 pm.
    (p. 17-18) under title: TESTIMONY by STEVEN TRUSCOTT and 25 WITNESSES BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA

    (p. 19)
    7:10 pm – Steven said that he and Lynne passed Richard Gellatly prior to reaching Lawson’s Bush.
    7:15-7:20 pm – Burns, Goddette and George, walking behind Gellatly do not see Steven and Lynne pass by on their way to the highway. Had Truscott disappeared with the girl into Lawson’s bush; the same bush where Jocelyne is looking?
    7:25 pm – Farmer Bob Lawson said Jocelyne was at his barn and told him she had been looking for Steven. After a few minutes she returned to the bush area to look again.
    7:10 – 7:45 pm – Not one person has reported seeing Steven or Lynne at County Road and Highway 8. Not even the boy who went by that intersection on his way to the river about 7:10 and on his return home around 7:45 pm.

    REIVE: Both other OPP officers and military personnel who assisted in the investigation say they believe that Truscott was railroaded at the time.

    SDM: Most investigators, his schoolmates, and an objective jury listened carefully to 74 witnesses. All of them told mostly the same story except for the three friends of Truscott mentioned above. There would have been four but Butch George told the truth about not seeing Steven at the bridge after Lynne’s body was found. He did not want to perjure himself.

    REIVE: When in the early 60′s a military investigator contacted Graham to say that there was a more likely suspect, an enlisted man from a nearby base who had attempted to entice a little girl into his car shortly before hand, and who after the murder suddenly sold his brand new car which he’d owned only a few months, a car whose rear fins and headlights were similar to those on the 1959 Chevrolet which Steven thought he saw pick up Lynne, his concerns were dismissed. Graham did not pass this information onto Defense Counsel, or share with the court, when Truscott was retried before the Supreme Court in 1966.

    SDM: In my book are three pages on the case against Sgt. Kalichuk. Following are excerpts:

    Sgt. Kalichuk’s Arrests:
    In 1950 Sgt. Kalichuk was fined $10 for two convictions of indecent exposure in Trenton, where he was stationed.

    About three weeks before Lynne’s murder, Sgt. Kalichuk stopped three young farm girls on a country road near St. Thomas, Ontario. He tried to lure one of them, a 10-year old, into his car by offering her a new pair of panties. He left the scene when he saw the girl’s father approaching. Kalichuk was later arrested and charged by the Ontario Provincial Police. A week later a judge dismissed the charge for lack of evidence but gave Kalichuk a warning regarding his behavior. This was 12 days before Lynne Harper was murdered.

    Three weeks after Lynn was murdered, on July 2nd, Dr. A.M. Beach, a psychiatrist at the Aylmer base reported that Sgt. Alexander Kalichuk was suffering from “overwhelming anxiety, tension, depression and guilt.” Later, a doctor said his diagnosis was sexual deviation and anxiety reaction. Kalichuk was hospitalized in the psychiatric clinic of London’s Westminister Hospital on July 22nd and released on July 31st.

    Did Steven Truscott see Sgt. Kalichuk’s car?
    Truscott has maintained that he saw Lynne get into a grey 1959 Chevrolet Belair which he was able to recognize from the fins and the cats’ eye shape to the tail lights. He was able to see this from 1300 feet away. Many years later Truscott supporters would say that from that far away perhaps it was not the license tag but Kalichuk’s yellow car that he saw. Please, get real. 55

    Until 1959 Kalichuk owned a yellow Ford between years 1952-1955. He still owned this car in the early months of 1959. In early 1959 Sgt. Kalichuk bought a brand new 1959 canary yellow Pontiac Stratochief. Weeks after the Harper murder, he traded the yellow Pontiac in for a brand new 1959 tan Oldsmobile, which he kept for 10 years. 56

    According to Truscott supporters, the military was prepared to go to any lengths to shield one of its own, although the notion that the RCAF would frame a 14-year old boy in order to let a homicidal pedophile run free is frankly too absurd for comment.

    Questioned by authorities, Sergeant Kalichuk always denied involvement in the murder of Lynne Harper. No evidence was ever found against Kalichuk and he was never arrested or charged. 57

    Kalichuk’s sexual offenses consisted of indecent exposure and of trying to get young girls into his car. There is no evidence that he ever got a girl in his car; they would run away after getting his license tag number. 58
    (p. 74-75) under title: The Case Against Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Sergeant Alexander Kalichuk

    REIVE: Every kid and adult in this story is not a liar except Steven Truscott. The problem is that the chief investigator chose the ignore and suppress the stories of every adult and kid that did not support his theory, he undercut on the stand the story of those kids he could not have appear, and hi ignore the opinions of officers who disagreed with him.

    SDM: The above are all theories and thoughts from the media. There is no real evidence that any are valid. Consider what the only jury of his peers actually saw and heard from witnesses directly involved in this incident; the same jury that in 1959 unanimously found Truscott guilty of murder. Among the overwhelming evidence presented was that his own friends and classmates were teasing him about being in Lawson’s bush with Lynne and what may have happened to her. These conversations took place in the days BEFORE Lynne’s body was found.

    REIVE: I’d suggest reading “Until You Are Dead: Steven Truscott’s Long Ride Into History” by the producer of the fifth estate piece. And then you can suggest that we think with our heads and not our hearts.

    SDM: I did read carefully “Until You Are Dead.” That book as much as any other source convinced me that Steven Truscott is not innocent of this murder; especially shocking was the biased Fifth Estate TV documentary showing Lynne riding on the handlebars when every witness, including Steven and his friends, testified that she rode on the crossbar. Obviously they did not want to show Steven with his arms around Lynne riding on his crossbar.

    Again, many thanks for you comments. If possible, I will send you a copy of the book once it is published.

    Sam Dennis McDonough TheClueMaster SDM

  6. 🙂 If you wish to read all of the evidence and facts go to Lulu.com and look for the newly published “Steven Truscott and the Murder of 12-Year Old Lynne Harper”

  7. No one would confuse a ’59 Chevy Bel Air for a ’59 Pontiac at at that time. The ’59 Bel Air had very distinctive and unusual fins. The tail light looked like cat’s eyes. Kalichuk was arrested in St. Thomas, which is about an hour and a half away from Clinton, Ontario. Hardly local. If Kalichuk’s history shows anything it is that he operated mostly in the local area where he lived. At the time of the murder he lived at least an hour away. And the cars he drove could not be confused for a ’59 Chevy and they were all the wrong colour. In addition, it is almost impossible to identify a make and modle of acar from 1,300 feet awat. Try it one dayt. documentary swas more

  8. I MUST COMMEND MR. MCDONOUGH ON HIS CONSICE WELL STRUCTURED ARGUMENTS BASED ON THE FACTS THAT SUPPORT THE ORIGINAL CON VICTION OF TRUSCOTT. IF YOU LISTEN TO WHAT TRUSCOTT HAS STATED OVER THE YEARS, HE HAS ALL BUT ADMITTED TO HIS GUILT HIMSELF. “JUST BECAUSE I MADE ONE MISTAKE” ON HIS PAROLE APPLICATION AND “WOULD I NOT BE STUPID BEYOND BELIEF TO PARADE MY VICTIM” IN HIS 1971 BOOK. I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND IT ASTOUNDING THAT THAT THE EVIDENCE THAT IS KNOWN TO BE TRUE BY VIRTUE OF COMPELLING MUTIPLE AFFIRMATION, SUCH AS FARMER R. LAWSON TESTIMONY AS TO WHAT JOCELYNE GAUDET SAID AND WHERE SHE WAS, CAN BE INSTANTLY DISMISSED BECAUSE TRUSCOTT SAYS SO. THAT THE EXPLANATION FOR LYNNE DISAPEARANCE AND HER SUBSEQUENT MURDER CAN BE EASILY CONJURED BECAUSE TRUSCOTT TELLS A FANTASTIC TALE. HE MIGHT AS WELL HAVE SAID HE SAW MS. LYNNE GET PICKED UP BY A UFO FOR WHAT HE AFFORDS US TO EXCEPT AS REALITY. IT IS EXTREMELY TROUBLING THAT SO MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE TRUSCOTT FANTASY AND NOT WHAT IS OBJECTIVELY OBVIOUS. ON A MORE SOBERING NOTE TRUSCOTT KNOWS WHAT HE DID THAT JUNE EVENING IN 1959, AND NOW 50 PLUS YEARS LATER HE IS APPROACHING A FINAL JUDGEMENT AND I CAN NOT HELP BUT WONDER HOW MUCH THOUGHT HE HAS GIVEN TO THAT TRIAL.

  9. It is amazing to see how many critical thinking people mow know the truth that Steven Truscott killed Lynne Harper in Lawson’s Bush on June 9, 1959. While other authors repeat their one-sided view of the crime there are three books that give about a hundred clues that show Steven Truscott is the killer. Read any one of these books: “Steven Truscott and the Murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper”‘; “Canada’s Big Lie”; “Crime Does Pay in Canada”. Canadian critical thinking readers know that Steven Truscott killed Lynne Harper beyond any shaeow of a doubt.

    Here are just 5 out of 50 clues to think about:

    Until someone can explain why anyone would believe Truscott’s story that Lynne wanted to go 1.2 miles to the highway to hitch-hike alone at 7:30 when she had to be home by 8:30 pm.

    Until someone can explain why Truscott, who sees the girl friend he had just left alone suddenly get into a stranger’s car, does not mention this tragic event to his friends at the bridge. If this story actually happened, even Truscott would have the maturity and decency to mention the tragic sighting to his friends Doug and Gord.

    Until someone can explain why Steven Truscott did not tell school chums or his brother that he had given Lynne Harper a ride to the intersection where he saw her get into a stranger’s 1959 Chevy Bel Air car; and speed off with her and that she is probably in danger for her life. The time to say this was after he was asked if he threw Lynne Harper to the fish.

    Until Steven Truscott can tell us why he did not notify anyone that he saw his girl friend hitch a ride with a stranger

    Until someone can explain why, after a sleepless grief-stricken night, Lynne’s father had to go to Steven Truscott at his home to find out what he did with his 12-year-od daughter, I will have full confidence that Steven Truscott murdered Lynne Harper in Lawson’s Bush.

    Until someone can explain just these simple five evidences of guilt, I will have full confidence that Steven Truscott murdered Lynne Harper in Lawson’s Bush.

    There are many more facts and evidence in my books.

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