Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death
The story of Steven Truscott
From the Series Lorimer Real Justice
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.
|Interest Level||Grade 9 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Genre||High/Low, Nonfiction, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lorimer & Company, Ltd.|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||152|
Author: Bill Swan
Bill Swan is the author of nine Sports Stories novels and another Real Justice title on Steven Truscott, which won the 2013 Red Maple Non Fiction Award. Bill lives in Courtice, Ontario.