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Interview with Robert Hoshowsky, Author of The Last to Die

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Interview with Robert Hoshowsky, Author of The Last to Die

The death penalty was abolished from the Canadian Criminal Code in 1976, but the last executions in Canada took place several years earlier, on December 11 in 1962 when Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin were hanged in Toronto. The Last to Die: Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada by Robert Hoshowsky was published in the spring by Dundurn Press. Hoshowsky’s book “is based on original interviews, hidden documents, trial transcripts, and newspaper accounts” and “reveals the heroic efforts of lawyer Ross MacKay, who defended both men, and Chaplain Cyril Everitt, who remained with them to the end.”

To mark the 45th anniversary of Canada’s last execution, Hoshowsky was recently interviewed about The Last to Die. Watch the video at the Dundurn Press blog, Defining Canada.

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