Canadian Folk: Portraits of Remarkable Lives by Peter Unwin

By Peter Unwin

A joyous romp throughout the again pages of Canadian quirkiness, Canadian people offers a clean examine the saints, sinners, oddballs, and outright nutbars who've populated the Canadian landscape.

They have been forever northbound or south; they have been inveterate walkers, or global type runners, millionaires in ill-advised Citroen half-tracks. The stressed characters who spanned these miles and who fill the pages of this booklet have been fuelled by means of the goals, the doubts, and the certainties in their occasions, a walk in the park that now turns out unfathomable to us and often maddening. From doomed explorers to celebrated poets of cheese, this assortment offers a desirable examine the eminent and no-so-eminent characters who got here sooner than us and left their vibrant mark on Canada's historical past.

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Whatever the reason, Tudor sparked a furor in prisons across Canada. Duct openings and pipework access points were sealed up with locks and grates in jails across the nation. Inquiries were launched into why a double-murderer was in a medium-security prison in the first place and how any prisoner could live undetected in a jail for weeks. Tudor, who was dubbed the Ductman of Drumheller and assured of a permanent place in prison folklore, was charged with being unlawfully at large. He was sent back to the maximum-security prison in Edmonton, where authorities vowed that he would never embarrass them with an escape.

Case-hardened detectives also acknowledged the frightening prospect of his being unleashed into the community. Staff Sergeant Rocks of the Calgary homicide unit, who’d helped put Tudor behind bars, voiced this fear, “This guy is a cold-blooded killer. ” Days passed. A few sightings of Tudor came in and were checked. Nothing. Then, after three weeks, prison authorities and police released a bombshell. Tudor was no doddery, helpless old man after all. It was a performance, all part of an elaborate hoax he’d spent months perfecting.

A few things were missing, including Bill’s car, and there was a ridiculous note that read, “Gone fishing in Montana. ” This was something their dad would never have done, and the note wasn’t even in his handwriting. If it was supposed to allay their fears and explain where he was, it produced exactly the opposite reaction. It aroused their suspicions and sent them straight to the police. Officers didn’t like what they heard from the distraught brother and sister and soon homicide detectives were at the house.

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