Steven Truscott Appeal

on Jan 31, 2007 @ 11:51 am

Have any of you heard of the Steven Truscott trial? Back in 1959 in Clinton, ON when he was 14 he was convicted for the rape and murder of 12 year old Lynne Harper. He claims that on June 9, 1959, he was riding his bicycle when he met Lynne Harper near the school they both attended. She asked him for a ride to the highway because she wanted to see the man who kept ponies at his house. Truscott gave Harper a lift and dropped her off at the highway. As he was cycling back he saw a car stop where Harper was standing. She got into the car and the car drove off. That was the last time Lynne Harper was seen alive. Her body was found two days later not too far from where Truscott dropped her off.

He was the youngest person to be sentenced to death in Canadian history. His sentence was then commuted to a life sentence and after 10 years in prison he was parolled. He has always maintained his innocence. I caught wind of this story when I saw a W5 special on him and his possible wrongful conviction.

Today he is an appeal court trying to get his conviction overturned as he still maintains his innocence. This is the first time the courts have let cameras into the courtroom much like they do in US cases. The original coroner's report put the Lynne's death at the time that Steven was with her but has since said that he could have been incorrect and that the window of her time of death was really much wider than he had stated back during Steven's original trial. It will be interesting to see if he will be exonorated. For further info on this case you can read up on it at: or read the book Until you are Dead by Julian Sher. Very interesting glance into legal procedures and a murder mystery that occurred right here in Ontario.

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