The Fifth Estate Steven Truscott: His Word Against History + Update

The Fifth Estate Steven Truscott: His Word Against History + Update

In 1959, when a 12-year-old girl disappeared, an investigation lasting less than two days and a trial of less than two weeks sent a 14-year-old schoolboy to prison. Steven Truscott's murder trial was the most famous, infamous and one of the most disputed child criminal cases in Canadian legal history. His death sentence was commuted, but he spent 10 years in prison and is still a murderer in the eyes of the justice system. This award-winning documentary uncovers some astonishing new evidence, which raises disturbing questions about the integrity of the murder investigation and the fairness of his trial. Was the verdict just? Key scenes are re-created, based on verbatim accounts of witnesses and from military, police, and archival documents. The program concludes with an update revealing how people close to the case came forward after the original broadcast of this program with important new information.

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  • 01:09:46
  • 15-17
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Truscott, Steven Murray [LCSH] Murder -- Ontario -- Clinton [LCSH] Trials (Murder) -- Ontario -- Goderich [LCSH] Judicial error -- Ontario [LCSH] Social sciences [LCSH] Canada -- History [LCSH] Law -- Study and teaching [LCSH]
Steven Murray Truscott (Subject), Linden MacIntyre (Journalist), Julian Sher (Producer), Theresa Burke (Producer)
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