Who Killed Ty Conn

by Linden Macintyre

Penguin Group Canada | October 11, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

Who Killed Ty Conn is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

"His three wishes are to be free, to have no compulsion to commit crimes when he needs money, and to have a family."
--Dr. Murray Brown, Saskatchewan Penitentiary

In May 1999, there was a media frenzy when Ty Conn, a convicted bank robber, broke out of Kingston penitentiary, one of the most heavily secured correctional facilities in the country. The police finally caught up with him two weeks later in a Toronto apartment. Out of sheer desperation, facing the balance of a forty-seven-year prison sentence if re-incarcerated, Ty Conn shot himself fatally in the chest.

Who Killed Ty Conn follows the story of Conn’s tragic life, which took him from a childhood of abuse to a life of crime, finally leading to his death at the age of thirty-two. By the time Conn had reached the age of two he had already been abandoned by his father, mother, and grandparents. Ontario child protection services intervened and allowed an affluent but unsuitable family to adopt him. The breakdown of Ty’s home life led to foster homes, insecurity and petty theft. As Conn’s sense of personal loneliness and abandonment escalated, so did his criminal activity. Multiple convictions for armed robbery and escaping prison eventually brought him to Kingston Penitentiary. Once again alienated and facing a hopeless future, he devised an ingenious escape plan. On May 7, 1999, he went over the wall.

When the police finally tracked him down after a full-scale search, he chose death over prison. At the moment he shot himself, around midnight on May 20, 1999, Conn was on the phone with Theresa Burke, associate producer of CBC’s the fifth estate. Burke and Linden MacIntyre, a fifth estate co-host, had met Conn in a Saskatchewan Correctional Institute in 1994 when they featured him on a show dealing with the effects of child abuse. In their opinion, Conn was not a hardened criminal but a man trying to come to terms with a life of rejection, and a danger to no one but himself.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: October 11, 2001

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140290958

ISBN - 13: 9780140290950

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ty's Tragic Times This book was excellent. It should be mandatory reading for all individuals who are employed in corrections including institutional staff, community workers and management. As well, as valuable for training and educating those preparing for a career in criminology. It makes you aware that offenders are not just a number but are real people who have many problems and obstacles to overcome in their lives. You might be that person to help an individual by giving them the opportunity to make decisions and positive changes in their lifestyle. Lynn Smith, Probation & Parole Officer
Date published: 2002-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many Killed Ty Conn I found this book rivetting. The authors were somehow able to unearth an amazing collection of facts to support their story and opinions. Who killed Ty Conn?: Practically everyone who ever knew him seemed to take a hand in it. Government institutions proved totally worthless (as usual).
Date published: 2001-04-03

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Who Killed Ty Conn

Who Killed Ty Conn

by Linden Macintyre

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: October 11, 2001

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140290958

ISBN - 13: 9780140290950

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"His three wishes are to be free, to have no compulsion to commit crimes when he needs money, and to have a family."
--Dr. Murray Brown, Saskatchewan Penitentiary

In May 1999, there was a media frenzy when Ty Conn, a convicted bank robber, broke out of Kingston penitentiary, one of the most heavily secured correctional facilities in the country. The police finally caught up with him two weeks later in a Toronto apartment. Out of sheer desperation, facing the balance of a forty-seven-year prison sentence if re-incarcerated, Ty Conn shot himself fatally in the chest.

Who Killed Ty Conn follows the story of Conn’s tragic life, which took him from a childhood of abuse to a life of crime, finally leading to his death at the age of thirty-two. By the time Conn had reached the age of two he had already been abandoned by his father, mother, and grandparents. Ontario child protection services intervened and allowed an affluent but unsuitable family to adopt him. The breakdown of Ty’s home life led to foster homes, insecurity and petty theft. As Conn’s sense of personal loneliness and abandonment escalated, so did his criminal activity. Multiple convictions for armed robbery and escaping prison eventually brought him to Kingston Penitentiary. Once again alienated and facing a hopeless future, he devised an ingenious escape plan. On May 7, 1999, he went over the wall.

When the police finally tracked him down after a full-scale search, he chose death over prison. At the moment he shot himself, around midnight on May 20, 1999, Conn was on the phone with Theresa Burke, associate producer of CBC’s the fifth estate. Burke and Linden MacIntyre, a fifth estate co-host, had met Conn in a Saskatchewan Correctional Institute in 1994 when they featured him on a show dealing with the effects of child abuse. In their opinion, Conn was not a hardened criminal but a man trying to come to terms with a life of rejection, and a danger to no one but himself.