Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character

September 6, 2016|
Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character by Debra Komar
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Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Best Non-Fiction Crime Book Award

In 1869, in the woods just outside of the bustling port city of Saint John, a group of teenaged berry pickers discovered several badly decomposed bodies. The authorities suspected foul play, but the identities of the victims were as mysterious as that of the perpetrator. From the twists and turns of a coroner's inquest, an unlikely suspect emerged to stand trial for murder: John Munroe, a renowned architect, well-heeled family man, and pillar of the community.

Munroe was arguably the first in Canada's fledgling judicial system to actively defend himself. His lawyer's strategy was as simple as it was revolutionary: Munroe's wealth, education, and exemplary character made him incapable of murder. The press and Saint John's elite vocally supported Munroe, sparking a debate about character and murder that continues to this day. In re-examining a precedent-setting historical crime with fresh eyes, Komar addresses questions that still echo through the halls of justice more than a century later: is everyone capable of murder, and should character be treated as evidence in homicide trials?

Debra Komar is the author of The Ballad of Jacob Peck, The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, The Bastard of Fort Stikine, which won the 2016 Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History, and, most recently, Black River Road. A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, sh...
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Title:Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of CharacterFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:224 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 inPublished:6 septembre 2016Publisher:GSELanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864928769

ISBN - 13:9780864928764

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