Edwin Alonzo Boyd: Life and Crimes of Canada's Master Bank Robber by Nate HendleyEdwin Alonzo Boyd: Life and Crimes of Canada's Master Bank Robber by Nate Hendley

Edwin Alonzo Boyd: Life and Crimes of Canada's Master Bank Robber

byNate Hendley

Paperback | August 26, 2003

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Edwin Boyd woke up, rolled out of bed, and got ready to rob his first bank. He began his preparations by disguising himself. He shoved wads of cotton into his cheeks and nostrils, smeared black mascara on his eyebrows, and rubbed rouge on his cheeks.

This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: history, biography, true crime. Toronto's dashing "Gentleman Bank Robber" was a charismatic felon who masterminded a series of daring robberies with his legendary gang. The most famous bank robber Canada has ever produced was responsible for a three-year crime spree which caught the public's imagination and made him an instant celebrity.

NATE HENDLEY is a Toronto-based freelance writer/reporter. Born in 1966, Hendley has been working as a journalist since the early 1990s. His publishing credits include The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Marketing magazine, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Journal, PROFIT magazine''s e-newsletters, etc. Hendley is also a p...
Title:Edwin Alonzo Boyd: Life and Crimes of Canada's Master Bank RobberFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:120 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:August 26, 2003Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from In a Bank Robber's Shoes This book takes an entertaining trip though the bank robbing career of Edwin Alonzo Boyd. The author takes us through Boyd's three-year career and numerous heists. The descriptions are so good that I can almost see Boyd stuffing his cheeks with wads of cotton, smearing his eyebrows with mascara and his face with rouge as he prepared for his first drunken heist. There's nothing like being robbed by Bozo the Clown in a blue suit! Amazingly enough, Boyd got away with it and many more (sober) robberies. This book is so well paced and action packed that I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2004-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bank Robber Edwin Boyd I enjoyed this fast-paced book. Canada doesn't have many colourful criminals, which is why Edwin Boyd really stands out. I would have liked this book to have been longer. Other than that, I think it's a great true crime tale. -Sean McKee
Date published: 2004-06-04

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Prologue Edwin Alonzo Boyd's fingers twitched as he tapped the 7.45 mm automatic pistol tucked in his belt. The weapon was one of five handguns in his possession, all of them loaded and ready for action. A briefcase filled with stolen cash lay on the floor of his bedroom. It was March 1952. The Korean War was still raging but the public seemed more interested in a newfangled invention called television. Dwight Eisenhower would soon be elected president of the United States, and the Toronto Maple Leafs were one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League. But Boyd had no time to think about television or politics or hockey. He had other things to worry about. For a start, scores of policemen were scouring the country for him. As head of the so-called Boyd Gang, he had organized some of the most spectacular bank robberies in Canada's history. His face had been splashed on the front pages of newspapers across the nation, and his gun-slinging exploits had become the stuff of legend. The son of a respected police officer, Boyd was an army veteran with an adoring wife and three kids. He had charm, athletic skills, and loads of charisma. And yet there he was, a wanted man in a rented room, waiting for the police to come crashing through his door.In years to come, Boyd would have plenty of time to ponder how his life had ""gone bad."" For now, however, his only concern was keeping out of jail and hanging on to whatever cash remained from his tenure as Canada's number one bank robber.

Table of Contents

PrologueChapter 1 Boyd's BeginningsChapter 2 World War IIChapter 3 A Career SwitchChapter 4 Don Jail BluesChapter 5 The Boyd GangChapter 6 AmbushChapter 7 NabbedChapter 8 Reunion Behind BarsChapter 9 ManhuntChapter 10 Trials and TribulationsEpliogueBibliography