First Degree: From Med School to Murder: The Story Behind the Shocking Will Sandeson Trial by Kayla HounsellFirst Degree: From Med School to Murder: The Story Behind the Shocking Will Sandeson Trial by Kayla Hounsell

First Degree: From Med School to Murder: The Story Behind the Shocking Will Sandeson Trial

byKayla Hounsell

Paperback | September 20, 2018

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A murder, a missing body, and a sensational trial that shocked the community. Will Sandeson seemed like a model son. A member of the Dalhousie University track and field team, he was about to start classes at Dalhousie's medical school. He had attended a medical school in the Caribbean; he worked at a group home for adults with disabilities. "There's times for whatever reason that things don't go quite as planned," a Halifax police officer told Sandeson shortly after he was arrested for the first-degree murder of Taylor Samson, who also, on the surface, seemed like a model son.

Samson lived in a fraternity house near Dalhousie, and when the six-foot-five physics student disappeared without a trace, the focus eventually turned to Sandeson. Sandeson's trial, blown open by a private investigator accused of switching sides, exposed a world of drugs, ambition, and misplaced loyalties. Through interviews with friends and relatives, as well as transcripts of the trial and Sandeson's police interrogation, award-winning journalist Kayla Hounsell paints a complex portrait of both the victim and killer, two young men who seemed destined for bright futures. First Degree includes previously unpublished photos and details never made public until now.

Kayla Hounsell is an award-winning journalist who covered the murder trial of Will Sandeson. She is now the CBC Network Reporter for the Maritimes. Based in Halifax, she has worked in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ottawa, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Liberia. This is her first book.
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Title:First Degree: From Med School to Murder: The Story Behind the Shocking Will Sandeson TrialFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:September 20, 2018Publisher:Nimbus PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781771086660

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling and Fascinating Be sure to get under a cozy blanket for this book, because, not only is it chilling, but you’ll read long into the night. Kayla Hounsell distils the various perspectives in this true crime story into a cohesive and fascinating read.
Date published: 2018-12-01

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Interrogation
Scene of the Crime
Who was Taylor Samson?
Who is William Sandeson?
A Voluntary Witness
Preparing for Trial
The Crown's Case: Family First
The Crown's Case: Police Work
The Crown's Case: Witness to Murder
Application for Mistrial
The Crown's Case: Friend or Foe
The Crown's Case: Searching the Farm
The Crown's Case: Forensics
The Crown's Case: Motive for Murder
In His Own Defence
Verdict

Epilogue
Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

"A rare Canadian look at the intersection of campus life, drugs, and murder. Kayla Hounsell lets the witnesses in the investigation and trial speak for themselves and allows the reader to navigate through the tragic events that took the life of a promising young man and changed the lives of many others." —Greg Marquis, author of the national bestseller Truth and Honour