288 pages, 8.2 × 5.3 × 1 in
September 8, 2001
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1552633403
ISBN - 13: 9781552633403
From the Publisher
Young, attractive Evelyn Dick has been sentenced to hang for the murder of her husband, John, whose torso has been found on Hamilton Mountain. His head and limbs have been severed from his body and burned in the furnace of Evelyn's home by her father. The murder trial of Evelyn Dick, one of Canada's most infamous murderers, grabbed headlines across the country in 1946 and 1947. Represented by J.J. Robinette in the ensuing trial, Dick acquitted in what turned out to be one of Canada's most fascinating murder trials ever. However, during the murder investigation police found a suitcase containing the body of Evelyn's baby boy, encased in cement. The best Robinette could do on that charge was a verdict of manslaughter for which she served eleven years in penitentiary. Evelyn Dick's whereabouts have been unknown to the public since her release from prison. If she is alive today, she would be 79 years old. Where has she gone? Could she be living somewhere under an assumed identity? As someone's next-door-neighbour? Writer and world-renowned journalist Brian Vallée, after several interviews with police chiefs and journalists who covered the original case, has written a spine-tingling account of what is one of Canada's most infamous murder trials and investigations. With never before published material, The Torso Murder follows up where the criminal system left off. It is a captivating and not-to-be missed read. A one-hour documentary on the life of the famous Torso murderer, and a made-for-television movie will air on CTV in Spring, 2002.
About the Author
BRIAN VALLEE worked on newspapers in England, the United States, and Canada before joining CBC's award-winning documentary program 'the fifth estate' where he spent ten years, the last five as a producer/director. Vallée was researcher and associate producer of John Zaritsky's Oscar-winning documentary, Just Another Missing Kid and two of Vallée's numerous CBC documentaries won Actra Awards while another won an Audubon Society Award. Life With Billy , Vallée's previous book on a battered wife, sold more than 300,000 copies in Canada, the United States, and France. A TV movie based on the book won three Gemini Awards in 1995. Vallée's first novel, Pariah , was published in Canada and the US in 1991. Brian Vallée lives in Toronto, where he continues to write books and produce documentary films.
From Our Editors
October 13, 2001, will be the 81st birthday of Evelyn Dick – is she was still alive. She was Canada's femme fatale; the woman who was charged with the grisly murder of her husband in 1946, but whose deceptions and secrets ensnared the investigation in a web of lies that still makes the case one of Canada's most sensational unresolved murder stories.
The murder trial of Evelyn Dick grabbed headlines across Canada in 1946 and 1947. After she was sentenced to hang for killing and mutilating her husband John Dick, her case was appealed by up-and-coming lawyer J.J. Robinette. He won her a new trial and then an aquittal. The case gripped the country like none other and Robinette went on to become one of Canada's most distinguished lawyers. However, during the murder investigation police found the remains of Evelyn's newborn baby encased in cement in a suitacase. Robinette worked enough magic to save her from the hangmans's noose a second time, but she was found guilty of manslaughter and served eleven years in Kingston's notorious Prison for Women.
This book is the movie tie-in to "Torso" coming up on CTV. Brain Valee worked on both as a researcher and scriptwriter.