Allumette Island Massacre and Three Other Canadian Crime Stories

Keith Landry (Author)


There are four compelling true Canadian crime stories from the past, as reported in daily newspapers by journalists who cleverly and diligently wrote accounts of ghastly crimes for their readership.

The first occurred in the 1930s in Western Quebec. It is a true story of a man who shot to death five members of his own family. The investigation, trials and hanging were the most followed crime news of the 1930s. The incidents, places and characters are real.

Readers will be mesmerized by the investigators' efforts to solve the case to satisfy a jury to convict, and the real courtroom drama that took place to reach justice.

The second took place in Ontario. Two young men paid a high price for brazenly trying to beat the establishment. The story portrays their personalities and characters for the reader to try to understand what motivated them to act.

The third story takes place in Saskatchewan, is about a man who chose a destructive lifestyle, resulting in two followers joining him in a robbery and then ruthless murder.

The final story, in Alberta, is about a young man who strayed at a young age into a criminal life and finally murder. The story tells of his escape and subsequent capture.

Characters' names were changed in the last three stories.

The cover page photo is credited to P.199 of Wiki Media.

Copyright(c) Keith H Landry, 2019

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher, except as permitted by Canadian copyright law.

Self Published

Product Details

Tellwell Talent
Publish Date
December 16, 2019
5.5 X 0.6 X 8.5 inches | 0.73 pounds
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About the Author

Keith Landry is a Canadian author whose first published book was "Allumette Island Massacre and Three Other Canadian Crime Stories." Keith wrote two short stories in the 1980's and submitted them to a magazine writing contest. He won first and second prizes. Because of a busy career in government and raising a family, he did not continue with his writing. Now 70 years old, he spends a lot of time reading old newspapers searching for true crimes that can be brought alive for today's readers through his storytelling. Keith is inspired by crime news reporters of the past who wrote so passionately and without name recognition to meet the tight print deadlines for daily newspapers published for a public thirsty for local and national news. Keith thanks his wife Vivian for her work in the proofing and editing and for her sketch on the book cover. Without her assistance, this book would not be possible. Keith warmly thanks his friend Stephen Duggan who read the book and helpfully identified inconsistencies. Keith thanks all those people who bought his first book. He is most grateful for their support and feedback.