Drop Dead

Overview

A darkly humorous book that illustrates how trial, conviction, and punishment operated in Canada’s first century.



A lively look back on the dark history of hangings in Canada — filled with fascinating stories and colourful characters, such as the gun-toting bootlegger who was the only woman ever hanged in Alberta. Take a journey through notable cases in Canada’s criminal justice history, including well-known and some not-so-well-known Canadian historical figures. You’ll even meet Arthur Ellis, Canada’s most famous hangman, whose working outfit was a frock coat and striped trousers, often with a flower pinned to his lapel.



Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada illustrates how trial, conviction, and punishment operated in Canada’s first century, and examines the relevance of capital punishment today. Along the way, learn disturbing facts about wrongful convictions as well as the mathematics and physics behind hangings, and meet the victims, murderers, convicts, and executioners.

About the Author

Lorna Poplak

Posted by Kendra on June 28, 2016
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Lorna Poplak

Lorna Poplak is a writer and editor, with extensive experience as a researcher and fact checker. She is currently on the board of CANSCAIP and was co-director of Packaging Your Imagination in 2014. She lives in Toronto.