Dale Brawn is a law professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury. His previous books include Last Moments: When the Penalty for Murder Was Death, Every Stone a Story II, and The Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba 1870-1950.
Twisted tales of killers who almost got away with perfect murders.
A man murders the first four infants he fathers with his lover, then tries again with a fifth. Two men have three things in common: each commits what seems like a perfect murder, each marries his victimâ€™s wife far too soon, each has an overdue appointment with the gallows. A man cuts up the body of his victim into little pieces and gets away with the crime until he slaughtersÂ another neighbour six years later.
Practically Perfect details the crimes ofÂ killers who very nearly got away with perfect murders,Â including the tale of Marie Beaulne, who laced her husbandâ€™s food with poison, only to be found out when a priest recalled someone else dying that way in his village.Â Each tale provides specific details on the planning of each murder, the events leading up to the discovery of the criminal, and the results of the trial, usually resulting in an execution.
Readers interested in the history of murder in Canada will want to consider this book.