Discover the Dark History of Capital Punishment in Canada

May 17, 2017 | Andrew

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Lorna Poplak
Drop Dead : a Horrible History of Hanging in Canada

In 2017, capital punishment continues to be a worldwide hot topic. If you have ever wondered about Canada's history of hanging criminals guilty of capital crimes, this program is not to be missed! 

Join Lorna Poplak, author of the forthcoming book, Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada. From Confederation in 1867, until the abolition of the death penalty in 1976, Lorna's discussion will examine how trials, convictions and punishments operated and the relevance of capital punishment today. It profiles the notable individuals involved: victims, murderers, judges, jurors, the wrongfully convicted and the hangman.

The talk will take place Wednesday May 17, 7:30-9 PM.

Fairview branch
35 Fairview Mall Drive, Program Room 3
M2J 4S4

This program is co-sponsored with the North York Historical Society. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Toronto Public Library holds a number of other interesting titles on the history of hangings in Canada. Search the library catalogue with the search terms "hanging Canada". Following are two books on the subject, Double Trap: The Last Public Hanging in Canada and A Dance with Death: Canadian Women On the Gallows 1754-1954.


Double Trap : the Last Public Hanging in Canada
A Dance With Death : Canadian Women On the Gallows 1754-1954