The end of the rope: The story of Canada’s last executions
from the Toronto Star:
The end of the rope: The story of Canada’s last executions Published on Monday December 10, 2012
Bramwell Everitt knew something went wrong when his father came home from the Don Jail with his blue Salvation Army chaplain’s uniform splattered with blood.
“Something went terribly, terribly wrong,” said Cyril Everitt, that December night in 1962. “I don’t want to get into it now but something went terribly wrong.”
It’s been 50 years since two men hung from the gallows in Toronto’s Don Jail – the last to receive capital punishment in Canada. Cyril was their chaplain, a man committed to saving the souls of two convicted killers whose lives were scheduled to end.
Ronald Turpin, 29, was a petty thief who shot a police officer and Arthur Lucas, 54, was a career criminal and pimp from Detroit who killed two people slated to be witnesses in a major drug trial. They were both tried and convicted within a year of their crimes. .........................(more)