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The Bushman’s Lair

On the Trail of the Fugitive of the Shuswap
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Go Ahead and Shoot Me

Go Ahead and Shoot Me

And Other True Cases About Ordinary Criminals
by Doug Heckbert
afterword by Debbie J. Doyle
foreword by Howard Sapers
cover design or artwork by Rich Théroux
edition:Paperback
tagged : criminology
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Early Edit Excerpt from "I Know Who Killed My Little Brother" Joseph, male, age 28, construction foreman Introduction I first met Joseph when he was referred to me by one of my friends who knew I was writing a book about criminals. He said Joseph currently worked for him on a major construction project in the city. My friend had worked for many years in construction, as a laborer and as a general foreman, both in the city and at fly-in sites where he lived in camps while he was away from home. Whenever he and I visited over a beer, my friend talked about, among other things, some of the characters he worked with in his career. He said he had come to know Joseph quite well and was impressed with him as a worker. Joseph eventually told my friend that he was on parole, and that he was interested in talking to me about being a chapter in the book. I texted Joseph and we made arrangements to meet at a coffee shop near where he lived in the city.

I wanted to hear directly from him that he was in fact on parole, that he really did want to have his story told and that he would be comfortable in me doing so. As well, I wanted Joseph to hear from me that his story would be told without disclosing his identity. We first met in the evening, after he returned from work. He was keen to take part in this project. Joseph struck me as being energetic, intense, somewhat impulsive, and cooperative. He seemed well-spoken, and he spoke quickly, spiced up his sentences with lots of “ f***” (most of which have been edited out of the story) and with interjections like “you know”, “man” and “bro”. His conversations jumped around a lot, as if he had trouble staying on one topic for very long. Joseph was of slim build, five feet six inches tall, had short dark hair and a neck full of tattoos that disappeared into his t-shirt to emerge on his forearms. His jeans were tight fitting and he wore a ball cap and running shoes.

He wanted to get started on our interview right then and there, in the coffee shop. I directed that we would meet later in a quiet place where our conversation would not be overheard. In my view, a coffee shop was no place to talk about one’s personal history or crimes. Other patrons do not need to hear bits and pieces of that type of conversation. Joseph agreed and we decided on a date to meet in the local library not far from his apartment. Our follow up interviews were held again in the library and at his apartment. I explained that when we got together, I would ask him to tell me about his crime and then about growing up, becoming an adult and about being involved in the justice system. Joseph seemed keen, even excited, to tell his story...

 

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Murdered Midas

Murdered Midas

A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise
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Daring, Devious and Deadly

Daring, Devious and Deadly

True Tales of Crime and Justice from Nova Scotia's Past
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The Bad Detective

The Bad Detective

The Incredible Cases of Nic Power
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The Golden Boy of Crime

The Golden Boy of Crime

The Almost Certainly True Story of Norman "Red" Ryan
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The World's Dumbest Criminals

The World's Dumbest Criminals

Outrageously True Stories of Criminals Committing Stupid Crimes
edition:Paperback
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