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Children's Nonfiction Law & Crime

Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird

The story of Guy Paul Morin

by (author) Cynthia J. Faryon

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2012
Law & Crime, Prejudice & Racism, Social Activists
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 13 to 17


At twenty-four, Guy Paul Morin was considered a bit strange. He still lived at home, drove his parents' car, kept bees in the backyard, and grew flowers to encourage the hives. He played the saxophone and clarinet in three bands and loved the swing music of the 1940s.

In the small Ontario town where he lived, this meant Guy Paul stood out. So when the nine-year-old girl next door went missing, the police were convinced that Morin was responsible for the little girls murder. Over the course of eight years, police manipulated witnesses and tampered with evidence to target and convict an innocent man. It took ten years and the just-developed science of DNA testing to finally clear his name.

This book tells his story, showing how the justice system not only failed to help an innocent young man, but conspired to convict him. It also shows how a determined group of people dug up the evidence and forced the judicial system to give him the justice he deserved.

[Fry Reading Level - 5.0

About the author

CYNTHIA J. FARYON is an internationally published author and freelance writer. She focuses her writing on Canadian content, covering topics such as travel, biography, and history. She is the author of several Amazing Stories series including books on the Royal Canadian Air Force and Navy. She lives in Nova Scotia.

Cynthia J. Faryon's profile page


  • Short-listed, White Pine Non-Fiction Award
  • Winner, VOYA Nonfiction Honor List

Editorial Reviews

"Guilty of Being Weird is essential reading for anyone interested in criminal justice and forensics"


"Teens interested in CSI can turn a critical eye to badly executed procedures and biased criminal investigation"

School Library Journal

"The tabloid-style, easy-to-read format of the Real Justice series targets reluctant readers and presents the basic facts of the Guy Paul Morin case. Faryon manages to describe the obvious mistakes made by investigators matter-of-factly and lets the outcome speak volumes" Recommended.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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