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Strange Things Done

Murder in Yukon History

by Ken S. Coates & William R. Morrison

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Klondike lore is full of accounts of the exploits of Dangerous Dan McGrew, Sergeant Preston of the Mounted, and the Mad Trapper of Rat River. The stories vary from outright fabrications to northern fantasies and, on occasion, real-life accounts. Strange Things Done investigates a series of murders in the pre-World War II Yukon, exploring the boundaries between myths and historical events. The book seeks to understand both the specific events, carefully reconstructed from court evidence and police records, and the broader social and cultural context within which these violent deaths occurred. The murder case studies provide a unique and penetrating perspective on key aspects of Yukon history, such as Native-newcomer relations, mental illness and the folklore about cabin fever, the role of immigrants in northern society, violence in the gold fields, and the role of the police and courts in regulating social behaviour. The investigation of these capital cases also illustrates the fear and paranoia which gripped the territory in the aftermath of a murder, and the societys insistence on quick and retributive justice when offenders were caught and convicted. The Yukon experienced fewer murders than popular literature would suggest, and fewer than most would expect given the region's intense and dramatic history, but those that did occur illustrate the passions, frustrations, angers and human frailties that are present in all societies. The manner in which the murders occurred and the way in which Yukoners reacted also reveals specific and important aspects of territorial society.

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Ken S. Coates is a prolific author who has written on many subjects and whose prize-winning scholarship has drawn international attention. Coates has more than 25 years of post-secondary education experience in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan. Coates has been a Department Head, Dean of Arts, Dean of Arts and Science, and Vice-President. He lives in Canada.

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Ken S. Coates is a prolific author who has written on many subjects and whose prize-winning scholarship has drawn international attention. Coates has more than 25 years of post-secondary education experience in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan. Coates has been a Department Head, Dean of Arts, Dean of Arts and Science, and Vice-President. He lives in Canada.

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