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True Crime General

Thugs, Thieves, and Outlaws

Alberta Crime Stories

by (author) Ryan Cormier

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2013
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
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Warning! What you are about to read is true...and not for the faint of heart, as the crime stories collected here detail the most disturbing chapters of Alberta history.

Chronicled in these pages are many of the province's most notorious killers and outlaws from the past century: train robbers, a homicidal hired hand, prisoners of war, cannibals, kidnappers, and more.

Witness the moment when Peter Pockington has a .357 magnum held to his head. Be there when Wiebo Ludwig "terrorizes" northwestern Alberta...when a Lethbridge city councillor fabricates a story of being stalked, drugged, abducted, and sexually assaulted...when four RCMP offiers are gunned at Mayerthorpe.

From back alleys to bedrooms to the gallows, these accounts cover everything from Alberta's largest mass execution to recent headline-making cases. Shocking, appalling...and true.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Ryan Cormier is a reporter with the Edmonton Journal and spent five years on the crime desk before going on field assignment in Afghanistan. He currently reports on court and legal affairs.