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Steven Truscott Case 1959 Canada's most famous criminal case of the 20th century revolved around the rape and murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper near Clinton, Ontario in 1959. A schoolmate, 14-year-old Steven Truscott, stood trial, was convicted of murder, and sentenced to hang. The sentence was eventually reduced to life imprisonment. With some doubts lingering over the accuracy of Truscott's conviction, and sympathy because of his age, Truscott was eventually paroled from prison in 1969. He lived for many years in Guelph, Ontario under an assumed name. In 2000 he shed his alias and began to publicly clamor for a new trial. Truscott's conviction was eventually overturned in 2007 because of what the Ontario Court of Appeals perceived as "a miscarriage of justice," though the court did not formally declare him innocent. Truscott was also awarded a $6.5 million settlement by the Province of Ontario. Is Truscott a murderer? Polls generally show Canadians think he is innocent by a 3:1 ratio. However the Harper family, usually forgotten by the media and the Truscott advocates, is convinced of Truscott's guilt. The victim's older brother has publicly called the payment to Truscott a travesty. The news of it seriously affected the health of Lynne's aged father. And little Lynne Harper remains 12 years old forever...
Tags: Lynne  Harper  murder  Steven  Truscott   
Added: 9th December 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-12-09 
This case bothers me to this day. From what I've read about criminal cases over the years, the most logical suspect is usually the guilty party.

Steven Truscott lives less than 30 minutes from my house. A softball umpire colleague of mine played on the same men's softball team as Steven Truscott in the 1970s when Truscott was using an alias. My friend says everyone knew who he was despite the phony name.
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-12-09 
I miss these type of posts from you, they're always interesting.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-12-09 
Thanks, Naomi.

I just started a group called crime and punishment that (I hope) contains all the crime stories on this website.

This case, being so local to me, bothers me. I hold the unpopular, minority opinion among Canadians regarding Truscott's guilt.
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