For more than 30 years, retired Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Barry Ruhl has believed that a criminal with whom he had a violent encounter early in his career might be responsible for a string of unsolved murders of young women in Ontario, including the 1959 death of 12-year-old Lynne Harper. The only suspect ever investigated in that sensational case was 14-year-old Steven Truscott, who was convicted and sentenced to hang before being cleared almost 50 years later. But in the 1980s, Ruhl had approached his superiors with a theory about an alternative suspect in the Harper murder and other similar cases. A Viable Suspect tells the story of how Ruhl arrived at his conclusions, his frustrated attempts to prompt the OPP to thoroughly investigate Talbot and the tragic irony of how, just when it seemed police were finally taking Ruhl’s theory seriously, the suspect slipped out of reach, permanently.
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A Viable Suspect
I just finished this well thought out and extremely well organized account of the tragedy of missed justice in Southern Ontario.
The book starts out with a terrifying scene of a personal attack of he and his wife by an intruder. From there we are led carefully and with the great detail through a well known murder of a young girl and a subsequent conviction of a 14 year old boy.
Barry is convinced that this convicted boy was innocent and leads us through a number of similar murders of young women in the area and is convinced that the intruder that he and his wife were attacked by was the ultimate killer.
One of the things that I loved about this book was that in several places Barry included "A Note to Reader" which helped the reader understand a difficult passage that a layman; that is a non law enforcement officer ; easily see more clearly.
This is a great read; one that I could not put down. I would highly recommend this book