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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Although they committed separate crimes, Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin met their deaths on the same scaffold at Toronto‘s Don Jail on December 11, 1962. They were the last two people executed in Canada, but surprisingly little was known about them until now. This is the first book to uncover the lives and deaths of Turpin, a Canadian criminal, and Lucas, a Detroit gangster. The result of more than five years of research, The Last to Die is based on original interviews, hidden documents, trial transcripts, and newspaper accounts.

Featuring crime scene photos and never-before-published documents, this riveting book also reveals the heroic efforts of lawyer Ross MacKay, who defended both men, and Chaplain Cyril Everitt, who remained with them to the end. What actually happened the night of the hangings is shrouded by myth and rumour. This book finally confirms the truth and reveals the gruesome mistake that cost Arthur Lucas not only his life but also his head.

About the Author
Robert J. Hoshowsky‘s work has been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Maclean‘s, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Homemaker‘s, and La presse. He has also contributed to successful television programs, including Who Wants to be a Millionaire. He lives in Toronto.
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Truman Capote "In Cold Blood"
Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment"
Almost anything by John Irving
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Law & Order

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Finally, good news to report about my Unsolved book!

Hello Everyone,

Almost a year to the day after my last post (time sure flies, doesn't it?), I am pleased to announce my new True Crime book is finished, and will be available at fine booksellers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, Target, Indigo, and many more at the end of May.

Unsolved: True Canadian Cold Cases profiles 12 still-solvable cases from 1967 to the present day. Not all the cases are well-known,…


Posted on May 27, 2010 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

Working on book number two

The deadline for my second book is fast approaching. It will be a collection of unsolved crimes, but vastly different from the typical anthologies of unsolved crimes. All the cases are very much active, and in many ot them, there is a likelihood someone will actually be convicted. That said, it has been a very unusual experience researching this book than my past projects! I have interviewed so many people over the years who have lost someone close to them that I cannot begin to count. After 20… Continue

Posted on May 31, 2009 at 1:19pm

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At 12:13am on May 28, 2008, Robert J. Hoshowsky said…
This is the cover from my first book, The Last to Die, which has been nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for best true crime non-fiction. More at

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