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WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED, STEPHEN TRUSCOTT

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WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED, STEPHEN TRUSCOTT


A child himself, just a boy with a bike
who gave a lift to a twelve year old girl
on his handlebars, down a county road.
Neither could know that a killer would strike
or that some of Lynn Harper’s becoming curls
would softly house blow flies, maggots and toads.

Unspeakable acts, a horrific crime,
Then a fourteen year old was crucified,
Remember the name of Stephen Truscott,
a teenager who served ten years of time
because Justice lied. 











*A curtal sonnet rhyme scheme, though mine is not iambic pentameter 





Background

In June of 1959, Stephen Truscott, 14, was charged with the rape and murder of 12 year old Lynn Harper. The investigation was rushed and badly botched. Stephen testified that he dropped her off an intersection and watched as she got into a car. Witnesses were ignored and the evidence was circumstantial, yet Stephen spent 10 years in prison. After years of decrying his innocence, the Canadian government awarded him 6.5 million dollars in 2008 for a miscarriage of justice. 

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  1. Date: 11/15/2012 2:46:00 PM
    So he didn't do it? They don't know who did? PS [doesn't I believe give a full deff. of this form] Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 5:53:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Susan's "Wrongful Imprisonment" contest Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 12:08:00 AM
    Great sonnet! Congratulations on your win, Cyndi! hugs, LG

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 9:41:00 PM
    Polished and haunting. I've not read all of your work, but the poems I have read are always polished. I enjoyed it.

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 6:42:00 PM
    I am glad that the miscarraige of justice was found although ten years late. Poor kid. Congratulations on your win. Love, joyce

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 10:31:00 AM
    Good morning, Cyndi :-) Congratulations in Susan's "Wrongful Imprisonment or Sentenced " contest, deep subject... always~ PD

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 10:28:00 AM
    wow, I 'm glad I saw the list to finally see this awesome poem you wrote of this miscarriage of justice. Congrats on your well deserved win.

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 6:50:00 PM
    CONGRATS CYNDI ..ON A WINNING ROLL GIRL .. A FASCINATING WRITE AND WIN LUV ..

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 10:45:00 AM
    it beggars belief.......well done on your win....Seren

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 7:57:00 AM
    Hi Cyndi, this is a wonderful yet disturbing poem, one you have rightly so highlighted... i've alway been a supporter of capitol punishment, yet there is alway that nagging doubt, how many have died that were innocent..

  1. Date: 10/25/2012 6:35:00 PM
    enjoyed your write Cyndi, such a very sad story, love elizabeth

  1. Date: 10/25/2012 12:00:00 PM
    Please be 1 of my five in the present giving Xmas contest Joy is running? Let me know if you can? Light & Love [having a hard time with this topic..go figure? momentarily out of righteous indignation? LOL]

  1. Date: 10/25/2012 7:26:00 AM
    Justice to late yet justice none the less. I am sure the money is a poor substitute for the time and horror that those years represented. I wonder how many people spent years hating this poor fellow. Well written and thought provoking. New guy Rick